Plastic free Newquay

Concerns over the amount of plastic in our oceans have prompted people to think about the amount of plastic they use on a daily basis, and look at alternatives.  The damage to ocean wildllife is very real and we are wholeheartedly behind any scheme which helps to reduce plastics, particularly single use plastics. We no longer use single portion milks, fresh milk is offered (which tastes better anyway in our view!), we use refillable dispensers for soaps and shower gels, and we use biodegradeable plastic bin liners - not ideal as they still take a year to degrade, but it's a start.  Newquay as a town is very much tuned into being plastic free, we regularly hold beach cleans and encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. 
Karen Wilkins 10/5/18

German tv filming at Little Fistral

We're getting ready for the first May bank holiday, a busy weekend coming up so the supplies are in, the rooms are clean, the sun is shining and it looks like it's going to be a lovely weekend!  I've noticed the German tv company have been filming around Newquay this week, Little Fistral and Trenance park have been 2 of their chosen locations. They are resident in Cornwall from April to October filming a tv series based on the novels of Rosamunde Pilcher. Doc Martin is filmed up the coast at Port Isaac and of course Poldark is mostly filmed in Cornwall.
Karen Wilkins 3/5/18

Homemade jams

We grow our own fruit and veg on our allotments and in the summer months have an abundance of red fruits - strawberries, raspberries, loganberries, blackcurrants, tayberries and rhubarb. I enjoy making jam and am always on the lookout for a new flavour - the rhubarb is blooming at the moment and I've managed to make a rhubarb and orange jam, well it's more like a curd really, and the taste is fabulous! For those who like a marmalade, it's ideal and the good news is the sugar content is around half of the amount that's in a berry jam. 
Karen Wilkins 26/4/18

Beautiful thrift on the cliffs

April/May is our favourite time of the year, when the lovely thrift comes out on the cliff tops. Also known as sea pinks it's a gorgeous delicate little flower which grows in clumps and really brings the cliffs to life.  Walking across an almost deserted beach in the sun and climbing cliff paths to a stunning view of the ocean is a pleasure we never tire of, neither does Ted, our poodle!  There is such a great variety of walks in the area, it's possible to do a different one almost every day.  Just off to Towan Headland now to do a bit of dolphin spotting.
Karen Wilkins 19/4/18

bnb diaries

Welcome to our blog page!  After a winter of decorating and updating the rooms we're open and ready to receive guests once again!  We've just had a busy Easter period with thankfully some decent weather after the snowfalls in February and March. Snow in Cornwall is pretty unheard of - if it does snow it doesn't usually settle for more than a couple of hours, but it did this year. Spring has now definitely sprung though, the frogspawn in our pond has become lots of little wiggly tadpoles, the rhubarb is lush (must get some more jam made) and the lifeguards can be heard directing people to the safe part of the sea - always a sign that the season has well and trully started. 
Karen Wilkins 12/4/18