Once again, the South West has excelled in this year's Blue Flag awards with 32 beaches in the entire region scooping the accolade, out of just 71 nationwide. Cornwall & Devon have been awarded 21 Blue Flags between them, and Devon has had a stellar year with 14 award-winning beaches. To see the full list, read more.
Cornwall is proud of its history and unique customs. In this blog post, we investigate just a few customs that take place around Easter time. Dollies, dogs and cockles!
It's a joy for we dog-owners to find more and more eateries opening their doors to our four-legged friends. Bude is developing a reputation for great places to eat, so for this blog post we've collected 5 of our favourite spots - including pubs, a cafe and a restaurant - that will welcome all members of your family! If we've missed your favourite, let us know in the comments below!
We are delighted to announce a new furry member of the Tamar Valley Cottages family - meet Miss Charlotte Wright, an adorable bundle of puppy energy. She will be keeping you informed of her life here in North Cornwall - so read on!
Since the Victorian era, Bude has been a popular destination for visitors from across the country. These days, Bude offers an almost bewildering array of attractions to suit everyone. We all have our favourites, and it would be impossible to list every option (although VisitBude does an excellent job on its website), but here are a few highlights that you can’t miss! (If we've missed something worth mentioning, let us know in the comments below!)
In our last blog post, we looked into the fascinating geography of our river valley. This week, we’re dipping our toes into the area’s rich cultural heritage. From raspberries to Romans, read on to learn about the Tamar’s history.
There’s no doubt about it – here at Tamar Valley Cottages we’re privileged to be positioned in one of England’s finest areas of unspoilt countryside. Word seems to be getting out that the Tamar is a wonderful place to visit – but how much did you know about the valley’s fascinating geography? Read on!
If you're lucky enough to be staying with in North Cornwall for Bonfire Night, you'll have a good choice of bonfires or firework displays to choose from. It’s one of our favourite nights of the year and there’s nowhere better to enjoy Bonfire Night than right here in Cornwall. If you’ve brought your dogs with you, don’t worry – while occasionally a few fireworks are let off in private gardens in the parish, Tamar Valley Cottages tends to be a very quiet and peaceful way to escape the celebrations!
It's October half-term already! If you're lucky enough to be spending the week in the North Cornwall area, there is a great selection of local events to keep you and your family amused. Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below. Have a great holiday!
We know our county is a popular destination for holidaymakers, and everyone that stays with us seems to have a wonderful time exploring - yet we really feel we should bring to your attention 5 reasons for avoiding Cornwall.
To the casual visitor, Launceston may seem like a sleepy little market town with not much on. Dig a little deeper, and you will find plenty to entertain all ages, both in the town and its surrounding area. Here are 10 things to do in Launceston - if we've missed out your favourite, let us know in the comments!
Cornwall is becoming a bit of a haven for food fans, with its smorgasbord of seafood and fresh farm produce, but food has always been an important part of Cornish culture. In this post, we picked out 8 of our favourite edible treats from the region. Have we missed your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!
This week is National Park week, so we're sharing with you just one of the countless wonderful walks that await you on Dartmoor. Set on the very edge of the moor, not far from Tavistock, it is small wonder that many visitors drive past Foggintor without ever knowing of its existence. In this post, we offer a little bit of its history along with some great walking routes for all abilities.
Summer has most definitely arrived! As usual, local attractions will all be putting on special events throughout the school holidays to keep you and your family amused. However, we've collected a few events in the North Cornwall / Devon areathat might otherwise escape your attention. Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below!
Can you believe it? - We're halfway through Series 4 already. Despite the narrative that includes Poldark's work in London, we're delighted to see homage paid to the glorious landscapes of Cornwall once again. In this blog post, we've cherry-picked our 5 favourite locations of the series so far. Have we missed your favourite spot? Let us know in the comments below!