Cornish Wine Tours

Back in March I met and photographed the owner of Cornish Wine Tours Kate McBurnie and we have just updated her profile imagery with some bright and summery images. If you are wondering what Cornish Wine Tours is all about basically as Kate puts it: 

Its a day of wine tasting while being driven around, eating the best local produce, and admiring the views  – whats not to like?

I asked Kate to tell us a little bit about herself for the people who do not know of her and her business. This blog features some of our imagery taken at Camel Valley Vineyard, Trevibban Mill and Appletons bar & restaurant

 

My name is Kate and I own and run Cornish Wine Tours from my hometown of Padstow.  I started the business this year and started the tours at Easter.  On a Cornish Wine Tour we visit up to three locations in a day, to include Camel Valley, Knightor Winery, Trevibban Mill and Bosue.  We also run separate events with Polgoon Vineyard near Penzance.  Each tour finishes with a beautiful lunch served at Trevibban Mill, and depending on what type of tour it is this will be served either at Appletons (onsite restaurant) or in the winery bar itself. The tours run up until November, but can be requested throughout the winter months.

The tour aims to provide guests with a day of wine tasting in a friendly and enjoyable environment where you don’t have the hassle or worry about driving.  Everything is fully catered for throughout the day and guests can sit back and relax. Each vineyard is different and offers a different experience and on this tour you can get a feel for the Cornish Wines in one day, and what Cornwall has to offer.  The day is fully guided by myself, but in a very relaxed way, and guests can ask as many or as little questions as they want.  This isn’t like going back to school, it’s an informal environment which is a lot of fun, and its the best way to learn about the different styles of wine produced in this country. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
If you wish to contact Kate regarding her tours then you can find her here: Kate McBurnie  |  Cornish Wine Tours
kate@cornishwinetours.com
+44 (0) 7929 360268
www.cornishwinetours.com
https://www.facebook.com/cornishwinetours/
https://www.instagram.com/cornishwinetours/

 

Ecowagon Camper Van Conversions Photo shoot..

So on Saturday we had planned a mini shoot for Kenny Green and his company Ecowagon Campervan Conversions based in Redruth.

Deciding a time of day to shoot became rather difficult as after 3-4 weeks of wall to wall sunshine, Saturday it decided to absolutely pour down with rain and give us some wind to go with it.

But we met at his workshop and headed over to a campsite where one of his customers was set up and we convoyed with Kenny and his other customer. 

Requiring to be photographed were two Volkswagen T5 vans converted by Kenny into campers. One white with a family feel to its set up and one black designed for a couple of adventurers.

Here are the images we produced with the excellent co operation from 3 wonderful little children and two beautiful vans in the Cornish rain….

 

30th Wedding Anniversary Photoshoot

When I got a message via facebook regarding booking a photoshoot for a Mother and Father who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary I jumped at the chance. 

At 9am this morning we met at Crantock to take advantage of the morning light and the quiet beach. They explained that their family never all gets a chance to get together due to their distances and commitments and they wanted some relaxed informal style photos to capture memories. So here are a selection of images that we took today. They were absolutely brilliant, a close family and lots of fun to photograph as you can see it shone through in their images.

Did you know you can hire me for family photoshoots? You don’t always have to be that family member who is always the one behind the camera. Especially if you are coming on holiday to our beautiful county.


 

A Sunday to relax and explore

So this Sunday we took some time out to relax and also to recharge our batteries after a very busy few weeks. We decide to get up early before the roads got busy and see a few places we had not been before. So we headed over to the beautiful Porthcurno which was followed by a drive to Penzance to take a look at Jubilee Pool and then along to Marazion for breakfast at The Goldolphin Arms which I have to say was the best all round breakfast experience I have had since moving to Cornwall. The food was piping hot and delicious, the service was outstanding and well the view from the window table along with the Hazlephron Jam was perfection and we shall be returning very soon. We rounded off our Sunday with photographing a wedding at Cosawes Barton before finally relaxing down in the evening after an adventure filled day.

 

 

Scott & Rachel

Well if there was a day for a wedding then it was yesterday, I must say it was definitely the hottest afternoon that I have photographed a wedding. 

A perfect bluebird sky and the smell of wild flowers filled the air of Scott & Rachel’s wedding venue of Cosawes Barton and the music of Kaj rung true.

Here a selection of images from a beautiful afternoon…

Travellers Rest – Mawgan Porth

Is there anything better than a costal walk followed by food and a drink under the sunshine in a pub garden?
Well we think not, so we headed over to the beautiful The Travellers Rest based in Mawgan Porth after a wonderful coastal stroll.

   

We spoke to the owners Natalie and Martin who said that they took over the Travellers in November 2016 after moving to Cornwall from Edinburgh where they spent 8 years in hotel management.  Our families had already  moved to Cornwall and we always knew that we’d like to move here eventually.  We fell in love with the pub as customers and would always visit when down on holiday.  

Natalie continued that in June 2016, she spent 6 weeks in Cornwall and having driven passed the Travellers thought to myself it ever came up for lease then we would go for it.  Two days later we received a newsletter from St Austell Brewery with available pub tenancies which featured the Travellers.  We are firm believers that everything happens for a reason so went through the application process and haven’t looked back since.  
 
 
What wonderful people to take over a well established pub and create such wonderful food, whilst visiting Travellers Rest I sat in the sunshine drinking a Tarquins and tonic before heading inside for food. I had the two dishes which are much loved favourites of the customers who come to the pub, The Calamari followed by the Teriyaki Beef which were both packed full of flavour and cooked perfectly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the Travellers Rest they aim to provide a warm and friendly welcome, a relaxed atmosphere, serving home cooked dishes that have wherever possible been created from locally sourced produce.  

They are able to cater for dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals.  As well as being dog friendly and catering for families/

They also like us love their live music and have at least one band night a month as well as acoustic music every other Sunday.  

You’ll find them serving up and delicious carvery on a Sunday  served 12-3pm. They have extra plus sides to their venue of Free parking, free Wifi and a beer garden perfect for those summer days.  

 
They are also up for a Muddy Stiletto award like us you can vote for them by pressing this link https://cornwall.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote/destination-pub/ 
 
 
You can check them out here at
 www.travellersrestcornwall.co.uk
 
Facebook: @thetravellersrestcornwall
 
Instagram: travellers_rest_cornwall 

Cosawes Barton Wedding of Robert & Faye

I think of myself very lucky to be able to capture images for people on their perfect day. Here are a selection of images captured by myself of Robert & Faye’s elopement wedding at the delightful wedding venue of Cosawes Barton in Ponsanooth. 

        
 
 

 

 

The Esplanade Hotel

There is nothing like being able to take time out of a busy week to relax and enjoy a stay in your own county! One of our very big reasons as to why we love living here in Cornwall. Last week we drove approximately 30 minutes from home to relax at The Esplanade Hotel based in Newquay.

We absolutely love Fistral Beach, it is where Sarah’s surf photography journey began and blossomed around 5 years ago and she continued to work with local surfers to produce work for their sponsors along with working with Quiksilver Surf School. So when we were asked to stay we jumped at the chance. 

We arrived after a busy day at work, to be greeted by a friendly receptionist who we could see was in training she was very informative and directed us to our ‘ROXY’ room whilst explaining that our dinner reservation was at 8pm that evening. The Roxy room is beautifully situated overlooking the south side of Fistral, a surf themed room teamed with relaxing colours to fill your head of surfing thoughts! Unfortunately the tide was too high when we had time to surf so we relaxed with a shower followed by a few images of the surf before heading down to dinner. 

The hotel’s restaurant is very relaxed we were lucky to be sat at a window view table to our enjoyment we watched the sun go down as we dined. There is two menu options here and we sat for a few minutes deciding just which would suit us best. 

Our Choices were as follows: 

Matthew – Baked Camembert – Fillet Steak (medium) – Raspberry Cheesecake 

Sarah- Mussels – Fillet Steak (medium rare) – Lemon & Lime Posset 

After we finished dinner we quickly got our gear together to capture a sunset image via our DJI Phantom 4 Pro + drone to show off just how beautiful Fistral Beach is at night. Whilst conversing with other hotel goers who were on holiday we had met along our flight we returned to the hotel and relaxed in our room. 

I must say it was rather warm but the sound of the waves crashing as the tide dropped out was the perfect relaxation sound to sleep too.  

Awakening to the sound of the birds and the sea, we lay in bed with a coffee whilst talking about the days plan. We got ourselves packed and headed down for our breakfast. We once again sat at a window table and had a very large choice of breakfast options but after a full 3 course meal we chose to have more coffee followed by orange juice, fruit and some beautifully baked pastries. Once we had relaxed into our breakfast we headed back to our room, grabbed our things, checked out and headed back to work for a photoshoot in Newquay. 

All in all, there is no better way to spend an evening then with the sea at your door. 

The Travellers Rest

Is there anything better than a costal walk followed by food and a drink under the sunshine in a pub garden?
Well we think not, so we headed over to the beautiful The Travellers Rest based in Mawgan Porth after a wonderful coastal stroll.

   

We spoke to the owners Natalie and Martin who said that they took over the Travellers in November 2016 after moving to Cornwall from Edinburgh where they spent 8 years in hotel management.  Our families had already  moved to Cornwall and we always knew that we’d like to move here eventually.  We fell in love with the pub as customers and would always visit when down on holiday.  

Natalie continued that in June 2016, she spent 6 weeks in Cornwall and having driven passed the Travellers thought to myself it ever came up for lease then we would go for it.  Two days later we received a newsletter from St Austell Brewery with available pub tenancies which featured the Travellers.  We are firm believers that everything happens for a reason so went through the application process and haven’t looked back since.  
 
 
What wonderful people to take over a well established pub and create such wonderful food, whilst visiting Travellers Rest I sat in the sunshine drinking a Tarquins and tonic before heading inside for food. I had the two dishes which are much loved favourites of the customers who come to the pub, The Calamari followed by the Teriyaki Beef which were both packed full of flavour and cooked perfectly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the Travellers Rest they aim to provide a warm and friendly welcome, a relaxed atmosphere, serving home cooked dishes that have wherever possible been created from locally sourced produce.  

They are able to cater for dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals.  As well as being dog friendly and catering for families/

They also like us love their live music and have at least one band night a month as well as acoustic music every other Sunday.  

You’ll find them serving up and delicious carvery on a Sunday  served 12-3pm. They have extra plus sides to their venue of Free parking, free Wifi and a beer garden perfect for those summer days.  

 
They are also up for a Muddy Stiletto award like us you can vote for them by pressing this link https://cornwall.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote/destination-pub/ 
 
 
You can check them out here at
 www.travellersrestcornwall.co.uk
 
Facebook: @thetravellersrestcornwall
 
Instagram: travellers_rest_cornwall 

The Rockpool

Situated out on Godrevy towans is the beautiful The Rockpool whether you fancy a coffee to something a little fancy or a just a sandwich they cater to all needs. 

We had a catch up and photo shoot with them last week to show off their newly refurbished back room ready for live bands, open mic nights creating a really relaxed atmosphere to accompany their brilliant menu. They present a surf vibe styled interior teamed with fresh fish dishes from the local Cornish seas. In the sunnier months the outside areas are a wonderful addition to this brilliant place, with the view of the sea out of the back. 

If you fancy a surf lesson or you just simply need to hire equipment to work up and appetite situated next to them is Gwithian Academy of Surfing

They have Boca 45 & Ash Walker playing this weekend, its one not to be missed: https://www.facebook.com/events/2008864842713900/