Christmas is waiting for you in Cornwall…

If you were to book Coswyn Barn or Lanyon Manor in Cornwall for Christmas you would find Christmas waiting for you. So when I say Christmas waiting for you, what exactly do I mean?

  • A traditional real decorated Christmas tree in pride of place waiting for presents
  •  The curtains will be drawn
  • The fires will be lit…
  • and Christmas lights will be twinkling all around

All you will need to do is arrive, pop a bottle of something bubbly and relax.

We look forward to seeing you for Christmas at Lanyon!


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The unofficial wedding album…

Today we have our first couple of the year arriving to oversee the final touches before their wedding tomorrow. The lucky couple decided to build a website  for their wedding. This got me thinking about using the internet to organise guests plus including social media at your wedding.

The number one tool that all brides use is Pinterest. It’s easy to know why, Pinterest is perfect for collecting great ideas, I have created many boards for Lanyon. Be warned though Pinterest is such fun you will find time just flies by!

Last year a bride asked all her guests to use the Wedding Party App to capture their day. It’s interesting to see what your guests may capture on the day but they should never take the place of a professional photographer.

If you wanted to go super pro with your approach I found squarespace this not only helps you to build a beautiful website but does so much more such as collecting RSVPs, post photos to your blog, and shares important information with your guests.

One you might not want to think about is the Met Office Weather App. All brides and grooms wish for wall to wall sunshine but with this app you can plan ahead if the heavens open. It has a reliable and detailed 5-day forecasts for over 5,000 UK locations. It’ll automatically detect locations this is very helpful if your big day is away from home. And if it is going to rain embrace it, buy some beautiful wedding umbrellas and some funky wellies!

As a wedding venue I get very excited when guests tweet, instagram and Facebook their day. It’s great knowing that everyone is enjoying their stay at Lanyon. I always reply, retweet, basically I give you a big shout out because after all this really is your BIG DAY!

Top tips for being social on the day:

Bride and groom make sure you have provided your guests with certain social media rules that your guests must follow before they do anything! This is very important. No one will want to upset the bride on her
big day.
Create a wedding hashtag, this allows everyone to follow all posts so no-one will miss a thing.
Guests remember to live in the moment too. Don’t let social media take over your day!

So come on brides, grooms and guests lets get social media crazy!

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Valentines. Only different!

Guys and girls if you are at a loss about what to do for Valentines day 2014 then look no further. I have a great idea! Valentines is about love, and not just romantic love. Right? So celebrate Feb 14 with all loved ones and that includes friends and family.

What did you do last year? Was it a meal? We all enjoy going out for a great meal at a nice restaurant, but this year; come on plan something different.

How does a two night break in Cornwall for 8 – 14 sound? Eight to Fourteen!! Yes. Invite friends and/or family to join you, Cornwall is great at this time of year there will be plenty of opportunities for you lucky loved up ones to have time alone with that someone special. Take a romantic stroll along a beach followed by a drink or something to eat in a beach cafe. Two of my favourites are the Beach Cafe; Godrevy and the Blue Bar at Porthtowan

Single? Celebrate ‘Singles Awareness Day’ with others. Get a group of family and friends together and do something great for the week-end. Don’t mope around, do something fun and hey; you never know you may meet someone…

Here’s what’s included in the 2 night break. A hamper brimming with Cornish goodies from Simply Cornish Hampers, use of your very own private wood-fired wooden hot tub large enough for 6, an archery lesson, plus for those brave enough a surf lesson OR a massage.

Archery takes place within the grounds of Lanyon, surfing at Godrevy Beach with Global Boarders or you could choose instead to have a massage from the comfort of your accommodation selected from our Party Package. The fab wood fired hot tub will be yours to use all weekend it will be hot and ready to jump into with a chilled glass of Cornish bubbly upon arrival.

Prices start from ONLY *£210 per person.
*Price quoted is based on group sizes of 14. Smaller groups welcome price will be quoted according to numbers.

To book call 01736 850 795 or 07766243436 166 quote ‘Valentines with Friends & Family’

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The apps I use: Evernote

evernote logo

At the end of last year I decided I would start using Evernote, an app that helps you as they put it ‘Remeber Everything.’ Wow now that’s a statement!

As with all these new things there is a learning curve and I was always too busy to make that step. I probably had Evernote on my iPhone for at least six months before I made the effort. And now I wish I had made it sooner.

Like many, I used old envelopes to make notes, ideas were scribbled on anything at hand; often it was my hand! Sometimes if I were feeling organised I would write a note or possibly part of a blog post in Pages (word processing software for the Mac) which would then be lost in a folder named ‘stuff’ never to be seen again. With Evernote, you never lose anything plus you gain so much more.

How I use evernote to run Lanyon

Lanyon is a family-run self-catering holiday business with three properties and a wedding venue. I look after the website, the bookings and our social media. As a result, I do a lot of writing: blog posts, website copy, letters to suppliers and customers and so on. Evernote has helped me stay organised with all of this through its use of “notebooks”, “notes” and “tags”.

For example, I have a notebook called “blogs”. I keep all blog ideas as a ‘new note’ in this notebook, and tag them as ‘blog’ and ‘to write’. It’s now easy to scan through all of my ideas, pick which one I want to focus on, or add any extra thoughts about specific ideas as they come to me. The great thing about apps is the sync ability, when I’m not at work and I have an idea I use the evernote app to make notes which are then synced with my ipad and laptop.

Likewise, when I publish a blog post, I move that note to a “Posted” notebook.

My use of Evernote goes beyond blog posts. Welcome pack information, website content, Twitter notes are now all drafted within Evernote in their relevant notebooks. I use these notes as my master copies which works brilliantly.

Notes can be scheduled and shared with others. I use the schedule to manage my blog posts. I am trying to post twice a week, Evernote is helping me to achieve this goal.

As their website says ‘Evernote apps and products make modern life manageable, by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters’.

It’s true, check it out for yourself.

Next app post will be ‘Things’ a very cool to do list.

I am sure to discover more great things about this cool tool so stay tuned. I will now leave you with a question. Which apps help you at work?


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Don’t just stand there…grab a brush!

This January we have been really busy with DIY and re-decorating in Lanyon Manor. The rooms we have decorated so far are:

The oak en-suite bedroom
The downstairs wet-room
The dining room
The kitchen (in progress)
The snugg (in progress)

The oak en-suite bedroom was the first to be completed. It has been newly painted and is now a very fresh white with new curtains Alisa and mum are now on the look out for a bed spread that will suite the rest of the room.

Soft furnishings and interior design are jobs that belong to my sister (Alisa) and mum (Albertine). Mum is brilliant at interior design, we don’t need Kirstie Allsop! Don’t get me wrong Kirstie we think you are great, but we’ve got mum.

The dining room in Lanyon is a sophisticated blue/grey by Laura Ashley. Laura Ashley put it beautifully on their website when they say ‘Painting the walls is the perfect place to start when updating a tired room’. They also have a great website with lots of painting tips, I discovered a great post: How to paint a Laura Ashley Feature Wall worth a look.

Dining Room Lanyon

The colour we used in the dining room is called ‘string’ I really like it…I tried to find the paint online without any luck. I mentioned to dad that I couldn’t find it and he said ‘Oh we bought that paint about 3 years ago!’

The hardwood floor in the kitchen and snugg of Lanyon required some attention, so we cleared both rooms and hired an industrial sander to sand it. It is now a much lighter colour and has been treated with treatex clear satin hardwax oil. Dad (Geoffrey) has tried many different brands over the years and he thinks that treatex is one of the best. It was used on all the wood flooring in Coswyn Barn and we have been delighted with the results.

Lanyon Kitchen

I asked dad if he had any DIY top tips that I could share, he has two: Everything takes longer than expected and don’t put your dirty hands on a newly painted wall.

Good tips!

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The weather. A very British subject.

The weather, we love to talk about it and now we have something to talk about! What a week. I have been woken a couple of times this week by thunder and hail storms. No ordinary hails HUGE ones. The storms have swept across the UK, the Cornish coast has changed, parts of it forever. This unusual weather is global, America are currently in a big freeze!

On the plus side renewable energy is doing well, I’m talking specifically wind turbines. Wind generation in the UK during the storms has driven a surge in renewable energy generation. We have two turbines on the farm, one powers Coswyn Barn, the other Lanyon Manor and the Coach-House and both have broken previous records.

I am guessing though that with all the national television coverage of storm damaged Cornwall does not inspire you to book a holiday! Well if there is one thing you can rely on we will get Cornwall back to tip top condition *’dreckly’!

I also beleive that holidays are fun whatever the weather and there is always something to do in Cornwall. But what I would really like to know is what’s the most unusual weather conditions you have ever experienced whilst on holiday?

*Dreckly, a Cornish word which means: directly, it’ll happen, now, soon, sometime.

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Our Fun Fitness Plan for 2014!

Let me guess…at the top of your New Years Resolution list is get fit! Am I right?

Well to help you get motivated we have put together our own fun fitness plan like no other.

Arrive at Lanyon and relax! Relax by an open fire or wood burner. What a perfect start! I did say it was a fitness plan like no other.

Day One. Power walk along an empty beach Cornwall has many beautiful beaches to choose from. Feel alive soak up the sea air whilst walking along golden sand. The afternoon activity has been arranged too. An hour of fun trying your hand at archery with your family and friends. There is a certain satifaction when you hit the target. Who has the better aim? After such a fun filled time you can take the rest of the day off.

Day Two. Get on your bike! Your bike hire in Wadebridge has been organisd. Get ready to cycle to Padstow for lunch, enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Camel Valley along the way. The cycle is very easy, suitable for beginners and children. And lunch well that’s also been arranged – fish and chips with a cup of tea or half a pint of Korev Cornish lager at Rick Steins. A little indulgence after all that cycling won’t hurt!

And finally after all your fun and hard work it is time to enjoy a relaxing 20 minute massage in the comfort of your holiday accommodation.

With all that fresh air, exercise, fun, pampering and of course relaxing you will feel motivated and ready to take on 2014 style.

The 3 nights accommodation, bike hire, archery, fish and chips at Rick Steins and massage is from only *£262 per person.

What are you waiting for? Book now. Offer is available throughout January.

How to book
telephone: 01736 850 795 / 07766243436
Quote: ‘Fun Fitness Plan’

*Price is based on full occupancy. Smaller groups welcome, price will change depending on group size.

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What a year 2012!

What happened? Well we received our wedding license; entered a pasty competition at The Eden Project and went on a ‘Sea Food Safari’ all arranged by the brilliant Food Travel Company. Celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries. Met many brides to be; hens and stags (sophisticated ones) And if that wasn’t enough just before the year came to an end we collaborated with Art Eye

With a wedding license came a few projects and Dads to do list got larger, not only did he have his usual maintenance chores he also had a new BIG project. The Cart-House; a beautiful rustic venue perfect for parties, wedding ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening do’s.

Cart-House before:


Cart-Hosue after:

Then came the food. Food, glorious food…Cornwall is a gastronomic delight where better for the brilliant Food Travel Company to arrange two very different foodie breaks. The first break was all about the Cornish pasty. We all love a ‘em but do we know how to make a perfect pasty? We learnt form a pasty making pro and had a chance to perfect our pasties before entering the Eden Project World Championship Pasty Competition. Oh yeah this is serious stuff!

For more information and prices for this brilliant pasty break please visit Food Travel Company website

The second break was a Sea Food Safari; a four-day affair that included cooking classes with pro chef Lee Groves from Seagrass St Ives – fish and shellfish galour; a trip to the historic Newlyn Fish Market; a tour of the Rock Oyster Festival, and nonstop eating – all seafood of course!

Both breaks are perfect for brushing up on your culinary skills and a brilliant way to meet other like minded food fanatics. Our guests for the Safari included Rosa of Crumbs Magazine, Helen of Fuss Free Flavours, Kavey of Kavey Eats, but you don’t have to be a marvelous chef to enjoy the safari as Jon from The Good Cornwall Guide discovered.

For more information and prices please visit Food Travel Company website

During the summer school holidays we met many wonderful families, celebrated wedding anniversaries, and many birthdays. We were also very busy meeting many very excited young couples planning their wedding.

The year ended with a creative collaboration with Art Eye who were invited to create an installation of beautiful, apt and collectible locally-sourced art work. The project; to promote the concept of sustainable luxury by curating original art works into our already extensive collection whilst also integrating ‘functional art’ furniture pieces by Nicholas Langan into the existing array of up-cycled furniture. The beautifully shot photographs speak for themselves via The Art of  Bespoke

We have many more exciting new projects on our to do list for 2013. Top of the list a fire pit, changing the current swimming pool to a natural pool filtered by a reed bed (this is in research phase) All our newly weds get to plant a tree at Lanyon.

My current wacky crazy idea is a micro brewery. I am in talks with the brilliant beer guru Pete from Pete Drinks. We are cooking up a plan. Other ideas are in the pipeline, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.

These are just a few of our ideas…but what would you like to add to our list? If we like your idea and we use it, you will win a two night holiday for two in the Coach-House. Get your thinking caps on – we want unusual! Good Luck.

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New Year at Lanyon Manor

Lanyon Manor was recently mentioned in the Sunday Times Travel section (I know what a terrible name dropper I am!) The piece mentioned that we have been celebrating Christmas and New Year in the manor since 1668.

So what can you expect from a New Year break in Lanyon Manor? A chilled out relaxing break that’s what. Relax in front of an open fire after that great walk at Godrevy beach. With the stunning scenery and all that fresh sea air and now that glass of bubbly in your hand in front of that open fire you will not be able to do anything but relax.

The house also loves a good party! So come on what are you waiting for come and spend New Year in the beautiful Lanyon Manor, we look forward to meeting you.

Book now!

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October Half Term 20% Off!

Half term break is just around the corner! Good job too; that summer break was such a long time ago.

Come and stay with us at Lanyon, we are offering a massive 20% discount on a week in Lanyon Manor (sleeps 12) or Coswyn Barn (sleeps 14) Offer available from Friday 19 October – 03 November.

There is so much to do at Lanyon. Bring your bikes, your wetsuits…the sea is still warm! Visit the pigs, the pony at the end of the lane; Tiger and Bear the dogs would like to meet you too. If you want to do something different ask for me to arrange archery, or laser clays or even a wood-fired hot tub!

Whilst on holiday you must treat yourself. The must have menu items when enjoying yourself in Cornwall have to be the Cornish pasty, fish and chips…by the sea and for dessert a Cornish cream tea. Jam first then cream; that is the Cornish way. For lunch you cannot beat a Cornish pasty so head to Philp’s in Hayle they make great traditional pasties and for vegetarians Philp’s cheese and vegetable really hits the spot.

Mums come away and relax too. I can arrange meals to be delivered plus a pampering day. Imagine a relaxing massage  in the comfort of your holiday home whilst the dads and children are enjoying themselves doing something adventurous outside.

What are you waiting for?

Book Lanyon Manor.

Book Coswyn Barn

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