If these Beasts from the East will finally allow us a springtime, it might just about be time to celebrate Easter! As usual, local attractions (such as National Trust properties) are all holding some sort of Easter egg hunt or themed events, but here are a few ideas that you might otherwise have missed. Did we miss a great event? Let us know in the comments below!
Over a couple of centuries, Bude has turned from a barren 'furzey down' to a thriving, award-winning coastal resort. Many of you will already be familiar with its charms, but how many of these 12 fascinating Bude facts did you already know? If you know any others, let us know in the comments below!
Locally, it's not hard to find somewhere that can serve you a tasty cream tea or a cup of decent coffee - but are there places where you can enjoy a view of Cornwall at the same time? You bet! In this blog post, we've collected 5 great cafés where you are also treated to a stunning Cornish vista. I'm sure there are more - if we've missed one, let us know in the comments below!
In a county as picturesque as Cornwall, it's not easy to pick out the best photo opportunities... but we like a challenge! Of course, many of our chosen spots make for a great walk to blow off those cobwebs or shed those Christmas calories, but this list is really for the photographers amongst you. So charge your batteries, find that memory card, and explore our 8 fantastic photo opportunities in North Cornwall:
Autumn is a great time to explore Cornwall with your family, so here are 6 great reasons why you might want to consider spending your October half-term holiday with us at Tamar Valley Cottages.
Recently, two national newspapers have chosen their favourite beaches in the country and happily, they are on the North Cornish coast. However, they’re about as different as they could be. Here are our thoughts on their choices, and how to choose the right beach for you.
As we now enter summer, more and more of us will be donning our bathers and heading into the bracing bite of the Atlantic. Thankfully, accidents are relatively rare, but one particular hazard remains a constant threat and sadly has taken many lives - the rip current, often known as a riptide or undertow. In this blog post, we describe what a rip current is, how to spot it, and how to escape it.
May 2017 - Once again, the South-West has excelled itself in 2017's Blue Flag awards, with nearly 1 in 5 of the nation's cleanest beaches being located in the region. Cornwall and Devon alone account for 18 of the awards but it's not just about clean water - Blue Flags are only awarded to beaches with the highest standards of water quality, safety, and beach facilities. So which beaches have made it onto the newly announced 2017 list? Read more to find out!
Love is in the air! With its stunning coastline, moors and ancient forests, North Cornwall is a great place to woo your significant other. To celebrate Valentine's day, in this post we've collected 5 of our favourite romantic spots in the area for you to enjoy. (Don't worry - they also make great attractions for single visitors and full families!) Have we missed your favourite? Let us know on social media or add it to the comments below.
The hustle and bustle of the summer season is soon over. So what is it exactly that draws visitors to our wonderful region between September and November? Here are 5 great reasons for visiting Cornwall and Devon this autumn.
Updated: The third series of BBC's Poldark has kicked off to give us our weekly fix of brooding drama and sweeping Cornish vistas. Series 3 has moved some of the locations out of the county, but of course the coastal views are unmistakably Cornish. We are adding to our comprehensive list of the main shooting locations so this post now covers Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3, so read more to discover Poldark's Cornwall.
We will keep this page updated in case we spot any extra locations as the new series unfolds.
New locations added: 10/10/16, 17/10/16, 31/10/16, 12/05/17,
Series 3: 12/07/17, 13/07/17, 19/07/17, 21/07/17
Most of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches are dog-friendly to some extent over the winter months, but there are still plenty of great spots that allow dogs year round even in the peak of summer. We’ve rounded up our 5 favourite beaches in North Cornwall that always allow dogs. If we’ve missed your top recommendation, add it in the comment section below.
The season for holidays is nearly upon us! If you’ve managed to book somewhere like Tamar Valley Cottages that welcomes dogs, your four-legged friend will be looking forward to a break as much as you! We’ve compiled a handy mini-guide for taking your dog on holiday including some useful info on beach etiquette and walks on Dartmoor. Some of it may be stating the obvious, but it's good to have a list. If you have a tip we’ve missed, please leave it in the comments below.
Affirmative! Cornwall and Devon now have the highest number of Blue Flag beaches of anywhere in the UK! Well let's be honest, it's no big surprise to us that some of the West Country's beaches are world-class, but to have it confirmed is always nice. It's not just about clean water - Blue Flags are only awarded to beaches with the highest standards of water quality, safety, and beach facilities. There are plenty of cosy little coves with crystal clear water that will never get the flag, because they don't have a beach shop for example. However, Blue Flags are still a pretty good indicator of a great all-round experience, so which beaches in particular have made it onto the newly announced 2016 list? Read more to find out!