Powerboat handling course with Camel Sailing and Powerboat Centre.

Five of us have just completed our RYA level 2 powerboat handling course with Camel Sailing and Powerboat Centre. Two days of eye-opening instruction in fast RIB’s with 115hp outboards. The River Camel estuary between Rock and Padstow is a haven for water-sports, including dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, waterskiing and small powerboats. Camel Sailing and Powerboat […]

St Merryn Steam Fair & Vintage Rally – 24 to 25 June 2017

The North Cornwall village of St Merryn, 3.5 miles South of Padstow, has been hosting the St Merryn Steam Fair & Vintage Rally since 1980, in aid of local charities. St Merryn Steam Fair & Vintage Rally As the name suggests local vintage vehicle owners regularly support the event including classic cars, tractors and steam […]

Cornish Gin judged world’s best, where to pick up a bottle or glass in Rock

Front of Spar shop Rock Cornwall white with slate roof

Cornish gin win – Judges at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 have awarded Tarquin’s Cornish Navy Seadog Gin Best of Class. Tarquin’s Cornish gin is distilled in small batches, the old-fashioned way, by the family owned, Southwestern Distillery, near Wadebridge in Cornwall. Being awarded Best of Class at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition […]

Clean beaches in Cornwall – Polzeath features in Cornwall Blue Flag awards 2017

Cornwall Blue Flag – Eight Cornish beaches have been awarded Blue Flags in 2017, including one of our favourites, Polzeath beach, just a few miles from Glen Valley Cottage. The Blue Flag awards are internationally recognised and give beach users reassurance that the beaches are clean, safe and well managed. They don’t just mean the […]

The Great Estate festival – exuberance amongst the Camellia – Redruth, Cornwall – 2 to 4 June 2017

Claiming to be ‘The Most Rambunctious Garden Fete’, the inaugural Great Estate event dates are 2 to 4 June 2017, at Scorrier House, Cornwall, near Redruth. It sounds like the peace and quiet of Scorrier House and its gardens, famed for exotic plants and amazing Camellia walks, is about to be shattered. This is clearly […]

Big improvements to our holiday accommodation in Cornwall

We were working hard last weekend to make your stay at our holiday accommodation in Cornwall even better. Like most visitors you’ll probably be out exploring and experiencing Cornwall in the day but we want to make sure Glen Valley holiday cottage is the perfect place for you to wake up to in the morning and come […]

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Polzeath holiday plans

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Polzeath holiday plans. It’s just been reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning a holiday in Polzeath and Rock in Cornwall. Apparently Polzeath is where Prince Harry and his brother William holidayed as children and he clearly has a soft spot for the area. To Prince Harry Polzeath […]

Glen Valley self catering cottage in Cornwall is getting a makeover

Glen Valley self catering cottage in Cornwall is already comfy, cosy and in a fabulous countryside location. As new owners we want to make it even better. So, we’re updating. Here’s some of what we’ve done so far: Kitchen update – gone are the dark wood cupboard doors, replaced by a nice and light contemporary […]