The Great Gardens of Cornwall

Cornwall is renowned for its glorious beaches, sensational surf sports and the finest of local produce, but it also boasts a stunning array of truly world class gardens displaying some of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants.

The most famous of these is The Eden Project, home to the world’s biggest conservatory, a rainforest canopy walkway, Britain’s biggest flower and over a million plants.

My favourite area is the warm and fragrant Mediterranean Biome, with its heady natural scents, vineyards and lush greenery. Follow the gold, mosaic path around the biome through the array of colourful poppies and lupins that are on show. The Eden project offers a truly amazing horticultural experience whether you are a seasoned professional gardener or like myself, simply an appreciator of beautiful gardens, and the biomes make the Eden project a perfect place to visit, even on the coldest and wettest of days.

Tulips at the Eden Project

As well as stunning gardens, steamy jungles and waterfalls, The Eden Project is also home to cutting-edge architecture, world-class sculptures and art, including the awe-inspiring 70-tonne granite seed sculpture located in The Core.

Not far from Eden is the internationally acclaimed Lost Gardens of Heligan offering over 200 acres of gardens including the award winning, Victorian production gardens, home to an abundance of traditional crops.

Adventure through The Jungle, rich in luxuriant foliage and exotic plants or journey through the mysterious Lost Valley and ancient woodlands, where you’ll discover The Giant’s head, Mudmaid and Grey Lady which are truly stunning horticultural masterpieces, bring your camera because you’ll definitely want to capture these weird and wonderful landmarks.

If, like me, you are a nature lover, you won’t be disappointed. Heligan home to an abundance of wildlife, visit the Horsemoor Hide interpretation centre and watch the local wildlife enjoy their natural habitat or explore the acres of land and look out for otters, owls, king fisher, bats and much more.

 Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lanhydrock, part of the National Trust has been recommended to me on numerous occasions as a great place to visit for their stunning, listed gardens. Developed in the 17th century the gardens are famed for their Magnolias; it’s the perfect place to sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, fragrant gardens and blooming borders. You also get the chance to join one of their free tours which run from March, led by their knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers and if you want to take any of the plants home with you there is a nursery garden where you can purchase these from. Lanhydrock also offers a beautiful place to cycle, bikes are available for hire if you don’t feel like taking your own and the gentle paths are suitable for all ages.


There are so many beautiful gardens to explore in Cornwall and unfortunately I can’t write about them all but one that can’t be missed is Trebah garden, a must see for all keen gardeners. A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop this is a truly magical place bursting with colour and exotic blooms. Work your way through the Bamboo maze, comprising numerous bamboo species, view Trebah’s champion trees, the largest of their kind in the country, shelter under Giant Rhubarb or take a leisurely stroll through the peaceful Hydrangea Valley, home to two acres of vibrant hydrangeas.

Trebah Gardens

Retallack Resort and Spa is conveniently located; The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Lanhydrock are within a 30 minute drive of the resort. With so many exquisite gardens to explore near-by, Retallack is pleased to offer our luxury garden breaks package which includes entry to The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. See here for more details or call our reservations team to book now on: 01637 882500.

Enjoy our 5* resort and full use of our facilities, take a leisurely stroll through our very own woodland walk and around Retallack’s scenic lakes, look out for local wildlife and go foraging for berries before heading to The Green Room for a well-earned gourmet meal, created by MasterChef winner James Nathan.

Summer’s Sorted at Retallack Resort!

At Retallack we’re eagerly anticipating the thrill of summer. With the holidays just around the corner, there is plenty to be excited about here in Cornwall!

If you’re looking for a thrill, come and ride Cornwall’s only Flowrider. Regardless of the weather or your experience of surfing, don’t miss out, come and wrestle that wave! Or join us for the drama of the European Flow Tour on the 26th July to see the extreme talent of some of the UK’s best riders jump 20 foot from our balcony and performing tricks like double kick flips then you know where to be this summer.

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That’s not your thing? You need look no further to relax this holiday, unwind in our Health Club facilities, which include an indoor heated pool, sauna and steam room. 

Families will be spoilt for choice with a fantastic selection of local days out available. Hunt for a lost dinosaur and dig deep into the past to uncover a dinosaur skeleton at the Eden Project or fly over the domes on the Sky Wire available Monday 21st July – Tuesday 2nd September 2014! Also within short distance of Retallack, be enchanted by tales of magic, mysterious battles and adventure as Merlin and King Arthur take you on a journey back to the days of old at Tintagel Castle.

Fistral Beach has much to offer this holiday as it’s one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe! Also to make the most of summer, Miracle Theatre Company are performing William Shakespeare’s The Tempest right on the beach on the 19th July!

What's on in Cornwall

Summer in Cornwall

If Watergate’s expanse of fine golden sand stretching for over 2 miles is more to your taste, then this is the perfect place to enjoy a great family beach day. Plus, for any four legged friends joining you this summer, Watergate allows dogs all year round! On the 16th and 17th August it’s the final of The 2014 European Grom Search series at Watergate. The series features 12 stops for boys and girls across Europe descending upon our beaches to take part in this innovative event.

With all of this and more this summer, why go anywhere else?

Written by Alice Kodritsch 16/07/2014

Save a Baby’s Life Courses!

Would you know what to do if the baby you were caring for stopped breathing? For most of us, it’s our worst nightmare, but sit and think about it. What would you do?

It is with this in mind that our Health Club team decided to organise sessions which will help prepare you should the unimaginable happen.

Run on Thursday 17th July, from 6.30pm –, and Saturday 19th July from 10.30 – 12.30, the two hour sessions will teach you how to cope with drowning, choking and non-breathing infants. Our instructors will show you resuscitation techniques such as Rescue Breathing and Chest Compressions using specialist manikins. Darren will also cover the technique for children & adults.

‘Save a Baby’s life’ is designed for anyone who cares for a baby whether they are parents, grandparents, friends or baby sitters.

The course is two hours and costs just £25.00 per person. Babies are also welcome to accompany parents if they need to be with you. To reserve a place or for more information please contact the RLSS Trainer Darren Squires on 01637 882400 or email

Buggy Friendly Beaches in Cornwall

As many a parent can sympathise, heading to the beach with a buggy in tow is never the easiest thing! With this in mind, we have put together our top 3 suggestions for the best local ‘buggy friendly’ beaches;

1. Porth Beach, Newquay
A 15 minute drive from the resort, Porth Beach is located on the outskirts of Newquay and is ideal for families. It has a level access at the left entrance making it easy to stroll on to the beach. Once you’ve set up for the day there are plenty of rockpools to explore, a shallow stream which is perfect for paddling, lifeguard cover between May & Sept and selection of local shops, café’s and nearby toilets.

2. Polzeath Beach, Polzeath
If it’s good enough for Prince William then it’s definitely worth a visit during your stay! Offering stunning rock pools, lifeguards from May – Sept and level access from the car park to the beach, this award winning beach is always a hit with families. Plus it has a good range of local facilities, perfect for a late afternoon drink or a long, lazy lunch.

3. Watergate Bay, Nr Newquay
Home to Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’, The Extreme Academy and The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay is always a winner with families. It’s vast expanse of sweeping golden sands and good scattering of rock pools are perfect for children of all ages. There are 2 car parks and a concrete path down to the beach, ideal for buggies.

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What’s On in July

One of the many great things about Cornwall is that there is always something going on, whatever the weather, whatever your interest. And this July is no exception.

Steeped in mystery and folklore, the striking ruins of Tintagel Castle, rumoured home of King Arthur, set the perfect scene for a historical re-enactment. Between 29 – 31 July, visitors will be treated to the clash of weapons as the ‘Fighting Knights’ do battle and prove their worth as warriors.

Nature lovers will be truly spoilt this summer; Newquay Zoo will be offering the ultimate way to start the day with their ‘Wild Breakfasts’, starting at 5am, visitors will enjoy a dawn tour and watch as the sleepy animals wake from their slumber; The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth will be offering Crabbing Sessions, the ultimate childhood seaside past time!

If you’re looking to excite your imagination, head to the breathtaking Minack Theatre at Porthcurno. This stunning open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliffs, is set in glorious gardens with sweeping views of Porthcurno Bay  and offers a good programme of plays, musicals and story telling events for all the family. Lucky theatre goers may even be treated to the dolphins which are known to frequent these waters!

Whats on in July

However, this is a mere taster of all that is going on. Cornwall’s Crealy will be hosting Bob the Builder, the Eden Project welcome their Dinosaurs Unleashed exhibition and DairyLand challenge you to take part in their Family Sports Day. Plus, there’s Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay, the Rock Oyster Festival as well as many local carnivals and summer fêtes. 

With all of this going on, in an already bountiful county, Cornwall is truly calling this summer……

I love Cornwall

Well, it’s official. I love Cornwall and so, it seems, do the authors of Lonely Planet, who have recently voted the South West of England as one of the top 3 best secret spots in Europe. And with the incredible weather we have been enjoying, it’s not hard to see why…….



You see, Cornwall really does it have it all; vast stretches of golden sands, secluded coves with gleaming turquoise waters, rugged headlands over looking the windswept Atlantic ocean, quirky fishing villages, emerald green rolling hills, an abundance of wildlife, world class gastronomic delights and an array of attractions. Literally, right on your door step. Nothing in Cornwall is very far away, everything is at your fingertips and there are plenty of friendly locals on hand to help you out, albeit ‘drekly….

Cornwall is the place of child hood dreams, of romantic walks on beaches, hikes over rugged moorland and tales around a fire in the evening. It’s sand in your hair and salt on your lips. It’s sticky fingers from fresh local ice cream. It’s red rosy cheeks and smiling faces. It’s my home. And I love it.


Spring at Retallack Resort

Spring has Sprung!

Well, here in Cornwall, Spring has well and truly sprung! Colourful flowers are eagerly erupting from their winter slumber and colour is added  to the countryside once more. As the air fills with warmth, it slowly feels like the world is coming back to life. It is a beautiful time of the year and provides the perfect chance to get back out and about in Cornwall!

Kicking off April is the Cornwall Spring Flower Show, hosted by Boconnoc Estate on 5th & 6th of the month. Described as a ‘fragrant celebration of Cornish garden mania’, the show boasts exuberant displays with camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons guaranteeing a colourful spectacle.

If it’s animal antics that you’re after, then head to Newquay Zoo who will be offering a variety of Easter themed activities including duck races and daily animal work shops! Ideal for those with children, Dairyland Farm World will be running their Easter Egg Hunt whilst Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure park are opening three new rides, in celebration of their 25th anniversary!

For those fortunate enough to be holidaying at Retallack Resort and Spa this Easter, we have an abundance of Children’s activities on offer.

For the ultimate way to entertain even the most adventurous child, we are offering Archery Afternoon’s on Wednesday 9th and 16th April. Under the supervision of our Master Bowman, your budding Girl on Fire or Robin Hood will be able to learn the basic skills as well practising various ways to hit the target.

Returning on Saturday 19th April, is our ‘Quacking Easter Egg Hunt’! A truly fun way to explore the resort, the hunt will be led by one of our Kids Club team leaders who will entertain and inform, whilst you and your child keep your eyes peeled for the colourful foil of the chocolate eggs which have been hidden away from view!

Spring is also a great time to hit the beach and, as Cornwall is surrounded by the sea, you can’t visit and not get sand between your toes at least once during your stay! By Easter, the sea has started to warm up and many life guards return to their ‘Baywatch’ duties. Why not make up an Easter picnic hamper, complete with hot cross buns, and head to the beach to enjoy the breath taking scenery?

With all of this and more, why would you go anywhere else? On that note….there’s the sun so er, I best be off! Well, I couldn’t possibly recommend these things without trying them…could I?!


Retallack Resort and Spa Family on the Beach

Family at Retallack Resort and Spa

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Retallack January Holiday Sale now on!

It’s that time of year again and what better way to ring in the New Year and beat those post Christmas blues, than by booking your 2014 holiday in Cornwall? With our January sale in full swing, there is no time like the present to grab yourself a holiday bargain!

Take advantage of our January holiday sale and receive great offers for your 2014 holiday in Cornwall, including 14% deposits (normally 25%) on all 2014 holidays and up to 40% off 2014 breaks.

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A Dog’s Guide to Christmas in Cornwall

Spending Christmas in Cornwall this year and bringing your furry friends along with you? Find out all you need to know about Christmas in Cornwall from our Cornish Dog Blogger, Otis…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas down here in Cornwall.  There’s a chill in the air, the streets are filled with glittering lights and for some reason my parents have brought a tree from outside, into the house (strange I know, and apparently you’re not supposed to drink out of the water bowl underneath it).

Here are some photos of my first Cornish Christmas last year, and Christmas this year.

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