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Marvellous Mevagissey

Posted on 16 July 2018

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Coming home from the Eden Sessions (why did Gary Barlow chuck plastic confetti around? Duh...) I was roundly ticked off by a friend for saying I would 'just' be spending my next holiday in South Cornwall. 'Why 'just''? she admonished. 'Cornwall is wonderful.' She's right, of course. The point was that I 'just' wouldn't be travelling far, which seems pretty sensible to me, but trying to justify it just felt like digging myself further into trouble, so I just kept quiet. [OK we've got the point. Ed]

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I do like to be beside the seaside...

Posted on 6 July 2018

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Ah, the seaside: I'll share with you a few of my favourite things about it. Just looking at a sea view or wiggling my toes in the sand is enough to make me take a big, deep, oxygen-filled breath and relax. The Roseland Peninsula's clean, fresh air is a tonic for the soul.

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Views from the Sea

Posted on 29 June 2018

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How do you like your views in Cornwall? The Roseland Peninsula is full of gentle hills with gorgeous outlooks and one of the great attractions here is that you can see Cornwall on any scale, so your favourite view might just as easily be be green fields or wooded coves as a panoramic sea view.   

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Seeing Stars

Posted on 15 June 2018

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Here in Cornwall we are lucky to have fantastic, clear light during the day - hence it's beloved of so many artists - and very low levels of light pollution at night. That means wonderful opportunities for stargazing. Whether you're serious about stars or looking for a romantic retreat on a summer night, I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

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Pack light, eat local

Posted on 8 June 2018

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How much food do you take on holiday? Self-catering breaks are the perfect chance to sample local produce - and what a choice the Roseland has. Its fabulous pubs, cafes and restaurants are legendary and all our Cornish holiday cottages have well-equipped kitchens. You could even take a short cookery course while you're here.

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Ross the Boss

Posted on 5 June 2018

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Poldark's returning! The new series is apparently scheduled for early summer so quiver in your cornfields, whatever the weather outside this county is getting hot, hot, hot! If you were in Cornwall last autumn you might even have spotted the film crews, but nothing ever looks the same on screen so here's our quick guide to Roseland locations you might just recognise.

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Kiberick Cove

Posted on 30 May 2018

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A hidden gem If you're staying in one of our lovely cottages around Portloe or Veryan do make time for a stroll down to Kiberick Cove. This gorgeous spot is a real gem and one you could easily miss at high tide when there is no beach, just fabulous scenery.   

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Feeling blue? We can lift your spirits!

Posted on 9 May 2018

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Have you found a bluebell walk in Cornwall? Bluebell season on the Roseland can be quite early due to our mild climate, though nature is capricious so I'm not making any guarantees (sorry!). Here you can mix bluebell woods with a coastal walk in spring - truly the best of everything.

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Time in Tregony

Posted on 18 April 2018

Arriving at the Roseland Peninsular by road you'll probably go through Tregony, known as the Gateway to the Roseland. (And if that gives you a Peter Sellers flashback - you're thinking 'Bal-ham, gateway to the South', right? - you're not alone.) Anyway, Tregony is well worth a stop. You'll also find a convenience store and post office there, handy for self-catering and the fine holiday tradition of sending postcards.

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The Perfect Pasty

Posted on 4 April 2018

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Previously on this blog I've tried to tempt you with Cornish cream teas, so now for something savoury: the Cornish Pasty. Have you tried one? I mean, a real one? If your experience of a Cornish Pasty so far is something you bought in a hurry at a petrol station, please keep an open mind.

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Easter on the Roseland

Posted on 28 March 2018

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We love the Easter holidays in Cornwall. Here on the Roseland we welcome visitors all year round, but Easter is when you start to feel that little buzz of excitement.

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So much to do

Posted on 21 March 2018

When we're on holiday we do it the democratic way - we each choose something we'd like to do or see and then let the weather decide when's best to do it. The Roseland weather is great though, as it rarely scuppers any plans. One of the most popular choices is to pack a picnic and swimming gear and explore a small area near our holiday cottage on foot or by bicycle, without researching in advance. We love the element of surprise and always find something interesting.

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Ferries

Posted on 14 March 2018

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The Roseland being a peninsular, which means it sticks out into the sea. Obviously. What's less obvious is the tangle of waterways once you head inland - we don't go in for smooth curves around here! So that makes boats an ideal method of transport that's not only practical but also lets you visit places you couldn't easily reach with a car, and explore further afield if you're walking or cycling.

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Time for tea

Posted on 7 March 2018

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Yesterday I had my first Cornish cream tea of the season - it felt like being on holiday! The iconic Cornish clotted cream, in the traditional way with home-made scones and jam, and plenty of it. Plain scones, fruit scones... cooks love to add their own twist to a recipe and everyone's jam seems to turn out slightly different (mine certainly does!) so at every seaside cafe or farmhouse tea-room you get a unique and delicious taste of Cornwall. The debate over whether you put the jam or the cream on first will run and run - I'd say do whichever you like.

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Birders' paradise

Posted on 28 February 2018

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Our lovely Roseland Peninsular is a haven for birds - and for birders. And for those of us who perhaps can't identify species so well but just love seeing different birds it's every bit as rewarding.

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Winter walks

Posted on 7 February 2018

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The Roseland Peninsula is a walker's paradise. Whether you love to ramble all day or take an easy stroll, this part of Cornwall is perfect. First-time visitors might be surprised by the scenery, as it's quite different from the rest of the county.

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Don't hedge your bets

Posted on 27 January 2018

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Have you noticed our Cornish hedges? They are a special part of our heritage; in fact they count as historical monuments, and you'll soon meet them when you visit the Roseland Peninsula on holiday. 

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Welcome - whatever the time of year!

Posted on 10 January 2018

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Happy New Year, and a warm welcome to Cornwall from all of us at Portscatho Holidays.

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