Fabulous Journal
Read about our experiences as we tour the countryside and visit the most amazing holiday homes. The Fabulous Journal covers the best coffee stops, picture perfect pubs, super restaurants, farm shops, great galleries and more to give you the insider knowledge that will make your holiday extra special.
Watergate Bay Cornwall
Watergate Bay – much more than a beach

You will probably have heard of Watergate Bay, it is firmly on the map as one of Cornwall’s go –to destinations- the surf capital of Cornwall. On my first visit I had expected a coastal village with a hotel, maybe a beach café, not a great deal to interest me… how wrong I was. I […]

Gwithian, Cornwall
A north coast jaunt – from Porthtowan to Godrevy

A sunny September morning at last – one of my favourite things (in the words of Julie Andrews). Camera at the ready it’s now a battle of the falling leaves to capture some summertime shots before the autumnal look takes over Cornwall. First stop today is Porthtowan. I must admit for a long time I […]

A quick shopping trip to Porthleven

I am always taken aback when I stray from the office to one of the coastal hotspots at just how much of a holiday atmosphere there is! Silly I know but it does make me feel a little bit like I am on holiday myself and my recent trip Porthleven was certainly no exception to […]

A morning in Marazion. Just don’t call it a village…

Having been told off yet again by the locals, this time for referring to Marazion as a village, I must point out to you that is actually a town, and an important one at that! Before Penzance took centre stage as the major town of the west of Cornwall, it seems Marazion was actually the […]

Farm Shop Strawberries
For the love of local produce

I have to confess, I am a bit of a bore when it comes to local and seasonal produce – you won’t see me eating asparagus in November or clementines in July. I freely admit my hatred for Tesco and all food wrapped in plastic. It has to be artisan, organic or free range to […]

Way out west! Photo shoot at Cot Valley Cottage.

The beginning of January may not be the best time to take photographs of a holiday cottage in deepest darkest Cornwall but I think positive thoughts as I head west to St Just in Penwith. Deciding to eschew Tesco in Penzance in favour of local shops, I stop in the town square to buy props […]

Fabulous Stays - Helford Shipwight Inn
Rollo’s first ferry trip – a day out on the Helford

This is more like it, a day off, the sun is out, ladies lunch planned! Well nearly a ladies lunch if you don’t count 6 month old baby Rollo and Percy the dog. A friend of mine has just bought a cottage in Mawnan Smith so this is a good enough excuse to head down […]

Totherside Kingswear - Fabulous Stays
A working mini-break in Devon

Fabulous Stays Photo Shoot at Totherside, Kingswear. I have been looking forward to this trip all week, a working mini break in Devon. This is what I tell myself although I know the reality will be much more work than break. As they say a change is as good as a rest though… Today’s destination […]

Off the beaten track… a trip to Coverack for the Fabulous Stays photo shoot at Thatch Cottage

Forecast – sunshine, reality – more rain. I head off in hope of the former making an appearance later in the day… Today’s photoshoot is at Thatch Cottage, a gorgeous hideaway near Coverack on the Lizard Peninsula. In search of some more unusual props we decide to take a slightly roundabout route from the office […]

Newlyn Tolcarne Inn
I’ll have the lobster please… A delicious dinner at the Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn.

So my parents are coming to stay and I have the challenge of finding just the right restaurant to take them to. Not too loud, not too quiet, not too expensive, not too trendy, not too far from home… you get the picture. Not too easy I think. Wracking my brains I hit on it; […]

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