We've just submitted our entry for this year's Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, so now seems as good a time as any to share with you our surprising findings, along with a few thoughts about the wonderful bird-watching opportunities in the area.
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.
It wasn’t so long ago that the only place in the country (or even the world) where you could buy clotted cream was the West Country. These days of course, companies are shipping the beautiful stuff to supermarkets nationwide. However, if you’re ever in short supply, did you realise you can make it at home? In this blog post, we reveal 2 super easy ways of making clotted cream.
England is renowned for its quirky and quaint place-names, but Cornwall, with its extra language, has some real oddities. In this blog post, we explore the origins of some of North Cornwall and Devon’s place-names. If there’s a particular name that you can’t fathom, let us know on social media and we’ll do some digging for you.
Here in the rural upper reaches of the Tamar Valley we are very proud of our distinctive wildlife. Last year we were pleased to be part of an initiative from the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project through which we borrowed a bat detector. The results were more than a little surprising!
It's nearly that wonderful season again! Snowdrops are already cautiously poking their heads up, and even daffodils are beginning to ease open. Springtime is a truly special time of year for the South-West. We've collected a few fantastic spring garden experiences to celebrate the beautiful flora of Cornwall and Devon. If we've missed one, let us know on social media or in the comments below.
After the warmest and wettest December on record, our poor flowers are completely confused! Daffodils before Christmas, snowdrops before New Year, and now our first camellia has flowered!
Have you ever wondered why this happens?
Welcome to our brand new website!
We have made lots of changes to improve your experience - we are now completely mobile-friendly, allowing you to browse the site and even book from the convenience of your phone.
There is now lots more information in the 'Places to Visit' section and we've added even more photos on the cottage pages so you can explore Tamar Valley Cottages.
We are also launching our blog - here you will find great posts about the cottages, brilliant local events, dog-friendly information and much more.
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