Are you festival ready for Cornwall this Summer?

Are you festival ready for Cornwall this Summer?

Here comes the sun, it’s summer in Cornwall and there are festivals galore to visit at this time of year. Cornwall has literally hundreds of can’t miss festivals to choose from, and we have done our best to gather information on the best of them for you, in preparation for your stay with us at Cornwall Holiday Retreats.

Now is the time to get your holiday friends or family together to decide where to go and what to do in Cornwall.

Mousehole Sea, Salts and Sail Festival – 1st – 3rd July.

Although it’s not the nearest festival to us, it may be one of the more interesting festivals to visit. Here you can see a fleet of historic and classic vessels congregate at Mousehole harbour, and you can imagine what the area was like in its heyday as an important fishing port on Cornwall’s coast. Of course, live music, local street vendors, cookery demos and so much more will entertain the masses.

Tropical Pressure Festival 15-17 July

The culture, music, and dance of Africa, The Caribbean and Latin America visits the northern town of Porthtown this summer. A family friendly festival there is a crafts area for under 10’s to enjoy, superb workshops and non-stop fun to be had.

Rock Oyster Festival 29-31 July

Calling all foodies to this years Rock Oyster Festival, chef Jack Stein will lead out a phenomenal programme of events including banquets, pop up restaurants and culinary masterclasses. Live music will be provided by the Happy Mondays and Laura Mvula no less, and of course an abundance of oysters shall be consumed!

Victoria Gardens Band Concerts (Sundays May to September)

Not strictly speaking a festival, the Victoria Gardens Band Concerts will take place each Sunday during the summer, where a brass band from Cornwall will perform at this beloved bandstand. All concerts start at 2.30pm for 90 minutes and are free to enjoy. Located in the town of Truro.

Don’t forget to pack your raingear, water bottle, phone charger, snacks and lots of energy, you’ll need it. To check availability for one of our self-catering cottages, just get in touch with us.

Cornwall top of the Staycation hotspots

2022 Continues to see Cornwall top of the Staycation hotspots

2020 – 2021 were the years where many people experienced disappointment after disappointment when their long-earned holiday plans abroad were postponed and cancelled because of the pandemic. As the saying goes, ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ and for many the chance to rediscover the joys of holidaying was something of a wonderful surprise.

Cornwall has been named the UK’s favourite destination for holidays in the British Travel Awards for an amazing 8 years running. In 2021, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce estimated that an additional 30,000 people visited their region compared to previous year.

It is easy to see why we continue to draw first time and repeat visitors to our doorstep in Cornwall. We have all this for you and your loved ones to enjoy:

  • 300 miles of stunningly beautiful coastline
  • 12 areas of majestic and outstanding natural beauty including the dramatic cliffs of the North and of course the hypnotic hills of Bodmin Moor, where our self-catering accommodation is situated.
  • Incredible choice of mouth-watering restaurants, cafes, and bars.
  • Over 2,400 miles of inland walking trails
  • Exciting and educational visitor attractions

As we leave Easter behind and head into what’s going to be one of our busiest booking seasons yet, our advice is to source and book your Cornwall Accommodation early.

“Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

– Henry David Thoreau.

NOW is the time to put your dates in the diary and secure your preferred dates to stay in Cornwall. Cornwall Holiday Retreats have two quality holiday apartments to rent out this year.

Mother’s Day

Treat your Mum to a short break in Cornwall for Mother’s Day

This year we celebrate Mothering Sunday on March 27th. If you are looking for a special way of spoiling the mother in your life, our Cornwall Holiday Retreat properties may very well have all the ingredients that you are looking for. We are in St Breward, on Bodmin moor, with miles of glorious walking trails on our doorstep. There are also so many things to do just a short drive away where you can pamper your Mum on her special break, including a trip to Camel Valley Vineyard, and a visit to one of our fine sandy beaches.

You may decide to bring the family away on your Mother’s Day short break, or you may prefer to have some 1 to 1 special time with Mum. Either way, we have the self-catering accommodation to suit your needs.

Treview is our eco apartment that can comfortably sleep up to 6 people, and with two first floor double rooms, and a ground floor bedroom, breakfast in bed for Mum will be easy to organise!

The Old Coffee Shop is perfect for 2 or 3 guests and has a charming small garden by the stream where you can serve Mum afternoon tea.

For a delicious Dinner within walking distance of our accommodation, you can feast at the nearby ‘Old Inn’, or just a short drive away is “Cornwall’s most famous smuggling inn” who are hosting some great fun Ghost Hunts and Murder Mystery events over March and April weekends.

On Sunday, March 27th, Pentille Castle and Estate will open their doors and welcome guests to amble around the historic woodland gardens and enjoying local refreshments, foraging walks, and afternoon tea!

Don’t let another year slip by without treating your very special mum to a very special break at the Cornwall Holiday Retreats, we can’t wait to welcome you!


Romantic Breaks are not just for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we are bombarded with messages inviting us to stock up on cards, flowers, chocolates, and the pressure to deliver that special something on the day can be immense.

If you are more spontaneous and prefer the idea of whisking off the love in your life to spend quality time, Cornwall, we suggest that you bypass February 14th, and consider a break to Bodmin Moor, in March, just after Half Term and before the Easter rush starts.

March in Cornwall means you can still enjoy that perfect, peaceful private time with each other, find a deserted beach for you to stroll hand in hand on, discover new pastimes and hobbies to keep that spark alive and get your minibreak at a reasonable price ahead of peak season.

If all this sounds good, check out our availability here at the Cornwall Holiday Retreats to find a date that suits you both. If it’s just the two of you looking for a loved up break, we suggest you consider booking our eco-friendly “The Old Coffee Shop” which starts at just £79 per night in Low Season, March included! For more info visit here.

When you come and stay with us, here are a few typically Romantic things to do in the area!

  • GHOST HUNT at the nearby Jamaica Inn. Cling on to each other as tight as you can as a night of paranormal shenanigans await at one of these special evening events. Booking advised.


  • STARRY NIGHTS. Grab your warmest clothes, cuddle up close to your loved one and don’t forget to pack the champagne as you head up towards North Cornwall for some stargazing! The Cornwall sky is famous for its beautiful twinkling night sky.


  • ARE YOU A POLDARK FAN? As a couple you may have a common interest in all things Poldark. Then head to west Cornwall, and find the spot where Ross takes a dip in the ocean as he is secretly watched by Demelza……swoon, then off you go and recreate the scene yourselves!

So, if you are deliberating a weekend break in Cornwall just to buy in to Valentine’s Day, take a moment and remember that romance is something that should come from the heart. We look forward to meeting you soon at the Cornwall Holiday Retreat.

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Isn’t this a sight for sore eyes!

Going Underground

Even if we do say so ourselves, us folks in Cornwall really know how to think outside the box! We just had to tell you about this amazing event happening very near to us here at the Cornwall Holiday Retreats in Bodmin next month. If you are a movie fan, read on!

A unique cinematic experience awaits you in the depths of the earth, where a season of classic films has been shown in the amazing Carnglaze Caverns. The last remaining show will be shown on the 23rd October, the all-time crowd pleasing “ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”. This former slate mine which is a huge part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage will be transformed into an amazing cinema venue to tantalise all your senses. A word of warning though, as the Caverns are underground we would suggest that you dress for the winter where the temperature remains at a constant 10C. A good jumper and waterproof footwear are recommended.

Tickets are on sale from and Carnglaze Caverns are only 12 miles from our self-catering accommodation in Cornwall.

Lights out for Darker Sky’s

A little further away from in Penzance is a temporary exhibition running until November 20th 2021 entitled “Lights out for Darker Sky’s”. Celebrating the beauty of the night sky in Cornwall, its supports West Penwith’s application for International Dark Sky Park Status. If the night sky and all things nocturnal fascinate you, this is not to be missed.

These are just some of the innovative and inventive activities going on in Cornwall this autumn and winter.

Don’t miss out on the chance to experience all that Cornwall has to offer and book your stay at Cornwall Holiday Retreat soon to get the best choice of dates to suit. And remember, BOOK DIRECT to get the best rates.


Treat yourself to a romantic autumn break in Cornwall

As the kids return to school, and the rush of summer holidays in Cornwall tapers to an end, it may be just the perfect time for couples looking for a romantic break away to head for Cornwall Holiday and stay at our cosy, intimate Cornwall Holiday retreat apartments. Our 2 apartments located in the heart of Bodmin are walking distance from the village, yet you still enjoy privacy for your entire stay with us.

In September and October as the colours of autumn start to change Cornwall’s beautiful landscape, what could be more romantic than glorious walks with the falling leaves scrunching beneath your feet? There are so many walks to choose from including riverside, parkland and of course endless coastal walks, all within easy reach of Cornwall Holiday Retreats.

At the end of the day, cosy up for some local food and beverages at the nearby pub, including the renowned Jamaica Inn, who also offer some spooky Autumn themed evenings to enjoy (or endure for some!)

As the sun goes down in Cornwall, you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of one of our stunning sunsets, and we would suggest that the West Coastline offers magnificent panoramic views from which to enjoy our gorgeous sunsets hand in hand.

So not only will you fall in love (again) with each other on a romantic break but we know that you will fall in love with Cornwall in the autumn, when you visit us here at Cornwall Holiday Retreats.

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National Trust Cornwall

What you need to consider before booking your holiday rental

“Staycation” is here to stay for the foreseeable future for obvious reasons. For the last few years, online search has become the no. 1 way of researching, planning and booking our own holidays and short breaks. We are very proud of our Cornwall holiday retreat properties that are available to book online, and are so pleased with all the feedback we have received about our properties, location and local facilities, so thank you!

If you haven’t booked with us yet and are wondering how if either our “Treview” or “Old Coffee shop” apartments are right for you and your group, perhaps the below may help you decide.

Is location the most important factor for you?

If you are looking for a quiet, rural location surrounded by nature, yet nearby to a village and facilities including a village pub, village shop and all wi fi, we think you will be very happy here. We are also surrounded by a wide variety of moor walks and of course within easy driving distance of several award winning Cornish beaches. 

To Self-Cater or not, that is the question?

Do like staying in hotels where most of your needs including meals are catered for….or are you more comfortable with the communal space of an apartment where you can relax and enjoy dining and spending time together as a couple, family or group?  All our apartments are very kitted out and offer all the usual facilities including a well equipped kitchen, superb laundry facilities, free parking and more.

The all-important question, your budget?

Most people will have a general idea of what their overall budget is. Are you factoring in transport costs? Food and beverage costs? Dining out costs? Attractions and activities? How many nights are you looking to spend away? Older guests tend to have more disposable income, whereas younger guests may look to split your budget and ensure maximum occupancy of your chosen property. The time and effort you spend ensuring you are planning a holiday that you can afford, will pay dividends in the long run. offer excellent value with our properties starting from just £37 per person per night in high season! (*Price based on 3 sharing the Old Coffee Shop, Arrival August 2021, for a min 7 night stay)

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Cornwall Holidays

Summer in Cornwall – Our Beaches are worth the VISIT ALONE!

As we head into peak Summer time in Cornwall, we just HAVE to give our glorious beaches more than a mention. Did you know that Cornwall has over 300 beaches to visit?

Families will love some of the iconic wide sandy beaches, where you and your kids can enjoy hours of fun building sandcastles or just catching the tide with your toes! If you are looking for a more romantic beach, then head for one of our intimate coves where you and your loved one can just be together and savour those magic moments. Make sure to visit this link to find the perfect beach to pass your lazy summer days! READ MORE

Bodmin moor is on our doorstep, and the majority of visitors to Cornwall Holiday retreats have chosen to stay with us because a walker’s paradise is right outside our doorstop. Can you imagine stepping out of your accommodation and you are surrounded by nature at its finest moment? We are often asked about walks and hikers routes and so we suggest that you click here to find something to suit your time frame and fitness level. READ MORE

This year we have all discovered the benefits of paying more attention to our overall health and wellbeing and can say from experience that 90% of guests who stay at the Cornwall Holiday retreats will enjoy at least one walk around Bodmin in addition to some therapeutic time at one of many Cornwall beaches.

So, when the sun goes down here in Cornwall, not only will it be a sunset to remember but you will want to learn about some many local legends and stories that is all part of the intriguing tapestry that Cornwall is……….however we shall leave these stories until next time! Have a great summer stay in Cornwall, at the Cornwall Holiday Retreats!

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