Exquisite 3-bedroom conversion with a private hot tub and acres of countryside to explore
Finding a place that can keep the youngest to the oldest happy (not to mention the dog) is the holy grail of family holidays. But we’ve found it! This stunning 3-bed conversion is part of an old Victorian dairy farm, surrounded by 26 acres of wild meadows and fields: peace for adults, safe space to run free for kids. The wider location is perfect, too: a 15-minute drive from either the north or south coast of Cornwall, home to some of the best beaches in the world.
The cottage itself is a glorious haven of modern design and style, balanced with luxe — underfloor heating, bathrobes for the hot tub, you get the gist. You’re welcomed by a hamper of fabulous local produce, given towels and kids’ robies for the beach, even sent details of where to book beginner surf lessons and hire bikes. Staying here is both an indulgence and an adventure. And if there are more than 6 of you, hire The Dairy Barn too (sleeping 4) and take over the beautifully landscaped setting with your whole crew.
Getting here: best to drive as you’ll want a car while you’re here
The cottage is heated by an air source pump, they have their own borehole for water (treated by UV without chemicals) and all rubbish is recycled.
- Gwithian is everything you could want from a local beach – 9 miles of sand stretching from Godrevy lighthouse to Hayle. Hire surf- and bodyboards here, or go for a blustery walk around the rockpools at low tide, followed by coffee at Godrevy Cafe.
- Via Ferrata in Penryn is nature’s climbing frame: you can ascend cliff faces, cross high-wire bridges and rope courses, and zip-line back down. Daredevil kids will be in their element! Head to Falmouth to refuel afterward, with fish and chips or burgers at Gylly Beach Cafe.
- A 30-min drive will take you to Helford River, a stunning estuary renowned for its marine life (including wild dolphins, if you’re lucky). The best way to explore the 50-mile shoreline? By kayak. You’re spoilt for choice with pubs for lunch along the way, or pack a picnic to eat in the National Trust gardens at Glendurgan.
- The Bissoe coast-to-coast cycle trail was once a mineral tramway for the copper mines, meaning it’s flat and easy to follow. Hire bikes for the 11-mile pathway, which starts in Portreath Harbour and finishes in the picturesque village of Devoran.
- Get up super early to watch the sun rise over Gylly Beach, braving a sea swim while you’re there. Warm up afterwards with a Full Cornish breakfast at the cafe.