Top tips for Easter in Cornwall

With the temperatures rising, the evenings drawing out and the hedgerows, fields and gardens springing into life, Easter is a beautiful time of year to explore Cornwall – and that’s especially true in Cardinham Woods and Glynn Barton. An oasis of calm, peace and tranquillity. Here are just some of our favourite things to do at this time of year:

Visit the local beaches

With milder temperatures and none of the summer crowds to contend with, spring is a great time to enjoy some of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches. Order a hamper from the Cornish Food Box Company for a picnic before heading off to the coast to enjoy lunch on the sand. Our favourite beaches are Polzeath and Harlyn Bay where you’ll find plenty of rock pools to explore! Others include Rock and Daymer Bay on the north coast and Polkerris and Porthluney Cove at Caerhays Castle on the south coast. Take a long walk along the coastline, have a go at picking mussels, enjoy a game of cricket or rounders, or build a fort in the sand – the possibilities are endless!

Our handy book in all the cottages has some great ideas for which areas to hit– or if you’d like further recommendations just come and have a chat.

Jump on a bike

Whether you bring your own bikes along or choose to hire them, there are a great range of nearby routes to explore. The Camel Trail offers a fun day of cycling for the whole family, with equipment hire easily available (for those starting at Wadebridge we recommend Bridge Bike Hire) It’s 5 miles and there is a fantastic hot chocolate stop along the way!

Those looking for more of a challenge will love the mountain biking trails through Cardinham Woods where you’ll find the main Bodmin Beast cycle trail and the two, more difficult, red grade trails Dialled-In-Dave and Hell’s Teeth, which loop off it. The cafe in the woods is AMAZING, with a lovely range of homemade dishes as well as some delicious cakes (vegan, gluten options too!) and scones to enjoy.

Enjoy a coastal walk

Dramatic views, crashing waves and small coves just waiting to be explored; Cornwall’s section of the South West Coast Path extends for around 300 miles, providing plenty of stunning routes to explore – often without another person in sight.

One of our favourites is Menabilly to Polkerris- about 1 hour with little legs in tow. Starting near Menabilly – the estate that inspired Manderlay, the house made famous by Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca and her home for many years – the route will take you past Polridmouth Beach before heading west on the South West Coast Path to the National Trust’s ‘Gribbin Daymarker’ and on towards the idyllic hamlet of Polkerris. A fantastic route that offers stunning views.

Why not treat yourself to a hot chocolate or bite to eat before heading back?  Sam’s on the Beach and the Rashleigh Inn both offer great menus and are super family friendly.

Try your hand at crabbing

One of our top activities on a sunny day, we love to spend a morning or afternoon crabbing at the harbour in Fowey. Grab yourself a bucket and line from our supply and head on down. Make sure to park at Readymoney Cove (parking in Fowey is terrible!) and then walk along the esplanade to the town. Its about 15 minutes with great views and secret gardens for the kids to explore along the way. It means you can also stop off for a well earned dip on the way back- it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a family day out.

Spend a day exploring beautiful Fowey

It was whilst staying in this idyllic waterside town that Kenneth Grahame dreamed of Toad, Ratty and The Wind in the Willows – and it isn’t difficult to see why. Enjoy the spectacular views over the river whilst winding your way around the narrow streets, exploring the many independent shops and cafes tucked away as you go by.

We love visiting many of the restaurants here, including the pizzeria Bufala, Appleton’s – where you’ll find Italian dishes with a contemporary twist – and Fitzroy, which offers modern British dining using local Cornish produce.

Visit some of Cornwall’s spectacular waterfalls

Only around a 20-minute drive from us here at Glynn Barton, you’ll find Golitha Falls; a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls located within an ancient oak woodland.

We recommend following the circular trail – where you’ll find information boards letting you know what to look out for along the way – before heading to Inkie’s Smokehouse, a restaurant tucked away behind the trees that provides a delicious range of authentic wood smoked BBQ dishes. Highly recommended!

Enjoy Cornwall’s magnificent gardens

We couldn’t write about Cornwall at this time of year without mentioning the many beautiful gardens around the county which burst into colour during spring. See the spectacular Magnolias, Camelias and array of spring flowers transform the landscapes into a sea of colour at some of our favourites that include Caerhays Castle, Trewithen, Pencarrow, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Nearby events

Still stuck for ideas? No problem, here are just some of the events taking place nearby during the Easter holidays:

Easter at Eden: 28th March – 19th April

Practise your pouncing, drumming and balancing skills at the wildlife playground or follow the springtime trail with yummy chocolate treats.

Paradise Park: 28th March – 19th April

Take on the Easter Golden Egg Challenge around the park and claim your chocolate reward!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan:  Starting 28th March

Explore the delights of Heligan in spring by following the story trail that includes crafts and outdoor games, as well as the opportunity to meet new-born lambs and other rare breed animals.

Newquay Zoo: 28th March – 13th April

Complete the Eggstreme Easter Egg Trail and claim your chocolate treat.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Trerice: 28th March – 13th April

Celebrate spring with a nature-themed Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt around the garden! Follow the clues and finish your adventure with a Cadbury treat at the end.

We’ve won South West Gold!

Last night we headed to Exeter Cathedral where we enjoyed a fantastic evening at the South West Tourism Awards.

Having been chosen as a finalist in the Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year category, it was a nervous wait to hear the results – however we’re thrilled to announce we were awarded gold!

Judges described Glynn Barton as ‘A Garden of Eden for young families’- something that we are hugely proud of.

Holidaying here is all about getting outside and enjoying back to nature activities like den building, feeding our many animals, playing on our giant fort, toasting marshmallows around the campfire and generally enjoying time together.

As gold winners in the self-catering accommodation category, we will now go on to be nominated for the national VisitEngland awards which take place this summer.

February fun at Glynn Barton

Stunning scenery, empty beaches, fantastic restaurants and much, much more, February half term is a great time of year to visit Cornwall. Here are just some of the things to look forward to during your stay.

Explore the forest

Whether you head into Cardinham Woods to explore the many walking or mountain biking trails available, take part in our fun forest activities that range from den building to toasting marshmallows on a campfire, or enjoy the onsite facilities that include an indoor heated swimming pool, soft play barn, giant outdoor fort and maze, you’ll find plenty to see and do right on your doorstep here at Glynn Barton.

Visit some of Cornwall’s top attractions

From ice skating at the Eden Project, to travelling by steam on Bodmin and Wenford Railway, exploring the Lost Gardens of Heligan to heading underground at Carnglaze Caverns, there’s no shortage of fantastic places to visit. On those wet weather days, why not head to Newquay Aquarium or let the kids let off some steam at Kidz World? The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is well worth a visit too.

Discover Cornwall’s heritage

Found at various stunning locations across the county, the castles of Cornwall offer an interesting insight into the area’s history. Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery and is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, whilst the nearby Restormel Castle enjoys spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. Further afield you’ll find Pendennis and St Mawes Castles, as well as St Michael’s Mount which sits on an island only accessible by a cobbled causeway or by boat. You can find out more about all of Cornwall’s castles here.

Head to the beach

Centrally located between the north and south coasts, our guests are perfectly placed to visit the many beautiful beaches that Cornwall is famous for. Explore the rock pools, wander along the sand or find a nearby café to watch the waves in the warmth. Some of our favourite beaches include Constantine Bay and Polzeath on the north coast and Polridmouth Cove and Polkerris on the south coast.

Take a trip into town

Wander the historic harbour town of Charlestown, enjoy a coffee by the water in fabulous Fowey, discover the fantastic restaurants in Padstow or dare to visit one of the most haunted buildings in the UK during a trip to Bodmin; from picture postcard fishing coves to towns steeped in history, you won’t want to miss the chance to explore some of Cornwall’s picturesque towns and villages.

Something a little bit different

For those looking for something a little bit different, there are a variety of great activities to try during your stay.

Fancy foraging for your own food? Why not head to the beach and try your hand at mussel picking before heading home to cook up a storm! Feeling brave? Take the plunge with an exciting coasteering lesson and see Cornwall’s secluded beaches and coves from a unique point of view. Or does an adventure on dry land sound more appealing? If so, why not explore the county’s landscapes on horseback or head to Hangloose Adventure and fly on England’s longest and fastest zip wire?

Top 10 things to do when your family stays with us in 2020

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

We’ve been chosen as South West Tourism Awards’ finalists!

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!

Heligan

Our favourite Cornish Christmas lights displays

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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:

Heligan By Night: ‘The Art of Illumination’

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.

Mousehole

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.

Angarrack

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.

The Eden Project

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.

Padstow

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?

Charlestown

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.

Things to do in Cornwall this Christmas

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.

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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.

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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.

Self-catering gold!

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.

Glynn Barton Cottages Scoops the Runner Up spot at the Rural Business Awards

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.”

James & Pippa Storey- Rural Business Awards Cirencester.

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

T: 01208821104

M: 07867520324

E: stay@glynnbarton.co.uk

Cornona Virus Update – 25th March

A quick message to all of those that are already booked to stay with us- We are iin the process of contacting all our guests directly. Please bear with us in these unprecedented times as we deal with the large amount of administration involved.

For those that are wanting to book holidays with us for later this year and next, please contact us directly.

In the meantime if you have any questions then please do give us a call or send us an email to stay@glynnbarton.co.uk

As and when we have relevant updates we will be in touch directly and or via our website and social media.

Take care and stay healthy,