winter fun in cornwall...

After being blessed with a lovely bright and sunny weekend this weekend (which wasn’t forecast I might add) my husband and I decided to explore closer to home.

After being told by some of his golfing buddies that the squirrels at Tehidy Country Park are so tame they’ll feed from your hand, this was first on our list, so armed with a rather large bag of nuts and some bread for the ducks we hit the road.

Tehidy is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall and has over 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of woods and lakes to explore. We parked up at East Drive and took a walk along the bridal way that runs alongside the golf course.

Once inside the park it wasn’t long before we came across some squirrels and after some practice we eventually got the squirrels taking nuts from our hands. The trick is so be as still as you can with your hand flat on the floor and they will eventually take the nuts.    

As well as feeding the squirrels there’s also lots of lovely woodland walks to enjoy, the lakes are a great place to feed ducks and swans and there is also a little café that is open every day which is a great place to warm up over a sinful hot chocolate.

Tehidy Country Park is about a 20 minute drive from St Ives and offers plenty of free parking.

Just down the road from Tehidy is Heartlands, a new free visitor attraction (you do have to pay for parking though) that has opened in Pool, near Redruth.

With this being our first visit we weren’t quite sure what to expect but our well-seasoned nephews were more than happy to show us the highlights, which included the giant adventure playground, the climb-on sculptures and the vast areas where they could refine their bike riding skills.

There’s also a quirky café, lovely gardens and a handful of art and craft studios at the site.

I have to say that Heartlandsreally took me by surprise. It’s a great space for kids of all ages and it has been developed with Cornwall’s mining heritage at its core which is really lovely to see.

If you’re visiting St Ives and you have little ones to entertain I would highly recommend a visit to both Tehidy and Heartlands. If it’s an adult only affair Heartlands may not be for you, but a stroll through Tehidy on a sunny day really is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Best get planning our next adventure…

Kelly x

screen printing fun at the sail lofts…

The creative juices were really flowing at The Sail Lofts during October Half Term when we hosted our first ever screen-printing workshop with local artist Dena O’Brien.

These two hands-on workshops proved a real hit with our guests and both sessions were fully booked, offering children and adults a really fun way to learn about screen printing and create some lovely Christmas cards from Dena’s designs.

All the materials were provided and Dena took each group through the basics of screen printing before they began experimenting with the screens. Once they’d honed their skills the group were then given the chance to print twelve lovely Christmas cards that they could take away with them.

Dena, who has a number of prints exhibited in the apartments and The Sail Lofts Studio, is becoming well known for her printmaking and textile design's. She also teaches at her own studio, and at various colleges in Cornwall.

Due to the success of these workshops we’re hopping to run similar classes in our on-site studio in the future so if you have any ideas as to what you’d like to see please do get in touch via email

Kelly x

st ives this december

Make the most of St Ives this December...

Here is our pick of events not to be missed in St Ives this Christmas:

Saturday 1st December - Ice cream competition starts.

Thursday 6th December - Santa arrives into St Ives by lifeboat with the RNLI and then proceeds to the Guildhall. The atmosphere should be great as pantomime characters (courtesy of Kidz R Us) parade around town, entertainers and buskers line the streets and of course the jingle parade to the Guildhall. This is also the first of the late night shopping events.

Friday 7th December - The turning on of the Christmas lights and another evening of late night shopping.

Saturday 8th December - Santa Party Train from St Erth - more details to follow.

Saturday 15th December - Lots and lots going on in St Ives on this Saturday with the Santa Party Train making the perfect transport to avoid any parking hassle. There will be a Christmas Market at the Guildhall, treasure hunt, and many shops and areas will be holding special events such as the Sloop Craft Market and the Drill Hall.

Thursday 20th December - Community carols on the harbour beach.

21st, 22nd and 27th December - The renowned Kidz R Us will be showcasing Mother Goose.

Thursday 27th December - World Guinness Book of Records for the most surfing santa's ever! Hosted by St Ives Surf School.

This is just a selection of what is going on in St Ives this December, for more information visit the brilliant St Ives in December website. 

beach walks...

Its almost the time of year when dogs are allowed back onto beaches, in fact only 5 days until Porthmeor opens its doors to our four legged friends...

The fresh air, views and pure happiness of a dog on a beach make the coming months in Cornwall a great place to be for dog owners. 

We have two properties we allow dogs into from the 1st October to 30th March, so our canine friends can enjoy a holiday as well. Just call the office to find out more on 01736 799175. 

Here is a day out a week or two ago where Skye (the daft boxer dog) and Sam made the most of the coastline and beaches we were allowed on... 

A walk down Porthkidney beach (our dog friendly beach in summer)

We were blessed with some good weather
Skye the boxer dog
An invitation to a BBQ on Sennen beach in the evening was too hard to resist...

...with food and Skye packed into the car we were greeted with a stunning evening

and possibly the sunset of the year so far.

 If you would like to find out more about winter breaks in St Ives, bringing a dog with you or about our fabulous off season offers contact Sam, Kelly or Peter.

p.s. Please help keep our beaches dog friendly by cleaning up after your dog :-)

late availability for the next two weeks

Here are some of our last minute offers for the coming weeks...

August 31st for 3 nights in our one bedroom Surf apartment - £449. Find out more 
August 31st for 3 nights in our four bedroom Bay apartment - £999. Find out more
August 31st for 7 nights in our 3 bedroom seaview Ocean apartment - £1499. Find out more

September 3rd for 4 nights in our Surf apartment - £429 - Find out more 
September 3rd for 4 nights in our Bay apartment - £999 - Find out more
September 7th for 7 nights in our Bay apartment, make the most of the September Festival - £1575 - Find out more
September 14th for 7 nights in our lovely Ocean apartment for the second week of the September Festival - £1679 - Find out more

For more information or if you have any questions please do contact one of the team on 01736 799175 or