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October 2012


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Autumn News


Autumn always feels like a new start, maybe a hang-up from school days. With this in mind my house always gets an autumnal clean ready for cosy days ahead spent inside with family and friends.


There are some subtle differences between a spring clean and an autumnal clean. Where as a spring clean means getting ready to enjoy the great outdoors and making the most of the extended days with lighter, brighter soft furnishings. An autumn clean is about preparing for the cooler wintry days ahead.


Gardens benefit from a good sort out and tidy and for a lot of plants it’s the ideal time for a good prune to encourage new growth next year. Our experienced gardener is always extra busy at this time of year so make sure you book early.


Garden furniture will also benefit from a through clean and now is the ideal time to do any maintenance (eg. Hardwood needs oiling at least once a year) before being packed away for the winter. Staying with the outdoors all guttering and drains should be cleared of all debris, leaves and moss etc and checked they are secure and safe. Windows, soffits and fascia and outside doors always benefit from a through clean, this will also show up any repairs that maybe needed.


Whilst up the ladder we can check the roof for loose or cracked tiles to prevent problems later in the year. With lower humidity and cooler temperatures now is the best time to repaint outside.


Moving inside the property its always best to start at the top and work down. Check the loft is properly insulated and ventilated. Check all doors and windows for draughts. It is important to have your boiler serviced once a year and if this wasn’t carried out in the spring now is time to book a service before the weather turns wintry.


If you have a real fire the chimney needs sweeping at least once a year depending on frequency of use and what you burn. Order logs, coal and oil now and ensure that logs are kept well stacked in a dry area and burn lasts years left overs first.


Batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked and changed if necessary. An emergency box is always a good idea, it should be left in an easily accessable place in the dark. For example it could contain candles and matches or a lighter, a wind up torch, a small first aid kit etc. We offer a full autumn property check inside and out, contact the office to discuss your requirements.


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What's On......



Eden Project – Until October 31st – Rock climbing £10 and a 15 minute professional massage in the Mediterranean biome.


Ice skating starts on October 20th until February 20th. Book to secure your selected time and date.


Halloween celebrations – October 2nd – November 4th


See for more details -Hall for Cornwall, for the latest line up at Cornwalls biggest and best venue for live entertainment. - National Maritime Musuem Not just for ‘salty old seadogs’ there’s plenty to see and do for all the family with lots of changing exhibitions and lectures and good menu in the cafe. – National Trust

Lanhydrock        Trerice      Trelissick      Tintagel      Cotehele Antony        Godolphin


All properties have a full list of activities available to enhance your visit, see website for details.


Falmouth Oyster Festival – Thursday 11th October until Sunday 14th October


British Stand up paddle championships – Newquay, Saturday October 13th – Sunday October 14th





Cornwall Film Festival - Newquay, Thursday 8th November – Sunday 11th November.


Celeberation of Cornish and International film making.


Truro City of Lights – Truro , Wednesday 14th November

Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair – Truro, Wednesday 28th November – Saturday 1st December



Padstow Christmas Festival – Padstow , Friday 7th December – Sunday 9th December

HMG Trivia Facts

Top 5 items left in properties this Summer

  • Phone chargers
  • Cameras
  • Keys
  • Underwear
  • Containers

Concierge Services

In addition to our usual concierge service we can now offer the following.

  1. Delivery of oil, wood, coal and gas.
  2. Chimney sweeping.
  3. Boiler / heating service.
  4. Garden / outside area autumnal clean up.
  5. Home cooked food ready for you to heat up and serve, in your freezer.

Legal Obligations when letting a property

Electrical Safety Legislation

  • The electrical equipment (safety) regulations 1994
  • The plugs and sockets (safety) regulations 1994
  • The consumer protection act 1987
  • The low voltage electrical equipment regulations 1989

Gas safety Legislation

  • The gas safety (installation ans use) regulations 1998
  • The gas cooking appliances (safety) regulations 1989

Yearly check by a corgi registered engineer.


Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to be installed as required.


Furnishings legislation

  • The furniture and furnishings (fire) (safety) regulations 1988 (ameneded in 1989 and 1987)
  • The consumer protection act 1987

All soft furnishings must comply eg. sofas, upholstered dining chairs, cushions  and mattreses.



  • Buildings and contents cover
  • Public liability


What Our Clients Say

By the way now i've actually seen the hamper that you arranged for my niece just wanted to let you know it was very impressive - thank you again for doing that and i was very pleased it was such a success with her.

Concierge request - property in Trevone Bay.


Many thanks for having the cottage all ready for us, it was lovely to arrive to a super clean cottage with lovely flowers.   

Mrs Gale, Second home owner in Windmill.                         

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