Come along to Truro Piazza on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May, to sample some genuine Cornish hospitality and wares. Deborah Martyn Events are once again hosting their brilliant Arts and Crafts Market and filling Lemon Quay with a huge marquee, full of great local suppliers and crafts. Do come up to visit me on the Marsdens Cottage Holidays stand and take part in our “Guess the Cornish Attraction” quiz. You might just be the lucky one and win our lovely Cornish Goodies hamper. I will be quite happy to talk holidays, holiday home ownership, holiday trends, good places to visit as well as where to stay, what to see and great places to eat and drink.
If you are looking to visit Cornwall, during our May events, let me suggest Pennti, a lovingly built, quirky little cottage only five miles from Truro City Centre. A little further afield, near to Newquay, are the gorgeous Colan Barton self-catering Cornish cottages. The swimming pool there is lovely and warm, so you could splash about merrily after a successful shopping trip in Town.
If all this talk of local farmers produce, craft markets and visiting us, has whetted your appetite for some Cornish holiday time, then we have a number of great cottages to choose from, there’s sure to be one to suit your family, so get looking and booking!
If you are thinking of visiting the South West or Cornwall, at all this year, then seriously consider staying during May. Not only does the countryside in general just burst into life, with the most amazing array of natural beautiful wild flowers, but there are also events galore celebrating the end of winter. Some of these local events are now nationally known and recognised, including the most famous on the 1st May, Padstow “Obby Oss” Day and on the 8th May, Helston Flora Dance. This year between the 5th and 20th May you could also take in St Agnes Bolster Festival, the Newquay Surf Championship, St Ives May Day and the Daphne Du Maurier Festival. With such a variety on offer, every member of the family will find an interest catered for. This year specifically, May is especially historic and very exciting, as the Olympic Torch begins its UK journey from Lands End, on 19th May. A brief note on each of these events can be found on the Visit Cornwall web site.
Of course Marsdens Cornish Cottage Holidays are well placed to offer you charming, quality, Visit England rated accommodation, close to these iconic events. In considering a stay near to Padstow, Trevalley House, Wheatley Barn and Bedford Cottage are ideally located. If you wish to be close to Newquay for its local events and those down to St Ives then look at the Colan Barton cottages, for a group up to 19, or individual smaller parties. Of course all of our cottages are superbly placed to enable a stay in Cornwall, to observe the Olympic Torch progression.
Growing up in the countryside means I have abiding memories of that great local institution and eagerly anticipated event – the County Show. Great fun was had by all, whether it was watching the gymkhana, with the cutest butter bean shaped Thelwell style ponies. Westmorland wrestling, as it was then called, was a unique sight, where grown men in white long – johns and highly embroidered velvet shorts on top, struggled to overturn each other and be crowned the champ. Or my personal favourite the produce tents, where children used upside down biscuit tin lids to create a miniature garden, complete with ponds, plants and farm animal models. Delightful.
So of course a major date in our calendar is the Royal Corwall Show from June 7th to 9th, and I am very pleased to say that a number of us from Marsdens will be happily stationed on Stand 374 in area C1. Do come along and meet the team, we’ll be more than happy to help with any holiday cottage or home-owner query. Ideally, combine your visit to the show with a stay in one of our beautiful Cornish Cottages. If you really want to experience a country holiday with the added benefits of an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi then look at Wheatley Barn and Bedford Cottage. Only six miles from the stunning coastline at Crackington Haven and on the owners working dairy farm, you are sure to have a proper Cornish holiday.
I’m not sure how you go about choosing your well deserved short break, or holiday, but I usually try and see what else is available locally, near a cottage I may be interested in. Somehow day-dreaming or thinking about what we might do, or where we might go, helps bring the not yet event, into the now, and extends the whole holiday pleasure. These days of course even a last minute short break can be just as informed, as accessing information by smart phone, lap top or tablet, can easily be managed en-route. Because Marsdens are committed to helping you gain the best from your rest time, we are constantly adding suggestions to consider visiting in our areas, to our Cottage Locations information pages. These are usually main attractions or highly recommended pubs, eateries, or activities to enjoy. By using this service you can easily note a few ideas and you may even get to do them. We all know that a great time was had when we didn’t get round to doing everything on the list.
Just to help even further why not consider viewing our Cornish Cottages and our North Devon Cottages. With new cottages being added weekly, we’re sure you will be spolit for choice and have some happy hours day-dreaming too.
Well today is the first of April – and after a week of absolutely glorious weather here in North Devon I’ve woken to an amazing sight. There is a blanket of thick snow across the countryside and I may be mistaken but it looks like 6 foot drifts. Next door has already built a terrific snowman – with a surfboard – and I’m off in a minute to try and get to the village shop to get some emergency bread, potatoes and cous cous. In the mean-time, if I were you I’d hunker down, get on a nice DVD and enjoy not going anywhere for a while. Have a nice day!