“Super-stylish apart-hotel by the sea; ideal for family holidays or romantic breaks outside school holidays”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
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
Day and night-time babysitting is available with a fully qualified nanny, by prior arrangement
The following kit is all available to borrow:
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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)
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