A beautiful old farmhouse styled with knockout contemporary verve (sleeps 6)
Several years ago a young family, looking to swap city smog for salty air, chanced upon this handsome slate-clad farmhouse hiding down a potholed track. At the top of their list of must-haves was space to roam; they found it here, in the sprawling, rambling gardens, bordering a patchwork of fields and north Cornwall’s wild, windswept coast beyond.
Through the blush-pink door, a warren of rooms flow into one another; beautiful pared-back interiors offset by stylish pops of colour and luxury. Deep velvet sofas on polished parquet, a secret blue study, window seats that invite you to cootch up with a book whilst the kids run riot outside amongst the trees and on the trampoline. Surprises delight at every turn; a stunning church wall in the dining room is a dramatic backdrop for family suppers or candelit feasts with friends. And if there are a couple more of you, or you’re bringing grandparents, rent Bramble Cottage, too; the cosy annexe at one end. This is a true home-from-home, perfect to unplug, slow down and spend quality time with your crew.
Getting here: best to drive as you’ll want a car to explore the area.
Eco cleaning products and full recycling.
- Nearby Ladock Woods is perfect for running the kids. Play hide and seek amongst the oak trees, look for dens and handmade tipis, and go for gentle circular walks amongst the wildflowers.
- Crantock Beach is one of our favourites, an often-empty stretch for chilled days in summer or long walks in winter. Have lunch at Jam Jar Kitchen in the village (sister to the famous Jam Jar Cafe in Newquay), which does amazing wood-fired pizzas.
- Buzzy Newquay is 15 mins away, brimming with cafes, galleries, restaurants and independents. You can hire body and surfboards at Fistral and Watergate Bay, or just sit and watch the surfers.
- Head to the south coast’s Roseland Peninsula for beautiful and much quieter beaches. Sandy Porthcurnick is one of the best, also home to The Hidden Hut, a brilliant little beach cafe serving seasonal bakes.
- Swap coast for culture and spend a day at the magnificent Victorian estate of Lanhydrock, with its 30 acres of woodland, fascinating servants’ quarters and beautiful gardens (National Trust).
- Bring bikes and cycle the traffic-free Camel Trail linking Wadgebridge and Padstow (about 6 miles). Alternatively, hire bikes at Lanhydrock and pedal the estate’s woodland trail.
- Book ahead for fantastic Sunday roasts and burgers at The Fox’s Revenge, 5 mins’ drive.