It's finally approaching - 4th of July! We really can't wait to welcome guests back to Tamar Valley Cottages. Needless to say, you will notice a few changes. In this post, we offer 6 tips for making the most of your first holiday post-lockdown.
It's Christmas! As you can imagine, most tourist attractions (including National Trust properties) have events and celebrations lined up, but here are some extra events in and around North Cornwall for you to consider, in date order. Have a wonderful time!
With the May School holidays fast approaching, we thought we would gather as many of the events in and around North Cornwall and Devon to help you plan your activities for the school holidays. This year, there's everything from funfairs to traction engines, dog shows to open gardens. Have we missed out an event? Let us know in the comments below - and have a great holiday!
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.
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!)
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.
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!
The announcement of the year's Blue Flag winners is always highly anticipated, and this year the South-West has done it again, scooping more Blue Flags than any other region of the UK. To read the full list of winners in Cornwall and Devon, read more.
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.