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A very warm welcome to our collection of highlights from 2016.

Here at Cornwall Living we are taking a look back over what has been a fantastic year for our publications. To celebrate the year we have put together a collection of our favourite articles for you to read and enjoy, all over again. We were awestruck by the level of architectural excellence in the county when we looked at some of Cornwall’s unusual property conversions (page 8), all made possible by our talented artisan craftspeople and interior specialists. I unearthed a side to Cornwall that is often hidden as I took a tour of some amazing filming locations (page 14) and we had great fun exploring some of our finest cycle trails (page 22). Cornwall has so much to offer when it comes to the great outdoors, from cliff top walks and woodland strolls, to beach days and ocean adventures, and the best part about it is that much of it is free! My interview with artist and illustrator Jago Silver (page 40) just goes to show that Cornwall is a hotbed of artistic talent. Inspired by our glorious coastline and stunning scenery, artists showcase their work in studios and galleries across Cornwall, a selection of which you’ll find in our gallery features (page 52). We are also very lucky to have a host of wonderful hotels and holiday cottages to make your visit to Cornwall very special. So, along with some exciting attractions, glorious gardens and fabulous foodie venues Cornwall Living’s Best Of 2016 has something for everyone!


P.S. As this is a round-up of the year gone by please note that all competitions are now closed and any reference to events may be out of date.

Some pictorial highlights from a fabulous year.

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Contents Best of 2016

Regulars 4

Got to experience...

Life on the waves with Ancasta

52 Gallery guide

Local artists and galleries

72 Coastal escapes

Find your perfect coastal getaway

93 Book worms

Our favourite children’s books

97 Tasty treats

Get the kids busy in the kitchen


88 42

107 79 67


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Features 8

Icons reborn

An enviable array of unusual conversions

14 Caught on camera

Find out why films love Cornwall

19 Escaping the urban

Savills discuss the draw of Mawgan Porth

22 Pedal power

Find your next exciting cycle trail


30 Beneath the waves

Incredible wildlife under the sea

36 Subtle. Coastal. Custom.

Discover the best coast-inspired galleries

40 Just a little luck


Meet the talented Jago Silver

44 A little introduction


Find your home’s unique look at Uneeka

50 Heart of the home

Celtic Pine and Oak’s bespoke collection

61 Gold & delicious

Cornwall Gold offers a fantastic day out

62 Surf & sunsets

Get ready for summer with Ann’s Cottage

67 Garden paradise


Make lasting memories at Trebah Garden


70 Food for thought

Catch up with Rick Stein’s Cookery School

78 Jewel in the crown

Explore with Portscatho Holidays

80 Coastal Indulgence

Get away with Carbis Bay Holidays

82 Castles made of sand

Discover more at Tregenna Castle

85 Embrace the sublime


Experience complete calm at St Enodoc

106 The stuff of legend

Get your riverside fix at the Pandora Inn


108 Sailing the dream

An inspiring story of setting sail

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Image courtesy of Chris Yacoubian

Cover feature

In our quest to find the most unusual property conversions, we’ve searched far and wide for iconic Cornish buildings, large and small, which have been lovingly brought back to life.

ornwall’s unique charm owes a lot to its beautiful vernacular architecture – engine houses, stone cottages, agricultural buildings, Methodist chapels. Sadly many have since fallen into disrepair, but many are being injected with new life. As Matthew Rowe, of Savills Cornwall, notes: “Inland there are so many hidden gems to discover with fascinating histories.” Lucy, from Boutique Retreats, adds: “A converted property – whether it’s a seventeenth-century barn, a tiny fisherman’s cottage or a lovely old chapel – offers something truly unique. Cornwall has these in spades.” Of course, some rightly question whether iconic historic buildings, held dear to the public, should be converted. But surely it’s a fitting tribute allowing them to stand tall for another 100 years, rather than letting them crumble and be lost forever? And one thing that’s certain is that the new caretakers care passionately about these buildings and their heritage too. Lucy continues: “People tend to take on these kind of properties on a very personal level – they are always a labour of love.” So in this issue, we celebrate the rebirth of some of these fallen giants. And what’s even better, we’ve included some that are currently available as holiday lets too. So why not take the opportunity to experience the magic for yourselves?


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è RIGHT & ABOVE The Old Fish Cellar, Mousehole ç LEFT The engine house at Wheal Rose, near Redruth

Wheal Rose

The Old Fish Cellar

Landmarks really don’t get much more iconic (or Cornish) than the engine house. These mighty structures were built to pump water out of the mines, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But when the industry ground to a halt, the engines were mercilessly ripped out for scrap, leaving the roofless shells to the elements. Thankfully, it was a happy ending for Wheal Rose, on the outskirts of Redruth, lovingly brought back to life by current owner, Steve Eagle. “The Engine House was built around the 1850s but apparently never used”, explains Steve. “It was an empty shell”, he says, “but as the granite walls were sound, it made it a question of filling in the holes.” But it wasn’t all that simple – being a heritage site, even colour palettes were carefully scrutinised for authenticity! “Work with the Conservation Officer throughout the project”, says Steve, “and glean as much information from people involved with industrial archaeology.” Steve continues: “We have had a great deal of pleasure from the engine house, our home from home for almost 20 years.” This unique building has recently been listed for sale, through Humberts (www.humberts. com), a bittersweet moment for Steve, as he explains. “We want to spend our free time with our grandchildren, but we’ll still come to Cornwall and when we do, we’ll look at the old mine and think: we built that.”

This building in Mousehole may not have had quite so lofty beginnings – starting life as an unassuming fish cellar – but what it lacks in stature, it certainly makes up for in style. The Old Fish Cellar, the work of interior designer Camilla Banks (www. and her cinematographer husband, Chris Yacoubian, is a masterclass in design, utilising a monochrome colour palette, beaten copper sinks, reclaimed materials and bold utilitarian lighting to great effect. “We love a challenge and The Old Fish Cellar certainly was that”, says Camilla, “Disused and unoccupied for 40 years, it was a dark and damp cellar when we bought it, used by fishermen to store their nets. But this is exactly what attracted us to it – it had character! Compact in size, we embraced the New York loft style living, creating an open-plan studio space, just enough for a couple’s retreat. We wanted it to be functional as well as stylish, and its raw industrial style with a nod to the nautical was inspired by the space and its surroundings.” Camilla continues: “I remember holidays as a kid, when we’d rock up at a cottage and the first thing mum would do is clean everything. Gone are those days and our motto is ‘holidays should be nicer than home’!” If you’d like to pay a visit, contact Boutique Retreats (

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é ABOVE The stunning living space, overlooking the water î BELOW The renovation, before and after

The Chapel A few miles down from Port Isaac on the north coast is a beautifully renovated Methodist chapel, a building as breathtaking as its location. Built around 1850, the chapel was later converted to a glass store, and then a dwelling, in 1990, before being wonderfully restored by Jeremy Goring. The original conversion was done fairly economically and unsympathetically, so it was largely a case of starting again: stripping it back, opening up the ceiling, exposing the original beams and removing all the fake windows and cladding. “It had almost no light”, explains Jeremy “and a very low, dark wooden ceiling.” The roof was completely removed, rebuilt, then put back using all the original beams and original Delabole slates. “The guys who did the 1990 conversion got one thing right – putting the living space upstairs to maximise on the incredible views – who needs a view while asleep?” And the views really are sensational – lush greenery with the shimmering blue sea beckoning behind, framed by the huge arched windows; the interiors furnished in a cool, understated and contemporary style. The whole place exudes luxury and fine craftsmanship. “We were very lucky to work with a really good architect, James Morford, and extremely good, reliable builders, Barry and Adam Purchase. Each time a difficult challenge presented itself, they came up with a clever solution. Barry copied a missing beam and perfectly matched it to the original 150-year-old ones.” So, what tips does Jeremy offer to anyone embarking on a major renovation project? “Don't do it!” he laughs. “But if you must, make sure you work with someone you trust.” You also have to be realistic about the costs involved. “Think of a budget then triple it. Try

your very best not to cut corners or make false economies. Easier said than done!” Of course, respecting a building’s history is fundamental. “The Chapel is in National Trust land”, explains Jeremy, “we worked closely with them to make sure the new elements were more respectful of the heritage.” Lucy, from Boutique Retreats, adds: “The aim is to celebrate the building’s history and make its soul shine, not erase it – and in our experience our guests are always drawn to places which have character and are a bit unusual.” If you fancy a stay at this little slice of paradise, contact Boutique Retreats (

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Fort Picklecombe As Chrissy Phillips of Helpful Holidays explains, “The history of Fort Picklecombe is as curious as its name. Converted into 103 apartments in the 1970s, the fabulous uninterrupted views across Plymouth Sound from this striking building perched on a promontory are a clue to its former life.” “Commissioned in the mid 19th century, Fort Picklecombe was one of ‘Palmerston’s Follies’, a chain of coastal forts to protect Devonport Naval Base from the frightening French.” However, due to international power shifts the French never actually arrived, and the threat that first prompted the building of these wonderful, imposing structures was nullified before many were completed – a costly and embarrassing episode. There was, however, a happy ending for Fort Picklecombe. “Its 40 guns were never fired”, continues Chrissy, “and after falling derelict following World War II, it has now found the perfect, more peaceful role as waterside accommodation for guests and residents.” Helpful Holidays now let five of the apartments at Fort Picklecombe, on the n Fort Picklecombe near Torpoint

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Rame Peninsula, including No 84. “With time-absorbing 180 degree views of life on the water from Plymouth to Penlee Point, visitors to No. 84 are strongly advised to pack binoculars to observe passing (friendly) ships drift by. Don’t forget those walking boots either, as the building stands within beautiful Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.” So why not man the fort yourself? To book No 84, or one of the other apartments at Fort Picklecombe let by Helpful Holidays, call the team on 01647 434320 ( Discover the beauty of Cornwall for yourself with one of our top prizes. Head over to our competitions page (page 49) for a chance to win fantastic prizes: either a luxury forest holiday escape, or an equally luxurious mini break at Merchants Manor hotel in Falmouth. Enter now at Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

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Out & About Property

Not just

another year The Savills Cornwall team offer a snapshot of another successful year for desirable property across Cornwall.


rom the wild north coast to the estuaries of the south, from dramatic moorland to gorgeous fishing villages, Cornwall’s beautiful scenery has captivated generation after generation. For a decade now Savills Cornwall has had the privilege of handling the sales of some of Cornwall’s most desirable and unique properties, both on and off the open market. Now, as they near the end of another year, the team take a look back at a surprisingly successful 2016. Despite global distractions and uncertainties, both inside and out of the political spectrum, the team have both experienced and been on top of a notably busy Cornish market, with high levels of enquiries, viewings and sales across the county. In recent years, property values in Cornwall have recovered and are, once again, at the peak levels of a decade ago. In fact, in some parts, the team have even noticed significant growth. In some

coastal locations, there has been a noticeable increase in demand over the past two years. So what do the Savills team put their success down to? While it’s certainly not an easy market – one in which it can still take more time to make a sale than it did, say, during the property boom – with its appeal to foodies, art lovers, outdoor adventurers and those looking for an easy going culture in which to immerse themselves, Cornwall offers a lifestyle that is becoming vastly more popular each year, meaning demand has remained healthy for prime property, across all price ranges. So, congratulations to the Savills team – keep up the good work!

é ABOVE Looking at the array of properties and locations that Savills handles, it’s no wonder that the team have noticed a recent increase in demand!

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CAUGHT ON CAMERA A breathtaking rugged coastline, sheltered coves, the isolation of the moors, beautiful houses and quaint villages… the perfect location!


ardly a month goes by when someone isn’t filming something in Cornwall. With its stunning coastline, from the rugged north coast beloved by Poldark, with dashing young men on galloping horses and gorgeous windswept heroines, to the sheltered calm of quiet coves and estuaries fit for Daphne Du Maurier and Rosamunde Pilcher. Cornwall just about has it all, including the weather – we have calm hot sunny days with clear blue skies and storm lashed landscapes with huge waves and threatening, dark brooding clouds, and just about everything in between… and all in the same week! Whatever the weather or location; Cornwall looks good on screen and is a much loved location for TV series, documentaries and blockbuster movies. Film crews of all shapes and sizes are made welcome in the Duchy and agencies like Visit Cornwall and

Cornwall Council are happy to lend a hand by suggesting the perfect film location or helping to arrange filming permission. And why? Because the film business brings lots of money into Cornwall, from the filming itself to the tourists who come to follow in the footsteps of a much loved character or author. From the Doc Martin effect in Port Isaac (aka Portwenn in the popular series), to the much-lauded new Poldark series: from zombies in Falmouth with Brad Pitt, to Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench filming Ladies in Lavender in Cadgwith, or Wycliffe filming the thought-provoking detective series down on the Lizard; Cornwall makes a stunning backdrop and there is a real value to the local economy. For instance, Germans are our biggest groups of foreign tourists by far: because they love Rosamunde Pilcher! The author’s a household name there. Over the past

é ABOVE Filming Poldark on the St Aubyn Estate ì ABOVE Prideaux House è RIGHT Actor Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in Poldark

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“The abundance of locations and the breathtaking scenery in Cornwall made the decision to return easy. Being supported by the Council and equally by the local location owners makes it a pleasure to film in Cornwall.” Ello Bolz, Producer ZDF films Rosamunde Pilcher series.

twenty years German company, ZDF films have made over 100 films of her books with more in the pipeline, and they are watched by around six million viewers each time. Many of whom then visit Cornwall to see their favourite locations. The stunning Elizabethan manor, Prideaux Place, on the beautiful North Cornish coast, has been the location for fourteen of her stories and is now a mecca for visitors from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Owner Peter Prideaux-Brune always likes to take a cameo role in the films shot at his home – his credits so far include a chauffeur, a gin taster and a coroner. Peter’s wife Elizabeth tells me: “Peter and I love having films here and Peter likes to take a cameo role, a la Hitchcock, in the Pilcher films! Apart from meeting well known actors we find the crews fun and considerate to work with, once you get used to the endless cables and people in every

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é ABOVE Filming on Charlestown Quay ì ABOVE Port Isaac is Portwenn in Doc Martin ê BELOW The Phoenix î BELOW Antony House

corner of the house. We feel a great sense of pride seeing the house and garden on screen as we have worked so hard to restore them. The extra publicity also helps greatly with our visitor numbers!" Bonython Manor and its gardens on the Lizard is another popular location for Rosamunde Pilcher films. Other Cornish Estates, little villages and isolated coves feature in many films and TV programmes. Director Tim Burton seems to like filming in Cornwall he used Antony House in East Cornwall to film part of his recent film, Alice in Wonderland, and has now come back to the Roseland to the tiny hamlet of Portholland to film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with Samuel L. Jackson and Chris O’Dowd.

And let’s not forget the ongoing Poldark series, where the Cornish scenery was more than a match for a shirtless Aidan Turner. St Agnes Head, where iconic engine houses perch on the cliff-tops offering a silent reminder of Cornwall’s mining heyday, were a natural location choice for the filming of Poldark. The area doubles as Nampara Valley in the show. Some of the cliff scenes where filmed near Padstow and feature stunning views out over the Camel estuary. Aidan Turner and a hoard of other cast members descended on Church Cove to film nighttime ship wreck scenes. Porthgwarra cove sits at the heart of the St Aubyn Estates and was used to film some swimming scenes and landings; the filming took place over a week including one all night filming session. The rich mining heritage of the west Cornwall coast linking Botallack and Levan was used. Cameras rolled with Levant Mine playing the role of fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owlas and Crowns near Botallack starred as Wheal Leisure. An absolute mecca for Poldark fans, of which there must be millions!

Some of the many successful films made in Cornwall • About Time

• Alice In Wonderland • Die Another Day • Ladies in Lavender • The Shell Seekers • Blue Juice • The Eagle Has Landed • Knights of the Round Table • Scott of the Antarctic • Straw Dogs • The Thief of Bagdad • The Three Musketeers (1993) • Treasure Island (1950)

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Then there is the sea itself from the beautiful BBC Coast series, to short wildlife films about basking sharks, dolphins, seals or the fabulous birdlife. And, of course, old sailing ships create a magical feeling on film; we were lucky enough to catch up with Shane McCarthy owner of Atlantic Productions and more recently Square Sail Ventures, which owns and runs Charlestown harbour, also featured in Poldark, and the gorgeous ‘Phoenix’ a 112 foot, 2 masted brig; she was built in Denmark in 1929 and converted to an eighteenth century brig in 1996. Shane, who started in the entertainment industry in 1983 working with such iconic acts as U2, the Rolling Stones and Madonna tells me “Coming from West Cork in Ireland, it was a natural fit, the communities and beautiful coastline are very similar. I have always been involved in all things maritime: I love fishing and sailing. My

family is moving to Cornwall from Cork and the whole business will be based here. It’s not just about using Cornwall as a location there is a wealth of talent here, set construction, rigs, staging all anyone could need for a production we can provide in Cornwall – they really don’t need to bring film crew with them!” Shane has already introduced ‘green screen’ to Charlestown, a huge outdoor space for filming anything and putting the backdrop in later. He and his team sailed Phoenix up to London this winter for the premier of “In the Heart of the Sea”, Phoenix plays the whale ship Essex on which Moby Dick was based. Shane adds “Luckily we got back just before the storms hit! But it was fantastic; one of the most fabulous things I’ve done; sailing up the Thames at night; they even opened Tower Bridge for us! I really do believe that Cornwall has a great future in filming – it could be equally good for everyone.”

With our cover feature placing the spotlight on the fantastic filming locations in our beautiful Duchy, we thought you might like to have a look on our website at a great film taken from the skies in association with Visit Cornwall

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the urban

We hear from Associate Director of Savills, Ben Davies about his thoughts on the increased interest in Mawgan Porth.


ver the past few years, and particularly since 2014, Savills has seen a surge in interest in Mawgan Porth, a small village on the rugged north coast, offering some of the finest sea vistas in the county. Since then, the team have sold several incredible properties between £600,000 and £3 million, which is of course incredible for a small seaside village, many miles from the traditional hotspots of Rock and Padstow. We ask Associate Director of Savills, Ben Davies why he thinks this is the case. “It’s fair to say that both the Bedruthan Hotel and the recent award winning hotel in Conde Nast, the Scarlet, have attracted many people who often visit this beautiful stretch of the north Cornish coast, several times a year,” says Ben. “Indeed, they've really put Mawgan Porth on the map as one of the UK’s most idyllic coastal retreats.

“For many people, the destination is seen as the perfect antidote for their busy urban lives, with some choosing to move to the village permanently. With miles of stunning coastline to explore and one of the country’s finest spa hotels, you can see why! And with Cornwall Airport so close, it’s easier than ever to make the very best of a weekend break.” In fact, the relatively small amount of property and low levels of supply in the area have underpinned the market. A great example is a recent sale that the team handled this autumn, which went from the open marketing launch to the exchange of contracts in under three weeks and for a figure significantly above the guide price. The close by airport in Newquay as well as the current ‘staycation’ movement, with many families choosing to holiday in Cornwall rather than travel abroad, has increased demand further and it’s this – the increasing popularity of the stay-at-home holiday – that Savills expects to continue creating demand in this beautiful part of Cornwall.

é ABOVE With glorious seascapes and stunning stretches of sand, it's no wonder Mawgan Porth is ever becoming more popular!

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Destination T

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Legacy Properties brings impeccable design and craftsmanship to Cornwall.

here are many ways to make the most of the Cornish landscape and undoubtedly one of the best is to enjoy it from the terrace of a property overlooking the local vista. This is what Legacy Properties does. The familyowned company based here in Cornwall is a premium developer of luxury coastal homes; acquiring, designing and building properties that complement the landscape. Recent projects include Fistral House, a luxury development in the highly-sought after Pentire area of the north coast, and Thirty Six, which boasts flawless views over Fistral beach. And then there’s Seascape…

“With world-class surf, the Gannel Esturay at low tide and coastline that you can spend days strolling along, Pentire is paradise for those who love the outdoors”

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Seascape With world-class surf, the Gannel Esturay at low tide and coastline that you can spend days strolling along, Pentire is paradise for those who love the outdoors. Matching the inspiring location, Seascape’s collection of ten apartments and two houses has been meticulously designed and crafted to an incredibly high standard. Seascape includes two three-to-four bedroom homes, that come with everything you could possibly need. The kitchens have been kitted out to a high standard and include a range of appliances by Neff and separate utility room. The bathrooms and en suites come with everything you would expect from a luxurious property, including underfloor heating. Providing the final touch of luxury, each property boasts 100% wool carpets and wide plank engineered oak flooring throughout.

There are ten apartments, including two penthouse apartments, all with fantastic views over the Newquay coastline. As you would expect, both penthouses are jawdroppingly finished with every detail designed to make the most of the natural light and location. So if you fancy owning little a slice of Cornwall to come back and enjoy, time and time again, contact the team at Legacy Properties now and book a viewing at one of the stunning waterside developments. We can assure you that it’ll be one decision you won’t regret making!

ë ABOVE The contemporary interiors and modern appliances complement the spectacular ocean views


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PEDAL POWER With many miles of cycle routes and trails across Cornwall, what better way to take in our wonderful landscape than on two wheels?


t’s all too easy to jump in the car these days – we’re all guilty of it, and why not when it gets us from a to b in the quickest time – but next time you’re looking to explore why not consider a day out on a bicycle? One of my most vivid childhood memories is when the stabilisers came off my bike. I was so proud of my sparkly purple steed, rescued from a skip and re-sprayed by my ever-resourceful dad. On taking those first, rather wobbly, unaided pedal strokes down the garden path I felt like I could take over the world! It was the start of a lifetime love affair with bikes and cycling and living in Cornwall has meant that I have had the most beautiful backdrop for my passion. As we go to print we are in the grip of Olympic cycling fever. Rio 2016 saw no less than 12 cycling medals, six of them gold. Chris Froome stood on the top step of the podium in Paris for the third time and

Mark Cavendish took his tally of stage wins in this iconic race to an impressive 30. These sportsmen and women are the elite in the sport, but cycling is by no means elitist. The beauty of a bike is that we can all benefit from it in its simplest form. From the very young to the very old, and everywhere in between, getting out on two wheels doesn’t have to involve lycra and carbon fibre. A simple ride through stunning countryside or along a coastal track is not only good for your health it’s good for the soul. Here in Cornwall we are lucky to have many quiet B-roads and back lanes that make road cycling a pleasure all year round. In springtime, our wooded lanes are

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awash with vibrant bluebells and nodding yellow daffodils. Summer brings the smell of sea on the breeze, while the smell of hearty roast dinners and open fires fills the air on Sunday autumn rides. If cycling on the road doesn’t appeal then Cornwall has a wide range of traffic-free cycling trails for all abilities. Many have bike hire available and most have a café along the way where you can stop and refuel. This is our guide to our favourite trails around the county – happy cycling!

“To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world” Mark Cavendish

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Lanhydrock Bike Trail Ten kilometers of fantastic trails have recently been created at the National Trust owned Lanhydrock Estate after £3million worth of investment. The trails are graded Green (easy) and Blue (moderate) offering something for all skill levels. The Green trail is a gentle 1.5-mile ride that wends its way through the estate’s woodland, suitable for trailers and tag-a-longs. The Blue trails offer some exciting single track for the more advanced rider and The Saw Pit has been created especially for those wanting to hone their technical skills. A great place to take the family with the bonus of an adventure playground should anyone have any energy left!

The Camel Trail Beginning at Wenfordbridge near Bodmin, the Camel Trail stretches for 18 miles culminating at the foodie haven of Padstow. The trail follows a former railway line so is wonderfully flat and ideal for youngsters just starting out. It runs through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) affording its users some of the most beautiful views of the Camel Estuary and wooded scenery through the Camel Valley.

Ride must-haves • Helmet

• Water bottle • Snacks • Small toolkit • Puncture repair kit or spare tube • Bike pump • First aid kit • Mobile phone

PITSTOP: • Padstow - Stein’s Patisserie • • Wenfordbridge – Snails Pace Café

ë ABOVE Cornwall’s trails cater for all abilities

CYCLE HIRE: • Padstow - • Wadebridge -

ê BELOW The Camel Trail is popular with all ages

PITSTOP: • Park Café lanhydrock CYCLE HIRE: • Lanhydrock Cycle Hub @ LanydrockCycleHub. T: 01208 26597

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è RIGHT Idyllic scenery on the Penrose Estate ê BELOW The Bissoe Trail has a fantastic variety of cycle paths for all levels of riders

The National Trust woods surrounding Loe Bar and stretching out to the cliff tops at Porthleven are the ideal place for a day out by bike. Starting in Helston, a wide, gentle tarmac trail takes you around one edge of the lake finishing at The Stables café where you can enjoy some delicious cake and coffee. For those wanting to go a little further there are some challenging wooded sections around Degibna and the National Trust have invested heavily in new trails that take you to Loe Bar Road from where you can cycle into Porthleven for a welldeserved ice-cream. PITSTOP: • The Stables & Nauti But Ice CYCLE HIRE: •

“When the spirit s are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking” Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Bissoe Trail This trail forms part of the Mineral Tramway Trail that takes you from the Atlantic coast at Portreath, across west Cornwall to the pretty waterside village of Devoran. Some sections are more difficult than others with varied surfaces, so expect to encounter a few hills and some rugged terrain along the way. The area has some of the county’s best conserved mine buildings and takes riders on an interesting tour through some of Cornwall’s mining heritage. The full trail includes the more demanding Unity Woods and Poldice Valley, while the stretch from Devoran to Bissoe is quite gentle and makes a good ‘out and return’ ride for little ones with a welcome café stop at Bike Chain Bissoe – the flapjack is legendary! PITSTOP: • Bike Chain Bissoe CYCLE HIRE: •

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Studies have shown that regular cyclists enjoy the general health of someone approximately ten years younger Regular cycling improves balance and co-ordination Brisk cycling burns around 500 calories per hour, helping to control weight Cycling is a low impact exercise making it kinder on your joints than running and other high impact aerobic activities Many cyclists report that cycling regularly reduces their perceived levels of stress and promotes relaxation *source

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If you love cycling, the water and the Cornish countryside then why not combine all three and get involved in Cornwall’s active triathlon scene? Where better to train and compete than in the crystal clear waters of a Cornish bay, followed by a ride along one of our stunning coastal roads, with a cliff run to finish off. Cornwall has its own triathlon series with dedicated kid’s events so the whole family can get involved. Visit for more details.

For those cyclists who are up for a bit more excitement then the 12km Bodmin Beast, on the slopes of the Cardinham Valley, is a great challenge. As its name suggest this trail isn’t for the faint hearted and is one of Cornwall’s best singletrack trails. Keen mountain bikers will love the tough climbs and gnarly descents and there are a couple of difficult graded sections, Dialled-in-Dave and Hell’s Teeth, for those proficient mountain bikers who want to take it to the next level. If you’re after a gentler pace then Cardinham has some lovely waymarked walking trails and the Woods Café is a great place for refreshments.

é ABOVE Enjoying the swooping singletrack at Cardinham Woods

Living in Cornwall means that Elite racer Jay Williamson gets to enjoy our wonderful local trails. For some biking inspiration watch him take on the single track at Cardinham.

ê BELOW Cardinham Woods Café is a welcome place to stop for refreshment


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rush’s Broom Cupboard’s hand-dyed aniline natural leather sofas, crafted by artisans and individually sourced by Brush, are always one-off pieces. The Broom Cupboard sofas are upholstered in the highest quality supple, hand-finished leathers that are designed to become even softer and more beautiful with age; these sofas are designed to wear in, not wear out! The well designed, clean and classic lines lend a warm and lived-in look and feel that is so sought after when trying to find what will become such a major player in the room. A leather sofa will provide the focus that you need for any environment, whether a sophisticated apartment living space, hallway, or just for family fun, complete with sticky fingers and cheeky paws. There is a sofa for every purpose. The beautiful and tactile, 100% Marino wool throws are perfect for dressing any sofa. Made here in the UK, the Bronte by Moon throws are essential for keeping you warm and toasty while the winter winds blow outside. But they aren’t just practical; each throw boasts an attractive design that is ideal for accenting any room. Since 2006, the Broom Cupboard has sourced some exquisite dining chairs that are partnered with some stunning tables. These essential dining room pieces come in a variety of beautifully crafted woods with the same individually sourced leather as the sofas, creating the perfect addition to your home. But sitting comfortably isn’t the only thing on offer at the Broom Cupboard. There is a fantastic range of Owen Barry leather handbags, which provide a stylish and top quality highend feel but without the high-end price tag! Indeed, whatever you’re in the market for, whether sofa, chair or throw, Brush’s unique and luxurious range

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éTOP Brush is always on hand with knowledgeable service and a smile êBELOW The rich hues of natural colour in Brush's sofas are simply enviable

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é ABOVE L-R Charles Hood John Boyle Fionn Crow



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Open a window into another world to discover the beautiful marine wildlife found off our shores.


very year, thousands of visitors from around the world flock to the Cornish coast, drawn to the beautiful blue waters. If you’re lucky you might spot a few of them: seals, dolphins, whales, basking sharks and blue sharks among other wonderful creatures. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge to experience life beneath the waves, then Cornwall really is the place to do it. We have it all – a seabed truly teaming with life, with a unique opportunity to explore the awe-inspiring wildlife, shipwrecks and reefs off our shores. A good place to start is with Charles Hood, a respected underwater photographer, who runs shark and sealife safaris off the coast of Penzance. A keen and well-travelled diver, he knows these waters and their inhabitants arguably better than anyone. “When living in Kuwait as a child, I snorkelled whenever

I could and even borrowed a scuba set, teaching myself to dive in the process”, he explains. “Later I joined the student sub aqua club and spent far too many hours diving instead of studying… I bought my first underwater camera (a Nikonos III) and wangled myself onto many expeditions as the underwater photographer.” But what’s so special about Cornwall? “Where else in the world can you live within a mile of the coast and observe such a variety of marine life?” Charles replies. “Within half an hour of leaving home in St Hilary I can be swimming with basking sharks, snorkelling with blue sharks, playing fin tag with Atlantic grey seals or diving on a historic shipwreck.” As well being an accomplished diver, Charles is on the pulse with technology, using GPS and

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Felix Rowe echo sounders to locate sites, and satellite data on sea temperatures, chlorophyll levels and warm currents to track down the larger sea creatures. Charles shares more than a little in common with Porthleven filmmaker, and founder of Shark Bay Films, John Boyle. Like Charles, John has travelled the world, diving in oceans with beautiful wildlife. But it’s telling that they both chose Cornwall as their base. I catch up with John and his collaborator, Fionn Crow, in their Porthleven studio. Shark Bay Films is entirely independent and self-sufficient: John and Fionn devise the concepts, write, shoot and edit the films, selling them through distributors, many through the National Geographic. Their latest project ‘Castro’s Secret Reef’ pre-sold worldwide even before completion. So, having filmed award-winning

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“Where else in the world can you live within a mile of the coast and observe such a variety of marine life?” Charles Hood

Kennack Diving

Fancy a go at diving? Try out our dive centre of choice, Kennack Diving, based at the Parkdean caravan site at Kennack Sands. With access to some of the best diving in Cornwall and indeed the country, David and the team at Kennack are excellent and make you feel comfortable in the water.

continues Fionn. “Plus the golf stream brings a lot of interesting life here; the water is warmer than it should be.” So what is Cornwall’s best dive site? “There are so many fantastic sites its difficult to pick a favourite”, says Charles. “However, it would probably be the Runnelstone. A mile offshore of Gwennap Head, this complex critter encrusted reef rises from a depth of 50 metres to just below the surface. As well as the prolific amount of marine life, the seabed is littered with numerous shipwrecks including the famous carrier the City of Westminster, which founded in 1923. There are so many wrecks around the Runnelstone it’s sometimes impossible to determine which particular one you are diving on!” Charles continues: “In Whitsands Bay, there are a couple of wrecks of particular notoriety. The James Eagan Layne is my

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documentaries in stunning locations around the world, what draws John to Porthleven? “Where else would you want to be?” he asks, looking around. “I love Cornwall. It’s home.” With stunning views overlooking the harbour in one direction and the deep blue ocean in the other, it’s not hard to see why. “Mounts Bay is Shark Bay to us!” he says with a smile. Originally a lawyer, John began diving and underwater filming as a hobby. After sending out his first film speculatively, he was surprised just how quickly and positively it was received. Soon the hobby became more serious, and he relinquished the promising law career to pursue his dream. John might be making a tenth of what he could as a lawyer, but here he has found his paradise. “The West Country has some of the clearest waters in the UK, being a fringe that juts out into the Atlantic”,

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Cover feature Mounts Bay: Many interesting wrecks including The Ibis, and a submarine. Loe Bar / Porthleven: Huge steel ship, with giant boilers; protected wreck off Loe Bar

St Ives bay: Interesting dive, with several wrecks including a train carriage, amongst other interesting craft The Manacles (Falmouth bay): A plethora of wrecks to explore here Runnelstone (off Gwennap Head): A complex critter encrusted reef with numerous shipwrecks

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Whitsands Bay: Features James Eagan Layne and Royal Navy frigate HMS Scylla

favourite. She sank during the Second World War and sits upright in just 20 metres of water. This makes it an ideal wreck for all levels of divers and, as it is in relatively shallow waters, you get a long duration underwater. The decommissioned Royal Navy frigate HMS Scylla was deliberately sunk in 2004 to form an artificial reef; it’s now virtually completely covered in anemones, sponges and corals producing a living nursery for many species of fish.” But arguably nothing leaves a more lasting memory than the sight of basking sharks – gentle giants of the ocean, the second largest fish in the sea, and frequently spotted in Cornwall. “By far my most incredible encounters have been snorkelling with basking sharks”, says Charles. “The largest one we spotted was over nine metres long and probably weighed over 10 tons. In September 2008 the waters of Land’s End experienced a second gigantic plankton bloom and the Celtic Sea was simply brimming with

basking sharks gorging on the nutrient rich waters. There must have been over 400 sharks – just an incredible sight. Being plankton feeders they don’t have any teeth and are harmless to humans.” Fionn recounts a similar experience at Praa Sands. “One year, there was an incredible amount of basking sharks – you didn’t even need a boat, you could swim out from the beach and snorkel with them! It was also the first time I’ve actually seen them breach [jump out of the water].” Charles’ pièce de résistance is his ability to track down the allusive blue shark, a naturally shy fish, not used to human interaction. “They can be found within an hour’s boat journey from Penzance but you need a secret concoction of ‘rubbydubby’ to attract them. One occasion we had several blues around the boat when they all of a sudden disappeared – behaviour usually indicative of a larger predator in the immediate vicinity. A couple of minutes later a dozen or so pilot whales simultaneously blew and surfaced right beside our boat – what an incredible spectacle to witness!” The question arises of how sealife tourism sits with conservation, but the consensus among John, Fionn and Charles is that experiencing sea creatures in their environment can only be a good thing, provided it is respectful and helps in our understanding. Though critical of ‘catch and release’ trophy fishing, John’s view is that: “Shark tourism is a really good thing. It’s fantastic increasing people’s awareness of the sheer diversity of wildlife off our coast, which in turn leads people to respect and protect it.” Charles takes a similar stance: “Providing operators are responsible and take care as far as possible from disturbing the wildlife then bringing people and animals together is a fantastic way to both educate and encourage conservation.” All three are keen to debunk the common misconceptions of all sharks as devious, bloodthirsty human hunters, perpetuated by the legacy of the film Jaws and clickbait

é ABOVE A majestic gentle giant, the basking shark í LEFT The allusive blue shark

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Top dive sites

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“It’s fantastic increasing people’s awareness of the sheer diversity of wildlife off our coast, which in turn leads people to respect and protect it.” John Boyle

tabloid stories. “People still have this mentality that sharks will attack”, concedes John. “We get silly season every year with the inevitable reports of great white shark sightings off Cornwall. But the sad truth is we are the predators – worldwide, sharks are being seriously overfished.” Fionn chips in: “As a diver, you’re a strange creature in the shark’s environment. You’re far more likely to see the tail of a shark disappearing than a mouth coming towards you!” In fact, if respectful of these unique and largely peaceful creatures, there can be nothing more exhilarating than swimming with sharks in their natural habitat. Charles recommends taking a boat trip with a company who has a WiSe or Cornwall Marinelife Boat Operators accreditation. “You are never too young or old to start snorkelling”, he says. “To progress to scuba diving the best place to start is with the British Sub Aqua Club. They offer introductory ‘try dives’ usually for free or at minimal cost. There are also a number of

commercial schools that offer courses – see your local dive shop.” But if the idea of swimming with sharks sends your blood cold, there are always opportunities to experience some of the magic from the comfort of dry land. “So much of Cornwall’s wildlife can be witnessed from the shore using a good pair of binoculars”, says Charles. So, if you’re patient and keep your eyes peeled on a clear summer’s day, you might just be in for a treat – whether dolphins, sharks, whales or seals. Interestingly, as Fionn points out, many of these creatures are in fact here in Cornwall all year round, it’s just that we’re more likely to see them in the summer, owing to the typically flatter seas, clearer visibility, and the warmer weather which draws plankton to the surface, bringing basking sharks up from the depths. Charles encourages everyone to experience it firsthand: “Get out there and do it! Whether it’s walking the South West Coast Path with a pair of binoculars, chartering a vessel or donning a wetsuit and snorkelling with sharks, give it a go. The most common comment I receive from my guests when taking them out is, ‘I had no idea of just how much wildlife there is off the coast of Cornwall – you must have one of the best jobs in the world’.” They make a good point!

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SHARK BAY FILMS Sunset, Salt Cellar Hill, Porthleven TR13 9DP 01326 563811

CHARLES HOOD Chynoweth, Chynoweth Lane, St Hilary TR20 9DU 01736 719231 Find out more online:

Take a look at our website to watch this stunning video of blue sharks, captured by Shark Bay Films along with Charles Hood.

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Keeping in character Avoid unsightly windows with innovative and elegant new frame designs fitted by Dawes & Windows.

é ABOVE The versatile Residence 9 PVC windows ê BELOW The right windows enhance the look of a room and increase the value of your house


ornwall is a beautiful and unique county, and this becomes even more apparent when one looks at the architecture. From picturesque country cottages to Georgian town houses, Cornwall has an incredible range of buildings, each with its own unique character. The windows and doors of a property contribute massively to the feel and look of a home, inside and out so, when it comes to replacing them, it can be a major challenge to retain the original charm. PVC windows have revolutionised the double glazing market over the years and the benefits are plentiful: nominal maintenance, wipe clean, thermal efficiency and cost just to name a few. The problem is you don’t really associate PVC with charm, character and traditional design, resulting either in period properties adorned with out-of-place PVC windows that don’t fit the property’s style, or costly wooden windows and the extensive maintenance that goes with them. Redruth based, family-run company Dawes & Windows has faced this problem time and again over the last ten years, providing double-glazing services all around Cornwall. Maintaining character when replacing windows and doors has become its speciality. Managing Director Phil Dawe says: “Normal PVC windows have limitations in terms of design, and trying to maintain a property’s character when installing PVC replacements is forever a challenge, but is always one of our main goals for our customers. The introduction of Residence

9 has given us a solution tailor-made to address this problem.” Residence 9 is a window system designed to replicate the 19th century flush sash timber windows. It can be considered for use in conservation areas due to its authentic appearance and its replication of the traditional construction of timber flush casement windows. This authentic design means that homeowners of older traditional properties now have a genuine PVC solution to their double-glazing needs. Phil continues: “With Residence 9, along with our existing range of PVC doors and windows, composite doors and roofline products, we now have the answer to any double glazing requirements for Cornish homes.” With the goal of providing customers with the very best products, installations attuned to the smallest details, providing customer service as it used to be and offering friendly and free, no-obligation quotes without a high pressure sales pitch, Dawes & Windows are trying to break the stereotype that purchasing double glazing needs to be a stressful experience. If you have a double glazing need call Phil, Alison or Alick at the office to see what they can do to help.


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Out & about

Subtle. Coastal. Custom.

We take a look at one of Cornwall’s finest, inspired-by-the-coast galleries.

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ê BELOW Examples of the Customs House Gallery framing service


art of a building that’s stood the test of time since being built in 1840, overlooking Porthleven’s archetypally Cornish harbourside, the Customs House Gallery, owned and run by John and Louise Winterton, has established a sterling reputation for exhibiting beautiful work from some of the finest local and locally-inspired artists. Having moved down in the early ‘90s, John knew he’d never leave; and Louise, a proud Porthleven girl, knew that wherever her life took her, she’d always come back. Having successfully built on this exceptional gallery’s reputation since taking it over at the end of 2012, they’re a credit to their own success. On entering the gallery, it’s plain to see that the pair share a passion for art. While modest to a fault, they clearly take great pride in what they’ve achieved and the way in which the Customs House is arranged quite simply

emanates their love for what they do. Also, one of a few galleries in Cornwall to join the national Own Art initiative, John and Louise are able to make buying and collecting art more affordable, the initiative aiming to build a sustainable, resilient creative economy that makes art accessible to all. The artists who display in the Customs House clearly share a passion for the Cornish coast, yet visitors can find a refreshing diversity in the eclectic mix of styles adopted by each individual artist. Each piece is personally chosen by John and Louise and, together, they make for a gallery that’s beautifully understated, allowing each piece to individually and uniquely draw the eye. And it’s not hard to see where they and the artists they represent find their inspiration. Taking a walk around Porthleven quay, as the sun glistens off of the azure waters of the Atlantic tide and lights up the faces of Porthleven’s iconic clock tower, it’s clear

é ABOVE (LEFT TO RIGHT) Feeling the Summer Heat By David Gray Romantic Cove By David Hosking Late Evening Stroll, the Wrestling Fields By Heather Howe Distant Headland By Simon Jewell Glass Bowl By Heather Frary ê BELOW Low Tide Porthleven By Clive Vincent

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è RIGHT (LEFT why so many talented, creative individuals TO RIGHT) are drawn here. In fact, throughout the year, Porcelain Bowl Porthleven never ceases to inspire awe, By Hugh West Lacewood Burr Bowl By Dave Cusick

î BELOW (LEFT TO RIGHT) Red Serpentine Frog By Lawrence Murley

particularly as the Atlantic storms rage and throw themselves against the sturdy harbour walls that, for centuries, have stood up to their petulant tantrums. These moments of drama have never been captured more aptly than by some of the stunning photography on display in the Customs House Gallery. Complemented by the intuitive use of oils, paints, metal craft, glasswork and ceramics, the array of pieces on display capture every mood of our coast, be it through a glowing sunset, raging swell, the sun peering through ominous clouds on the horizon or lonely clifftop flowers swaying in the wind. To say that John and Louise have captured the essence of the sea would be a gross understatement! What’s more, offering a bespoke framing service, combining a wide range of framing choices with a quality, competitively-priced service, means that when you next visit Porthleven, you can walk away with a complete new addition to your home that’s ready to stand the test of time.

With prices for pieces ranging from £10 to £6,000, the Customs House Gallery has something for you, whatever your taste and budget, and is open throughout the year; seven days a week from Easter to the end of October and six days a week in the winter, but can be opened on Monday by appointment. So, why not pop in yourself and take a look at some of Cornwall’s best, coastally inspired art?

“The photographers, painters and sculptors who display in Customs House clearly share a passion for the Cornish coast”


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Glass Boat By Toana Ellis Shoal of Six Mackerel By Nigel Wills

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oastal interiors are a firm favourite among homeowners and designers. This refreshing style reminds us of that carefree holiday atmosphere, with long lazy days, sand, sea and surf at our doorstep! Coastal design is about recreating this relaxed feeling within your home. Tiles play an important role in interior design, setting the look and feel of the home. Whether it be the floors which you walk barefoot or the statement feature in your shower, tiles offer a broad choice of textures, materials, finishes and colours. Imagine a peaceful seaside scene, with relaxing ocean blues and calming whites, soft sandy beiges to vibrant beach towel hues. The Cornish coast boasts its own unique quality of light, and a high gloss or glass tile is a great way to capture this. The reflective, shiny surfaces bounce light around your rooms. White tiles are the most popular choice for coastal interiors, as they spread and intensify light rather than absorbing it. Coastal living is also about making the most of the great outdoors, so why not take influence from natural materials in your home? The calming look of natural stone tiles will bring a spa like tranquillity, while the rustic finish of a wood effect tile will channel beach hut chic. Picture weatherbeaten driftwood or distressed painted planks for your floor or walls. The Cornwall Tile Company Newquay is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking

for a special touch of coastal class, with a 20-year background in the tile trade and ample experience in transforming luxury beachside homes. Take, for example, recent project Tamarisk (pictured), a luxury family beach house nestled in the beautiful location of Mawgan Porth. The clever use of tiles has given the owners the fresh, bright and energising aura of life on the beach. The Cornwall Tile Company team believes in style over trend, offering a comprehensive range of tiles to suit all tastes and interiors, with many coastal designs to choose from. Wander around the extensive showroom, getting inspiration from the easy-view displays. Here, you’ll find friendly and knowledgeable staff with all the expert advice you need on both choice and installation. The Cornwall Tile Company can take care of it all with a measuring and design service, installing your tiles to the highest standard. With owner Simon Paull himself supplying and installing tiles into the highest end homes for over a decade, you know you’re in safe hands.

é ABOVE The stunning coastal interiors at Tamarisk, brought to life with The Cornwall Tile Company


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Just a little luck… Oodles of talent and rather a lot of dedication. Mandy meets award-winning illustrator Jago Silver.


iding away in bits of Cornwall are some successful businesses, from high-tech scientists to designers. Fast broadband means you can live and work in Cornwall and do business with the world. One such is illustrator Jago Silver, who is an awardwinning children’s book illustrator as well as producing fabulous atmospheric prints and other goodies. I go to meet Jago at his home in Wadebridge. It’s all whitewashed floorboards, clean lines and big windows, keeping it light and bright. Though, as the family home, it also has all the hallmarks of two smallish children. We settle round the wooden kitchen table, one end of which is covered by examples of Jago’s work: sumptuous children’s books, gorgeous stationary and beautiful prints. Jago is warm, welcoming and typically self-effacing! He tells me: “I’ve been lucky so far, there have been a few very near misses! For instance I nearly cancelled an old email address from my student days, decided to leave it for one more month… and that’s the one Ronnie (his American agent) used to contact me during that very last month!” Now over 90% of his illustration work comes from the States.

Jago has lived in Cornwall since he was ten and before that the family regularly came to Polzeath for summer holidays. Jago tells me that his great-grandmother used to ride her motorbike down to Cornwall in the 1920s and ‘30s to go surfing! Both of his parents went to artschool but Jago wanted to be an archaeologist. He laughs and says: “Then I realised I was spending all my time mucking about on Photoshop, so I talked my way onto an art and design course at college. One of the lecturers told me about illustration and that was it…” He studied illustration at the University of Falmouth, having decided that he really didn’t want to leave Cornwall and loved Falmouth… “And it’s probably the best art school in the country!” He did some work for Will Coleman

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illustrating some children’s Cornish storybooks, and with Oxford University Press illustrating children’s books for schools. Ronnie saw his illustrations and became his agent in the States. Jago picks up the story (he loves stories!). “American writer, Sally Lloyd-Jones was commissioned to write a children’s bible. She saw some of his storybooks at an American book fair, liked my illustrations, and told her publishers that she wanted me to do the illustrations for the book… I was in!” The Jesus Storybook Bible has now sold 2.6 million copies in the USA. Now Jago’s illustrations are seen all over the world – and he’s won a string of awards – all from his studio at home in Cornwall. Early on in our meeting Jago shows me his studio and how he works. There are small sketchbooks that he uses to sketch out ideas and thoughts. But he works almost entirely by drawing on a large digital drawing board (my description) to create his illustrations and prints. He tells me that he carries his camera and a sketchbook with him wherever he goes. His wife, Alex, not only

features in some of his prints (she is the woman with red hair) but also helps run their online shop. Their two children, Lily (ten) and Rudy (six) help with the packing… it’s a real family affair. “We produce all the prints here, anything else we try and get done in Cornwall, so the etching for the enamel mugs is done in Penryn.” Time off is still tricky but the family love to go to the beach where Lily is learning to surf. Rudy loves den building so they often head into the woods – it’s easy to see the influence in Jago’s work. He points to one of the prints on the table and explains, “I like to think that the woman on the ship (based on his wife Alex) is off on her adventures leaving her husband behind to mind the lighthouse. I love the stories behind the prints. And… I am extremely lucky to work in such a fabulous place!”

JAGO SILVER jagosilver @jago Find out more online:

“I love the stories behind the prints... The woman on the ship is off on her adventures leaving her husband behind to look after the lighthouse”

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You can see Jago’s work, amongst others, at:

The Cruel and the Curious Friday 23rd September 5.30pm to 9.30pm

Saturday 24th September 4.00pm to 9.30pm Stow Barton, near Bude Plus lovely food, cider, ales and music.

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Meet the maker We catch up with Cornish artist Laurie McCall, as featured on Little Piece of Cornwall, the new online marketplace for everything beautiful and Cornish.


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Little Piece of Cornwall brings Cornwall’s finest independent retailers all together in one place, offering the many people who hold Cornwall close to their hearts the chance to savour it, wherever they may be, with products delivered direct to your door. Discover more Cornish makers like Laurie McCall on the website.

aurie McCall is a Cornish artist who creates bold and bright pieces in a range of mediums. Laurie’s work often holds a graphic quality stemming from his training as a graphic designer at Falmouth University. Being a keen surfer, working from his rural studio near Perranporth, Laurie’s art is often influenced by the coast, nature and the sea. His ‘Surfscape’ series invokes the dreamy surf conditions of his favourite Cornish beaches. His collection of simple wave images breaks down the shape and form of ocean waves into basic patterns of line and colour, resulting in unique pieces of contemporary art. Laurie also enjoys working in collage to create abstract compositions. Using found paper, vintage books and magazines, his collages combine contemporary ideas with materials from the past, giving rise to interesting visual juxtapositions. As well as selling his work at art and craft fairs across Cornwall, Laurie has just joined the recently launched Little Piece of Cornwall marketplace, finding himself in good company among the county’s many creative talents. He also takes on commissions, so feel free to contact him with your ideas. Where are you from and what do you do? I grew up on a farm in Perranporth but recently moved to Feock. As a keen surfer, beach lover and artist I like to create idealistic images of my favourite parts of the Cornish coast in a vibrant and unique style. Tell us one thing that inspires you more than anything about living in Cornwall. It has to be the sea; it changes all the time. One day it can be wild and unforgiving and the next it can be tranquil and still. The changing

ë ABOVE LEFT Laurie at work in his studio é ABOVE RIGHT Some of Laurie’s creations inspired by the Cornish coast

conditions, light and weather are a great source of inspiration for me, I could stare at the sea for hours! Why did you choose to sell through Little Piece of Cornwall? I thought it would be a unique opportunity to get my work out there, in front of a wider audience. It’s great to be able to sell my work alongside other Cornish made products. Would you rather fight one horse-sized seagull, or 100 seagull-sized horses? I’d have to say the horse-sized gull – one beak has to be better than 100, I’ve seen what those things can do to freshly bought pasty! What does the future hold? I hope to continue expanding my art business whilst staying here in Cornwall, drawing more beaches and creating more collages.

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nique – not only a common sentiment of customers experiencing the Uneeka environment, but also the perfect way to describe the identity and achievements of this innovative business. Brought to the Truro high street 12 years ago, Uneeka has grown from a small, independent venture in Lemon Street Market to a collection of four businesses occupying two sites, employing over 15 people and supporting the local community. Set up before trends deemed it fashionable to ‘go organic’ or ‘support local business’ and ‘fair trade’, Uneeka created a space to offer ethical, fair trade products. Relationships were formed with like-minded suppliers, still used today, proving that when people work together, good things can happen. Uneeka has stayed strong and grown steadily through challenging times for the high street, the team taking pride in listening to customers, building strong relationships, and, of course, moving with the times. Mango wood furniture and teak have proved popular, remaining in demand. Yet times have changes too, with Uneeka showcasing shabby chic and industrial styles, as customers have become more inspired, upcycling their own furniture. The shop on City Road is a confidence booster for that ‘have a go’ attitude, with plenty of choice to inspire. From rugs to chalk paint, sofas to wardrobes, not to mention the huge selection of lighting, Uneeka has it covered. Boscawen Street offers those little gifts for every occasion including jewellery, candles, bags and more. Why not indulge in the café, while you

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ponder, featuring a fresh menu and a smile with every order? We ask Uneeka’s Director Jodi Skeleton his predictions for 2017. “I feel an Art Deco influence will be the next big trend. We are already seeing some great examples of that and I predict it will be an even stronger influence next year. The last few years have seen the industrial style thrive and I feel this will continue to be on-trend, along with the hints of coppers and rich colour we are already seeing.” Uneeka continues to grow and for all of you that don’t live in Cornwall there are plans on the horizon to open another store outside of the county. In the meantime, why not check out the online shop?


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Friends in warm places

From small beginnings, Kernow Fires is now one of the leading fireplace retailers in the south west, warming homes all over the county and beyond.


ernow Fires owner Simon Breckon had no idea about the company he was going to build when he joined his father in business in 1998. His father owned a local coal business and they both saw potential in the growing trend for woodburners. In an effort to keep warm, Simon installed a fire stove in the office and so the first Kernow Fires showroom was born. “When I joined the business it was really slow and the first few years were pretty tough,” says Simon. After his father retired, Simon bought the rest of the company from him. “We’ve worked really hard on it for the last 18 years and here we are today in a very different scenario. But I still consider the team to be family,” Simon continues. He attributes a lot of his success to his team and the fact that they are always striving to be better today than they were yesterday. The company has come a long way and is now a market leader, supplying and installing the best brands of fires available in the UK and Europe. With the addition of a second

fireplace showroom in Redruth in 2014 and five teams of installers, over 25 employees are helping to drive the company and continue its expansion with a biomass showroom and installation service systems. Most recently, growth has come in the form of the incorporation of Kernow Metals into the company and the addition of skilled metalworker, Jamie Whitelaw. Training has been paramount to the success of Kernow Fires, including apprenticeships for office staff and installers, product training for all staff as well as specific marketing, management and self-development training for individual members of the team. Installation Manager Ross benefitted greatly from various courses. His knowledge of fires, fitting and chimneys is second to none and, with the benefit of in-depth management training courses, he manages the five teams of installers as well as liaising with builders and architects, aiding the building and design process for larger builds. “Simon’s focus on training has been really beneficial for the business and for

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us on a personal level. You can see the improved confidence and results, and we are really behind continuing training on different aspects of the business as we develop,” says Ross. Dave, the owner of Kernow Metals, was looking to retire and Simon has always had a brilliant working relationship with Dave, the pair working together to produce all the bespoke frames and technical parts for fireplaces. Simon saw an opportunity not to be missed and, in Jamie, he’s found someone who is able to work alongside Dave, learning all his tricks and bringing a whole new range of skills to the table. Jamie has worked on a variety of projects and film sets and has made a name for himself, creating large, bespoke pieces for private clients in the south east. He’s excited to be joining the Kernow Fires team and is keen to get to work! Simon’s enthusiasm for all things Kernow Fires, as well as its advertising campaigns, which feature only fireplaces installed by the company’s own fitters and creative images taken by the team, has got Kernow Fires noticed by other Cornish companies, including local fish suppliers Fish for Thought who approached Simon and Jane, Simon’s business partner, to star in ‘Talk On the Wildside’, a film produced for their YouTube channel. Filming took place at Simon and Jane’s home, where their stunning patio is set up and ready to go with a Big Green Egg – an impressive, outdoor ceramic grill – a

bespoke outdoor fireplace, and an enamelled metal table, all from the Kernow Fires range. New, carefully-selected products are always coming into the Kernow Fires showrooms, which is exciting for everyone. To keep up with news from Kernow Fires, check out its social media or visit one of the shops.


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Unit 2 Trenant Industrial Estate, Wadebridge PL27 6HB 01208 812527 Wilson Way, Redruth TR15 3RX 01209 200887

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Alfords Carpets & Flooring offers a fantastic array of flooring as well as the comfort of a family-run business.

ê BELOW From carpets to hard flooring Alfords cater for every taste

f you’re looking to deck out your dream home in Cornwall there is one standout family-run carpet and flooring specialist that you simply must try. Whether you are giving your beloved manor house or barn conversion a facelift, looking to inject a new contemporary edge to your waterfront holiday property or simply offering up some tender loving care to your private cottage or townhouse, Alfords Carpets & Flooring has got something to suit every taste and every budget. A young and dynamic husband and wife team, Mark and Melanie Alford opened for business in the summer of 2015. They have invested heart and soul into this venture, including building their showroom themselves from scratch using their exceptional talents. As their plans came together, Mark drew vision from his illustrious 17-year career in carpets and hard flooring including his post as head fitter at the highly respected Oliver & Son of Helston. Its closure led Mark and Melanie to take a leap of faith and go it alone to emulate the level of service people had come to expect from Oliver’s while exceeding its flooring range. “When a family business grows organically out of a genuine passion and skill the customer is always assured quality and

commitment,” says Mark. “This is a principle by which we stand. We really come to understand each and every one of our customers, and our success is down to their impeccable taste matched by our impeccable finish.” Melanie adds, “Mark has worked hard to bring personality, life and atmosphere to living spaces of all kinds across Cornwall for so many years. It wasn’t a hard decision for me to join him in business; I did some really intense product training and together we now provide a service that really is second to none.” It takes a gold standard reputation, a warm welcome and exceptional customer service to make people recommend a business and to come back through its doors again and again. The thank you cards spilling onto the doormat each week and the reviews coming through their website are testament to the fact that this family business has got it right. Be sure to visit their showroom to achieve the beautiful flooring you’ve always dreamt of having in your living space.

ë ABOVE LEFT From traditional geometrical shapes to… éABOVE …modern floral ëABOVE CENTRE Melanie and Mark Alford

ALFORDS CARPETS & FLOORING Unit A, St Johns Business Park, Penzance Road, Helston TR13 8HN 01326 564860 Find out more online:

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New gallery now open Wednesday - Saturday just around the corner from the Seadrift Kitchen CafĂŠ in portheleven, Cornwall. Images are available in the restaurant. Half day photographic workshops with Carla, 1-2-1 or small groups, please contact us for more destails | 01326 354171 | 07971 951698

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Heart of the home Bespoke handcrafted pieces in pine and oak, gorgeous ornaments and a huge range of classic paints.


ooking for a one-off piece for your home to change the look of a room? Whether it’s a traditional style dresser for the kitchen, bespoke four-metre wardrobe for your bedroom or handmade dining table, Celtic Pine and Oak, in Wadebridge, has the answer to absolutely all of your furniture needs. The company has a combined 50 years of expertise in furniture making and it produces stylish, distinctive, handcrafted furniture, using traditional cabinet-making techniques. Celtic Pine and Oak offers a varied mix of designs for kitchen, dining and bedroom ranges plus unique one-offs, all of which can be finished in a country wax or classic Farrow & Ball paint.

“Put simply, we are committed to offering exceptional solid wood furniture at the keenest possible price,” says Manager Jean Hyde. “We use expert local and global craftsmen, whose skills have been passed down through the generations to ensure our products have lasting quality and are built using traditional woodworking techniques.” The Celtic Pine and Oak team’s long pedigree of design and finish produces furniture of unrivalled style, functionality and durability. And, if you are concerned about the origins of the wood for your new piece of furniture you can rest assured because they only select sustainable and ethically-sourced timber, putting the green agenda first. Whether you are looking for a modern piece or something more traditional the friendly team are always on hand to advise on all aspects of design and colour, and to offer advice on how to look after your products once you have taken them home. The store has a range of waxes and polishes to maintain the high quality finish of the furniture. The company will deliver or, if you would prefer, you can drop in and collect your wonderful new piece of furniture. So, whether it’s an occasional table or a bespoke 24-seat dining table, a visit to Celtic Pine and Oak’s Wadebridge emporium is in order. Wood has never looked so good!

ë ABOVE An inspiring collection of original and unique furniture and ornaments

CELTIC PINE AND OAK Foundry House, Polmorla Road, Wadebridge PL27 7NB 01208 816861 RealWoodFindsFurniture Find out more online:

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The Cornwall Living guide to art around the county Richard Saltoun Gallery

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The Restless Image By Rose Finn-Kelcey

The Magical Garden By Angelica Sheldon-Fentem

Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation


The Blue Studio, 1947-48 By Wilhelmina Barns-Graham


Ox Eyed Daisies on the North Cornish Coast By Sophi Beharrell

1. THE SUMMERHOUSE GALLERY 2. THE EXCHANGE The Magical Garden By Angelica Sheldon-Fentem

The Restless Image By Rose Finn-Kelcey



The Summerhouse Gallery showcases the very best of Cornish art; a welcoming, beautiful space which has become a favourite of many art lovers who visit Cornwall. The gallery displays contemporary impressionistic work, celebrating both established, well-known artists alongside the up and coming. See the website for news and up-to-date information.

‘Liberties’ (22nd Oct to 7th Jan) presents a snapshot of the evolving conversations helping to map a woman’s place in British society through work by 24 woman artists. Film, photography, sculpture, performance and painting reflect personal and political issues and changes in art practice since the introduction of the UK’s Sex Discrimination Act.

This view of the artist’s studio at Porthmeor in St Ives is just one of over 60 paintings by this important 20th century artist (1912-2004) in the current show at Penlee House Gallery, ‘Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Scottish Artist in St Ives’, which runs until 19th November.

On the waterfront at Falmouth’s Custom House Quay, the gallery was once the studio of Henry Scott Tuke. Today it’s the working studio of Sophi Beharrell. Visit the gallery to see Sophi’s breathtaking beachscapes, rockpools and cliffscapes. Contact Sophi if you would like to discuss a painting, print or commission.

Market Place, Marazion TR17 0AR 01736 711 400

The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance TR18 2NL 01736 363715

The Blue Studio, 1947-48 By Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Penlee House Gallery & Museum Morrab Road, Penzance TR18 4HE 01736 363625

Ox Eyed Daisies on the North Cornish Coast By Sophi Beharrell

Custom House Quay, Falmouth TR11 3JT 01326 312165

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Showcasing local artists and art galleries


Ceramic vases By Adrian Brough


Au Vent II By Carine Bouvard



Misty Morning Mike Moss

The Old Lifeboat Station By Susan Isaac





Market House Gallery is one of the largest established galleries in Cornwall with work by over 100 artists, 70 ceramicists and 12 glass producers, including a good selection of ceramics by local potter Adrian Brough (prices from £80). The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm.

Wave 7 Gallery near Port Isaac exhibits contemporary art and crafts across two buildings: the main gallery and the granary used to showcase sole exhibitions. It’s also the working studio of Victoria Mead Mirrors. Art courses and craft afternoons run throughout the season. The gallery is open 10.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Situated in the centre of Falmouth, Art World Gallery was established in 2000 and prides itself on featuring an exceptional collection of French, Italian and Cornish artists. The gallery is also home to some wonderful ceramics artists and sculptors. Many of these artists are exclusive to the gallery. Open seven days a week, 10am to 5.30pm.

The gallery’s light and airy space on Porthleven’s harbour side exhibits original work by some of Cornwall’s finest artists in a range of mediums. A bespoke framing service is available here as well as the Own Art scheme. The gallery is open daily 10.30am to 5pm. View the work available on the regularly updated and fully ecommerce enabled website.

Market Place, Marazion TR17 OAR 01736 710252

Trelights, Near Port Isaac PL29 3TW 01208 880605

62 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3DS 01326 219323

Commercial Road, Porthleven TR13 9JD 01326 569365

Ceramic vases By Adrian Brough

Misty Morning By Mike Moss

Au Vent II By Carine Bouvard

The Old Lifeboat Station By Susan Isaac

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The Cornwall Living guide to art around the county




La Bergerie By Andrew Walker

Eat Art Bespoke framing service

Freshwater Pearl Bracelet By Sally Napier


Nestled amongst the beautiful town of Newlyn is the working studio and gallery of Artist Andrew Walker, LedgerwoodWalker Newlyn Studio. Over the Christmas period, it presents the ‘Small Works’ exhibition, displaying pieces from Cornwall, Scotland and France. The exhibition will run from 19th November until 14th January. Unit 7, Wesley Place Newlyn TR18 5AZ, 01736 447071


Daymer Bay By John Griffiths




Eat Art is a collaboration of artists, designers and craftsmen with many years experience in the art of picture framing. The team collaborate with some of the best artists working in Cornwall today and clients from all over the UK to supply art and frames to the trade and public. With simple solutions from just a few pounds to unique handcrafted designs, Eat Art offers a complete bespoke framing service.

Jeweller Sally Napier creates handcrafted jewellery with the emphasis on quality, attention to detail and keeping a contemporary edge. Available online, all the jewellery, and each design, is created individually using a combination of semi-precious stones, silver, gold and freshwater pearls. Please contact Sally to visit her in the studio to see her work, discuss a commission or repair.

Wave 7 Gallery near Port Isaac exhibits contemporary art and crafts across two buildings: the main gallery and the granary used to showcase sole exhibitions. It’s also the working studio of Victoria Mead Mirrors. Art courses and craft afternoons run throughout the season. The gallery is open 10.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Elmsleigh, Pinch Hill Marhamchurch EX23 0ER 01288 361921

Plain Streets, Trelights, Near Port Isaac PL29 01208 880605

Bespoke framing service

Empire Way, Tregoniggie Estate, Falmouth TR11 4RX 01326 375917

Freshwater Pearl Bracelet By Sally Napier

Daymer Bay By John Griffiths

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Woodcut print By Felix Packer

Winter By Louise Rawlings



Peninsula By Elaine Turnbull

Ox Eyed Daisies on the North Cornish Coast By Sophi Beharrell





Situated in Charlestown, famous for BBC drama Poldark, you’ll find Atishoo Gallery. Opposite the old chapel, featuring work by more than 80 artists and craftspeople, the gallery offers a bespoke picture framing service and an extensive range of art cards and prints to buy. Visit the website where you can buy online and check opening times. Closed over Christmas week.

The Poly Guild, situated in the historic Poly building in the centre of Falmouth, sells distinctive, highquality craftsmanship from Falmouth and Penryn’s artists and makers. Works include jewellery, ceramics, prints, publications and cards. Artists include: John Howard, Tim Lake, Tom Raffield and Esther Connon. The Poly Guild is open 10am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Resident jewellery designer, Julia Schofield, has opened a new studio gallery in Porthleven, where she also shows the work of contemporary Cornish artists and makers. She has a fine collection of prints, paintings, textiles, glass, ceramics and literary gifts as well as her own jewellery. Keith Richards’ photography is featured, as is a large freestanding glass, iron and driftwood sculpture by Sally Tully.

On the waterfront at Falmouth’s Custom House Quay, the gallery was once the studio of Henry Scott Tuke. Today it’s the working studio of Sophi Beharrell. Visit the gallery to see Sophi’s breath-taking beachscapes, rockpools and cliffscapes. Contact Sophi if you would like to discuss a painting, print or commission.

71 Charlestown Road, Charlestown, St Austell PL25 3NL 01726 65900

24 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3EG 01326 319461

Top of Fore Street, Porthleven TR13 9HH 01326 617624

Commercial Road, Porthleven TR13 9JD 01326 569365

Winter By Louise Rawlings

Woodcut print By Felix Packer

Peninsula By Elaine Turnbull

Ox Eyed Daisies on the North Cornish Coast By Sophi Beharrell

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Lighthouse family

Stunning and eclectic, colourful and unique… art at the Lighthouse gallery.


“a fresh, bright space in which to appreciate the work of Cornwall’s leading, and talented emerging, artists”

unique, large three storey Georgian building with its vaulted domed ceiling providing an incredible pool of natural light is home to one of our favourite galleries in Cornwall… the Lighthouse gallery in Penzance… with its wonderful mix of paintings, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery. Set over two floors the clean lines and simple layout provides a fresh, bright space in which to appreciate the work of Cornwall’s leading, and talented emerging, artists. First opened in 2003 by Directors Tracey Spry and Christine Weschke, Lighthouse Gallery is now firmly established amongst the most respected galleries in Cornwall. I speak to Tracey and Christine. “It all started back in the spring of 2003: as friends, and both mothers of young daughters, we wanted to start a business that would fit in with our lifestyles. We’d always loved browsing in galleries and collecting pieces by local artists, so opening a gallery of our own seemed the most natural thing in the world”, Tracey tells me with a smile. “And we’ve come a long way since then…” Christine adds: “As well as running the gallery now we exhibit at several art fairs in London and Bristol; our next one is the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this October. Taking local artists work to a wider audience is a big part of our job, and benefits all of us. We

have a growing mailing list of collectors in the London area… some actually come to Penzance to seek us out!” They both obviously love what they do and are equally passionate about the artists they work with. Tracey grins, “But one of the most pleasurable outcomes of owning a gallery for the past 13 years is the friendships we have made along the way… and we’ve had so much fun!” The pair tell me they have some exciting exhibitions planned for 2017, which is shaping up to be their busiest yet. So keep an eye on their website for details or pop in for a look… it’s sure to make your heart sing!

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Mandy Milano


54/55 Causewayhead, Penzance TR18 2SS 01736 350555 Find out more online:

í BELOW Tracey and Christine in the gallery


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Celtic Steve Slimm – bringing artistic inspiration to the south west.


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Dan Warden

rtist, poet and musician, Steve Slimm, while not strictly speaking a Celt, is convinced that his ancestry must root itself, somewhere, in Celtic heritage. Having turned up no further ancestral leads than Midland towns, he is nonetheless convinced that there must be a stronger connection. On first arriving in Penzance, at the age of 17, it felt so much like coming home. Steve, an artist with an impressive portfolio, lives and breathes the ancient Cornish landscape and through his work,

è L EFT TO RIGHT A Little Light And Shade In All That Vastness Pool Of Radiance Light That Ever Takes Us Home

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ë LEFT TO RIGHT High Meadows Of Obscurity Pastures Of Abandon

“It’s all about extremities: Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany – places on the edge, away from city life and the maelstrom of humanity”

his audience is touched by its rugged authenticity and wholeness. “Celtic land has remained essentially untouched for centuries, with only relatively small pockets of modern civilisation,” Steve muses. “It’s all about extremities: Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany – places on the edge, away from city life and the maelstrom of humanity.” While over the last two or three years Steve has formed a close connection with the Bristol/Bath area, through an incredibly productive relationship with Bristol artist Tom White, his artistic roots remain firmly planted in the rich soil of Cornwall. Focusing his work primarily on the land, he uses the landscape “as a vehicle for expressing something that goes far beyond depicting form.” Any familiarity in his work, he says, is merely a hook to hang things on. “I am interested in the juxtaposition of land and sky and the variety of ways in which they ‘interlock’ with one another. I am rarely interested in man-made constructions on the land; so buildings and so on enter my work only as add-on features in the magnificent sculpting of nature.” It’s no wonder, then, that his work, like so many hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents alike, finds itself fascinated by the untouched landscapes of Cornwall. In fact, it’s a connection with the spirit of life and the world around them that Steve wants his audience to take away from his work; the same connection that’s driven

his work ever since the age of 17, when he first stepped on Cornish soil. Back in Bristol, to mark his and work partner Tom White’s successful move of the Clifton Fine Art Gallery into larger premises, the gallery will play host to a one-man exhibition of evocative work by Steve, entitled Rich Beyond Compare. Including an album of his own music – of the same title and created for the show – this exhibition will display the similarities between the processes in which Steve puts together both his music and his paintings. “My private studio practice as a musician is very similar to my painting – turn off the thinking mind, get on with playing (with sound or paint), keep going until lost in the process, then see what happens.” The music, like his painting, is fresh, unadulterated, vibrant and exciting, yet grounded in something essentially and deeply human. Evocatively, the introductory slide show to his website contains the words “Beyond the reach of the city, we have dreamed of a place, away from the neon counterfeit, awash with colour and light.” For Steve and the essence of his work, this really says it all.


07968 979367 Find out more online:

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Creekside Cottages Cornwall

Individual waters-edge, village & rural cottages set in enchanting & picturesque positions.


Sleeping 2 – 8. Available throughout the year. Dogs welcome.

Telephone: 01326 375972

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Gold &

DELICIO US With tasty, seasonal Cornish food on offer, there’s much more to Cornwall Gold than meets the eye.


hen you think of a hearty breakfast to start the day, the first thing that comes to mind may not be Cornwall Gold. But tucked away just off the A30 between Redruth and Portreath is a real hidden gem. The Cornish Pantry Restaurant, situated within 18 acres of beautiful grounds, serves a breakfast menu featuring all your early morning favourites, from bubble and squeak to its award-winning full Cornish breakfast, presented on a tin miner’s shovel. All ingredients are sourced from within a 20mile radius of the kitchen, so this truly is an authentic local affair. Don’t allow this novel presentation to fool you though. Drawing on the site’s rich heritage, Cornwall Gold deserves recognition for being home to the last remaining tin mill in Europe; Tolgus Tin Mill is steeped in history and provides the tin which features in Cornwall Gold’s Tolgus Collection – a bespoke range of jewellery forged from tin combined with silver and gold which you can admire and treat yourself to whilst on site.

Proceeds from the jewellery allows the restoration of the historic Tolgus Tin Mill to continue, ensuring this unique piece of Cornwall’s mining heritage is preserved for future generations. The breakfast menu is served every day until 11.30am, but you can always get your foodie fix as the full Cornish breakfast is served all day, alongside such other traditional Cornish dishes as licky pie, pasty platter and clacky pork. You’ll leave feeling delightfully satisfied and ready for the rest of your day, not least because of the wonderfully attentive service from the Cornwall Gold team. Cornwall Gold is open every day throughout the winter from 10am to 4.30pm, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

CORNWALL GOLD Tolgus Mill, Redruth TR16 4HN 01209 203280 Find out more online:

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Surf & sunsets Don't let the summer end with Ann’s Cottage and Cornish Getaways.


small village situated on the north coast of Cornwall, around the corner from Padstow, Polzeath is one of the world’s most renowned surfing destinations. The golden, sandy beach stretches magnificently between Pentire Head to the north and High Cliff to the west. At the heart of this stunning location is Ann’s Cottage Surf Shop. When it opened back in 1978, everything was under one roof, including the shop floor, warehouse, head office and the buying team. Since then, head office has moved to Pityme at Rock, but the store still stands proud. Located right on the sea front, it is to-date the brand’s busiest outlet, aside of course from the clearance store at St Columb.

words by:

Dan Warden

Families can kit themselves out with apparel and choose from the full range of current wetsuits, boards and accessories, including top brands such as O’Neil, C Skins, Red Paddle, Rip Curl and Gul. And, as if this wasn’t enough, the brand aims to open another, new store in Polzeath by the end of the year, the intention being to solely stock hardware, including wetsuits, boards and accessories. In fact, the new outlet is set to become the biggest watersports emporium in Europe. The team promise to provide one-toone customer service and, when buying wetsuits, you can expect the staff to remain with you for as long as you need. While this can often result in up to an hour or even more being spent with one customer, the

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î RIGHT Corinne Evans, brand ambassador wearing Born by the Sea clothing, available in store and online ê BELOW Ann’s Cottage flagship store; Cornwall Surf Centre at St Columb stocks everything you need for enjoying the Cornish coastline

team firmly believe that quality in service is far more important than making sales. The best thing is you’ll know you’re getting the best advice when it comes to buying surf gear as you see the staff jogging towards the beach, board in hand, to make the most of their lunch break. Life by the sea is at the centre of what Ann’s Cottage stands for, exemplified by the Ann’s Cottage owned brand, Cornish Getaways and some of the stunningly located properties they offer to those seeking the perfect seaside getaway. Having been completely refurbished in 2015 and boasting quite simply awesome panoramic views, Rigi is perched on the edge of the cliff at Polzeath and is a truly stunning location in which to spend your Cornish getaway. Fitted with solid oak bedroom furniture and a contemporary family bathroom, this cottage has its own direct access on to the beach path and is perfectly situated for all the village’s amenities. The cottage itself sits in ample grounds overlooking the bay, probably the most glorious view in Polzeath, especially with the 180-degree vista window enabling guests to take full advantage of the amazing sunsets out to sea whilst admiring the world famous surf on the break below. As well as Rigi, there is Yoho Cottage, situated in the heart of Polzeath and a stone’s throw from the beach. Yoho is a refurbished fisherman’s cottage, having been extended to sleep six over three bedrooms. One of five traditional cottages on the hill leading into Polzeath, this home has been arranged to maximise the views

from the front and back of the property. Outside, guests will find a large, split-level patio at the front, boasting spectacular sights over the village and beach. What’s more, leading off the dining area upstairs is a large, decked area giving glimpses of Pentire Point and out to sea. Conveniently, just a short walk from the property is parking for two cars as well as a larger car park. Guests staying in either of these properties, or indeed those pitching up on Tristram or Southwinds campsites which provide pitches and space for those with portable accommodation of all shapes and sizes, can enjoy fine dining in the Cracking Crab, the onsite eatery at Tristram as well as the Oystercatcher, the Waterfront restaurant and the Sand Bar, each offering a range of culinary delights for all tastes and budgets. What’s more, when the sun’s out, visitors can head to Cone Zone for refreshments including ice cream, coffee and pasties. So, if escaping to an area that’s famous in Cornwall for its outstanding beauty and access to all things seaside, pop into Ann’s Cottage Surf Shop, Polzeath, and get yourselves set for your next Cornish getaway.

“Life by the sea is at the centre of what Ann’s Cottage stands for”


01208 862924


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Seas tings & Gr� Kickstart your Christmas shopping at Ann’s Cottage Surf Shops.


Image courtesy of: James Ram

ith its renowned eateries, charming harbour, wonderful shops and galleries, Padstow is a beautiful place to visit all year round. Christmas time, however, is particularly special in this captivating waterside town. On the first weekend of December, Padstow will hold its annual Christmas Festival, showcasing the town at its very best. The event brings together chefs, local food producers and crafts-folk to celebrate and add to the magic of the Christmas season. More than 100 local producers will be selling unique, handcrafted gifts and products in a traditional Christmas market, from pies and paintings to jewellery and jams.

Set around the harbour, the two cookery demonstration theatres will be packed with some of the country’s finest chefs, including Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth. Ales and ciders from Cornwall’s favourite breweries will also be on offer, including beers from the festival’s headline sponsor, Sharp’s. There will be fireworks, live music, carol concerts, a lantern parade and a visit from the man himself: Father Christmas. If you’re in Padstow for the festival, or just doing a bit of Christmas shopping and taking in the winter air, at the heart of the town you’ll find Ann’s Cottage Surf Shops, retailer of surf and lifestyle clothing as well as surf equipment ranging from wetsuits, boards and accessories – pop into the warmth and have a look around! Inspired by the sea and waves, life on the beach and passion for travel, the team at Ann’s Cottage take pride in their friendly customer service. You’ll be welcomed, guided in any technical aspects of your visit, and offered only the best, firsthand advice. Ann’s Cottage stocks a range of well-known brands, including Animal, Superdry, Roxy, Quiksilver, Billabong, Rip Curl and O’Neil, together with new and inspiring brands Brixton, Passenger and Ridgemont. It’s a time of year for getting wrapped up and you’ll find plenty of winter warmers, such as Barts hats and accessories, UGG and Sorel boots. Add to the mix the extremely popular brand Hype and there truly is something for everyone – and all under one roof!

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In addition to the two Ann’s Cottage stores in Padstow, there is a further store in Bude, two in Falmouth, two at Fistral Beach, one in Polzeath, one in Wadebridge, a flagship store in St Columb Major, known as Cornwall Surf Centre, and a clearance store directly opposite. Both St Columb Major stores are open from 9am until 8pm, Monday through to Sunday, with the exception of January and February when they close at 6pm on Sundays. Cornwall Surf Centre is renowned for being one of the largest surf and lifestyle stores in Europe; it’s a shopper’s paradise, offering a large range of new season collections.

Better still, Ann’s Cottage is open 364 days a year, only closing on Christmas day, and hosts late night shopping across most of its stores throughout December – catering for both planned and last minute Christmas shopping trips! During the Padstow Festival weekend, the town’s retailers will be joining in with the festivities and offering some fantastic special offers, with the two Ann’s Cottage stores offering a massive 20% off

selected full price items! Ann’s Cottage also has an excellent loyalty card programme, where customers earn points on every purchase made through the website or in store, working out at two points for every £1 spent. 100 points earns you £1 and you can spend your loyalty points or save for something special. You’ll have access to loyalty cardholder exclusive offers, receive invitations to exclusive secret sales, and enjoy automatic entry to fantastic competitions where the only proviso is that you have a registered loyalty card. So, whether you’d like to wrap them up in woolly jumpers, hats and scarves; boot them in sheepskin; dress them in surf and lifestyle brands; or kit them out with a winter wetsuit and new board, the Ann’s Cottage website and stores have the perfect gifts for your friends and family, young and old. And once the Christmas season is over and you’ve racked up some pounds on your loyalty card, what’s to stop you from treating yourself to a little something?


Padstow, Polzeath, Wadebridge, St Columb, Newquay, Falmouth, Bude 01208 869924 Annscottagesurf Find out more online:

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Patnick’s Preserves

We stock a wide range of products from Jams to Chillies and we are very proud to hold some award winning products too.

New this year

Crabapple Jelly, Spiced Crabapple Jelly and Bramble Jelly. Other projects are on the drawing board so watch this space!

20 Moorland Road, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2PA 01726 815 284 - -

Shops in Truro, Wadebridge, Falmouth and the Bakery Cafe in Pool Available for wholesale throughout the South West 01209 218 989 CLB 2016 - 066.indd 1

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Garden paradise

"Trebah is a hidden jewel... a tranquil, idyllic location for an intimate, romantic wedding"

Create wonderful memories to last a lifetime at Trebah Garden, an exotic, subtropical paradise on the beautiful south coast.


un-flecked walkways and branches laden with exotic blooms. A secluded sandy beach. A stunning setting with aweinspiring views. If you think these can only be yours by taking a long-haul flight, then we have a pleasant surprise in store for you: Trebah Garden is a hidden jewel, set in a secluded valley just south of Falmouth, and a tranquil, idyllic location for an intimate, romantic wedding. Rated as one of the finest 80 gardens in the world, Trebah has a balmy, subtropical climate of its own, with an array of exotic trees, plants and a glorious display of flowers throughout the year. At Trebah, marvel at the plunging ravine garden leading down from gently rolling lawns to a south-facing cove on the Helford River. Everywhere there are views to delight the visitor, providing an unforgettable wedding location. Trebah House itself is an elegant white building and it’s licensed for daytime civil ceremonies all year round. With stunning views of the ravine garden below, the house has a ceremony room with seating for 40 guests (licensed to host 50) and use of the private terrace outside. From here, your guests can take in the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings while enjoying canapés and sipping champagne. “At Trebah we have a dedicated, experienced wedding team committed to making this a day every couple will remember,” says Jonathan Bray of Trebah. “We take care to get every detail right, from floral decorations and bouquets handpicked by our botanically-trained florist, to carefully prepared, locally-sourced canapés. We ensure everything is designed for a seamless, intimate wedding.” If you’ve ever dreamt of walking hand in hand on a private beach on your wedding day, the dream can be yours at Trebah.

é ABOVE The perfect backdrop for your wedding; a view that speaks for itself è RIGHT Arrive in style êBELOW The house, set in beautiful subtropical grounds


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Catherine Mallorie

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Out & about

Back to the wild We catch up with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary team who have had an exciting season spent rescuing, releasing and renovating.


t’s been a busy season at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, starting off in September with the sanctuary’s first rescue, pup ‘Uno’, and it didn’t ease up any time soon – the hospital was full in March and still had over ten pups in May! This high volume is thought to be due in part to the stormy weather the UK has experienced this last winter. Big waves are a spectacular sight for those on land, but out at sea the rough conditions have made it harder for young pups striking out on their own. The sanctuary has also been unable to arrange as many releases as usual, so the number of pups in the hospital and pools has kept rising. This season, the sanctuary has rescued a total of 65 grey seal pups. Pup season for a grey seal is normally from September to February. During this time a pup may


need rescuing for many reasons, from malnourishment after being separated from its mum, to more extensive injuries that require medical attention. Usually, as soon as a pup has reached 40kg and has received a clean bill of health, they are then released back into the wild. The good news is that all 65 rescued pups have now successfully been released. Excitingly, the team have already had some sightings of the released pups doing well back out in the wild! For the more long-term residents at the sanctuary, training time is a really important part of day-to-day care. It allows the animal care team to ask the residents to present body parts for inspection, before weighing them, trimming their claws, administering medicine and so much more. Not only is training important for their care, it’s also good fun for the seals and gives them a lot of mental and physical stimulation. The team’s recent focus has been on resident common seal Babyface, who at 37 years old is thought to be Europe’s oldest common seal in captivity. Originally rescued by the Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary, Babyface joined the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in September 2010, after spending 26 years at Colchester Zoo. Over the years the team have done a lot of training with Babyface, but have failed to get this characterful seal to enter and stay in a cage. Cage training is useful behaviour for Babyface to learn, so that if he ever needs to move pools or go to the hospital for

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Rescue seals Uno, Babyface and Crossword

an operation, the team are able to transport him with ease. The team started the cage training at the beginning of the year and initially Babyface would only stick his nose in the cage before fleeing to the water! Eventually he braved venturing a little way into the cage, but he would stick to the halfway mark before sliding back into the pool. Babyface had a big breakthrough a few weeks ago, when member of the animal care team, Natalie Dyer, had the innovative idea of getting into the cage with him! This training has not only benefitted Babyface for his future care, but has also served to build up an even stronger bond and level of trust with the animal care team, who are all so proud of him. Exciting news still, as part of the sanctuary’s ongoing development plan, pool renovation work took place on the Nursery Pools and Convalescence Pool earlier this summer in June. When progressing through the rehabilitation stage, the Nursery Pools are the first place rescued grey seal pups

will go to after the Seal Rescue Hospital. The Convalescence Pool is home to resident grey seals, as well as the rescued grey seal pups, who live in this pool during their final stage of rehabilitation. The renovations took six weeks and cost in the region of £65,000 to complete. The sanctuary’s rehabilitation work was at the heart of the redevelopment of the pools, while also creating a more natural environment for resident grey seals and rescued pups to enjoy. The sanctuary has incorporated unique viewing areas for visitors, meaning guests and residents can get up close for a much more interesting and exciting experience!



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Food for thought We take a look at what’s new at Rick Stein’s Cookery School.


ick says: “Everyone cooks better at Rick Stein's Cookery School. With a view looking out over the estuary across the water to Rock, the blue and white fish tiles, the warm wood floor and sail shaped ceiling, it’s a smart place to do some cooking.” Rick Stein's Cookery School offers over 40 courses inspired by Rick’s travels and 2016 has a fantastic programme lined up. With quality fish and shellfish at your fingertips, an experienced chef lecturer and plenty of cookery tips, attend one of the new cookery classes and begin your own memorable food adventure.

British seafood cookery With the popularity of fresh fish and seafood in the UK at an all-time high, there’s no better place to master seafood cookery than at Rick’s cookery school where you can watch the daily catch arriving in the harbour from the window. Discover how to prepare and cook John Dory, crab, mussels, mackerel and hot smoked salmon. Create some superb seafood dishes to impress your family and friends, using fabulous fresh fish from our British shores.

Mediterranean street food and mezze Learn how to cook street food on their exciting one-day Mediterranean street food and mezze course. Inspired by Rick’s recent adventure from Venice to Istanbul, you’ll explore cooking using ingredients from Croatia and will take in the Eastern influences of Turkish food with exciting flavours from Istanbul.

Asian street food With Southeast Asia and Indian flavours on trend this year, it’s the perfect time to try Rick’s one-day Asian street food course inspired by his foodie adventures. Head Chef lecturer Mark Puckey will teach you how to recreate some of Rick’s favourite street food dishes from chargrilled butterflied fish with sambal matah to Cambodian marinated beef with a lime and black pepper dipping sauce.

Japanese seafood cookery Japan is known for having some of the best seafood in the world, mainly down to how the fish is handled after being caught. The one-day Japanese seafood cookery course will

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UPCOMING COURSES British seafood cookery 1st April 2016 – £198 pp 20th May 2016 – £198 pp

Mediterranean street food and mezze 23rd April – £198 pp 27th May – £198 pp

Asian street food 1st May 2016 – £198 pp 21st June 2016 – £198 pp

Japanese seafood cookery 11th June 2016 – £198 pp 23rd August 2016 – £198 pp

Cooking from Venice to Istanbul 28th and 29th May 2016 – £360 pp 7th and 8th September 2016 – £360 pp

French cookery 23rd and 24th March 2016 – £360 pp 6th and 7th October 2016 – £360 pp

ë MAIN Sample your new creations overlooking the stunning Camel estuary ì ABOVE Hone your culinary skills with help from the professional chefs

teach you how to handle fish the correct way to create some of the best Japanese seafood dishes. Learn how to cook a range of dishes from sushi of salmon, sea bass, scallops and tuna to Japanese fish cakes with spring onions and ginger. By the end of day you’ll be equipped with a recipe folder and will be confident in producing some classic Japanese seafood dishes.

Cooking from Venice to Istanbul Inspired by Rick’s recent adventures of the historic Byzantine Empire, this two-day ‘From Venice to Istanbul’ cooking course will teach you how to cook some of Rick’s favourite recipes. Having mastered some of the recipes Rick found, you will get to enjoy your meal dining at their long ‘en famille’ table, enjoying the breath-taking view of the Camel Estuary while sipping on a glass of Sauvignon Touraine. At the end of the twoday course you’ll leave having developed the skill and enthusiasm for this exotic cuisine, along with a signed copy of Rick’s latest book, From Venice to Istanbul, to continue your very own culinary adventure.

French cookery As part of his French Odyssey TV series, Rick travelled through south west France and explored the region’s culinary heritage. On the two-day French cookery course you’ll learn how to master the cookery of the region including some of the fish, shellfish and meat dishes that Rick discovered on his travels. The French cookery course wouldn’t be complete without creating some traditional French patisserie, so learn how to make some delicious desserts with head pastry chef, Stuart Pate. At the end of the two-day course you’ll receive a complimentary discount voucher, to treat yourself to a gift or some further ingredients from Stein’s Deli.

“Create some superb seafood dishes to impress your family and friends, using fabulous fresh fish from our British shores”

For more information or to book a place on one of the new courses, use the details below.


Riverside, Padstow PL28 8BY 01841 532700 Find out more online:

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Escapes Our choice of C�nish getaways

Beautiful stays in Daymer Bay, St Ives and Portwrinkle.

é INSET The light and spacious kitchen è RIGHT Far-reaching views and fresh sea air

Witches Thimble, near Polzeath

Set on the top of the hill at Greenaway in north Cornwall, Witches Thimble has far-reaching views of the Atlantic from almost all rooms. This contemporary, selfcatering holiday home is nestled on the coast between Daymer Bay and Polzeath, with direct access to the coast paths that

lead to these golden, sandy beaches. Large, luxurious and spacious, Witches Thimble sleeps up to ten people in five bedrooms – great for extended family or a group of friends. Outside you’ll find secluded lawned gardens and a sun-soaked terrace, perfect for alfresco dining and drinking in the panoramic views – as well as a glass of something cold and bubbly! Greenaway is one of the most exclusive areas to enjoy all north Cornwall has to offer. At the nearby St Moritz Hotel you can enjoy a beauty treatment at the luxurious Cowshed Spa, or dinner in the restaurant. Take a walk in the footsteps of Betjeman to St Enodoc church, or head to surfers’ paradise, Polzeath beach. Nearby gullies and coves are perfect for collecting shells or shrimping with the children. How about renting a bike and exploring the Camel estuary? Why not try surfing, paddle boarding, sailing or water skiing in Rock? However you spend your time, a holiday in north Cornwall is guaranteed to leave you bewitched. 01208 863206

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s y a w a t e g h is n � C f o e Our choic Beautiful stays in Porthtowan and Constantine Bay, near Padstow.

Tonga, Porthtowan

Porthtowan sits between St Ives and St Agnes, a stretch of coastline famous for surfing and host to a wealth of outstanding natural beauty. Chill out at one of the trendy bars on the beach or take a stroll along the South West coast path, before heading back to Tonga, a large, detached, reverse-plan house, nestled yards from

ç LEFT The spacious modern interiors complement the amazing views

1 Seaspell, Constantine Bay

This impressive ground floor apartment is just a five minute walk down a quiet road from the lovely sandy beach of Constantine Bay and is a place you will want to return to time and time again. Finished to an extremely high standard, 1 Seaspell Apartment has two large sumptuous bedrooms, a contemporary open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, an ensuite shower room and a wet room. The kitchen boasts all of the usual modern appliances you’ll need and elsewhere the owner has given extreme thought and care to every last detail in the apartment to ensure all her guests’ expectations are exceeded. Outside, there is a lawn, a generous patio area, and a courtyard which is accessed from the main bedroom with parking space for two cars. Cornish Horizons has been promoting high quality holiday homes such as 1 Seaspell Apartment for over 20 years

the coastal path and overlooking the awe inspiring Atlantic ocean. Gather round and get cosy as you fire up the woodburner or, if the days activities prove too much, head to bed and behold the magnificent, moonlit bay through the large, porthole window of the en-suite, master bedroom. And don’t feel like you have be out the door at first light - this house is to be enjoyed! A large, stylish and well-equipped open-plan kitchen provides an ideal space for you and your family to break out the board games while the living room, lit spectacularly by a wraparound window, offers lounging with a view to impress. Surrounded by a wealth of Cornish Heritage, this luxurious let is perfect if your idea of summer is sun, sea and stunning scenery. 01841 533331

î RIGHT Clean, contemporary design is followed throughout the entire property to create a unified whole

and the company’s property managers are continually looking for new cottages to offer to their guests. If you have a property which you think would make a lovely holiday home, call Becky, Annabel or Jane for an informal chat or to arrange a visit. 01841 533331

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Escapes Our choice of C�nish getaways

Stunning stays in Looe, Carbis Bay and Gwithian Towans.

ì MAIN Fine views across the East Looe river è INSETS Cool colours and coastal chic invoke an air of tranquillity

Rumsdale, Looe

The scenic towns of East and West Looe, where two rivers meet, have served over centuries as centres for the fishing industry and in times past for the transport of tin, copper and granite around the UK and to the continent. Now famed for its natural beauty, fine sandy beach and maze of ancient streets, the area is a magnet for visitors to this beautiful part of Cornwall. Boat trips around the coast and to the stunning Looe Island (home to numerous seals and

coastal birds), are much enjoyed as are the lovely coastal walks and fine National Trust houses and gardens at Lanhydrock, Anthony and Cothele. For the energetic there’s a wide range of watersports, sailing, golf courses, fishing and riding on hand. Enjoying fine views across the East Looe River, Rumsdale Cottage is a comfortable, stylish holiday retreat for two. The lounge-diner is attractively furnished, with French doors leading to the patio area offering lovely views. A few steps lead up to the fitted kitchen. Located on the upper floor is a double bedroom with kingsize bed and a balcony, again with great views. The spacious en suite bathroom has an elegant rolltop bath. The cottage has parking and Wi-Fi and the town centre with its bustling harbour, numerous shops, cafés, pubs and seafood restaurants is a short walk away. The owners have a great eye for detail, with complimentary drinks and biscuits, toiletries, use of bathrobes and a voucher for a cream tea at a nearby seafront café. Have a perfect stay all year round in this delightful holiday home. 01503 262736

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Above board Exclusive accommodation for all tastes and requirements in the heart of Cornwall.

ì ABOVE RIGHT Graham Collier and Suzanne Wilson receiving the AA Bed Breakfast Awards ê BELOW Nearby Carbis Bay


t’s that time of year again when we’re all looking for that dreamy, Cornish holiday, where we can realise our dream of exploring the walks and world-renowned wonders that Cornwall has to offer. Available to book during the summer season, having been carefully designed and stylishly finished to suit a variety of tastes, is Tramways Holiday Cottage. Set in the village of Lanner, near Redruth and in the heart of Cornwall, this detached, open-plan holiday let puts guests within easy reach of all that Cornwall has to offer. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Tate Gallery in St Ives, the National Maritime Museum and the National Seal Sanctuary are but a few of the must-dos during your summer break. What’s more, you’re a short trip up the A30 away from the world-famous Eden Project and, if you book through Tramways, you’ll even get 10% off of your entry! Inside this gorgeous accommodation, you’ll find that it’s understated, comfortably

furnished and, sleeping two, perfect for a romantic getaway. The living space is cosy and the en-suite bedroom is gorgeous to the very last detail. Of an evening, put your feet up in the homely living room or, on those stargazey Cornish nights, head outside to the garden and patio area, fire up the hot tub and sink into some bubbles. Next door, you’ll find the Old Railway Yard Bed and Breakfast where, if you’d rather leave the cooking to someone else, you can pop in for the breakfast and dinner which have both won AA awards. In fact, the B&B won AA Friendliest B&B of the Year 20152016, meaning that whether you want the house to yourself or simply require quality room and board, your needs are catered for. When bed and breakfast are all you need, you really couldn’t ask for more. Not only are you privy to an award-winning breakfast and dinner, the en-suite rooms ensure a long trip to the land of nod, with comfortable beds and en-suite, modern bathrooms. So, whether you’re an adventurer looking for luxury room and board or a couple seeking a romantic break in your own space, Tramways self-catering cottage and The Old Railway Yard Bed and Breakfast, between them, have all your holiday needs covered.


Tram Cross Lane, Lanner Hill, Redruth TR16 5TZ 01209 314514 / 07970 595598 Find out more online:

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Out & about

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e � n i l Jewe crown We explore south Cornwall and the Roseland peninsula to discover what makes the area so special.

éABOVE Pendower beach ìABOVE RIGHT On the water at St Mawes and the Portscatho Regatta êBELOW (LEFT TO RIGHT) Sunset on Froe Creek The Hidden Hut St Mawes


he Roseland is a place where you can be sure of a great Cornish welcome and a fantastic holiday experience, with a great selection of restaurants and eateries, glorious uncrowded beaches and superb accommodation. It’s the perfect place to explore and while away the days, making this area of Cornwall an incredibly popular visitor destination. One of the oldest independent holiday property agencies is Portscatho Holidays, based in St Mawes, offering the largest selection of properties in St Mawes and with properties throughout the Roseland. For those seeking a more relaxing holiday or somewhere to unwind over a long lunch or evening meal, the Roseland is laden with award-winning restaurants, including The Driftwood (the only Michelin-starred restaurant on the south coast), the Kings Head in Ruan Lanihorne, The Nare at Carne Beach, The Rosevine at The Rosevine and Hotel Tresanton and the Idle Rocks in St Mawes. For that daytime treat there’s the Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick Beach, rated as one of the UK’s best beach cafés.


For something more unusual, why not try a yoga holiday or a yoga break with a professional coach such as Felicity (see for more details). If you want someone else to do the work you can see the Roseland from the King Harry Ferry, or feel the sea breeze on the St Mawes Ferry, which offers year-round connections to Falmouth. Another recommendation is to sit back and enjoy the lovely river scenery on one of the boat trips to Trelissick or Truro. There is also a small passenger ferry that links St Mawes to the St Anthony Headland during the summer months. So if you’re looking for an escape in a truly beautiful part of the world, with stunning scenery and food to match, then make the Roseland your next destination.

PORTSCATHO HOLIDAYS 01326 270900 Find out more online:

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A perfect


Whatever you’re looking for in a break to Cornwall, you’re bound to find it at The Park, Mawgan Porth.


ancy escaping to catch some late September sun? If so, then the team at The Park, Cornwall, eagerly await your arrival. This fantastic resort close to Newquay and all its attractions caters for all tastes and needs, whether looking for a break with the grandkids or a couple’s retreat. From luxury lodges and beach houses, to self-catering cottages, yurts and even retro-fitted 1950s Air Stream trailers, you’ll find the perfect space for you among the 27 acres of glorious coastal woodland. While the school holidays may be over, September in Cornwall continues to offer residents and visitors alike an eclectic mix of food, music and culture to explore as we make the most of the last remnants of summer. The Great Cornish Food Festival, for instance, from the 23rd to the 25th September, is already in our calendar and should certainly be in yours for your endof-summer break. Don't forget to bring your four legged friends either, as the rugged north coast of Cornwall offers dog walkers a plethora of beach and coastal walks to be enjoyed by humans and hounds alike! With so many great facilities onsite and a dog-friendly beach a short stroll away, The Park is perfect for short breaks and

out-of-season pre-school breaks. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and steamroom, as well as outdoor play equipment for the little ones. For walkers, the South West Coast Path, with miles of stunning scenery to discover, is right on your doorstep, while Cornwall’s many beautiful gardens are within a short drive, such as Eden Project. Then, of course, there are the many beaches. Newquay Zoo is always worth a visit with the kids, too. And foodies are spoilt for choice, with the array of top restaurants on the north coast from worldclass chefs – Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw being just a few. If you’re heading down from the city, why not fly? The Park is just two miles from Cornwall Airport Newquay, with daily flights with Flybe. The Park's team can easily arrange transfers to and from the airport and also assist with car hire, so there’s really no excuse not to book your next break now!

ë INSET Unwind in your own hot tub ì TOP RIGHT Nearby Mawgan Porth beach is a popular dog walking destination ë INSET Fantastic indoor facilities for all-weather fun ë TOP LEFT Stunning views from the cliff, perfect for a picnic


Mawgan Porth TR8 4BD 01637 860322 Find out more online:

“27 acres of glorious coastal woodland”

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Coastal indulgence

Enjoy a bespoke, luxury break taking in worldclass sea views with Carbis Bay Holidays.


palescent waters and long, inviting stretches of golden sand: Carbis Bay is recognised as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Often selected as the perfect base for those wanting to relax and get away from the nineto-five grind of everyday life, those taking a timeout at Carbis Bay find themselves with all the peace and quietude they could ever require, whilst being minutes from the convenient, indeed, beautiful and culturally diverse St Ives. With its Blue Flag accredited beach, this destination is understandably popular with those seeking a luxury self-catering holiday. Carbis Bay Holidays offers many special escapes, each of which boasts a combination of luxury and dramatic sea views. And what could be more appropriate when taking a well-earned break in Cornwall?

The nearby coastal railway links St Ives to Penzance on one of the most spectacular scenic rail journeys in the UK. Taking all of four minutes, the line also connects to St Ives and Penzance stations which, in turn, put you in touch with Paddington, London and indeed the rest of the country! Carbis Bay Holidays specialises in luxury four and five star, self-catering accommodation in St Ives and Carbis Bay, proudly offering a selection of properties located at Atlantic Watch. These unbelievable reverse-level villas have been beautifully designed and furnished to exacting standards, offering expansive accommodation. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors frame the outstanding view from Carbis Bay all the way to the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse. These prestigious properties offer all you could need from a Cornish seaside holiday retreat: stunning sea views, sumptuous é ABOVE interiors, wonderful outdoor living spaces Sit back and relax in the beautifully complete with indulgent hot tubs, balconies styled lounge and parking. Perfect for both romantic getaways and family holidays, you can sit ê BELOW Take in the back and soak in the mesmerising Cornish spectacular sea light as it dances and changes, reflecting the view from the mood of the shimmering Atlantic. The only comfort of the question is: is one week enough? Jacuzzi


St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2RT 01736 630015 Find out more online:

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Follow the sun Escape to beautiful west Cornwall at these stunning holiday homes in Carbis bay and St Ives bay.

é ABOVE Salt House – a stylish mix of materials producing a clean and airy feel to this coastal retreat. ê BELOW Elanora – the perfect location for exploring the coast.


ith its golden sands and turquoise sea, Carbis Bay is recognised as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It’s often selected as the perfect base for those wanting to relax and get away from it all while having the convenience of being just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of St Ives. The coastal railway links St Ives to Penzance and is perhaps one of the most scenic rail journeys in the UK. Elanora takes its name from the aborigine for ‘home by the sea’ and it has been aptly named; this stunning first floor apartment at the popular Barepta Cove Apartments has floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area and French doors in the master bedroom showcasing the panoramic views of St Ives Bay. You’re a short walk from the beach and have direct access onto the coastal path, perfect for exploring this beautiful stretch of coastline.

This bright apartment has been stylishly decorated with Calligaris Italian designer furnishings throughout. Sit back in one of the luxurious leather sofas and gaze at the seaside scenes before you wander onto the balcony and enjoy an alfresco drink. Just around the corner, St Ives has it all – cobbled streets, a harbour, fishermen’s cottages, expanses of golden sand and seascapes. Explore galleries, workshops and boutique shops – the choice is yours. Salt House is a spectacular, awardwinning exclusive retreat sleeping 10-plus in five spacious bedrooms with four feature bathrooms. Located in the prestigious Treloyhan area of St Ives, this exclusive modern and unique home exudes luxury. Each room has been individually designed with furnishings from Conran & Heals, with its feature bathrooms from Victoria & Albert. There are touches of Orla Kiely and Ligne Roset with original local artworks throughout. There are breathtaking panoramic views across St Ives Bay to Porthkidney Sands, taking in Godrevy Lighthouse and miles of sandy beaches that stretch up the north Cornish coast. As soon as you walk into Salt House you are wowed by the panoramas from floor-to-ceiling glazed doors that make up the entire seaward wall of the house. View the changing seascape outside, and there’s also a garden in which you can enjoy the warmer evenings. Salt House has all the gadgets any discerning family could desire on a self-catering holiday to this award-winning destination, making you want to return again and again


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Castles made of sand Discover the quiet side of St Ives with a visit to Tregenna Castle this autumn and winter.



e’ve all heard of the beautiful seaside town that brings millions of people to its picturesque coast every summer. Named one of the ten best European beach destinations by TripAdvisor, and winner of the ‘best family holiday destination’ award by Coast magazine, St Ives is enjoyed by people of all ages. But what about the quieter months? Does St Ives still provide that getaway experience much loved by visitors from far and wide? In fact, the autumn and winter months are among the best times to visit this impressive town as the crowds have died down and you can explore your surroundings for what they really are. Regular events such as the Farmer’s Market, the ‘Story of St Ives’ guided tour, and art exhibitions all carry on as normal, providing visitors an enjoyable way to discover more about the town. The Shanty Baba Storyteller provides some of the most popular town activities during the quieter months, but these are not for the faint-hearted. The Lantern Ghost Storywalk guides you through the most haunted places in town and offers the opportunity to explore St Ives by night. If you’re with your family, the St Ives Pirate Walk is great for all ages and even requires guests to wear a pirate-themed outfit, all part of the fun! Now that the summer crowds have gone, the undisturbed beaches make for a great location to learn to surf, kayak, or paddleboard. St Ives

í LEFT Enjoy a refreshing cocktail overlooking the sea

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é ABOVE Take a dip in the indoor pool or explore the Woodland Walk

Surf School is one of the best places to surf in the whole of Cornwall and is open during the quieter months when the Atlantic swell makes for the perfect waves for surfing. Great for all the family, the quiet season gives you the opportunity to focus on watersports without the hustle and bustle of the summer. Whether you’re looking for an active break or a relaxing one, you can utilise your surroundings however you want. West Cornwall is known for its amazing views and coastal paths, and the colder months turn the Cornish landscapes into truly breathtaking sights. Imagine crisp golden leaves, icy fields glistening in the winter sun, and a warm hot chocolate in a comfy Cornish pub as a reward after a hard day’s walking. When it comes to walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice in St Ives. The clifftop coastal path from St Ives to Zennor is a three-hour long walk and boasts incredible views of the beaches and towns below. Among other winter walks lies the circular route from St Ives to Carbis Bay that guides walkers through the Steeple Woods Nature Reserve to the famous monument overlooking the bay. The route will then bring you onto the white beaches of Porthminster and Carbis Bay

before you return back to St Ives. Tregenna Castle complements both the active and relaxing nature of St Ives’ quiet side. With an inclusive seasonal offering of a getaway including a night’s stay, Cornish breakfast, and access to all the facilities for just £59, there’s nothing more you need for the perfect seaside break. You can also buy this incredible offer in the form of a gift voucher to give to someone special as a surprise! Securing a base in St Ives that you can treat as a home makes the experience of an adventurous getaway all the more special. If it’s real freedom and relaxation you’re after, Tregenna Castle also provides self-catering breaks for three or four nights on the castle estate from just £195. So why not take that trip down to the beautiful seaside town you’ve heard about and experience all St Ives has to offer over the autumn and winter months? It’s guaranteed to be a break that you’ll never forget.


Trelyon Avenue, St Ives TR26 2DE 01736 795254 Find out more online:

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Enjoy these tasty Portuguese treats from the Courtyard Deli & Kitchen in Falmouth.


id you know that the Pastel de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tart) was originally dreamt up around the 18th century by Catholic monks who, in using large quantities of egg whites to starch linens, including nun’s habits, found themselves with a surfeit of egg yolks to use up? What a delicious result! The Pastel de Nata is a firm favourite of visitors to the Courtyard Deli & Kitchen in Falmouth. Fondly referred to by the Deli team as Natas, the pastries are made daily on-site and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Infused with citrus and cinnamon, they are delicious both warm and cold. Arrive early to make sure you don’t miss out! Or why not have a go at making your own using the recipe below?

COURTYARD DELI & KITCHEN 2 Bells Court, Falmouth TR11 3AZ 01326 727007 Find out more online:

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St ENodoc


tHE SublimE With its emphasis on comfort, design and great food, St Enodoc Hotel in Rock is a classic seaside hotel re-invented and revitalised.

We’re talking minimalist glamour, comfortable beds and expansive views of the Camel Estuary. The St Enodoc Hotel has just sixteen double rooms and four suites. Many have sea views and are designed to be both comfortable and practical. Decorated in bright colours with original oil paintings on the walls by celebrated Cornish artists Howard, Jessica Cooper and Terry Frost, the rooms mirror the beauty of the undulating farmland in the surrounding area. No hotel stay is complete without a spa treatment. The Spa at St Enodoc offers the classic day spa experience without the rush. All treatments are organic and most products locally-sourced, as you would expect – it’s not only in food that Cornwall sets its own agenda. The product range makes the most of skin-friendly local ingredients. To complement this, there’s plenty to explore locally. With surrounding sandy beaches and coastal paths, the hotel provides an ideal base from which to discover Cornwall.

Whiz over to Port Isaac where you can sometimes see the crew filming scenes from Doc Martin or the world-famous Fisherman’s Friends singing shanties. Nearby is St Enodoc Golf Course, the beach at Rock, sweeping round historical Brea Hill to Daymer Bay. Or take a trip across to Padstow on the ferry and breathe in the wonderful sea air. The spectacular coastline has inspired many filmmakers and artists over the years and the Tate, St Ives, showcases the best Cornish art. Our climate also nurtures some of the most interesting gardens in the country, especially in the Spring, and it’s this fresh, clean air, combined with the hotel’s extremely comfortable beds (they passed the tough Cornwall Living test) that will ensure you sleep soundly at St Enodoc, drifting off to sleep to the silence of a long Cornish night. St Enodoc Rock PL27 6LA 01208 863394

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The great British holiday Make your stay in Cornwall a truly memorable one with John Bray Cornish Holidays.


ì TOP John Bray Cornish Holiday properties speak for themselves

ith almost 50 years’ experience letting holiday homes in north Cornwall, the team at John Bray Cornish Holidays understand what makes a great British holiday. Whether you’re a traditional bucket and spade family celebrating sand-castles, ice-creams and crabbing, a couple seeking a romantic break or gourmet getaway, or simply eager to make the most of the fantastic outdoor, active pursuits on offer along the awe-inspiring north Cornish coast, John Bray Cornish Holidays have something to suit absolutely everyone. The company started out offering a keyholding service for second home owners and now manage more than 290 holiday homes all located within five miles of the stunning Camel estuary, and all in the premium locations of Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Port Isaac.

There is nothing and no-one that they don’t know in this idyllic area and with buckets of fresh, sea air and some of the best beaches, sailing and surfing in Britain, it’s no surprise that many families have been returning to north Cornwall and John Bray for generations. So if you’re looking for somewhere memorable to be together, or have a large group celebrating a special occasion, this north Cornwall institution offers a wide range of family and dog-friendly holiday houses in desirable locations. From homely cottages to contemporary new builds, each homefrom-home offers something unique; cosy log burners and boot rooms for keen walkers, acres of gardens and play equipment for energetic kids, sunny terraces for extended family dinners, separate TV rooms and games rooms for brooding teens with pool tables, table tennis, Wi-Fi and games consoles a-plenty (that digital detox may have to wait!). For those who will accept nothing but the best, choose accommodation with pools, hot tubs, saunas, home theatres and private gyms. If entertaining is your thing, just ask for stateof-the-art sound systems, high spec kitchens and vast living spaces, all set against those sensational sea views. Their beachside boltholes offer breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean, so you can be the first to hit the surf in the morning and the last to leave. Roll on the holidays!

JOHN BRAY CORNISH HOLIDAYS 01208 863206 01208 880302 Find out more online:

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a e d i y ar on i s i v A Invest in your child's eyesight with a visit to Reid and Gordon opticians.


ood vision is critical to a child’s early educational, functional, and social development. Parents should be aware that it is essential to address the child’s visual needs as early as possible. Healthy sight can contribute to a healthy start in life. A child’s visual system develops over the first few years of their life. Amblyopia (lazy eye) is best treated before the age of four but continued improvement can be made up to the age of seven; after this critical period, perfect vision cannot be achieved. Amblyopia and squints are evident by the age of four and may be detected by the parent, health visitor or a teacher, but if they are not picked up and if a child has an uncorrected refractive error it will impact on the child’s ability to perform well at school. It may also hinder the child in later life to enter certain professions where good eyesight is a prime requirement. The eyes continue to develop during childhood. The majority of children at birth are long sighted (hypermetropic) which, if within normal limits, will correct itself as the child matures. However if a refractive error is not properly corrected there is a risk of permanently poor vision. Children’s eyes, as well as their visual needs, differ from those of adults in a number of important ways. A child’s

immature visual system is more prone to irreversible damage. It’s therefore important to have your child regularly assessed by a registered optical professional. The main childhood eye problems relate to improper development of the visual system. Conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (squint) and uncorrected refractive error (short sightedness [myopia], long sightedness and astigmatism) are the most common. They are also all related. If a child has a squint, or if one eye has a significantly different refractive from the other, this will lead, if uncorrected, to a lazy eye. The less dominant eye is effectively “switched off” and does not develop properly. The child accommodates to use the eye which is least long-sighted which leaves the other eye with reduced visual acuity. In the UK all children under-16 and those under-19 and in full-time education qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test. Remarkably only 22 per cent of under-16s have ever had a sight test. So why not book in a test with Reid and Gordon in Truro now?

REID AND GORDON 22 Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2LS 01872 275225 Find out more online:

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Independent’s day 70 years of faithfully serving the public at Reeds Pharmacy in Truro.


t’s 70 years since Bert Reed came back from the war and opened his pharmacy at 10 Frances Street, Truro in October 1946. The original premises was a converted house where Bert, his wife Vi and their family lived over the shop until the pharmacy’s increasing need for space caused them to move to a new home. Bert and Vi ran the pharmacy until they retired in 1973, having established it firmly as one of Truro’s family businesses.


Jim Catterall took over for the next 12 years, and when he retired Gillian and Graham Brack bought the business in September 1985, so they have been there for over 30 years now. “We were taking over a good business with an excellent reputation, so we didn’t really see it as a risk at all,” says Graham. “Looking back on it, we were only 29 and I can understand now why my father quizzed me closely about our plans!” The original pharmacy was compact and technician Rosemary Williams recalls spending much of her day asking colleagues to move or being asked to move herself. “It was smaller than my kitchen,” she recalls, “and there were five of us working in there!” Despite modifications, by 2010 the difficult choice was made to look for new premises. “We wanted to stay as close as possible to our first home,” says Graham, “and I had my eye on the pub over the road, which would give us all the space we needed.” The earliest mention of The Globe Inn that Graham has found dates from 1839, when the pub was at the western edge of Truro. As the new city extended along St George’s Road, this gave the inn a local population to serve. However, as drinking habits changed its star gradually faded, finally closing at the start of 2010. Eventually Graham and Gillian

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“We’ve tried to stay true to Bert and Vi’s vision of a family business serving families, and that’s not a bad thing to be” ë MAIN Barry Andrew at the counter é ABOVE Ready to help, Debbie Moyle and Angela Murley

concluded a deal to buy The Globe in August 2010, and spent the next eleven months refurbishing the listed building. The lower floor was divided to create a self-contained café, The Old Globe Bistro, with two flats created above. “We’re very proud that we took a disused building and brought it back to life,” says Gillian. “In some ways that will make a good legacy for us.” The new pharmacy opened for business on 25th July, 2011. “We closed the old pharmacy on Saturday night, moved the stock on Sunday and opened the new one on Monday, not missing a moment’s trading,” recalls technician Debbie Moyle, who has particular reason to remember the date – it was her husband’s birthday! The new pharmacy is not only six times larger; it also has customer toilets, and is completely wheelchair-friendly, as proved by long-time customer Barry Andrew, who checked that he could reach every part of the shop with a trial run. “We also installed some seats for customers waiting for prescriptions,” adds Gillian. Among the surprising items you’ll find at Reeds are saffron and vanilla, which Gillian and Graham import themselves through their Divers Spices arm. “I think it’s fair to say we’re known for the quality of our

saffron”, says Graham. Gillian is working on the celebrations for the 70th anniversary. “For a week in October we’re planning to bring back 1946 in the pharmacy”, she says. “We hope to remind people of Reeds’ history. We’re also planning to involve customers who were already alive then!” “It’s a shame that Bert and Vi aren’t around to share in it with us, but we like to think they’d be delighted to hear that their name is still over the door,” adds Graham. “When Bert opened his business Truro had ten pharmacies, but now we’re the last independent pharmacy in the city. We’ve tried to stay true to Bert and Vi’s vision of a family business serving families, and that’s not a bad thing to be.” Gillian agrees. “I like walking around the city and being greeted by people by name. It’s been lovely watching their families grow up just as ours has, and when the time comes for us to hand on to someone younger, that’s what I’ll really miss.”

REEDS PHARMACY The Globe, Frances Street, Truro TR1 3DP 01872 272106 Find out more online:

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Adventure is

HERE Get the kids excited this summer at Camel Creek Adventure Park.


eeping up with the kids and their endless store of energy isn’t always easy, especially with summer upon us and our minor counterparts about to break the reins of school. Fortunately, nestled in the heart of Cornwall, ready and waiting, is Camel Creek – the county’s greatest adventure park. Situated near Wadebridge, it’s so much more than the perfect family day out and what’s more, you can even make a stay of it with the park’s five-star self-catering holiday cottages, or pitch up on the campsite. Reasons to get excited include the 5D Super Sim Theatre – an up, down, side-to-side experience that ensures exhilaration. Guests are put through their paces as they embark on an extraordinary journey, from escaping sea serpents and battling pirates, to steering well clear of the mystical mermaids’ wrath – get your 3D glasses on and hold on tight! On exiting the theatre, adrenaline junkies can hit the rides, enjoying views over the park whilst spinning on the nine-metre tall flying carousel, ‘Wave Rider’. Budding explorers can make a splash on the Raging

Rivers and Thunder Falls before plummeting to earth on a ride justly titled ‘The Beast’. There is also 40,000 square feet of heated, indoor play area, should the weather take a turn, making Camel Creek an all round, whatever-the-weather day out. It’s not all thrills and spills though; a meerkat enclosure, reptile house, bug wall and stunning shire horses – to name but a few – make for an enjoyably-informative safari for the little ones. For an extra special day, Camel Creek now provides Junior Keeper Experiences for children over the age of 8, so they can get up close and personal with the park’s favourite, furry friends. Camel Creek is a sterling day out, at any time of the year, but as summer arrives and the kids break out of school, Cornwall’s greatest adventure park really earns its reputation.

CAMEL CREEK ADVENTURE PARK Tredinnick, Wadebridge PL27 7RA 01841 540276 Find out more online:

Not to be missed this summer at Camel Creek The Gruffalo – 26th July Peppa Pig – 2nd August Teenage Mutant Nin ja Turtles – 9th August Clangers – 16th August Superheroes – 23rd August Paw Patrol – 30th August

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Riveting reads from the bookshelves Celebrating some timeless classics that literally jump off the page… in fact, three of them are headed for the Cornish stage this spring!

5 MINUTES’ PEACE Jill Murphy

GANGSTA GRANNY David Walliams and Tony Ross

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Jill Murphy’s muchloved family favourite, Five Minutes’ Peace. A tale that parents everywhere can relate to, Murphy recounts one mum’s challenge to enjoy a brief moment of peace in an ever-so-bubbly bath. So far the series has sold over five million copies, and with the release of this beautifully illustrated special edition, no doubt many more children and parents will fall in love with the Large family. Jill Murphy, who lives in Cornwall, is also the author behind the spell-binding Worst Witch series, a big hit with older children.

The number one bestseller from David Walliams, who has taken the children’s literature world by storm, teaches us never to underestimate our grandparents! Funny and touching in equal measure, Gangsta Granny is delivered with Walliams’ typical eccentricity. Whether your children love the book already or are new to the story, they’re bound to have a fantastic time at the stage show, headed to Hall For Cornwall this spring (13th to 17th April).

WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury


Winner of the Smarties Prize in 1989, this wonderful book has captured the hearts of many. The story of a dad and three kids on their hunt to find a bear is an essential addition to any bookshelf. Fans of the book will love Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things, a ‘hands-on, interactive and walkthrough story trail’, at Camborne College in May – not to be missed!

Another timeless classic; with the upcoming adaptation coming to the Minack, we thought it time to revisit this magical book by Rhonda Armitage, brought colourfully to life with husband David’s vivid illustrations. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch tells the story of Mr Grinling’s daily challenge to save his lunch from pesky seagulls (a trial familiar to many!). Turn to page 4 to learn more about the stage show.

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Back to school reads for kids of all ages Nothing beats curling up with a good book, so get comfy with our latest selection of reads. WHY THE WHALES CAME


Michael Morpurgo

Michael Foreman

Set in the midst of World War One on the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornish coast, this book tells the story of Gracie and Daniel who befriend the Birdman – a man who lives alone on one of the islands. As their friendship grows, he warns them of a dreaded curse that looms over one of the nearby islands. As the children fight against time to stop the curse, they question whether it’s really real. A story of adventure and sometimes danger, this book will keep you gripped from beginning to end.

When a little boy witnesses the birth of a baby seal in the cliffs near his home, it sparks the beginnings of a wonderful friendship. One day the boy gets in trouble whilst out surfing amongst rough waves, but his friend is there to save him – making their bond unbreakable. Join the boy through this touching tale of friendship between a boy and a seal who both love the sea. The story takes its readers on journey of discovery, of friendship and the power of the sea, accompanied by wonderful illustrations.



Enid Blyton

Patricia Polacco

Ease back into the school routine with the timeless stories of beloved children’s storyteller Enid Blyton. Full of imagination and wonder, what could be better than diving into the short stories that have been exciting children for years – from tales of pixies and magic to mystery to get your mind full of ideas for the new school term.

Trisha has just started at a new school, hoping for a fresh start. When she finds out her class is known as ‘The Junkyard’ she’s so disappointed. But then she meets her teacher and classmates and realises that everyone has their own unique talents. An inspiring read and a reminder to never judge a book by its cover – or name!

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Right riveting reads for kids of all ages Crazy kids, fabulous facts, toddler tantrums and the scary sea. THE STORM LION OF PENZANCE


Troon Harrison

David Walliams and Tony Ross

Set in Victorian times, this is the story of Tom, a boy terrified of the sea. When poverty forces his widowed mother to move them from the English countryside to find work in the fish-sheds of Penzance, Tom is confronted by his worst fear. He draws comfort, courage and strength from the statues of the lions on Penzance promenade but when a fierce storm sweeps his uncle’s fishing boat from its moorings, Tom’s character is tested to its limits.

The latest release from bestselling children’s author David Walliams introduces five gruesome girls and five beastly boys in ten cautionary stories. The world’s worst children include TV super fan Sofia Sofa, so stuck to the sofa that she might well turn into one; Dribbling Drew, whose dribble gets him into terrible trouble; and Blubbering Bertha, a girl who tells terrific tales and bawls her head off. A collection of fabulously funny, mightily mischievous tales, illustrated in glorious colour by the wonderful Tony Ross.



Axel Scheffler

Peggy Burns

A brand new book in the popular series about the dramas of toddler life created by Axel Scheffler. Pip and Posy are having a great day at the seaside, digging in the sand and collecting shells. While Posy has a nap, Pip makes friends with a boy called Zac, who has lots of fun toys and beach gear. When Posy wakes up, she finds that Pip is more interested in playing with Zac than her. This is a gently funny story about navigating friendship and being kind, even when every bone in your body is telling you to scream with frustration!

Starting at 500BC, this brilliant all round history of Cornwall is full of fantastic facts, photos and things to look out for as you travel around. Have you ever wondered what it would have been like living in Cornwall when the Romans arrived? What was it like working deep underground in the tin mines? Written by local authors in conjunction with educational and local history experts, this book recounts some of the weird and wonderful traditions that exist as part of our heritage. With a helpful timeline, fun imaginary accounts, cool old photos and amazing top facts, you’ll discover things you never knew about Cornwall!

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More riveting reads from the bookshelf Escape the autumn wind and curl up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. MELTDOWN!


Jill Murphy

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Meltdown! is the latest creation of the much-loved, awardwinning author and illustrator Jill Murphy, best known for her Worst Witch series and the wonderfully observed Large family. Echoing Mrs Large’s endless quest for peace from the little ones, this newest venture follows Ruby, an excitable young bunny, who goes grocery shopping with her mum, with typically hilarious/disastrous results. Murphy possesses that wonderful, rare gift – delighting children and parents in equal measure with her colourful, unvarnished accounts of everyday family life.

Continuing on the dragon theme, this recently published picture book by everyone’s favourite duo (The Gruffalo / Stick Man) is the long-awaited sequel to Zog,, the popular tale of an accident-prone dragon. Zog and his friends fly to the rescue of a distressed unicorn, a sneezy lion and, yes, a sunburnt mermaid! As we’ve all come to expect, Scheffler’s vivid illustrations are the perfect foil for Donaldson’s rhymes, helping to bring them to life in glorious colour.



Judy Scrimshaw

Morgowr is a mythical ‘sea giant’, a plesiosaur living in the waters around Cornwall, featured here in the first of many adventures. Another Cornwall-based author-illustrator, Judy lovingly brings Morgowr to life with beautiful illustrations and captivating rhymes melding history and fantasy in a fabulous read. Produced entirely – and yes, even printed – right here in Cornwall, Judy is helping to keep the dialect alive, by introducing Cornish words in each of her books. Look out for her equally enthralling Morwenna Pendragon adventures too.

Ransom Riggs

The older readers will lose themselves in the enchanting world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Already fast turning into a modern children’s classic, and the first in a series, this delightfully odd story was recently turned into a film by the godfather of gothic, Tim Burton. While the home is actually set on a remote island off the coast of Wales, parts of the film were filmed right here in Cornwall, including at Caerhays Estate and Porthluney Cove.

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Meet Lizzie

Little Kitchen Magicians provide healthy, fun and educational pop-up cookery workshops for children aged 2+, families and parents with weaning babies, preschools, primary schools and more. Look out for the autumn term workshops at Heartlands and a new workshop at Treverbyn Community Hall (near St Austell). Workshops are linked to a wide range of topics. Lizzie loves to inspire kids and families to cook. Little Kitchen Magicians is a Children’s University ‘Learning Destination’ as well. Lizzie does birthday parties (aged 4+) too!


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his is a yummy family recipe, especially for those who love foraging for hedgerow blackberries. It’s a great way to use the bountiful supply of juicy berries that we have in Cornwall at this time of year. It’s also a lovely recipe to support and include local Cornish produce such as butter from Trewithen Dairy or apples from Trevaskis Farm – if you don’t have an apple tree!

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Fun to make together and delicious too!


e’ve teamed up with Lizzie Heath’s Little Kitchen Magicians for this great recipe to involve children of any age. This tasty fishcake – crispy outside yet soft middle – is a delicious family dish; and, as a 10-year-old told Lizzie just this week, “These are the best fishcakes ever!” “Not only is it fun and colourful”, says Lizzie, “it allows kids to explore local foods, ask questions about food origins, strengthen fine motor skills and, very importantly, create cooking memories with parents, grandparents, siblings or friends.”

Meet Lizzie

Little Kitchen Magicians provide healthy, fun and educational pop-up cookery workshops for children aged 2+, families and parents with weaning babies, preschools, primary schools and more. With two children of her own, Lizzie aims to inspire and educate children and families about healthy eating. Little Kitchen Magicians deliver Cornwall Healthy Schools ‘Cooking in the Curriculum’ teacher training and are a Children’s University ‘Learning Destination’. Lizzie does birthday parties (aged 4+) too!

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and grate the safety grater.

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Meet Lizzie

Little Kitchen Magicians provide healthy, fun and educational pop-up cookery workshops for children aged 2+, families and parents with weaning babies, preschools, primary schools and more. Look out for the summer holiday and autumn term workshops. Linking it to a wide range of topics, Lizzie loves to inspire kids and families to cook. Little Kitchen Magicians deliver Cornwall Healthy Schools ‘Cooking in the Curriculum’ teacher training and are a Children’s University ‘Learning Destination’. Lizzie does birthday parties (aged 4+) too.


Fun to make together and delicious too!


his bright summer recipe is great for the whole family – not only to munch but also lots of fun making together. Full of fresh delicious fruit, crunchy and chewy granola and a cool yoghurt, it’s a great breakfast wake me up or scrummy dessert after dinner. It really is a versatile recipe – completely design it to your tastes and cupboards. Have fun tasting and experimenting!

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You will need...

3 pieces of coloured card (in whatever colours you want your bunny to be) 2 pipe cleaners Thick black pen Biro/pencil and a rubber or piece of Blu-Tack String Glue A pair of scissors A grownup

Make your own...

Have a go!


If you enjoyed making this mask, hop along to Trebah’s Easter Workshops on Tuesday 29th and Thursday 31st March (11am-2pm) to build a bespoke ‘Bunny Bungalow’ (£3 per workshop). You can also bounce around the garden everyday this Easter holiday on the ‘Boogly Eyed Bunny’ Trail, discovering a breadth of bunny breeds (£2 per trail including a chocolate Easter treat). Normal garden entry rates apply; tickets valid for 7 days.

With Easter approaching, we had a go making these fun bunny masks, with a little help from Esther Wilson of Trebah Garden, a wonderful paradise to explore in Mawnan Smith. Why not have a go yourself? TREBAH GARDEN Mawnan Smith, Nr. Falmouth TR115JZ 01326 252228 Find out more online:

Step 3

Step 1

Step 2

Take the piece of coloured card in the colour of your bunny’s fur and draw or print the outline of a bunny head on it. Ask your grownup to cut out the head shape.

Draw on eye holes where your eyes are and cut them out.

Draw some ears and a nose on a different coloured piece of card and cut these out. Cut each pipe cleaner into three for the bunny’s whiskers.

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Ask your grownup to make some holes in each side of your mask by pushing a pen through the card into the rubber. Then glue on your ears, nose and whiskers.

Cut out two small white rectangles for your rabbit’s teeth and glue them on. Then you can draw the mouth on top of the teeth with a thick black pen.

Cut two pieces of string long enough that you can tie them around the back of your head and thread them through the holes on either side of your mask.

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ed... Two pieces of card in a colour of yo ur ch Felt-tip pen oice A pair of sc s issors Staples Feathers A grown-up

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SCALLYWAG’S PIRATE HAT Avast ye freebooters, powder monkeys and salty seadogs! No selfrespecting pirate is ready to sail the seven seas without a trusty captain’s hat, so it’s time to get creative and make your very own headwear, with a little help from the team at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Shiver me timbers!

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Step 1

Step 2

Fold two pieces of card in half and then keep them together.

Draw half of the shape of your hat onto your piece of card.

Step 3 Keeping your card together, cut out your hat so you have two sides to your hat.

Have a go!

Step 4

Step 5

Staple the two sides of your hat together, so it fits on your head.

Decorate your pirate hat; you could draw a skull and cross bones or add some feathers!

If you enjoyed making this sca llywag’s pirate hat, then drop anchor at the National Maritim e Museum Corn wall to enjoy a range of fantastic cra ft workshops an d create some mo re treasures like this! Whether a pirate hat or a perso nalise d Viking sh ield, the themed ac tivities, which change regularly, are gu aranteed to ke ep the little ones ente rtaine d. Along with the Dragon’s Den, Mi nnows Tales sto ry time an d action-pack ed educational shows organise d thro ughout the year, they ’ll want to return again an d again !

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The idea that every man should have his cave or shed has moved on, with the arrival of the Garden Hideaway.

It all started with Calum White’s desire to have the perfect creative studio space away from the hustle and bustle of home life, more than just a shed. As a result he designed and built his first Hideaway, unveiled to great acclaim. Since then he’s been working in a north Cornwall barn with fellow craftsmen Richard Inight, creating Garden Hideaways – extraordinary individual buildings that every garden should have. These are not mass-produced garden sheds or summerhouses but bespoke buildings built to each customer’s specific needs and designs, whether it’s a home office, garden room, family annexe or hobby retreat. Focussing on longevity, sustainability, quality and usability, these Hideaways are fully functional spaces, complete in every way. They provide a unique and special space away from the main house that’s comfortable, welcoming and useful throughout the year, yet with a timeless beauty that’s gentle on the eye to complement any garden. The signature feather-board exterior under a shingle roof means that the Garden Hideaway merges into any garden and becomes a special part of it! Until you’ve been inside a Garden Hideaway it’s impossible to really comprehend its unique quality of

tranquillity and beauty. As Calum explains, “We love having visitors so we can hear their first reactions. Spontaneous exclamations of ‘Wow!’ or ‘Gosh!’ are the usual responses that show the visual impact our Hideaways create on first sight.” The real secret to the superb quality of a Hideaway is drinking lots of tea. As Calum admits, “We drink tea together several times a day. This gives us opportunity to constantly reflect, discuss and perfect the crafting of a Hideaway that’s unique and special to our customers particular needs.” These bespoke retreats can be mobile or sited in your garden to suit your purposes, but consideration needs to be given to some factors. Firstly, how you want to use it? Perhaps, it’ll be an extra bedroom, studio or maybe an office. Mostly though it’s about multiple uses. Also consider the amount and direction of sunshine in your garden and how much sun or shade you want in your hideaway, as this will influence the setting. What you want to look at, or keep hidden from, in your tranquil moments will help you decide on doors and windows. Finally, decide what plants you wish to grow up and around your cottage? These give colour and scent in the summer, adding to the tranquillity of your space. So if you want something truly special for your garden, forget the shed idea, grab your teabag of choice and go meet Calum. You’ll be impressed.

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aesthetics, using only the best materials, state-of-the-art assembly techniques, along with: reliability, flexibility and long lifespans. With these in mind, the company are proud to present Invictus Yachts who, in sharing One Marine’s fundamental beliefs, have run with the challenge of raising the bar for national and international yacht builders. And their logo – a shield with a cross – reflects their aspirations of beauty


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and strength, as well as years of experience and expertise in the nautical sector. Invictus are represented by a variety of boats, including the GT(280), TT(280), FX (270, 200, 190) and the SX (280), each designed and built with the same, superior quality and attention to detail. What’s more, thanks to collaboration with the renowned Christian Grande DesignWorks studio, they have given their boats a solid technological basis, in conjunction with a fanatical attention to design. The result: a clear concept of what a yacht should be – beautiful and comfortable, well equipped and superbly finished down to the final detail, not to mention capable of coping with all types of use and weather conditions. One Marine, a part of the One Brokerage based in Torquay, recognise the passion and admirable devotion to quality and style unique to the Italian builder. Unsurprisingly, they are delighted to represent these fantastic boats for the UK market, having already gained considerable traction across the Kingdom, with enviable press reviews and impressive endorsements to match a true, yacht building master-class. ONE MARINE 01803 292239

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Pandora Inn, an enchanting riverside pub at Restronguet Creek, proves the perfect remedy for a wet Sunday lunchtime.

The pontoon is a popular mooring spot for thirsty sailors

In 1791, a ship named HMS Pandora was shipwrecked off the Great Barrier Reef while on its way to capture the mutinous crew of the infamous Bounty. The surviving captain supposedly retired to Cornwall, becoming the landlord of a riverside pub, which now bears his ill-fated ship’s name. The Pandora Inn is tucked away in a serene spot on the south bank of Restronguet Creek, a tributary of The Carrick Roads. It’s an inspiring location; Olympic champion Ben Ainslie learnt to sail in and around these very waters. Legends aside, this thatched pub’s story

begins much earlier, with parts of the building dating back to the 13th century. Sympathetically restored throughout, it has been extended and remodelled over the years, surviving flash floods and a devastating fire in the last decade alone – a few chargrilled beams and photographs now the only testament to its plight. On our visit, we were in search of an altogether different bounty, namely the perfect Sunday lunch. A rare family day out with three generations, we yearned for a unique yet relaxed and informal setting – an

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atmosphere buzzing enough to withstand our two-year-old’s occasional public meltdowns without fearing the wrath of our fellow diners. With the rain unrelenting, the brief was no-nonsense, fantastic fare – food to warm the soul, as we warmed our feet. The Pandora ticked all boxes. Entering the sprawling listed building, with low beams above and flagstones below, character seeps from every nook and cranny. For those seeking a more formal experience, the first floor dining room, featuring a stunning oak vaulted ceiling and more river views, is perfect. But for us, the roaring fire and bustling bar atmosphere beckoned, so we swiftly escaped the mizzle and set up camp around the warming embers. As is expected these days, the awardwinning Pandora prides itself on the wealth of local produce, whether the rare breed meats reared by Brian Etherington or fish from Stevenson in Newlyn, complemented by an extensive and considered wine list, including a selection from our favourite, Camel Valley. But for me, it had to be a pint of Proper Job – deliciously hoppy, the perfect accompaniment to a hearty meal. Starters included a winter vegetable soup – sure, nothing revolutionary, but a simple

classic, done well – served with locally baked artisan olive focaccia. I opted for the chargrilled halloumi – rich and flavoursome, counterbalanced by the sweet beetroot dressing. The coriander and stem ginger fish cakes with garlic aioli were beautifully presented and, I’m informed, very tasty too! Onto the main event, we savoured the honest food, bursting with flavour, and generous portions – none of those delicately balanced miniature sculptures! The Sunday carvery offers a choice of two meats (on this occasion, succulent pork and wonderfully tender beef) and a vegetarian option, served with all the usual trimmings. The full a la carte menu is offered on Sundays too, and vegetarians are well catered for with a genuine choice – the curry proved the perfect warmer for the soul. There’s a great kids’ menu – ours happily tucked into the crispy battered catch of the day, with thick cut chips, mushy peas and homemade tartar sauce (which could have fed a small family!). One downside of a restaurant packed to the rafters can be long waiting times and flustered looking staff, but thankfully this was never a concern. Throughout, the team were friendly, attentive and eager to please,

without being too in-your-face. Needless to say, dessert was an indulgence rather than a necessity. Nevertheless, with a selection so tempting, it would’ve been rude not too! The rich chocolate fondant, orange ganache and pistachio ice cream was evidently popular judging by the constant flow from the kitchen. But the treacle tart, with berry compote and Rodda’s clotted cream, was a calling not to be resisted. The perfect end to a fantastic meal. The surrounding creeks and inlets of The Carrick Roads are waiting to be explored (by foot, cycle or boat), making The Pandora the ideal spot to start or end your journey, whether working up an appetite or walking off your lunch! And it really comes alive over the summer, with craft of all shapes mooring up at the private pontoon to enjoy food and drink, quite literally, on the water. (Note to self: Find boat. Point in direction of Pandora. Start paddling!) THE PANDORA INN Restronguet Creek, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth TR11 5ST 01326 372678

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SAILING THE DREAM Meet Marcus and Freya PomeroyRowden, an inspiring couple who have built a beautiful lugger and now sail it around the world. words by:

Image courtesy of Georgina Faithful

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Walking around Falmouth Haven on a bright summer’s morning it’s not difficult to find Grayhound. Even with sails furled, the 108ft three-masted 18th century replica lugger is truly one of a kind, rising tall above all else in the marina. And even in an historic port celebrated for its rich maritime heritage and Tall Ships Regatta, such a visitor is no everyday occurrence. This vessel is one that turns heads and the pontoon is a hive of activity. People come and go, some working or delivering supplies, others simply passers-by, who, like me, have been drawn in to admire the fascinating boat. Grayhound, owned by Marcus and Freya Pomeroy-Rowden, is in Falmouth to participate in the annual Classics rally – a brief stop over from the hectic schedule, having just completed a cargo run from Douarnenez, Brittany, trading Cornish ales and cider for French wine. She is shortly to head off again to Nantes on the Loire River. Seizing upon this short window in

Falmouth, I catch up with Marcus in the cockpit for a quick coffee. Marcus exudes warmth as he sits relaxed, effortlessly recounting the story so far. Marcus grew up on the river Dart with a passion for traditional boats; in his early 30s, he built Veracity, a replica 32ft Cornish fishing lugger. Later, whilst on his travels around the world, Marcus met his future wife Freya, a like-minded soul who shared his love of life under sail, and together they dreamed up a plan to make such a future a reality. Enlisting good friend and acclaimed traditional boatbuilder Chris Rees (who also built Spirit of Mystery for last issue’s cover star Pete Goss) they embarked on building their very own lugger. Marcus felled oak trees from his mum’s fields to construct the hull and, over a period of two years, the mighty ship gradually took shape. The result is Grayhound: a 5/6-scale replica of its 1776 namesake, built just a

few miles or so from the original shipyard in Cawsand Bay. Along with their young son, Malachi, Marcus and Freya now sail Grayhound around the world – Marcus as skipper, Freya as chef, also taking care of operational logistics. They are a rare anomaly: professional seafarers who actually get to enjoy life with the family. As many who choose a life at sea will testify, it’s not generally attuned to domestic life, often involving long stints away from loved ones, punctuated by brief breaks at home – the Marcus with his son Malachi

Image courtesy of Rachael / Quba

“Forget climbing Everest or a walkers’ retreat – the ocean is where you really find yourself”

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“Marcus felled oak trees from his mum’s fields to construct the hull and, over a period of two years, the mighty ship took shape”

simple solution is make the boat your home and take it with you. They are joined by a small professional crew, and a rotation of adventurous individuals who sign up for day sails and ‘working holidays’, eager to experience life under sail on an 18th century cargo ship. So who wants to go on holiday to work? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot of people actually! “It has been received very well”, says Marcus. “It’s an activity, just like a skiing or cycling holiday, so there’s a physical element that attracts those who want to get stuck in and try something new. But, unlike skiing, there’s also a purpose other than purely the enjoyment itself – the teamwork and sense of camaraderie; achieving something under their own power.” You’re getting a one-of-a-kind experience. But, even more, people are buying into a story; a narrative

with its own unique allure – a window into another world. “Forget climbing Everest or a walkers’ retreat – the ocean is where you really find yourself.” On Grayhound, you’ll find no distinction between crew and guests – “There’s no ‘you and us’. Once aboard, we’re all crew.” This is not a cruise ship; you’ll be mucking in, living in close quarters with your new companions. You don’t need any prior sailing experience, so it’s not just for the salty seadogs out there. Everyone has value to add, each extra hand helping to lighten the load. You get the sense that this is where Marcus comes into the fore; in the teaching and bringing out of people’s individual skills. He is perfectly complemented by Freya, a very able seafarer in her own right, who keeps fellow travellers well fed with delicious food prepared in the galley, often fresh

The boat taking shape in the yard at Cawsand

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Young and old all the crew join in on the ropes

fish caught off the stern. Malachi, who has grown up on board, excels at keeping everyone’s spirits up, cracking a smile and teaching you about the boat. They specialise in sustainable shipping. As founding members of the Sailing Cargo Alliance, Grayhound is one of a few boats today transporting cargo around the world under sail and the very first registered on their French trading route, carrying out eight to ten trips per year. Everything about the boat is carefully considered right down to the last detail. Take, for example, the traditional wooden

pegs or ‘treenails’, used in construction of the hull. But this is not just some quaint or slavish devotion to authenticity – it serves a genuine purpose. The treenails will last a good 100 years or more, compared to the iron equivalents, which might only last 15-20 at best. This is indicative of the entire ethos of the boat – it’s beautiful undoubtedly, but it’s functional too; it has to work practically, be sustainable, and operate with the smallest impact on the environment possible. These values hold true not just to Marcus and Freya and their boat; but to everyone they choose to work with, across the entire supply chain, from the construction to its everyday operation. They believe in fair transport and trade; challenging everyone from the wine producers through to the end user to

be more accountable for exactly what and how we consume, and the impact it has on the environment. They avoid using the engine wherever possible… and she can certainly sail! The cannons ominously poking out of the hull remind us that this vessel had a purpose. She was originally a privateer ship, built for speed to catch other ships. With the sheets up it’s quite a sight, the distinctive lugsails covering around 3500 square foot of canvas. A large barrel of whisky sits lashed to the bow, which Black Mountain is paying them to sail around the world. Apparently it adds a considerable value to the whisky to have been aged naturally in the barrel on an 18th century lugger. So will Marcus and Freya get to sample the fruits of their labour? Marcus grins, “I’m sure we’ll get the angel’s share!”

HAVE A GO! Visit www.grayhoundlugger for the boat’s full schedule and to book a place on the next available voyage. It’s one journey you won’t forget in a hurry!

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CORNISH MARITIME TRUST Another simple way to experience sail aboard a Cornish lugger is through joining the Cornish Maritime Trust. Membership is only £25 per annum, and gives access to some stunning boats and like-minded individuals. Visit www. for more details.

Black Mountain whisky aged in the barrel on the high seas

not going to find the typical spares you need in the average chandlery. “We make everything!” beams Marcus. Grayhound can also add ‘filmstar’ to her CV, having already racked up some impressive movie credits. What’s even more remarkable is that the films have come to them – another quirk of owning such a unique period vessel. They filmed scenes for Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr Turner’ in Cawsand Bay. Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ was a healthy combination of right-placeright-time, and speculative opportunism on Marcus’s part. “Basically, we sailed into the filmset and got a part!” says Marcus, turning to Malachi with a smile: “We got to dress as pirates, didn’t we!” On an Atlantic crossing, and aware that filming was happening off the Canaries, they sailed closer to get a better look at the action. Whereas most boats would perhaps be told politely to buzz off, they were offered a week’s filming. The film is set in 1820, so being a 1776

replica vessel the timing was absolutely perfect for authenticity. After a quick tour, it’s time to let Marcus get back to work, leaving just a tiny bit jealous of this lifestyle they’ve created. It’s a phrase that gets bandied around all too often, but it seems they really are the physical embodiment of living the dream. Marcus, however, laughs at the lofty sentiments. “Not to be too poetic; it’s just about living life that supports the family and allows us to stay together, supporting ourselves in a way that’s friendly to our environment.” Although, of course, that’s easier said than done. Not everyone can actually do this kind of thing. It takes a unique set of skills, attributes and experiences to bring a project of such scale into fruition – thankfully one that Marcus and Freya clearly possess in spades. Grayhound Lugger Sailing

Image courtesy of Becky Treneer

Image courtesy of Debbie Purser

Grayhound’s very existence is helping to keep traditional skills alive, from the building to the sailing itself. “Sailing teaching today is so formatted to the point where people lose the ability to work outside of a prescribed system or procedure”, says Marcus, a keen advocate of practical application. This includes many other skills associated with the age of sail – whipping, splicing and so forth. Much of the kit aboard is bespoke. After all, when you own an 18th century privateer, you’re

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