Callestock Blog

28 Oct
2019

Down on the Farm - October 2019

The golden colours and fruit harvest are here, as Autumn arrives at Callestock Courtyard with a flourish. The apple tree in the orchard is laden with fresh crispy fruit, the pumpkins are ready to burst and the Autumn leaves are fluttering down like confetti - we love it!

The Cows

Our lovely ladies spend their days wandering around the meadow after milking, and move into the barn for the cooler nights, snuggling down in their cosy straw beds to keep warm. Their Autumn guest, Action Man Darwin, has settled in and is enjoying making new friends.

This year's babies are thriving - Nick feeds them every morning with his secret recipe muesli Mooooosli, comprising barley and wheat, sweetened with molasses. Yum.

Guests staying in the Vean have front row seats for the calves' afternoon matinee, watching them frolick in the meadow and explore their natural playground of the meadow and woodland.   

Planting

Liz has been busy planting daffodil bulbs in the hedgerows along the lane approaching Callestock, so look out for a riot of colour in the Spring as they burst into life.

Cornish daffodils in the hedgerows at Callestock Courtyard

Harvest

Ben's pumpkins, planted from seed in the Spring, are ripe and ready for carving, just in time for Halloween lanterns. 

homegrown pumpkin Callestock Cornwall

The 200-year-old wisteria has enjoyed a final flourish of colour before tucking itself in and going to sleep for the Winter. 

wisteria at Callestock Courtyard Cornwall

As soon as the leaves start to drop, it's our cue to get outside with the shears to perform the annual prune, ensuring good flowering next Spring.

And after a long hot Spring and mild Summer with occasional showers, it's a great year for apples. The Bramley Apple tree in the orchard is laden with fresh fruit, giving us the perfect excuse to dig out the Cornish Apple Cake Recipe.

Liz's cornish apple cake recipe

Guests staying with us in the Autumn go home with a goodie bag, packed with freshly picked apples, crunchy and juicy straight from the tree - ideal for a warming apple crumble, cake, or apple sauce to enjoy with roast pork.

November short breaks

We'd love to see you at Callestock soon, and our short breaks are a great way to immerse yourself in Cornish country life for a rejuvenating holiday.

Book three or four nights in one of the converted barns from just £280.