From coast to coast, Cornwall is plentiful in exciting places to see and things to do, but take a jaunt from east to west and you could be forgiven for missing secret coves and hidden gems, waiting to be explored.
To help you make the most of your time in Cornwall, Neil Moore, Director of Portscatho Holidays which offers one of the largest selections of holiday cottages in South Cornwall, shares his favourite places to explore:
The villages of the Roseland Peninsular
Lots of little villages make up the Roseland Peninsula, each with their own personality, here are just
three: St Mawes is classic and chic, set against a backdrop of traditional cottages and a pretty harbour;
where you’ll find the base for Portscatho Holidays. St Just in Roseland is where the poet Sir John
Betjeman declared the churchyard ‘the most beautiful on earth’; you can see what he meant when
you wander through the grounds of one of Cornwall’s most visited churches. Portscatho has a
wonderfully sheltered beach for swimming and the all-important sandcastle building; it’s also an
active fishing port where you can buy fish straight off the boat’.
A stop at Knightor Winery is a must-do for me; a working winery nestled in 4 acres of Cornish
hedgerows, pasture and orchard above St Austell Bay. They make you very welcome at both their
winery and shop where you can sample some of their wines and vermouth, or on their pre-booked
tours. They also host wonderful feasts and celebrations, with the finest local produce and of course,
Lamorran House Gardens
A haven of Italianate design and subtropical planting, I can spend hours wandering round its gravel
paths and through hidden archways. I like to take in the spectacular views over to the lighthouse at
St Anthony’s Head and enjoy a coffee and cake at their café ‘La Terrazza'. Lamorran has been
featured on Gardeners World, as well as in the top 10 of a 'BBC Nation's Favourite Gardens' poll.
Portscatho Holidays take bookings for Lamorran Lodge which is a holiday home right next to the
gardens and gives guests complimentary admission to the gardens.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
I often hop on the ferry from St Mawes and head to the aptly named Discovery Quay in Falmouth to
the National Maritime Museum. It’s a fabulous building housing objects from round the world,
telling stories of life on the sea both in Cornwall and internationally. They’ve got family activities on-
site and run education programmes in Cornwall and beyond – a fascinating place to find out more
about how the water has shaped life here in Cornwall. The admission ticket includes unlimited
return visits for the following 12 months!
Built upon on a peninsula jutting out into the Carrick Roads, this artillery fort was constructed by
Henry VIII between 1540 and 1542 to protect against invasion from France. Today it’s managed by
English Heritage and they do a great job of telling its history – amazing to think it remained in use
until the end of WWII where it was used as a secret military base. There is a nice café and plenty of
grassy areas to sit and admire the views.
Portscatho's ‘main beach’ is wide and sandy, with beautiful views both inland and out to sea, at low
tide there is plenty of space for beach games and dogs are welcome all year. As it’s a National Trust
beach it’s well preserved and the real delight here is that you might spot porpoises, dolphins or even
basking sharks. And after a good walk, a game of football or a nature spot you’re not far from the
Hidden Hut café which is becoming a must-go destination in the area.
Explore from the water
And once you’ve explored from the land it’s so easy to get onto the water - mini cruises, water taxis
fishing trips and coastal safaris are available all along the coast. The ferry from outside Portscatho
Holidays' base at St Mawes will take you to Falmouth 364 days of the year, swapping a 29 mile road
journey for a 20 minute cruise.
If you want to be more active on the water then The Roseland Peninsula provides some of the best sailing and paddling areas in the country – so many ways to get out there.
Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of articles and top tips for this years upcoming wedding trends..? We're not surprised! To make it easier for you, we have narrowed down our favourites that would look simply fantastic here at Knightor Winery. Here's what's hot for Summer 2019 weddings.
RUSTIC BARN VENUES
Rustic wedding venues were a popular choice for 2018 so we are very chuffed that the rustic barns are still hot for 2019! Knightor’s main barn is a handsome example of typical late 18th or early 19th century, multi-purpose farm building, incorporating both a shippon and a threshing barn. Our high beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls create a natural yet simple backdrop for any style of wedding. Each rustic barn has its own unique character and with its big open spaces, it's perfect for creating your unique wedding.
Now it may not be brand new to 2019 but festival weddings are still in this summer. Last years festival weddings were inspired by 'shabby chic' however, this summer it’s all about being minimal but bold! Think bright statements, think green, and think sparkle!
So we may be steering away from the ever-so-cute shabby chic this year but do not worry, we still be keeping our floral crowns, colourful bunting and hay bales. This year's couples are approaching these classic festival decorations with a little more creative elegance. More green foliage, more flower instalments and big colourful statement finishes to create the natural feel festival weddings are all about.
And for those of you who are holding your own boho inspired festival wedding this year, why not think about adding a little metallic decor to your table set up, dried foliage or pampas grass to your floral installations or bouquet. Statement materials like these are really in this summer and give your wedding that organic but classy look.
Photos by Albion Row (left) and Dan Ward Photography (right)
Photos by Alexa Poppe (top left), Mimosa Photography (bottom left) and Pura Vida Cornwall (bottom right)
And of course you can’t throw a festival inspired wedding without a little glitz. We've already mentioned that summer 2019 is all about going big, so don't be afraid of booking that disco ball or glitter bar you had your eye on!
Us Brits are known for loving a good buffet spread so you will be very happy to hear that the biggest food trend for summer 2019 is something called 'grazing tables'. If you haven't already heard about them they are large table displays covered in wheels of cheeses, charcuterie meats, whole loaf homemade breads, chutneys and fruits. The thought behind these grazing tables was to make eating a more sociable thing. Food is such a big part of every wedding so why not add an element of fun for guests. All of the ingredients should be locally sourced and displayed in such a way some people have even called it an art!
For those of you looking for something even more casual what about going with a food van. This is another trend for summer 2019 and a funky way to serve your guests their food. With a rise in creative cooking and exotic flavours there is no wonder these funky food vans have made it on this year's list. A few of our favourites here at Knightor have been Mexican tacos, fire baked pizza cooked from a converted horse truck and dessert from an ice cream van serving boozy ice lollies!
With so much going on in the world around saving our planet it not a surprise that eco-weddings have made this year's wedding trends. Not only are brides choosing to hold plastic free weddings, wedding suppliers are now choosing to improve their businesses by going greener. There are so many different ways that you too can do your bit in holding a greener wedding day and I promise you won’t even notice you're doing them!
Why not start by choosing an eco-venue, or even somewhere close to home to reduce the time for travel. Take a look at the decorations you are looking into and try and stay away from single use plastic. Have a go at making things like your favours or up-cycling old items at home. Holding an eco-wedding can be very rewarding and very simple if you know how!
BREAKING THE RULES
This year our modern brides are feeling a little rebellious and throwing those old school traditions right out of the door! It's great to see that with times changing so is the wedding industry. Why not mix things up with a bit of colour on your dress. We have seen some fantastic looks here at Knightor, with statement sequin dresses to colourful embroidery on the traditional white background. Other broken traditions to expect this year are speeches before dinner, bride or maid of honour speeches, or if you don't want to make a day of it why not hold the ceremony at 4pm?! Breaking tradition is great way to make your day more personal for you.
If you like the look of some of these trends, do let us know if there is anything we can do to help or maybe you just need our advice. We are here to help make your dream wedding ideas a reality!
Updates and interesting things from all at Knightor Winery!