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The Best Summer Holiday Activities for Kids

Mon 10 July 2017

With the end of term fast approaching we’re turning our thoughts to the summer holidays - yippeee! Bring on the long days of uninterrupted fun, with no school runs, no work to do, and no rules…wait, well almost!

But what if you run out of ideas for things to do with the kids?! Don’t worry we’re here to help with our ideas for ways to keep the kids happy and help them to feel a million miles from the pressures of school.

Build an Epic Sandcastle

We’re not just talking about a simple one bucket construction here. We’re talking about something the whole family can get involved in. 

Get all of your building tools together and set to work! It’s great fun to see what you can all create together when you pool your sandcastle making skills! Add draw-bridges, towers, moats, flags and simply enjoy it.

Go On a Cycle Adventure

Cycling is a wonderful way to spend time with your family, whilst you are all doing something active and enjoying the scenery. 

You’ll be amazed at how much wildlife you spot whilst travelling along on two wheels and be sure to pack a picnic too. There’s nothing better than relaxing in the long grass, eating tasty sandwiches and summer treats like fresh strawberries - mmmm.

Take a coastal walk

With so much beautiful landscape on our doorstep, Cornwall is the perfect place to explore and the kids will enjoy discovering the land of myths and legends, climbing hills and exploring secret coves linked to infamous smugglers (well that’s what we tell them anyway!).

Holywell Bay near our Carnebo Barns is great for exploring and has a hidden surprise! At low tide the cave can be found tucked under the southern cliffs of Kelsey Head. From the beach it appears a mere slit, but some steps lead up to several stepped pools ascending towards a hole in the cave roof. Take care on the steps, which are covered with slimy green weed. The outline of these pools is blurred by a creamy-white calcareous deposit which has built up from the mineral rich water dripping from the roof. This grotto-like feature, tinted with red and blue colours, is worth seeking out on an outgoing tide, and a torch is useful. Exploring on your own is not advised.

Have a Go at Foraging

If you’ve ever tried it yourself you’ll realise that there is little that is more exhilarating than finding, picking, cooking and eating your own food. Have your kids ever tried this? Well then why not take them foraging? 

Where ever you are there are sure to be a whole host of edible plants, flowers and otherwise nearby. Either purchase a good book on the subject or join a course where there will be lots that you and the kids can learn.

You can also forage for unique shells and sea glass which in these parts is known as mermaids tears, which you can take home after a long day exploring and make a keep sake to take home with you or gift to the grandparents. Find some of our favourite coastal keepsakes on Pinterest and try and recreate them for yourselves.

So what do you think? Why not drop us a line via Facebook to let us know. We’d like to hear your ideas too and if you’re feeling inspired why not Instagram us a picture tagging @countryviewcottages

Happy holidays.

Why Cornwall is Best for a Wellness Break

Fri 16 June 2017

If you’re in need of some serious ‘you time’ it may well be the perfect time to take a break. But not just any old break…consider instead a wellness break, a rapidly growing trend in getaways that leave you feeling refreshed from the inside out.  

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Combine getting away from it all with a stay in one of our luxury traditional barn conversions or yurts just outside of Newquay and Falmouth with healthy eating, exercise and some special wellness treats and we promise you your holiday will make you feel like a new person. Here’s how to plan your very own nourishing wellness break:

Those in the Know Choose Cornwall

Many people believe they need to jet off to tropical destinations to truly unwind, though those who have been to Cornwall know this isn’t true! It’s much cheaper to get to than the Caribbean and has all the right ingredients; sea air, space to relax and plenty of opportunity to be free from the pressures of everyday life. Even the fact that it can be a little harder to get phone signal makes it ideal for switching off from home and work and getting down to some time for yourself!

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Here are our favourite things you should do during your stay with us to make it extra special and extra relaxing:

1.       Treat Yourself to a Massage

Massage is a wonderful way to nurture your wellbeing and there are many great places to indulge in this treat for the body in Cornwall. 

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Our favourites are the ‘Lava Shell Massage’ Naturally self warming Tiger Clam Shells are expertly glided over the body with varying pressures, techniques and precision reaching the deepest aches and pains, choose from 25 mins - £38, 40 mins - £48 or 70 mins - £72 at the Budock Vean Hotel which is set on a quiet bend of the tranquil Helford River and just five minutes from our Tresooth Holiday Barns and for those staying at our Carnebo Barns and Yurts we have to say a full pamper of the Headland Hotel Spa’s ‘Samphire’ which has been inspired by ocean air and sea breezes and includes 80 minutes of pure heaven. 

Starting with a full body polish with a peppermint scrub, an uplifting seaweed body wrap, followed by a luxurious face massage, concluded with a seaweed oil body massage guaranteed to leave you feeling detoxed, refreshed and radiant.  

Both offer you divine treatments in stunning locations, where you can take a walk on the beach afterwards or simply relax at the hotel spa with a glass of your favourite prosecco and a light bite to eat.

2.       Join a Beach Yoga Class

Yoga is no longer just for those seeking a more spiritual path in life- it’s great for anyone who wants to be more flexible, stronger and a have calmer mind. In fact, the benefits have now been made so clear now that even Prince Charles and Camilla do it! Use your holiday to enjoy some yoga and if you can join a beach class as going through the poses outdoors adds another level to how good you’ll feel afterwards. 

We love the silent disco yoga, yes you heard us…. Silent disco yoga at Fistral Beach, Newquay. Immerse yourself in music played through wireless headphones. 

The class is led by a yoga teacher who is talking into a wireless microphone and whose voice can be heard over the music in your headphones as you forget everything around you and embrace the Namaste in perfect surroundings.

3.       Get Your Surf On!

Not only is surfing great fun but its brilliant for getting your heart pumping too, which is an essential ingredient for any wellness break.  

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Whilst paddling through the waves you’ll get a great all body work-out and better still, you’ll hardly notice it as you’ll be having so much fun! If you haven’t surfed before try signing up to a lesson with a surf school who will be able to lend you all the kit and get you started.

4.       Hike and Bike

Nothing soothes the soul than a walk in the fresh air and Cornwall boasts a 300 mile section of The South West Coast Path and is said to rank alongside the likes of New Zealand’s Milford Track, Chile’s Torres del Paine trek and Alaska’s Chilkoot Trail. 

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The sheer variety of the Coast Path means that there are plenty of gentle stretches as well as dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys, sheltered estuaries, busy harbours, intimate coves, moorlands and sandy beaches to explore.

Cornwall also has some stunning bike trails. 

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Our favourite is taking on the stunning camel estuary from Wadebridge to Padstow, purely to reward ourselves with fish & chips and a Cornish clotted ice cream at when you get there! Like we said earlier, a little indulge on something you really fancy isn’t naughty… and, you have worked for it after all!

So are you tempted to take a wellness break? Why not check out our stunning range of self-catering cottages and yurts in Cornwall and come and relax, unwind and feel revived.

If you want the complete wellness package before your wedding Country View Cottages also offer our all inclusive Bridal Fitness Retreats  

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The retreats are not just about giving you exercises and making sure you eat correctly! Our highly trained coaches will help educate, motivate and inspire you to lead a healthier lifestyle pre and post wedding.

Say Hello To Festival Season!!

Mon 15 May 2017

It’s almost June and that can mean only one thing! It’s time to pack up your camping gear, wellies and sleeping bag. Grab your rain mac and your sparkles because festival season is officially upon us!!!

Here is our guide to the biggest and best Cornish festivals that you want to be a part of this summer!

The Masked Ball, Porthleven: Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May

A spectacular bi-annual themed party that is set on the cliff tops of Porthleven is this year excited to present ‘a voyage through the underworld’ a new area for 2017.

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Arrive at the portal after dusk and take a journey through dark tunnels transporting you into iconic venues and the legendary parties that happen within their walls! Take a step back in time to the Chicago blues club in the 40s or a Brixton squat in the 80s; wherever you choose to dance the night away it’s sure to be a hit!

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And don’t panic yet! All the traditional venues such as the grand ballroom and the terrace are back with a bang!

Image credit: The Masked Ball

The Great Estate, Scorrier House: Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June

Now, this is one we are really excited about and actually, have tickets for! Located in the family run Scorrier House in Redruth are presenting for the first year ‘The Great Estate’ – The most rambunctious garden fete.  

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From major headline acts including Craig Charles, The Electric Swing Circus, Echo and the Bunnymen just to name a few to camel racing, secret gin gardens, a woodland silent disco. 

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Enjoy Cornish wrestling, Burlesque and so much more over the weekend it is one event not to miss.

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Grab your tickets now before they jump up to the last tier.

Image credit: The Great Estate Facebook

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth: Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June

Founded in 2003 The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival aim to raise money for the RNLI and to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of the area.

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2017 will see the 150th anniversary of the RNLI in Falmouth with an open day at the RNLI station on the Saturday.

The Shanty Festival now takes place at the same time as the Falmouth Classics Regatta, the synergy of Classic Boats and Sea Shanties produces an event which provides an ideal opportunity to bring the Town and the Sailing scene closer together.

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Described as the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet, the three-day event kicks off on Friday evening with singing on Custom House Quay and in Events Square, continuing at several other venues in town until late! It’s a great way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past and you’ll find it hard to stop your feet tapping along to the infectious rhythms.

image credits: Anisha Sharma and Dark Sunrise via Flickr

Rock Oyster Festival, Rock: Friday 7th July to Saturday 8th

Not all of Cornwall’s festivals are just about the music! The Rock Oyster Festival is a midsummer celebration of food, music, and art, visitors to the festival eat their way through thousands of Cornish oysters in highlighting the county’s rich seafood traditions.

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As well as the ever-present oysters there is a whole host of live music, circus acts, endless kids’ entertainment, alternative performing arts, and a shopping bazaar.

This year the festival has moved to the Padstow side of the Estuary and since it is located right next to the Camel Trail and you can cycle this year and help raise money as they will donate £1 to charity.

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For every bike that gets ridden to the festival! There will even be a bike best-dressed competition, so get out those handlebar streamers and jazz up those wheels… it’s for a good cause!

Image credit: Rock Oyster Festival Facebook

Boardmasters, Newquay & Watergate Bay: Wednesday 9th Aug to Sunday 13th Aug

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We certain had canned heat in our heels when we heard the one and only Jamiroquai was headlining the weekend fun up at Boardmasters this year and we can’t wait to throw some serious shapes, but the party starts mid-week down at Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach where it all kicks off with the surfing, biking, and beach sessions before it all kicks off up at Watergate Bay for a whole weekend of F.U.N

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With over 100 acts set to line the 8 stages, stunning scenery, sunsets with Nando’s Cock o’Van serving up some serious chicken & tunes, what more would you want from a festival!

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Image credit: Boardmasters Festival

Looe Music Festival, Looe: Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October

Fall in love with Looe as you spend three days of fun in this magical location as it brings the last of the summer festivals to our shores.

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Looe Music Festival takes place in the heart of town with the main stages on the beach and around the bustling harbour. 

Wherever you look there are amazing views, intoxicating music, side streets to explore, and pubs to lose a day in as the festival pops-up from nowhere and transforms the beach and the streets, giving locals & visitors from all over the world a chance to mingle and enjoy the show.

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Acts this year include the Happy Monday’s, Cornwall ‘YouTube’ sensation Daisy Clark, the Undertones and we know you are going to want to Shout! As loud as you can to Lulu.

Cornish Beaches Where Dogs Are Banned This Summer

Tue 11 April 2017

It’s that time of the year again where the visitors flock from far and wide to visit our beautiful sandy shores, but dog lovers beware! 

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There are 80 beaches in Cornwall that will have a dog ban enforced during the tourist season which begins this weekend (Easter) It is important to remember that there are a further seven beaches where dogs are simply banned at all times.

It is also worth noting that breaking the ban will cost you a £80 fixed penalty fine. 

Remember, Guide dogs are allowed on beaches even where dog bans are in place.

Here are the 57 beaches with the seasonal ban

Cadgwith Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Carbis Bay - The first Sunday before Easter to September 30th - morning dog walks between 5am and 8am are allowed

Carlyon Bay - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Castle Beach, Falmouth - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Cawsand Bay - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Chapel Porth - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Crackington Haven - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Crooklets, Bude - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Godrevy - May 1st to September 30th - 8am - 7pm

Gunwalloe Cove, Church Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th- 7am - 7pm

Gwithian - Easter Sunday to September 30th between Ceres Rock and Red River

Gyllyngvase - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Hayle Towans - May 1st to September 30th - 8am - 7pm - between Hayle River and Black Cliffs

Hendra , Praa Sands - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Kenidjack, St Just - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Kennack Sands - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am to 7pm

Kynance Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Lizard Church Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Lusty Glaze Beach - June 1st to September 1st

Maenporth - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Marazion - May 1st to September 30th - from 8am until 7pm

Pentewan Sands - February 1st to first Sunday in November

Perranuthnoe (Perran Sands) - May 1st to 30th September - 8am - 7pm

Peter’s Point, Hayle - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Poldhu Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Polkerris - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Polcare Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Polurrian Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Polzeath - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthmellon - July 1st to September 30th

Porth Beach - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porth Chapel, Land’s End - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthpean Beach - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthcurno - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthglaze Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthgwarra - Easter Day to September 30th - 8am - 7pm

Porthgwidden St Ives - First Sunday before Easter to September 30th

Porthleven - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Porthmeor, St Ives - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthminster, St Ives – The first Sunday before Easter to September 30th

Porthpean - Easter Day to September 30th

Porthtowan - Easter Day to September 30th

Porthzennor Cove - Easter Day to September 30th

Portreath - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Portwrinkle  -Easter Sunday to September 30th

Portscatho - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Praa Sands - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Readymoney Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Sennen Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

St Ives Harbour Beach – The first Sunday before Easter to September 30th - 8am - 7pm

St. Mawes - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Swanpool - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Tolcarne Beach - May 1st to September 30th

Tregardock Beach - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Trevone Bay - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Widemouth Bay north side - Easter Sunday to September 30th

But the news isn’t all bad! 

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There are 76 beaches when your four-legged friend is free to run, jump, explore and swim for the whole year. (Unless they are required to be on a lead at certain times of the year, which is clearly noted)

Benoath Cove

Boobys Beach

Bossiney Haven

Constantine Bay

Coverack (but dogs must be on leads from June 1 to August 31)

Crantock

Daymer Bay

Deadmans Cove

Downderry

Duckpool Beach

Eastern Green

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Freathy

Gorran Haven

Great Western Beach, Newquay

Grebe Beach

Greenaway Beach

Gwynver beach

Durgan

Hannafore Looe

Harlyn Bay

Helford Passage Beach

Hemmick Beach

Holywell Bay

Kingsand Beach

Lamorna Cove

Lankidden Cove

Lantic Bay

Longrock Beach

Mawgan Porth

Mevagissey - Polstreath

Mexico Towans

Mother Iveys Bay

Northcott Mouth

Nanjizel Cove

Padstow

Par

Pendower Beach

Pendower - Carne Beach

Penzance

Perranporth (dogs must be kept on leads between July and August, 9am - 5pm)

Plaidy Looe

Polgwidden Cove

Polpeor

Polridmouth Beach

Porth Joke

Porth Sawsen

Porthallock

Porthbeor

Porthcothan

Porthcurnick

Porth Kidney (Lelant)

Porthluney Cove

Portholland Beach

Portheras Cove

Port Isaac

Portloe

Portscatho

Priests Cove

Rinsey Head

Rock

Sandymouth Beach, Bude

Seaton

Sharrow Beach, Torpoint

St. Antonys Head

Summerleaze, Bude (though dogs must be kept on a lead from 10am to 6pm May 21st -September 30th)

Talland Bay

Tintagel

Towan Beach

Trebarwith Strand

Trefusis Beach at Flushing

Tregantle Cliff Beach (Whitsand Bay)

Tregardock

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

Treyarnon Bay

Upton Towans

Vault Beach

Watergate Bay

Wherrytown

Whipsiderry Beach

Widemouth Bay (south side) - Black Rock

Below you will find the seven beaches where dogs are banned year-round

Millendreath Beach

East Looe Beach

Crinnis Beach

Charlestown Beach

Duporth Beach

Pentewan Beach

The list was kindly updated and provided on Monday 10th April by Cornwall Live

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