The Rosevine

Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from £175

Reviewed by Kate Parsons
Super-stylish apart-hotel by the sea; ideal for family holidays or romantic breaks outside school holidays
It’s a long drive to the beautiful Roseland Peninsula in south Cornwall, but 100% worth it for the quiet beaches, blue seas, stunning countryside and pretty villages you'll discover. And at the very end of this peninsula you'll find the welcoming white facade of The Rosevine, the hotel/apartment cross that's made UK family holidays a heck of a lot easier and a whole lot more chic. Yet despite its lovely interiors, there's an unpretentious, relaxed charm about the place that's perfect for calming post-journey frazzled nerves.

Owners Tim and Hazel completely gutted the once-chintzy interiors of this grand Georgian house to make it over with fresh, seaside style. And they really thought of everything while doing so. Comfortable accommodation, check. Inviting communal spaces, check. A heated indoor pool and lovely playroom with a train set, board games and kids' films - check! Add to this in-room kitchenettes for preparing snacks, a lovely restaurant, a vast garden with a playground, and a sandy beach a toddle away. Family holiday heaven, indeed - and a great base for couples to enjoy Cornwall's charms in quieter months. But what we really loved about The Rosevine was its small, intimate size, and homely ambiance. Staff are friendly, the vibe casual and relaxed.

Highs

  • Stylish accommodation: studios or 2-bed apartments. All have a reasonable amount of space and many have sea views
  • Heaps of kids' paraphernalia to borrow, including buggies, sterilisers, baby backpacks and beach toys
  • Beautiful Porthcurnick beach is just steps away
  • The restaurant, serving modern British food, tapas, afternoon tea and a kids' menu. Plus there are takeaway options so you can eat in your apartment
  • Spoiling for grown-ups: the adults-only lounge has a wood-burning stove and the restaurant is candlelit at night - pack your baby monitor and 'dine out'

Lows

    • A strict cancellation policy
    • Breakfast was disappointing
    • The in-room kitchenettes are basic - no hobs, just a microwave oven
    • The indoor pool could become crowded in peak season
    • A 4.5-hour drive from London and 2.5 hours from Bristol

Best time to go

Closed in January but open the rest of the year, The Rosevine is fantastic come rain or shine. Apartments are cool in summer and cosy in winter. Cornwall is especially lovely in spring and autumn when the crowds have eased, but the beaches cry out for summer holidays and buckets and spades.

Our top tips

There's a folder in each apartment, loaded with info about the property and the area - a great guide on how to make the most of your time here

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15 apartments for 2-5
  • Restaurant + basic self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 1 Jan 2016 - 11 Feb 2016...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Laundry room
Room:

Rooms

There are 12 apartments, each named after a local beach and elegantly decorated in a seaside-chic style. Think stripes, seagrass flooring, linen cushions, muted greens and blues and lovely nautical details. Beds are seriously comfy - doubles for adults, twins or bunk rooms for kids, and bathrooms have a shower and/or tub plus fluffy bathrobes (handy for the pool). Each room has a kitchenette, too, for preparing snacks.

We especially liked Blouth, Manare and Polkirt, ground-floor apartments in the main house. All have 2 bedrooms (a double and a twin or bunk room), open-plan living areas and double doors opening onto a decked terrace and the garden beyond. These are the most popular rooms, so book early. Kids will love being close to the indoor pool!

Upstairs, Caerhays was our favourite as it felt so spacious; and my son loved Hemmick's attic bedroom and Porthluney's bunk room. The Main House Studios - Chapel Point, Cadythew, May’s and Phoebe’s - are ideal for a couple with a baby or 1 child, and for those travelling with grandparents as they interconnect. Some have sea views.

The 3 stunning Slate Rooms are in a separate building next door. Their design is more 'city boutique hotel' than seaside chic, with bright cushions and snuggle up armchairs-for-2. Each room has a private terrace and garden.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Each room has a kitchenette so you can knock up snacks for the kids or baked beans on toast for a quick lunch. There's a microwave oven, kettle, fridge, toaster, dishwasher and plenty of crockery and cutlery, but no hob.

The Rosevine's restaurant has pretty good food. Locally sourced, you can expect the likes of Fal River mussels with ginger, lime and garlic or burger and chips. There's a kids' menu throughout the day, and special mealtimes for kids. In the evenings the restaurant is candlelit for romantic meals, and baby monitors reach the dining room from most apartments (check when booking) so you can 'dine out'. The wine list is short but reasonably priced and includes the award-winning local Camel Valley sparkling wine.

If you're loath to leave little ones, ask for a meat or fish platter to be delivered to your apartment (think crab, smoked salmon, prawns, fishcakes). Various cold cuts and deli items can be purchased too, as can packed lunches and breakfast boxes. With 24 hours' notice they'll even offer up a microwavable fish pie!

Breakfast is served daily from 8.30am, but if you have early risers you can make some toast in your kitchen, then pop down later for homemade museli, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or 'The Works' full Cornish breakfast. There are kids' options too, including Rice Krispies and boiled eggs with soldiers.

For a change of scene, head to The Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick - a beach hut selling imaginative and delicious soups/sandwiches, and quickly getting a bit of a cult following.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • Meal delivery service
  • Microwave
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Toaster
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Head to the beach: a short stroll to the end of the lane brings you to Porthcurnick, owned by the National Trust. This sandy stretch has safe swimming, and rock-pooling at low tide. There are other fabulous beaches a short drive away, including Booby's Bay and Towan Beach
  • St Mawes is only 6km away - idle away a few hours in the delightful galleries and shops or hop on the passenger ferry to Falmouth
  • Active types can hike the coastal paths, hire bikes or kayaks to explore, or go on fishing trips - ask at reception. Or drive to the north-coast beaches where you can learn to surf
  • Falmouth has plenty of fun things to do, including ten-pin bowling, the National Maritime Museum (with its ever-changing array of kids' activities and fun days), Pendennis Castle, the gorgeous Gyllyngvase Beach and nearby Trelissick Gardens (easiest to access using the King Harry car ferry)
  • The Blue Reef aquarium in Newquay is popular (picnic on the beach afterwards) or visit Dairyland, a National Farm Attraction with bottle-feeding lambs, pony rides, hay rides and indoor/outdoor play areas
  • The National Trust has a sprinkling of beautiful gardens across Cornwall. We can recommend Trelissick, Trebagh and Glendurgan, all of which have lovely tea rooms! St Michael's Mount is a great day trip, too
  • Also on the Roseland Peninsula is the beautiful village of St Just with its picturesque church, Veryan with its infamous round houses, St Mawes' Castle, Lamorran, and Trewithian Gardens
  • Further afield, the Eden Project is an excellent day out for all the family, and handy for rainy days

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

Kids

All studios and apartments were designed with kids in mind - there are cool children's bedrooms, and cots/Z-beds can be provided. There's plenty of kit to borrow, too, thus lessening your packing.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

All apartments can fit at least 1 baby cot or Z-bed. The Main House Studios can sleep 2 adults and 1 child, and can interconnect; the bigger apartments (Polkirt, Messack, Hemmick, Haine, Caerhays, Manare, Blouth and Porthluney) can sleep 2 adults and 2/3 children in a double room, twin or bunk room and a Z-bed or sofabed

Babysitting:

Day and night-time babysitting is available with a fully qualified nanny, by prior arrangement

Baby equipment:

The following kit is all available to borrow:

  • Baby backpack
  • Buggy
  • Steriliser
  • Bottle warmer
  • Changing mat
  • Nappy bin
  • Highchair
  • Travel cot
  • Baby bath
  • Children's plates and cutlery
  • Beach toys

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

There's a children's menu in the restaurant, and a kitchenette in your apartment for preparing snacks (note there are no ovens or hobs, only a microwave, toaster and fridge)

Kids Activities on site:

  • Indoor heated pool
  • Table tennis
  • Trampoline
  • Playroom with books, Lego, a train set, toy cars, Sticklebricks, a dolls' house, X-Box, DVDs, jigsaws and board games
  • Climbing frame, swings and a Wendy house
  • Pop-up summer kids clubs (Tues & Thurs; 28 July - 25 August)

Kids Activities nearby:

Families Should Know:

The swimming pool has no shallow end, though it's not terribly deep. Baby monitors may not reach the restaurant from all studios and apartments, so ask for accommodation nearest the restaurant or book a babysitter

Distances:

  • Hospital: 30 minutes
  • Airport: 45 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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