I spent a fantastic week staying in a beautiful cottage in Flushing with Mr Smiles last month. Cornwall is one of my absolute favourite holiday locations. I have a real love of the coast and look forward to our Summer holiday staying in a cosy cottage. Flushing is a picturesque coastal village facing Falmouth across the Penryn River. There are many impressive houses originally owned by the Captains of Packet Ships in the village. My love of the sea feels like it is in my genes. My 3rd Great Grandfather, Henry Doidge Rundle, was a Master Mariner and was born in Penryn up the coast from Flushing in 1813. I enjoyed walking along the Penryn River on our holiday imagining life for Henry way back then.
This year we booked with Flushing Holiday Cottages. We like our holiday accomodation to be `home from home’ and this company did us proud. I have stayed in damp, musty cottages where the kitchen utensils leave a lot to be desired. We now try to choose somewhere which inspires us, where we can truly relax and feel at home, with a little bit of luxury. It also gives us a few ideas for what we would like in our next home.
This year we stayed in a pretty terraced cottage called Clottage in Flushing Village.
`Clottage is a delightful fisherman’s cottage dearly loved by its owners, who have thoughtfully decorated and furnished it to create a fresh, fun seaside retreat. White walls with tongue and groove panel detail and pale wood floors give the interior space a light and airy feel, while quirky fabrics and pieces of art dotted around the house add colour and character with a nautical twist. Real bonuses here are this property’s superb location opposite Flushing village’s waterfront and its own designated parking space on the quayside.’
We arrived to find a welcoming vase of flowers and a bottle of wine. I enjoyed sitting at the bay window seat gazing out at the quayside and sketching the view. I became particularly fond of the pink cottage on the Quayside. This cottage has been sketched from every angle in my sketch book!
In previous years we have had a garden to sit out in. Clottage does have a pretty white walled courtyard, but no garden. When we booked our holiday I thought I might miss the lack of garden. However I didn’t. This got me thinking. My overall impression of Flushing is that it is a picture perfect traditional coastal village. How can this be, when a lot of the traditional fishermens’ cottages have very little garden? It struck me that Flushing is a fine example of gardening to maximise the most of every available space. The village is full of pretty pastel coloured cottages. Nearly every single cottage has maximised the available outside space for growing flowers with a variety of window boxes, flowering pots and hanging baskets. You clearly don’t need a big garden to create something pretty. Even with the smallest space you can create something beautiful.
Our cottage had a variety of welcoming tubs and pots outside the front door. It doesn’t take much effort to paint your front door a pretty colour and put a few plants in a decorative pot by the doorstep, but it creates a positive welcoming atmosphere.
I came back with fond memories of Flushing. I am training for the `Race for Life’ in a couple of weeks and as I ran through the village my overall impression was one of a pretty village in full bloom.
Every window ledge had a pretty window box. Many were very simple common plants such as Geranium or Sweet William which are very easy to grow. There is something about bright red Geraniums that makes me think of Italy.
Each door step had a few plants growing in various pots. At home I have had an ivy leaved pink pelargonium growing in a pot on our doorstep for a couple of months. I often forget to water her, but she seems to thrive and welcomes me home each day! She was a bargain from my local farmers market.
Even the Cornish walls were put to good use. I liked the simple display of lavender outside the Blue House. It smelt gorgeous as you wandered by!
Most of you will know I adore roses. One day I will have my dream cottage by the sea with roses round the door! `The Sands’ blue and white cottage was up for sale, but Mr Smiles could not be persuaded to buy her!
I peaked into one courtyard and it was brimming with foliage and colour. A true inspiration for what can be done with a small space.
I hope you enjoyed looking at the fabulous flowers of Flushing!