“Welcoming and relaxed apart-hotel by the sea; ideal for family holidays or romantic breaks outside school holidays”
There are 15 apart-rooms spread between the main house and a quieter annexe; those in the former have a seaside-chic style whereas those in the latter have a contemporary-cool vibe. Beds are seriously comfy - doubles for adults, twins or bunk rooms for kids. Bathrooms have a shower and/or tub plus fluffy bathrobes (handy for the pool). Each room has a kitchenette, too, for preparing snacks.
In the main house, each is named after a local beach and elegantly decorated in stripes and seagrass flooring, with linen cushions and lovely nautical details. We especially liked ground-floor Blouth, Manare and Polkirt. 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 sea-view 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. Our kids loved Hemmick's attic bedroom and Porthluney's bunk room. The sea-view Main House Studios - Chapel Point, Cadythew, May’s and Phoebe’s – can interconnect and are ideal for a couple with a baby or 1 child.
On our most recent visit, we stayed in one of the newer (dog-friendly) Slate Rooms. Hidden in an annexe at the back of the property, each one opens onto a small terrace and a quiet communal garden. Fresh white floorboards and contemporary leather armchairs filled the generous open-plan space, and the luxe ensuite wet-room was a welcome treat.
The Rosevine's shuttered sea-view restaurant is airy in the day and candlelit at night - we found it wonderfully relaxing. With a modern dinner menu of fusion classics, we feasted on lamb mulligatawny with naan and yoghurt, followed by hearty Cornish chowder - spicy, who knew? But the tender braised beef short rib with divine potato terrine and blue cheese crust stole our hearts. For pudding, we could have kept it local with the Cornish cheese selection but the clotted cream parfait with caramelised banana and chocolate mousse was calling to us. The wine list was short but reasonably priced and included the award-winning local Camel Valley sparkling wine.
For breakfast, our smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and 'The Works' full Cornish breakfast hit the spot; preluded by a good buffet of homemade granolas, fruit and fresh-baked bread.
Each room has a kitchenette so you can knock up snacks for the kids or a quick lunch. There's a microwave-oven, kettle, fridge, toaster, dishwasher and plenty of crockery and cutlery, but no hob. Various meals can be delivered to your apartment, and you can buy cold cuts, deli items, packed lunches and breakfast boxes, too. With 24 hours' notice they'll even offer up a microwavable fish pie!
For a change of scene, head along the lane to Michelin-starred Driftwood or to The Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick - a beach-hut café famed for its summer feast nights (book ahead).
The Rosevine is family heaven and the team are wonderfully accommodating. We were really impressed by the comprehensive selection of equipment and flexible set-up. Whether you have a babe in arms or energetic pre-teens, you'll feel right at home here. The restaurant has dedicated kids' dishes and meal times, your room has a kitchenette, there's a brilliant play room and outdoor play park, plus beautiful Porthcurnick Beach on your doorstep. You could easily stay a week and feel right at home.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The main house suites and apartments were designed with kids in mind and children's bedrooms have sweet twin or bunk-beds, plus maybe bean-bags or a few children's books. The Main House Studios are best for those with one child (though they can interconnect for larger groups). The 2-bedroom Family Suites and Family Apartments can sleep families with up to 3 children.
Fully qualified babysitters are available for day and night-time sessions, by prior arrangement.
There's plenty of kit to borrow, thus lessening your packing:
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The restaurant has a kids menu and special mealtimes for little ones, plus baby monitors reach here from most apartments (check when booking) so you can 'dine out'. If you're loath to leave them, ask for a meat or fish platter to be delivered to your apartment (think crab, smoked salmon, prawns, fishcakes). Breakfast is served daily from 8.30am. There's a good buffet spread and kids' options including Rice Krispies, boiled eggs with soldiers and hot chocolate. The kitchenette in your apartment is great for preparing early morning toast and general snacks (note there are no hobs, only microwave-ovens, toasters and fridges).
The swimming pool has no shallow end, though at 4ft 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.