Winter is upon us – but now at least we are heading in to each day getting a little lighter again; as the shortest day is just passing. It is still incredibly mild here – although I have heard that the second storm of the season is on its way. Let’s hope is doesn’t give us too much of a rough ride. Our Christmas lights are up and so we are looking very festive here at Trevaylor right now. Recently we have had guests come and stay from far and wide, some coming especially to see the spectacular Mousehole Christmas Lights just a few miles away down the road. Elsewhere around the area is looking pretty festive too; with Penzance, Gulval and Truro being of note, along with the little village of Angarrack near Hayle being one of our personal favourites to visit at this time of the year. The surf has been fabulous lately and the mildness of the weather has really added to the enjoyment of playing in the waves. Of course, we don our winter wetsuit gear – well, except for Christmas day that is – when around 200 of us will be going in at Sennen Cove wearing nothing but simple bathers and perhaps a festive hat or two amongst us for the annual charity swim at 11am. It’s certainly a great way to shake off any Christmas Eve hangover and feel revived ready for the rest of the day! Here on site we will have a few of you staying either in your campers, caravans or motorhomes and also some of you in our holiday homes too. We are getting particularly busy towards the New Year – perhaps quite a few of you will be going to St Ives for the New Year celebrations there – I have heard they are quite good – although I must say we haven’t made it that far ourselves yet. Ourgate seems to do us just fine! So, as always, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we hope to see you soon, Charlie, Michelle, Eva and George at Trevaylor Caravan and Camping Park.
Trevaylor caravan and camping park is preparing to meet and greet its autumn and winter season visitors for holidays by the coast. As summer draws to a close, we rustle softly into autumn just like summer never left; the sun is still smiling down on us warmly and the winds are gentle on our skin. Mind you, I’m not sure too much of the summer was always this good anyhow – so to have it like this at the moment is definitely a bonus and a real treat! Throughout the summer holidays it has been wonderful to see so many people from all over the world and from all walks of life cross over the threshold and in to Trevaylor. We have been host to families, couples, groups and individuals alike, most of whom come to this particularly wild and rugged part of West Penwith to immerse themselves in the stunning coastal scenery. The area around Botallack is also richly steeped in mining history and offers one of a very few vistas of such a heavily industrialised past which are actually quite breathtakingly stunning on the eye. To see the old Wheal houses clinging to the cliffs with the tips of the Atlantic ocean waves lashing at their base stones on a strong south westerly gale drives home the sense of astonishment of what it must have been like for the hundreds of men, women and children who used to work there back in the time of “Poldark”. Speaking of Poldark, the filming for the third series has just finished on ‘Wheal Leisure’ as it is known in the series – which is actually part of the Wheal Owles Set and is about 500 yards from the Trevaylor campsite. We were not personally lucky enough to have any sightings of Ross Poldark, Aidan Turner or Demelza Poldark, Eleanor Tomlinson although it has been rumoured that some of our happy campers were indeed fortunate enough to have caught sight of some of the famed cast of Poldark. Bookings for July and August 2017 are coming in fast already for our Holiday Homes and Camping Pitches. Our Bar, Restaurant and most shop provisions will now be closed from Sunday 25th September until some when in March 2017 – but remember the campsite, including accommodation is open 365 days a year for your holidays! Limited hardstandings available – booking advisable for these. See you soon. Charlie, Michelle, Eva and George.
Portheras from the path above – bring on the holidays
July is here already, summer has begun, holidays are fast approaching. Indeed, in some places within the UK the schools are on holiday already! Our children are not breaking up until 22nd July here in West Penwith. Trevaylor is already currently enjoying a steady turnover of visitors from all around the country and from overseas too. We have many holiday guests from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Holland, France, South Africa, Australia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium to name but a few – as well as many many holiday visitors from as far as the furthest points north and east of England and everywhere in between … and not forgetting those from just up the road too – from places such as St Ives, Helston, Camborne, Redruth, Tintagel, Boscastle and even Penzance popping in for a night or a few and a pint of local ale or a few or a glass of wine or a few over a good hearty plate of well matured rump steak or other choice from our menu, rounded off with a bowl of strawberry and apple crumble or another scrumptious homemade temptation, served with clotted cream, ice cream or custard… The choice is yours. What would you choose? See you just as soon as you can get here. Happy holidays! As always, Michelle, Charlie, Eva & George
Happy sunny holidays at Trevaylor
The Spring Bank Holiday was a warm and happy sunny one here in this wild West Penwith part of Cornwall… with only the occasional splash of rain or dash of wind. The sandy beaches at Sennen Cove, Praa Sands and Porthcurno were bustling and busy with sun seekers and water babies all flocking to our wonderful Cornish coastline. The granite cliffs were warmed invitingly by the sun and the many climbers were kept cooler by the soft breezes as they traversed their ascents. There was plenty of surfing and paddle boarding atop the Atlantic Ocean… and a whole lot of sunbathing and barbecuing on the beaches as well as here at Trevaylor caravan and camp site too. Many pints of real ale and several glasses of wine were enjoyed along with melt in your mouth steaks and fresh beer battered fish and chips served every evening at our bar and restaurant. The children made new friends and played tag and built sandcastles in our giant sandpit even after a full day out exploring some of our many hidden away coves, often cooling off with a dip in a warming tidal pool somewhere. I don’t know how many cream teas and ice creams have been eaten so far but I hope there will be some left for us somewhere in this glorious county by the end of the summer – when it’s our turn to take a holiday here in Cornwall too! Wish you were here … Michelle, Charlie, Eva, George
Bright Cornish Bluebells bringing bright colour to a grassy bank
April was a month which rocked like a see-saw through highs and lows on the Cornish weather front – We contended with everything from typical April showers to unseasonal and unsavoury storms and cold weather, bringing hail stones and even snow right up to the doorstep of May. Finally though, it feels like Mother Nature is trying to settle things down a little now at long last and the grass is growing with verve again – keeping Charlie very busy out and about on the site mower! All the flowers are blooming in the hedges and currently we are immersed in a plethora of blues, greens, yellows, pinks and whites with Bluebells budding, Ferns unfurling, Primroses beaming, Pink Campions nodding and Wild Garlic scenting the air all around us. Out and about all the little local coves have been glistening with extraordinary beauty as the first of the spring sunshine has warmed upon their crystal clear waters. This month’s rarity on the Cornish wildlife scene was the sighting of a Dalmatian Pelican (normally found in Eastern Europe) with an estimated 1.6m wingspan which was spotted at Land’s End. You can see photos I took of him on our Trevaylor Facebook page… And we will look forward to welcoming you to our site sometime soon! Michelle, Charlie, Eva & George
Mother Goose on the nest
Easter was an early one this year – and not one graced with the best of ‘good’ holiday weather conditions either! So lets hope the best is saved for the summer holidays! But in the meantime we have seen plenty of climbers, walkers and many others seeking outdoor adventure of some kind or perhaps just a simple relaxing break away spending a night or a few or a week or two with us here at Trevaylor. The beer has been flowing at our bar and our chef has been turning out some really great tasty and filling meals through these early spring evenings. It has been fantastic to be once again mixing and mingling with our guests both new and familiar, sharing stories and news and catching up with a little gossip from all over the country and sometimes even further afield. The local wildlife is on cue and we will be expecting to see some youngsters appearing in our hedgerows, fields, cliffs and moors around the local area very shortly! The swifts are about and we have even had reports of some extremely rare bird sightings such as a Snowy Owl and Hoopoes of late also. Earlier in the year some friends of our saw Humpback Whales of Land’s End and of course there have been plenty of Dolphins and Seals to see as well. The landscape of the coastline itself has been a real drama to watch during the winter storms and we found ourselves out and about storm watching on many occasions… And in between storm watching and wildlife watching we have also managed to get out and surf, do a little kayaking, have a few beach days, sample a Cream Tea or two, eat a Cornish Pasty or few and generally immerse ourselves in this wonderfully inspiring corner of Cornwall! Be sure to book soon – School holiday spaces are going fast!
Thinking of a holiday in Cornwall? With the Easter break approaching the daffodils are already in bloom here, on the doorstep of Botallack and the Crowns tin mines – one of Poldark’s famed Cornish filming locations. Today I heard they are currently filming near Newquay. It has been a memorably wet and windy winter season for us– with what feels like an A to Z of storms; although I know we are only up to J so far! Just the other day winds speeds of up to 100 miles per hour were recorded at Perranporth, a few miles further up the coastline from our nearest town, St Just. Yet even now we have a couple on site camping in their tent for a few days; and have we have had a steady turnover of units all through the winter making the most of our hardstanding spaces. Meanwhile, we have been out and about enjoying a lot of what this truly wild and wonderful Penwith Peninsula has to offer too. Just recently we walked to Carn Euny for the first time – where the remains of an ancient settlement are sited – and one of the largest and best preserved of only a handful of known examples of a ‘Fogou’ to have been found in Cornwall. We have lunched in our car overlooking Mounts Bay, watching the many kite surfers and wind surfers perform their breath-taking stunts with St Michael’s Mount as a backdrop. We have walked sections of the rugged South West Coastal Path and seen so many other ramblers along the way; all of us in awe as the storm stirred waves clash with rugged scenery around us. We have enjoyed coffee and cake at the Minack – the world famous open-air theatre, set into the cliffs beside Porthcurno. And at Godrevy National Trust Site we observed a wild seal colony. All through the autumn, winter and heading into the spring, our daughter Eva has surfed Sennen Cove, Praa Sands, Gwithian & even Porthmeor below The Tate in St Ives to name but a few of the beaches. And on the wettest windiest weekends we headed to the Eden Project and enjoyed ice skating, good food, music, education and entertainment there. So, you know where you need to come for your holidays this year – come to Cornwall – stay at Trevaylor – see it all – do it all! We are here to welcome you! Charlie, Michelle, Eva and George
Porth Ledden in late January
Well, it has been quite an eventful winter season so far – we had a great deal of wonderful visitors over Christmas and New Year in spite of the often continuous rain and incessant wind we have been graced with. … And I have to say most of our guests have a fantastically resilient outlook and spirits have remained buoyed up, even during the worst of it. Temperatures have remained mild and as yet we have had no frosts to speak of. We have even had a few guests staying in tents on occassion – although this is not a common place sight at this time of year! Out and about, the coastal scenery is at times at it’s most dramatic – with big swell and thrashing waves. A coastal walk on even the dullest wet day here can lift and revive the soul; especially when we further reward ourselves with a warm cheese toastie and a mug of freshly ground coffee or a sumptuous hot chocolate from one of the local Cafes in St Just afterwards… or a pint of real ale and a wholesome cooked meal at a local Inn. On site we are busy preparing for the main season ahead – painting, pruning, cleaning and tidying and improving – we hope that for those of you who have been before… and for those of you who have not… that you will all feel rewarded by the efforts that we make to keep Trevaylor a special place to be for your special time away. See you soon, Michelle Charlie Eva George x
It’s been mild but plenty windy with a good splash of rain since I last wrote; but more than anything else it has still been as wonderful as ever here – what ever the weather. The sometimes stormy sea has provided a great spectacle and the old Wheal houses on the coastline have been looking very atmospheric at times. We are managing to get out in the surf with our boards… We tried Porthmeor at St Ives the other day and it was fantastic! We have our festive lights up at the campsite and we are getting in the spirit ready for all our Christmas arrivals – I think it looks like we will have quite a few of you this year! We are looking forward to seeing all that are booked in so far … and perhaps a few more of you will drop in for a night or two or so to join us at some point during the ‘jolly’ season. A warm welcome awaits – from Michelle, Charlie, Eva & George
View to Nanjizal from Land’s End side of coastal path
What a glorious September and October it has been here … Topped only by the 1st and 2nd of November … which it seems were the warmest on record in some places. It really was phenomenal. Charlie, the kids & I walked from Land’s End to Nanjizal along the coastal path on the 1st of November and ended up with sunburn by the time we got back to the car again! Back on site we are busy again at the moment with a few upgrades – we are putting down five more hardstandings (bringing the total to eleven) and have just poured the concrete for our new drive-over waste water disposal point. The play area is getting a bit of a makeover too with the addition of some play tunnels, re-surfacing under the swings and some landscaping improvements. Whilst our bar/restaurant is now closed until the end of March; don’t forget that we have the Queens Arms just five minutes walk from the campsite – with real log fires in winter, real ale at the bar and real home cooked food too! So you can come and join us anytime of the year you like – bring your motorhome, campervan, caravan or tent (although tenting is only advisable for the more experienced during the winter months!). Don’t forget – we have six centrally heated double glazed luxury holiday homes and a little dog-friendly cottage for you as well. We’d love to see you soon! Charlie & Michelle