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Classic Car Festival in Cornwall May

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

After the success of last year’s rally, with its James Bond themed finale at the luxury Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes, Cornwall will again welcome some amazing classic cars.

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1928 Rolls Royce Phantom, St Mawes

The St Mawes Classic Car Festival and Tour  this year takes as its theme the “Very Best of Cornwall’s Food and Drink” including a trip over to Padstow for a Seafood Cookery Demonstration at Rick Stein’s famous Cookery School and some really scenic beautiful driving along the lovely Cornish coastline.

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Ferrari 550MM Carrera Panamerica

A visit to Bocconoc, home to Anthony and Elizabeth Fortesque where the petrol heads will have the opportunity for some “mildly competive” driving in the grounds of the estate and a  Concour d’Elegance in St Mawes down on the water front is popular with both the drivers and classic car lovers.

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Jaguar XK150, Trelissick Garden Cornwall

Last year saw a total of total of 17 beautiful cars ranging from a Ferrari 550MM Carrera Panamerica (driven by car enthusiast Nick Mason from Pink Floyd) to a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and from a  1950 Fraser Nash Le Mans Replica to a 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom. This year we’ll see at least one classic Ferrari driven from Switzerland to attend.

For full itinerary and details of how to book visit  Nearwater Events, or email [email protected] or Tel: 01326 279278.

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German Celebrity Chef and Truro company join forces to promote the best of Cornwall in Germany

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

An estimated 90,000 German speaking visitors contributed around £42m to the Cornwall economy in 2011 and UrlaubCornwall (Holidays in Cornwall in German), a hospitality web based directory aimed at German speakers, is at the forefront of an effort to ensure this important market develops even deeper.

UrlaubCornwall are launching a partnership with German TV chef Sarah Wiener to promote Cornish produce to the huge potential of the German online market.

To tie in with Wiener’s current TV programme about her tour of Cornwall, the UrlaubCornwall website will be featuring some of the products she profiled on her series – notably, Tregothnan Tea.

Sarah Wiener (c) zero one film, 2012

Sarah Wiener is a very high profile TV chef in both Germany and her home country Austria, running several restaurants as well as an online shop. Inspired by the scenery, the local produce in the UK, and a visit to Tregothnan Estate, she wanted to help Germans get their favourite Cornish products when they are at home.

The UrlaubCornwall website is the number one Google ranked hospitality directory for German speakers searching for holidays in the county. It features only a handpicked selection of Cornish hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, cottages and attractions and has a regular blog about Cornwall with tremendous content that has resulted in up to 900 referrals year to date for its featured hotels in Cornwall from discerning German visitors. This makes the ideal partner for Weiner to work with to use her rights to distribute the unique Tregothnan products.

Sarah Wiener commented: “When I was filming my latest TV series in Cornwall, I discovered what a wonderful and idyllic region this is, full of culinary diversity, beautiful landscapes and welcoming people. After visiting Tregothnan a friendship and partnership developed, we are now excited to be the distributor of the their products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland”

Managing director Niall MacDougall said “We studied how domestic German websites promoted the county and found that by using our own local knowledge we were able to build an unmatched online resource that really lets Germans see the best of the county”

Niall MacDougall MD UrlaubCornwall

“Statistics from Visit Cornwall show that overseas visitor numbers were 7% higher in 2011 than in 2009 while domestic visitors are 11% lower. Even more important is the fact that their average holiday spend is 50% higher making them a key market to target and grow.”

Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, added that ‘We have a world-class destination and being the top UK holiday spot is great but for the wider economic benefit for the county we should to grow overseas visitors particularly from the German speaking areas and that is why I warmly welcome this great initiative.’

St Mawes Classic Car Festival 10th May 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Spotted in St Mawes in Cornwall on Thursday:  a rare Ferrari 250 MM, reportedly worth over £2.5 million. This 1953 original has been touring Cornwall this week as part of the St Mawes Classic Car Festival 2012.

Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta, St. Mawes

Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta

Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta, St Mawes

Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta

Also making an appearance the Aston Martin that featured in the 1970’s TV series The Persuaders starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

Land and Sea: Cornwall the county of contrasts

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Nothing will stay with you longer on your holiday or tour in Cornwall than beauty of its coastline and the contrast between land and sea. There is no better place for your holiday or break on the coast of Southern England. UrlaubCornwall or holidays in Cornwall as Germans (the biggest group of overseas visitors to the county)  would say shows you some of the places that aren’t so well known from people who live and work in Cornwall. Check our Blog  for insights and tips on you trip.


Cornwall rightly claims some of the best beaches to be found in the whole of Great Britain. Everyone has their own personal favourites maybe Porthmeor  in St Ives or the Towans  that long stretch of golden sand running north from Hayle to the light house at Godrevy  perfect for families to enjoy a day of sun and surf. But for peace, tranquillity and beaches that could be in the Caribbean try something a little more adventurous and take a trip to the Isles of Scilly a unique group of islands 28 miles in to the Atlantic. Maybe Par Beach on St Martins or Appletree Bay on Tresco are stunning and have to be seen to be believed.

The natural environment in Cornwall is so unspoilt and undeveloped with more than a third of all the areas in Great Britain officially designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The upland landscape of Bodmin exists because of a huge mass of granite rising to a height of 417m on Brown Willy where on a clear day you can see from Tintagel on the north to Fowey on the south coast. Close by the town of Launceston, the ancient capital of Cornwall, with its ruined castle and medieval gate showing its importance in days gone by.

St Ives

The Roseland Peninsula on Cornwall’s southern coast, whose name derives from the celtic word Ros meaning heathland, is characterised by its many south facing sandy bays between the rocky outcrops of Nare head, Black Head and Dodman point. Narrow winding lanes lead to pretty towns and villages such as Veryan and Gorran.

The Lizard is an essential place to visit on your tour of Cornwall with Kynance Cove offering dramatic cliff walks, unusual rare flower swell and memorable geological features. Its landscape seemingly untouched for hundreds of years with Bronze Age burial chambers and standing stones .

Continue your tour to the North Coast with Newquay its biggest town is renowned as the surf capital of Great Britain with Fistral Beach, Tolcarne, Watergate Bay and Lusty Glaze the destination for surfers from around the world .

Travelling around the Fal River and Roseland Peninsula

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The Fal River boasts some of the best boat trips in Cornwall and travelling by boat is one of the best ways to enjoy the unique waterways of the Fal River and the Carrick Roads. Enjoy the harbours of Falmouth and St Mawes, the tranquil waters of the Fal River and even the lush banks of the Helford.

The King Harry Ferry provides a vital link between Falmouth, Truro and the Roseland Peninsula; a historic crossing point for over 500 years.

Don’t forget to grab your Fal Mussel Card to enjoy all the benefits of the ferries and other public transport links at discounted prices.


A journey on the St Mawes Ferry takes you across Falmouth harbour, the third deepest natural harbour in the world, to the idyllic fishing village of St Mawes with its own stunning harbour.

A trip on the St Mawes Ferry takes in Pendennis and St Mawes Castle and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see so keep your eyes peeled for seals on Black Rock or that elusive pod of dolphins.

The Helford ferry connecting the North and South banks of the Helford River has been running continuously since the Middle Ages. Its customers visit the several beautiful gardens on the banks of the Helford, the pubs and also to enjoy the many interesting walks.

Falmouth and the Roseland Peninsula on Cornwall’s South Coast

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The Fal river estuary bordered by the Roseland Peninsula to the West, Falmouth on the East and Truro to the North forms an area which is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall. With visitors basing themselves here or visiting attractions for the day it offers a wide variety of options.

The Roseland is picturesque with stunning coast line and quaint towns like St Mawes, with its castle and popular with yachts in summer. St Just-in-Roseland is an exquisite place with a historic church on the banks of a creek.

Truro is the principal town of Cornwall with an impressive cathedral and historic centre now a bustling place of shops and restaurants.

Falmouth is at its heart a working port with large ships arriving for repairs and yards producing multi million pound yachts and motor boats. In recent years a new university has added to the town, it has a lively and interesting atmosphere with cafes, bars and great seafood restaurants.

Great value walking and hiking holidays in Cornwall

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

UrlaubCornwall are specialists in self guided walking holidays in Cornwall; hiking in Cornwall on the South West Coast Path offers an unforgettable holiday in the most popular destination in Southern England. Based in St Mawes on the south coast of Cornwall we use our local expertise to provide a walking tour that fits your requirements and budget, maybe a short tour for a first impression or for those with the stamina and time a longer tour of some of the most spectacular coastal landscape in Great Britain.

Walking in Cornwall

We offer most Cornwall’s popular walking tours or can arrange a bespoke hiking holiday to your exact specifications

The South West Coastal path is Great Britain’s longest long distance walk and Cornwall’s coast offers a great challenge and wonderful varied scenery.  We cover the whole of the Cornish section of the path as well as offering some great inland walking. The path follows the whole 322 miles of the Cornish coastline from the rugged north coast from Bude down to Padstow and Lands End to the gentler and greener south coast from Penzance to Falmouth and on to the Roseland Peninsula. The landscape made famous by Rosamunde Pilcher offers the perfect back drop to a walking holiday in Cornwall.

A complete holiday package for a walking tour or holiday in Cornwall

We offer the complete walking tour arranging everything to make your walking holiday in Cornwall an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.

We’ll help you with transport to your starting point and from your walks end. We organise all the accommodation along your walking route, only in our carefully selected bed and breakfasts offering a high standard of comfort and of course a hearty cooked breakfast or a continental selection. The days of carrying heavy rucksacks have gone as we arrange for your luggage to travel ahead while you walk, ready for your arrival at your next stopover. Guide books and information on places and points of interest are provided. We can offer advice on the best traditional Cornish pubs for lunch, restaurants for dinner, local services like cash points and post offices; and in the event of an emergency we’re available to assist you.

Popular hiking tours for walkers in Cornwall

Helford to Fowey – Starting from the beautiful Helford River and allowing time to explore Frenchman’s Creek (made famous by Daphne du Maurier).  The route includes a day walk around Carrick Roads, one of the great natural harbours of the world.

Penzance to Falmouth  – Starting in the historic port of Penzance, this walk takes you around the magnificent wild isolated beauty of the Lizard peninsula, before crossing the Helford River on a foot ferry and finishing in the great port of Falmouth.

Padstow to St Ives  – Starting in the food capital of Cornwall, this route takes you down the stunning cliffs and huge surfing beaches of the North coast.  It also includes sections past old abandoned mine workings, on which Cornwall’s fortunes were made before finishing in the art capital of Cornwall St Ives.

St Ives to Penzance  – Starting in St Ives this walk takes in the wild and rugged western end of Cornwall.  Highlights include Cape Cornwall, Geevor Tin Mine, Lands End and the iconic fishing village of Mousehole.

History and Culture in Cornwall

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

No holiday to Cornwall is complete without visiting some of the many stunning houses and gardens that this part of southern England has to offer.

The great country houses and the families who built them were founded on the mining and shipping industries of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. The Fox family, who built Trebah and Glendurgan gardens, made their fortunes as shipping agents and paid sea captains to bring back seeds and plants for their collection. They bought the land from the top of 2 valleys that run down to the Helford River close to Falmouth.

But gardens aren’t always old as the new generation of plantsmen and gardeners build new gardens that focus on sustainability and organic growing techniques. The Pottager garden near Constantine is only 10 years old in its current form, but offers a wide variety of plants and shrubs alongside a selection of work shops offering a wide range of local crafts and is highly recommended for a visit.

The iconic Eden Project opened 10 years ago is world famous for its huge domes ,built in a disused open cast mine, that hold an individual biomes that replicates a type of climate and the vegetation that is typical to each one. Much conservation work is undertaken, as well as many social project and now the annual Eden Sessions where world famous musical artists perform.

The Mount Haven Hotel in Penzance:our favourite stop over on the way to Isles of Scilly

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

UrlaubCornwall recommends that you don’t rush through Cornwall and instead make sure you stop at the Mount Haven Hotel, near Penzance, before heading on the Scilly Isles. Mount Haven is only a few minutes from the boat, plane and helicopter, giving you a chance to relax in a wonderful setting before heading onto the Scilly Isles.

Mount Haven has one of the most iconic views of any hotel in Britain. From the windows and balconies, you can see clear views of St. Michaels Mount. The island and castle is a few hundred metres off the south coast of England, and stands as one of Southern England’s most enduring features.

As well as the view, Mount Haven has a lot more to offer. Each room is individually decorated with a unique and contemporary mixture of Eastern culture and Western comfort in this converted old coach house. The spacious lounge and terrace are ideal for enjoying the relaxed ambience of Mount Haven, while perhaps trying some local Newlyn crab for lunch. The award winning restaurant serves the very best of Cornish produce, so you can make the final part of your journey to Scilly well fed, rested and completely satisfied.

Helicopters make the short trip to the Isles of Scilly everyday from nearby Penzance, as does the Scillonian ferry. Only a few minutes further away is Land’s End airport, whose planes give a spectacular view of the islands as you approach them for landing.

Helping you plan your touring holiday in Cornwall

Friday, February 10th, 2012

There so much to see in on your tour of Cornwall and we can guide on the all the places that you must visit during your holiday.

Accommodation in Cornwall offers a wide variety of top class hotels, cosy B&B’s or maybe you’re looking for self catering accommodation or a campsite. UrlaubCornwall can offer you a selection of the best that Cornwall has to offer whether travelling as a family, a couple or on your own we show you the best in each location or region.

Looking for that special B&B or fereinhaus with sea views in Cornwall

Touring in Cornwall offers you the chance to share in its natural beauty from the heights of Bodmin Moor to the ragged cliffs of Land End to the beautiful Isles of Scilly 30km of the coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches are synonymous with everything that Cornwall has to offer, golden sand washed by the Atlantic rollers make it the surf capital of Britain. Family holidays spent in Cornwall will leave you with fond memories and a desire to return again and again.

 Find a Hotel with luxury rooms and great food for your dream holiday

Visit the famous gardens (link to gardens page) that have wonderful subtropical plants that grow only in Cornwall’s unique climate. Historic houses showing Cornwall past built on the wealth created in mining and trade. Today’s Cornwall is at the forefront of a revolution in a sustainable way of living, like the Eden Project working to preserve the diversity of plant life in a unique environment……somewhere you have to visit.