Spending Christmas in Cornwall at The Valley

October 22nd, 2021

Christmas is a magical time, and spending this period away on a luxury winter break can make the holiday even more special and memorable.

There’s no denying that winter and, in particular, the festive season are all about comfort, cosiness and closeness, which is something we hold at the heart of our cottages here in Cornwall.

Cornwall is a beautiful place to visit no matter the season, so if you’re still deliberating on your Christmas plans, why not book a stay with us at The Valley? Our family-friendly cottages make the perfect backdrop for your winter holiday, ensuring you can relax and make the most of your time with your loved ones!

Why Stay at The Valley For Christmas?

Our cottages are located in the beautiful woodland area in Carnon Downs – a veritable natural wonderland come December. Besides an idyllic Cornish location, what else can we offer you when you choose to stay with us?

Safe & Secure Cottages

A young girl decorating a tree

For some, Christmas can be a hectic time, but our luxury cottage provides the perfect environment for stress to melt away.

When it’s time to relax and let the merry evenings roll in, you can sit back knowing that our team at The Valley is doing our utmost to ensure you and your family are safe.

Our cottage not only provides all the physical comforts you’ll need, but they all offer the comfort of being completely safe and secure in a gated community. This allows us to ensure the entire site is safe for everyone at all times.

Self-Catering Cottages

Two people in a kitchen making festive cookies

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without your family’s traditional festive feast. Our fully equipped kitchens mean that you’ll be able to whip up whatever homemade foods and seasonal snacks your family can’t bear to go without!

Our cottages are also kitted out with dishwashers, so after you finish your delicious Christmas dinner, you can retreat to the sofa for an afternoon nap without having to worry about cleaning up.

If your family’s Christmas dinner is usually followed by a post-meal stroll, Cornwall’s picturesque landscape will not disappoint. We’re in the perfect spot for you to take a trip through fantastic Cornish woodland or to one of the county’s famous beaches.

The Perfect Place to Spend Time Together

A family decorating a Christmas tree

Sometimes we don’t always make time for the ones we love, but a holiday with us allows you to reconnect with your nearest and dearest in a stunning location with all the amenities you’ll need.

Enjoy everything that Cornwall has to offer and then retreat to one of our cosy cottages to revel in good company.

If you holiday with us over the festive period, we’ll also provide twinkling lights and a Christmas tree to add that once-a-year magic that you can enjoy with your loved ones.

Dog-Friendly Cottages

A dog in front of a string of Christmas lights

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without all the family, so we make sure to offer dog-friendly cottages to those that want to bring along a four-legged friend.

There’s no better way to greet the morning than with a winter walk with your pup! Our cottages are situated just fifteen minutes from the north and south coast – you’ll be in a prime spot to explore all the best coastal paths and experience stunning views.

Cottages in a Great, Central Location

As already mentioned, our site is located in a fantastic spot, giving you the opportunity to explore everything that Cornwall has to offer without travelling far.

From enjoying the natural landscape, discovering Cornish history, relishing local food, doing a bit of retail therapy, there are plenty of things for you to do during your stay.

After an exciting day of activities, you can then return to your cottage and sink into one of our hot tubs for the ultimate feeling of luxury.

Book With Confidence

We understand that some of our guests may still feel some uncertainty around booking a holiday because of the challenges posed by the pandemic.

In response to this, we have relaxed our terms and conditions to ensure that if any lockdown prevents you from coming on your holiday, you can change your booking to another time without charge.

Our strict cleaning policy also ensures that guests are kept safe and the risk of COVID-19 is minimised. You can read our Coronavirus Policy and Cleaning Policy to find out more.

The Valley has a proven record of providing outstanding holidays, so if you’re ready to start planning an unforgettable Christmas break in Cornwall, book online now to find the perfect cottage for you.

We look forward to seeing you this festive season!

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Where to Meet Father Christmas in Cornwall

November 11th, 2019

Cornwall is a brilliant place to be for the festive period, with exciting winter wonderlands and cosy Christmas grottos found across the county! In this blog, we take a look at where you can find Santa this Christmas.

Father Christmas Experience at the Eden Project

Meet Father Christmas and his Elves while they stay at the Eden Project and catch a glimpse of what life is like for Santa behind the scenes! You’ll be able to take a peep at where the elves sleep each night, as well as where all the letters that children from around the world send get stored! Settle down in front of the open fire and enjoy a magical tale read by Santa himself! The experience runs several times a day from Saturday 30th November and will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from this date until the 18th of December. Booking is recommended, and tickets cost £10 for one adult and one child, with additional children at £6. To access the grotto, you will also need an admission ticket or pass to the Eden Project.

Father Christmas in Cornwall

Bedruthan’s Sugar and Spice Grotto

Bedruthan Hotel is known for going all out on their grottos and this year is certainly no exception! Walk into a winter wonderland as snow falls around you, settling on the twinkling Christmas trees. A magical grotto awaits, but first, you must journey through the labyrinth of ice caves, where you can make snow angels and throw a snowball or two! The helpful elves along the way also like getting creative, giving you the chance to craft some lovely decorations or gifts. Once you’ve finally reached the Sugar and Spice Grotto, you can help Father Christmas, and Mrs Christmas gather up the gifts for the sleigh – there may even be one in there for you! Finally, make a magical Christmas wish to Mawgan the magic wishing tree!

Open every day from the 30th of November to the 23rd of December, this is one of the most popular Grottos in Cornwall, with some dates already sold out, meaning that booking is essential. Tickets cost £15 for one adult and one child, and £5 for an additional adult.

Santa by Steam

A popular Christmas activity run by Bodmin & Wenford Railway; Santa climbs on board this magical steam train and embarks on an incredible journey for an hour. Bringing his elves along for the journey too, his helpers will lead little ones to the magical grotto where you will meet the man in red himself! As well as getting an early Christmas present, and a photo with Santa, you can also enjoy a tasty mince pie while you wait! Booking is essential, and the train will be running on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from the 30th of November to the 22nd of December, as well as Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th.

Present from Santa

Father Christmas at Trebah

Building their magical factory in the gardens, Father Christmas and his elves have created a wonderful place to create amazing gifts. Watch the elves handcraft unique presents before collecting your own gift from Santa himself! Father Christmas has a very busy schedule this year, so will only be visiting Trebah Garden on the 14th of December and the 15th 2019. Tickets cost £9 for children and £5 per adult and booking is essential.

Redruth Public Library Christmas Grotto

Father Christmas will be making an appearance at his special Christmas Grotto at the Redruth Public Library on Saturday 7th, 14th, and 21st of December. Santa and his elves can be found at the cosy reading corner from 10 am until 2 pm for this free event.

Letter to Santa

Father Christmas Visits Lost Gardens of Heligan

Father Christmas and his elves are warmly welcomed back to the Lost Gardens of Heligan this year. From the 14th to 24th of December, visitors to the Gardens will be able to follow the magic Christmas Trail and discover Father Christmas’ cosy home, where good children will receive a small gift. To be sure he brings the present you want on Christmas Day, you can also write a letter to Santa and pop it into the magical post box underneath the twinkly Christmas lights. Tickets cost £7 per child, and £2 per adult on top of the admission fee for Heligan and advanced booking is recommended.

Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park

After spotting the delightful collection of creatures that find their home at Paradise Park and playing in the Jungle Barn indoor play area, get into the Christmas spirit by paying a visit to Santa at his grotto. From the 30th of November, Father Christmas will be visiting his grotto from 12 pm to 2 pm on weekends and then every day from the 18th to 24th December! Tickets cost £5.45 per child in addition to entry to the park and can be bought on the day.

Here at The Valley, we offer family-friendly holidays in Cornwall that are perfect for children and adults alike who cannot wait to experience the excitement and magic of this festive time of year. To continue with the festivities, discover the Christmas markets that are taking place near our luxury holiday cottages.

How to Spend New Year’s in Cornwall

December 05th, 2018

Stuck for something to do this New Year’s? Treat yourself to a five-star cottage in Cornwall for a fantastic holiday with family and friends, welcoming in the new year in style! Cornwall is a fantastic location, with lots to do throughout the year, and New Year’s Eve is no different. Below we take a look at some of the best events happening in towns and cities near our holiday cottages:



Top 5 Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter

November 15th, 2018

With December fast-approaching, hats and scarves officially out the draws and sub-zero temperatures can only mean one thing. Winter is well and truly upon us. Here’s how you can get cosy on your Cornwall Christmas break with five fantastic, family-friendly hot chocolate recipes… and perhaps one just for mum and dad!



Dates for your December diaries – Family festive fun!

December 06th, 2016

December is a fantastic time to visit Cornwall and make the most of all that the county has to offer. Many popular Cornish attractions put on great festivities, so here’s our guide to the best things to do on your Christmas break in Cornwall.


The benefits of being in Cornwall this December

December 10th, 2015

Cornwall is a glorious place to be at any time of the year but for something different why don’t you book one of our cottages in Cornwall and soak up the festive ambiance this December. Here are some of our favorite winter activities for you to get involved with this holiday season. (more…)

See out 2014 with a bang!

December 29th, 2014

Guests staying at The Valley’s new year’s eve Cornwall accommodation will be spoilt for choice for firework displays this year with Truro, Newquay and St.Ives all holding midnight displays on the 31st December.

The nearest will be best viewed from Lemon Quay in Truro and is free to attend, with plenty of car parking and food and drink on offer nearby. The Valley’s own Cafe Azur will not be letting off fireworks at midnight, but there will be plenty of entertainment on display with a live countdown, disco and party bubbles to see in 2015 in style.

Mousehole 2014 Christmas Light ‘switch-on’

December 10th, 2014

Don’t miss the chance to be part of the 50th annual Mousehole Christmas Light ‘switch-on’- a lovely way to spend an evening out from our Christmas cottages Cornwall. You can expect the full festive spirit with an open-air Carolaire service at the entrance to the North Quay too.


Cornwall set for warmest Halloween on record and then an Arctic Christmas?

October 30th, 2014

With tomorrow’s temperatures forecast to hit 20C  in some parts of the county, Cornwall along with other parts of the UK is likely to experience the warmest Halloween since records began. This Autumn’s unseasonally warm temperatures are set to continue with many Halloween revellers planning BBQ parties for tomorrow evening, not the kind of dining  event normally associated with the last day of October! Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel UK has said, “We remain on track for the warmest Halloween since records began with a very mild southerly flow of air across England and Wales to eastern Scotland” he added “There will be plenty of sunshine too with temperatures widely 18 to 20C and some spots no doubt 21C in eastern England”. All this points to plenty of enjoyable outdoor activities being held tomorrow with The Valley planning to hold a woodland treasure hunt, trick or treating, and ‘tales from the dark side’ around the campfire with BAFTA winning storyteller John Brolly.

So after a balmy October half term what does the weather hold in store for those planning a Christmas holiday in Cornwall? According to headlines in the Daily Express this week, the Autumn’s mild conditions will soon change into a five month period of polar conditions with  “Britain to face ARCTIC WINTER as mild autumn triggers polar gales and heavy snow”. Whilst the prospect of plenty of winter snow will no doubt prove popular with those ‘dreaming of a white Christmas’ the Daily Express headlines are not being backed up by the experts at the Met Office who are continuing to forecast mild conditions throughout November. In response to the dramatic idea of an Arctic Winter, a Met Office spokesman has said “There are absolutely no signs of any record breaking cold temperatures in the near future”. As we all know the British weather can often bring a few surprises, but for the time being it looks like visitors to the county this Christmas will still be able to enjoy making the most of Cornwall’s mild winter climate with plenty of activities, attractions and events on offer throughout Cornwall with many easily accessible from The Valley’s luxury self-catering cottages.