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.
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.
Here at Cosawes Barton we have been totally spoilt over lockdown to be able to go outside in our beautiful grounds and garden and have a real sense of freedom – which we know that many of our guests have not had. One thing we have missed though is being able to swim in our local pools – which for us forms an important part of our fitness regime. Many indoor pools remain closed – and many people (us included!) remain wary of going to an indoor pool anyway at the moment. Fear not! Whilst staying with us, there are many alternatives for outdoor swimming in Cornwall!
Gyllyngvase Beach Falmouth
Gylly is one of Falmouth’s most popular beaches – and only about a 15 minute drive from us here at Cosawes Barton. It is popular with families, great for water sports and just a ten-minute walk from Falmouth’s town centre. It is easily accessible, with a large car park nearby and a café on the beach. It is RNLI lifeguarded this summer – and is viewed as one of the safer beaches for a Cornish dip.
Penzance’s Jubilee Pool is just gorgeous! The pool is an art deco masterpiece and worth a trip just to look at… it is a sea water pool with a unique triangular shape – 100 metres at its longest point and 56 metres at its widest. There is also a learner pool, a geothermal pool, and a poolside café. Attendance is limited for this summer and your time slot can be pre-booked. The pool is closed for deep cleaning clean every Monday. For further information or to book – https://jubileepool.co.uk/
Photo credit – Polgoon Vineyard
Chapel Rock Tidal Pool, Perranporth
With St Piran’s flag flying ceremoniously on its summit, Chapel Rock on Perranporth beach is a recognisable feature on the 3-mile-long stretch of golden sand. Home to a natural open-air pool which is filled with sea water at high tide and warmed by the sun during the day, Chapel Rock is popular with families – so you may want to go early or later in the day. Please be aware of the tide as dangerous rips form here.
Children’s Pool, Cape Cornwall
To the west of Cape Cornwall is Priest’s Cove, a small fishing cove. A small bathing pool has been carved out of the rocks is perfect for paddling in when the tide is out. When the tide is full, Priest’s Cove offers up fantastic snorkelling opportunities when the sea is calm. The beach has a small slipway still used by local fishermen and there is a National Trust car park nearby.
PLEASE NOTE – Outdoor swimming in Cornwall is wonderful but can be dangerous – particularly if you are in the sea. Please be mindful of tides and weather conditions and follow all safety advice from the RNLI.
Many of our guests have asked what life has been like here during lockdown. The answer is – quiet! The most noticeable change has been the growing visibility of wildlife. The birdsong has seemed louder and the wildlife more abundant.
Ponsanooth as a village had an influx of woodpeckers at the start of lockdown – which was wonderful to see and hear. We have seen many more deer in the garden – getting braver and approaching ever closer to the house. And there is also much debate on whether a particular new resident is a ferret, polecat or stoat. We have set up a wildlife camera to solve this mystery!
Whilst we have been closed, we have been able to make lots of improvements here – from painting and decorating to changes in the garden and a fully updated website.
We have also been working very hard to ensure that when guests return, the cottages are as safe as we can possibly make them. We have drafted and completed a comprehensive Risk Assessment document (which we will happily share with guests if asked) and also have a detailed Covid cleaning protocol for each clean – which will be signed off for every set of guests and available for review by any guest who would like to see it. As a result, we are very proud to say that we have been awarded the status of a Visit Britain accredited venue for Covid security.
Thank you so much for thinking of staying with us, particularly if you are thinking of booking Carvosso Mill – our accessible cottage in Cornwall. There are lots of accessible attractions and activities to visit during your stay – here are just a few of our favourites:
Rated 4.9 stars out of 5 on Euan’s Guide, the Sailing school is a must – allowing guests to get out onto the water. It is situated just a few minutes’ drive from us here at Cosawes. It has an accessible sailing boat and an accessible powerboat – and Tracy and her team would love to welcome you. Contact them in advance to discuss your requirements and make a booking.
Eden was crowned winner of the Inclusive Tourism Award by Visit England in 2017.
It can provide access volunteers and has a scheme for people who experience mobility or sensory impairments. There is no charge for this service but in order to ensure that there is a volunteer available please book in advance.
Eden welcomes assistance dogs and if you have personal assistants to help you, there is no admission charge for them. It also welcomes all types of mobility vehicles and has a number of manual wheelchairs (approx. 40) which are free of charge and available to borrow. In addition, there are six powered chairs which are available to book in advance.
Heartlands is a free visitor attraction and World Heritage Site Gateway nestled just off the A30 in Pool in the former mining heart of Cornwall there are 19 acres to explore. For visitors with mobility impairments, Heartlands is fairly flat, but there are a few gentle slopes here and there, though nothing steep. Access within the main complex has been made as easy as possible with sloping access to buildings and lift access to the first floor. For visitors with visual impairment, if you have an assistance dog on a lead, feel free to roam all areas of Heartlands, bar the Adventure Playground.
There is also a Changing Places toilet with adequate space in the changing area for the user and up to two carers, a height adjustable adult sized changing bench and tracking/mobile hoist.
Cornwall has some of the best beaches in the UK. One of the most difficult places to access if you have a physical disability is the beach, but at Gyllyngvase Beach, the café can provide a titanium SAND CHAIR. This is a specially designed wheelchair with huge inflated tyres to cope with the uneven beach terrain and can be pushed right into the water to allow swimming direct from the chair. Contact email@example.com for more details.
A multi-award winning, family friendly museum with 15 galleries, the National Small boat Collection, 100 foot Look Out Tower, Tidal Zone and exhibitions. Built in 2002, this modern building has been designed with access in mind. There are five levels in the museum, all of which are accessible by lift or ramp. Large print and Braille guides are available free of charge from reception. A small number of wheelchairs are available for loan free of charge.
When Andy and I got married back in 2001, hardly anyone we knew had decided to have a small wedding, so when we shared our plans to just have our closest family members with us on our wedding day, there were a few raised eyebrows. However, we had the day of our dreams, with no stress and in a totally relaxed environment. Just right for us!
So we really do understand why couples choose Cosawes Barton for their small weddings or elopements – and we just love being part of these wonderful days. When we see couples who are truly relaxed and thoroughly enjoying the day they have planned – our job has been well done.
Of course, a lot of planning that has taken place, even for a small wedding, but we are happy to know that our couples trust us to be totally professional and helpful in advance and on the day. They know that everything is in hand and that we are there for them, whatever they need.
There are so many reasons to choose to have a small wedding, particularly in a post Covid world and especially in beautiful Cornwall:
you can choose to stay at Cosawes with your wedding party for two or three nights – with time to chill, prepare and enjoy the whole event;
A dedicated member of our team with oversee your wedding day from dawn to dusk to make sure everything is just right for you;
we can put together a hand picked team of suppliers for you to meet your style and budget and all suppliers come to you – no travelling involved for you;
you can organise your day however you would like to – with exclusive use of our 17 acre grounds, you can have drinks in the garden, outdoor games, fireworks – whatever takes your fancy!;
oooooh one of the most exciting reasons for us! Eat exactly what you want to, cater for any guests with particular dietary requirements and just enjoy REALLY REALLY excellent food rather than food produced for large numbers; and
be free to enjoy your day, as free from tradition as you wish to be!
For more information about small weddings and elopement at Cosawes Barton, contact us direct on 01872 9864026 or firstname.lastname@example.org