About Christine Taylor

Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and eight horses including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall

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Tiptoe into summer

ednovean farm breakfast with a viewJune seemed to appear suddenly this year, without warning. With June came the first meteorological day of summer – in fact I think we tiptoed into summer this year from the long spring days that lingered still fresh and new in our minds. The sea that frames our lives looks impossibly blue these days – one day soon we must walk down to the water’s edge again…… but not yet, not until I’ve finished painting! Still wouldn’t it be nice to linger over breakfast on the lawn gazing at St Michael’s Mount while planning  the day stretching ahead around the Cornish coast?

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Vote for Ednovean Farm!!

Ednovean Frm and the Dorset Cereal pack

Ednovean FArm is proud to be considered a as a finalist in this months heat of The Dorset Cereal’s B&B awards

We are thrilled to have reached the final selection for the June heat of the Dorset Cereal’s B&B awards.  This is the first year for this competition, and they will be looking for independent, special places to stay in association to the Alastair Sawday team. We’d love you to vote for us of course and even better you will have a chance to win a hamper too just by casting your vote! To vote just follow the Ednovean Farm B&B link!

Thankyou if you voted for us – as the next twelve B&B’s are now on the page so the links above are no longer live 🙂 Until the next time!

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May in the Ednovean Farm Garden

 

Sub tropical garden in Cornwall

Looking down on the echiums and Date Palm at the courtyard entrance

May has come and nearly gone in our Cornish garden at Ednovean farm and it has never felt as alive and full of spring promise as this year as the garden continues to mature.The scent of the blue bells is still hanging in the air, long after it should have been gone but then this has been a strange, voluptuous month, held in slow motion, hostage to the cool breezes. Continue reading “May in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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I slow down for butterflies!

Butterfly on a garden benchAs I drove out of “our” lane yesterday I realised that I slow down for butterflies as I watched as a tiny blue butterfly flit across the lane, in that curious, undulating flight that butterflies do and disappear safely into neighbouring gardens. I was on the way for our daily B&B shop in Penzance when I saw the tiny insect and stopped to realise just how  lucky we are to live off of the main road, along the little unmade track that leads to the small hamlet of houses at Ednovean. The peaceful seclusion away from the traffic and hubbub of the towns is a perfect place to let the dance of the Butterfly lead you towards spring. Continue reading “I slow down for butterflies!” »

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Ednovean Farm’s twenty four years as a B&B!

The entrance to Ednovean Farm

The entrance to our car park at Ednovean Farm is now framed by lush planting

It was on the 11th of May in 1991 that Charles carried me through the front door from our wedding reception after an earnest year of converting our Farmhouse into our home from a 17th-century granite barn.

We had spent a year working on the main part of the building to make our home and in 1991 we put a hand painted sign at the end of our drive and waited for our first guests to arrive. Weeks went passed until finally a lady came along and reserved the yellow room – a pretty twin bedroom decorated with Sanderson’s vintage Lilly pad fabric, white washed walls, painted furniture and Laura Ashley wallpaper with a shower room unfashionably across the hall (Sorry this bedroom is now the office) Continue reading “Ednovean Farm’s twenty four years as a B&B!” »

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Ancient sites to visit in West Cornwall

Men-an-Tol

Men-anTol an ancient healing stone on the Penwith moors in West Cornwall

Cornwall wears her history lightly and it sometimes feels that the past is still a whisper away. To visit the high places on the Penwith moors untouched by agriculture, as part of your holiday, will be to touch history. There are sites in Cornwall that represent every period of history and Cornwall has more nationally designated monuments (Scheduled Monuments) than any other county in England. Today they still sit silently waiting, just as though the ancient peoples had suddenly walked away and they are waiting for them to return.

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Suddenly it’s May

French lavender

The French lavender has started to bloom with a promise of summer days ahead

I don’t know how it happened but suddenly it’s May. The glorious month that leads delicately into summer, rather like an entree, it  temps and tantalises, with the promise of the warm summer days to come. With summer days in mind this week it has been a flurry of preparations at Ednovean farm with odd jobs to take care of to get ready for the May bank holiday weekend. Garden tables and chairs have been scrubbed and benches painted in happy anticipation of long days of sunshine listening to the bees and the whisper of the sea. Continue reading “Suddenly it’s May” »

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April in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Tulips and formal topiary in Cornwall

The tulips have been a joy this month appearing reliably again each year.

As April flaunts the last of her spring credentials, the hotly anticipated Tulips have at last faded in our entrance at Ednovean Farm. The last of the silky white petals falling just as the first plump buds of the Irises emerged. Spring is dead long live the spring and on with the show! Continue reading “April in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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A walk beside the sea to summer

Waves gently breaking on the shore below us as we walked down to the sea

Waves gently breaking on the shore below us as we walked down to the sea

The walks along the coastal footpath just below Ednovean Farm, is so popular with our Bed and Breakfast guest but we seldom make the time to enjoy them ourselves. This glorious week of sunshine was just too much for us though and we played truant one afternoon to set off on foot across the fields to walk down to the sea and the coastal footpath. Continue reading “A walk beside the sea to summer” »

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Vintage style country bedrooms

Vintage style in a luxury bed and breakfast bedroom

An antique dressing table in our Blue bedroom with pretty flowers and glass scent bottles

Our home at Ednovean Farm has developed its own unique country style over the years, with pretty, romantic, nostalgic bedrooms have their own individual vintage style.. I love to mix antique furniture with vintage finds and I often spending hours sanding and stripping a piece before giving it a gently distressed painted finish and finally protecting it with a final coat of wax.

This is a corner in our Blue room where an Edwardian Dressing table dressed with pretty china and flowers reflects the wardrobe topped with vintage hat boxes, in its old oval mirror.

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