PLANE SPOTTER PARADISE
With a whiff of burnt aviation fuel in the air this West Country holiday home may not be first choice on many peoples list.
However for those that follow the social media hash tag #AVGEEK then this charming choice of cottages certainly requires further investigation.
Situated less than a hundred yards of the runway designated ‘Three Zero’ at The Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose makes this holiday get away ideal for any plane spotter.
If you do not mind the occasional wake up call of two Royal Navy Hawk jets as they stoke up their engines to full thrust as they disappear along the mile and a half long runway before heading skyward in about 20 seconds.
For any aviation enthusiast it is music to their ears for any non-enthusiast then it’s a racket and pretty loud one at that!
On the plus side for those that hate it then it lasts in total for around 30 seconds and then silence again returns to this hilltop site on the Lizard peninsular.
If the wind is in a different direction then the flight patterns around the base switches then Merlin and Hawk cottages find themselves at the end rather than at the take off point of that runway with the disruption to your sleep even further decreased.
HEATHROW IT IS NOT!
Just to make it clear, this is not like staying at the end of the runway’s at Heathrow airport, with movements and take-offs every 45 or 60 seconds. Here the movements are varied and by various aircraft types.
The largest numbers operating here are helicopters and mainly are Merlin’s. There are other rotary wing craft such as Sea Kings flown by 849 AEW (Aircraft Early Warning) very distinctive with a large radom slung underneath that can be raised and lowered.
With the Royal Navy now having an aircraft carrier back in its fleet the training of both fixed wing and rotary wing crews has been intense as the wait for the HMS Queen Elizabeth to come into service is now very much over.
Its here at Royal Navy’s HMS Seahawk way down in West Cornwall that these crews train. With its near very neighbour of a holiday cottage that provides a perfect plane spotter site. Complete with the potential of you not even having to leave its garden terrace to get a grandstand seat for the daily free air show.
My choice would be Hawk cottage as it certainly does have a better-placed paved area with garden seating and fewer obstructions from the surrounding hedges and trees.
Although with the allocated public viewing area provided by the Royal Navy just a few yards away and it giving much wider views of general aircraft operations.
Mind you the heavy chain link security fence does not make for the perfect window but once the aircraft are over the top of it then clearer pictures are much easier.
Getting away from the aircraft there are numerous places nearby to visit like the pretty harbour of Porthleven or the wide expanse of sandy beach at Praa Sands and the towns of Falmouth and Penzance are also just a short drive too.
This pet friendly cottage situated in nicely converted farm buildings has a modern kitchen and bathroom, a double and a single bedroom and that aerial entertainment on the doorstep whats not to like?