When you’re enjoying a child-friendly stay here at Glynn Barton, you’ll find that there aren’t many other places so centrally located in Cornwall that offer such a variety of things to do nearby; you’ll find peaceful beauty spots, fun family attractions and lovely coastline to explore. There’s so much to choose from that it’ll be hard to know where to start when you stay with us! Our list of the top 10 things to do when you’re here should help you narrow down your options!
Visit the spectacular cascades of Golitha Falls
Fancy a woodland walk with a difference? These breathtaking waterfalls are along a stretch of the River Fowey through the ancient oak woodland of Draynes Wood. One of the best-known beauty spots on Bodmin Moor, the scenery varies, from wide wooded glades to a steep sided, craggy gorge where the falls are at their most dramatic; there’s also less common wildlife and plants to keep an eye out for! Call in at Inkie’s Smokehouse after for a well earned lunch!
Put your pedal to the metal at Lanhydrock
Whether you’re bringing your bikes or hiring them at Lanhydrock, the woodland cycle trails at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock Estate are well worth the trip! The gentle green trail is perfect for families and beginners, with harder trails available for more capable riders. Once you’re done cycling, pop into the stately home and its magnificent gardens to unwind and don’t forget a cream tea at the café by the adventure playground after.
Soak up some history at Charlestown
St Austell Bay is home to the last open 18th century Georgian harbour in the UK, Charlestown. When you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time; if you go to Charlestown, pay a visit to the Shipwreck Museum, which houses almost 8,000 artefacts from more than 150 shipwrecks, the largest private collection of its type in Europe! Plus you can explore an entire network of underground tunnels!
Take the kids on a unique “Glow Trail”
The perfect location to recharge and relax, Cardinham Woods has everything you could want from an outdoor woodland adventure, with stunning viewpoints, stream-side paths and secret glades to explore. It currently has an extra reason to visit for families; the Shaun the Sheep Glow Trail, an accessible trail perfect for families with children aged 5 to 13. It makes for a great day out! Buy your glow pack from the Ranger Hut to discover the hidden clues and finish off with a chocolate brownie at the café after.
Try some of the best Cornish pasties around
When you’re on holiday, one of the big things to do is sample the local cuisine. In Cornwall, that means cream teas and pasties! Some of the best pasties around are by Kittows. Luckily we have some at Glynn Barton so make sure to stop by the little shop to sample his goodies!
Climb up to the Cheesewring
The rugged wilderness of Bodmin Moor is dotted with numerous granite tors, with the Cheesewring among the most unique. Standing on the eastern flank of the moor, the rock outcrop looks like piled slabs, with a local legend saying it’s the result of a contest between a man and a giant. The tor is a mile from the village of Minions and four miles from Liskeard, so you can pick and choose your walk. Keep an eye out for the wild ponies too.
Walk to Cornwall’s two highest points
On the north part of Bodmin Moor stand Cornwall’s two highest points, Brown Willy and Rough Tor. It’s possible to do a circular walk that climbs the summit of both, taking in spectacular views of the moor out to the north Cornish coast. The walk takes you through prehistoric settlements, overlooking the Fernacre stone circle and is just one of countless walks you can do on the moor. It’s a great adventure for all leg lengths – make sure you take a picnic to keep everyone going. Its about a 3 ½- 4 hour round trip.
Have a hoot at the Screech Owl Sanctuary
Who doesn’t love owls? They’re intelligent, elegant creatures and the Screech Owl Sanctuary is an important resource for rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing the beautiful birds back into the wild. There’s so much more to the sanctuary too, with meerkats, racoons, alpacas, ponies and much more. There’re owl encounters, flying displays and much more each day, so it’s perfect for keeping the kids busy!
Take a dip before enjoying some pizza
The sandy beach at Readymoney Cove, just south of the harbour town of Fowey, is great for families. Sheltered by cliffs, the beach’s calm waters are ideal for a relaxing dip in the height of summer. Once you’re done at the beach, take the short walk to Fowey along the esplanade exploring the hidden gardens and secret peeky holes. Find your way to Bufala, a pizzeria that makes beautifully simple, thin and crispy Roman-style pizzas, great for when you’ve burned off energy in the sea!
Ride the waves with Wavehunters
Whether you want to ride the waves on a surfboard, try your hand at paddle boarding or discover more about Cornwall’s marine life on a sea safari, Wavehunters offer amazing adventures for thrill-seekers and calm-seekers alive. Their surf school is situated at Polzeath Beach, one of the safest and most reliable surf spots in Cornwall. They also have a great photographer on hand to catch your successes, or in my case, nose dives!
To find out more about our cottages and when we’re available to have you for an amazing adventure in Cornwall, visit https://glynnbarton.co.uk/availability
Hot on the heels of winning gold in the self-catering category at this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards, we’re thrilled to have been chosen as a finalist in the South West Tourism Awards.
Described by judges as ‘A Garden of Eden for young families’, our 13-acre site has been shortlisted in one of the annual awards most keenly contested categories.
For us the news comes almost exactly two years after taking over Glynn Barton’s eight letting cottages and grounds where we offer family-focused experiences that are all about getting outside and enjoying back to nature things to do like den building in the woods, feeding our many animals, playing on the giant fort, toasting marshmallows around the campfire and more.
We’re really looking forward to the South West Tourism Awards which are taking place in Exeter on 6 February – wish us luck!
With the Christmas countdown well underway, there’s no better way of getting into the festive spirit than visiting some of Cornwall’s best lights displays. Here are just a few of our favourites:
We have to start with our personal favourite! Internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen has returned to The Lost Gardens of Heligan this year to reveal the night time magic of its historic plantings.
Explore the gardens, where you’ll find incredible textures, colours and atmosphere created by the illuminations. New for this year, you’ll also find a unique selection of thought-provoking projections that come to life across the hedges and walls of the historic landscape.
We couldn’t write a blog about Cornwall’s Christmas lights without mentioning one of its most famous displays. With lights both in and around the harbour, as well as through the village, Mousehole’s display is now made up of more than 7000 bulbs! You’ll find sea serpents, fishing boats, whales and much more as you marvel at this spectacular offering.
Originally started in 1986, it’s easy to see why Angarrack has gained a reputation for having one of the best displays in Cornwall. The lights are designed and made in the village and depict the Twelve Days of Christmas with animated pieces that sparkle along the walls, above the roof tops and even in the river.
Explore the site after dark, making your way through a spectacular avenue of lights to the biomes where you’ll find willow lantern creatures hiding amongst the tropical plants and Luke Jerram’s amazing work ‘Gaia’ – a stunning replica of the earth – which is suspended in the Mediterranean Biome.
With lights twinkling in and around the village harbour, Padstow is bright with colour at this time of year. Illuminated fishing boats create magical reflections on the water, whilst the five candles, angel and tree above Rojano’s Restaurant hold special significance, representing those tragically lost. Home to some of Cornwall’s best restaurants, why not make an evening of it?
Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the UK’s longest festive tunnel of lights at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum!
Families will be able to descend into the spectacular subterranean tunnels – which have 36,000 lights decorating their walls – before meeting Alabaster Snowball the elf and discovering Father Christmas in his underground grotto.
Time slots are available to book between 11am-6.30pm daily from Saturday 14th December to Monday 23rd December.
With Christmas just around the corner, we’re looking forward to welcoming our guests over the festive season. If you’re planning what to do during your stay, here are just some of the top things to do around Cornwall this December:
Explore Cornwall’s Christmas markets and festivals
If you’re visiting Cornwall in the run up to the big day, a trip to one of the county’s many fantastic Christmas markets or festivals is a must!
The Padstow Christmas Festival is taking place from 5th-8th December and offers both a market as well as a variety of fantastic entertainment including top chef demonstrations, Santa fun run and the town’s own dazzling lights display. Fowey’s Christmas market – which runs between 6th-8th December – is also well worth a visit with traders selling a huge number of locally produced gifts, arts and crafts as well as plenty of delicious food and drink. Running on 7th and 8th December, the Heligan Christmas Fair will see over 100 artisan makers coming together, providing the perfect opportunity to find those unique gifts for family and friends, whilst the Winter Gift Fayre in Truro is on from 11th-19th December and offers the perfect place to complete your Christmas shopping.
Santa by Steam!
Did you know that when Father Christmas isn’t driving his sleigh, he travels by steam train?
Bodmin and Wenford Railway’s Santa by Steam trips will be taking place on selected dates throughout December and include a one-hour return journey on a steam hauled train, during which families will have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas. A mince pie and seasonal drink is also available for the adults, whilst each child will receive a Christmas present.
Ice skating at the Eden Project
Part of their Winter Festival, Eden’s glittering indoor ice rink is the only one of its kind in Cornwall and is great family fun. With both general skate sessions as well as special time slots for different ages and abilities, everyone can enjoy their time on the ice.
Visit some of Cornwall’s best Christmas lights displays
Of course, Christmas in Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the county’s many amazing lights displays! From Mousehole’s famous offering, where lights adorn both land and water, to our own favourite display at The Lost Gardens of Heligan where renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen reveals the night time magic of Heligan’s historic plantings – you won’t be short of spectacular lights to enjoy.
Activities on your doorstep
For those staying here at Glynn Barton, there are plenty of things to do right on your doorstep too! With an indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, soft play barn, outdoor fort, trampoline and much, much more, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Kids will love to meet our farm animals which include wallabies, donkeys, alpacas, sheep, pigs and goats, whilst the older members of the family can kick back and relax with a spa treatment in the comfort of your own cottage.
Feeling like you need to walk off all those festive treats? Thanks to our location in the heart of Cornwall, when it comes to heading out on a family walk, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Cardinham Woods, Bodmin Moor and both the north and south coasts all within easy reach.
Last week we had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Cornwall Tourism Awards in Truro Cathedral, where we were thrilled to be awarded gold in the Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year category.
Judges described Glynn Barton as ‘A Garden of Eden for young families’- something that we are hugely proud of.
It’s lovely to see families re-connecting with nature during their stay with us, spending time playing in the fort, taking part in forest activities, having fun in the indoor pool and playrooms, helping to feed or muck out the animals and generally relaxing and enjoying time together.
We know we live in a very special place and it’s wonderful that our guests and the Tourism Award judges think so too.
Cornwall business Glynn Barton Cottages Takes Runner Up at Rural Business Awards
Glynn Barton Cottages from Cardinham has been named one of the best rural businesses in the country after being recognised at the regional Rural Business Awards.
Glynn Barton Cottages was named runner up for the Best Rural Tourism Award at the South West regional finals of the Rural Business Awards in partnership with Amazon which were held at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and regionally sponsored by Openreach and Milsted Langdon.
Glynn Barton Cottages, Owner, Pippa said:
“From living by the beaches of Sri Lanka to finding our piece of paradise in Cornwall it has been a long journey to Glynn Barton, but we’ve finally found our feet. We are delighted to receive such recognition for our efforts and passion so far, and long may the journey continue.”
Now in its fifth year, the Rural Business Awards is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses. It is run in partnership with Amazon.
Awards co-founder Jemma Clifford said: “Anna and I are so proud to be hosting the fourth annual Rural Business Awards together with Amazon. When we started the Awards we wanted to shine a much-needed light on successful rural firms but the success of the RBAs is beyond what we ever imagined. We were blown away with the diversity of our entries this year so being recognised in any of the categories is an extraordinary achievement – hearty congratulations to Glynn Barton Cottages and all the other finalists.”
For more information, interviews or images contact:
Pippa & James Storey
Glynn Barton Cottages
Walking the South West Coastal Path
One of the most beautiful coastal walks I have done (yes this is without kids!) is the stretch of the North coast between Bedruthan and Padstow. With beautiful views of turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches what’s not to love? It took me 5 hours with a bit of time shopping in Padstow before getting the bus back to the car at Bedruthan. If you fancy doing the walk we can always arrange babysitters for you to go and have a little me time. Something we forget to give ourselves!
It started at Bedruthan Steps at the National Trust Car park. If you’re a member of the National Trust you just need to validate your card at the ticket machine for free parking. Follow the signs to the Steps and from there turn right and keep walking! Bedruthan Steps is a beautiful beach but its not for the faint hearted. You have to climb down 120 steps to the beach which is not a safe swimming beach. However at low tide you can walk all the way along the beach in between all the islands.
From Bedruthan, head North to Park Head where you get a view all the way back to Newquay. The sea just keeps on going and on a clear blue day is just stunning. The coast is dotted with all sorts of little coves but as you get closer to Porthcothan it opens up to an expanse of sand.
Treyarnon Bay and Constantine Bay are equally as good. These are all great beaches too for a day out from Glynn Barton Cottages. Most beaches have loo and café facilities and ample parking. The only exception is Constantine where parking is limited.
The jaggedy coastline continues along Booby’s Bay up to Trevose Head. Booby’s is great for a bit of rockpooling at low tide. At this point you have a cheat option if your legs are tired! You can cut out Trevose Head lighthouse and walk straight across to Trevose and Harlyn or you can hot foot it around the headland. I went for the longer option and the lighthouse is stunning. I am mesmerised how it stays so white! You also get to see the RNLI lifeboat station which is tucked into the cliffside. The launch looks more like a log flume and there are some beautiful Art Deco houses tucked into the cliffs too.
Take your trainers off whilst walking along Trevose and Mother Ivey’s Bay for a little paddle too and just enjoy soaking up the sounds of the sea. Its easy to forget what an amazing place we live in sometimes. Its non stop beaches for a while as you meander through Trevone, Gunver head and up to Stepper Point. There is another cheat point from Trevone as you can again cut out the headland and head straight across to Padstow- depends how hungry you are! I took the long route and had a picnic at Stepper Point. There is a little tea garden on the headland too if you are in need of a Cornish Cream Tea and energy boost for the final stint.
The final stint is down the estuary and into Padstow, admiring Daymer Bay and Rock as you go. My Roskilly’s ice cream at the end was well deserved and not to mention my fritter around the beautiful shops of Padstow. Shopping without the hassle of parking!
Time to complete walk: 5 hours ish….
Distance: quite a long way
Fun factor: AWESOME!!!
Family time at the Beach
Whether it’s a trip to the north or the south Glynn Barton is perfectly set for exploring both coastlines.
One of our favourite stretch of coastlines on the North is Polzeath round to Padstow. Its just beautiful! Watching the waves at Polzeath point or walking north to the Rumps it can certainly blow the cobwebs away.
The North Coast
Starting at Polzeath- a life guarded beach, book in for a surf lesson with Wavehunters or hire a board and wetsuit (depending on how brave you’re feeling…!). There is a great stream on the beach and pools for playing in. The kids will be able to splash around all day and have lots of varied fun. Grab lunch at Surf Side or the Waterfront for a gluten free pizza and finish off with an ice cream at the Cone Shop on the corner. You can always join WildWarriors which provide an adventure in a backpack as a forest school on the beach which will ensure the adults grab a couple of hours me time.
Walking the South West Coastal Path
Walking south its about an hours walk down to the ferry at Rock. Walking along the coastal path is just a breath of fresh air. Half way along you get to Daymer Bay which depending on leg length has a decent sized car park and a very short walk to the beach. It’s a great swimming spot due to the shelter from the headland and the beach stretches all the way around to Rock. Sand dunes to explore and play hide and seek in, shallow water for safe play and swimming and the added bribery that the ice cream is not far away. There is a little café and shop in the car park too.
Rock- Padstow Ferry
The ferry leaves from the slip-way and it’s a short 10min ride across to Padstow. Perfect for taking the kids on a little adventure and picking up lunch in Padstow itself. Parking can be tricky especially over the peak holidays so catching the ferry is perfect. There are plenty of places to catch lunch – Greens of Padstow, Steins Fish n Chips, Burger & Fish…… not to mention the harbour for fresh crab, cake and ice cream. Step into Chough’s bakery (voted worlds best pasty in 2018) for their amazing millionaire’s shortbread or Roskilly’s for a mouth watering mint choc chip waffle cone. Aside from strolling around the shops whilst you enjoy your ice cream the kids can become mini marine biologists with a visit to the charity run Lobster hatchery. This little harbour is bursting with life.
Best for Rockpooling
Round the corner from Padstow, is home to one of the best beaches for rock pooling. Constantine Bay is a lovely stretch of beach with lots of rock pools for exploring. Depending on the time of year you will spot a crab or pick up a bucket of mussels to take home and steam. They are small though so make sure you have a big bucket! Due to the rock pools the sea can be quite rough so make sure you swim and surf on the right side of the beach. It is a life guarded beach seasonally too and they have signs up with safe swimming zones.
Further south our family favourite is Holywell Bay. Home to the opening shots on the TV show Poldark – it is absolutely stunning. With the large and long stream for paddling in its perfect for the kids. Sand dunes to surf down, caves to explore and a long wide stretch of beach with lots of space. The car park is run by the national trust and it’s a 15min walk to the beach. So keep the loads light and don’t try and take the kitchen sink with you! Surfboards and boogie boards are available to hire on the beach but take your own picnic as there aren’t any shops down on the beach other than a small trailer selling hot dogs and sausage rolls. With all the fresh air the kids will definitely sleep well.
Finish off your day with a swim and a hot tub when you get home.