Fal River Cottage is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the village of Malpas two miles downriver from Truro. Its outstanding riverside location affords it spectacular, uninterrupted river views and abundance of walks for both you and your pooch along the rivers of Truro, Tresillian and Fal or across country. It is also happily situated within a driving distance from the beaches of Newquay that may be closed to dogs in summer but are accessible to them during the out-of-season period. Enterprise Ferries continue to run boat trips from Malpas down the river Fal as far as Trelissick Gardens, Falmouth and St Mawes. After a bracing day in the fresh air the Fal River Cottage will welcome you with a toasty log-burner or else you may decide to spend the evening at the Heron Inn just three doors down. This friendly, popular local is famous for its inventive, tasty menu based around local ingredients and a welcoming atmosphere. There are always local ales, ciders and gins to choose from, as well as excellent wines. You may even attend one of their quiz nights or culinary events.

The county capital Truro is merely two miles away, which means that all it has to offer is practically on your doorstep. Its winter season starts with the popular City of Lights, this year held on 20 November, which usually attracts thousands of visitors with its lantern displays and music and art performances scattered throughout the town. One of the first traditional events in December is the popular Truro Primestock Show, which brings the best of farming to Lemon Quay in the town centre. You can do Christmas shopping at Truro Christmas Street Markets, Winter Gift Fayre and Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair. Truro’s St Mary’s Cathedral is abuzz with Christmas carols and classical music concerts. Outside Truro, National Trust’s Trelissick House and Gardens are planning a range of Christmas-themed events, including a Christmas Craft Fair on 1 December. If you decide to spend the New Year’s in Truro, there is a range of New Year’s Eve balls and events to choose from. 

Once the festive season is over, you may simply want to get away from the madding crowd. The tranquil setting of Fal River Cottage is ideal for relaxing and recharging. When out and about, you may be fortunate enough to observe the black-throated divers, the great northern divers and Slavonian grebe that overwinter in the Fal river’s Carrick Roads area and on the nearby Roseland peninsula. Or you may want to sample one of the many restaurants, galleries, museums, live music venues and shops in Truro, which are all at an arm’s reach. You can browse one of the many antique shops, see an exhibition, go to a theatre play or let your hair down at a live music event. And on the days when none of this appeals and the weather is not the friendliest, you can always just chill with a cup of tea in front of that lovely log fire and amuse yourself with the games and books that, along with the BT box and a wide screen TV, are at your disposal in the Fal River Cottage’s comfortable living room.

 Don’t let the winter fill you with gloom! Grab your wellies and raincoat, explore the river and its wildlife, or run free with your pooch on an empty sandy beach before you put on your best frock and head out to the bright city lights of Truro.