Forgotten houses

  Cornwall and Devon are steeped in wonderful history; you can’t turn a corner without a stately home or picturesque cottage popping into view. It’s what makes these counties so unique and often the main attraction for many tourists.   But what if you had a chance to stay in one of these magnificent houses? …read more ›

Helston Flora Day

  Tomorrow sees the return of the traditional Helston Flora Day. An ancient festival where the streets of Helston are adorned with flora and lined with people eager to see the annual procession through the town.   Believed to be pre-Christian and connected to pagan spring festivals  flora day celebrates the end of winter and …read more ›

Seasonal Spring Food

  As the days get lighter, the rain less frequent and the evenings vaguely warmer we say goodbye to stews and hello to salads as the spring’s seasonal food works its way onto our dinner tables. The heartiness of winter is replaced with the freshness of spring and with it comes a variety of ingredients …read more ›

Signs Spring is here!

The West Country is wonderful in any season but Spring brings new life to the glorious counties and with it some wonderful sights.  This month sees the return of swallows and cuckoos from warmer climates and a flurry of activity from birds building their nests ready for the new generation. Watch out for low flying …read more ›

National Gardening Week

  Next week sees the nation celebrate all things green for National Gardening Week. Garden gates are thrown open all across the country with events, talks and tours being held at various locations to encourage people into the great outdoors. For more information about national Gardening Week and find an event near you please visit …read more ›

Signs Spring has Sprung

In between the sun, rain, wind and frost small signs pop up in our gardens to show us that the winter’s days are drawing to a close and spring is finally creeping its way in. According to official records the first flowering of Magnolia campbellii champion trees signifies the start of spring in our sub-tropical …read more ›

Spring Cleaning the Garden

  As the first snowdrops open and the occasional daffodil pops up we slowly say goodbye to the winter and welcome spring into our gardens. With the days getting slowly warmer it’s the perfect time for spring cleaning the garden ready for the coming seasons. Here are a few tips to keep your garden in …read more ›

Upcoming Events of 2016

As the first week of January comes to a close and the shock of returning to normality subsides there are a number of events happening in Cornwall, Devon and Pembrokeshire South Wales (the locations of Forgotten Houses) in 2016 to look forward to and make this month seem less gloomy.   From festivals to feasts, …read more ›

Things to do in Cornwall for Autumn – From woodland walks to Christmas festivities

As the nights draw in and the rainy days seem endless, Cornwall is brightened up with a plethora of activities on offer to welcome in the autumn chilly season. As well as things to do for a range of ages and abilities our beautiful county is also bursting with stunning autumn colours and offers numerous …read more ›

Autumn in Cornwall

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Cornwall, with fewer crowds and the hustle and bustle of the midsummer holiday makers now a distant memory. This is also the season when Cornwall reveals its rugged and wild beauty and invites visitors to get outdoors and discover all that this glorious county has to offer. Autumn in …read more ›

Falmouth Oyster Festival

From Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th October, Falmouth’s Events Square will see the return of the annual Falmouth Oyster Festival. This celebration of the native Fal Oyster and Cornish seafood in all its glory is sure to be a delight for all food-lovers. Featuring daily cookery demonstrations, the Falmouth Oyster Festival is the perfect chance …read more ›

The Great Cornish Food Festival

From Friday 25th until Sunday 27th September, Truro’s Lemon Quay will once again play host to the 12th annual Great Cornish Food Festival. This celebration of Cornish food and drink is the biggest event worldwide dedicated entirely to Cornwall’s produce, showcasing the finest that the county has to offer. An exciting mix of demonstrations, masterclasses …read more ›

Wildlife Experiences in Cornwall

No visit to Cornwall is complete without exploring the wealth of wildlife that makes its home here. With over 420 miles of coastline, Cornwall’s wildlife flourishes thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream which creates Cornwall’s unique climate. Here is our pick of Cornwall’s top wildlife experiences, so you can get up-close and …read more ›

Cornwall’s Top Cream Teas

The Cornish Cream Tea has become globally famous thanks to the delicious combination of fresh scones, fruity jam, and rich Cornish Clotted Cream. With cream teas available in virtually every café in Cornwall, our pick of the best will help you discover the finest that Cornwall has to offer. Just remember, in Cornwall it’s jam …read more ›

Poldark’s Cornwall

  Poldark fever has swept the nation, with audiences enchanted by both Winston Graham’s tale of this Cornish family and the beautiful and dramatic Cornish landscape which has featured heavily in the series. Now, with a second series due to return to our screens this Autumn, we have selected our pick of the stunning Cornish locations used in the BBC series …read more ›

A Dog’s Guide to Cornwall

Cornwall is a wonderful destination for a dog-friendly holiday.  So, while your owners are busy with the packing, we thought we’d get down to the important business of giving all you Cornwall-bound hounds a guide to what Cornwall has in store for you. With over 250 miles of coastline, all covered by the South West …read more ›

A Day in Port Isaac

A warren of winding, narrow streets, where traditional whitewashed cottages jostle for space around a harbour with colourful fishing boats moored in turquoise waters. Port Isaac is the quintessential Cornish fishing village, offering visitors an enchanting slice of Cornish life. We recommend starting your day at the large car park at the top of the …read more ›

Gardens in Cornwall

Cornwall has lots to offer garden-lovers, with many spectacular gardens to be found here. The mild coastal climate means that Cornwall is bursting with impressive and beautiful gardens. These special conditions allow plants to thrive all year round, with many unusual and exotic tender species making their home here. Bosvathick House in Constantine, near Falmouth, has a fine, …read more ›

Falmouth Week

As the bustling harbour town of Falmouth gets ready to host the South West’s largest sailing regatta, we have handpicked the best of this vibrant annual festival to give an overview of what makes this an event worth visiting. Running from 7th-16th August 2015, Falmouth Week combines a celebration of all things nautical with a …read more ›

Historic Wales

Pembrokeshire in Wales is blessed with a treasure trove of historic sites and a dramatic coastline. This must-see area of Britain makes the perfect location for an historical holiday, plunging yourself into times gone by and experiencing life from another era. The 12th Century Manorbier Castle gives visitors a taste of feudal life in the Middle Ages. The birthplace of Gerald of …read more ›

Cornwall Beaches

When you think Cornwall, you think beaches, sparkling blue seas, golden sands and long days relaxing and playing about in the water. With over 400 miles of coastline, Cornwall abounds with beautiful bays and secluded coves, making it an ideal holiday hotspot. Surf-lovers will be wowed by the wide expanses of sand and rugged cliffs …read more ›

Padstow in Summer

Padstow is the quintessential Cornish fishing village; with picturesque boats bobbing about in the harbour and quaint buildings nestled in colourful streets. A perennial favourite with locals and tourists alike, Padstow has plenty to offer visitors, giving even the most ambitious holiday-maker a full schedule. Padstow’s charm will soon work its magic and have you …read more ›