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How To Make The Most Of Isolation

With Coronavirus restricting many of us to our homes, we wanted to share some ideas on how to make the most of your time by taking up a new hobby or learn a new skill, with that being said here are some suggestions on what you could try.

Wedding Album: The Steer’s, September 2017

 

 

It was the most relaxed happy day ever and everyone made it so special for us”

Tina and Peter are besotted. There is no if, buts or maybes, this beautiful couple are absolutely crazy about each other. Choosing to ‘run away’ and tie the knot just the two of them, they only told a handful of close family members before travelling down to Cornwall. Tina explains;

“On our first holiday together Peter and I visited the Hidden Hut and I remember standing on the beach thinking that I could marry this man… right here! Little did I know he was also thinking the same thing. Porthcurnick beach and the headland became our favourite place and we kept returning… in May 2017 we did a mad day trip from the New Forest and got engaged on the beach! Walking back up the hill we saw The Rosevine and the final piece fell into place! We knew there was nowhere else we would want to get married. With the blessing of our kids, dogs and families we decided to do it our way…just the 2 of us….no fuss, no table plans, no guests.”

Choosing to say ‘I do’ in front of our fire in our lounge, we had to use pillar candles on the day to gain some glow as the hot sunshine shone down on these two at the end of September. Myself and colleague acted as the couples witnesses as they shared their emotional and happy vows. The ceremony was rounded off with a spontaneous operatic rendition of happy birthday from one of the registrars when he discovered it was also the bride’s birthday!

Following the ceremony the loved up couple and photographer Toby Lowe, headed out into the sunshine for a walk down to the beach and along the coast path. “We walked down to the headland and had an amazing time with Toby on our own personal photo shoot.  Climbing down rocks (no mean feat in a wedding dress!), being waved at by Cornish fishermen in their boat, and paddling in the sea our wellies…huge fun!” The resulting photos are just out of this world…

While Tina and Peter were out enjoying the sunshine, the team set up a table in the garden with flowers picked from the garden, chilled champagne, and a platter of nibbles for an al fresco sundowner to remember. They then followed this by dining on Head Chef Tim’s a la carte menu looking out to sea.

“We were blessed with the most beautiful sunny day and we were so happy. Everyone made us feel so special and we just beamed all day! For us The Rosevine holds a special place in our heart and gave us a day we will remember forever. We would not have changed a thing!”

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Make up by Amy Pike

Top 5 Events this April in Cornwall

 

Porthleven Food Festival

We may not have the large-scale concerts or the week-long festivals here in Cornwall, however what we do have is incredible smaller scale events featuring the best food, drink and music around. Easter is just around the corner and each month more and more local events are scheduled, here is our line up of the top 5 happening in the month of April…

  1. Porthleven Food Festival, April the 20th – 22nd

Celebrating its 10th year, this 3-day food, music and drink festival based in the pretty harbour town of Porthleven, is a must for the foodie fans among us. Chef demos, street stalls and music all day and evening, this festival is fun for the whole family. For more information head to porthlevenfoodfestival.com

  1. Thundercat Championships, 21st & 22nd April

If you have never been to see a Thundercat race you are in for a real treat. Face paced and exhilarating up to 14 boats will race the waves of Fistral Beach in Newquay, reaching heights of up to 20ft. Head over to the North coast to watch rounds 3 and 4 in the 2018 championships. For more information, click here.

Tregothnan Gardens

  1. Wine Tasting at The Rosevine, 14th April

Back by popular demand, Saturday the 14th April join us and our wine merchant Charles for an evening of great food, plenty of wine and a lot of laughter. The evening begins either fireside or out in the garden (fingers crossed for sunshine), with a few light-hearted tasting games. Once everyone has had a few samples, we all sit down to enjoy a 3-course dinner cooked by Head Chef Tim and paired by Charles. Always relaxed and informal and always plenty of wine, these enjoyable evenings are not to be missed. Click here for more info.

  1. Tregothnan Charity Open Weekend, 21st & 22nd April

Cornwall’s largest garden opens to the public for just one weekend a year, raising money for charity. “Visitors can experience Tregothnan’s unequalled diversity of trees, historic, botanical and rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful River Fal.” For more information and tickets, click here.

  1. Band Night at The Brewery, 13th April

“On 13th April, Josh Curnow, Cornwall’s very own Britain’s Got Talent’s Semi Finalist will be playing “At The Brewery. For a lad once told by a music teacher that he would never make it as a musician, his music career has blossomed since his Britain’s Got Talent appearance, so why not come along and see for yourself how Josh is getting on in the up-close and personal ambience of the Brewery’s band room. The night kicks off at 8pm with refreshments available across the evening in the Hicks Bar and tickets are still available at the amazing low cost of £5, available from [email protected]

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Wedding Album: Rosevine Hotel, The Tomlin’s October 2017

“We both had our hearts set on the Rosevine – it just felt right!”

Anna-Louise and Ivan are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. The couple could not have been more loving, kind or full of laughter every single time we spoke or met them. After nearly a decade together the pair ‘s genuine devotion to each other is completely infectious. On the first weekend in October 2017 we welcomed the couples nearest and dearest for the weekend to celebrate their wedding, the whole party were so close and caring they were a joy to be around.

The first to arrive to the wedding was in fact The Father of the Groom in his vintage Rolls Royce on the Thursday afternoon! Purchased specially for the wedding after many years trying to convince the family he ‘needed one’. After breaking down several times from Polruan where the family live and Portscatho, the Rolls ended up in our car park for far longer than expected until a tow could be arranged!

The weekend began when the two love birds arrived and excitingly ran around the house putting up pictures of their guests on the door of the room they would be residing. We then put up the metres and metres of bunting Anna-Louise had painstakingly made in the wedding colour theme of soft grey tones. Once the bunting was up the BBQ commenced to kick of the celebrations.

 

Following a morning of pampering for the girls and a laid-back breakfast for the boys, the couple surrounded by their 65 guests wed at 1pm in our restaurant and it was just beautiful. Throughout the planning period the couple had told me how much they liked gin. So, post ceremony the party began with gin based bramble cocktails, which sweetly is the same name as one of their beloved dogs. Canapes accompanied the velvet tones of Lucy -Anna who performed as a surprise for Anna-Louise, arranged by Ivan in the lead up to the day.

Three downright hilarious speeches followed from Anna-Louise’s brother- in- law, Ivan and the best Man, before the wedding feast commenced.

Starter – Smoked salmon and beetroot salad with horseradish dressing

Main – Braised steak au poires, mashed potatoes and market veg

Dessert – Homemade berry pavlova

The laughter, gin and dancing ramped up another gear altogether when The Struts started performing! Two live sets and a DJ hour had the whole party dancing the night away, celebrating the marriage of two very special people. When we say everyone was dancing we really mean it…

October the 6th and 7th must be one of our favourite weekends of this year. Not only was it great to get to know such a great couple who we now consider friends, it was a lot of fun and a real honour to help make their wedding everything they hoped for.

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Photography – Heart Shaped Stone Photography

Singing – Lucy Anna Music

Band – The Struts

Cake – Jenna’s Signature Bakes

Dress – Elaine Rawlings Bridal

“When we saw the Rosevine for the first time, we knew instantly that this was the place where we wanted to get married because it provided the perfect setting for our friends and family. However, when we got married we realised that the extremely helpful and brilliant staff were so much more, and in fact the Rosevine wouldn’t be anywhere near what it is without the wonderful staff who go above and beyond in every way. We wanted the staff to mix in with our friends and family to share in our celebrations and they did this perfectly, many of our friends and family commented after the wedding what wonderful staff worked at the Rosevine. We really feel that we have made some lovely friends! The food matched the highest of expectations among our guests – everything was just perfect! We couldn’t recommend the Rosevine enough, it really is the most amazing place to get married and the accommodation is top notch.” Ivan & Anna – Louise Tomlin.

Recipe: An Indulgent chocolate dessert for the festive season

“We have nearly made it to….The festive season! Here at The Rosevine we could not be more excited for December, a month full of celebrations, over indulging and seeing friends and family. One of the highlights of our calendar next month is the return of our popular wine tasting evenings.

Saturday 9th of December our expert wine merchant Charles from Steevenson Wines will begin the evening fireside with a blind tasting game to awaken your taste buds. This will be followed by a 4 course dinner created and cooked by Head Chef Tim Pile and expertly matched by Charles. The menu has just been finalised and I can confirm our lucky diners will feast on the following;

  • Turkey, cranberry and Cornish blue Samosellini* with a parsnip and sage puree
  • Pan fried peppered monkfish cheek with Cornish scallops, chorizo and sauce Vierge
  • Cornish cheese selection; Helford sunrise, St Gluviase and Yarg
  • Dark chocolate and malt whisky Delice with smoked peanuts and honeycomb ice-cream
  • Wine pairings will be revealed on the night.

*One of Tim’s new creations, a cross between a samosa and tortellini!

Looking for a dessert to delight your friends when you have them around for dinner in the coming weeks? Tim has shared the recipe for his indulgent Delice, enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 50g Egg yolk
  • 25g Sugar
  • 125ml Milk
  • 125ml Double cream
  • 175g Dark chocolate
  • 75ml Whipping cream
  • Single Malt Whisky

Method:

Melt the chocolate over a Bain Marie then cream the egg yolk and sugar together. Warm the milk and cream in a saucepan and then pour the cream and milk over the egg yolk and sugar mixture. Cook over a low heat until mixture thickens to coat the back of a spoon. Place the chocolate in a blender and blitz adding as much whisky as you like. Pour in the custard mix until incorporated and fold in the lightly whipped cream. Allow to cool and set a little in a bowl then serve.

If you would like to join us on the 9th of December, places are £45.00pp including the wine game, 4 course dinner and pairings. Call 01872 580206 to find out more, please also ask about special room rates for ticket holders.”

Guest Blog – A Small Wedding Venue That Has It All

“The magic of our stay at The Rosevine started as we left the A30 to venture down the quintessentially Cornish lanes. Often shrouded with trees creating a real far-away-from-it-all feel, before we had even arrived at our destination.

As we pulled into the car park we could not help but be impressed by the accuracy of the “big house by the sea” description coined in the hotel’s marketing material. Then, immediately, our focus was drawn to the late afternoon view over the sub-tropical gardens to the sea, and that huge sky that you only find when you venture out of the metropolis. The location could not be more idyllic.

From the get-go the staff could not have made us more welcome. Our bags taken care of, a quick tour of the hotel, arrangements for dinner made – all with a huge smile and cheerful conversation that made us feel like we were old friends being welcomed for the weekend.

Our suite was just perfect, taking in those views across the garden to the sea. Over the course of our stay, we enjoyed the stunning view equally well from the balcony, our dining area and even our bed! On the first evening we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink on the balcony enjoying the remains of the day as the sun slide slowly away.

We took a dip in the indoor heated pool, and later on we made our way to the restaurant, perfect appointed with views over the garden to the sea.

Supper that evening was a real surprise. Often hotel food can be bland, uninspiring and even taste distinctly pre-made. This is certainly not the case at The Rosevine.

We enjoyed a real treat of seasonal, locally sourced food, freshly prepared by the hotels’ kitchen team headed by Tim Pile. I had a gorgeous starter of succulent local crab, fresh herbs served with pickled courgette and apple. My husband chose pan-fired scallops, pork belly served with crown prince pumpkin puree.

On the main courses were equally impressive, duck leg and spiced sausage cassoulet for me and monkfish, pollack, mussel casserole served with saffron potatoes and caveola Nero.  The duck was melt-in-your mouth tender and the fish perfectly cooked. The portion sizes were generous, so much so that we couldn’t manage a dessert!

We selected a Chardonnay to go with our meal, and this also ticked all the boxes for me – oaky, buttery and golden to the eye.

Once again, the service was excellent and the atmosphere relaxed and mellow so that we could take the meal at our own pace. No wonder this restaurant is Michelin Guide listed.

On retiring to our room some hours later we were lulled to sleep by the gentle sound of the sea lapping the shore just 150 meters away.

Breakfast started with a smile again from a cheery member of staff, who welcomed us even though in retrospect I realised we were slightly early for the day’s first meal. That’s one of the best aspects of this hotel, their willingness to work with you at your pace and not make you feel stupid! It may seem a small thing, but all too often this is not the case.

The buffet selection of freshly baked pastries, fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, cereals, cold meats and cheese hit the spot to start with, I followed this with my favourite childhood treats – boiled eggs and soldiers. The eggs were perfectly cooked, which by this stage of our stay was not a surprise.

We strolled on to the beach just 150 meters from the hotel and wandered along the coastal path after breakfast. Even after such a short stay, we left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and thoroughly spoilt.

For me this trip was to test-drive this venue to ensure it meets the high standards we insist on for our Petite Wedding venues. Yes, I know it’s a tough job! Having spent some time as guests at the hotel I can see it’s equally perfect for elopements for 2, through to larger weddings for up to 60. The location, food and exceptional levels of friendly service are three key ingredients that form the basis of a very special wedding ceremony and celebration.”

Jane Caterer, Petite Weddings

 

Top events this Winter in Cornwall

The months from September to December in Cornwall are arguable some of the best. Crisp clear mornings, stormy seas and evenings relaxing by an open fire. Cornwall’s event calendar also continues to be a huge draw for fans of this wonderful county, we have put together a roundup of our top picks….

For the music fans; Looe Music Festival from 29th September – 1st October 2017

Over three days every September this beautiful harbour town transforms into a pop up festival full of live music, great atmosphere and plenty of fun. The whole town is the venue, with music and merriment to be enjoyed in every establishment and corner of the town. Turn up and wonder the streets, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the many bars and stages scattered all across Looe. For details on this year’s festival visit https://www.looemusic.co.uk/

For the food fans; Falmouth Oyster Festival from 12th – 15th October 2017

“The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.” This is a great weekend combining many of Cornwall’s best loved elements, and a real treat for visitors and locals of any age. For more information visit http://falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk/

For the explorers; Fal River Autumn Festival from 19th – 29th October 2017

There is no time quiet like Autumn for brisk walks along coastal paths, and through dense woodlands to really appreciate the incredible scenery here in Cornwall. Our friends at Fal River organise a 10 day festival each October with a variety of events thought-out. Guided walks and foodie feasts all based in the stunning surroundings of the Fal river. For this year’s line-up visit https://www.falriver.co.uk/whats-on/fal-river-autumn-festival

For the families; Mousehole Christmas Lights from 16th December 2017 – 6thJanuary 2018

Now in its 54th year, the annual Mousehole Christmas lights are as much a tradition as the turkey! Every December the picturesque town of Mousehole comes together to construct a magical light display, enjoyed by thousands of friends and families each festive season. The Mousehole lights are put together entirely by unpaid volunteers and work begins in September to ensure everything is ready for the 16th December switch on. For further details and to donate visit http://www.mouseholelights.org.uk/

For the mini break enthusiasts; New Year at The Rosevine from 30th December 2017 – 1st January 2018

If you are looking to end 2017 and start 2018 in a quiet corner of Cornwall, relaxing, reminiscing and recharging then look no further. The Rosevine is open for the festive season, and looking forward to welcoming families and friends to round off another amazing year on the Cornish coast. Think beach walks followed by mulled cider, leisurely dinners and too much wine! The two night package commencing the 30th or 31st December, includes bed and breakfast and a 5 course dinner on the 31st, price based on two adults from £506.00. For more information visit https://www.rosevine.co.uk/packages/

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When is the best time of year to visit Cornwall?

A question locals get asked all the time, and one we confidently answer with September and October. These blissful two months as Summer turns into Autumn are the ideal time to visit this beautiful county. The weather is famous for being incredible over the 8 weeks, with warm days and sunset framed evenings, making it perfect to go out and explore.

The Roseland Peninsula is year round a haven to escape and unwind, but this is especially true of the post Summer period. The traffic experienced in August dies down on both the land and the sea, and it is not unusual to stumble across a deserted beach of your very own. This is also a great time to enjoy the sea both in and on the water. The temperature is blissful for a spot of sea swimming, a particular favourite of the team is Porthcurnick (pictured above), which due to its unusual position is one of the most sheltered bays around.

The local events calendar is also packed with a variety of offerings. Highlights include Looe Music Festival at the end of September, The Little Orchard cider and music festival held near Newquay in mid-September. Closer to ‘home’ and just a short ferry ride away, The Falmouth Beer Festival at the end of October and The Falmouth Oyster Festival in mid – October both draw large crowds to the picturesque harbour town. For all the foodies The Great Cornish Food Festival held in Truro in late September is a must. The 3 days are dedicated to showcasing the amazing Cornish food and drink suppliers, and yes there are plenty of samples!

September and October are also the season for a wide selection of fish and the finest fresh local vegetables, an ideal time to indulge and try some of the local delights. September the 10th will see the return of our popular ‘Easy Sundays’, combining the fantastic South West Coast Path with a hearty Sunday lunch. Every Sunday come and park your car at the hotel and collect a walking map, bottles of water plus a dog treat for your four legged friends, before enjoying some of the miles of coast path on our doorstep. Once you have worked up an appetite return to Rosevine to enjoy Sunday lunch overlooking the sea. Bookings highly recommend for our set Sunday lunch which will commence on Sunday 10th September.

View our Autumn holiday guide HERE