Although not obliged to do so, we have decided to limit availability in July and August as a “gold standard” to ensure that there is a gap between each set of guests and to give our wonderful housekeepers additional time for cleaning. In addition, we have new comprehensive cleaning protocols and a confirmation protocol will be completed for each cottage prior to your arrival. We are proud to say that we have been awarded the Visit Britain Covid secure kitemark in recognition of all our work in this regard.
We have also put in place policies to make booking easy and risk free: • reserve your stay with us now for September – December 2020 and we will guarantee to return your deposit if we are not able to welcome you or if you are unable to come for any reason relating to Covid-19. Just let us know 7 days before your arrival date.
Thank you for supporting us during tremendously challenging circumstances be it by booking with us,or following us on social media. We really do appreciate it.
The traditional Cornish Pasty is (and very firmly remains) an absolute favourite in Cornwall. It isn’t a myth – the Cornish still eat and love our pasties! Any holiday to Cornwall would be incomplete without having at least one – or preferably more!
Why does Cornwall have pasties?
Pasties began as a necessity. By the 18th Century, the humble pasty was the food eaten by poor working families. Filling a pastry case with vegetables such as potato, onion and swede was a cheap way to feed a family. Meat would have been too extravagant at this time, although a few scraps of cheap meat might have been added now and again.
A little later, when Cornish mining reached its heyday, the wives of Cornish tin and copper miners would prepare these all-in-one meals to provide sustenance for their spouses during their gruelling days down the dark, damp mines. Pasties were taken down the mines by the adults and children who worked there; the shape and size made them ideal for carrying, and they became the staple for the daily ‘crib’ or ‘croust’ – Cornish dialect for a bite to eat, usually taken mid-morning. The miners gave the pasty its distinctive D shape too – the crust became a handle, which was discarded to prevent contaminating the food with grubby, possibly arsenic-ridden hands.
“A dreamer, I walked enchanted, and nothing held me back.” ― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
Dame Daphne du Maurier’s Cornish legacy knows no bounds. Her most famous novels have never been out of print, and many have been adapted for the big screen, including the psychological thriller ‘Rebecca’. Here at Cosawes Barton we are lucky to be very close to several Daphne Du Maurier locations.
Frenchman’s Creek, on the Helford River (approx. 25 minutes’ drive from Cosawes Barton)
The tranquil backwaters of the Helford River provide the setting for one of du Maurier’s great love stories. Named after the enchanting inlet known as Frenchman’s Creek, the tale tells of Lady Dona St. Columb, who escapes to her husband’s remote Cornish estate and encounters outlaw and pirate Jean-Benoit Aubéry. You can discover the creek by boat tour with Helford River Cruises or enjoy a walk from Helford village with the iwalkcornwall app (highly recommended). If you are feeling brave you can even go for a dip in the beautiful Helford.
After your trip, have a beautiful lunch or dinner at the idyllic Ferryboat Inn
Pendennis Castle, Falmouth (approx. 10 minutes’ drive from Cosawes Barton)
Built by Henry VIII to help protect Falmouth from marauders, Pendennis Castle stands upon a rocky cape overlooking Falmouth Harbour. The castle features in The King’s General – a romance set during the English Civil War.
Pendennis is a fascinating place to visit for young and old alike.
And a little further afield:
Menabilly, on the Gribben Peninsula.
The Menabilly estate was once Daphne’s home and served as the inspiration for her most celebrated novel, Rebecca. Du Maurier lived in the house and based Manderley on it. The house is now in private hands and not open to visitors but is surrounded by several beautiful walks, many of which pick up and follow the ancient coastal path to Gribben Head where Daphne once strolled. Once again, we highly recommend the iwalkCornwall app to guide you.
Summer 2021 is the moment to embrace outdoor dining – you can’t beat eating outside with beautiful sea or river views. And this year particularly it is worth planning ahead! So to help our summer guests to make the most of their long-awaited stays, we have put together a list of just a few of our favourite places to eat outside:
Loe Beach Café – beautiful local café very close by – overlooking the Fal Estuary. The cafe can be found at the foot of a steep hill, nestled next to the beach. It really is as idyllic as it sounds. Accompanying the view is a range of home cooked and locally sourced foods, fresh homemade cakes, Callestick ice cream and Cornish coffee. Loe Beach is also great for water sports – try your hand at kayaking or have a go on a paddle board! Approx. 10 minutes drive from Cosawes.
The Pandora Inn– absolutely iconic pub in nearby Restronguet. Multi award winning with great food. Eat outside on the pontoon – gorgeous! Approx 15 minutes drive from Cosawes.
Muddy Beach, Penryn This lovely little eatery offers excellent food and drink in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The name Muddy Beach comes from the local nickname for the beach opposite the café – a great place for wildlife and wading birds. Gorgeous views! Approx 10 minutes drive from Cosawes.
The Heron Inn – a beautiful spot near Truro. Advance booking necessary for outside tables. Wonderful food and service. Amazing views and very easy advanced booking process. Approx. 20 minutes drive from Cosawes.
Birdies Bistro – Birdies Bistro sits on the edge of the RSPB’s Hayle nature reserve in Lelant and gives prime views over the estuary. At the moment Birdies plans to open in May.
The Thirstea Company– run by the lovely Seth and Jodi Richards and set on Towan beach on the Roseland. Also planned for summer 2021 – a pop up on Carne Beach. Popular with the locals – for very good reason!
Godrevy CafeThis chalet-style cafe with sea views offers breakfasts and light lunches to surfers and walkers. Absolutely lovely spot on a glorious beach on the North Coast. Further information can be found on the Facebook page – https://m.facebook.com/Godrevy-Cafe
Origin Café, Porthleven Amazing coffee and cakes – this little cafe is set in the lovely harbour town of Porthleven. Seating overlooking the harbour. Well worth a visit!
The Hidden Hut– Porthcurnick beach. Featured in many national papers and Sunday supplements – do not miss the Hut! Great food – the queue can get very long – but well worth it! And with a view like that, you won’t mind anyway!
Tatams– just a lovely spot in beautiful Portscatho on the Roseland. A bit of a drive (and ferry ride!) but worth it. Coffee, hot chocolate and a small bakery counter – cheese & ham filled croissants, breakfast pasties, flapjacks and Portuguese custard tarts. Outdoor seating is available on the sea bar.
Thinking about all of these lovely places has made us hungry! Let us know if you have any local favourites that you think should be added!
Are you looking for a wedding venue that offers gorgeous weddings and 5* award winning accommodation at a great price? With our winter wedding offers you will have an amazing three day stay at a wonderful venue that always has (and always will) specialise in smaller weddings.
Example small wedding packages at Cosawes Barton
We can tailor your package to suit your requirements, and to give you an idea of costs we’ve put together a few example packages which we hope will help you to get a feel for the sort of thing we can offer.
Elopement for up to 6
This wonderful elopement package can be booked on selected dates between 1 November 2021 and February 2022 (other than Christmas and New Year). The price includes use of the estate grounds and gardens, use of ceremony spaces, use of one of our three 5* cottages, a pre-meet, on the day attendance of our wedding coordinator and the lovely owners to act as witnesses.
A 3-night stay in one of the 5* cottage for up to 6 and your wedding day at Cosawes Barton – £975
A three-course wedding meal for 6, plus a small naked wedding cake by Indulgence Catering – £660
Exclusive hire for 18 packages below are available on selected dates between 1 November 2021 and February 2022. Includes exclusive use of the estate grounds and gardens, use of ceremony spaces, use of our three 5* cottages sleeping up to 18, a pre-meet and on the day attendance of our wedding coordinator.
A 3-night stay our three 5* cottages sleeping up to 18 and your wedding day at Cosawes Barton – £2625
A three-course feasting meal for 18, plus a small naked wedding cake by Indulgence Catering – £1500
Greetings from beautiful Cornwall! Sending good wishes to all of you and hoping you are well. We are absolutely delighted to announce that Cosawes Barton has been named as one of the top three self-catering cottage providers in Cornwall by the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2020/2021. A testament to our family business, our team and to this lovely timeless place.
It really is a privilege to be named amongst so many brilliant Cornish businesses including pubs, restaurants and activity providers – all keen to look after you during you stay. To see the full list of Cornwall Tourism Awards winners see the Awards website.
We would love to welcome you to stay with us when you are able. This summer is already very busy, but we do have a few available dates left:
Here at Cosawes Barton, we specialise (and have only ever specialised) in small weddings and elopements. Having chosen a small wedding ourselves many years ago – we completely understand why our couples choose this option. So what makes elopements to Cosawes so magical? Why choose to elope to Cosawes Barton?
A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH
We are a family business – so planning your wedding is personal! You will either speak to Louise or to your designated Wedding Co-ordinator and you will always know who is going to respond to any queries – however big or small – we are here to help!
5* GOLD AWARD RATED ACCOMMODATION
Most of our couples choose to stay with us for a three-night break. This gives them a chance to settle in to one of our 5* cottages, have a look at ceremony locations, chat with us about any last-minute questions and ….relax!
FREEDOM TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN WEDDING TEAM
On the day of your wedding, your suppliers will come to you in your cottage and you can get ready together or separately – whichever you prefer – whilst we set up your ceremony location for you. You are totally free to choose your own suppliers or we can put a supplier team together for you to meet your style and budget.
GORGEOUS OUTDOOR OR INDOOR CEREMONY SPACES
Your ceremony can be held outside in our beautiful woodland arbour – at the end of Cornwall’s longest “natural aisle” – or inside in our traditional courtyard room. You are welcome to arrange a ceremony with the Registrars, the Cornish Celebrants or hold a handfasting – whichever suits you best. We are happy to act as your witnesses if you would like us to do so – it would be an honour!
FANTASTIC PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
After your ceremony you are very welcome to have photographs in the gardens or you can be whisked off to the beach by one of our team of fabulous elopement photographers.
You can then enjoy your wedding breakfast prepared by local chefs – which can range in formality from a three course sit down celebration with your own private chef to a romantic picnic hamper for the beach. And because of your smaller numbers your choice of menu and quality of food served is absolutely amazing!
Our elopements can be simple or decadent, quiet or flamboyant. You are not bound by convention and the day is yours!
We would love to be your venue – and hope to hear from you soon.
Here at Cosawes Barton, we are so lucky to be surrounded by 17 acres of private estate and countryside. The winter wildlife in Cornwall has been amazing this year – particularly over lockdown when the number of species on the estate seemed to grow. For our guests who love wildlife, there are so many opportunities for bird and animal spotting – even in mid-winter.
So, what animals and birds do we have on the estate?
Majestic buzzards survey the wintry fields at this time of year, and tawny owls make their residence known on cold winter evenings.
Woodpeckers, nuthatches, and treecreepers are busy searching for food on the trunks of older trees, and our resident colony of pipistrelle bats in the cart shed take the opportunity to sleep and keep warm in their sheltered hiding place.
You might assume that many animals will be out of sight in winter but deer, badgers, otters, squirrels, foxes, and moles are active throughout the season.
Although dormice are elusive, even when awake, winter is an excellent time to look for signs that they are around. Rummaging amongst fallen leaves in our hazel trees, you may see nuts that have been nibbled. A smooth, perfect hole with outward sloping edges on the side of the nut is a tell-tale sign of dormouse activity.
Woodland walks may also offer tantalising glimpses of deer seen through bare tree trunks. The white, heart-shaped rumps of retreating roe deer are easy to identify. We had a family of deer living in our woodland over lockdown – glorious!
Further afield in Cornwall
Don’t forget the coastline in winter. The crashing waves may well wash some interesting wildlife onto the beach, such as the strange jellyfish-like creatures known as velella or by-the-wind sailors. Rock pooling can also be a year-round occupation.
The extreme South West is good for spotting dolphins and other marine mammals, while seals haul up on beaches around Cornwall and appear at St Ives harbour during high tides. You may see seal heads bobbing in the water near a beach or hauled out onto beaches. We can suggest good seal spotting vantage points for you.
Marazion Marsh, near Penzance:This is Cornwall’s largest reedbed, and an RSPB reserve where flocks of starlings visit some years, birds including bitterns and overwintering chiff-chaffs can be seen, plus many mammals and plants. Goonhilly Downs, The Lizard:Look out for merlin, hen harrier and short-eared owl.
Here at Cosawes Barton, we are trying to reduce our impact on the environment. We know lots of our guests are trying to do the same too! More of us are opting for electric vehicles as we try to be greener. After thinking about all the options, Andy and I have decided to take the plunge and have a 100% electric vehicle of our own. We know that many of our guests either already have electric vehicles or will do in the near future. However, we appreciate that unless you have easy access to charging points, holidaying by EV can be stressful. That’s why we have decided to install a new electric car charging point at Cosawes Barton for use by our guests, to make electric vehicle travel hassle-free. So, from early 2021, you can relax in the comfort of your cottage here at Cosawes Barton while your vehicle powers up for tomorrow’s Cornish adventures!
It’s not just cars either! You can even find electric boats now! The Kingsley II is a new hybrid electric passenger ferry on the Fal River from Trelissick, near Truro to St Mawes. This classic wooden ferry boat was built by Cornish boatbuilder Percy Mitchell in 1934 and has recently been adapted to be powered by both electrical and diesel engines, with the helmsman being able to switch from one to the other with ease.
We are lucky to have a number of linked ferries up and down the Fal, so it is easy to explore this beautiful river without needing to use the car. Enterprise Boats travel the River Fal between Truro and Falmouth, making several stops along the way so you can make it a full day out, visiting Trelissick, St Mawes and Falmouth before the return journey. Details of ferries and timings can be found at www.falriver.co.uk and you can save 10% if you buy online.
This months blog is by the lovely Louise from Experience Cornwall Tours – a business also based in Ponsanooth that we are delighted to be able to recommend to our guests.
“Come rain or shine, Cornwall is a stunning county to visit, with its golden beaches, endless coastal walks, must see landmarks, mining heritage and culture. Not to mention its outstanding food and drink on offer. In the height of the season, sometimes guests have visions of Cornwall being very busy – especially in these uncertain times when space is what we all need. But space and peace can be found, you just need to know where to look and when to visit.
Recently I had a couple visiting from Wales, join me on a tour. They wanted to avoid heavily crowded places and asked for some suggestions. It did not take me long to draw up an itinerary for them to showcase the best Cornwall has to offer, where you can still hear the birds and catch a wave without being dropped in on!
I took them to a spot with waterfalls in the morning, as it was raining. The trees gave us shelter, and we saw about 4 other people the whole time we explored this wooded haven. Knowing the crowds would be heading to the Eden Project or National Maritime museum, I knew where to avoid. The wind was strong and coming in from the west, so I picked my afternoon location based on this. We walked a stunning section on the South West coast path which was sheltered from the wind, passing rock arches, collapsed caves, secluded fishing villages and enjoyed a fresh Cornish crab sandwich on the beach while watching the fisherman hall their boats up on the shingle beach.
By late afternoon, the wind had dropped, and my guests wanted to go for a surf. Knowing the likes of Fistral and Perranporth would be crowded, I took them to a long stretch of golden sand where there is still plenty of space for a wave all to yourself. Knowing where to park saved a 2-mile walk across the sand.
We rounded up the day with a cream tea picnic on the sand dunes, while watching the sun slowly set over the Atlantic Ocean.
With forward planning and booking tickets in advance, you get National trust and English heritage sites quieter than I’ve ever seen them. With the new COVID restrictions in place and allocated numbers allowed at any one time, it has helped to spread out the flow of traffic. I visited Glendurgan gardens on a Tuesday in mid-August with my parents, we enjoyed a picnic overlooking the maze and only saw a few families as we enjoyed our sandwiches.
With local knowledge and some forward planning, a hectic day in August can be a relaxing day out, made even more so if you don’t have to do the driving and can enjoy a cold local beer with your lunch! And if you feel you have missed out visiting the likes of St Ives, Fowey and Newquay, then plan your next visit to Cornwall out of season and you will enjoy a much quieter Cornwall. Don’t tell everyone but April and May can be the best months to visit, pink sea thrift covers the coast path, blue bells turn fields a vivid blue, roads are quieter cutting down journey times, accommodation is cheaper and in recent years, we have had better weather than August!
The locals call September our Indian Summer, the sea is at its warmest and the sun sets are stunning. The pace seems slower and as the nights draw in, the last of the beach BBQ’s sees the end to another summer season. Enjoy Cornwall all year round. The shoulder months is when Cornwall is at its best.”
Louise offers fantastic bespoke tours of Cornwall for you, picking you up from Cosawes Barton, doing all the driving for you and providing refreshments long the way! What a treat!
Louise and Andy’s top 5 reasons to visit Cornwall this autumn
Autumn in Cornwall….simply glorious – and is Louise’s favourite season. While the days are a little shorter, it is usually sunny and warm and the crowds are gone – perfect for relaxed exploring and getting away from it all. So what are the autumnal things we would recommend?:
One of the best ways to experience autumn in Cornwall is on foot. Complete a section of the South West Coast Path or explore inland, there are miles of paths to choose from. We have lots of suggestions, maps and guides – but the 6-mile circular walk around Loe Bar in Helston (part of the National Trust Penrose estate) is definitely up there! And there are two cafes on the route too! Yippee!
2. Dog friendly days out
While there are beaches that welcome dogs all year round, others have a seasonal dog ban. After 1 October, dogs are allowed back onto many of the beaches during the day, giving you much more freedom when you are planning where to go.
All of our cottages are dog friendly – and you are very welcome to explore our 17-acre site with your furry friends as well as exploring further afield!
3. Storm watching
Many guests relish the drama and excitement that a good winter storm can present. There are few places in the UK that are as exposed to the full fury of the big systems that roll in off the Atlantic Ocean and Cornwall can boast huge waves and spectacular sights. One of the most photographed storm watching towns locally is beautiful Porthleven – often featured in the media on stormy days. Amazing! (and also offering many good coffee shops to shelter from the elements!). One of our favourites is The Twisted Currant
PLEASE ENSURE THAT WATCH FROM A SAFE VANTAGE POINT AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY ADVICE
4. Crowd-free adventures
Beaches are largely empty out of season! The luxury of wondering along a beach or exploring a cove in peace and quiet is amazing. No car parking worries either! Most of Cornwall’s attractions are open throughout the autumn and Cornwall’s renowned gardens are as spectacular in the autumn as they are in the spring. Can’t you already hear the scrunch of the leaves under your boots?
5. Autumn cosiness
As the nights start to draw in it feels great to pull on a jumper, light the log burner (each of our cottages has one!) and enjoy a cosy evening in – maybe with a tipple or two (for medicinal purposes, obviously!).
Autumn breaks at Cosawes Barton
Autumn is the ideal time for getting away with friends and family for a short break or long weekend in Cornwall. We have three 5* Gold award rated cottages – each has a wood burner and plentiful supply of logs available. We offer a low occupancy tariff for two adults sharing – and for 2020 a guaranteed full refund should you be unable to come for any Covid-related reason.