Christmas in Cornwall

Family Christmas in Cornwall

Christmas at Glynn Barton

Want a Christmas Break with a little difference? Whether its dipping your toes in the icy sea (yes it is a little chilly!) blowing away the cobwebs on the coastal path or melting a marshmallow on the campfire we have out together a few of our favourite things to do in Cornwall with the kids

1. Festive Swimming

Festive Swimming in Cornwall
Christmas in Cornwall

A Christmas holiday in Cornwall would not be complete without a festive swim! If you’re feeling brave enough there are various locations to join in. As soon as times are confirmed we will pop them up on the Glynn Barton website but there will be swims all around the coast from North to South so there is no excuse…..

On a warmer note, there are lots of activities to take part in, lots of mulled wine and mince pies to be found. These are just a few ideas for inspiration….

2. Christmas Lights

Mousehole– The lights are back! Although they will not be doing the great big switch on ceremony due to Covid the harbour lights will be up for all to see from the middle of December.

3. It wouldn’t be Christmas without more lights….

The Tunnel of Lights– This is a sure fire way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit at the Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown. They are running from December 1st- January 9th but make sure to book as it’s always a sell out!

Kids Activities Christmas
The Tunnel of Lights

4. Christmas Markets

There are Christmas Markets happening all over Cornwall from mid November. Depending on when you plan a visit check out the below:

13-19th December-  Healeys Cyder Farm

26th– 28th November- Fowey Christmas Market

9th-12th & 16th-19th December- The Enchanted Christmas Market at Wadebridge Showground.

5. Events

Ice Skating at the Eden Project
Ice Skating at the Eden Project

The Eden Project will have their ice skating ring up and running from October Half Term through to February. If however you have skating skills like me, make sure you hire a Poldark penguin or a Padstow Snowman to help the kids around!

The Lantern Trail at the Lost Gardens of Heligan– Heligan are renowned for their illuminations and this is another great way to explore the gardens lit by traditional paraffin lanterns. This is a ticketed event so make sure to book ahead so you don’t miss out!

Throughout December Lappa Valley will be running their steam train and visits with Father Christmas. This is a great way to combine a magical Christmas experience with something for everyone.

6.Where to see the Big Man Himself

Alternatively, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway will be running their Santa by Steam train specials which include a warm welcome by the elves, a ride on the steam train, Christmas activities and finished off with a visit to Father Christmas.

Breakfast with Father Christmas? Need an alternative style visit…. Dairyland are running Breakfast with Santa as well as visits to Santa and their usual day passes for all sorts of Christmas fun.

7. Christmas with the National Trust

Christmas in Cornwall
Father Christmas at Trelissick

This a great way to appeal to all members of the family, whether young or old! Trelissick House will be running their festive weekends in December where you can take part in Percy the Park Keepers Wander Trail, visit Father Christmas and explore all Trelissick has to offer. It’s a full day of fun.

Cotehele will be hosting their visits to not only Father Christmas but Mother Christmas too as well as their magical garland which will be on display in the great hall from the beginning of December. They start the process in January each year as flower seeds are sown and then cut in April to be dried in time for the big reveal.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the tale of the Nutcracker. This year Saltram will be telling the story throughout the house with their festive decorations and treasured collection.

8. Christmas Theatre

The newly revamped Hall for Cornwall will be showing Cinderella from the 1st Dec- 2nd January

The man who wanted to be a penguin and Aladdin will be showing at the Plymouth Theatre Royal.

9. Make it Easy

Christmas in Cornwall
The Cornish Food Box Company

Order your Christmas Hamper from the Cornish Food Box Company who can take care of everything for you. Whether its the full works or just a few bits you can swap in and out what you need- especially if you are bringing Granny’s Christmas pudding with you!


10. A Glynn Barton Christmas

Finally at Glynn Barton, join us for a festive break, a Christmas Campfire with mulled wine (adults!) Hot chocolates and melting marshmallows as well as Christmas treats for all our animals.

Christmas at Glynn Barton
South West Coastal Path

Menabilly to Fowey- the beauty of the Coastal Path

One of our favourite walks is the circular walk from Menabilly to Fowey and back through the headland. And YES, we do it with the boys!

Walking with kids is always entertaining.

“Mummy I’ve got tired legs”, “Mummy I’m hungry”, and the ultimate “Mummy I need a poo!”

The South West Coastal Path is full of the most amazing walks and we are trying to give you the best sections that little legs can cope with.

Walk length: 1h 45mins to Fowey and then 45mins back across the headland.

Snacks required: Custard creams (old school but Freddie’s favourite) Malt loaf (slightly healthier option and Max’s favourite) and lots of promises about ice cream in Fowey!

Polridmouth Cove
Polridmouth Cove

Where to start: As you drive past the turning to Polkerris beach follow the signs to Menabilly. About 2 miles down the road, you will find a car park in a field. Park up at Menabilly and walk right out of the car park. Donate 50p into the Milk Churn at the farm yard. Follow the track all the way down to the beach and turn left onto the South West Coast Path. You literally cannot go wrong!

National Trust South West Coast Path

The walk takes in the beautiful Polridmouth Bay which is a lovely beach if you fancy a secret day out. It’s a great beach to practise skimming stones. There are some ups and downs but easy to take at your own stride.

Don’t forget to look back at Gribbin Head standing proud at the top of the headland. The Lankelly Cliffs are stunning and keep your eyes peeled for Dolphins off the coast. It’s a huge wild flower meadow which is just amazing. Great for a game of hide and seek on the way too.

Wildflower Meadows
Lankelly Cliffs

As you near Fowey take the path to the right for Catherine’s Castle which sits above Readymoney Cove. It’s an English Heritage site which is free to visit and is one of the artillery forts built by Henry VII to defend Fowey Harbour.

St Catherine’s Castle







Continue down to Readymoney cove and follow the esplanade down into Fowey to grab lunch at some of our hot spots- Niles Bakery for a Pulled pork bap, The Cornish Bakery for a pasty or if you fancy a longer lunch stop off at Appletons. There are plenty of benches on the harbour which is down Webb Street or Market Street. On the way back to Readymoney Cove stop and pick up some strawberries from Kittows on the Corner and sneak a peak through the holes in the wall on the esplanade.

Ice Cream at Readymoney Cove

Before heading back on to the path, have a paddle at Readymoney cove and have an ice cream from the little shop by the beach. We can highly recommend the Belgian Chocolate and the Chocolate Caramel Fudge brownie. It is as good as it sounds!!!

As you walk off the beach turn to your left and walk in between the houses back towards Coombe Farm. The path turns to the right for Coombe Farm and walk up the hill. The hill isn’t too long before it turns to the left and then crosses back across the headland. It’s 45mins back across the headland to Polridmouth and the view is just spectacular. Keep an eye out for the swan on the lake.

Polridmouth Cove

Once you hit Polridmouth turn right on the Coastal path and retrace your steps back to the car at Menabilly.

Make sure you tag us in your coastal walks so we can see where you have been stomping.

Have fun




South West Coast Path

Walking with Kids… where is the question!

The South West Coast path is home to 630 miles of the most breath taking views as well as being the UK’s longest and most loved National Trail.

We are lucky to be located in central Cornwall which means we get the best of both the North and South Cornish Coasts. There are lots of lovely walks to do which vary in both ascent. descent and length. The boys still have relatively little legs although they will keep going for miles if you throw a Percy Pig their way! Walking with kids in Cornwall can be fun- I promise you!

Lunchtime at Chapel Point

Portmellon & Bodrugan’s Leap (South Coast)

Length: 5.4 miles (depending if you do the circular)

Time: 3 hours ish….

Great for: Coastal Scenary and seal spotting

This is a great one for appreciating the EPIC coast that we live by.  Start at Gorran Haven (PL26 6JG) which is a small coastal village. There are loos near the car park and a little shop in case you need some snacks/ drinks. It’s a lovely little beach too for either a pre starter paddle or a post walk chill.

Burning energy!

Follow the road down to the beach and then veer off away from the beach up the hill along Church Street and then turn right onto Cliff walk. At the end of cliff walk there is a footpath off to the left just in front of the Cream house with blue windows (Little Perhaver). You are now on the South West Coast Path.


Follow the Coastal path and soak it all in. There are some handy benches for a little sit down or lunch. You will pass Payber Point, Colona Beach and then Chapel Point. Then follow on all the way to Portmellon. Keep an eye out for the seals just before Portmellon.

Walking the South West Coast PathYou can decide here to walk back along the coastal path to Gorran Haven or make it a circular walk crossing through the wetlands. Note that doing the circular walk there are stretches on the road.



If you carry on…. walk down into Portmellon. At the T-junction turn right and then you are down at Portmellon beach. Also a super safe and family friendly. Take the first left down past the boat yard and follow the footpath signs down along the valley and in through the woods.

Portmellon Cove

Walking through the WetlandsKeep an eye out for the wildfowl in the wetlands on your right. When you hit the road hang a right and walk up the steep hill. You will reach the main Portmellon to Gorran road.



At the road turn right and about 100 yards on the left will be a gate in a layby and a footpath sign (slightly hidden by the trees) Hop on over the style and walk through the field on a diagonal. You will exit at the corner and back out onto the road. Turn left onto the road and follow the signs for Gorran Haven.

At Trewollock which is not far down the road take the first footpath sign off to your left. It looks like you are walking into a farm yard but dont panic!! Wiggle your way around the footpath and you will then down through a field to Little Penhaver House again. Then re-join the Cliff road and amble downhill to the Gorran Haven beach.

Grab an ice cream and soak up the peace and tranquillity!

Gorran Haven
The view down to Gorran haven



Local Cornish Food at it’s Best….. Where to shop?

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker……

We are lucky to be surrounded by GREAT local food producers, farm shops and markets near to Glynn Barton Cottages. In fact we are positively bursting at the seams with organic gardens and small businesses that deliver their locally grown and produced fruit, veg, meats etc direct to your cottage door. Whilst we all know about the mainstream supermarkets within Bodmin, if this year has taught us anything it’s to support local as much as you can. Going local is not just about picking up your super fresh goodies, its about the experience too. You will also discover all sorts of activities whilst doing it….. Colwith Farm runs Distillery experiences such as their Distillery Tour, Gin Masterclass, or go all out on the Cocktail Masterclass!

We have put together a little list to help you on your Cornish Food Journey! It’s all available in our Digital Guestbook too


For all things Bakery….

Baker Tom

Baker Tom– We are lucky that the lovely Baker Tom delivers direct to our door three times a week.  He also has stores located in Wadebridge, St Austell and Penzance with a café in Falmouth and Penzance too.

Freddie & Max’s Top Tip: Pain au Chocolat’s please!

Mum’s Top Tip: Toasted sourdough with avocado



For your Fruit & Veggies

Colwith Farm Shop– 15mins away in Lanlivery is the lovely family run Colwith Farm. Whilst they specialise in the growing of potatoes, you might have seen their Distillery featured on Rick Steins Cornwall recently. Their Farm shop is home to amazing leeks, cabbages, parnsips, carrots and potatoes (obviously!). They also stock dairy produce and meat too.

Freddie’s Top Tip: Seriously yummy Carrots!

Mum’s Top Tip: Parsnips for Curried Parsnip soup

The Fruutbox

FruutBox– Fresh fruit and veg delivered direct to your door throughout Cornwall. This is great for your day of arrival. They also work with Replensih Zero Waste from Wadebridge which is fab for your dry goods- pasta, rice, grains etc

Pip’s Top Tip: You can never have enough fruit (not in this house where the boys have worked out how to get to the top shelf in the fridge!)

The Real Food Garden– Join the food revolution with their sustainably produced vegetables. You can opt for one of their beautiful looking veg boxes or hand pick what you need from a wide range of veg and everyday essentials.

Max’s Top Tip: Tomatoes galore!


All things Carnivorous….

Lamb Burgers from Liddicoats

Liddicoats– Located in Lostwithiel just 15mins away is a fab butcher. Everything and anything you might possibly need plus they do Frozen fish too. We can highly recommend their BBQ options once the weather warms up!

Freddie & Max’s Top Tip: Their lamb burgers are EPIC!

Phillip Warren– More things meat located in Launceston and Liskeard. Fab butchers direct from the farm where you can preorder to scoop up on your way past or take a little trip when you walk Golitha Falls.

Jim’s Top Tip: Pork Chops!


I’m a little fishy, in a little dishy…..

Three Jays Shellfish

The Lostwithiel Fish Man– The van calls in at the Community Centre in Lostwithiel once or twice a week. Very dependent o

n time of year! We can let you know his latest timings as they appear!

Three Jays Shell fish– Fresh shellfish, crab, and lobster delivered to your cottage door. So fresh that the lobsters and crabs are still wondering around their box! Direct off the boat from Newquay.


The BEST Cornish Pasty’s

Malcolm Barnecutts– located all over Cornwall these guys even do Pasty’s by post! So if you are missing that Cornish fix, get ordering! Our closest one is located in Bodmin on the Industrial Estate.

Jim’s Top Tip: GO large on the pasty’s! Stilton and Beef….


Lunchtime Goodies

Bella Mama’s Deli– A fab selection of locally produced goodies to choose from. Breads, quiches, sandwiches, cheeses, meats and more which are great for a picnic hamper at the beach or a walk on the moor. Check out their pizza takeaway too!


Markets & Deliveries

The Cornish Food Box Company

Bodmin Farmers Market– Located at Bodmin Nursery and Garden Centre, this usually occurs on the same Saturday in the month. It’s on hold at the moment due to Covid but once it is back up and running we will update everyone.

The Cornish Food Box Company– Just as you would order your Sainsburys or Tesco online deliveries, this operates much in the same way. Fill up your cart with everything you want, and they will deliver it to Glynn Barton Cottages for the morning of your arrival. This is direct from field to fridge!



Who’s Hungry now?!

When is the BEST time to visit Cornwall

Whether it’s a family friendly holiday or a child friendly shortbreak we have all typed into Google…. When is the best time to visit Cornwall!

When you’re planning a family holiday there are always so many things to consider, where to stay, what to do, kids activities- both inside and out (we know the weather isn’t always perfect😊) and the biggest factor of all…. It’s a family holiday which means wherever you go, everyone needs to be able to relax. Parents need pampering too. It might be a spa day, parents night out or even just a little quiet time. At Glynn Barton we have a lovely team of babysitters who can help out on this one.

Check out the below for our ideas on when to visit Cornwall and things to do in Cornwall. We are a bit of an adventure family, we wear shorts nearly all year round and love exploring Cornwall. P.S there is so much we are going to have to do it in instalments!

Spring- February, March, April, May

Weather- Progressively warming up with sunny days stretching longer. Can be wet though so pack those wellies! The last few years have brought us great luck with weather over the February half term. And yes I have been in the sea in Feb!

This is one of our favourite times of the year. The sun starts to peep through and Cornwall is nice and quiet. All of Cornwall’s top attractions begin their seasonal events so that’s a great starting point for things to do in Cornwall. Use our Glynn Barton “Hit List” for the must visit spots.

Our favourite walk for this time of year is the Lerryn to St Winnow circular walk.

Check the tides so you get the beauty of the river- even a dip at high tide if you are feeling brave- otherwise it’s a bit muddy at lower tide! It’s a 3-4 hour walk so take a picnic and enjoy the scenery along the way. It’s a great kids activity as there is so much to look at. The boys (6 and 4 years old) spent ages paddling in the river and collecting stones. Plus the little shop in Lerryn at the end does amazing ice creams! Lerryn is also a great place for paddle boarding, kayaking and picnicking in the Summer with parking right down by the river.

Soak up some Easter events at the lost Gardens of Heligan and of course join in the Glynn Barton Easter egg hunt which will have you hunting for the golden egg.

Screech Owl Sanctuary is a fab toddler friendly activity. Full of wildlife to get up close and personal with as well as watching the Owl flying displays. For the older kids (12 +) book in for a Meerkat experience- best thing EVER!


Beach wise head down to Talland Bay for a paddle in the rock pool and a hot chocolate in the café. If the kids are anything like ours, they just love the beach, building dams and collecting anything and everything.

Summer in Cornwall- June, July, August

Weather- Long, sunny days with the odd rain shower scattered about- although they tend to be shortlived!

This is peak tourist season in the South West but don’t be put off by that. Yes it might mean that you need to book ahead for some of Cornwall’s Top attractions such as Eden Project, Tintagel Castle or events at the Minack Theatre but, we have lots of beaches for when the sun is shining. Beaches like Harlyn Bay and Polzeath have loads of parking right on the beach with the all important loo facilities.

Make sure to book a surf lesson with Wavehunters and if you fancy a go too, book the kids into a Wild Warriors session. They run a fab beach, bush craft and adventure style club.

There are lots of kids activities and family friendly days out. From Adrenalin Quarry for the aqua park, Zipline and Giant Swing to the Giant slip n slide at St Endellion near Polzeath beach.

If its raining, we are lucky to have soft play, an indoor pool, outdoor Hot Tub and a fab games barn all on site. If you need a day out then hit up the Plymouth Aquarium or the Falmouth National Maritime Museum.

Need a walk? There are a couple of options here which are both North Coast walks. Try the Trevone to Padstow walk, pick up lunch in Padstow and then take the short cut back to Trevone across the headland. Or try out the Polzeath to Port Isaac walk and take in Epphaven, Doyden Castle and Port Quinn. Be warned this is not for the faint hearted and is a 4 hour walk, but if you need an older kids activity this is great. It has SPECTACULAR scenery. You will need to take the bus back from Port Isaac to Polzeath.

Get a fresh fish delivery from 3 Jays shellfish who will deliver fresh lobster and crab to your door. So fresh you might find them wandering around the lawn!

Autumn in Cornwall- September, October, November

September is still warm as toast but October starts to bring the cooler weather. The winds start to show from mid October which is perfect for flying a kite! Cornwall starts to quieten down as schools go back. Don’t get me wrong, it can still be busy as the weather is still fab but it’s a great time to soak up all Cornwall has to offer.

Par Beach is the best place for flying a kite. The beach gets the south westerly winds and is a long sandy stretch. Nip around to Polkerris beach after for a hot Chocolate at the Rashleigh Inn.

For kids who are over the toddler threshold then head on over to Tree Surfers at the Tamar Trails adventure centre. There are lots of cycling and walking trails but swinging from the tree is great fun. If you have older kids then check out the seniors course. A great activity for the kids.

Top of the list will always be a spot of crabbing down at the harbour in Fowey. With shops, cafes and ice cream parlours galore there is something for everyone. Not to mention the stroll along the esplanade to Readymoney Cove for a paddle. Keep your eyes out for the peaky holes in the wall. A great family friendly place to visit with lots of toddler friendly activities.

One of the loveliest woodland walks is the National Trust, Lanhydrock Respryn Bridge walk. It takes about 1 hour and is a circular walk. Park at Respryn Bridge and start the walk along the river. Finish up with a cuppa and a play in the park for the kids.  Great kids activities for little legs. They also have great cycling trails.

Winter in Cornwall- December, January

Mild but can be on the windy side! Crisp and Clear days.

Fancy a bracing walk in the fresh air? Bodmin Moor has some excellent walks including the Cheesewring but our fave for December is up in the hills walking Roughtor and Brown Willy. A lovely walk straight from Roughtor Car Park to the top and then if you’re feeling keen head on over to Brown Willy. There are plenty of sheltered spots for a picnic/ hot chocolate stop along the way and the walking is easy going even for little legs. Its bracing and invigorating, but wrap up warm!

Christmas at Eden is truly magical- make sure to book the ice skating or a visit to Santa. Definitely book in a visit to Charlestown to the Shipwreck museum and Tunnel of Lights and finally head on over to the National Trust’s Saltram House for the Christmas lights.

Some of these we haven’t touched on above but definitely check them out:

Glynn Barton’s Hit List

The Eden Project

Tintagel Castle

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lanhydrock House

Saltram House

Adrenalin Quarry

Tree Surfers

Trelissick House & Gardens 

XX See you in Cornwall XX

Covid 19 Update on Activities at Glynn Barton

How we are staying safe

We are still continuing to monitor the ever changing landscape during the current climate and we are following government guidelines. We ask that everyone remain as alert as possible and to practise common sense when social distancing. We ask that everyone follows government guidelines both at Glynn Barton and in our local areas.

Check in & Out

Our check in times are currently 4pm and check out 10am. We are very grateful for everyone’s support in this. We will try to accommodate early check ins where possible but please bear with us.


Our Indoor pool and hot tub are now open and we are operating an online booking system for private use of the pool. This will be shared the week prior to your holiday with us. The pool is open from 9am-9pm  with 12 swimming sessions available per day.

Soft play is open and please use your own common sense when utilising the area. Keep doors and windows open so the area is well ventilated.

Outdoor play areas- these are all open and ready for action.

Our indoor play barn is open and please use your own common sense when utilising the area.

We have hand sanitiser stations located throughout the farm with antibacterial spray and sanitiser in all indoor play areas.


We are continuing to run Animal Feeding at 9am on set mornings.

Unfortunately, at the moment we are not able to run our arts & crafts sessions or campfires. However, we have lots of fun trails around the farm to keep everyone busy.

Digital Guestbook

Our new Digital Guestbook has worked really well since our reopening and access to it will be provided closer to your holiday with us.

Local Lockdowns

At the moment we are safe and healthy! However if you are living in an area which has a local lockdown or a potential lockdown please let us know as soon as possible so we can try to re let your your cottage.

Please note for any Covid related cancellations all documentation will need to be provided. Our normal Terms & Conditions will apply for any non Covid related cancellations.

What happens if…

If you start to show any of the following COVID19 symptoms prior to or during your holiday with us, please let us know immediately and book a Covid test. These are the current signs to look out for; a high temperature, new and continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Guests showing signs of COVID19 whilst staying at Glynn Barton Cottages are required to travel home immediately and self-isolate in line with Government advice. If you are unable to travel home and have to self-isolate in your cottage, please note that you will be liable for any costs incurred due to the cancellation of future guests.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to call on 01208 821 104 or email us at

When Honest Mum came to stay….

Sometimes going on holiday with the kids can be daunting! Remember the days of romantic mini breaks, lush lie ins, fluffy towelling robes, long breakfasts with the papers and long coastal walks?

Then the kids arrived and holidays took on a different style! We were no longer looking for peace and quiet but places with activities! We are lucky as Freddie was born in Dubai we got used to travelling with him and long journeys didn’t phase us. Add Max into the mix and even the 7 hour drive to Granny’s is actually nice. It means we sit down for a change! Don’t get me wrong there were definitely low points but I got used to it. I always boarded a plane armed with snacks- not just for the kids but for me! Having a meal wasn’t an option when travelling with 2 kids from Sri Lanka to London via Delhi! So suffice to say I arrived at Heathrow after a journey of chocolate and diet coke into the arms of my Dad who scooped us all up and drove us home.

When we moved to Glynn Barton we wanted to create a space for everyone to be able to enjoy their holiday. Happy kids equals happy parents and vice versa. A place where the kids can play safely, make friends and the parents can kick back, relax and soak in all the memories. We realise we are not on everyone’s doorstep and the journey can take it out of you. A friend gave me some great advice in my early days with the kids. She told me to pack in compartments! That means, spare clothes in ziplock bags and snacks in sip lock bags- it saved me on more than one occasion (Thank you LJ!)

You can be as involved as you want at Glynn Barton. Scaling the fort with the kids, playing kings and queens or just admiring them with an enormous cup of coffee as you’ve been up all night with the youngest! These things happen! You get used to sleeping through when they hit a certain age……. then they throw in a shocking night and you feel like the ground is going to swallow you up whole and its literally one step in front of the other. We definitely still have these and it does mean I forget to check the stocks on the ice creams and fudges in the shop!

So, we all need a little R n R in our lives and our aim is to achieve this for all our guests. At February Half Term we had the pleasure of hosting Vicki from Honest Mum and her lovely family for just that. A break from everyday where the family could reconnect. Check out her blog on it below…


P.S. Check out her book Mumboss: The Honest Mum’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home which is free on Audible at the moment!!

Glynn Barton Family Friendly luxury Cottages in Cornwall perfect for children of all ages with 13 acres of land to roam free. Located close to beaches

Getting Ready for Reopening- Covid19 Safety & Social Distancing

We are overly excited to be able to reopen and are looking forward to seeing all our guests, both old and new in the not too distant future. The last few months have been extremely difficult for everyone and we are incredibly grateful for the support that we have received.

The Government guidelines are continuously changing which we must adhere to. This can be a frustrating process on all sides but we will try and keep you updated as soon as they happen.

We have completed a thorough Risk Assessment of Glynn Barton Cottages and our main priority will be for the health and safety of our family, guests, and support teams. We have had to make some changes that we hope you will understand and have worked hard to make sure we have the correct safety measures in place for you to enjoy everything that Glynn Barton Cottages has to offer. With that in mind, participation in our activities and use of our facilities is at your own risk. We ask that everyone remain as alert as possible and to practise common sense when social distancing.

Glynn Barton is all about family and making memories. We will continue to host our magical holidays to the best of our ability in our slightly altered ways!


The important stuff….

Opening Date

We will be reopening on Saturday 4th July 2020

Cleaning Procedures

We already had high cleaning standards for all our cottages and facilities, but we have stepped it up even further. We will be following the PASC (Professional Association of Self Caterers) protocols and using Anti-Viral products for disinfection. Due to this we have had to change the check in and out times to make sure we can complete the requirements on changeover day.

We now have a 5-step process in place;

  1. Ventilate
  2. Eliminate
  3. Clean & Disinfect
  4. Check
  5. No Re Entry

Each cottage will be provided with a Glynn Barton COVID19 Care kit which will contain; a Mask, set of gloves, Hand sanitiser, Wipes, Viricidal Spray & Cloth. However, we strongly urge you to bring your own Hand sanitiser too.

Facilities on site

Whether it is the giant fort, maze, swings, or tennis there is lots to keep everyone busy. We are lucky to have lots of outdoor space where social distancing can be adhered to.

Our outdoor hot tub will be reopening on Saturday 11th July and our indoor pool on 25th July. The pool and hot tub will need to booked for private swimming sessions by cottage. We have set up an app and online to make it easier.

Unfortunately, we cannot open the soft play or play barn for the time being. With all our lovely toys it is not possible for us to maintain the standard required between guest use. We have lots of games available so if you would like some adding to your cottages please let us know. There will also be an activity pack in the cottages on your arrival.

Activities on site

We have been a little creative throughout lockdown with the outdoor space that we have. James has built a new fitness trail around the woods as well as an adventure clues trail. Freddie & Max helped build a game of Giant Quoits too!

We will be feeding all our animals on the farm through structured feeding sessions in smaller groups. They will also be available in the fields to visit at your own leisure.

We have hand sanitiser stations located throughout the property

Local Attractions & Things to do

Many of Cornwall’s attractions have started to reopen with their social distancing measures in place. It does mean that you cannot be quite so spur of the moment as attractions need to be pre booked with timed entry slots. Please book ahead to avoid any disappointment. Beaches are open with surfing lessons available and social distancing measures in place.

Our Digital Guestbook has an abundance of adventures for you to find with lots of open spaces and great for those little explorers

Food & Provisions

We will be stocking our lovely home-made meals by Angels in the Kitchen in the Glynn Barton Shop. The local pubs, cafes and restaurants are also offering pre ordered takeaway services. We also have a couple of Food Trucks which are delivering to Bodmin. This will all be available in our Digital Guestbook and the menu from Angels in the Kitchen.

Supermarket deliveries are being prioritised for those shielding but there are some slots available. The Cornish Food Box Company are delivering their usual straight from Field to Fridge locally grown produce too.

Arrivals & Departures

We will be sending out detailed instructions along with our new Digital Guidebook on the Monday before your arrival. This will contain everything you need for your arrival

What happens if…

If you start to show any of the following COVID19 symptoms prior to your holiday with us, please do not travel and let us know immediately. These are the current signs to look out for; a high temperature, new and continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Guests showing signs of COVID19 whilst staying at Glynn Barton Cottages are required to travel home immediately and self-isolate in line with Government advice.

Finally if you have any questions on our processes or plans please get in touch via email at

We cannot wait to see you all!

James, Pippa, Freddie & Max


🌴From the beaches of Sri Lanka to the rolling moors of Cardinham in Cornwall this is our Storey…..

😁Want to know more about us?!😁

Who we are, our BIG move to Cornwall and what we offer.

😍James and I met when we were 16….. we did the usual School, University, Travel, Working in London and then we shifted gears! We moved to Dubai…for 8 years! James worked in Oil and Gas HR & recruitment for the Finance Sector and I worked as a Buying Manager for Gap & Banana Republic. We loved Dubai, the sunshine, the outdoors, the fitness and endless exploring. I took a Personal Trainer Course we loved it that much! We trekked the Himalayas, climbed the Hajjar Mountains and got lost in Oman. In 2013 we went on holiday to Cornwall. We visited Mousehole, walked the South West Coast path and fell in love. We wanted to live there!!! Freddie was born in Dubai (something he loves to tell everyone) and although his life started very early and in a bit of a hurry he has never lost that energy. When number 2 was in the oven, I wanted to spend more time with the kids. Something that was difficult to do in Dubai. It is an expensive place and my role wasn’t geared for Part Time!


👨‍🌾We wanted to work for ourselves, to have the family time we craved and to share that time together. Something that when you are both working 8am-8pm is difficult to balance, thus we knew we needed a change.


As everyone asks” What made you become Holiday Cottage owners?”


🌠Taking a dream and following it through with passion and determination! We love our kids, we love the outdoors, we love having fun. Seems straight forward enough doesn’t it? But it took time. We spent a year in the UK whilst Max was born trying to discover where we wanted to be. Was it by the sea? On the top of a Moor? Or was it farming at home? We saw endless properties that just didn’t fit the bill or the budget.


After struggling to move forward in 2016 we headed to Sri Lanka for a year managing luxury Holiday villas which gave us an insight into what we were letting ourselves in for! I had worked in retail and customer facing roles in Dubai but James hadn’t. Managing guest expectations in Sri Lanka was “interesting”.


🌲In 2017 we moved back to the UK to give it one final go. We decided it was now or never, otherwise it was back to 9-5. We had always put off Cornwall as felt it was too far from family (Lincolnshire and Northumberland), but then we found Glynn Barton Cottages. On our first viewing we saw the property, were stunned at the level of facilities and took a walk through the woods. Who wouldn’t want to live here? It was like being in an Alpine village. Surrounded by tall Trees, never ending greenery and no noise!


🎁We moved in 2 weeks before Christmas with guests already booked in. It broke us in gently, as after we just about managed to survive Christmas and New Year we closed for a month for annual maintenance.


🏗It was hard! Something we could never have imagined. As my Mum kept saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”. We wanted to put our stamp on it immediately so its been a tough few years to get to where we have. We are not shy of hard work and manage the business


🏆Since we took over the business we have now won 3 awards for; The Best Self Catering in the South West, The Best Self Catering in Cornwall and Runner Up for Tourism at the South West Rural Business Awards. We couldn’t be more proud of all that we have achieved in the short space of time we have been here and that we are doing it as a family. Freddie & Max are very much a part of Glynn Barton and have a lot to do with all the activities we do with our guests. We now have the life that we always dreamed of. Time with our kids, rural living, space, balance (finally!) peaceful walks from the doorstep and stunning Cornish beaches.


😍We love what we do! 😍

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.