Thad Cox

Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta - Aug 28th-31st

The Regatta celebrates the significant role that Falmouth and Royal Greenwich have played in maritime history, both ports are preparing themselves as perfect showcases for the 2014 Regatta.

Over 40 tall ships will gather in Falmouth from 28 to 31 August 2014 for four days of festivities before racing along the south coast and cruising up the Thames to Royal Greenwich, in the heart of London for further celebrations.

Come and join us in Falmouth -- soak up the atmosphere throughout the town with the exciting shoreside entertainment programme, most of which is FREE, including entry to Falmouth Docks to go on board the large square sail ships.

Become a member of crew for the race or become one of the many volunteers who make the event such a memorable experience.

For the latest Regatta information please see: www.falmouthtallships.co.uk

What a walk..

When in Cornwall, you don't have to go far to make the most of the beautiful surroundings. A walk is an excellent way to get out, get some fresh air and take in some of the most breathtaking sights in the country.

With so many scenic routes and footpaths so close to the Abbey, our guests are able to appreciate the local settings whilst getting some all important exercise. Some suggested walks that have been tried and tested here at the Abbey include:

 



View of the Mount from footpath between Perranuthnoe and Marazion.

View of the Mount from footpath between Perranuthnoe and Marazion.

A local secret, this footpath has brought years of joy and memories to families of the area. The lengthy walk stretches through fields, country lanes and over fences and stiles, starting at either end in Marazion or Perranuthnoe.

A view of Battery Rocks at sunset, from the Promenade.

A view of Battery Rocks at sunset, from the Promenade.

A short walk down the road from us, the Promenade is one of Penzance's most prominent features. With a long and turbulent history, the town's sea defence offers more than just protection, the half-mile stretch of locally iconic pink slabs is accompanied by  stunning views of the bay and the open ocean beyond.

St. Ives offers more than just boat rides and fish and chips.

St. Ives offers more than just boat rides and fish and chips.

A little further away, in sunny St. Ives, the sloped inclination of the seaside town offers beautiful views of the harbour and shopfronts from many different levels. The scenic walk from one end of the town to the other is not only stunning but bypasses many of the areas hotspots, running straight through the busy seafront.

A view of the rocky surroundings of the coastline at Mousehole.

A view of the rocky surroundings of the coastline at Mousehole.

A little closer to home again, this coastal walk to Mousehole can be started here in Penzance or further along in Newlyn, taking approximately 40 minutes from Newlyn Harbour. Right on the waters edge this walk is perfect on a warm, sunny day when the sea breeze offers a satisfying refreshment, following the coastline right the way around to arrive in the sleepy fishing village of Mousehole.

Any one of these choice walks in and surrounding Penzance are sure to satiate the desire for beautiful scenery and are a great activity for families and lone-travellers alike.

Omlowenhewgh agas boes!

There is nothing quite like freshly caught local fish and Cornwall, with its many seaside towns, is renowned for its seafood. Whether it's line-caught Mackerel from Bude, fresh Newlyn Crab or Turbot or Plaice from Watergate Bay in Newquay, fresh Cornish seafood is always readily available.

Seafood is the specialty of many and most restaurants in Cornwall, especially here in the lower South-West (that means lots of lovely Newlyn crab!)

We love having such a wide variety of eateries to recommend to our guests and here at the Abbey we love to welcome back smiling and full-tummied guests from an evening at any one of the finest restaurants in the area.

Some of our personal favourites (in no particular order) can be found at:

http://www.mackerelskycafe.co.uk/                        http://harrissrestaurant.co.uk/index.html

http://www.turksheadpenzance.co.uk/                   http://www.oldlifeboathouse.co.uk/

http://www.oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk/                    http://www.2forestreet.co.uk/  

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Making the most of it..

We've been lucky enough to have some beautiful weather lately and what a better way to enjoy the Cornish summer than at some of the most stunning locations Cornwall has to offer. With surroundings like these there's no need to go to the Mediterranean, you can enjoy the beauty of the exotic South West!

At the Abbey we love a day trip to St Ives or Falmouth, a visit by boat to St Micheal's Mount or a sunny summer's day drive to Porthcurno or Sennen.

'Ansom!

 

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Cornwall: Night Train - the most romantic way to visit

Here at The Abbey Hotel in Penzance we are finding more and more people are coming to visit us via the Night Train. Having done it myself quite a few times, I can thoroughly recommend it as it's so quick and easy. I also enjoyed the slightly old fashioned and nostalgic feel to the whole trip, especially having such a comfortable bunk all to myself.

But perhaps the best bit apart from avoiding the traffic on the roads, is that you can come straight off the train and in for breakfast in our 17thC Breakfast room in front of a lovely fire.

What the Ech?

Here at the Abbey Hotel Penzance we are one of the more unusual boutique hotels in Cornwall, for a start we are bright blue, the building dates form 1605 and we are blessed with some of the biggest Echium's on the planet!

At the moment the stunning weather has brought out the best in our plants and we get numerous requests for the identity of these extraordinary purple spires that tower over the front door.

Brian's Chocolate & Banana Loaf

It seems like our lovely Chef Brian has come up with another Abbey Hotel winner! His latest delicious offering of a Banana & Chocolate Chip loaf was so popular that it went in a day! It's or surprising as the weather has been stunning and the offer of a slice with afternoon tea in our garden one a hard one to decline. Not even I was able to have a piece, I guess I'll have to quicker next time!

We've been selected by Country & Townhouse Magazine!

Here at The Abbey Hotel, Penzance we were delighted to find out that we had been included to feature in this year's edition of the highly regarded 'Hotels' edition of Country & Townhouse Magazine.

We pride ourselves as being considered by some as one of the finest boutique hotels in Cornwall and are in some truly esteemed company. I personally feel proud and honoured to be hand picked by a magazine of such high standards and quality.

Places to visit in and around Penzance - Polgoon Vineyard

Polgoon, a is Cornish Vineyard & Orchard that has successfully produced a range of new classic Cornish Wine including an award winning rosé, two English white wines and an English red wine. Their Sparkling Aval (Cornish for apple) Elderflower Sparkling wine and our new sparkling Cornish Cider drinks are all made just a couple of miles from the hotel.
 
John and Kim Coulson, own Polgoon Vineyard and as Cornish Wine and Cornish Cider makers have developed their Polgoon Vineyard from a run down farm to create a flourishing vineyard and orchard producing their award winning Cornish Aval, Cornish Cider and Cornish wine. The Polgoon Cornish still wine, English Sparkling wine and their ciders Cornish Pink, Cornish Black and Cornish Dry cider, sparkling Cornish Aval, Raspberry Aval and Elderflower sparkling wine products are highly regarded not just in the South West but all over the UK. They can now be bought at our online shop or through our retail stockists. 

Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard shop is now open 7 days a week and the shelves are full of their award winning wonderful Cornish wines, Vintage Aval, our Elderflower sparkling wine and our new 2010 Traditional Method Sparkling Rosé wine, which would make a fantastic gift or be an excellent complement to a meal or special occasion.
 
All products are on sale including our just released 2011 Regent & Rondo red wine! They also sell jams, honey, chutney, eggs and fudge so go along and take a look.

Local Attractions & Activities - Trengwainton Garden

When visiting The Abbey Hotel many visitors ask for recommendations for things to do on days out and Twengwainton is one high on the list as it's only a few of miles from the hotel. Experience stunning views and an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs in a garden cradled just inland of Mounts Bay.  For those of you with a nose for gardening, this horticultural hotspot is home to magnificent walled gardens growing species not seen anywhere else on mainland Britain. Marvel at the styrax, eucryphia, stewartia and the 'Lobster Claw' - Clianthus puniceus, and discover hybrids created from plant-hunting expeditions to Assam and Burma.

This historical garden was once residence to the Cornish Arundell family, but was landscaped by Sir Rose Price of Penzance. Price planted conifers with elm, oak, ash and beech, as well as nine-walled gardens whose ramped beds remain a feature to this day. When the estate came into the hands of the Bolitho family, they built the present carriageway and developed the gardens with help of their cousins, the Caerhays. Seeds sent back from plant-hunting missions were expertly hybridised by the head gardener, Alfred Creek, who was responsible for planting a stunning series of rhododendrons.

Alongside the intriguing evidence of yesteryear, now you can follow a stream garden through the valley, which was planted later in the 1950s with skunk cabbage, meconopsis, primulas and other bog plants. Escape to the intimate tranquillity of this woodland garden, and from the rich collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias, meander up to a terrace boasting beautiful views of Mount's Bay to The Lizard.

With lots to explore and plenty to keep short imaginations captivated, Trengwainton is a fabulously family friendly garden. There are children's trails to follow, children's menus in the tearoom and well-equipped baby-changing facilities.

Find out more on their website.

Local Suppliers - Origin Coffee

Here are The Abbey Hotel in Penzance we are really proud of our famous 'Abbey Breakfast'. Having spent years fine tuning the ingredients and adding more to what we offer, we feel that we have almost perfected it. One of the most important components of a good breakfast is the coffee and we have recently switched back to the excellent Origin Coffee after they gave us a sample of their superb new F30 blend from Brazil.


We get it in small 250g bags which keeps the coffee as fresh as possible and allows us to grind it every morning to order instead of buying in already ground beans. It has toffee sweetness it is rich, rounded and chocolaty and has a lovely creamy taste and you can read an interview with the grower Fazenda Mariano here.