Maximising the good that tourism can grant

Advocates of memorable moments, we take responsibility for making a positive social and environmental impact, with your holiday happiness at our core. We believe in a better planet, in rebooting our relationship with the natural world and local community, and in safeguarding our beautiful corner of Cornwall, for future generations.

Buy Local

With such an incredible selection of local produce available in the Falmouth and Helford River area of Cornwall, it’s difficult to summarise the long list of our favourite places that you can shop and eat locally. For a list of recommended places to eat and drink locally, our Online Guide showcases our top tried and tested eateries, bars, pubs and cafés.

We believe that buying local helps connect you to your food, and supports local growers and food businesses, while strengthening the local community, creating more jobs and opportunities for local entrepreneurs. Shopping local furthermore helps to lower energy consumption by reducing transportation and storage, both of which are very energy-intensive and pollute our air and water.

We know that choosing local means you get authentic and delicious products and traditional recipes. You can’t beat the taste of produce grown in the province and the experience is usually unforgettable. Along with regular farmers markets, throughout Falmouth and the Helford River area, there are a large number of fish mongers, farm shops, butchers, and other local retailers filling the Falmouth and Helford River area with an abundance of opportunities to buy the best local products.

In The Community

We believe that supporting other businesses and charities can bring many benefits, both for the organisations involved and for the wider community. By collaborating and working together, we can share resources and expertise, build stronger communities, and action social responsibility and impact.

We are proud to partner with a number of amazing local organisations such as:

 

Children’s Sailing Trust

Cornish Holiday Cottages are proud to support the incredible work of the Children’s Sailing Trust. This youth-based charity offers access to sailing and water activities to children aged 8-15, as well as children and young adults with additional needs. With a mission to use accessible watersports to help children and young people develop confidence, competence and resilience, the Children’s Sailing Trust has empowered hundreds of children.

Children's Sailing Trust
St Petrocs

St Petrocs was the first organisation in Cornwall set up to provide accommodation to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness, who often fall outside the statutory responsibility of the local authority. They believe that everyone has a right to a place to call home. St Petrocs was established to offer support to those who have nowhere else to go and acts as the last line of defense against someone having to sleep outside.
Over the years their services have grown, shaped by the needs of the people we support. Their ambition is to end homelessness in Cornwall

St Petrocs
Pendennis Leisure CIO

Pendennis Leisure is now a registered charity and was formed by residents of Falmouth, Penryn and surrounding villages to operate and enhance leisure services at Ships and Castles, Falmouth. They aim to seek and apply for external funding to reopen a much-needed sustainable swimming and leisure centre at the site. The current plan is to transform the centre with a 25m pool at its heart, and a teaching pool along with modernisation to reconfigure space and provide essential improvements to make the site more sustainable and energy efficient. This could take 2-4 years and in the ‘meanwhile’ the site is now open as a Community Hub offering activities, events and more for all ages.

Pendennis Leisure CIO
Falmouth Community Football Club - Girls Team ‘Firecrests’

We are delighted to sponsor the Firecrests, a 12 year and under, all girls, Falmouth Community Football Club team.⁠ It is wonderful to see girls thriving in sport and enjoying each other’s company. Falmouth Community Football Club is highly regarded in our town and provides such great opportunities for our young people to exercise, grow in confidence and to broaden their team skills.

Supporting Plastic-Free Holidays in Cornwall

Holidays are a time to relax, explore and enjoy time with loved ones. However, they can also have a significant impact on the environment, particularly when it comes to plastic waste. Every year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans, harming marine life and polluting the environment. Plastic-free holidays are a great way to reduce your environmental impact and support sustainability efforts. By bringing your own reusable items, and supporting local initiatives, you can make a difference in reducing plastic waste. Remember, every action counts and even small changes can have a big impact on creating a more sustainable future for travel.

If you’re looking for more ways to reduce your plastic waste while on holiday in Cornwall, consider packing a zero-waste kit with reusable items such as cloth napkins, a reusable food container, and your own metal straws to keep the kids happy when out and about. Additionally, you can research local plastic-free destinations and activities to incorporate into your holiday plans.

Falmouth is a member of the network of Plastic Free Falmouth, a plastic-free community that spans the UK. Since November 2017 they have been responding to the growing problem of plastic litter in our town and beaches – and are one of the 12 communities with certified status in Cornwall. There are a large number of businesses that have taken steps to be more sustainable and whom Plastic Free Falmouth have named Plastic Free Champions. Some of these include Beerwolf, Espressini, Gylly Beach Cafe, Kernow Adventure Park, Un-rap, The Working Boat, Pandora Inn, Nude Canteen, The Natural Store and The National Maritime Museum.

By prioritising sustainability and reducing your plastic waste, you can enjoy a guilt-free holiday that benefits both you and the environment.

Caring For Our Beaches

Beach cleans are essential to keep our beaches clean and protect marine life. Litter on the beach can harm marine animals that mistake it for food, or become entangled in it. Additionally, beach litter can be hazardous to people, causing injury or spreading disease. By removing trash from the beach, we are helping to protect the environment and make our beaches safer for everyone to enjoy.

Many beach clean groups in Cornwall organise regular beach cleans throughout the year. These groups are often run by volunteers and provide all the necessary equipment, such as gloves and trash bags. They also offer a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and make a positive impact on the environment.

If you’re interested in getting involved in beach cleans in Cornwall, check out local beach clean groups such as Surfers Against Sewage, Clean Ocean Sailing, and Cornwall Beach Clean Project. Alternatively, you can organise your own beach clean event and invite friends and family to join you. By working together, we can all make a difference in creating a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.

Enjoy a Car-Free Holiday

Travelling by car obviously has an impact on the environment, as it contributes to carbon emissions and air pollution. By choosing a car-free holiday, you will reduce your carbon footprint. Instead, opt for public transportation, cycling, or walking to explore your destination. Not only is this more eco-friendly, but it also allows you to experience the local culture and scenery in a more authentic way.

While driving or taking a coach to Cornwall is a popular option, taking a sleeper train is a unique and exciting way to travel. With the Night Riviera running directly from London Paddington Station to Truro, and then GWR from Truro to Falmouth town centre, this is both a sustainable and direct route of travel to our Cornish Holiday Cottages. 

You’ll board the train in the evening and settle into your private cabin or shared berth. As the train travels through the night, you’ll be rocked to sleep by the gentle motion of the train. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be in Cornwall, ready to start your adventure. With private cabins and shared berths, the sleeper train offers something for every budget.

If you’re interested in taking the sleeper train to Cornwall, visit the Great Western Railway website for more information and to book your tickets.

Once you arrive in south Cornwall, exploring without a car is a great way to discover the area’s beauty and charm. By using public transportation, cycling, or walking, you can experience the stunning coastline, charming villages, and historic landmarks at your own pace.

Travelling without a car can also promote a more active and healthier lifestyle. Walking or cycling to your destinations can provide exercise and fresh air, which can improve your physical and mental well-being. Additionally, it allows you to slow down and appreciate your surroundings, rather than rushing from one destination to the next. You may even discover hidden gems that you wouldn’t have found if you were driving.

Cornwall has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, boats and trains that connect many of the major towns and attractions. The train system in Cornwall is operated by Great Western Railway and offers scenic routes along the coast and through the countryside. The bus system is operated by First Kernow and provides regular service between the major towns and attractions. By using public transportation, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning views of the Cornish landscape.

Cycling is a great way to explore Cornwall at your own pace and get some exercise at the same time. There are many cycling routes in Cornwall, including the Camel Trail, which is a scenic trail that runs from Padstow to Bodmin. Additionally, many of the towns and attractions in Cornwall are bike-friendly, with dedicated bike lanes and parking areas. You can rent a bike from one of the many bike rental companies in Cornwall such as Bissoe Bike Hire, or Falmouth’s Co Bikes e-bikes which are available to rent from The Moor. 

Walking is another memorable means of exploring Cornwall’s stunning coastline and countryside. The South West Coast Path is a popular walking trail that stretches for 630 miles along the coast of Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset. The trail offers breathtaking views of the coastline and passes through charming villages and historic landmarks. Additionally, many of the towns and attractions in Cornwall are within walking distance of each other, making it easy to explore on foot.

Falmouth ferries are a unique and enjoyable way to explore Cornwall’s stunning coastline. With a range of services available, including sightseeing tours, water taxis, and transportation to nearby destinations, there’s something for everyone.

Some of the most popular ferry services include:

  • St. Mawes Ferry: This ferry runs between Falmouth and St. Mawes, a charming village located on the Roseland Peninsula. The journey takes around 20 minutes and offers stunning views of the coastline and historic landmarks.
  • Flushing Ferry: This ferry runs between Falmouth and Flushing, a picturesque village located across the harbor from Falmouth. The journey takes around 10 minutes and offers beautiful views of the harbor and surrounding countryside.
  • Helford River Ferry: This ferry runs between Helford Passage and Helford Village, located on the Helford River. The journey takes around 10 minutes and offers breathtaking views of the river and surrounding woodland.

If you’re interested in taking a Falmouth ferry, visit the Fal River website for more information and to book your tickets. One of the most special ways to travel between locations in south Cornwall that we highly recommend is by paddleboard or kayak. The Helford River is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including seals, dolphins, herons, and kingfishers. As you paddle or kayak along the river, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery and stunning views of the coastline. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore hidden coves and beaches that are only accessible by water. When kayaking or stand up paddle boarding on the Helford or Fal River please make sure that you dress appropriately for the weather, wear a life jacket, bring water and snacks for the trip, check tide times, respect the wildlife and natural environment and follow the rules and regulations of the river.

Promoting Sustainable Tourism

We believe it is highly important to offer holiday homes that are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, meaning that your vacation will have a lower carbon footprint than if you were to stay in a traditional hotel, while still providing all the comforts of home. 

Many of our Cornish holiday cottages are located in secluded or rural areas, giving you a chance to connect with nature and experience a different way of life. You may also learn about sustainable living practices such as composting. Our curated portfolio of properties host a large number of homes that are owned and operated by local residents, who are committed to preserving the natural beauty and resources of communities and by choosing to stay in one of these above you are helping to promote sustainable tourism.

We believe in the concept of perfection in imperfection. Although we maintain high standards for our properties, the natural wear and tear of the Cornish cottages becomes a part of its story. Although we do yearly property audits, we believe that to consistently fix what is not broken highlights the cost of perfection on society. 

During changeovers and preparation within our homes, our team often uses non-toxic or low-toxic materials and cleaning chemicals, which can improve indoor air quality, reduce the risk of allergies or other health issues and protect our environment. 

We encourage all of our owners to: draft proof homes, replace bulbs with low-energy, let their garden grow to benefit wildlife, provide refillable toiletries, reusable water bottles and shopping bags, and choose renewable energy options.

housekeeper plumping pillows on a bed

Help Make Cornwall Greener

⁠As part of our commitment to protect the planet, we are proud to announce that the Cornish Holiday Cottages team are contributing to Ecologi’s action to remove 50% of global CO2 emissions. ⁠Ecologi is a platform that allows individuals to offset their carbon footprint and support environmental projects around the world. The platform was launched in 2019 with the goal of making it easy and affordable for people to take meaningful action on climate change.

We are also a part of the Plant One Cornwall community, where we hold a platinum membership. Plant One is a community-led initiative that aims to make Cornwall a greener and more sustainable place to live. The initiative was started in 2019 by a group of volunteers who wanted to take action on climate change and promote environmental sustainability in their local area. 

The goal of Plant One Cornwall is to plant one million trees and hedgerows across the county by 2030. This ambitious target will help to combat climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and providing habitats for wildlife. It will also help to prevent flooding and erosion by stabilising soils and reducing run-off.

Plant One Cornwall is a great example of how community-led initiatives can make a difference in the fight against climate change. By working together to plant trees and promote sustainable practices, we can create a greener and more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

Local Experiences

Local experiences can provide many benefits for those seeking a more authentic and meaningful holiday. Whether it’s gaining a deeper understanding of the local culture, creating unique and memorable experiences, supporting local communities, or seeking adventure and exploration, they can help you to appreciate the destination on a more personal level, and also create long-lasting memories and connections.

Unforgettable experiences make the difference between a good trip and an outstanding one. All of our team have explored Falmouth and the Helford River extensively and have lived locally for a number of years. Together we will help enrich your trip from start to finish, aiding you to make the most of your time and budget.

Hand picked by us as the best available, offering more than just dates and well-trodden paths, we strive to offer real insight into our county through our curated selection of experience suggestions. If you have a particular passion, we’ll do our best to find ways for you to explore while championing local companies. 

Responsible travel is at the heart of what we do. First and foremost, because it gives you the best experience, but also because it helps to preserve our community and landscape. This isn’t new for us — we collaborate with local communities and businesses so we can grow to be better ambassadors. This is why we are so passionate about promoting the best things to do locally and seasonally via our Online Guide and encouraging our guests to enjoy the very best of the south coast, such as: kayaking, paddleboarding, yoga, walking, garden visits and art workshops.