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The Ultimate Lifestyle By The Sea

Issue 51 | October 2016 | £3.25


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Pedal power


Jago The atmospheric and evocative illustrator

Get on your bike and explore Cornwall’s many cycle trails


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There is the feel of autumn in the air, the swifts and swallows are leaving, sunsets are earlier and there is dew on the grass in the mornings. But there is still plenty to do and plan and we have lots of ideas in this bumper issue of Cornwall Living!

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Our cover feature is all about cycling, it’s cooler now so there’s no excuse not to get your bike out. Hannah and her family are keen cyclists and have tried out some of the off-road trails and quieter routes; there’s something for everyone from the sedate to the daring mountain biker … she has even got suggestions for ice-cream stops. If not cycling, how about walking and foraging on the Isles of Scilly? I widened my knowledge of Porthleven doing the Porthleven Trail, fascinating stuff! Autumn is a lovely time for a short break (or longer) in Cornwall and we have some gorgeous properties for you to stay in… or buy! But… if your thoughts are turning to DIY we have the full guide for the Home Improvement and Self Build Show at the Royal Cornwall Showground this October, with talks schedule and exhibitor list to help plan your day. And there are plenty of other ideas in this issue about home improvements, energy and furnishings. We feature some wonderful art and I meet the charming illustrator and digital artist Jago Silver at his home in Wadebridge. In Foodie, I talk to the lovely Nick and his equally lovely wife Sioned, owners of the delightful Merchants Manor in Falmouth, which has just been awarded 2 AA rosettes for its fabulous food. And talking of wonderful food… we review Kota restaurant as chef and patron Jude Kereama takes to our TV screens again. So settle back, relax and enjoy!

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he new MINI Clubman is another masterclass in design and functionality from the people at MINI. Both wider and longer than the previous model, the extra space is used with ingenuity, providing additional seating and doors – perfect for exploring the great outdoors here in Cornwall. But it’s the little details, both inside and out, that really make the Clubman stand out from the crowd. The sleek cockpit with state-of-the-art technology seamlessly integrated, the beautiful alloys, the optional luxurious leather upholstery and keyless entry… each and every one of its beautifully realised features shows that this car has been expertly and lovingly fashioned by those with a genuine passionate for their craft. This is the ideal family car for modern living, but don’t take our word for it. Why not book a test drive at Ocean Falmouth and see for yourself? Once you step inside and start up the engine, you’ll fall in love! With various finance packages and options available, owning this beautiful car is more affordable than you may think.


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See pages 12-19 for this month’s cover feature

October 2016

Regulars 9

News & views

Catch up with Cornwall

20 Luxury property

Find your dream seaside home

106 Coastal escapes

A choice of stunning stays

120 Competitions

Fantastic prizes to be won

124 Gallery guide

Local artists and galleries

146 Giving hope

Inspiring workshops




78 Country house by the sea We visit Merchants Manor hotel

81 Gourmet gossip

All the latest foodie news and views

87 A rising star

Fine dining at Chapter 1

90 Let the feast begin

Harvest season at Heligan

91 Seasonal stars


Delicious veg delivered to your door

94 Cornwall meets America Zacry’s at Watergate Bay Hotel

96 Fare with flair

Quality Cornish cooking

98 A perfect match

The future of food in Cornwall


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Features 4 OUR GUIDE

Got to experience... The new Mini Clubman

30 Keeping warm

to living the dream.

Specialist fire retailers, Kernow Fires

34 On trend

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Seasonal designs from Homeshed

40 Green gardens

With Mid Cornwall Landscaping


42 Family values

Contemporary style with Julian Foye

49 A touch of class

Fantastic flooring with Woodstock

51 Give your home a hug

Energy solutions from ThermoProtect

54 A happy ending

Trusted suppliers Dawes & Windows

104 Cruise of discovery

Newell’s Travel Cruise Show

108 Season’s change 122


Out-of-season breaks in Cornwall

110 Exclusively yours

Big events at Lusty Glaze Beach

112 Walk Scilly

Enjoy a weekend’s walking on Scilly

114 Back to the wild

Catch up with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

116 What’s On

October at Hall For Cornwall

118 Country House Christmas Seasonal shopping at Trevince


128 Independent’s day

Celebrating 70 years in business

132 It’s teatime

Cornwall Care’s Trewartha nursing home

133 Taking positive steps

Foot surgery from Duchy Hospital

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134 Talking point

Great ideas generated in Cornwall

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Make your move with Live Beside the Sea For many people starting a new life in Cornwall is a longed for dream. All too often, however, life is too busy or demanding to find the time to look for the perfect home. This is where Live Beside the Sea comes in, a bespoke property search agency based at the heart of Cornwall.

Bodmin Nursery celebrates its 15th birthday! Late summer and early autumn is a lovely time to take stock of your garden. Enjoy the late colour, keep harvesting the produce and watch the hues of your garden shift and change. It’s the perfect time to renew and plant too… and Bodmin Nursery has all you need at this time of year. From late flowering perennials, glorious grasses, ornamental and fruit trees, to new season spring bulbs and fresh autumn bedding, the nursery has it all covered. Bodmin Nursery is also celebrating its 15th birthday over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September and, as a thank you to all its customers, is offering 15% off all nursery purchases! There is also a foodie farmers’ market on the Saturday from 10am to 2pm, plus scrumptious refreshments served in The Mill Café. For more information visit or call 01208 72837

Acquiring a property that also provides an income may be a priority for your fresh start, or perhaps a relaxing home with sea views as a preretirement investment. There is no limit to the possibilities that Cornwall has to offer those looking for adventure and change in their lives. The team at Live Beside the Sea work with their clients’ wishes and lifestyle needs, using their vast knowledge of the county to achieve excellent results. Working in close collaboration with Wright House Designs, the properties found for clients can be redesigned if desired, to create the perfect Cornish retreat that feels like home from the moment you move in! For more information, call 07882 037836, email or visit Contact Rozzie at Wright House Designs on 0797 9503250 or email

The Anevay team plant a tree for every stove sold Cornish company Anevay has partnered with the International Tree Foundation to plant a tree for every stove it sells. As if this wasn’t enough, the team are also getting their hands dirty closer to home, pitching in to plant 500 trees around Cornwall. General Manager Holly says: “We love that wood is a carbon-neutral fuel, and we wanted to go one further. Not only are we planting a tree for every stove we sell, we’re planting one for every stove we’ve ever sold or donated as aid.” This month Anevay launches the new design of its classic small-space woodburner, the Traveller Stove. Even more compact with the same heat output, the Traveller Stove’s unique design means that you can cook on the stove as well as heating. Visit the Anevay website for recipes, pictures and more info on its wonderful tree-planting initiative. For more information, see

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Just one visit to sunny St Ives and you’ll be wishing you could be there all the time. Well the good news is: you can be… sort of! Wherever you find yourself in the world, you can sample a flavour of the popular seaside town in just a few clicks, simply by logging onto the fab new webcam set up by luxury self-catering holiday company, Aspects Holidays. Overlooking the harbour, watch the comings and goings as holidaymakers perch on benches, admiring the golden sand, tuck into pasties and ice creams, and chat merrily as the boats bob up and down gently in the background. Already the webcam has been proving hugely popular, with over 100,000 views in August alone. Visitors are having fun joining in with the action, with many waving to their friends and family back home in a novel form of ‘live video postcard’. If you’re thinking of taking a trip to St Ives today, why not have a look at the webcam now, to give you a bit of inspiration and see what you’re missing? And once you’re there, go find the webcam on the beach yourself and give us all a big wave! To check out the webcam, visit:

Alongside failure to adopt preventative measures, like regular exercise, many of us fail to insure ourselves against the financial impact of serious illness. The potential for physical and financial frailty is underlined by the fact that, each year, almost one million working people unexpectedly have to give up work because of injury or illness.1 However, research suggests that two fifths of consumers have never even thought about what they would do if forced to stop working by a long-term illness or injury.2 Income protection can replace lost income when an individual is forced to stop work due to illness or injury. Some employers will provide cover, but there is no such provision for the self-employed. Having income protection enables households to maintain income levels if the main earner has to stop work.

While it is thankfully true that not everyone will experience a serious illness or injury, none of us know if it will happen to us. To receive a complimentary guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or inheritance tax planning, produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, contact Thomas Sopp. 07900 826242 1 Welfare Reform for the 21st Century: The role of income protection insurance, Association of British Insurers, September 2014 2 ABI Quarterly Consumer Survey 2012 Q3, Association of British Insurers, October 2012

Capture the moment with photographer Laura Buffery Do you have an upcoming event – perhaps your long awaited big day – that you would like photographed? Or maybe you’d like some professional family portraits to treasure forever? Then speak to Laura Buffery-Martin, who produces stunning, beautifully observed photos that will perfectly capture the moment. “I have always loved photographing people”, explains Laura. “Never had I thought about making a living from it until an old friend’s sister asked me to document her wedding 15 years ago. I did so thinking it was a one-off, not realising at the time it was the beginning of a very exciting adventure. Weddings are amazing to photograph. To capture the day and tell its story through my cameras is such an honour to be entrusted with.”

Laura continues: “Family photo shoots are always so much fun too, having all the family together instead of one always missing taking the shots makes it very special for everyone.” To see more of Laura’s photographs, take a look at her recentlylaunched new website, showcasing all her recent work from weddings, on-location family portraits, commissions and product shoots. For galleries and more information visit

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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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Sustrans is the charity that enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. You can ďŹ nd maps of cycle routes, download information and buy guides to help you enjoy your cycling adventure in Cornwall at

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The Camel Trail Cardinham Woods Lanhydrock Bike Trail

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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

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ê BELOW The Camel Trail is popular with all ages

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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.

Cardinham Woods 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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Hot property Premium estate agent Savills celebrates ten years in Truro, showcasing some of the finest homes in Cornwall.


“We have had the privilege of marketing some of the most prestigious properties in the region”

f you’re looking to secure that dream home by the sea, then there is one notable agent that you can always rely on to showcase some of the finest homes in Cornwall. From grand manor houses in rolling countryside to sleek and contemporary waterside pads, Savills is known for the diverse range of stunning exclusive homes and developments on its books. But one thing that unites them all is the quality. The international property firm, which dates back to 1855, began its Cornish residential agency operation in north Cornwall, before moving to its current Lemon Street premises in June 2006. Over a decade, what started as a residential team of five lead by Jonathan Cunliffe has expanded considerably both in terms of head count and expertise. The Residential Sales team have been joined by departments that now include Residential Agency, Rural Estate Management, Architecture and Building Services and Professional Valuation. “Over the past ten years we have seen the market thrive, decline and then re-emerge again”, says Jonathan Cunliffe. “We have had the privilege of marketing some of the most prestigious properties in the region,

meeting some remarkable buyers and sellers along the way.” Jonathan continues: “We have consistently been the agent of choice for the ‘best in class’ across all price levels, marketing property from coastal cottages and country properties to contemporary and eco houses. Having not only survived, but thrived in the market despite all it has thrown at us is testament to the hard work and commitment of our team.” The company’s diversity, coupled with its attention to detail, has clearly been a great source of strength over the years. “Savills has long been a multi-disciplinary business and the ability for us to offer clients in Cornwall a full range of property services sets us apart from the traditional estate agent.” A big congratulations to all the Savills team from us at Cornwall Living. For further information on buying and selling property in Cornwall, contact the team using the details below.

ë ABOVE The Truro team and a selection of beautiful Cornish properties


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t the heart of the popular coastal village of Trevone, lies Gulland. This spacious, light flooded, fivebedroom property is arranged over two floors and has been refurbished to a high specification throughout. Located one and a half miles from the harbour town of Padstow, with its independent shops, galleries and renowned restaurants, Gulland is moments away from superb coastal and countryside walks. Perfect for a big family, the kitchendiner is large and sociable, with bi-folding doors opening to the gardens and a comprehensive, modern range of kitchen units with integral appliances. There’s underfloor heating throughout this space, great for warming toes after a swim at the beach or surf in the waves. The separate sitting room features a log-burning stove set on a tiled hearth and spectacular views to the sea. A second sitting room can be found on the first floor, again with sea views, ideal as a games room for rainy days or snug for curling up with a book to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. The master bedroom with en-suite bathroom is located on the first floor, with French doors opening onto a balcony offering far-reaching views over the open countryside, sea and coastline. There are four further bedrooms, three with sea

views, and an additional room currently used for storage, which could be converted to another bedroom. Outside the grounds are easy to maintain, with a south-facing, enclosed lawned garden to the rear, featuring a decked area and hot tub – bliss for those who like to make the most of summer and winter evenings alike! There are also two handy timber sheds, a driveway for parking and lawned garden to the front. A sandy, lifeguarded and sheltered beach and a rocky beach with a natural swimming pool are within walking distance. Trevone has a parish church, beach shop with café, and local farm shop supplying fresh produce seven days a week, all year round. Located in this highly sought after location, Gulland offers significant potential as a holiday let while being equally suitable as a comfortable family home. Viewings are recommended to fully appreciate this light, bright and immaculately presented accommodation.

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Grass Valley Farm A beautiful character cottage in an idyllic setting near Truro.

INFORMATION Detached character cottage Three bedrooms Large gardens Conservatory Garage and parking for several cars Close to Truro


t can be really hard to find a home that offers the best of both worlds: a truly idyllic countryside setting, yet still close to hustle and bustle as and when you need it. This charming detached three-bedroom cottage offers exactly that, being nestled into the Cornish country just outside of Truo, with its shops, restaurants and conveniences. The cottage has been lovingly extended and modernised to offer superb living space and a real family home. Set in large enclosed gardens with wonderful views, there is flexible, modern living space with plenty of room for a family to spread out. The kitchen has been beautifully updated, seamlessly combining contemporary with the traditional, with a range of chic shaker-style units in muted shades. The additional breakfast room, dining room and conservatory – which takes advantage of the gorgeous views and the garden – means that you can choose to eat in a separate room for each meal of the day, depending on the sun’s position or as the mood takes you. At the end of the day, retreat to the lovely living room with a cosy wood burner, perfect for this time of year, snuggling up around the warming embers as the autumn begins to draw in. On the ground floor there is a

double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. Heading upstairs, there are two bedrooms and a large family bathroom. The property is approached at the rear via a quiet country lane. Another fantastic benefit of the property is the garage, with an electric roller door. As there is generous parking for several cars on the drive, this potentially frees up the garage space for storage, a studio, or perhaps even additional accommodation, with the necessary permissions, potentially creating a business opportunity in this desirable area of Cornwall. The location is convenient for all the amenities of the village as well as Richard Lander School, Threemilestone Primary School and the hospital. With excellent transport links, plenty of rural walks and byways on your doorstep to explore, this really is the ideal place to set up the family home.

ë MAIN Stunning garden, laid to lawn

Grass Valley Farm


31 Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2LS 01872 272622

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Introducing the Driftwood range








Made from reclaimed timber. Careful material planning, considered hand distressing and painting techniques, interesting surface discrepancies and markings are all key features to the conscious design style of this furniture collection. The craft-value of each piece is a true testament to the maker’s art and demonstrates not only innovation by design, but also guarantees an individual and sophisticated statement for modern living. One ultra-modern design, two contemporary finishes… your choice, your look. See this stunning dining furniture in store.

Kernick Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9DD

T: 01326 377485

Open Mon – Sat 9:30 – 5:30 Sun 10:30 – 4:30

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A unique opportunity to create your own property and be a part of a sustainable community full of individuality. A ‘Custom Build’ home at Heartlands could be yours for less than you might think. To find out more and register your interest go to

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St Austell Penzance

Hovis Barn

A stunning barn conversion on the Landrends estate set in the glorious Launceston countryside.

INFORMATION Stunning barn conversion Three double bedrooms LPG fired central heating Wooden double-glazing throughout Abundance of period features Just under 1/5th acre Highly sought-after location


f you dream of starting a new life in the country, then we may well have found the perfect place for you! This stunning three double bedroom barn conversion is tucked away in the highly sought after private estate of Landrends, a short drive from Launceston town centre. The property has been lovingly converted by the current owner to a fantastic standard, retaining an abundance of original features. You’ll sure to fall in love with the bright, well-equipped country kitchen – the perfect room for the family to congregate at meal times, with a large range cooker, butler sink and traditional flagstone flooring and room for a large dining table. As the nights begin to draw in, it’s the perfect time of year to get cosy around the multi-fuel burner set into the open fireplace in the living room, complete with lovely wooden floors and feature windows. After a busy day, retreat to the large family bathroom and relax in the cast iron clawfoot bath. You’ll soon feel all your stresses melting away in an instant. The upstairs comprises of three light bedrooms, one with en-suite and two with eaves storage. Outside there are formal gardens with

patio area, ideal for alfresco dining, while the large lawn is perfect for children to play in, with plenty of room to run around. Both inside and outside, this really is a social house, ripe for entertaining both friends and family. The useful workshop or storeroom with power and light connected would make a perfect artist’s studio, or perhaps a home office, with some creative thought. Nearby Launceston, just a short drive away, has all the everyday facilities and amenities you could need, including several supermarkets, schools and well-regarded local butchers, bakers and greengrocers. Launceston is the gateway to Cornwall, so it’s ideally situated as a base both to explore all of Cornwall and connect with the rest of the country.

Hovis Barn

ë MAIN Stunning country home é ABOVE A homely interior

GUIDE PRICE: £335,000


6a High Street, Launceston PL15 8ER 01566 776055

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GO WITH YOUR GUT. MINI CLUBMAN FROM £199 PER MONTH. Take in the distinctive yet accessible Split Doors of the MINI Clubman. When your hands are full, the easy Opener allows contactless access by waving a foot below the rear bumper – of course also by remote. The new horizontal lights, broad shoulders and athletic stance of the rear, incite admiration.

To discover more please call 01326 375960 or visit

Ocean MINI Falmouth Falmouth Road, Penryn Cornwall, TR10 8AD

Term of agreement 47 monthly payments On the road cash price* Customer deposit Deposit contribution Total deposit Total amount of credit

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MINI FINANCIAL SERVICES Official Fuel Economy Figures for the new MINI Clubman Range: Urban 35.3-60.1 mpg (8-4.7 l/100km). Extra Urban 52.3-76.3 mpg (5.4-3.7 l/100km). Combined 44.8-68.9 mpg (6.3-4.1 l/100km). CO2 Emissions 147-109 g/km. Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions. *Test drive is subject to status and availability.

Finance example is for a MINI Select agreement for a MINI Cooper Clubman, with a contract mileage of 40,000 miles and excess mileage charge of 5.26 p per mile. Applies to new vehicles ordered between 17 June and 30 September 2016 and registered by 31 December 2016 (subject to availability). Retail customers only. *On the road cash price is based on manufacturer’s recommended retail price and includes 3 year MINI Retailer Warranty, MINI Emergency Service, 12 months’ road fund licence, vehicle first registration fee, delivery, number plates and VAT. ^Optional final payment and option to purchase fee not payable if you opt to return the vehicle at the end of the agreement (vehicle condition, excess mileage and other charges may be payable). Finance available subject to credit acceptance to UK residents aged 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be varied, withdrawn or extended at any time. ‘MINI Select’ is a form of hire-purchase agreement provided by MINI Financial Services, Summit ONE, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB. You will have a 14 day statutory right to withdraw from the agreement. Grevans Cars Ltd T/A Ocean MINI Plymouth, commonly introduce customers to a selected panel of lenders including MINI Financial Services. We may receive commission or other benefits for introducing you to such lenders. This introduction does not amount to independent financial advice.

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Out & About Home

Luxury beyond the horizon

With its clean lines, luxe interiors and unrivalled position, Fistral House offers the very best in contemporary coastal living.


ntroducing Fistral House, a selection of ten luxury apartments overlooking the world-renowned Fistral Beach. This stunning private development of two to three bedroom apartments is the product of Legacy Properties, a familyowned and run property company creating beautiful, modern living spaces in the UK’s most sought after locations. Situated on the Pentire Peninsula, Fistral House is just a minute’s amble from one of the UK’s premier beaches. Each property is designed to make the most of the breathtaking views, utilising space and maximising living. From little touches of luxury and design-led interiors, to seafacing balconies that bring the outdoors in, attention to detail is at the heart of every apartment. Each property features a bespoke Treyone kitchen with an alcove breakfast bar, luxury tiles supplied by Mandarin Stone and unique feature lighting to suit your style. Intimate, exclusive and second to none, the two penthouse apartments are as breathtaking as the beach they gaze upon. Wake up to world-class views every day of the week with the corner-to-corner feature window, offering panoramic views that stretch out to sea. And to make the most of the Cornish sunsets, the large outdoor terrace offers the perfect place for sundowners and stargazing. Each penthouse encompasses half of the top floor and boasts sumptuous interiors, Miele appliances and in-ceiling speakers in all rooms – perfect for relaxed living or entertaining. Within steps of the ocean, yet a world away from everything, the Fistral House site

makes the most of its beach location, while offering a quiet, private and exclusive living space for its tenants. A rarity on the Cornish coast, as a resident, you can make the most of your own private parking space. And, to maximise the beach right on its doorstep, Fistral House also features surf stores for stowing away your boards and wetsuits, along with an external surf shower to wash away the salt water after a day on the waves. This stunning development really has to be seen to be believed, so book a viewing now to mark the start of an exciting new adventure.

é ABOVE The minimalist, chic interiors complement the ocean views


Unit 2b, Quintdown Business Park, Quintrell Downs, Newquay TR8 4DS Find out more online:

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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 metal-worker, 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

ë ABOVE Filming with Paul from Fish For Thought í BELOW Simon with biomass boiler installation

ê BELOW Simon and his dad in 1998

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é ABOVE Some of the current Kernow Fires & Biomass team

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.


é ABOVE Day cooking on the Big Green Egg ê BELOW Simon, Jamie and Dave in the metal workshop

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

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Make a statement with a beautiful new floor from Bodmin Flooring Centre.


t’s amazing how the right flooring can really make a home. Whether opting for chic contemporary tiles, traditional carpet runners or warm wooden flooring, the choice of décor beneath your feet can make as much difference to the feel of a room as the wall colours and other furnishings. Whatever your personal taste, be sure to visit Bodmin Flooring Centre, to see your design ideas come into fruition. Stripes have recently made a big comeback, and this looks set to continue. They are particularly effective when used on carpet runners in long hallways or on stairs, working to accentuate the room’s natural proportions, by adding a sense of depth through training the eye across the entire space. Roger Oates produces a truly fantastic range of stair runners, rugs and fabrics, perfect for achieving this look. We love the flatweave, 100% wool runners, which are woven and hand-finished using traditional techniques right here in the UK. Whether going for a coastal look, with soft blues and sandy tones, or injecting a splash of colour with a warming red, they are fantastic for staircases and landings and look great finished with brushed chrome stair rods too.

Bodmin Flooring Centre also stocks the stunning, luxury vinyl tiles from Karndean and Amitco. You can get beautiful distressed oak beam effect or slate effect tiles without the associated maintenance – a convenient way to achieve a natural look and perfect for today’s modern living. At Bodmin Flooring Centre, you’ll also find a stunning range of high-quality laminate, solid wood and engineered wood flooring options, available to suit all budgets and tastes, so whatever the look you desire, it can be achieved, with a little help from the team. But it doesn’t just stop at flooring. Whilst looking around the showroom, why not have a look at the furniture too? Bodmin Flooring Centre stocks an incredible array of beds from trusted brands including Harrison Spinks, Silent Night, and Rest Assured. These luxurious and comfy beds will ensure you’ll always get a good night’s sleep.

ë MAIN Finish your interior with quality flooring

BODMIN FLOORING CENTRE Dunmere Road, Bodmin PL31 2QN 01208 76859 Find out more online:


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On trend Interpreting seasonal trends into Cornish homes is the mission of Homeshed’s design team.

é ABOVE Karndean flooring î BELOW RIGHT Curved high backed chair from Grafu Baldai


omeshed, a lifestyle interiors store just outside Falmouth, has fast become one of Cornwall’s leading destinations for home furnishings and accessories. Whether you are embarking on the interior design of your seaside sanctuary, furnishing your own home or choosing décor for a holiday let, the expansive 21,000sqft showrooms include a range of classic to contemporary furniture in design-led styles that appeal to the most discerning tastes. Achieving a harmony of contemporary beach chic, whilst retaining the more rustic sense of Cornish character is the mission

of the design team at the Homeshed, who are passionate about capturing that elusive Cornish lifestyle spirit – from the nautical vibe of Falmouth to the chic of St Mawes or the coastal couture of St Ives and interpreting it to bring every living space to life. A visit to Homeshed will enhance every room, be it a Cornish townhouse, villa, cottage, apartment or even a yacht! Its magnificent lanterns, voile curtains, tableware, glass, ceramics, candles and garden and terrace artifacts subtly blend Mediterranean nuances with the minimalism of Scandinavian design in a style that is somehow perfect for the Cornish home. Homeshed showcases an eclectic range of lifestyle interiors, including luxurious leather and fabric sofas, dining furniture, curtains, blinds and lighting. Naturally, there is also a focus on bedroom furniture and the bed department includes beds, bedframes and mattresses to tempt every budget – from space-saving modular Stompa children’s bedroom furniture, to branded Somnus, Silent Night and Kaymed mattresses and beds. Some of the latest bedroom furniture, as seen in this article, is available to try in the showroom. “Recreating this season’s look is all about accessorising, as the autumn 2016 design collections focus on accents with some statement pieces,” explains Charlotte,

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Homeshed’s Interior Designer. “Whilst neutrals are the essence, the key to enlivening this understated look lies in the room accents… Happily, the seasonal colour trends include warm tones of peach, pink, sand, white, mint and cool blues.” Charlotte continues: “Choose a beautifully designed chair in a cool grey – perfect in front of a picture window or just to curl up and read a book in. This curved high backed chair from is one of my favourites.” Warm up a nonworking fireplace with cosy accessories such as cushions and throw-filled baskets, lanterns with long burning candles and a luxury silk rug from Calvin Klein. This will not only give you access to warm blankets (see the inspiring range of Atlantic Blankets in the showroom) but the soft light from candles will create a warming glow on darker autumn evenings. Of course, no home is complete without beautiful flooring. Homeshed is one of Cornwall’s leading carpet showrooms with over 20,000sqm available in roll stock and a vast selection of wool carpet and rugs in a wide range of colours and designs from leading brands, including Axminster, Cormar and Abingdon, Kersaint Cobb, Gaskells,

Brintons, Fibre seagrass, luxury rugs from Calvin Klein and many more to choose from their large selection. If you’re looking for luxury flooring with all the beauty of natural wood and stone without the practical drawbacks, both Amtico and Karndean flooring have a wide range so you’ll always find a look that’s right for you. Featuring the unique characteristics you’d expect in traditional wood flooring, Karndean planks are designed for authenticity with variable shades and tones. Amtico allows you to introduce colour and pattern to your home with a design-led range, making your floor unique to your home. Homeshed’s friendly team will guide you through choosing the most suitable flooring, furniture and accessories for every room in your home; call into the store and find everything you need under one roof.

é ABOVE Soft colours and natural light create a comforting vibe

“Whilst neutrals are the essence, the key to enlivening this understated look lies in the room accents”

HOMESHED Kernick Road, Penryn, Falmouth TR10 9DD 01326 377485 Find out more online:

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g n i k n i h t y k s e u l B Unique and trend-setting conservatories from Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories.


lient and designer partnerships often inspire the most creative solutions. This is exemplified by Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories’ truly bespoke installations. An open approach to consultation over 30 years has inspired some interesting and innovative trends in conservatory design. One such trend has become known as a ‘reverse lean-to’ conservatory – characterised by a single pitched roof sloping up, away from the adjoining property. Company Director and Designer, Philip Whear recalls its inception. “Back in 2003 I visited a lady in Perranwell for a consultation. I was immediately struck by her home’s unique contemporary style – it was like walking into an art gallery. Our design had to be as unique as her taste. So, after talking through many options we ended up with our first ever ‘reverse lean-to’ conservatory – and the first to my knowledge in Cornwall!”

Contemporary in style, the reverse lean-to design is very functional – particularly on a bungalow where the eaves height is an issue. It provides ample room height for a light and airy feel – a real statement piece! The team at Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories are equally adept with traditionally-inspired styles and materials. A Carnon Downs couple wanted a classically-styled conservatory with as near to zero maintenance as possible, so green oak was decided upon. However, untypically of green oak construction, the roof was glazed instead of using conventional slate, allowing even more light to flood into the space. There is often a creative solution to overcome any challenge presented by the terrain, style of building or budget. Other unique conservatory installations have included double storey, asymmetric, twocolour and traditionally-styled orangeries performing to modern standards. So why not transform your home with a unique conservatory manufactured in Cornwall? Speak to the expert team at Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories today, or even visit their showroom and factory – now’s the time to make your dream a reality!

ë MAIN A 'reverse lean-to' with height and space é ABOVE Top to bottom: a glorious orangery and an asymmetric conservatory í BELOW A light flooded green oak conservatory


Wilson Way, Pool Industrial Estate, Redruth TR15 3RT 01209 215759 Find out more online:

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As well as a wide range of high quality fencing and garden buildings, at Just Fir, our on site factory enables us to manufacture bespoke products to your specification.

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Make the most of your Aga cooker by going electric with Cornish Cooker Conversions.


ndergoing a kitchen renovation or simply want to make the most out of your Aga oven? Converting it to run on electricity will make it run more efficiently whilst helping to keep costs down on usage. Cornish Cooker Conversions specialise in converting your Aga, making it easier to cook with and giving you the freedom to control it as you please, allowing you to avoid that stifling heat in the summer, whilst improving heat-up times. By converting the heat source to electric, the ElecricKit does away with the cast mass of the combustion chamber and flue ways. This gives you the freedom to use the energy where it’s needed and presents you with hobs that work independently from the oven and are controlled, precisely, with an additional temperature control feature. While impressive, Cornish Cooker Conversions do much more than just convert your Aga. If you’re managing a new kitchen project, and would like to convert your Aga with the ElectricKit, the team will work to your time schedule, so you can achieve your new kitchen at your own pace. What’s more, they can assist builders, electricians and plumbers when it comes to completing your project and will be more than happy to remove the flue from your Aga, venting your oven to your room. If you are having an ElectricKit conversion,

then the team can offer second-hand Agas with fitted ElectricKits, supply re-enamelled second-hand Agas and re-enamel yours to suit any colour scheme. They can also advise your builders with regards to plinths that suit your kitchen and the height of your units. Finally, while we all know that Agas weigh about as much as your average car, Cornish Cooker Conversions can move yours to a more suitable position, which can be extremely useful, especially if you’re in the middle of building an extension! So, if you have an Aga that you want to welcome to the modern age, Cornish Cooker Conversions are experts when it comes to making the most of your specialist oven. If you find your Aga is costing you excessive amounts in gas, oil or solid fuel, a conversion might just be the answer to your problems.

“The conversion gives you the chance to cook with precision, by adding a temperature control feature”


Cottage Retreat, Gonvena Hill, Wadebridge PL27 6DJ 01208 812272 Find out more online:

Cornish Cooker Conversions are an Independent business and in no way connected to AGA, AGA Rayburn or AGA Rangemaster Limited. They provide services relating to the product known as an ‘AGA’ and recognise and acknowledge all trademarks and patents in relation to the AGA product.

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n e e r Ggardens A small idea to a lottery funded project, to a complete sensory garden experience for the residents of a care home, Mid Cornwall Landscaping are the experts in bringing visions to life. words by:

Summer Brooks


s the saying goes, “from a small seed a mighty trunk may grow”, and so it was at Mountford (one of Cornwall Care’s 16 homes), when a small idea was transformed into a wonderful outdoor space for all the residents at the care home with the help and expertise of Mid Cornwall Landscaping. In our last issue we discovered how, after an elderly resident came up with the idea for a greenhouse at Mountford, a senior nurse decided to enter the People’s Millions Lottery in hope of winning a grant. Following the success of winning the £50,000 runner up grant, Annie Scott, a nurse at Mountford approached Mid

Cornwall Landscaping with initial ideas to create an outdoor space, tailor-made for the residents. Manager at Mid Cornwall, Chris Plant, drafted the initial designs for the site, which would now include a sensory garden and a tearoom on top of the original idea of a greenhouse to create a bigger environment that could please all the residents at Mountford Care Home. “It had to be tailored to the care home to meet the needs of the residents there. The greenhouse was built with the residents in mind, so that if they are able and want to, they can grow things here,” says Jacques Egbers, Managing Director at Mid Cornwall. The decision to include a tearoom helps towards creating a restful, relaxed environment for the residents, whilst the materials used within the garden reflect the nature and the natural – Mid Cornwall used timber and granite to emulate a peaceful and welcoming environment that is a pleasure for all those who experience it. The purpose-built sensory garden was designed around the main water feature at the centre of the garden, with growing flower beds and feature boulders that add to the calm environment needed for the residents at Mountford. The idea to include animal care in the garden came later with the addition of a chicken hutch in the corner of the garden, where residents can tend to and look after the chickens there. Animal care is a

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ì ABOVE Mid Cornwall Landscaping has designed a beautiful space that everyone enjoys í LEFT The chickens and beautiful, wild flowers

therapeutic activity for residents, bringing a smile to the faces of all who care and nuture for the animals. The wide ramp leading down to the garden means those in wheelchairs can still enjoy the space with plenty of room, making the garden inclusive for all residents, some of whom have mobility challenges. “We went for a fairly contemporary look, with lots of grass and routes for easy access for all residents at Mountford. The transformation took place over a six week period and it was a pleasure for all of those involved,” says Jacques. The simple and clean design of the garden adds to the calm atmosphere, which is a perfect environment for elderly residents who may be in pain. The Mid Cornwall team are no strangers to working on charity-funded projects; for their 30th anniversary they decided to donate and plant 30 trees to schools, care homes and community based projects all over Cornwall, choosing some old and rare varieties of Cornish trees that are sadly dying out. They wanted to give back to the people and companies that they had worked with over the years whilst promoting sustainability and encouraging planting trees. Sustainability is truly one of the core values of Mid Cornwall, both in what they do and what they promote, from the materials they use to the ideas they bring to life, with the smallest environmental impact. Providing an outdoor space for residents

to enjoy nature, a cup of tea and a chat with friends is an invaluable prize for the people at Mountford. For many of the residents, travelling and walking distance to visit gardens and outdoor spaces just isn’t possible. Thanks to the new garden space, all residents will get to enjoy nature and the good weather right on their doorsteps. Roy Scott, the resident and ex-gardener with the grand idea, sadly passed away before the garden was finished, but his vision will be enjoyed by many, for many years to come.

MID CORNWALL LANDSCAPING Tolgarric Farm, Coombe, St Austell PL26 7LR 01726 884040 Find out more online:

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Out & about

s e u l a v y l i Fam Combining contemporary style with company heritage, Julian Foye has everything you need to make your home beautiful.


hese days, with many businesses coming and going, it’s refreshing to discover one that has stood the test of time. It takes determination, a solid reputation and excellent customer service to keep people coming back time and again. So when you enter Julian Foye, the furnishers, you know that you are sure of a warm welcome, but also quality, drawing upon years of experience and local knowledge. When Edmund Julian set up a small, local furniture business little did he know that business would be booming over 150 years later. While things have moved on considerably, with showrooms in Truro, St Austell, Hayle and Wadebridge, it’s still very much a family business, championing the same values of quality products with an emphasis on excellent service. Whether you love traditional or contemporary, you’ll find everything you need to make a house a home, and a beautiful home at that. Furniture is selected for its excellent quality and design, including ranges exclusive to Julian Foye, and major brand-name furniture at competitive prices, backed by a price promise. What’s more, the specialist designers are on hand to help you choose the perfect scheme for your home, from an extensive selection of curtains, blinds and poles, furnishings and carpets.

The designers will even visit you at home if you prefer, ensuring the styles match your home effortlessly. Julian Foye stocks a wide range of stunning carpets, with free carpet measuring and estimates – the team will even fit it for free, over a certain value. The company only uses its own in-house fitters – no sub-contractors – ensuring a consistently high standard. It’s these little details that really set the company apart. As well as free delivery in Cornwall and west Devon, the dedicated delivery team will help with assembly and positioning of all furniture, removing all packaging (recycling where possible), and can even remove your old furniture. Have a look at the extensive website to view the ranges on show or re-visit models you’ve seen in-store. There’s also an online advice section to guide you in your choice and to help you look after your new furniture. Look out for autumn offers now, available until 31st October.

éABOVE Then and now í BELOW Delivering the best in furnishing solutions for more than 150 years


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Wooden fences might seem economical, but choosing metal over wood with Colourfence could save you time and money in the long term.


uying a wooden fence may be the cheaper option initially, but it could mean you will need to replace it every ten years, and with the coastal winds and sea mists that reach us on the Cornish coast it could be even more frequent than that. Timber is a great material, but when kept outside where it’s exposed to moisture it is prone to rot and mildew. Maintaining your timber fence means using a fungicidal wash every two years and applying sealant afterwards. Metal fences such as Colourfence, do not need to be re-painted or re-sealed after installation due to their anti-corrosion base, making it a lot easier to maintain and giving you more time to enjoy your garden. Colourfence is made from an innovative, anti-corrosive steel product (Zincalume), guaranteed to be far stronger and longer lasting than wood. Colourfence Cornwall has installed over 150 fences, from Prideaux to Penzance, and with Cornwall being the second windiest

county in the UK it’s easy to see why people are choosing quality metal over wood. With a range of styles and colours to suit your home, Colourfence has the solution for installing a durable and attractive fence that remains fit for purpose without costly and time-consuming treatments. Colourfence Cornwall Director Olly Daglish has noticed the changes in attitude towards wood fencing: “I find customers are pretty fed up with wood fencing and find the strength and longevity is simply not suited to our Cornish weather. Although the initial outlay may be a little more with Colourfence, in the medium to long term it is more economical and far less time consuming in terms of maintenance.” So give the team at Colourfence Cornwall a call and find out what they could do for your garden.

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é ABOVE Olly and his professionally trained staff have been installing fences across Cornwall since 2014

Comparing the costs Wooden fencing: £2320 over a lifetime Metal fencing with Colourfence: £1050 Source: Cost based on nine panels, not including fitting.

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Realising �e dream

Dreaming of converting your home, adding an extension or building your own home tailored to your style? Look no further than Redruth based Architectural Technologists SPS.


ealising a dream home but don’t know where to start? Finding an architect who understands what you want to achieve from a conversion, in the most cost-effective and creative way can be tricky. The team at SPS understand that quality architecture shouldn’t cost the earth, and with their skills and attentive eye for design can help you make your dream a reality. Seven Meadows Farm in Stithians is one of their most impressive conversions. Where once stood a run-down barn with unloved surrounding grounds now stands a stunning family home with sweeping views towards Stithians Lake. The conversion is set out in a traditional form which makes the most of the surrounding countryside landscape. The addition of a double garage creates an enclosed courtyard between the buildings and Cornish stone wall, adding a perfect space for dining al fresco with family and friends. The external appearance is in keeping with a barn conversion, with its natural stonework and granite quoins. SPS has used the perfect combination of wood and stone to seamlessly blend this conversion from a traditional exterior to a modern contemporary interior. “Apart from being of exceptional quality, the conversion of this Cornish barn has transformed it into an energy efficient home, achieving a high rating under the Code for Sustainable Homes,” says Justin Stephens, Architectural Technologist at SPS. SPS Architectural works across Cornwall on a variety of projects, from new-build coastal homes to barn conversions and extensions, and specialise in delivering quality architectural services across a range of commercial, residential and education projects, so why not give them a call today and find out what they could do for you.

éTOP From delapidated livestock building to… è ABOVE, RIGHT & BELOW …beautiful rural dwelling

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a touch of class Get the perfect floor in time for Christmas, with help from the team at Woodstock flooring.

é MAIN Nothing beats quality hardwood flooring ì RIGHT A range to suit everyone


ow is the perfect time to think about updating your home’s look, and arguably nothing makes a greater impact in any room than quality hardwood flooring. With summer making way for autumn, why not do it now in time for winter, so that you can enjoy the full benefits as all the family gathers together over the Christmas period? Just imagine it now… there you all are, sitting round an open fire, sipping on mulled wine and opening presents... all on a lovely new wooden floor. Whether it’s a chic, minimalist, modern interior, or a traditional cottage, let the real hardwood flooring do the talking! Cornish hardwood flooring specialist Woodstock, based in Falmouth, has an extensive range of flooring, dealing with suppliers such as Haro, Kahrs and Ted Todd. Old School European Oak and Vintage Oak will add a warm golden hue to your living space. The beautiful Certified French Oak gives a feeling of solidity and substance, while the long boards draw your eye across the length of the room, helping to enhance the sense of depth. Other popular choices include English Wych elm, cherry, and

American black walnut, each with its own unique colours and textures. The natural wood is available in a range of finishes too, including neutral, anti-scratch matt lacquer or stained to bring out the natural grain, ensuring there’s an option to complement any room, building and personal taste. If you’re not sure what would work well in your home, the experts are always on hand and happy to help bring out the best in your home. The company has over 35 years of experience in the industry, so you can guarantee an excellent finish from the full fitting service to match the quality of wood. Woodstock also provides aftercare service, ranging from a deep clean to a full sand and reseal. So make your home beautiful and inject some style in time for Christmas with a visit to Woodstock now!

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Give your home a hug

We take a look at the wide range of cost-efficient, home energy and protection solutions from ThermoProtect.

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Shedding light on the best bulbs on the market, ThermoProtect offers LED lighting that promises energy savings of up to 86%. Light from these bulbs is instant and warm and they last for up to ten years! The team will even fit the bulbs for you, with prices starting from £99 for ten bulbs.


s temperatures are beginning to drop and we start anxiously cranking up the boiler, perhaps it’s time to consider insulating our homes against the bitter elements of winter. Knowing where to turn for the best, most cost-effective service can be difficult when it comes to home insulation, which is where ThermoProtect comes in. Offering an incredible service that relies upon an ethical and friendly approach, the team at ThermoProtect know that September is the best time get your home ready for the colder months ahead and, with that in mind, are offering a 30% discount off of spray foam insulation. Using the most technically advanced insulation in the world – Lapolla – and with a team of highly professional engineers, the company backs its service with a lifetime guarantee and an ethical, friendly approach to service. The benefits of Lapolla insulation are many, ranging from a saving of up to 45% off heating costs, strengthening and increasing the lifetime of your roof, keeping your home cooler in the summer as well as freeing up valuable space in your attic, maximising your home’s storage potential.

As if that wasn’t enough, ThermoProtect offers a whole range of services and products, all designed to do exactly what the company name says – protect your home! You might be looking to the future and considering Solar PV and lithium storage batteries, or you may want to eradicate mould and damp with an innovative paint solution. It could even be that you want to save on energy costs with the impressive Vortex Energy Savers, which boast an impressive saving of up to 30% on energy bills as well as deoxygenating the water in your boiler, allowing it to heat up quicker. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, if you want to lower the cost of your energy bill by cost-effectively protecting your home, ThermoProtect is the company to call and with 30% off of spray foam insulation for a limited time only, now’s the time to do it!


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Be prepared Mortgages expert Matt Begley talks to us about the changes affecting the buy-to-let property market. ê BELOW Matt Begley, mortgage expert at Harris Begley Financial Planning


or over a decade the buy-to-let property market has been a sound investment strategy for many, however, the government’s recent change to 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on purchases of additional residential properties above £40,000 could signal the end of the buy-to-let boom. The changes to SDLT meant that a landlord buying a property for £200,000 prior to 1st April 2016 would’ve paid £1,500. After the change, this has risen to £7,500. Whilst this will deter many, the situation is further compounded by the new tax legislation which negatively impacts landlords. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, in the first few months of this year, there was a distinct boost in housing market activity, partly attributed to people trying to complete prior to the SDLT changes coming into effect. As a result, the value of buyto-let loans reached £7.1bn in March – a 142% increase on the year prior. With the sector coming under increasing pressure, the Bank of England’s regulatory arm, the Prudential Regulation Authority, released a consultation paper in April, recommending stronger affordability tests and income verification for borrowers. Landlords who were previously able to claim mortgage interest relief at the 40% or 45% rate, will now find this restricted to 20% after April 2017. Landlords will also no longer be able to deduct costs such as mortgage interest or loans

taken out to improve the property, or fees. Instead, they’ll only receive a basic rate. Not surprisingly, many landlords are now thinking about selling buy-to-let properties ahead of the tax changes that threaten to wipe out most, if not all, of their profits. The new tax will be phased in over coming years, allowing some time in which to sell, however most will then face a hefty capital gains tax (CGT) liability. Selling an investment property triggers a CGT liability based on the increase in value of the asset during ownership, minus certain costs. If you have lived in the property as your main home for any point of your ownership, that period is discounted when calculating the gain. Aside from well-known steps to reduce your CGT bill, such as transferring a share of the property to a spouse to utilise their CGT allowance, private letting relief and principal private residence relief, there are some lesserknown strategies that can save you thousands, such as using your pension or an investment vehicle... Obtaining expert advice in this everchanging marketplace is invaluable.

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A happy ending As this story shows, it pays to use a reputable firm to carry out work on your home.

ABOVE é 3 images left The original conservatory, before reconstruction ì 5 images During and after construction of the beautiful new conservatory from Dawes & Windows


hat should have been a much-needed reprieve after a very difficult time ultimately turned into a nightmare for one unsuspecting lady from Mount Hawke. Having sadly lost her husband, she decided to have a conservatory installed, agreeing a price of just over £17,000. She paid a deposit for her dream conservatory, in a classic hipbacked Edwardian design. But the dream soon faded as the company informed her that this specific design wouldn’t be suitable, changing to a stand lean-to design – much cheaper for the company, but with no reduction in price to the client. After six weeks of stilted progress, the job was finally ‘complete’ and payment was due, despite bare concrete floors and open rafters showing exposed roofing felt and timbers. The poor workmanship swiftly revealed itself in the first test of wet Cornish weather, with the conservatory leaking immediately. A botched repair from the company didn’t solve the problem, and she later discovered the company had gone into liquidation, sparking a three-year correspondence with the finance company. An independent report condemned the workmanship, and reputable local company Dawes & Windows was contracted to correct the faults. On visiting, Managing Director Phil Dawe found no alternative but

to take it down and start again. The original Edwardian hip-back design was installed in its place along with an insulated laminate floor, plastered house walls, eco heater, wall lights, electric sockets, boxing in of rafters, skirting boards and painting. “It was probably one of the most pleasing contracts that we have done in the past ten years”, says Phil. “The customer was left with a glorified leaky shed by the previous company. To be able to right a wrong for somone who had been totally taken advantage of and give her the room that she had only dreamt of was a pleasure for all of us involved.” Phil continues: “It was an emotional experience for both the customer and us when we moved her furniture in on completion – a few tears of joy were shed on both sides!” Thankfully, there was a happy ending, but the moral of the story is a simple one: use a local company that has been recommended, such as Dawes & Windows, or ask to see and speak to local customers who have had similar work done.


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KITCHEN INNOVATION Fisher & Paykel, the best kept secret in premium appliances, is available now at HBH Woolacotts. You may not have heard of Fisher & Paykel, but they are making waves, having started life in 1934 in New Zealand. At Fisher & Paykel they do things differently. They don’t just make appliances that fit a space in a kitchen; they look at the way people live, and try to create a product that fits a person’s lifestyle. We look at three of their innovative products, revolutionising the way we use our kitchens, turning routines into experiences.


A truly innovative and ergonomic design, 20 years in the making. This double DishDrawer™ holds between 12-14 place settings. The great thing is, there’s no real bending to load, unload or even add the salt or rinse aid, and the bottom drawer is easy too. Plus the drawers can be operated independently, so one can be washing dishes, while you use the other to load your dirty dishes.


This family favourite, the easy-access French-door fridge-freezer, makes putting shopping away so much easier, with its wide open shelves and full extension runners. The compact water dispenser comes out at an angle to fill a variety of vessel sizes. The best bit is ActiveSmart™ foodcare which works out your normal routine, reducing the temperature half an hour before you open the door, so the hotter temperature won’t impact the food, keeping your food fresher for longer – clever stuff!


This intuitive and easy-to-use oven is made for those with a busy lifestyle, catering for different patterns of use. Whether it’s mid-week convenience or weekend gourmet, heat and eat or a family feast, this oven does it all, as well as the cleaning (pyro-function). It has simple controls; just one turn of the knob to choose the programme and one to change the temperature, it’s that simple! Best of all, the great new ‘Roast’ programme makes the perfect roast!




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Saturday 1st October 11:00

Solar and storage: your own power station Expert advice from SunGift Solar

Learn about the latest developments in onsite energy generation and energy storage to increase your self-consumption from Tesla Powerwall accredited installers SunGift Solar. They will discuss the many different systems and options including the Tesla Powerwall and how these technologies are revolutionising the energy system and the way you buy energy.



Increasing biodiversity within construction Expert advice from Green&Blue

With an ever greater strain on the planet’s natural resources due to an increasing population and greater loss of green space, we have to think harder about how we can all make a difference to biodiversity by incorporating nesting and resting places for wildlife into our building plans and retrofitting into our existing homes.



An overview of insulated concrete formwork, a permanent solution Expert advice from The Fell Partnership

ICF is a quick, practical and environmentally friendly, sustainable method for building highly insulated structural walls. Building costs are comparable to standard building costs, with many advantages over traditional methods. With fewer components than required for traditional construction, it is easier to organise and co-ordinate the building process. Build time and labour costs are much reduced and the end result is a superior home with on-going cost savings in far reduced heating costs.


Solar PV and storage: on the spot Expert advice from Cornwall Solar Panels

Your chance to quiz Tony Sampson from Cornwall Solar Panels on anything related to Solar PV and battery storage. Braving the onslaught, Tony will spend the entire presentation taking your questions, so be as challenging as you can be!



Entertainment and home control: future proof your home Expert advice from Intelligent Abodes

As specialist designers and installers of home control and entertainment solutions, the experts bring a unique perspective to this confusing area of technology. Learn how lighting design and control enhance the appearance of your home, whilst improving energy efficiency and security. Consideration will be given to the design, so you can determine the ideal cabling infrastructure for your home, now and in the future.



Positioning fires and chimneys Expert advice from Kernow Fires

Today’s wood and multi-fuel stoves are beautiful and very efficient. They require an equally good chimney system to work correctly. You may be refurbishing a fireplace or fitting a fire where there is no existing fireplace. Where should you site the fire? What chimney system? What relining system should you use? These questions and more will be answered by Kernow Fires.

Sunday 2nd October 11:00

Renewable heating: is a heat pump or biomass right for you?

Expert advice from Blue Flame

Is biomass or a heat pump an option for your existing house or new build? Look at the bigger picture and not just the current price of fuel. Find out the benefits of having biomass or a heat pump, what you need to know to get the best out of your new heating system and how you can potentially get £1000s back from the Renewable Heat Incentive.



Planning permission, tick. What now? Expert advice from Timber Frame Design & Build

Designing your home or buying the plot with permission is exciting and relatively straightforward. To some folks, however, what happens next is a bit of a dark art which the experts would like to cast some light upon for you. This presentation is a whistle-stop tour, from lifting the first sod to enjoying a glass of bubbly whilst relaxing in your new home.



Off-grid living in comfort: can it be done? Expert advice from ZLC Energy

Mark will explore the options, technology combinations and key considerations of living without mains gas and/or main electricity and whether you can achieve it in comfort. He will discuss how to turn your ambitions to be self-sufficient into reality through intelligent design, providing the right building services and better understanding how you use energy.



Next generation woodburners, gas fires and stoves Expert advice from Cornwall Woodburners

A guide to the latest technology in the heating and fireplace industry from the experts at Cornwall Woodburners.


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Home Show Guide

Welcome to

Cornwall Living’s guide to The Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show. Saturday 1st (10am to 5pm) and Sunday 2nd October (10am to 4pm) The Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show brings together the best of Cornwall’s home-related products and services all under one roof, making it a one-stop shop for building the dream home. This year’s event hosts over 100 exhibitors, including the ever-popular ‘A Bite of Cornwall’ Quality Food & Drink Market and artisan food café to ensure you have somewhere to eat, drink and read brochures, and even take a little something home with you.

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Taking place in the heart of Cornwall at the Royal Cornwall Showground, it’s a fantastic day out for the whole family with a range of activities taking place during the event, including informative seminars, a chance to meet the experts, a fully serviced café, licensed bar and an exhibition full of ideas and inspiration. Keep in touch with all the activities by following The Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show on Twitter: @homesincornwall and by joining the Facebook Page: CornwallHomeShow

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Pre-registration closes on 29th September at 5pm

CONTENTS 58 Schedule

67 Duke Stone

59 Introduction

69 Carpenter Oak

60 A warm welcome

71 GreenGen

62 Exhibitor list

73 So Kipling

64 Floor Plan

74 Cornwall Glass

66 Kernow Springs

75 Welcome Cottages

Seminar schedule listing the experts speaking and times

Welcome: An introduction to our show guide

A preview of the Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show

A full list of all the exhibitors attending this year’s show

Where to find all the exhitors to make your dream home

Stunning wood-fired eco hot tubs, perfect for relaxing and unwinding

Duke Stone champions the beautiful natural materials of Cornwall

Build your dream home with Carpenter Oak Cornwall

Use more of your solar generation and spend less on electricity

Beautifully bespoke wooden kitchens made right here in Cornwall

The possibilities for using glass in any development are endless

A guide to starting a holiday let in Cornwall from the experts

ON THE COVER Visitors enjoying the show


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Welcome to the show

Introducing the Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show.


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he Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show takes place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October at the Royal Cornwall Showground. Renowned as the county’s premier autumn interiors, gardens, renewables and self-build show, the event brings together over 100 exhibitors supplying an extensive range of home-related products and services all under one roof. Undoubtedly it has become a highly anticipated feature on Cornwall’s event calendar. The indoor show is the perfect place to visit for anyone who has just bought or is about to buy a new home, those undertaking renovation, extension or self-build and bespoke projects. It has also proven popular for those preparing for letting, as well as boutique hotels, holidayhome owners and agents. With almost 3000 people in attendance last year it really is a home design one-stop shop where you can also take advantage of special show deals and find one-off items to make your home really stand out from the crowd.

This year’s exhibition brings together the best of Cornwall’s home products and services including oak frames and architecture, planning and construction along with renewable energy suppliers, kitchens, wood-burning stoves, flooring, windows, joinery, a great furniture offering and much much more. The website details all exhibitors so it’s worth taking a look at that to see all on offer. The event not only gives you the opportunity to meet some fantastic


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companies but if you are interested in one particular product or service you can ‘Meet the Expert’: a 25-minute appointment with an exhibitor of your choice at a time that’s suitable to you. Over the two days there will also be free live drop-in seminars offering useful insights onto renewables, smart homes, sustainable building and more. To complement the event, and back by popular demand, ‘A Bite of Cornwall’ will be hosting a quality Food & Drink Market and Café where you can sample, taste

and take home some of Cornwall’s finest local artisan food and drink including cheese, charcuterie, gin, spices, local meats, preserves, ales and more. To top this they also provide healthy and hearty breakfast and lunch options including delicious seafood dishes, tasty Mediterranean and Middle Eastern vegetarian options, Grumpies and, of course, traditional Cornish pasties. So making a day of it is easy; you’re guaranteed somewhere to relax, read your brochures and discuss your project whilst sipping a cool beverage or nibbling some great artisan food in the café. The show is supported by media partners Cornwall Living and Pirate FM and sponsored by Duke Stone of Cornwall who will also be exhibiting at the event. For full details of the event and to keep up with updates, visit the website below. You can also read home related blogs and follow show activity and offers but following on Twitter and Facebook.


The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE 01872 888733 Find out more online:

MEET THE EXPERT The shows ‘Meet the Expert’ service offers the unique opportunity to book an appointment with one of the show exhibitors. This is a dedicated, pre-booked meeting slot that will guarantee the chance to discuss, one to one, a project or idea. Book your free 25-minute appointment online today. Pre-registration closes on Thursday 29th September at 5pm. Once you have pre-registered simply turn up, you will be on our guest list. No ticket required. Alternately entry is £3pp (under 16s free) or £5 per couple. Dogs welcome.


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Exhibitor list Home Improvement, Professional Services & Self Build A & K Architectural Services A Team Fabrications Aspects Holidays Aspen & Ash Atlantic Blankets Atlantic Reach Developments Baavet BFC Carpet World Blue Flame Heating Solutions Buckinghamshire Lighting Centre Building with Frames Camel Group Carpenter Oak Cornwall CBL Stoves COMPLETE Kitchens Cooklands Cornish Hot Tubs Cornish Traditional Cottages Cornwall Council Building Control LABC Cornwall Solar Panels Cornwall Stairs Cornwall Woodburners | Welcome Cottages Country Blinds & Interiors Countrywide Crown Oak Furniture Denmans Electrical Wholesalers

Devonshire Windows Drill All Drill Bits Duke Stone of Cornwall Eco Architectural Ecoshield Conservatory Solutions Eden Hearth & Home Elite Spas & Leisure SW Envisage Planning First For Floors Frame UK SW Garden Buildings Cornwall Good Wood Designs Green & Blue GreenGenUK Higman Associates Intelligent Abodes JJ Electical & Plumbing Contractors Kernow Fires Kernow Springs Kestrel Specialist Handrail Systems Lifestyle Chiropractic Mike Wye & Associates ModBox Spaces Multiheat & Energy Systems Ltd Natural Generation north55 Gallery Oceana Hot Tubs Off the Wall Glass

P.S Counter Windows Prokote Rabart Decorators Rozen Furniture Samuel F Walsh Self Build VAT Reclaim Senso Systems Simon Annear Plumbing & Heating Sip Hus So Kipling SolarGift Energy Source Energy South West Heating Solutions South West Ventilation Tandem The Aga Shop The Cornish BBQ Hut Company The Fell Partnership Timber Frame Design & Build Tre Concepts Trenant Craftworks Uneeka Home Utility Warehouse Wadebridge Bathroom Studio Wadebridge Kitchens Westcountry Sheds & Cabins ZLC Energy

‘A Bite of Cornwall’ Food & Drink Market & Café Cornish Tea Co Deli Farm Charcuterie Grumpies of Cornwall Haywood Farm Cider Kitchenside Bakery

Lafafa Falafel & Salads Martin Davies Catering Nature Kitchen Patnicks Preserves Riverford Organic Home Delivery

Southwestern Distillery Swannacott Manor Meats Warrens Bakery Worthy Cheddar

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“I love my Kernow Springs hot tub! Sitting under the stars, up to my neck in hot water is a wonderful, eco-friendly way to relax” Caroline Quentin

Wood-fired ‘Eco’ tubs from Kernow Springs prove a big hit, both in homes and luxury venues across the south west.


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ccording to www.holidaycottages., one of best ways of improving your property’s potential to attract guests is to install a hot tub. “It’s a luxury which guests may not be able to enjoy at home, adding an element of relaxation to their cottage break. The hot tub will continue to attract guests all year round, with many enjoying a dip right through the winter!” So why choose a wood-fired tub? Well, for a start, they look simply stunning, complementing the natural design of your garden. A tub from Kernow Springs is handcrafted from the finest timbers, while the water is heated by burning wood. No electricity is required at all, which means much lower running costs, no noisy pumps and only minimal water treatment required. 100% natural – 100% sustainable! Kernow Springs’ fabulous tubs caught the eye of popular actress and TV personality Caroline Quentin, who couldn’t resist their charms. “I love my Kernow Springs hot tub!” beams Caroline. “Beautifully constructed from Thermowood, it’s a joy to use and looks wonderful too. I keep chemical use to a minimum and it’s really simple to heat and fill. Sitting under the stars, up to my neck in hot water is a wonderful, eco-friendly way to relax.” As well as gracing many homes and holiday cottages across the south west, these beautiful tubs have proved popular in hospitality venues too, which share the company’s ethos of great design, bespoke luxury and eco credentials. These include The Green,

a wedding venue in Liskeard; Soul Camping, luxury glamping in north Cornwall; and The Old Mill House, a wonderful boutique B&B in Padstow, where their Valentine’s weekend package sold out in record time. “I would highly-recommend Kernow Springs Eco tubs”, says Adam, General Manager. “Not only is it a one of a kind product but Martin’s knowledge and dedication is exceptional. Nothing beats a glass of champagne in the tub on Christmas Day! I hope to work with them again in the future.” So if you’re looking to boost your revenue, all-year-round interest and eco image, get in touch with Martin and the team now.

Mobile Eco Spa Rentals Kernow Springs’ ‘Roaming Eco Spa’ has been busy all summer providing luxury spa experiences at weddings and festivals across the county. They are now taking bookings for the Christmas and New Year period as well as for events in 2017. What better way to entertain than with your own spa complete with hot tubs, saunas, showers, changing yurts, Bedouin chill out lounge and more!

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Chic and contemporary design ideas for the home from Duke Stone of Cornwall.


uke Stone produces beautiful bespoke items for the home and garden from its workshop on The Lizard. The experienced team of professional stonemasons can create everything from incredible kitchen worktops and vanities for the bathroom, to fireplaces, hearths and wonderful sculptures. The team at Duke Stone have a genuine passion for natural stone, with hundreds of granite slabs in stock, so you can choose the exact piece that fits your project perfectly. One feature of natural stone is that each piece is unique, with its own texture, pattern and hue that can change fluidly in the light. Mixing stone with other natural material produces beautiful results, with subtle differences in texture and finish. But that’s not all – stone is naturally hardwearing and heat resistant too. In vogue at the moment is the use of engineered stone for a sleek, contemporary look that’s incredibly versatile. Engineered stone is generally made up of more than 90% quartz, making it extraordinarily hard wearing and resilient. It’s also nonporous, so highly resistant to staining and is available in a range of finishes, including polished, suede, leathered and honed. All these qualities combine to make it the ideal surface for kitchen worktops and bathrooms.

The range includes integrated sinks which match the colour of your work surface, with no seams and no overhang! In partnership with RGB of Porthleven, Duke Stone recently created a bespoke kitchen work surface for a property in Marazion, overlooking the iconic St Michael’s Mount. The subtle, sleek and contemporary look fits the kitchen perfectly, creating a modern and effortlessly chic look. The work surface complements the beautiful view framed by the windows – a difficult trick to pull off, but one that has been achieved thanks to the great skill and workmanship of the team, coupled with a keen eye for interior design. Amazingly, Duke Stone is equally adept at enhancing cottages and period homes. So, if you want to make a real statement in your home – whether contemporary or traditional – look out for the team at the Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show, or pop into the workshop at Cury Cross Lanes, just outside of Helston.

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Spaces to inspire Transform your space with a bespoke oak frame from Carpenter Oak Cornwall.


n the past few years we have seen a rise in the number of people choosing to add an oak frame extension or garden room to their existing property, rather than move house. When you live in such a beautiful place as Cornwall it can really make sense to adapt a house rather than move away. It doesn’t take much to give new life to a space with an oak frame, as Carpenter Oak Cornwall Director Tim recently found out. Tim and his wife Katie have a 1960s bungalow in the west of Cornwall that has been transformed by the addition of a contemporary oak-framed kitchen extension. Their imaginative use of the room has turned a rotting, single-glazed lean-to at the rear of the property into a lively, light space. And all within a tight budget. Through offering a bespoke design service, oak frame manufacture, glazing and project management service, progress on a small build like Tim’s can be swift. Tim’s aim with the extension was to ‘walk his talk’ and showcase just what can be done on a modest budget. This frame demonstrates how

versatile oak frame construction can be for home improvements. To save costs, Tim kept the design simple. Using the same footprint as the original lean-to but increasing the pitch of the roof enabled him to increase the volume of space, and installing Velux windows maximised the natural light entering the new kitchen. Carpenter Oak Cornwall has an in-house frame designer, Tom Jubb, who works with clients to design a bespoke frame to fit their own brief. The green oak frame was produced in the Carpenter Oak Cornwall workshop in Lelant, while on site the ground works were being carried out. The frame was then erected on site and the project was completed on time and within budget in just two months.


Towans Farm, Lelant TR26 3LP 01326 336554 Find out more online:

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A match made in solar heaven…

Adding a battery storage device to a solar array is the best way to use more of your solar generation and spend less on electricity bills.


or years, solar PV has offered homeowners an excellent investment opportunity, with Feed-in Tariff payments and energy savings providing a near-unrivalled return on investment. However, only customers able to use most of their energy have seen the true benefit of solar. The typical homeowner benefitting from a solar array is able to consume around 50% of their solar generation. Customers then lose this energy to the grid, as per the Feed-in Tariff, for no extra benefit. Consider that the Cornish climate is among the UK’s best for solar generation and so appears the problem. Battery storage installations reduce grid export of solar energy by sending excess,

unused solar energy to charge a battery pack. The battery then discharges energy when solar energy alone can’t handle demand. The result is lowered electricity demand from the grid. By installing a battery storage solution, customers can use up to 100% of their solar generation, resulting in further savings on their bills as high as 50%. Storage systems come in different shapes and brands. All existing solar systems are compatible with battery storage. Best of all, adding a battery to a pre-installed system won’t impact any existing benefits. Payment from the Feed-in Tariff remains the same thanks to the deemed nature of the export component. On the other hand, both energy savings and carbon emissions are dramatically enhanced. Furthermore, customers adding battery storage reduce their dependence on the grid and gain extra protection from unstable energy prices. Want to benefit further from your solar array? Upgrade your solar with battery storage now. GreenGenUK is one of Cornwall’s leading solar and renewable providers. Offering a range of battery storage systems, GreenGen guarantees a solution to match the needs of their customer and their homes. So why not speak to one of the GreenGenUK experts today to see what they can do for you?

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customers ensuring we meet their every demand and paying attention to detail; this is what sets us apart from everyone else. Our stainless steel and glass balustrade systems are second to none and we pride ourselves on the standard and quality of our polishing service. Customer satisfaction is always top on our agenda so if you are a small individual private customer or a larger organisation you will always receive our full attention.


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A bespoke solution We catch up with Odile Kipling, artisan cabinetmaker and owner of So Kipling.


t’s one we often hear: “I came to Cornwall just for a weekend and ended up staying!” In this case, it’s the story of bespoke cabinetmaker Odile Kipling, hailing originally from France. “I grew up in a very old chalet in the Alps and spent most of my childhood helping my dad renovate it”, explains Odile. “That’s where my love of working with wood and turning empty spaces into beautiful and practical ones came from.” Odile turned her hobby into a career, and has now been in the furniture business 18 years, having set up her own business, So Kipling, nearly 14 years ago. “I’ve never looked back and have enjoyed every bit of it!” she beams. Odile specialises in unique, high-quality wooden furniture, including both free standing and fully-fitted kitchens, bedrooms, studies and bathrooms. Odile designs and hand-produces all the pieces in solid wood at her workshop, to the client’s specifications, crafting the details that make the difference between a piece of furniture and a work of art. “When clients come to So Kipling, they see me, from the very beginning to the very end of the project. No information is lost and I can advise on every detail at every stage. Because I make the furniture I know exactly what can or can’t be done.” Making everything from scratch means that Odile can overcome obstacles, such as hiding unsightly boilers, while making them easily accessible, and creating innovative storage solutions in limited or unusual spaces. For

example, a client wanted an island unit in a small kitchen for occasional use. Odile created an island unit that can be tucked away and used as a standard cupboard, with a pull-out worktop and chopping board and wheeled out, when needed. “The client is delighted”, says Odile, “she got everything she wanted and much more!” Odile continues: “Freehand carving ensures a piece is unique, giving a truly personal touch. A deep carving with lots of details will make a statement whereas a shallow one even if large will be subtle and not distract from the beauty of the rest of the room.” So if you’d like to make an impact in your home, or have a challenge that requires a bespoke solution, speak to Odile now!

ë ABOVE Beautifully finished kitchen and bathroom designs ê BELOW Bespoke furniture


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The possibilities for using glass in any building development, or simply across the home, are endless thanks to UK Glass Centre.


t surrounds us and has become an integral part of our everyday lives and whether we choose to acknowledge it, glass is among the most commonly used building materials in the world. With a history tracing back to the time of the Egyptians, glass has evolved into one of the most ubiquitous materials of the modern day. From a single windowpane in a humble garden shed to a precisely engineered glass slide on the side of a towering sky scraper, it seems the possibilities for using glass are endless. All this and yet glass still remains one of the most undervalued products of the modern age. More and more domestic and commercial consumers are embracing the potential of glass. Sculptural water features with a glacier-like appearance transform an unassuming pond into a striking garden focal point. Mirrors offer the illusion of space and depth both in the garden and the home. Glass balconies and balustrades sit quietly and unobtrusively amongst the foliage and fauna gently framing areas of the garden with clean sophisticated lines. The kitchen offers a fresh vibrant injection of colour (virtually any colour in fact) with a no-nonsense, eye-catching glass splash back. The practical qualities outweigh those

of traditional tiles, pairing functionality with dramatic flair and can make an impressive statement to define your personal style. Warming your toes next to a roaring woodburning fire is considered by many as the best thing about the cooler winter months. With ceramic fire glass doors and beautifully crafted glass hearths, cosy in the knowledge that damage limitation doesn’t have to come at the cost of elegance, winter just got a whole lot better!

The expertise, knowledge and craftsmanship of its colleagues throughout the south west enables the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Group to provide an outstanding range of products and service. From technical advice on complex bespoke items to replacing broken glass in your most treasured picture frame. So from a grain of sand comes something that for us is so much more than just a piece of glass!

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A warm welcome A guide to starting a holiday let in Cornwall, with help from the team at Welcome Cottages.


here is a huge opportunity for property owners here in Cornwall to benefit from a successful holiday let business. The team at Welcome Cottages, home to quality holiday properties across the region, share points to consider if you are thinking of getting started.

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Location, location, location Destinations such as St Ives, Newquay and Padstow continue to be in high demand, with most properties selling out completely during peak months.

Get the pricing right

Seek local advice Welcome Cottages has local Regional Managers in every corner of the south west. Seeking local advice is the only way to fully understand market conditions, competitors and holidaymaker preferences, so you can prepare and market your property accordingly.

Partner with a reputable agency Your criteria for selection should be based on finding an agency that can offer great terms and has significant marketing and web presence, so your property will be seen and achieve the right number of bookings. In fact, many Welcome Cottages properties achieve over 40 bookings each year and have over 90% occupancy!

Sell the dream A good agent will offer professional photography services and expert copywriting to maximise your visibility online.

Consider quality Understand what the requirements are for four or five star grading, and get hands-on knowledgeable advice on how to equip the property accordingly. The same applies for ensuring you are aware of the equipment your customers are looking for most to ensure the desired facilities are available.

Every holiday let owner wants to make the best return possible for whatever season they decide to rent. Up-to-the-minute pricing that changes with demand is the only way to ensure this.

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Welcome Cottages is attending the Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show on 1st to 2nd October. “Demand for quality holiday homes in Cornwall is undoubtedly growing”, says Regional Manager Steve Boucher, who will be attending the event, “and we’re actively encouraging property owners to get in touch if they are thinking of starting a holiday let as we look to expand our property portfolio. Our team has decades of experience working with property owners in the region and are best placed for answering questions or sharing advice.”


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Fascinating facts Stories of ghosts and smugglers, philanthropy, storms and a bustling harbour town still thriving today – Porthleven. words by:

Mandy Milano


n a warm sunny day, a few of us escape the office to walk round the new Porthleven Town Trail. True to age and preference, I spend the princely sum of £1 on the lovely little guide, while the others have downloaded the free app to their smartphones! We stroll along the harbour, enjoying the sights and sounds of holidaymakers having fun, to the Bickford-Smith Institute to start, but get distracted by some surfers out by the pier and stop to watch for a while. Though many visitors think the iconic clock tower is part of a church, it currently houses the local snooker club and Town Council offices. William Bickford-Smith, who made his fortune from the invention of a safety fuse for mining explosives, built it for the people of Porthleven as a Literary Institute for the furthering of scientific knowledge. More importantly for local fishermen, one of its

four clock faces was lit almost three decades before the village had oil lamps – so would have been a welcome beacon for them to follow back home. The guide and the app are full of fascinating bits of information about some of the wonderful buildings surrounding the harbour. Who knew that it took a total of four Acts of Parliament to complete the harbour to offer ‘a place of refuge’ to ships caught in storms in Mounts Bay? At its busiest the harbour could hold 200 boats and it was said that you could walk across without getting your feet wet! And that there is only a railing on one side of the pier because groups of men would tow the laden ships out along the harbour and pier with ropes until they could catch the wind in their sails. Porthleven harbour was a hive of activity with four boatbuilding companies; nets, sails, and ropes were made along with

é ABOVE Tracking, men towing the ships out to catch the wind ê BELOW Inner harbour 1895-1900

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a host of trades from cobblers to coopers and bakers to barbers. We walk on past the old salt cellar where village gatherings often took place with people telling tales and sharing gossip. On Sundays everyone would dress in their best and promenade from the Square to the end of the pier and back… known as ‘taking a turn’. The handsome building of the account house is next – now a lovely art gallery. Then onto Kota that was once the corn-grinding mill, then stables for the horses-drawn bus company and a garage before becoming a restaurant. The Square is a wonderful place to sit and take in all the activity. But we are on a mission and walk round to Breageside. Next is the fish curing stores where six-foot deep vats of brine were kept for preserving pilchards which formed a large part of the local winter diet. Then the china clay store – now Stein’s restaurant – china clay was shipped from Porthleven until the 1930s, mainly to the Staffordshire potteries of Josiah Wedgewood. The old ice house is now holiday lets, and the larger warehouse now home to several professional artists’ studios. The old lime kiln and was rescued in 2007 by local historians Martin Matthews and Stuart Pascoe. It’s now a Grade II listed building, which doubles as an unusual bar at

the Food Festival. Opposite the clock tower is the equally iconic Ship Inn, the oldest pub in Porthleven, allegedly built on top of old smugglers’ tunnels; and haunted by a former landlady and the ghost of a French prisoner of war. Finally the trail ends at the old lifeboat house, now a stunning art gallery. The trail is the final project for Porthleven’s CIC, who have built the new car park by the football ground and started a marquee hire company to raise money for the town. One of the CIC’s directors, Louise Winterton, meets us and tells me: “This has been a fascinating project and, being a Porthleven girl, one which is very close to my heart. We really could not have completed the project without the support of so many people who supplied us with information, pictures and historical documents. Hopefully visitors and locals will learn more about the rich history of the harbour, its people and the buildings around it!” We head back to the office full of the things we’ve learnt – some true, some hearsay, but all fascinating. And encourage the rest of the team to take a lunchtime wander.

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Kick back in a bit of cosy, comfy, luxury with huge open fires and scrumptiously delicious food.


Nick says: “Getting the hotel’s first ever AA4 stars last year. Winning the Best Day Spa in Cornwall award after only six months of being open. And… now we have just achieved a high 2 AA Rosettes with the comment they will be watching us with anticipation. A real testament to the calibre of our chefs.”

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ecently I took myself off for a short break at the Merchants Manor in Falmouth; I’d heard excellent reports about the friendly welcome, comfort and excellent food. It’s the sort of place you can kick off your shoes, curl up on a comfy sofa with a book and look forward to some delicious food. There is an understated elegance with gorgeous wooden floors, muted grey and white colours with wonderful splashes of colour and quirky artefacts – it is like being welcomed into someone’s country home by the sea! And when I meet Nick Rudlin and Sioned Parry-Rudlin, the owners since October 2012, it’s easy to see where this wonderful atmosphere comes from. They are warm and welcoming, and very obviously rather

proud of the wonderful hotel they have created. Nick is delighted when I explain my feelings about the place to him. “That is exactly the vision we have for Merchants Manor; somewhere where you can totally relax in beautiful surroundings, and… where you are guaranteed some truly delicious food and drink!” Sioned smiles and chips in: “Nick has a real ambition for the food and beverage side; he is always in the kitchen working up dishes with Hylton, our Chef Patron, and the team.”

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Background The excellence of the hotel comes as no surprise when I learn a bit more about the pair; there’s been years of dedication and experience! They are both from Wales, met at catering college and then went on to the University of Manchester together to study hospitality, followed by two and a half years learning about hotel management in America. Returning to the UK they worked at Slaley Hall in Northumberland for a while before deciding: “that we really needed to do a stint in London… Sioned was working two jobs for a while, and our tiny bedsit in Swiss Cottage cost £900 a month!” Then Nick worked at the prestigious new County Hall Hotel in London, and later, Sioned ran the private

dining and events department at the Ritz hotel, working with some of the most demanding clients in the business. She explains: “The feeling at the Ritz is that it’s a gorgeous, comfy home from home for many of the clients. And, that’s what we aim for here too!” Nick adds: “During those years we worked in every department involved in running a really good hotel. Then we realised that after 15 years it was time to leave London and find a hotel of our own… We knew our stuff, now we wanted to put it into action for ourselves!” Sioned adds: “It was time, our son Noa was about eight and we knew it was a now or never moment!” So in Easter 2012 Nick found himself in Falmouth looking at hotels. “None of them seemed right at that time. But… I walked into Falmouth and just fell in love with it. The wonderful cobbled streets, with those fabulous glimpses out to sea, it was so vibrant. It was just the right place for us!” Then the details for Merchants Manor arrived and the rest, as they say, is history!

They’ve done lots of work on the hotel and, apart from the designer, have used local Cornish tradespeople and businesses. “We still use the same carpenters and painters, even the guy who takes care of the gorgeous wooden floors is the same.” Nick explains. “And we work hard to find our food and drinks suppliers, from the house bubbly which is local, to the lobsters and foraged greenery used in the kitchen… we continue to search out new suppliers and work closely with existing ones.” Now they are finally getting a bit of time off, it’s family trips to the local beaches. Sioned goes running along the coast and Nick says with a grin: “The nicest thing we’ve done is to get a dog, our Springer, Henry.” They too like to go for one night stays to other hotels: the Tresanton, the Headland and The Old Coastguard are favourites. Sioned smiles, “We just love making people happy in the hotel, customers and staff. We love this place and work hard… but as soon as we’re off it feels like we’re on holiday!” Merchants Manor is definitely on my list of favourite hotels and if I can wait that long I’ll be making use of their winter ‘Sunday night sleep over’ offer. From £80 per room for roast dinner, bed and breakfast, one not to be missed!

“We work hard to find our food and drinks suppliers, from the house bubbly which is local, to the lobsters and foraged greenery used in the kitchen…”

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We catch up with all the latest news from some of our favourite chefs, eateries, hotels and pubs!

SIMPLE COUNTRY COOKING AT THE PRESTON GATE INN There’s a reason why so many of us love wholesome, homemade pub grub – it’s a taste of home and the delight of eating fresh, quality produce sourced from local suppliers. The team at the Preston Gate Inn in Poughill near Bude invite visitors to come and enjoy their delicious, ‘proper’ food and drink in a relaxed environment and consider the pub a home-from-home. Their passion is ale, and all the crafts served here are sourced from breweries in Devon and Cornwall, as well as offering an extensive wine menu to accompany their seasonal menus. Their food is light on frills but big on flavour, with love and

care going into every plate that leaves the kitchen. So sit back and fill your boots in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at this traditional public house. With live music most Friday and Saturday evenings and a menu that changes with the seasons, a visit to the Preston Gate Inn is a surefire win for all tastes. THE PRESTON GATE INN Poughill, Bude EX23 9ET 01288 354017 prestongateinn prestongate

FOOD TO DINE FOR AT ROSEWARNE MANOR Tucked away in Hayle’s glorious countryside, is a Cornish culinary gem: Rosewarne Manor. Here you’ll discover fine dining at its very best and when is there a better time to indulge in fresh, locally sourced and beautifully prepared dishes than the festive season? Plans for Christmas are beginning to creep their way onto our agendas and Rosewarne Manor offers a relaxed and welcoming setting in which to celebrate. If you’re looking for entertainment, how better to thrill friends and family than with a murder mystery Christmas party? Performed by a team of professional actors, intriguing scenes will unfold throughout the evening… Murder mystery parties are on the 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 16th and 18th of December with other dates possible for large groups seeking a private event. The cost is £34 per person – show this article at the time of booking and groups of ten or more will receive one free place! Rosewarne’s Christmas menu offers a choice of traditional dishes with tasty twists. Among the starter options is roast Cornish lamb breast, spiced potato, minted almond and yogurt relish. To follow, how about the baked Cornish cod fillet, red lentil and chickpea dhal with pickled carrots and herb oil dish? Finish off with one of the delicious desserts, such as Christmas pudding with clotted cream and mulled wine syrup, accompanied by a tea or coffee.

THE WILD CORNISH NATIVE OYSTER SEASON BEGINS ON THE FAL Following his popular Ostraca Pop Up Oyster Bar at Carlyon Beach this summer, October sees oyster fisherman Ranger return for his ninth season gathering wild Cornish Native Fal Oysters. So it’s time to fill the seawater tanks at Mylor Harbour in preparation. Ranger started out in 2009 as Cornish Native Oysters, but following a Protected Designation of Origin status in 2013 has since become synonymous with ‘Fal Oyster’, being the only company accredited by Trading Standards to use the name. Fal Oyster has tempted the taste buds of London’s top chefs and restaurants, including Scott’s of Mayfair, Mark Hix, Bentley’s and, a favourite, Dinings Sushi Bar. And one thing is certain – you’re getting the very best oysters available; whether Porthilly or Fal, they are perfect with Camel Valley BRUT and Rebel Brewery’s Fal Oyster Stout. Order online now to receive the freshest oysters delivered direct to your home once available. Pre-order your Cornish Champagne and oysters now for Christmas. The first 50 orders to enter the code “CornwallLiving50th” will receive 50% off an oyster knife. Meet Ranger and try the freshest Fal Oysters at his next Pop-Up Gathering – the ‘Fal Oyster Wink’, on Customs House Quay, 13th to 16th October. FAL OYSTER LTD Mylor Harbour, Falmouth TR11 5UF 07807 290315

ROSEWARNE MANOR Gwinear Road, Connor Downs, Hayle TR27 5JQ 01209 610414

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JAZZ AND SEAFOOD SUNDAYS AT TRURO’S FALMOUTH BAY SEAFOOD CAFÉ Falmouth Bay Seafood Café, in the heart of Truro, is the perfect place to enjoy a little taste of the sea when in the city. Whether tucking into a pre-theatre feast or a casual lunch, one thing you can guarantee is the freshest seafood and a great atmosphere. But for something really special, you simply must try the Seafood Extravaganza on the first Sunday of each month, featuring live jazz and a delicious seafood buffet. After all, what better way to spend the day than lazing with friends or family, tucking in to the fine food created by awardwinning Head Chef Dan and his team, accompanied to the sound of smooth live music?

It sounds like heaven to us! But don’t take our word for it. Why not book a table and experience the magic for yourself?

FALMOUTH BAY SEAFOOD CAFÉ 53 Castle Street, Truro TR1 3AF 01872 278884


AUTUMN AT THE LEMON ARMS IN MYLOR With autumn upon us, the Lemon Arms, a popular traditional pub, makes the perfect location for a hearty meal after a brisk creekside walk. Follow a stroll overlooking boats on the Carrick Roads in the September sun by heading over to the beer garden for a refreshing drink and spot of lunch. Or why not enjoy a cosy evening meal tucking into some of the pub’s great local seafood landed at Mylor harbour around the warming fire? Much like the seafood landing mere metres away, all dishes are freshly prepared by Head Chef Chris Oakes and his team, drawing on the wonderful array of local produce on offer in Cornwall. In fact, we’re sure the fabulous, varied menu is bound to leave you wanting to come back for more again and again! THE LEMON ARMS Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge TR11 5NA 01326 373666

Introducing Harbour Lights, a hidden gem tucked away in Coverack, a beautiful, traditional harbour village on the rugged Lizard Peninsula. This is place to go for quality fine dining in a wonderfully intimate atmosphere overlooking the Atlantic. Owned and run by Chlöé Marsland, one thing you can always be sure of is delicious, locally-sourced food freshly prepared by Chlöé, delivered with a personal touch and packed with flavour. Chlöé has worked alongside Jamie Oliver as a chef and mentor at Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay, recently returning to celebrate it’s tenth birthday with Jamie and the team. She has also worked as a private chef in Switzerland, France and Spain, before taking over the Harbour Lights in her beloved home village. Whether popping in for a fabulous cream tea or relaxing for a romantic candlelit supper, this atmospheric waterside restaurant really is to Coverack’s best kept secret. HARBOUR LIGHTS Mill Road, Coverack TR12 6TE 01326 280612

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A LESSON IN TASTE THAT YOU WON’T FORGET Set in a beautifully restored, traditional school building and with stunning rural views, Old School Bar & Kitchen is an award-winning contemporary gastropub in Mount Hawke. The family-run business focuses on excellent service in a stylish and relaxed setting while serving innovative and high quality dishes created using only the finest, locally sourced produce. Aiming to provide customers with an eating and drinking experience they’ll always remember, the incredibly talented Head Chef, Tom Milby, has devised a menu abundant with delicious and imaginative versions of traditional pub classics. To complement the colourful foodie flavours, the Old School Bar & Kitchen team are passionate about serving local real ales, ciders and spirits.

The gastropub is the perfect spot to land after a long autumnal walk with the dogs, for an after work drink or a taste of the famous Old School Bar & Kitchen burger comprising of a flame-grilled homemade 8oz patty, brioche bap, roast garlic aioli, gem lettuce, house slaw, Jail Ale battered onion rings and hand cut chips – glorious! See the website for all opening and serving times. OLD SCHOOL BAR & KITCHEN Mount Hawke TR4 8BA 01209 891609

DINE IN STYLE AT BUDOCK VEAN HOTEL CULINARY DELIGHTS FOR THE INMATES AT BODMIN JAIL A trip to Bodmin’s historic county jail always makes for an exciting and educational day out both for the little ones and the grown ups. With fascinating exhibits to experience and ghostly goings on, you’ll spend hours walking around this intriguing building. But you may not know that it’s also a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat. Head to the kitchen and you’ll find that the team don’t serve any ordinary prison food; having cooked for personalities including David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Prince Charles and Israel’s former Prime Minister, Head Chef Paul Scott’s menu promises something to tickle everyone’s taste buds, with delicious dishes including Cornish Hake loin steak with Cornish asparagus and lemon cream sauce and creamed mash potato – not quite the gruel you were expecting! BODMIN JAIL Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin PL31 2NR 01208 76292

Dining at the Budock Vean Hotel is worth heading out of town and going the extra mile for. Located just past Trebah Garden near Helford Passage, the AA Rosette restaurant serves up a mouth-watering fourcourse dinner every night, specialising in local produce and seafood. It’s a great reason to get dressed up for dinner and enjoy the sounds of their resident pianist combined with first class service. For a more casual affair, light lunches can be enjoyed outside on the terrace overlooking the gardens and golf course on sunny summer days, or come winter snuggled up in front of a roaring log fire in the lounge. And the hotel’s scrumptious cream teas mean you might have to walk off the calories exploring the gardens that tumble down to the Helford River. Non-residents are welcome – booking is essential for dinner reservations and group visits. Call to make a booking or visit for sample menus. BUDOCK VEAN HOTEL Nr Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5LG 01326 250288

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SENSATIONAL SEA FOOD AT THE BAY Nestled in the curve of Coverack Bay stands the Bay Hotel and sea view restaurant with stunning panoramic water vistas across the beach and bay. Lobsters are a house speciality caught in the Bay by the next door neighbour, in fact you may see his boat coming in or out of the harbour while you dine. Served, warm with a lemon, herb butter, thermidor or cold with organic Lizard leaves and chive mayonnaise, perfect with a chilled glass of Camel Valley champagne. There is also a fresh catch of the day and local, hand picked white crab. The restaurant has garnered inclusion in many guides, including the Trencherman’s Guide 2016 and is praised for its’s passionate use of the best, local produce and friendly, attentive service. Not a fish eater? There is a

host of local meats, vegetables and cheeses to take your fancy. Dine by candlelight seven nights a week or enjoy a crab sandwich or cream tea in the fully licenced terrace and gardens. There is also a wide array of Cornish gins, beers and wines to sample. The Bay looks forward to seeing you soon, check out the view on the live webcam!

THE BAY HOTEL Coverack, TR12 6TF 01326 280464

ANOTHER TASTE OF THE WEST GOLD AWARD FOR THE FALMOUTH PACKET INN Now in their sixth year, Matthew, Michelle and the team are excited to have won another gold award and look forward to more success in the future. With a fantastic team in the kitchen, new menus on the way and some great old favourites remaining on the menu, there has never been a better time to book a table and sample some of Cornwall’s finest ingredients. Located just one mile from the gorgeous Prussia Cove, why not park at the pub and enjoy a lovely walk down into the cove and pop back for a spot of lunch or an evening of great food in a relaxed atmosphere. The Falmouth Packet has gained a reputation for fine seafood as well as great local meaty favourites. Whether you like a sumptuous linguine with Newlyn crab, scallops and prawns or a slow-roasted pork belly, the team caters for all tastes, priding themselves on the freshness and locality of ingredients and quality of cooking.

CREATE THE PERFECT WEDDING WITH CHEFS FOR HIRE CORNWALL Chefs for Hire Cornwall is an up-and-coming business headed up by Cornishman Terry Adamson. Chefs for Hire Cornwall can help create and provide private dinner parties, recruit quality chefs and front of house for your business, cater for any function or make your wedding a fantastic foodie experience to remember. The team supplies high-quality chefs and front of house for weddings, or can run the whole kitchen, covering all aspects from the hiring of the marquee and table decoration to the menu and suppliers of all quality produce. Terry draws upon 17 years’ experience as a chef. With a keen eye for detail, a passion for food and a strong business head, he forms a great combination of attributes to provide a fantastic wedding. Terry’s wife Gemma helps to provide the eye for style and charm on the front line. Chefs for Hire Cornwall is holding a special offer for anyone looking to hold a wedding between now and September 2018. If you book in by December 2016 you will get 20% off all food costs. CHEFS FOR HIRE CORNWALL Terry Adamson 07738 026210 01872 275499

THE FALMOUTH PACKET INN Rosudgeon, Penzance TR20 9QE 01736 762240

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We meet Tom Mackins, restaurateur and Head Chef at Chapter 1, Cornwall’s latest fine dining experience.


he opening chapter in a book not only has to be good, it has to be expertly crafted. The first introduction to a new world, it has to forge an identity, build an atmosphere, and set the pace for things to come – a statement of intent. But, most importantly, it has to grab you from the offset, slowly but deliberately reeling you in, ensuring that you keep coming back for more. So, it’s pretty apt that Tom Mackins, the hero of this story, has chosen Chapter 1 as the title for his first venture as restaurateur. It ticks all the boxes… atmosphere, identity – this exciting new restaurant in Newquay has them in spades. And once you’ve sampled some of the masterly dishes, prepared using the finest local, seasonal ingredients, you’ll definitely be eager to indulge in the next instalment. The story is a simple one. Tom took his first job as a kitchen porter at the age of 14, and swiftly discovered a love for the kitchen. Gradually, he worked his way through the ranks, knowing that to realise his dream of becoming a head chef and eventually opening his own restaurant, he would have to work hard and learn from the best. By 2011, aged 21, he found himself in Cornwall working for the county’s first Michelin-starred chef, before

going on to work with some of the other top chefs in the Duchy. The journey so far culminates in the recent opening of Chapter 1, an intimate dining space, where the food does all the talking. As Tom explains, “Chapter 1 was created with one thing in mind – unforgettable food with an affordable price tag. I wanted to create a place for people to come and eat with their mouths and not their eyes.” And while the presentation is undoubtedly beautiful, it’s the taste that really seals the deal. “Opening a restaurant has been my dream for a very long time”, says Tom, “and now that that dream is a reality I’m already thinking about Chapter 2.” Indeed, there could be another exciting turn in the story – Tom is eagerly waiting to learn whether the restaurant will receive its first Michelin star. Regardless, it is an honour and great culinary achievement even to be mentioned in the Michelin Guide itself. While the rest of the story remains unwritten, one thing remains abundantly clear – it’s a thriller, and we can’t wait to see where it takes Tom next!

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8 Morfa Hall, Cliff Road, Newquay TR7 1SG 01637 499263 Find out more online:

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HEAVEN IN ‘LEVEN' Truly exquisite food that you devour twice – first with your eyes and then your mouth.


ota Kai is already a family favourite but after Jude and Jane Kereama featured in Foodie recently, and knowing that Jude is about to grace our TV screens again in the next series of the Great British Menu, it really was about time we tried the food at his flagship restaurant, Kota. This highly acclaimed, award-winning, restaurant already has 2 AA rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand – so we set out

with high expectations, taste-buds a-tingle in anticipation of Jude working his culinary magic on the best local produce with an Asian twist. And… without spoiling the ending… we were not disappointed! Though read to the end for the little twist in the tale! We arrive in the lovely harbour town in plenty of time for a stroll up to the pier. Porthleven always makes me feel like I’m on holiday. The restaurant is in a square cream building on the edge of the harbour head. Inside it has a slightly cottagey feel with dark wood beams, flagstone tiled floor, but still manages to be light with two huge mirrors making the most of the windows overlooking the harbour. The tables are beautifully laid with crisp white linen, sparkling wine glasses carefully lined up, polished cutlery, white china and masses of white candles lighting the place up. It feels special without being too formal. Service is relaxed but attentive, wine is chosen from the excellent wine list, we trifle with the thought of cocktails (the ones on other tables look fabulous) but, creatures of habit, we opt for a decent white instead. An Italian, Bella Modella, Pinot Grigio is described as “definitely a top end Pinot with real body and character” and it doesn’t disappoint. Delightful little mise en bouche are served with the wine, tiny

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round fishcakes with kale in the centre alongside rich duck parfait with chutney on a crisp little biscuit. All are nibbled then devoured. The menu too is devoured as a thing of beauty… this is going to be tough! The set menu, at £20 for two courses or £25 for three, is exceptionally good value, but the full menu just has too many things to tempt us. Bread arrives: a choice of kaffir lime or five seeds and cumin, we try both. Eventually decisions are made. Some say that oysters need no dressing – but I do love them and think it’s a good test of the chef’s skills to make something already so good even better! So I opt for tempura Porthilly oysters with baby gem and wasabi tartar. Like everything that arrives at our table the dish looks divine the oysters nestled in a baby gem lettuce leaf dotted with wasabi… and they taste so good that I forget to give one to R to try! Meanwhile

his Porthleven crab, tuna tartare, avocado, radish, cucumber, horseradish snow and nasturtiums is a mini Jackson Pollock. Luckily R remembers to let me try some. It is so delicately prepared we try to separate out the different constituents, but it is just too good and the horseradish snow is delicious. For main course we both stick to the fishy theme; well we are overlooking the beautiful little harbour where fishing boats are still returning with their catch. I opt for the panfried Cornish turbot with potato gnocchi, cauliflower puree and a fricassee of oyster mushrooms, pancetta, baby gem and peas. The turbot is translucent, just perfectly cooked, the gnocchi are lightly browned and crispy on the outside, the fricassee adds a real punch of flavour and it all sits on the creamy puree… I am trying to find something out of kilter… but there’s nothing. Meanwhile R is murmuring sweet nothings over his pan-fried hake fillet with ginger dashi nage, samphire, Cornish seaweed and Cornish new potatoes. Dashi is the basic broth used in Japanese cooking, this adds a delicious twist to the hake and the addition of ginger gives it a little extra bite. He decides that his is the best main course and I disagree! Peace descends as we look at the desert menu. The portions have been perfect and there is just enough room for pud. After much deliberation, R

Every issue, we dine undercover at a different restaurant, tasting the menu and putting the team through their paces in search of the finest eateries, freshest produce and best service. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it! Look out for our ‘Tried & Tasted’ seal of approval.

chooses the cheese board with three Cornish cheeses, homemade crackers, with homemade piccalilli and chutney. The presentation is, yet again, gorgeous and the little homemade crackers and piccalilli are a treat. I go for the Cornish black bee honeycomb, elderflower jelly, vanilla pannacotta, poached pear, fennel yoghurt sorbet. It is as pretty as a picture, the crunchy honeycomb against the smooth panacotta, the sweetness of the whole dish is beautifully offset by the cool fennel sorbet. We try to find something amiss… but it is all just wonderful, great service and truly exquisite food. Oh, and the little twist at the end… it transpires that both Jude and Jane are away that night. The sign of a great chef-patron is that the kitchen (and front-ofhouse) is just as good without him in it. So Kota is definitely one to try even if Jude is on the TV that night!

“The turbot is translucent, just perfectly cooked, the gnocchi are lightly browned and crispy on the outside…”

KOTA Harbour Head, Porthleven TR13 9JA 01326 562407 Find out more online:

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Let the feast


Celebrate the harvest season through the mediums of food, music and much more at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.


“Heligan Harvest will give you the opportunity to try some of Heligan’s unique and incredibly rare heritage produce at the daily tasters”

ctober sees The Lost Gardens of Heligan, home to the finest productive garden in Britain, teaming up with luxury British retreat, The Idle Rocks in St Mawes, a member of the world-renowned Relais and Chateaux collection of hotels. From Saturday 1st to Sunday 16th October, Heligan’s harvest celebration will tell the story of the connection between the estate’s land, history and its food. Guy Owen, Head Chef of The Idle Rocks, will work closely with the Heligan Kitchen to influence the menu throughout harvest, drawing inspiration from Heligan’s Productive Garden, as well as headlining at two much anticipated feast nights. Heligan Harvest will give you the opportunity to try some of Heligan’s unique, and incredibly rare, heritage produce at the daily tasters. Productive Garden and estate tours will also give you the chance to meet and talk to the incredible team behind Heligan’s success. Complementing this will be a series of weekend masterclasses with local food connoisseurs, chefs and producers demonstrating their skills and knowledge. Family activities such as corn dolly making, animal feeding and tote bag printing will be sure to enthral across the generations. Harvest Feast Nights will run for two exclusive nights, on Saturday 8th and 15th October, promising an exciting atmosphere right in the heart of The Lost Gardens, teamed with live music from The Changing

Room, and a delicious three-course meal inspired by Heligan’s heritage and delivered by The Idle Rock’s Guy Owen and the Heligan Kitchen. The Changing Room are a beguiling, rootsy, Celtic-infused folk band hailing from Looe, drawing heavy influence from the industrial heritage of Cornwall. Award-winning vocals along with the melodic tones of an accordion, guitar, bodhran, harp and banjo deliver a winning combination and unique sound. Harvest Feast Night ticket prices are inclusive of garden admission and it’s strongly advised to book your tickets early. To secure your place around the Harvest Feast Night table, please call 01726 845100 and advise of any dietary or access requirements at time of booking. For a full programme of events and more information, visit the Heligan website.

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Pentewan, St Austell PL26 6EN 01726 845100 Find out more online:

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STARS Celebrate the arrival of autumn with delicious seasonal veg from Riverford.


utumn sees an abundance of veg on Riverford’s organic farm. With a long winter looming, Steve and Lynn Allen, who deliver Riverford organic veg throughout Cornwall, believe there are a few seasonal stars that deserve a mention and make the dropping temperatures and shorter days a little more welcome.

Sweetcorn: September to October The arrival of sweetcorn is a welcome relief to the back after a summer bent double picking lettuces and courgettes. In the UK we are on the climatic extreme for growing the crop so it really struggles to ripen in a poor summer, meaning it’s often not ripe until September when the barbeques are beginning to be packed away. Providing the weather holds out, the Riverford team’s favourite cooking method is to soak the cobs in water for a few minutes then cook them patiently on a barbeque so they can steam inside their husk.




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Romanesco cauliflower: September to November An old Italian variety, Romanesco cauliflower has beautiful, fractal-patterned green curds. It’s at its best from September through to November and can be treated pretty much like white-curded cauliflower, though it is slightly crunchier and nuttier in flavour.

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Kale is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Red Russian kale is usually the earliest of them all, followed by Cavolo Nero (black kale) – the prince of kales; a slow growing, dark green plant with elegant, elongated leaves.

RIVERFORD HOME DELIVERY 01208 220341 Find out more online:

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Home to beautifully tender, naturally grazed and sustainably produced beef, the grass really is greener at Boscarnon Farm.

oscarnon Farm, producers of some of the finest grass-fed beef, is located on the coastal footpath beween Coverack and Lowland Point. Here, you can watch the cattle grazing on the abundant grass growing on the Lizard National Nature Reserve. Owned and run by Emma and Andy Tylor, the land is managed with a sustainable ethos for its native breed herd of pedigree Red Ruby Cattle. Roaming the varied habitats on the farm and picking out natural herbs and grasses, the herd play an integral role in conserving the environment for insects, birds and other wild flora and fauna. “Our cattle are just as important in the management of the farm as they are for the delicious meat that they produce,” says Emma. “The cattle are reared slowly and are completely free to forage for the natural offerings that are in abundance on our farm’s coastal pastures, heathland and woodland. The end result is a quality of meat that is simply unrivalled!”

The beef is dry-aged on the bone for at least 28 days, alongside Himalayan Rock Salt, at a controlled temperature and humidity in the brand new on-farm butchery. Available year-round, both fresh and blast frozen, Boscarnon beef can be bought in mixed selection boxes or as individual cuts and joints. Nutritious beef bone broth and grass-fed dripping are also produced on the farm and this winter will see the return of the highly-regarded Bresolas – a dry-cured, thinly-sliced cold beef. This grass-fed beef is sought after for its delicious taste, texture and tenderness as well as its beneficial fats and omegas In fact, you’ll find Boscarnon beef on the specials boards of some of the finest local eateries. So, to purchase some of the most sustainably-produced, slow-raised and naturally-grazed beef that can be locally delivered or collected from various locations around the south west, contact the team at Boscarnon Farm now. ASD

é ABOVE A rare treat ê BELOW The happy Boscarnon herd

BOSCARNON FARM Coverack 01326 280188 07815 737560 Find out more online:

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Zacry’s at Watergate Bay Hotel brings big and bold contemporary American flavours to the table in a classic brasserie setting.


uperb local produce, distinctive charcoal-fired dishes and a unique buzz around dinner. You’re missing a trick if you’re yet to visit Zacry’s, Watergate Bay Hotel’s vibrant restaurant open every night from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Zacry’s, named after the rocky outcrop at the south end of the beach, combines the best elements of a classic brassiere with Executive Chef Neil Haydock’s passion for contemporary American cuisine. In a nutshell: big, bold and distinctive flavours, often as a result of Bertha, the indoor charcoal oven and focal point of the kitchen. Described by Neil as “bringing outdoor cooking inside,” Bertha lends a deep smokiness to favourites such as the double rib-eye Fiorentina steak (made for sharing), local lobster and octopus, right through to vegetables. The two or three-course menu is an exciting mix of classic and contemporary dishes – roast hake sits next to a shellfish

succotash, a tasty north American bean stew. Of course, provenance and seasonality are as important as ever. The restaurant itself is just as striking as the menu. Zigzagging through the space are tan leather banquettes and zincwrapped refectory tables. Large tables mix with smaller booths for a more intimate experience, while the private dining room provides seclusion. For sunny days there’s a decked terrace. So, however you take dinner, Zacry’s has it sorted. The ultimate way to experience Zacry’s is with the swim and dine offer. Book a late table at the restaurant from 8pm and spend some time in the hotel’s Swim Club beforehand. Arrive at 6.30pm and work up an appetite in the 25-metre sea view infinity pool, soak in the outdoor hot tub, or simply relax in the ocean room. At Watergate Bay Hotel, the pre-dinner hours are all yours to rejuvenate, chill and unwind in, before the feast begins.

é ABOVE Delicious dishes fresh from the kitchen ê BELOW The chic restaurant


Watergate Bay Hotel, On the beach, Watergate Bay TR8 4AA /Zacrys or /watergatebay @zacrysWGB @Watergatebay 01637 861231 Find out more online:

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Good company


Laid back vibes and big flavours guaranteed at The Beach House in Widemouth Bay.

here’s one place that everyone in the Bude area is talking about: The Beach House in Widemouth Bay. And as you step inside, it’s easy to see why. This is beach chic taken to its extreme – relaxed, informal coastal vibes, a buzzing atmosphere, and a friendly welcome from the team all await you. This north coast haunt is a haven of tranquillity, where everyone present is as chilled as the drinks behind the bar. So pull up a stool at the bar and unwind with something cold and refreshing, as you revel in the good company and good times. Or why not decamp to the peaceful lounge’s reading area and curl up with a good book?

It’s a great place to stop for food too, with a menu brimming with sustainably and locallysourced delights, and something for all the family. Completing the beachy vibe are the Thai influenced flavours bursting out of the kitchen. In fact, the chef lives and cooks in Thailand for four months of the year, which is apparent in the authenticity and quality of the dishes presented. We can personally recommend the Pad Thai! But it’s not just The Beach House’s interior that entices – as the name suggests, this venue sits just above the golden sand, offering breath-taking views of the beach below and shimmering sea beyond. The large beer garden is the perfect place to soak up those inimitable Cornish sunsets that we enjoy throughout the year. Once you’re sitting there – drink in hand – watching in awe as the sun melts into the sea, you’ll find it hard to drag yourself away. So if you book yourself into one of the very reasonably priced, stunning sea view bedrooms, you won’t have to! Why not make a night of it and take some time out to explore the coast path off your doorstep and the surrounding area?

é TOP Relaxed, informal coastal vibes and buzzing atmosphere í BELOW Pad Thai

BEACH HOUSE Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0AW 01288 361256 Find out more online:

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The Alverne serves up all that is great about quality Cornish cooking in a relaxed, vibrant atmosphere.


he Alverne, a family-run, all-yearround favourite in the heart of Penzance, sums up everything that’s great about this burgeoning culinary capital – a relaxed, informal restaurant, serving delicious, innovative dishes, big on quality, seasonal produce, and packing flavour! Owners Deryk and Sandra Heywood recently celebrated a decade of success at the Alverne, and look set to continue this reign, judging by the many glowing reviews online. Head Chef Deryk draws upon his vast experience and diversity of styles, combining this with a genuine passion and flair for developing dishes that are modern and innovative. Deryk uses only the best seasonal and artisan produce sourced from a network of local producers and suppliers. Everything is homemade, from the bread to the pastries. Whatever your tastes, you’re bound to find the perfect dish for you amongst the excellent and varied menu, featuring everything from Spanish and modern Mediterranean influences, to a choice of fresh fish offered every day from Newlyn on a daily specials board that changes from lunch to dinner.

Deliveries of fish arrive at the restaurant several times a day to ensure prime fresh fish, crab and lobster. As you’d expect from a top eatery, all meals are freshly prepared to order to ensure quality and can easily encompass a variety of dietary needs. An intimate meal in the dining room is always a treat at the Alverne, but you’re equally welcome to visit for a casual cup of coffee or a relaxing drink on the cosy sofas or suntrap patio. Open throughout the day and into the evening there’s always a warm welcome at the Alverne Restaurant and Lounge. Why not make Penzance your next destination for a bite to eat? It has been building a steady reputation as one of west Cornwall’s top foodie destinations. Simply head to the Alverne on Alverton Street and tuck in – no doubt, you’ll wish you had discovered this little gem even sooner!

é ABOVE Enjoy freshly prepared dishes by Head Chef Deryk í LEFT Delicious breads and pastries, baked on the premises

ALVERNE 30 Alverton Street, Penzance TR18 2QN 01736 366007 Find out more online:

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Contemporary holiday lets on the Cornish coast... all within walking distance of the beach.

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MATCH Truro and Penwith College teams up with Watergate Bay Hotel to help secure the future of Cornwall’s fantastic food scene.


“We are dedicated to providing training and growth through our Watergate Bay Academy to all staff”

ornwall’s food scene has blossomed beautifully over the last few decades. The classic, top tasty attractions of pasties and cream teas have been joined by numerous world-class chefs opening exceptional eateries, all using high-quality local produce. But the challenge has always been securing the future of this gourmet renaissance by ensuring these restaurants boast young talented employees from the county. Fortunately, these concerns are being addressed, with increasing numbers of opportunities for budding chefs in Cornwall to gain the skills and experience necessary to work with the best in the business. A great example of this is an exciting partnership between Truro and Penwith College and Watergate Bay Hotel. Three successful candidates will become apprentices and join the team at one of Cornwall’s most beautiful locations while working under the incredibly talented Executive Chef, Neil Haydock. Neil has held senior roles at a number of highly-regarded restaurants, including the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, Terence Conran’s Bluebird in London and most recently, as Executive Chef at Fifteen Cornwall. While undertaking their apprenticeship with Truro and Penwith College, successful candidates will work in all three kitchens at Watergate Bay Hotel and be part of the Watergate Bay Academy. “This is a great opportunity to join the team here at Watergate Bay”, says Neil. “We are dedicated to providing training and growth

ê BELOW Executive Chef Neil Haydock of Watergate Bay Hotel

through our Watergate Bay Academy to all staff, helping them shape a career in this exciting, ever-evolving environment on one of the UK’s best beaches.” Applications are being accepted now and successful applicants will start in autumn. Details of all the vacancies can be found by visiting the College’s website and searching ‘Watergate Bay’, or by calling a member of the College’s Apprenticeship Recruitment Team using the details below.

TRURO AND PENWITH COLLEGE 01872 242711 Find out more online:

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Hotels are great for business, so make The Penventon Park Hotel the venue for your next meeting or conference.

here’s a growing trend for businesses to choose hotels in Cornwall as their preferred environment for client events, meetings and presentations. After all, why wait in the queue in a crowded coffee shop when you can find a quiet corner of a beautifully decorated lounge and have your coffee brought to your table?

event management team worry about keeping your coffees and teas topped up. Need to break for lunch? They can bring something delicious to you, or you can entertain your guests in the awardwinning restaurant. With a choice of menus available 24 hours a day, you know your clients will enjoy the efficient service that they need.

The heart of Cornwall

Relaxation and networking

Cornwall is a fantastic environment for business, but let’s face it, it can be a long way to come for a meeting. The Penventon Park Hotel is set in lush parkland, in the heart of Cornwall, between many of the major towns. Less than a mile from the A30 it’s ideally located for access by road and the mainline train station is just a five-minute walk from the front door.

Show your clients that you value them by ensuring they have somewhere special to enjoy their time in Cornwall. Relax and unwind with a session in the gym, a dip in the pool, a revitalising sauna or luxury spa treatment. Once the serious business is complete, the decadent new Gin Bar is a fantastic setting to network and catch up, late into the evening.

The right space for every event

A good impression

The beautifully decorated lounges of the Penventon are perfect for informal one-toone and small group gatherings. Meeting rooms are equipped with everything you need for more private conversation and that perfect presentation. For the big-ticket event, give your clients the wow factor in the opulent Venetian Room or the Grand Forum Ballroom, which seats up to 250.

In a world where the smallest detail can make the difference toward a successful outcome, the location you choose to conduct your business matters. Show your clients that you care and take your relationship to a new level.

Great service included Make sure that everyone can focus on the business in hand, while the Penventon’s

é ABOVE Enjoy afternoon tea, take a relaxing spa treatment or relax in the opulent surroundings of the Penventon’s lounge í BELOW LEFT The decadent new Gin Bar

PENVENTON PARK HOTEL West End, Redruth TR15 1TE 01209 203000 Find out more online:


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Hotel & Restaurant

From unhurried evening dining in our restaurant to leisurely lunches in the Garden Room, from traditional afternoon teas to our very reasonable Brasserie menu. We hope to delight and enchant with our food regardless of the occasion.

Tuesday - Saturday

Lunch Brasserie • 12pm - 2pm

Tuesday - Saturday

Cream Teas, Afternoon Teas • 12pm - 5pm

Tuesday - Saturday

Evening A La Carte • 7pm - 9pm

Reservations: 01326 558 400 • • Nansloe Manor, Meneage Road, Helston, TR13 0SB

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Fistral é ABOVE Breakfast – traditional English or continental, the choice is yours ç LEFT A festive welcome awaits

As the nights start to draw in our thoughts are turning to the festive season and a Cornish coastal celebration.


Christmas at The Atlantic

• Choice of staying Christmas Eve and Christmas Day or Christmas Day and Boxing Day • Five minutes from the local church for those that want to attend Midnight Mass • If you want to stay longer then why not enjoy a Twixmas Break - book 3 nights from 27th December and receive the third night free of charge!

ummer in Cornwall has flown by in a blaze of glorious beach days, fun-packed visits and some fabulous food. To avoid the post summer blues we’re busy planning our next holiday adventure. While the sun may have taken its leave Cornwall is just as spectacular in winter as it is in summer. The coastline becomes all the more rugged during the winter season with moody skies, wild walks and stormy seas. With the summer crowds long gone there is something very special about a winter walk along a deserted Cornish beach, wrapped up against the elements with the promise of a roaring fire and a steaming cup of coffee to return to. For the ultimate winter break in Cornwall, you can’t beat celebrating Christmas on the coast. Recently awarded Luxury Modern Hotel of the Year by the Luxury Travel Guide, the four-star Atlantic Hotel in Newquay has the ideal festive package to celebrate in style with your family. For some, spending Christmas away from home can be a little daunting, but a stay at the Atlantic Hotel will make everyone feel special. As you open the curtains you’ll be faced with the most glorious of sea views out across the ocean. Days start with hearty breakfasts at the Atlantic – you’ll need to be fully fuelled for that family beach walk across Fistral. Once the cobwebs have well and truly been blown away it’s back to the hotel for a swim – we recommend

adults indulge themselves in a relaxing spa treatment – before the children are treated to a High Tea Christmas Party. For the grownups a champagne reception followed by a candlelit dinner will make this a Cornish Christmas Eve to remember. On Christmas Day the whole family can sit down and relax over a five-course lunch set against the backdrop of the sea, with a special visit from Father Christmas for the little ones. What a treat – no slaving over a hot stove and not a dish in sight! If that wasn’t enough excitement for one day then a big screening of Elf accompanied with buttery popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies provides the perfect end to a perfect day. Christmas in Cornwall is not be missed!


A two night Christmas break for two adults and two children at the Atlantic Hotel – turn to page 120 to enter.


Dane Road, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1EN 01637 872244 Find out more online:

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of discovery

Introducing the Newell’s Travel Cruise Show – an event that will whisk you around the world without leaving Cornwall…


cruise or river cruise holiday offers endless possibilities. Explore diverse cultures, cuisine, architecture and climates. Whether you’re seeking sun and sand or history and adventure, there’s always something different to see and do. Whether you are a first time cruiser or a seasoned enthusiast, cruising the world is exciting for three main reasons. Firstly, you get the opportunity to experience many of the world’s most exciting destinations, from a number of interesting ports of call, all in one holiday and all while only having to unpack once. Secondly, travel in the highest levels of comfort, with impeccable customer service and plentiful amenities on board your floating hotel. The atmosphere on a

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The Newell’s Travel Cruise Show is on Sunday 16th October at the Atlantic Hotel Newquay – find out more and open up a whole new world of opportunity at:

cruise ship is guaranteed to exceed your expectations. Lastly, cruise holidays are great value for money, typically including all meals, snacks, entertainment and ensuite accommodation. Many go that one step further and include all your on-board drinks and even shore excursions, making your cruise an all-inclusive holiday at sea. To some, cruising is all about the formal occasion and the golden age of cruising. On these cruises, dinner jackets, whitegloved waiters, silver service and opulent

n Set sail for exotic locations in the lap of luxury

surroundings are much in evidence. Many still lean towards this type of cruise and many brands successfully cater for these tastes. On the other hand, an increasing amount of passengers prefer the more relaxed and freestyle approach to cruising – a philosophy that’s all about freedom and flexibility and there are a number of cruise lines that offer this laid-back service. The world of cruising has so much to offer all tastes with cruise ships that accommodate anything from 40 to 6,500

passengers, some with traditional features including afternoon tea and some with surf parks and fairground rides, not forgetting the 100s of boutique and river cruise ships that occupy the many rivers of Europe to the far-flung destinations such as the Yangtze and the mighty Mississippi. It’s really important to choose the right cruise for you and, with this in mind, Newell’s Travel has organised the ultimate cruise event to showcase many of the UK’s leading cruise lines and experts. This event, combined with the company’s passion for cruising will really whisk you around the world without leaving the county. “We are very grateful to our main Cruise Show sponsor, Royal Caribbean Cruises, who has so generously donated a wonderful cruise prize which will be won on the day”, says Louise of Newells Travel. “You only have to attend to qualify – you need to be in it, to win it!

NEWELLS TRAVEL 0800 0087411 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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Captain’s Rest, St Ives

Overlooking St Ives harbour and across the bay to Godrevy lighthouse, Captain’s Rest is a timeless and beautifully presented apartment sleeping four. This coastal themed retreat will make you feel on holiday as soon as you walk though the door. Set on a quiet and elegant street, the apartment is just a short stroll from the centre of St Ives, Porthmeor beach, the bustling Tate gallery and a number of eateries. Captain’s Rest has been cleverly designed to make the most of the surrounding sea views. The large bay window in the living room floods the space with light – a special quality of light renowned for having attracted generations of artists to St Ives. The owners have given careful attention to detail with wooden flooring, tasteful furnishings and wonderful personal touches, such as a basket of dog blankets and an antique telescope so you can look out for boats and local marine life. As the name suggests, this holiday home provides a relaxing space in which to unwind and escape from everyday demands. Captain’s Rest is a thoroughly contemporary apartment in a historic

ç LEFT The homely kitchen ê BELOW Sumptuous sofas and a glorious view

building, with lovely vintage features and twists throughout – you’ll be discovering delightful details from day one until the moment you leave! 01326 567838

Reflection, Portwrinkle

An über sleek coastal pad overlooking the sea, Reflection combines contemporary luxuries with show-stopping features. Set in the sleepy village of Portwrinkle, just above the beach, this chic property features a south-facing curved glass and steel facade,

ê BELOW The sleek interior and that view

é ABOVE Reflection blends into its environment

letting in swathes of natural light, with sea views from every bedroom. This eco retreat respectfully blends into its landscape with smooth lines and sedum green roofs planted with wild flowers. It’s a unique space for reflection – the perfect spot to lie in with the sound of waves, or to simply sit and watch boats sail by. The entrance leads to a cool grey, sleek and spacious interior, with four stunning glassfronted en-suite double bedrooms. The huge open-plan living and kitchen area features a large dining table, perfect for dinner parties or gatherings, before retreating to the huge L-shape sofas around the contemporary suspended log burner. Outside, relax on the loungers on the wrap-around terrace or in the sizeable gardens, offering plenty of space to kick back. Light the barbeque or take a seat in the ocean-nook at the bottom of the garden for sundowner cocktails. Steps lead to the footpath and beach – the outdoor surf shower is perfect after a day at Finnygook beach, where you can enjoy paddleboarding and rockpooling. Savour the freshly caught Portwrinkle lobster at Finnygook Inn or venture further afield to the fishing villages of Polperro and Looe. 01637 861005

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Season’s change While it may be getting colder, The Beach House Company believes in exciting, out-of-season breaks in Cornwall.


nstead of looking back over the summer just passed, ruefully wondering where the time’s gone, The Beach House Company team are looking forward to the autumn and winter ahead. We all love it here when the sun’s shining yet, as the treetop canopies diminish, we find ourselves looking at a new Cornwall, painted from a palette of autumnal browns, reds and golds that is, quite simply, more beautiful than anywhere else in the world. What’s more, as winter approaches, we look on in both admiration and awe as the Atlantic boils, rolls and rages in petulant tantrums. The point is, even as Cornwall enters the depths of winter, this

diverse county always presents something to amaze us and, arguably, it’s as the sun’s arc begins to shallow that Cornwall really comes into its own. In fact, The Beach House Company firmly believes that, outside of the main season, Cornwall opens itself up even more to those brave enough to face the elements. Beaches that remain firmly closed to dogs in the warmer months spread their arms in welcome, so your dog can leap, bound and roll to their heart’s content. The best part is that the crowds that dominate a Cornish summer become a thing of the past, leaving the road ahead clear for you to explore without the traffic.

ë ABOVE The stylish facade of Tamarisk î BELOW The open-plan lounge and kitchen boast stunning views across the fields

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Top 5 winter ‘to-do’s

The Lost Gardens of Heligan These gardens that were once lost are a breath-taking sight on a frosty morning. Image courtesy of: Adam Gibbard & Visit Cornwall

There’s a wealth of activities to keep you busy in the colder months, from walking the coastal paths and braving the sea for a oneon-one surf lesson, to indulgent spa days and private cookery lessons. Cornwall is famed for its delectable dining scene, including, but certainly not limited to, seafood so it is the perfect destination for a foodie break. The Beach House Company offers an inclusive concierge service to help you get the best out of the local area at any time of year and even do all of the organising for you. As is the case with any getaway, you’ll want to relax in comfort and style. Fortunately, The Beach House Company has just the property! Nestled in the Mawgan Porth headland, just a short stroll from the family-friendly beach, Tamarisk places you in prime position for long coastal walks and welcomes you home with an oversized sofa to sink into, as the Atlantic

storms hammer against the windows and you get cosy around the fire. Set over two floors, the house boasts four bedrooms, two with en suites and sea views, with contemporary, coastally-inspired décor. With facilities and mod cons to make you feel at home including Smart TV, a Sonos music system, and external hot showers, it really is the perfect base from which to launch your adventure. So, if holidaying in the colder months appeals to the adventurer in you, give The Beach House Company team a call – they’ll introduce you to a whole new side of Cornwall!

THE BEACH HOUSE COMPANY 9b Palmers Way, Trenant Industrial Estate, Wadebridge PL27 6HB 01208 814781 Find out more online:

The Eden Project Exciting, impressive and vital to our understanding of the environment, The Eden Project draws people to Cornwall from all over. A winter walk Take a walk from Mawgan Porth to Bedruthan Steps with a stop at the National Trust Café for a well-earned Cornish cream tea.

Private cookery class Why not book an in-house cookery class and learn a new culinary skill in the comfort of Tamarisk. The Scarlet Spa Unwind with a spa day and dinner at The Scarlet. With its tented treatment rooms and far-reaching views across the ocean this is a real winter treat not to be missed.

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Out & About Stay

Exclusively yours As locations for big events go, it probably doesn’t get much better than Lusty Glaze Beach.


ucked away on the north coast and protected from the wind by dramatic horseshoe cliffs which frame a perfect sunset; on a summer’s evening, it’s clear to see why the privately-owned Lusty Glaze Beach is fast gaining a reputation as the place to be and be seen in Cornwall. If the beautiful view wasn’t enough, this year the legendary Sundowner Sessions have played host to big names including Newton Faulkner and Elbow frontman, Guy Garvey, who mid-performance declared it to be “the most beautiful gig I’ve ever played.” The 133 steps down to the beach didn’t stop the 37-piece Cornish Sinfonia Orchestra either, as they took to the stage at the end of July for an evening bathed in pink skies, prosecco sipping, joyous flag waving and rapturous applause. Not content with sticking to live music, Lusty Glaze Beach is also breaking the mold when it comes to staging private events, with the beach and restaurant available for partial or exclusive hire by business or individuals. As the suits come off, the barbeque is fired up and the beach games

begin, everyone relaxes — and as everyone in Cornwall knows only too well, it’s hard to feel stressed in the surf. A license to perform civil ceremonies means the venue can also play host to beautiful big days, with everything from luxury formal ceremonies to barefooted beach nuptials having taken place this summer. With autumn approaching, the team are now looking forward to what the next few months have in store. On Thursday 6th October, they’ll be hosting a candlelight evening with operatic trio, Tenors Encore, before getting into the swing of winter weddings and Woodburner Sessions. Until then, we’re quite happy to see out the late summer sat in the café, soaking up the sun, drinking wine and eating fresh mackerel. Well, it would be rude not to!


Newquay TR7 3AE 01637 872444 Find out more online:

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Ellen Kent’s Opera Festival featuring international soloists, full orchestra & highly-praised chorus

Starring Olga Perrier†, the international French Soprano as Musetta and the international critically acclaimed Soprano Ecaterina Danu† as Mimi. Boasting sumptuous sets & costumes, snow effects, a brass band and Musetta’s dog.

Starring Olga Perrier†, the international French Soprano, as Abigail.

‘The best

La Bohème I have ever seen’ JEREMY BRIEN, THE STAGE

‘Worth going a long way to hear’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Verdi’s famous haunting and melodic Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves comes to life in a masterpiece of revenge, destruction and jealousy.


Starring Olga Perrier , the international French Soprano, as Aida and Liza Kadelnik†, the celebrated mezzo, as Amneris. †

‘Visually & vocally gripping’ THE INDEPENDENT

Featuring a temple dance and the classic Triumphal March with cascades of glittering gold and amazing fire performers. All three operas sung in Italian with English surtitles. † Cast subject to change.

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Out Out&&About about

Rich pickings

All Images courtesy of: Rachel Lambert

Harvesting the sunshine is the autumn forager’s lazy way, says expert Rachel Lambert.


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Rachel Lambert teaches foraging courses throughout the year. Upcoming events on Scilly include: • Walk Scilly Weekend, 13th to 17th October walkscilly Courses in Cornwall include: • Seaweed foraging, 18th September, Prussia Cove • Autumn foraging, 15th October, St Loy Book on Rachel's courses or buy her books on her website.

s renowned forager Rachel Lambert tells us, there’s no need to lament the end of summer. “I have to say that autumn is often a relief to me”, Rachel explains, “if the summer has been good and I’ve been outside a lot, then I’m ready to start gathering inward and hunkering down. No longer do I feel the need to be a crazy thing – rushing around, trying to fit so much into the longer days; sea swims, fun, beach, around a working day. My sofa and kitchen have been waiting for me, ready to receive my weary, sun soaked body and to invite guests again. Now’s the time to feast!” Though what to pick? “I’m looking across the moors and wanting to taste the gorse flowers in wine, syrups and hearty rice pudding, I’m scanning the hedgerows and coast paths and waiting for fresh sprigs of sorrel and sea spinach to pop up after their summer flowering. I’m loving the silhouettes of seeded Alexander heads rich with spicy flavour and I’m anticipating the September, October spring tides when the sea’s vegetables are revealed for picking. But mostly I want to sit, look, smell and feel; relax after a busy summer and thank nature

for working so hard, allowing me to come along and enjoy her bounty.” Rachel often describes herself as a forager; a lazy gardener. “I’ve never understood why growing things has to be such hard work, when Mother Nature seems to do it so gracefully. Foraging can simply be a happy accident, or a pleasant by-product of a shared stroll or solitary moment in breath-taking surroundings. I applaud laziness, I think it’s an essential element of balanced living.” As Rachel explains, the key to foraging well is to use your senses, including common sense – “only pick something if you’re 100% sure” – and plan. “Some things are expected each season and in different environments (and these things can be learned), though sometimes it’s the unexpected abundance of berries or layers of kelp fronds – and one needs to be prepared – freezer space, drying space, recipe ideas and a healthy amount of daring.” Look out for Rachel at this October’s Walk Scilly Weekend on the Isles of Scilly.

ë ABOVE LEFT Harvesting the fruits of the sea é TOP Fennel flower fritters and fennel leaf sorbet é INSET Herby oatcakes with broad bean and sea greens dip

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Walk Sci�y With a backdrop of the stunning archipelago that is Scilly, this year’s Autumn Walk Scilly festival is set to be a wonderful weekend.


wenty eight miles off the coast of Cornwall, Scilly’s uncrowded and unspoilt cluster of islands is known for its endless white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters and exotic flora and fauna. As a visitor you can only arrive on to the islands by boat or plane so what better way to enjoy the islands than to take part in the walking festival that brings to life the tales and treasures of the Isles of Scilly in five days of themed walks led by expert guides. The third Autumn Walk Scilly Weekend, an addition to the successful annual Walk Scilly Week held every April, offers the very best way of exploring the islands’ spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage. This year’s programme, which runs from 13th to 17th October, has some old favourites and some new experiences such as top-totoe rambles across the off islands, tours with local wildlife and history experts and a Mediterranean stroll through the worldfamous, subtropical Tresco Abbey Garden. Expect to enjoy wildlife discovery tours of St Agnes and St Mary’s and a photography walk with resident photographer Chris Hall, or forage for food and watch local chefs conjure up a dish from your pickings at one of Scilly’s premier hotels, Karma St. Martin’s. Take a tour around a family-run flower farm and vineyard and hear first-

hand tales of island life. Learn about the important work of the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project, and find out about the history of the island’s churches. Plus, there’s a also rare chance to unearth the history of two of Scilly’s uninhabited islands with local archaeologist Dr Katharine Sawyer. Here you’ll get the chance to investigate prehistoric and postmedieval sites on Samson, uninhabited since the mid-1800s, and archaeological sites on Tean including Bronze Age burial chambers, an early mediaeval chapel and houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. This year, the welcome party is sponsored by Juliet’s Garden Restaurant and Bar on St Mary’s, where you can enjoy complimentary tea and cake whilst meeting the guides and fellow walkers. There’s no better way to explore the islands than on foot. And there’s no better time for that than during Walk Scilly Weekend 2016. For up to date information and the full programme, visit:


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é ABOVE Walking on Scilly from beach to bracken

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For Walk Scilly 2016, Isles of Scilly Travel is offering a 10% discount on flights and ferry prices – quote WLK when making your travel booking on 01736 334220. Scilly Parking is also offering a discount by quoting WALK16 when booking. To find out more visit walkscilly

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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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HFC Autumn is definitely here and the Hall For Cornwall has a programme of entertainment that is sure to delight.

The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show

Thursday 20th October The Greatest Love of All celebrates the magnificent catalogue of hits that Houston made famous, including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, I’m Every Woman, I Will Always Love You and many more. Starring the breathtaking voice of Belinda Davids, plus full band, dancers and theatrical effects, this show is not just a brilliant tribute but also a spectacular concert experience in its own right.

Dr Hook starring Dennis Locorriere

Saturday 1st October Dennis Locorriere is touring the UK under the original Dr Hook name. From the very beginnings of Dr Hook to the height of their success, Dennis Locorriere was the unmistakable voice of the band’s biggest hits and best loved songs including Sylvia’s Mother, Sexy Eyes, A Little Bit More and Sharing The Night Together.

That’s Entertainment

Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th October From the producers of the sell-out smash hit Puttin’ On The Ritz, comes a dazzling song and dance extravaganza, featuring Hollywood’s greatest hits including That’s Entertainment, Puttin’ On The Ritz and I Got Rhythm. West End stars, glorious costumes and fabulous dancing – as well as a right royal knees up with a special tribute to London’s Pearly Kings and Queens!

The Sensational 60s Experience

Monday 10th October For one night only, enjoy three hours of pure 60s nostalgia when The Sensational 60s Experience returns by popular demand. Seven legendary names, including Herman’s

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n Raphael Wallfisch and John York

Ballet & Opera

Ellen Kent’s Opera & Ballet International

Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th October A trio of stunning operas, all with international soloists, an acclaimed chorus and full orchestra.

Puccini La Bohème

Wednesday 12th October La Bohème is one of the most romantic operas ever written; the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a local brass band, snow effects and Muzetta’s dog.

Verdi Nabucco n The Hollies

Hermits and Chris Farlowe, take to the stage and deliver a night never to be forgotten.

Raphael Wallfisch and John York

account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life, and don’t start him on the perils of his DIY electrical home enema kit.

The Hollies

Tuesday 11th October The International Concert Series 2016/17 continues with Raphael Wallfisch and John York, offering a fascinating programme of cello and piano performed by surely one of the most celebrated cello and piano partnerships in the world. Alongside Bach and Beethoven an opportunity to hear two more rarely played masterpieces by Mendelssohn and Grieg.

Friday 21st October With over 50 years of rock ’n’ rolling the world, The Hollies will be performing classics including The Air That I Breathe, Carrie Anne, Bus Stop, Long Cool Woman, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, and many more. With their soaring, distinctive harmonies, brilliantly crafted songs, and cultivated musicianship, this is an evening of great hits no Hollies fan should miss!

Julian Clary: The Joy of Mincing

Sister Act

Wednesday 19th October The Joy of Mincing is Clary’s celebration of 30 years as a camp comedian. There is so much to tell you; the ups and downs of his sordid love life, the true and heart-stopping

Monday 24th to Saturday 29th October An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical Sister Act. Starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard) and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco. Please note that during matinee performances, the role of 'Deloris Van Cartier' will be performed by West End performer Joanna Francis (The Lion King, The Harder They Come).

Thursday 13th October This powerful tale is laced with revenge, destruction and jealousy. Verdi’s haunting and melodic chorus of the Hebrew slaves follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco.


01872 262466 For tickets and full event listings visit: Verdi Aida Friday 14th & Saturday 15th October Find out more online: Starring Olga Perrier, the International French Soprano as Aida and Liza Kadelnik the celebrated Mezzo from the Romanian National Opera as Amneris, this tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge is traditionally staged, featuring a temple dance and the classic Triumphal March with cascades of glittering gold and amazing fire performers.

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A country house Christmas Trevince is soon to be transformed into a fabulous Cornish shopping experience with a country house Christmas feel.


rom a lost medieval house to a modest Elizabethan country house to a grand redevelopment, Trevince has certainly seen its fair share of architectural changes over the years. Set in 270 acres of farm and woodland near Redruth, Trevince is adjacent to the ‘richest square mile in the world’, coined in the 19th century when the area was rich in copper. After a redevelopment by Cornish architect James Piers St Aubyn in 1866, the estate now stands proudly overlooking St Wennapa’s Church. The sweeping driveway brings you to a classical portico entrance and illustrates the grandeur of the place. The Trevince estate has roots deep in history and has been in the same family for over 20 generations. However, current owners Richard and Trish Stone have their sights set firmly on the future, with big plans to develop the site into a destination shopping experience, a café featuring Cornish food products, artisan workshops, garden walks and outdoor performance areas. “Trevince comes alive when it’s full of people, and we are privileged to be able to share Trevince with the community”, says Richard Stone, who took over the property from his parents ten years ago.

Their ambitious ten-year plan will transform the current estate and gardens into a special country house experience that the Stones can share with the public. This winter, the family will launch their new project, A Country House Christmas, which sees the gothic-style hall, Adam-style drawing room and cosy library turn into a retail event specifically for Christmas shopping in a relaxed environment. Showcasing local silversmiths and textile artists as well as unique gifts from Britain, Europe and North America, the event takes place from 25th to 27th November and again from 2nd to 4th December. “Trevince looks its best at Christmas”, says Trish, “we want people to enjoy the country house Christmas experience as much as we do.” The café at Trevince will be serving delicious coffees and teas, light lunch and afternoon tea for visitors to the Christmas event.

ë MAIN Stunning winter residence ç LEFT Richard and Trish Stone


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Win a luxury three-night stay and a two-course meal at The Park, Mawgan Porth worth over £500 Soak in a hot tub, cuddle up by the fire, and enjoy a two-course meal. The Park Cornwall is offering you the opportunity to win a three-night stay in one of its luxury lodges. Tantalisingly positioned on Cornwall’s scenic north coast and complete with private outdoor hot tub and a log burning stove, this lodge is a perfect base for couples to retreat to after a day spent exploring the outstanding Cornish countryside.

Season’s greetings

Win a family Christmas at The Atlantic in Newquay worth £950

Christmas in Cornwall is utterly magical and it doesn’t come any more special than overlooking the sea in Newquay at the 4-star luxury Atlantic Hotel. The lucky winners will enjoy a two-night Christmas break for a family of two adults and two kids in a sea view room. Sandy strolls, five-course decadent lunches, movies, fun and games, and some much needed unwind time will make a family Christmas to remember.

A street feast

Win one of two sets of vouchers to dine at the Street Kitchen, Truro, worth £30 each Craftworks Street Kitchen on Truro’s Lemon Quay serves up some of the most delicious street food you’re likely to find in Cornwall. From burgers to burritos, tacos to salads, it’s a feast for the taste buds! Enter for a chance to win one of two sets of vouchers worth £30 to dine at Craftworks, including any of the kitchen’s daily specials.

Falmouth getaway

Win a two-night stay for two at the Penmorvah Manor Hotel worth £258

The Penmorvah Manor Hotel, just outside Falmouth, offers the perfect base from which to explore Cornwall. This lovely three-star hotel provides attractive accommodation, fantastic food and friendly service. The winners will enjoy a standard double room for two nights inclusive of breakfast, with a complimentary upgrade subject to availability.

Fistral & chips

Win a family meal for four and drinks at Rick Stein Fistral worth £50 Rick Stein Fistral offers a casual and laid-back restaurant, serving Rick’s famous fish and chips as well as curries inspired by Rick’s travels, including Goan chicken curry, lamb karahi and vegetable makhanawala. Overlooking the iconic Fistral beach, the restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy some fresh fish or a curry while taking in the views of the Cornish coast. The prize includes four main courses and four individual drinks.

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Competitions A doggie escape

Win a two-night escape with your best friends at The Penventon Park Hotel worth over £400 Enjoy exploring our favourite dog-friendly places from the Penventon’s luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Cornwall. Enter for a chance to win a two-night stay for two in a dog-friendly Garden Suite, with up to two dogs. Owners will enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast, and full use of the facilities.

Luxury break in Looe

Win an over-night stay at Hannafore Point with dinner worth £180

The Hannafore Point, a unique Hotel in Looe, offers stunning panoramic views across Looe Bay and the unspoiled Cornish coast. Take a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool, enjoy beautiful views from the A la Carte and Terrace Bar Restaurants, then decamp to the well-appointed, seaview en-suite bedroom with full facilities. The attentive friendly team of staff will make your stay a memory to treasure.

Castaway Christmas

Win a three-course waterside meal for four, including a bottle of house wine, worth £100 Celebrate Christmas in style at one of two stunning waterside locations: The Marine Bar at Falmouth Marina or Castaways in the beautiful Mylor Harbour. Enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a mouthwatering festive menu with your friends.

A view to dine for Win a voucher to spend at No.1 in Rock worth £50

Enjoy an exquisite evening of fine food and wine on Rock’s stunning waterfront. No.1 has the best views across the Camel Estuary to Padstow. Arrive early to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on the terrace before moving in to enjoy a taste sensation.

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No purchase necessary. Prize draw open to anyone in the UK age 18 years or over excluding employees of The Park, The Atlantic Inn, Street Kitchen, Penmorvah Manor, Rick Stein Fistral, The Penventon Park Hotel, Hannafore Point, The Marine Bar, Castaways, Rock No 1, Engine House Media, and their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. One entry per household. By entering this prize draw you agree to receive marketing material via email, phone and post. You can unsubscribe at any time by using the unsubscribe links in our email correspondence. The prize is non-transferrable and non-exchangeable. No cash alternative available. Winners must be willing to provide their name and country of residence for publicity if required. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winners will be drawn at random after 10th October 2016. The winner will be notified by email within 14 days after the draw closes. Subject to availability.

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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!”

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“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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The Cornwall Living guide to art around the county

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Fisk I Haven By Marco Grieser-Ronnevig

Eminence By Katy Jade Dobson

The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust


View of St Ives, 1940 By Wilhelmina Barns-Graham


Specialite du Chef By David Jamin





A stunning limited edition print from one of the UK’s most popular new artists. Specialising in wildlife, with a unique style featuring a spectrum of colours, her work is dramatic and colourful. For a wide range of original paintings and limited editions by national and international artists, visit Quay Art or see the website.

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.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912 - 2004) established an international reputation as a leading British modernist in St Ives, where she lived throughout her working life. The exhibition ‘Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Scottish Artist in St Ives’ runs until 19th November at Penlee House.

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.

North Quay, Padstow PL28 8AF 01841 533534

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

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

62 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3DS 01326 219323

Eminence By Katy Jade Dobson

Fisk I Haven By Marco Grieser-Ronnevig

View of St Ives, 1940 By Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Specialite du Chef By David Jamin

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Showcasing local artists and art galleries



White Sails By Martyn Dempsey

‘Back at the Breakwater’ By Sarah Blakey


Daymer Bay By John Griffiths


Ocean Ripple By Simon Jewell





Martyn has been painting in Cornwall for over 20 years, becoming one of the Duchy’s most successful artists today. Martyn exhibits around the world, with a dedicated following, and private collectors including The Rothchilds, Lady Spencer and Morgan Stanley. Visit Martyn’s private space, The Gallery in Port Isaac.

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.

The Craft Kiln (Cornish crafts), Sail Loft Emporium (antiques and collectables) and Cscape Art are part of The Old Workshop, next to the main Charlestown car park. Many originals, prints and cards by artist Sarah Blakey, and photographer Mick Blakey, are available at the gallery. Open daily during the season, 10.30am 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.

44 Fore Street, Port Isaac PL29 3RD 01208 881032

Trelights, Near Port Isaac PL29 3TW 01208 880605

The Old Workshop, Charlestown, St Austell PL25 3NJ 01726 66639

Commercial Road, Porthleven TR13 9JD 01326 569365

White Sails By Martyn Dempsey

Daymer Bay By John Griffiths

Back at the Breakwater By Sarah Blakey

Ocean Ripple By Simon Jewell

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Landscape expressionist artist Steve Slimm has been painting Cornwall for 35 years. His work is acclaimed for its unique quality of light. Steve's extraordinary paintings can be seen in a number of Cornish galleries. To find out where visit

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Clean & gr�n Amanda Winwood discusses the real meaning of organic, the importance of family bonds, and coping with cancer.


s the first company in the UK to gain 100% organic certification across the whole range, the Spiezia team and I have been delighted to work with the Soil Association in the past few weeks to head up to London and talk to the press about what is truly organic. Did you know that any skincare product can label itself organic and need only contain 2% or less? There is no Government legislation to mitigate this. When you buy a Soil Association or COSMOS certified product you can be assured of no genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), no synthetic fragrances or colours, no product testing on animals, and no silicone oils or derivatives. There are many companies who play on the word organic or natural – look for certification to know that what you are getting is authentic.

This is dear to our hearts as we continue to really promote to spas that they should open their doors to people going through cancer. We have been welcoming people going through cancer and treatment for cancer for 15 years. This year, we have developed and launched a fully accredited and insured Cancer Touch Therapy™ training course thanks to Marc Innes who I have known for over eight years now. Una St Ives, our Made for Life Spa, recently welcomed someone who was having a break in her chemotherapy. She, her husband and their two young boys came in and found some peace and relaxation in the midst of what has been a really tough time for the family. A close bond had been formed by the end of their stay with the therapist team. We will be holding a Made for Life event at Una St Ives which includes full use of the facilities and a spa treat on Thursday 13th October – see the back page of this issue of Cornwall Living for more details and contact the lovely Juliette, our Made for Life Foundation Manager. October is Cancer awareness month. So if you know someone who needs some support, give them a hug, take time to go for a walk with them or go and take some time. Time is a precious gift.


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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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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.”

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It’s teatime

This summer the Garden Club at Trewartha care home celebrated the grand opening of Tilley’s Tea Room.


he team at Trewartha, Cornwall Care’s award-winning nursing home in the beautiful Carbis Bay, opened their garden summerhouse as a tea room in honour of one of their residents, Herbert ‘Rex’ Tilley. It was created as a space for families to spend quality time together; a welcoming and colourful room to relax in. Rex, who sadly passed away earlier this year, had been a resident at Trewartha since February 2010. He was a lovely, kind gentleman who was well loved by staff. Trewartha would like Rex and his wife Betty to be remembered. Betty has been very supportive over the years and is still involved with Trewartha, so the staff at the nursing home felt that naming the tea room after them would be a great way to say thank you for all she has done and for their wonderful time together. Betty was invited to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the Tea Room, where the gardening group invited relatives and staff to join the celebrations. Trewartha’s Manager Julia Tyldesley opened the afternoon with a beautiful speech, presenting bouquets of flowers to Di Webber and Wendy Mears of the Garden Club, thanking them for their hard work, and Geraldine Lavery (Board of Directors)

and Dawn Matthews-Smith (Operations Director) for attending. “Di and Wendy have helped make the garden look so beautiful again”, says Natalie Hudson, Cornwall Care’s Deputy Manager at Trewartha. “This year the Garden Club has been a huge success with flowers, fruit and vegetables in abundance. It has been a joy for our residents to get outside, get their hands dirty and feel included.” The Garden Club and residents have also produced some delicious jams and cakes this year, which they are selling to raise money for future gardening projects. It was an emotional opening, especially when Betty was presented with flowers, and a truly lovely afternoon. Lots of people turned out to support the team and residents, enjoying the delicious homemade cakes and tea in the tea room, celebrating the moment together in their sun hats and paying their respects to Rex Tilley. “It’s a day which I shall never forget and one which I shall always remember with great pride and love”, says Betty. “I’m sure Rex was watching from above and feeling very proud too.”

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Taking positive steps If you’re having foot trouble, surgery from Duchy Hospital may help to get you back on your feet.


othing beats a stroll along the beach, and with miles of beautiful coastline stretching the length of Cornwall, we’re really spoilt for choice here. But being on our feet for long stretches means we need to look after them too! “A lot of demand is put on the forefoot,” explains Mr Butler, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Duchy Hospital, Truro. The foot is an extremely complex structure, made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons. In fact, 25% of the bones in your body are found in your feet. A common problem is Hallux Valgus or ‘bunions’, causing a deformity at the base of the big toe. The enlarged joint can become inflamed as extra bone and tissue swelling grow and may cause painful rubbing on previously comfortable shoe wear, as well as pain and deformity in the lesser toes. First steps involve adjusting shoe wear or getting wider fitting shoes. Often referral to a podiatrist can help advise on shoe wear and exercises, perhaps recommending an orthotic (special insole) for your shoe. Antiinflammatory medication can also help. Corrective surgery may be useful for severe pain or deformity, if conservative measures haven’t proved successful. Arthritis of the big toe (Hallux Rigidus) is a common condition causing the toe’s base to stiffen, becoming very painful and often

leading to bone spurs. As it progresses, it can cause a prominent bump, affecting your gait, potentially contributing to metatarsalgia, forcing the lesser toes to work too hard. If conservative treatment fails, then injections or a big toe fusion, or, rarely, a partial joint replacement may help. Other conditions include claw toes, hammer toes and mallet toes, which may cause severe pain and rubbing or may contribute to metatarsalgia. Conservative measures are always the first option, such as a podiatry review, orthotics and a review of shoe wear. Surgery should only be considered as a last resort, bearing in mind that there are risks as well as benefits. But with proper patient selection and appropriate surgery with an expert orthopaedic surgeon, there is a very high chance of a good result in most patients. Surgery aims to improve symptoms and not provide a cure, and while there can be some associated complications, such as numbness or poor alignment, studies have shown that over 90% of patients are satisfied with the result. If you suffer with foot pain, it may be useful to consult an expert to ensure you have the correct diagnosis and treatment.

é ABOVE Mr Michael Butler, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


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Talking point As Cornwall welcomed its first TEDx event, Stephens Scown’s Managing Partner Robert Camp recounts this landmark occasion.

Sponsors TEDxTruro was possible thanks to the sponsorship of a number of local businesses: Stephens Scown, Jarrang, Sue Bradbury PR, PixelRain, Verity Westcott Photography, The Samphire Club, The Alverton Hotel, St Austell Printing Company and freelance designer Greg Matthews. Discover more Talks from the TEDxTruro event will be available on in the next few weeks.


nspired by the TED conference, where some of the world’s best thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives, TEDxTruro took place on 9th September at Truro’s Burrell Theatre. The theme of the day was ‘Time and Tide’. Stephens Scown is a solicitors firm with offices in Truro and St Austell. “Stephens Scown has sponsored TEDxExeter for the last couple of years and I’ve seen firsthand how inspiring these events can be”, explains Managing Partner, Robert Camp, “so I didn’t hesitate to give the firm’s backing to the first TEDx event taking place in Cornwall – and it certainly didn’t disappoint!” TEDxTruro was a chance to bring some fantastic speakers together to get the audience thinking and sharing ideas. The

Truro event featured fascinating talks on a diverse range of topics covering everything from marine conservation and searching for life in space, to grief and genetics. From untold Cornish stories to cutting edge research, the event showcased the great ideas that are being generated here in Cornwall. “It was a fabulous day and we hope that many more people will be able to enjoy the talks when they go online in the next few weeks,” Robert continues. One of the speakers, Victoria Milligan, focussed on overcoming tragedy and making the most of the time you have. Victoria’s life was torn apart in 2013 when she was involved in a speed boat accident in Padstow, which claimed the lives of her husband and eight-year-old daughter. “Another talk that I particularly enjoyed was Chris Williams from the New Economics Foundation”, says Robert, “who looked at fishing and the need for fresh thinking to ensure that the industry reaps the greatest benefits for society.” All of the speakers had a Cornish connection and Olivia Lowry, a Cornish writer and performer, talked about the inspiration for her play The Coastguard’s Daughter, based on true events which unfolded in and around her family home in Pentewan.

é ABOVE The inspiring Victoria Milligan ç LEFT Olivia Lowry’s ‘The Coastguard’s Daughter’


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Made for Life is holding a spa day at Una St Ives on 6th October, which includes use of the leisure facilities, a 30-minute spa treatment and a cream tea, for a special price of £20. The team will also be running a small sculpture workshop, with local artist Lizzie Stevens, on 20th October, at the Health and Wellbeing Centre, Truro. If you would like more information or to book a place at either event, please contact Juliette, the Made for Life Manager, on 01326 221777 or

ach issue we feature the Made For Life Foundation and the ongoing work that it does for those who find themselves diagnosed, fighting and recovering from cancer. Organising holistic treatments, organic makeovers, nutritional advice, art therapy as well as teaching meditation and relaxation techniques, the foundation is pivotal in lending a helping hand to those who need it most. Diane Knight who, like so many other individuals who’ve benefited from the amazing help that the foundation offers, shares her story so far and proves to us, once again, that this charity truly is made for life. “After months of strange bowel movements and occasional bleeding, I visited my GP who immediately referred me to a colorectal surgeon at Treliske Hospital, Truro”, explains Diane. “Everything happened so quickly – I really didn’t have time to think. Diagnosed with cancer on my rectum, my surgeon had every confidence that he could deal with it. After surgery to remove my rectum and building a ‘new one’, I was given the all-clear in January 2014 and I started to get on with my life – working from home as an IT Director whilst bringing up our two sons with my husband in beautiful Cornwall.”

However, it wasn’t long before Diane went back. “Things didn’t feel right and after several scans, in December 2014 I was diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic wall and incurable secondaries in my lungs. This time the news was devastating and having to tell my husband, family and friends was the worst experience of my life. No surgery now, just palliative chemotherapy.” How do you live with an incurable cancer diagnosis? “I needed support, I had plenty of medical support but I hadn’t a clue how to manage day to day. Then I found Made for Life. I met so many lovely people in a similar situation and discovered that the wonderful workshops are an amazing opportunity to forget your worries, but also to chat in confidence about your concerns and problems with people who really understand. If you are looking for hugs, comforting words and a little bit of fun, you should look up the next event on their website and come along – it really helps!”

éABOVE Diane Knight


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