Our Winter Escape with Cornish Gems

Having never been to Cornwall before, we invited interiors aficionado Sarah from The Copper Beech House to experience a stay with Cornish Gems.
Knowing Sarah has a keen eye for detail and design, whilst also being busy mum of two little ones, Sea Song in Falmouth ticked all the boxes for their family getaway by the sea.
Sarah gives us a sneak peek into their Cornish adventure last winter – for more information on how to
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Falmouth family friendly self catering

‘At the end of last year in November, (sick of various lockdowns and restrictions), my husband and I felt like we needed a little family break away. We have two boys Ted aged 3 and Raffy age 1 so being able to throw our life in to a car works perfectly for us – we don’t travel lightly!
We teamed up with Cornish Gems who we had previously stayed with at one of their beautiful apartments ‘Shoreline’ in St Ives over the Summer and that was it, we had fallen in love with Cornwall and got the bug!
When it comes to holidays in Cornwall, for us, Cornish Gems are the perfect people to deal with. I know they only accept holiday homes of a high standard, and each listing includes all the details you want to know making it simple to narrow down your selection and find what’s right for you. They really do think of everything.

My husband used to visit St Ives every year as a child, but it was my first time and I loved everything about it from the stunning beaches and quirky independent shops to the beachside bars and restaurants – what’s not to love? I felt like I was abroad, and it was the perfect escape and no need to sort covid passports etc … We couldn’t wait to go back.
This time we were lucky to be staying in Sea Song – one of Cornish Gems’ brand-new apartments, right by the beach and within easy reach of the pretty maritime town of Falmouth.

Falmouth holiday Cornwall

Having initially booked 3 nights away in the middle of November – yes, a British Winter staycation but stay with me because I’m going to convert you! – we enjoyed it so much, we extended our stay for the full week!

We packed up the car at 6.30am with coats, wellies, things for the beach, plenty of snacks for the boys and off we went on the 6-hour car ride from Cheshire to Falmouth. One of the reasons I’d always put off a trip to Cornwall was the long drive, but the roads were clear at this time of year – and the children were happy with games, snacks and even napped for most of it!
As the sat nav started to tell us we were almost there we drove along the sea front and could see
the newly built shiny apartment building -and we got very excited!
Ted wanted to do the honours of opening the front door, and his little face lit up when he walked inside and ran to the large windows looking out on to the beach and the green gardens below us. The boys loved finding the beautifully curated eco-friendly welcome packs for both adults and kids left on the beds. We enjoyed the organic chocolate, shortbread biscuits and local fizz, and the kids loved the edible ice cream spoons and games.

The balcony was HUGE, and the boys immediately started running round on it and jumping on the outdoor beanbags as we unpacked our luggage. The apartment was as you’d expect – immaculate and very stylishly furnished with a plush four poster bed in the master bedroom with soft furnishings by Cream Cornwall (a shop you must visit)! and a big rain shower in the en-suite.

Child friendly Cornwall holiday

Both bedrooms, the living and kitchen areas have big glass bi-fold doors opening on to the balcony – meaning that the sea view is never far away and, for the surfers and open water swimmers there is a shared storage room in the building to stash away wet sports equipment as well as a small utility cupboard in the apartment with a washer/dryer. The apartment has everything you could possibly need, and the kitchen house all the equipment required for baking or cooking up a feast – it is perfect.

Sea Song is a brilliant base to explore the best of Falmouth too. We walked across the road to the beach, built sandcastles and enjoyed hot chocolates with whipped cream and chocolate brownies from the beach hut café. The boys were wrapped up in cosy coats and hats which they loved, and we didn’t think twice about the weather, it felt like such a treat at that time of year to be outside on the beach! Lots of people were doing water sports, open water swimming and during the winter months dogs are allowed on the beach – so there was a great atmosphere even in November.
There’s a beach bar and restaurant and a snack hut and bakery opposite the apartment and there’s also a hotel next door to the apartment serving drinks and food.
A good 20-minute walk out (or bus ride) and we were in Falmouth town centre with everything we could need from supermarkets, museums, boat trips, independent restaurants, pubs and bars, coffee shops and of course, my favourite little quirky shops for browsing around.
We quickly felt at home here and rang Cornish Gems to extend our stay from three nights to seven – It was just the break we all needed, and the apartment felt like our own for the week.
Most of the time we ate out, making the most of Falmouth’s great foodie scene, but we also put the boys to bed early on a couple of nights so that we could have a glass of wine wrapped up on the balcony, before watching Netflix on the sofa with a local take away and putting our feet up after a long day of adventuring – a true home from home!

Cornwall self catering

We keep getting asked which holiday we preferred, St Ives or Falmouth? and we really can’t decide because both offer something different, and we loved both trips equally. We are heading back to St Ives this Summer staying at ‘Little In Sight’ another Cornish Gems property but this time we are taking my sister and brother-in-law with us for their first Cornish adventure too – and we can’t wait!

Have a wonderful adventure wherever you choose in Cornwall, relax, enjoy quality time with your loved ones and soak up the sea views.  Love Sarah, Jon, Ted & Raffy x’

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Spring Into Cornwall

Spring into Cornwall with Exclusive Offers from Cornish Gems.

Spring in Cornwall is all about shaking off the winter blues a little earlier than most of the country. Of course, the milder weather and lighter evenings make it a perfect time to explore our beautiful county.

At Cornish Gems we are always striving for a guest experience that exceeds expectations. This spring we are pleased to announce our new and exclusive holiday extras. These include, private dining experiences, luxury pamper packages as well as divine culinary adventures. Bookable by guests from within their online guest account, these additions are designed to perfectly complement an idyllic Cornish break.

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Coastal Book Emma Fashokun

Our Sustainability Journey

Cornish Gems: Our Sustainability Journey.

At Cornish Gems we have always loved Cornwall, the landscape, the coast, the culture and the people. We understand that loving Cornwall is not enough, we are pro- actively searching for ways across the business to reduce our impact on the planet.

Of course we recognise that there are no quick fixes to climate change. However, we are also determined to contribute what we can, in every way that we can to build a more sustainable future.

We have been heartened by the recognition that we, as a company have received in recent months for our efforts. Following on from being shortlisted for a ‘Carbon Neutral’ award at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards we were thrilled to receive a Green Tourism Silver award. The internationally recognised accreditation was received after fulfilling the wide ranging requirements in the application process.

Green tourism Award Cornwall

Last week it was confirmed that our team member, Emma Fashokun is a finalist in the ‘Unsung Hero’ category for the upcoming Cornwall Tourism Awards. She was nominated for her long standing commitment to sustainability.  Working within her role at Cornish Gems she has championed corporate community responsibility and the plastic free movement.

Here are some of the sustainable projects that we have implemented in the last year:

The Welcome Gift:

We undertook to revamp our welcome packs post- Covid. Our goals were to support Cornish producers and suppliers and minimise food miles. To reduce the waste of unwanted products. To remove unnecessary journeys from the distribution process. Finally to also offer our guests luxurious, local and sustainable choices.

The solution we arrived at was to give our guests 6 options that they could select from within the booking process. They can also change their minds and amend their choice within their guest accounts.

Kids Packs:

We also launched a  sustainably-focused kids packs in 2021 that can be added to the Welcome Gift. Featuring our coastal activity book including an original poem and beautiful illustrations. Children will be led through the wonders of the Cornish coastline and how to help look after it. There is a strong plastic free and ocean conscious message running through the book. 

Coastal Book Emma Fashokun

The kids pack also includes Cornish Wildflower seeds to encourage re-wilding and the creation of insect friendly habitats, wooden pencils, edible ice cream spoons and a plastic-free packaged snack.

The Coastal Activity book and Cornish wildflower seeds are also available in our online Cornish Gems Shop.

Charity of the Year:

Every year Cornish Gems select a ‘Charity of the Year’. In previous years we have supported Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Air Ambulance and the RNLI. In 2021 we voted to champion ‘Surfers Against Sewage’. Our guests can opt to add a donation to their booking of £2 – £25, so far this year, we have raised over £2000. 

Wooden Bellyboards Eco Holiday Cornwall sustainability

We have also organised beach cleans and given away wooden bellyboards via Instagram, asking people to ‘leave only your footprints.’

Our Virtual Forest:

Since the inception of our virtual forest last June we have planted 407 trees in communities around the world. This has offset nearly 153 tonnes of CO2 emissions. We have calculated that this is the estimated equivalent of offsetting the carbon footprint of around 3000 car journeys from across the UK to Cornwall. 

Guests have selected to plant trees as their welcome gift. We also have thanked our owners for their support throughout the pandemic with a tree gift. Finally our employees can ‘purchase’ trees via our reward scheme and we also gift a tree to employees on their birthday.

Car Chargers at our Properties:

  • The advantages of electric cars to the environment over traditional petrol cars are well documented. Above all they include zero exhaust emissions which improves our air quality and well being.  Six of our properties currently feature electric car charging points, we will be working in 2022 to increase this number. They are:
  • Wavewatcher: Myenergi ZAPPI 7kw fast charging point.
  • Sunset: TESLA electric charging point.
  • Menydh House: shared Pod Point charging point.
  • Treloan Barn: Pod Point charging point.
  • Little Spring: TESLA electric charging point.
  • Bankside: Electric charging point.
  • Ilha View and Ocean’s Edge: Pod Point charging point
  • The Dairy and The Cowshed: Smart 7.2KWh car charger

Electric car chargers Cornwall cottage holiday

What’s Next?

As a Cornish company it is embedded in our core values to look after the beautiful county where we live and work. Finally, more than that, it is about providing quality Cornish holidays whilst endeavouring to reduce our impact on our planet.

Keep up to date with our sustainability journey here.

Sustainable Christmas

A Sustainable Cornish Christmas

How to Have a Sustainable Christmas in Cornwall.

This Christmas we once again look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy the festive season with family and friends in our beautiful properties. For many people, locals and visitors, reducing their environmental impact has become an increasingly important priority. With that in mind we’ve put together a guide to some of the simple ways that you can have a sustainable Cornish Christmas.

 

Staycation:

The closer we stay to home, the lower our seasonal travel related carbon footprint is. Global aviation accounts for an estimated 2-3% of all CO2 emissions. So for all those spending the festive season in the UK, your Christmas carbon footprint will be much reduced.

In addition, if you are looking to spend Christmas in Cornwall, Cornish Gems will plant a tree in our virtual forest for all of our guests on the 25th of December to say ‘Seasons Greetings’ and thank you for choosing us.

Tree Nation Partner

In our properties we reuse Christmas decorations and trees, creating that magical Christmas atmosphere without unnecessary waste.

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Christmas in Cornwall

Cornwall’s Top 5 Christmas Adventures

The magic of a Cornish Christmas adventure is hard to beat.  Crunching through golden leaves, sipping local mulled ciders at festive markets, that bracing boxing day swim and of course carols around the fishing harbours. It truly is a most wonderful time of the year and we invite you to share your adventures with us.  Read on for our top 5 favourite adventures for the whole family. Read more

Portreath holiday

Portreath, Porthtowan and Tehidy: Discovering Cornwall

Portreath, Porthtowan and Tehidy

We never need an excuse to visit the beautiful section of Cornwalls’ north coast that encompasses Portreath and Porthtowan. Especially with sandy beaches nestled between dramatic cliffs, inspiring coastal path walks, rolling Atlantic surf and strolls around the scenic woods at Tehidy, there truly is something for everyone.

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Cornish landscape

Cornish Gems Teams up With CHT

Cornwall Heritage Trust

There’s so much more to Cornwall than Cornish cream teas and beaches, although we love both!  Cornish Gems have teamed up with Cornwall Heritage Trust to provide an exclusive opportunity to our guests to discover and explore some of the most iconic sites in Cornwall. Our guests now have the opportunity to choose an annual family membership to the Cornwall Heritage Trust as their complimentary welcome gift.

With historic and culturally significant sites across the county there’s plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the heritage and legacies of Cornwall.

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Top Ten Large Holiday Homes for Indulgent Escapes

Our incredible Cornish Cribs collection showcases the best large holiday homes in Cornwall. From mid-summer gatherings with cliff-top hot tubs, to Yuletide celebrations in the grandest of dining rooms,  read on to discover our top ten large holiday homes for gatherings. Your dream Cornish Crib awaits!

Situated in breathtaking locations around Cornwall, our Cribs pull out all the stops when it comes to luxury holidaying, featuring everything from cinema rooms to hot tubs, private beach access to serene wellness spas.

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Five Reasons to Visit St Mawes and The Roseland

Bursting with coastal heritage and charm, there are so many reasons to visit St Mawes and The Roseland. Sitting on Cornwall’s south coast, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a haven for walkers, wildlife watchers and water sports lovers. While if winding down onboard a picturesque boat trip is more your thing, St Mawes is just the place.Read more