Early Spring Meadowview Cottage Luxury Cottage Cornwall

Early Spring Meadowview cottage! have we had a winter yet because here in North Cornwall we have had no signs of it. Very mild weather is great when you are a landowner and can make a start to prepare for the winter months and that’s where my Early Spring Meadowview Cottage starts. It all began at the end of November when working in our fields preparing for the winter, checking fencing, hedges and making sure the waterways where clean of debris, that’s when we saw it and this is no word of a lie Frogspawn!. Their little tails wiggling around oblivious to know they were actually a little early.Most tadpoles hatch from eggs in May/ June develop over the summer, and metamorphose into subadults and emerge from the streams in September. So I have come to the conclusion they are Cornish tadpoles as they are coming out Dreckly!!.

December came and went and it was the warmest one we have had in North Cornwall, think Tadpoles warm Tiz !!!.  now only two weeks in January we could not believe it, get ready! Cherry Blossom and Snowdrops out the same time it does look ansome! but “taint right and taint proper”!

Early Spring Meadowview Cottage Luxury Cottage Cornwall

We have noticed its a Early Spring Meadowview Cottage not just with the Frogspawn, Cherry Blossom and Snowdrops but also with the plants in our two Private gardens.

We have an amazing bird feeding station here at Meadowview Cottage and many variety of birds frequent the seven bird feeders we have filled up for them daily. Peanuts, Wild bird seed, Niger seed, Sunflower hearts are enjoyed by so many birds. Some of our previous guests staying at Meadowview have been avid bird watchers and have enjoyed watching the Woodpeckers, Blue Tit, Green Tit, Wagtails, Jenny Wren, Jay, Doves, Green finches, Starlings and my favourite the Robin.Who doesn’t love Robins? Thank you for taking the time to read my Blog . Debbie.

We even have a bespoke bird feeding station at our luxury holiday cottage Cornwall

Bespoke bird feeding station at our luxury holiday cottage Cornwall


I told you it was a Proper Job !!!

I am pleased to announce that after an inspection by Quality in Tourism Meadowview Cottage has once again achieved its high standard 5 star Gold award with a score of  95 % overall and 100 % for cleanliness 8 years in a row. Oh Yes !
Exterior Appearance of buildings , Grounds, gardens and parking 100%. Additional Facilities : Recreation 100%.
Cleanliness: Living and dining area , Bedrooms , Bathroom ,Kitchen , 100% Environment and setting 100%
Management Efficiency : Pre arrival info including brochure , Welcome and arrival procedure, In unit guest info and personal touches 100%

Specialities: Cyclists Welcome, Walkers Welcome, Families Welcome


Luxury Cottage Cornwall. Visit St Juliot parish church near Boscastle when staying at Meadowview Cottage. Where Thomas Hardy author of Far from the Madding Crowd met his wife. Just 15 mins from our family friendly and romantic luxury self catering cottage in Cornwall

Meadowview Cottage Far From the Madding Crowd

For many years we have featured a strapline on our website that suitably sums up how it feels when guests stay in our luxury 5-star-gold Meadowview Cottage “Far From the Madding Crowd”. For those of you not familiar with this, it is the title of Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel, first scribed in 1874.

An English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy was no stranger to North Cornwall having lived in a neighbouring parish in 1870 on a mission to restore the St Juliot parish church, Boscastle, just a few miles from Meadowview Cottage. In fact, he met and fell in love with a lady, Emma Gifford, here whom he married in 1874. Following her death in 1912, Hardy revisited many of the places linked to his courtship of Emma in North Cornwall.

With such passion in his soul, it is no surprise that he wrote Far from the Madding Crowd. A tale that starts with a triangular love story between characters with such wonderful names as Bathsheba Everdene, (an independent and headstrong farm owner) Gabriel Oak (shepherd) and William Boldwood (a wealthy bachelor) and then for good measure add Sergeant Francis “Frank” Troy (a sheep farmer) whom Bathsheba eventually marries but later finds that he is a gambler, not fit to farm and doesn’t love her. Instead he only has eyes for former servant Fanny Robin, who sadly suffers an untimely demise. To Bathsheba’s rescue (or so he thinks) comes Boldwood, shooting Troy in front of her…. Without giving too much of the plot away, Gabriel is still very much in love with Bathsheba and unusually for Thomas Hardy, there is a rare happy ending to his tale, one you can either read about in a copy of his novel or watch on the big screen when the latest adaptation of this wonderful story is released on Friday 1st May.

There have been three previous films released based on Hardy’s novel (1915, 1998 and 2013) and now on Friday 1st May we wait with anticipation to view the newest film release of this romantic drama, “Far from the Madding Crowd” starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple.   With this line up it promises to be the best yet!

When staying at Meadowview Cottage, a trip to the parish church of St Juliot is recommended; it stands in an isolated location above the valley of the River Valency (Boscastle) at grid reference SX 129 912

Boscastle Walking Week 18-25 April 2015

Boscastle Harbour 15 mins from our luxury holiday cottages Cornwall a luxury cottage Cornwall

Boscastle Harbour 15 mins from our luxury holiday cottages Cornwall

Boscastle, with its scenic valley landscapes leading down to a rugged cliff lined harbour entrance, is the ideal setting for an annual Walking Week event.

Taking centre stage from Saturday 18 April – Saturday 25 April is the 9th Boscastle Walking Week, which has become a firm fixture in the Cornish holiday season.

Ramblers will embrace this picturesque coastal village and delight in taking on the dramatic North Cornwall coast. But this week long event is also perfect for dog-walkers and families.

Following on from the terrible 2004 floods, Boscastle regenerated interest and enthusiasm for this beautiful coastal village by introducing the Boscastle Festival Calendar, of which the Boscastle Walking Week has grown in popularity with an estimated 120 walkers taking part in 2014.

The Walking Week gives people the opportunity to explore the stunning coast line and countryside; parts of North Cornwall they might otherwise not see. The true benefit of the Walking Week is that people will be able to do all this under the guidance of local walkers, historians and experts.

Walks include:

+ The Pentargon Circular walk along the spectacular Coast path to Beeny

+ The discovery of geological secrets of Crackington Haven with geology expert Jane Anderson as your guide

+ The exploration of the Cornish language during a walk through place names and signposts along the route between Bossiney and Boscastle.

For those not so active, why not join a more moderate pace for an hour or so around the Padstow Estuary where you can view the Victorian and Gothic delights of Prideaux Place along the way.

Alternatively, if literature is more to your liking, join the ‘Pasties, Puddings and Poetry Evening’ at The Rectory, St Juliot. Bring a book of Cornish-themed poetry and join enjoy the evening in the house where Thomas Hardy met his first wife, Emma Gifford.

Guided walks start at £5 and range from around one hour to all day affairs in length. Local businesses will be offering all kinds of special offers and Walking Week packages.

Boscastle is a lovely all year round holiday destination. Meadowview Cottage is only 6 miles (15mins drive) from Boscastle and provides the ideal rural retreat for ramblers and families any time of year.

For full details of the Boscastle Walking week, visit http://www.boscastlefestival.co.uk/walkdetails

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Total Solar Eclipse North Cornwall

Total Solar Eclipse North Cornwall 2015

Solar Eclipse North Cornwall 2015

20th March 2015

What a really exciting morning here in Trelash, experiencing the extremely rare solar eclipse of the sun when the moon almost covered the sun blocking out most of the sun’s light. It was really eerie as we stood in the increasing shadow of the moon as it travelled across the sun. Unfortunately North Cornwall is too far South for us to have seen the total eclipse. Despite this the light dimmed significantly and birds took to the trees. After a couple of minutes there was a sense of relief as the sun began to dominate again and brighten our lives as usual.

The photograph is one we managed to capture of this magical moment, even though the sky was a little cloudy.

For most of us this will have been a once in a lifetime experience, as the next total eclipse is not expected until 2090!

According to Scientists another “deep” partial eclipse which will be visible in the UK will not occur until August 12, 2026.

Other dates to note are:

  • August 11 2018: A very small partial eclipse on the northern coast of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.
  • June 10 2021: A partial eclipse across Britain ranging from 50% in northern Scotland to 30% in south-east England.
  • October 25, 2022: A partial eclipse across Britain with north-east Scotland
  • August 12 2026: An eclipse which is total across Iceland, the Atlantic Ocean and Spain
Poldark 2015 Cornwall Filming for BBC period drama near 5 star luxury cottage

Poldark 2015 Cornwall

Poldark 2015 Cornwall Filming for BBC period drama near 5 star luxury cottageWith news reports, and sneak feature previews giving us glimpses of the actor Aidan Turner baring his torso in the lead role of the heart throb, handsome Ross Poldark, it looks as if the ladies are in for a real treat during the 8 weekly episodes.   Move over Mr Darcy……

On Sunday 8th March, 2015 the BBC introduces a brand new period drama and new adaptation of Poldark. Based on fictional stories by Winston Graham, the original series in the 1970’s had 15 million viewers hooked, and went on to be shown in 40 countries around the world.

The story of this swashbuckling 18th century Cornish drama begins with the Ross Poldark, a British Army officer, returning home to Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War.  Heartbroken at the news that his fiancée, Elizabeth Chynoweth, is about to marry his cousin, Francis Poldark, having believed him to be dead, Ross also learns of his father’s death and the loss of the family wealth. In an attempt to restore his fortunes Ross reopens one of the family’s tin mines. After several years he marries Demelza, his servant girl, and is gradually reconciled to the loss of Elizabeth’s love. By then, Elizabeth becomes a widow and marries George Warleggan, Ross’s arch-enemy.

However racy and compelling the script, or handsome and beautiful the actors, it is the wild and stunning Cornish landscape that will probably steal the show. We are promised shots of our wonderful Cornish county in awe inspiring magnificence with wonderful rolling heaths, waves crashing to the shore and dramatic cliff top scenery. All the ingredients for yet another brilliant BBC period drama.

During the summer 2014, the actors and crew were travelling the length and breadth of Cornwall to their filming locations. Those closest to Meadowview Cottage, our luxury 5-star holiday cottage in Trelash, North Cornwall, include Bodmin Moor and Charlestown near St Austell.

Bodmin Moor


Roughtor second highest point in Cornwall, 10 mins from Meadowview cottage, our luxury cottage Cornwall

Roughtor second highest point in Cornwall, 10 mins from Meadowview cottage, our luxury cottage Cornwall

During the summer 2014, the actors and crew were travelling the length and breadth of Cornwall to their filming locations. Those closest to Meadowview Cottage, our luxury 5-star holiday cottage in Trelash, North Cornwall, include Bodmin Moor and Charlestown near St Austell.

The cast and crew found themselves on Bodmin Moor for a large part of their time in Cornwall. Scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, were shot in the little village of St Breward is nestled in the dramatic Bodmin moor. Other scenes capturing the cast on horseback, a duel at sunrise and scenes outside other miner’s cottages in the village also feature strongly.   Whilst staying at Meadowview Cottage, you can easily reach St Breward within 30-40 minutes. Explore the village, location spotting, visit the St Breward Church, claimed to be the highest church in Cornwall at 700ft or take a walk over the moors. Then treat yourself to a well earned pub lunch or dinner at the fabulous old ‘The Old Inn.

A little further afield, but well worth a day trip is the filming location of the stunning working seaport of Charlestown, near St Austell. This Grade II listed harbour, famous for its berth of resident tall-ships and quaint, historical, Cornish buildings, has been a filming location over the years for films including Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Three Musketeers, The Eagle Has Landed and an episode of Dr Who.   A visit to the Rashleigh Arms, a traditional pub with a popular restaurant is the perfect place to stop for lunch during a day’s sightseeing.

Happy viewing!




Two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw Moves to Port Isaac Cornwall

The St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, North Cornwall has been home to the fine dining two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw for the past 5 years. But this top quality restaurant is on the move. Staying in North Cornwall, the restaurant whose popularity has necessitated a move to larger premises, will be relocating to a more spacious and modern building called The Edge in the fishing village of Port Isaac.

Many people will know of Port Isaac Cornwall due to the popularity of the TV series Doc Martin, which is filmed in the village and surrounding North Cornwall Countryside and villages.

The restaurant’s move is really good news for discerning guests staying at our luxury holiday home, Meadowview Cottage. When it moves to Port Isaac in the Spring 2015 it will only be a 30 minute drive from Trelash.

The move of this two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw to its new location will complement the one Michelin star Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, which is already doing well in Port Isaac situated opposite the harbour.

Restaurant Outlaw’s, Nathan Outlaw’s third restaurant in North Cornwall will remain open at St Enodoc Hotel, Rock for hotel guests and non-residents.