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Fall for Cornwall this Autumn

20th September 2019

 

With the rising sun chasing away morning mist and the bramble bushes laden with ripening blackberries, Keats’ ode To Autumn - ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ - is brought to mind in these softly shortening days. Here at Duchy Holidays we love Autumn and can think of no better way to enjoy the season than windswept walks along quiet beaches, surfing late-season swell in the summer-warmed water, and enjoying fresh seasonal menus and a favourite drink in front of a roaring fire.

Quiet beaches

With the exodus of the summer visitors, Cornwall’s vast wide-open sandy beaches can once again be fully enjoyed and appreciated. Walk for three miles along Perranporth beach at low tide – one of the largest stretches of unbroken sand on Cornwall’s north coast - and as the peak season dog restrictions have been lifted, take your dog too, to race along the length of the beach off the lead.

Changing scenery

The changing of the seasons can be perceived in the natural surroundings, through the vivid and colourful turning of the leaves: the coppers, golds and russet reds, and also in the waves, sky and sunsets. The sun is lower in the sky, casting a golden glow, and the waves refract the light as they rise and crash onto the shore. Autumn sunsets set the sky alight with a fiery glow, reflected in the pools left on the beach by a retreating tide.

Temperate climate
Cornwall has the mildest climate in the UK and the south-west coast has even been classified as sub-tropical. The warm ocean currents and mild winters mean that snow and frost are rare, and Autumn is generally a time of temperate, clement weather. That’s not to say it can’t feel a little chilly in the evenings, but just imagine snuggling up in your holiday home at the end of the day in front of a cosy log burner or settling into a comfy local pub to enjoy a glass of red wine or hot chocolate… bliss!

Seasonal Cornish menus

In Autumn there’s a glut of fresh, seasonal food served in Cornish cafés and restaurants. As well as all the hearty root veg, squashes, blackberries, pears and plums, it’s also a great time of year for seafood. Cornwall has miles of coastline, much of it bordered with rocks covered with gleaming black mussels, which are harvested at this time of year. Find them on restaurant menus and enjoy in a delicious mariniere.

October also heralds the start of the oyster dredging season. The Falmouth Oyster Festival runs from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th October this year and is one of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved food festivals, celebrating the native Fal oyster and abundance of other Cornish seafood. The only remaining oyster fishery in Europe to be dredged by sail and hand punt, the River Fal observes this old tradition to protect the delicate riverbeds and oyster stocks.

Live music

Each Autumn the annual festival of Lowender Peran celebrates Cornwall’s cultural heritage and Celtic connections. This year it runs from 30th October to 2nd November at The Hotel Bristol in Newquay where over 300 performers from Cornwall, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales and Brittany will be playing music, singing and dancing. From ceilidhs and sing-a-longs to storytelling and Cornish wrestling, Lowender Peran is uplifting and entertaining for all the family.

Getting active

Autumn provides a stunning backdrop to outdoor adventuring. Take a walk along one of Cornwall’s many coastal paths for dramatic cliff top views or explore some of the beautiful woodland to appreciate the new season in all its glory. Discovering Cornwall by foot, bicycle, or even by kayak can be wonderful at this time of year.

In the Autumn the surf picks up and it’s widely regarded as the best time of the year for surfing. The sea is still quite warm, bigger and better swells roll in from the Atlantic, and both the beaches and the water will be quieter with fewer people jostling for space. Remember some warm clothing for when you get out, wrap up and enjoy a thermos of tea while watching the sun set over the waves.

October half term

After a busy start back at school, why not treat your loved ones with some quality family time in Cornwall? As well as all the beautiful natural sights and activities, Cornwall has many fabulous attractions which will be running special half term events during the school holidays.

Take a look at some of our latest properties, available for family breaks this Autumn. If these don't take your fancy, click here to browse our full range of Cornish coastal self-catering accommodation. 

 

Tregonnan

Located on quiet lane two minutes' walk to the beach, Tregonnan is a spacious and stylish semi-detached family house, full of character, mixing traditional features with modern decor. Sleep eight and dog friendly.

Just a few of you? Discounted rates are available for couples or small parties on this property. Save 25% on your stay, just get in touch to book. Offer available outside of peak season only, terms and conditions apply. 

Chy Morvah

Chy Morvah, meaning the House by the Sea, is a beautiful, light and spacious new-build less than ten minutes' walk to Perranporth's spectacular beach, views of which can be enjoyed from floor to ceiling windows in this fantastic high specification house. Sleeps nine.

Just a few of you? Discounted rates are available for couples or small parties on this property. Save 25% on your stay, just get in touch to book. Offer available outside of peak season only, terms and conditions apply.

Warwick Lodge

A lovely spacious detached house, Warwick Lodge enjoys fantastic views across Perranporth from its elevated position, and beach and sea views from the first floor double bedroom and decked balcony. Just five minutes' walk downhill to the beach, shops and cafes (10 minutes' walk back up!), ideally located for family seaside holidays. Sleeps nine.

The Bees Knees

Situated on a hillside overlooking Perranporth village, beach and the Atlantic Ocean, The Bees Knees is a contemporary and comfortable reverse level house, with stunning coastal and countryside views from the upstairs open plan living area and balcony. Sleeps eight and dog friendly outside of the peak season.

Just a few of you? Discounted rates are available for couples or small parties on this property. Save 25% on your stay, just get in touch to book. Offer available outside of peak season only, terms and conditions apply. 

The Haven

The Haven is a beautifully renovated and lovingly restored Cornish cottage, set in large secluded gardens.  A ten-minute level walk from Perranporth's seaside village shops, bars and restaurants and from the village centre a stroll leads onto the glorious three-mile sandy beach, offering the best of both countryside and coast. Sleeps seven.

Just a few of you? Discounted rates are available for couples or small parties on this property. Save 25% on your stay, just get in touch to book. Offer available outside of peak season only, terms and conditions apply.

Cloud Nine

One of only four Beach Houses in the stunning new development The Dunes, overlooking Perranporth beach. Cloud Nine is a beautiful three-storey family property in an exceptional location with sweeping coastal views. Sleeps eight and dog friendly.

Just a few of you? Discounted rates are available for couples or small parties on this property. Save 25% on your stay, just get in touch to book. Offer available outside of peak season only, terms and conditions apply. 

 

5, The Dunes

A beautiful mews house in the stylish new development The Dunes in Perranporth, number 5 is a lovely two-storey house boasting under-cover parking, a secure caged store for boards and beach gear, and a private garden and located less than one-minute walk from Perranporth's spectacular expansive beach. Sleeps five.

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