It's here again, and even earlier this year! October half-term in the North Cornwall / Devon offers a wonderfully diverse mix of entertainment. Alongside the usual Halloween activities, you will also find everything from classical concerts to supersonic cars, bobbing apples to swimming dogs! There's scary, silly, soggy and sozzled! If we've missed an event, let us know in the comments below.
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.
As a region known for its rural economy, you'd expect the South-West to offer some great farmers' markets. You wouldn't be wrong. In the North Cornwall and Devon area, we've pulled out eight that are worth a look for anyone seeking out great local produce and handmade gifts. If we've missed your favourite, let us know in the comments below. Markets in alphabetical order.
Wow - what an amazing summer we have lined up for 2017! There is usually a great range of events throughout July and August but this year looks to be particularly promising. Carnivals, music festivals, concerts, model trains, cider, ice-cream, and agricultural shows galore - there really is something for everyone. What tickles your fancy? If we've forgotten an event, let us know in the comments. Have a great summer!
Many of our guests visit us for the excellent walking opportunities. From rugged clifftops to open moorland, winding rivers to fishing villages, there are some great hikes to be had. For those that are feeling even more adventurous, the area also has some more serious adventures on offer. This week, we’re featuring the 5 highest points in Cornwall – perhaps unsurprisingly they all happen to be on Bodmin Moor. How many have you climbed?
February is a great time to visit the Tamar Valley. Not only are you treated to early Spring flowers, but you can enjoy the wonderful selection of half-term activities laid on by local attractions. Most venues are holding some sort of special events, but here are a handful of dates that look particularly fun. Have we missed one? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!
We all know that Christmas is a great time to be in Cornwall, but what if you have taken advantage of the bargain breaks available in January and February? Don't worry - even with the festive season over, there are plenty of great activities you can get up to. Here are a few ideas - do you have any others? Add them in the comments below or tell us on social media.
Gourmet handmade dog treats are a growing trend among dog-owners. Indeed, all dogs staying in our cottages are treated to a pack of goodies from the excellent Klassy Canine Bakery in Devon. However, did you know how easy it is to make your own? In this post, we share a wonderfully simple recipe for some Christmas dog treats. Great for spoiling your four-legged friend this festive season or for giving to fellow dog-lovers.
Most of us love a good firework display, and at this time of year there are plenty to choose from. But what if your four-legged friend isn't quite as keen? With pointers from the Kennel Club, we've collected 5 great tips for keeping your dog happy this bonfire night. Have you got a great tip? Let us know in the comments or tell us via social media.
It’s not surprising that in the homeland of cream teas there is such a great range of cafés that serve them. All our guests get a free cream tea at our cottages, but they also finish their breaks singing the praises of various Cornish cafés. At these fantastic venues you won’t find shop-bought scones being defrosted in the microwave. Instead, home-made treats, superior service, and often stunning views set these apart. Here, we’ve arduously compiled our best ten from a huge list of strong contenders - we couldn't choose our favourites among this list, so we've ordered them roughly from South to North. If we’ve missed your top pick, please add it to the comments below.
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.
We are always glad to welcome dogs to our cottages – but are there enough dog-friendly attractions around North Cornwall to keep them occupied? The answer is a resounding yes! Read More to check out our Top 5 attractions in the area that will be as pleased to meet your four-legged friend as we are!