“Luxe but laid-back cottages for 2-4, a stroll from a beach and an easy drive from Cornwall's top restaurants”
The 3 Eco-Cottages are identical, with 2 bedrooms apiece (a double and twin/double) and an open-plan lounge, diner and kitchen. Bi-fold glass doors open onto a gravel patio garden; wood-burning stoves are a treat in the colder months. Decor is simple but stylish - creams, browns, chic lighting. Coastal artwork by Darrel’s father, artist David Wheeler, adds splashes of colour.
The detached stone cottage, Trevone, is much bigger and more private - plus it has a large garden. Its 2 bedrooms are light-filled, with colourful cushions and throws, and its all on one level.
White travertine bathrooms are a highlight in all cottages, with waterfall taps, free-standing baths and drench showers. You get REN toiletries and bathrobes too, unusual luxuries in self-catering accommodation.
Open-plan kitchen diners are fantastically kitted out with Smeg appliances including a blue retro fridge, double oven and dishwasher. And you'll find everything you need to to cook: Hell’s Kitchen knives, a wide range of utensils and lovely ceramics. There's a table for 4, plus outdoor furniture for sunny days (and heaters to warm you up on colder ones).
A welcome tray of tea, coffee, sugar, milk and shortbread awaits, as do essentials like bin bags and washing-up liquid. There are supermarkets within a short drive (Sainsbury's, Asda and Tesco can deliver, too), and a minimart opposite the beach sells a wide range of groceries and has a cash point.
If you want a complete break, you can order fantastic frozen meals from local company Angels in the Kitchen in advance, and they'll be waiting in your freezer: lamb tagine, steak and ale pie, amaretto and apricot crumble, that sort of thing. A local Thai restaurant can deliver fresh meals.
Within walking distance are Mawgam Porth's cafes, and the adult-only Scarlet hotel, whose restaurant is headed up by Michelin award-winning chef Ben Tunnicliffe. Jamie Oliver's Fifteen is a 10-minute taxi ride in Watergate Bay, and the foodie mecca of Padstow is just 14km away.
Families can be accommodated in all 4 cottages. Kids will love the donkey and horses, there are chickens, geese and ducks too. The guest information folders detail child-friendly restaurants, attractions and babysitting contacts. The nearest shop/pub/beach is 5 minutes by car or a 15-minute walk.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Eco-Cottage Constantine is fantastically well kitted out with stair gates, a fireguard, highchair and wooden cot, plus other equipment (see right). Trevone Cottage has the same facilities (excluding a stroller and baby monitor) but is all set on 1 level, which could be preferable for some families.
If Constantine and Trevone are booked, a travel cot, highchair, stairgates, plastic plates & cutlery, fireguard and changing mat can be provided in the other cottages.
Experienced and CRB checked babysitters are available by arrangement
Baby monitors to borrow (except in Trevone).
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking