And that’s a wrap!
We have had such a fun filled year at Glynn Barton and here is just a little snippet. Roll on 2019 and lots more fun to come…
We all know that not everyone loves a car journey – especially in the summer when our little Cornish roads can struggle under the weight of visitors. Thankfully, we are fortunate to have an abundance of things to do in Cornwall almost from our doorstep which means the car journeys are only small and they can easily end up with cake or scones in a café – or they do for me anyway! Check out the below little snippets for some of these fun filled ideas for all the family.
Literally 5 mins down the road and a café that serves possibly the best Cornish Cream Tea I have EVER had. Hands down it’s the best. The woods are run by the Forestry Commission and are filled with walking and cycling trails which accommodate all leg lengths and abilities. If you fancy taking on the Beast trail prepare for some hills! They also have the Highway Rat trail based on the Julia Donaldson book which follows a river and is perfect to keep the children entertained on a walk with things to look out for. The car park is Pay and Display unless you have the Forestry Commission Discovery Pass which is available from the café (it offers free parking and café discounts).
Less than 5 minutes down the road and for those budding jockeys out there Little Margate run one to one and group lessons as well as ponies to suit everyone – even parents! Its located just before Cardinham Woods but its worth booking during holidays as its very popular.
One of our fave’s. With a very grand National Trust house, gardens, great walking and cycling trails there’s lots for everyone to do. Smooth tarmac for little learners and a balance bike track too. For the more advanced cyclists / tricksters they have a skills area to practise those jumps and tight turns. Finish off with a cup of tea and cake at the Park Café whilst the kids burn off that last little bit of energy in the adventure park.
With 2 biodomes and an abundance of activities you can easily spend all day here and not realise it! If it’s raining the Biodomes offer plenty to do and they are always running kids programs too. There is a great café for all ages which means that the kids can have their chosen kids bags and you get to have your choice also! Hangloose Adventures is also now open which is great for the older kids.
18 miles of cycling! Don’t panic they have shepherds huts along the way serving up the all important hot chocolate for the kids and cappuccino for the parents. There are stunning views along the way (both woodland, farmland, riverside and estuary) but our fave is cycling from Wadebridge to Padstow, having a little lunch and a stroll along the harbour before cycling home again. It means you avoid the hubbub of parking in Padstow which can be tricky and a lengthy wait. Try out Rick Stein’s fish and chips or Rojano’s for a pizza. Make sure you leave room for a Treleavens ice cream on the harbour – their mint choc chip is the BEST! (its lucky we stock it in our shop too!)
Polkerris Beach is a delightful little cove with a lovely walk towards Fowey along the ragged cliff tops. The car park is halfway down the hill on the right hand side and then it’s a 5 min walk downhill to the beach. You might want to persuade your other half to drop you at the bottom! A great little beach and perfect for the kids too as its nice and sheltered for swimming and making a splash (great skimmers). A lovely café is Sam’s on the Beach which serves excellent food and yummy (all year round) Fowey river mussels. It’s a great spot for sundowners whilst they play on the beach and you enjoy the best of Cornwalls breweries!
Self drive motor boats are the best way to see the river. Don’t be alarmed….they are very easy to use. Available on the harbour they provide life jackets and a quick but fairly fool proof lesson on how it all works. Great for an hours explore along the river banks to see Daphne Du Mauriers House and Dawn Frenchs too! Go for longer and take a mackerel line with you. In season there are shoals of them.
Park at the top and walk down (in summer) as there is very little parking in the town. The roads are very small and not built for traffic per se. Its filled with lovely local crafts shops, cafes, local butchers and bakers and eateries. Sam’s (same company as Polkerris) has a spot here too which is great for the kids so be prepared for a quick meal (generally suits us!) as they get busy. They have a tiny aquarium which is fun for a walk around (check out the size of the largest lobster caught….wow) and endless ice cream stop off points. Walk further down from the harbour to catch some lovely interior shops such as Brocante. It will make you want to redesign your house!
A trip to us is not complete without a ride on the steam train. We are perfectly located for this and whether it’s a quick there and back you’re after or more of a day out it suits everyone and is lots of fun. Toot Toot! The Easter bunny is on board during April and Father Christmas in December. Check out their website for the latest events.
(Or picking muscles in season) in the rock pools at Constantine Bay or Padstow – whether you’re decked out in splash suits and wellies or shorts and flip flops we all love the rock pools. We have nets and buckets on hand for you to take and try your hand at catching supper. We’ve never been that successful but the joy our little team get from it is astounding!
There really is so much to do so keep your eyes out for further blogs on what we have been up to and make sure you follow us on Facebook for the most up to date info we can give.
We’ve been working pretty hard over the last 12 months to find out which of our facilities are the favourites and what it is that our guests are really looking for when they visit. We already have great facilities onsite but with our own boys in tow its important that we keep evolving and helping to create even more magical memories. Freddie & Max absolutely love the outdoors and being wild at heart so our emphasis will always remain under this ethos. We are very much an outdoors family and I hope that we can also help to relax the minds of busy parents who also need a break.
Having reeled off that list you might wonder what on earth we can do to add to it? Its not always about adding facilities but perfecting the ones that we have too.
We have had fab feedback throughout the year and the above is just a little snippet of what we are and will be doing. For the rest… well you’ll just have to come and see for yourselves!
“Don’t lose it, re use it”- In the words of Paw Patrol at least!
Glynn Barton is a unique and beautiful place set in the Glynn Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have 13 acres surrounded by stunning woods and fields which are packed full of plants and wildlife. We are very lucky to live here and are committed to ensuring the long term preservation of its natural beauty.
It has been eye opening for us learning how much waste we create as a business and as we update our Green policy its super important to us as a family that we create easy and sustainable ways not only to recycle but to also reduce our carbon footprint. As a Green Tourism Gold member we already have in place initiatives to support this but we are always looking at new ideas for sustainable tourism.
How do we do it?
We provide easy to use and clearly identifiable recycling bins to encourage our guests to separate out their own rubbish. We are also placing into cottages recycling bins in our cottage renovations to make it even easier. It’s helping us to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill.
Composting- we have placed compost bins in each of our cottage kitchens which use biodegradable green liners. It’s creating some amazing compost for the garden.
All our communal lights are on timers and sensor activated. We are also installing low energy light bulbs wherever possible. We encourage all our guests to always switch off lights, use low heat dishwasher programs (if at all) and to reduce their use of tumble dryers. We have tumble driers onsite which we try to limit the use of due to the high energy consumption by charging for each session.
We are lucky to have installed a Biomass Boiler which keeps all our water nice and toastie for the guests. All our cottages can be controlled individually, and we ask our guests to manage their heating responsibly and to always make sure that it is switched off when not required.
Did you know that our swimming pool roof contains solar panels? This helps contribute to our electricity and give back to the grid.
We use Eco friendly cleaning products and there are some great hacks out there which I’ve learnt this year. Who knew that bicarbonate of soda could be so useful. I might have to post a few of them especially with little sticky fingers on sofas! We provide these products in the cottage for our guests to use and prefer that they use these versus other supermarket equivalents.
We are extremely lucky to be on natural water here at Glynn Barton. That said we collect as much as we can through water butts and handily placed wellie boot washing tubs to reduce the use of tap water. We have lots of plants in our garden which are perfect for the Cornish climate which means they don’t need additional watering.
Some of our guests manage to travel to us by train but if you’ve ever tried to pack the car for a family holiday you will appreciate its not always that easy- especially with the little one’s who probably need their own separate car! However, we have a host of baby and toddler equipment that we can provide to help lighten the load. From baby chairs, play mats and carrying backpacks we have most things available. Its’ not just about getting to us either. We have got lots of great activities onsite which means that you don’t need to leave every day.
Supporting our local economy is very important to us. Having only moved here a year ago we have tried to find all sorts of great and scrummy suppliers to tantalise your taste buds. Not only produce suppliers but local businesses from bike hire to surf lessons it all helps. We have a great list of local places to visit too which we give to all our guests to encourage local support.
There is always more we could be doing and as we go into our second year here at Glynn Barton, we will continue to look for ways to create a more sustainable business. We are always keen for ideas so keep them coming!!