Autumn Breaks in Cornwall

Autumn Breaks in Cornwall

Edens Horizon is ideal as a comfortable and luxurious holiday home for 12 people is perfect for autumn breaks in Cornwall. St Austell Bay has outstanding cliff and coastal scenery with beaches at Carlyon Bay, Porthpean and Pentewan.

You can have a holiday near the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Wheal Martyn, St Austell Brewery and Roseland Observatory. Not only is there plenty to do in the local area but the house is equally equipped and cosy for staying in and snuggling up on cold days with good food, board games and a bottle of wine.

Within easy reach of St Austell are also the old fishing ports of Fowey, Charlestown and Mevagissey which are popular film and TV locations and have good bathing beaches.

Charlestown Harbour

Don’t forget St Austell has excellent transport links (main train line from Paddington), Newquay Airport is just 18 miles away for those flying down from the city.

The market town of St Austell has an interesting combination of small local shops and well known high street stores. Within the town centre you will find a 5 screen cinema, ten pin bowling alley and a variety of pubs and places to eat. Polkyth recreation centre and swimming pool is a short distance from the town centre, with Poltair tennis courts, children’s playground and football pitch close by.

As more and more people are choosing to stay in England for their holidays the term “staycationing” is the holiday buzzword, and beautiful Cornwall remains one of England’s most popular staycation destinations. For many reasons: it’s beautiful beaches, breath-taking cliff top walks, stunning views, fresh air, delicious local food, cosy pubs and wonderful accommodation. I’ve spoken more about having a fun staycation in Cornwall here.

I now offer a concierge service so I will make sure your shopping delivery is unpacked before you arrive and there will be a delicious cream tea waiting for you when you get to the house. I can help with celebrations of any kind and will order birthday cakes and food for a surprise party, decorate a tree for you, accommodate wedding groups, arrange babysitting and can even organise hot tub hire.

For a walking holiday or short break this winter Eden’s Horizon is offering 3 or 4 night breaks from 5th September 2015 until 12th March 2016 for prices from £835 for up to 12 guests self-catering. Over Christmas or New Year there is a minimum 7 days booking and the price for either of those weeks £2950 per week self catering. Email Kate to enquire about availability.

For a little luxury, you can visit Carlyon Bay Hotel for their sports facilities, or The Cornwall Spa for a day pass at their spa.

Or you can just sit back and cosy up by the fire and drink tea.

I look forward to welcoming you to Edens Horizon –  I will go to any length to make sure you are happy, comfortable and have everything you need. Whatever you do, please do get in touch.

Kate x

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Here’s that lovely video from Visit Cornwall again:

Days out in Cornwall – 10 family friendly things to do near St Austell

Days out in Cornwall – 10 family friendly things to do near St Austell

I get asked so many questions about days out in Cornwall by guests coming to stay with us at Edens Horizon. There is such a variety, so here are 10 family friendly things to do near St Austell.

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Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

Where: Charlestown, St Austell
Distance from Edens Horizon: 3 miles
Suitable in all weather: Yes
Open 7 days a week? The museum is closed on Tuesdays & Thursday

This amazing place is on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts in Europe. Charlestown is famous for many reasons and TV and film lovers will recognise it as the set for Poldark, Dr Who, Taboo, Mansfield Park, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and The Three Musketeers. In the museum there is a “treasure trove of unusual and interesting items, unlike any other open to the public” with over 8000 finds from over 150 shipwrecks.

What we say: After it’s recent makeover, it’s a great place to visit and on a direct bus route from Edens Horizon (from the end of our road!)
What our guests say: We all dressed as pirates and had a great time!

More info: Website // Facebook

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Wheal Martyn

Where: St Austell
Distance from Edens Horizon: 3 miles
Good in all weather: Yes
Open 7 days a week? Yes

Perfect for a family day out with lots to see and do. You can check out the original Victorian Clay Works, explore the woodlands on the nature trail, have fun on the kids adventure trail. Wheal Martyn say they “are a haven for all kinds of creatures.” Take it at your own pace; follow a guided tour, map or your nose and see what you can discover.

What we say: We particularly like the organised children’s events, worth checking this on their website.
What our guests say: Definitely worth the visit, kids were running round and we never knew there was so much about the mining industry here.

More info: Website // Facebook // Instagram


Where: St Austell
Distance from Edens Horizon: 4 miles
Good in all weather: Yes except for the Sky Trail which is closed Sept to March
Open 7 days a week? Yes during school holidays, closed on Mondays & Tuesdays during term time.

An award winning play centre, Kidzworld is a great place to take the kids with all attractions included in the ticket price such as slides, soft play, a toddlers’ play area, dodgems, skating area, trampolines, mini golf, ball pools and lots more.

What we say: A great energy using play area, frequently used by guests
What our guests say: Fun Fun Fun. Please can we go again!

More info: Website // Facebook

Pinetum Gardens

Where: St Austell
Distance from Edens Horizon: 3 miles
Suitable  in all weather: It’s all outside
Open 7 days a week? Yes during school holidays, closed on Mondays & Tuesdays during term time.

A peaceful 30 acre beautiful gardens with themed garden rooms, perfect for walking around and enjoying nature’s delights. A place for families to explore, kids to run around and enjoy.

What we say: You probably need more than one visit, there is just so much to take in
What our guests say: Loved the plants, loved the colours, wish I could grow some of these plants

More info: Website // Facebook

Cornwall Football Golf

Where: St Austell
Distance from Edens Horizon: 3.5 miles
Suitable in all weather: It’s all outdoors
Open 7 days a week? Yes

With two courses, Cornwall Football Golf is perfect for a family day out. The rules are the same as golf, but instead of a club, players kick the football into the hole. With obstacles along the way to make the game more fun for everyone.

What we say: Well run and well organised.
What our guests say: Fantastic
More info: Website // Facebook // Instagram

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Where: Pentewan, St Austell
Distance from Edens Horizon: 7 miles
Suitable  in all weather: It’s mainly outdoors
Open 7 days a week? Yes

Set in 200 acres, Heligan’s gardens were lost until 29 years ago. Now fully restored, Heligan is now known as one of the finest gardens in England.

What we say: Wow, enormous plants and ferns, loved the series of small lakes, and the old pineapple ripening house, took loads of photos
What our guests say: Sad to see the abandoned toolshed, the men just left everything and went to war, some never to return. Moving but magnificent especially the jungle ropebridge
More info: Website // Facebook // Instagram

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Eden Project

Where: Bodelva
Distance from Edens Horizon: 5 miles
Suitable in all weather: Yes
Open 7 days a week? Yes

The Eden Project is an incredible collection of huge biomes which serve as home to the largest rainforest in captivity, amazing plants, exhibitions and discoveries. There is also a wide range of events throughout the year.

What we say: Awesome, book online so you get priority entry, register yourself once there and then you get access to the Biomes for a year.
What our guests say: We did 3 visits in our week here, fantastic fun and loved the road train so Gran could come too.

More info: Website // Facebook // Instagram

Springfield Fun Park

Where: St Columb
Distance from Edens Horizon: 12 miles
Suitable in all weather: Yes
Open 7 days a week? closed on some Sundays, check their website.

Fun for all the family, there’s a fun train around the park, boats in which to row round the lake, go-karts, woodland, animal farm with alpacas, pigs and bunnies and a play barn and park, so it’s suitable for all weathers.

What we say: A great farm experience.
What our guests say: Ahhh the animals I wanted to take them home.

More info: Website // Facebook

Screech Owl Sanctuary

Where: St Columb
Distance from Edens Horizon: 11 miles
Suitable in all weather: Quite a bit is outside
Open 7 days a week? Yes

At the Screech Owl Sanctuary, you can have all sorts of fun seeing a wide variety of owls from around the world and other animals, and even book in a 1:1 session meeting owls, meerkats and racoons.

What we say: Great place to visit with lots of birds of prey and a fantastic bird display
What our guests say: Lovely to get up and close to some wonderful birds including one owl who sat next to me!

More info: Website // Facebook

Fowey Aquarium

Where: Fowey
Distance from Edens Horizon: 10 miles
Suitable in all weather: Yes
Open 7 days a week? Opening times differ throughout the year, check their website for more details.

In the historical town of Fowey, the aquarium has a wide range of fish offering a good look into local marine life. There’s even a touch pool where you can pick up a shore crab, or get tickled by a prawn.

What we say: Spooky and dark, friendly staff and right on the harbourside
What our guests say: Never been so close up to all the fish.

More info: Website

So there you have it, 10 family friend activities near St Austell. I take a lot of pride in being from the area myself and so with my local knowledge, I’m happy to answer any questions or you’d like to check dates, just get in touch.


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Staycation in Cornwall

Staycation in Cornwall

Have you heard about staycationing? It’s the latest buzzword for having your family holiday in Cornwall, rather than going abroad.
According to Wikipedia:”A staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance, sleeping in their own beds at night. They might make day trips to local tourist sites, swimming venues, or engage in fun activities such as horseback riding, paintball, hiking or visiting museums. Most of the time it involves dining out more frequently than usual.”

What’s more is that the Guardian stated Cornwall as the top spot for staycationing in the UK, the Mirror found Cornwall as number two, and the Telegraph is a big fan too!

This is certainly true if you’re looking for self catering family accommodation in Cornwall where you can come and stay at Edens Horizon with up to 12 guests and 2 babies. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, with panoramic views over the Cornish countryside as you eat your meals together round the dining table, it’s a perfect home away from home. There are lots of delicious restaurants to try including Wreckers at Charlestown, Sams on the Beach and cosy pubs to sample the local Tribute beer from St Austell Brewery. There’s lots of activities including a tour around St Austell Brewery, the Eden Project, Dairyland, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

There are lots of reasons as to why holidays in Cornwall might be more appealing than going abroad: There’s no airport hassle, you don’t need your passport, and there are no luggage allowances!

But on top of that, you can follow Mashable’s top tips on how to enjoy a staycation and adapt them for family holiday in Cornwall:
Find the nearest park…you can enjoy the gardens at Edens Horizon…


Take long breaks from technology…with so many activities to do near Edens Horizon you’re spoilt for choice. Take your iPhones for snapping photos and not for burying your heads in social media!

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Give yourself a spa day…we have a lovely mobile therapist named Zoe who will come and give you beauty treatments in the comfort of Edens Horizon. She’s very reasonably priced, just ask Kate when you book your stay.

Find a local beach…with Porthpean beach, Charlestown beach, Pentewan beach and many more nearby you can enjoy the beautiful beaches of Cornwall!

Charlestown Beach Cornwall

Charlestown Beach Cornwall

Or another way to get in the water….lots of watersports around Edens Horizon with lots of our guests bringing dinghies, surfboards and even an inflatable canoe down in the car with them!
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Bring another world to your apartment…instead we recommend going to Eden Project where you can enter many different worlds! If you want a discount in tickets, make sure you purchase them through Kate when you book your holiday at Edens Horizon.

So, have you booked your staycation yet? Check our availability page here or call Kate on 07887656902