A Cornish family business
Forever Cornwall is owned and run by us, Maria and Phil Gendall. We live in this most glorious area of the country and are passionate about it. Phil has Cornish roots stretching back to great-great-greats who were ‘bal maidens, miners and artisans’ and Maria escaped from London in search of clean beaches and a slower pace of life. We run the business from our home in West Cornwall and are supported by a small and wonderfully talented team who support property owners, liaise with housekeepers, answer guest queries, take bookings, shoot lovely photos, keep the website looking great, and blog about the best places to eat, visit and explore.
Our ‘company story’ started very modestly when, in 2009, we let our own pretty beach chalet in St Ives Bay. With Maria’s background in housekeeping and customer service, and Phil’s in design and marketing — together with a shared love of nice houses and the great outdoors, things worked out well. Guests came, and loved the experience, and various friends in Cornwall asked us to help them prepare and promote their properties too. One thing led to another, and now we proudly represent holiday homes from Padstow to Penzance. We have a growing reputation for providing guests with consistently delightful places to stay, and for providing owners with a helpful, friendly and effective letting agency.
Only hand picked holiday retreats
We are a bit picky. Every place in our collection has been reviewed and selected by us. We know each property personally; we’ve had a good look at every kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. We’ve even slept in many of the beds, eaten meals in the local pubs and restaurants and swum off the nearby beaches. So with us, you really are getting a personal recommendation. It goes without saying that we know all of our wonderful property owners too — we meet them regularly, and are constantly working with them to maintain standards and enhance your stay in Cornwall.
Our vision — small is beautiful
Our aim is to provide wonderful places to stay and exceptional service to all of our visitors… and to help them to have great holiday experiences in Cornwall. We value being able to take time talking to guests — many of whom book with us time and time again — and we love to work closely with owners. So for us it’s personal, friendly and strictly non-corporate. As they say, small is beautiful.
Forever Cornwall and the environment
Like everything else, tourism has an environmental impact. So in everything we do, we aim to minimise that impact. Of course not every property we have is an eco-home (although some are), but we do make sure that each one makes its contribution to greener tourism. We urge owners to switch to green energy tariffs for electricity supply, brief housekeeping teams to use eco-friendly cleaning products, and encourage guests to recycle, and to buy local to support the surrounding economy.