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Welcome to Notes & Stories, our on-line journal (aka, our blog) about staying somewhere else. It's a balance of things you might find useful or interesting, before, during and maybe even after your holiday.

Dip in and out. Bookmark an article for your coffee break. Or get lost in our West Country world. And please, feel free to let us know your thoughts. We'd love to hear about your stories from the South West so email us at nas@classic.co.uk and we'll share them for you.

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The Best Secret Beaches in Cornwall

The Best Secret Beaches in Cornwall

If you’re looking for somewhere a little more romantic and peaceful, there are plenty of lesser-known beaches where you couples can bag your own patch of pearly sands.

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Westward Ho! for holidays

Westward Ho! for holidays

This is a holiday destination worth watching... by Property Manager Anna

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Our photo competition winners

Our photo competition winners

The winning entries of the cash prizes, and a few others we liked as well.

Things to do
Kneehigh Theatre’s Asylum returns to Cornwall

Kneehigh Theatre’s Asylum returns to Cornwall

Cornwall Cultural Highlight: Theatre, music, wonder… in a tent!

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An American in Cornwall: Wild garlic foraging in Falmouth

An American in Cornwall: Wild garlic foraging in Falmouth

Everything smelled like rain. It was a smell I hadn't gotten used to yet, the smell of rain in Cornwall.

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A walk through Topsham town, the art of architecture in south Devon

A walk through Topsham town, the art of architecture in south Devon

It's amazing what you see when you stop and look. A short stroll along a Topsham thoroughfare yields a multitude of architectural gems.

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North Coast Cool Cafes - Kiosks, Huts and Shacks in Cornwall

North Coast Cool Cafes - Kiosks, Huts and Shacks in Cornwall

There’s always at least one utterly perfect moment on every holiday that makes you want to catch it and keep it forever. I’ve just had one of those moments.

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A shipwreck adventure on the coast of north Cornwall

A shipwreck adventure on the coast of north Cornwall

‘From Pentire Point to Hartland light, a watery grave by day and night’, so goes the local saying. It’s one of the UK’s most notorious stretches of coastline for shipwrecks...ripe for adventure.

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An American in Cornwall: Penjerrick Gardens

An American in Cornwall: Penjerrick Gardens

While Cornwall certainly has its share of high profile tourist destinations, it has an even bigger share of hidden treasures...

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A (working) Traveller's Tale: On a high horse in Somerset

A (working) Traveller's Tale: On a high horse in Somerset

Somerset may have some watery woes, but there is plenty of high ground to shout our support of this beautiful county from!

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Spring in the South West Photo Competition

Spring in the South West Photo Competition

**Now closed to submissions** WIN 1st prize £500 cash 2nd prize £300 cash 3rd prize £200 cash

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A (working) Traveller's Tale: The First Day of Spring in Dorset

A (working) Traveller's Tale: The First Day of Spring in Dorset

West Bay at Bridport, on the iconic Jurassic Coast, was a snapshot of ‘business as usual’ in Dorset the other day

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Easter holiday cottage giveaway

Easter holiday cottage giveaway

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

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Lustleigh Cleave Loop Walk on Dartmoor

Lustleigh Cleave Loop Walk on Dartmoor

Ditch the heels, don the boots, and head out exploring the wonderful Devon and Cornwall countryside.

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Things to do in Cornwall

Things to do in Cornwall

A Cornish Girl's insight into which places should be on your bucket list for a trip to Cornwall.

Pub Philosophy
St Just in Roseland Church

St Just in Roseland Church

A place to pull in for a glimpse of the yacht-filled creek that turns out to be so much more.

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The King Harry Ferry

The King Harry Ferry

If you want to reach the Roseland from the West, the King Harry Ferry is the way to go. Unless it’s having a rare day off , in which case you’ve a 26 mile detour to take around the estuary.

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The Ten Best Places to say 'I Love You'

The Ten Best Places to say 'I Love You'

Tick off one of these this Valentine's... You don't have to get soppy, just a knowing squeeze to say 'I Love You'.

Things to do
The Museum of Cuttlefish

The Museum of Cuttlefish

Find the perfect cuttlefish...

Stories & Characters
A Very, Very Short History of Community

A Very, Very Short History of Community

A one-minute round-up of local values and why they’re suddenly back in fashion

Things to do
9 Great Games for Next to Nothing

9 Great Games for Next to Nothing

3 Games... to spice up a dull car journey 3 Games...your grandparents might teach you 3 Games...to play after a bottle or two of wine

Classic Fodder
The A-Z of Frisky Food & Five Easy Aphrodisiacs

The A-Z of Frisky Food & Five Easy Aphrodisiacs

Holidays are supposed to be romantic. Increase the odds of love in the air by getting to know a few perker-uppers. Allegedly, the following foods and concoctions bring the hugs out.

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An American in Cornwall: The Penwith Moors

An American in Cornwall: The Penwith Moors

Cornwall from an American perspective - it's not all Doc Martin, y' know.

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Guest experience: A Ride Across the Moors

Guest experience: A Ride Across the Moors

A snippet of a horsey experience.

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Guest experience: A shooting star

Guest experience: A shooting star

The correct wrong turn.

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Colour me in: The Rainbow Chough

Colour me in: The Rainbow Chough

(for kids on long journeys)

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The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail

Fancy going off-road but want it easy-going? Hit the Tarka Trail. This 35 mile former railway line is a Sustrans benchmark in more ways than one. It’s free of traffic (bar the odd horse), fills you in on the history and the wildlife as you go and lays on a series of artist-made benches, each one acting as a resting place, waymarker or shelter.

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School Holiday Dates

School Holiday Dates

Whether you are looking for a small, quiet bolt hole during the holidays or a place for an extended family get-together, we have over 750 lovely places in the South West to choose from.

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Snow-on-Sea: Top Ten Best Places To Be

Snow-on-Sea: Top Ten Best Places To Be

A dusting of the white stuff makes these places even more magical.

Stories & Characters
Classic Trunk no 2

Classic Trunk no 2

Specimen #2 in a series of top trees, one of which could be yours*

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Christmas Day Swim

Christmas Day Swim

That's right, no wetsuits allowed...

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Guest experience: Praa Sands Sandcastle Challenge

Guest experience: Praa Sands Sandcastle Challenge

Claims of a fix brought heightened tension to this year's family championship...

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Christmas ideas for all the family

Christmas ideas for all the family

Here’s a fistful of Christmassey ideas for all the family to enjoy - events, lights, markets and much more in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

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Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014

Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014

Falmouth is making history with a joint event that sees over 30 tall ships between Cornwall and London.

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Classic Reviews Word Cloud

Classic Reviews Word Cloud

What happens when we analyse the words guests use to describe their holidays...

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Classic Cottages Gift Voucher

Classic Cottages Gift Voucher

Give the gift of a Classic Cottage Gift Voucher this Christmas

Pub Philosophy
The Magic of the Wishing Tree at Madron

The Magic of the Wishing Tree at Madron

The tradition of a Cloutie tree is a long one that is shrouded in the mystery of witchcraft, and this one even had a well.

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£500 celebration competition

£500 celebration competition

NOW CLOSED Book a cottage with 8 or more people and be in with the chance of winning £500 of stuff you need for that perfect meal for your special occasion.

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Yoga at Lanyon Quoit

Yoga at Lanyon Quoit

Driving along yet more winding, narrow hedged roads the landscape was familiar with far reaching views over fields sectioned with stone walls and gorse hedges. An earlier signpost had indicated ‘Lanyon Quoit’ was along here somewhere, but what was a ‘lanyon’? Or a ‘quoit’ for that matter.

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Strange Stone Circles in the South West

Strange Stone Circles in the South West

Grateful for the strength of denim on my legs, we parted the brambles and were swallowed into the greenery. Flip-flops were a poor choice in the morning dew with nettles and grass snakes threatening, but melodrama was short lived as we emerged into a more open area.

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The Story of Dolly Pentreath

The Story of Dolly Pentreath

Buried in a tiny Cornish cemetery above Mousehole, the last pure Cornish speaker. Or so the story goes...

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Porthgwarra Point Walk experience

Porthgwarra Point Walk experience

Forget Sennen, Land's End and the Minack. When you're this far west, the place to be is Porthgwarra.

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The Magical Mystery Tour of far west Cornwall

The Magical Mystery Tour of far west Cornwall

We went at the wrong time of day to stumble across the locals. But we still picked up a few tips that sparked a Magical Mystery Tour of the Penwith peninsula.

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The Great Cornish Coast Path Run

The Great Cornish Coast Path Run

Classic Property Owner, Andy Jukes, is taking on 290 miles of coastal path running over just ten days to raise money for Children's Hospice South West.

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Large Cottages for Christmas dinners

Large Cottages for Christmas dinners

Christmas cottage holidays mean the whole family can gather round to enjoy festive celebrations in style for 2013

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Penwith Peninsula Tour Map

Penwith Peninsula Tour Map

Lumps of stone perched in a way no human could have constructed, magical dells full of wishes and spectacular sights that make you drop all your thoughts and just be.

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Barefoot vs Boards, a race of footsteps against paddles.

Barefoot vs Boards, a race of footsteps against paddles.

Whilst resting by the waterside, an encounter with friends led to a race to the finishing line for a well earned picnic - walking vs waves!

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How to fix a pull cord when boating on the Helford River

How to fix a pull cord when boating on the Helford River

A short story with its toe in a pool of facts.

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Picnic on the Quay

Picnic on the Quay

A mid-July, mid-week, mid-afternoon picnic on Tremayne quay off the Helford River. We picked our way through the best bits of the local farm shops on our Tour of the Lizard to create an enviable hamper full of goodies.

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Farm shops and Delis on the Lizard, West Cornwall

Farm shops and Delis on the Lizard, West Cornwall

We start our journey in Helston and go a little out of our way in the first instance, but it’s worth it – Porthleven Corner Deli is full of tempting treats. We then head out of Helston, past Culdrose for the start of our loop of the Lizard.