I can’t believe I am saying this but I’ve actually never been to Cornwall before. I know! Everyone that I have spoken to absolutely loves this part of the UK; with its pretty towns, seaside charm and beautiful coastline. I’ve stayed all over the UK during my childhood and in adult life and yet this is a place I have never been to.
We went for 5 nights during early March with 11 of us in total; 6 adults, 4 children and a baby. We invited our friends to come with us with whom we went to Devon with last year. Going away with a big group of people can make the vacation so much fun, as well as make for some amazing memories too. We had such a good laugh at night after many drinks (!) and the children all played together nicely during the day with each other.
We stayed in St Mawes, on the Roseland peninsular with St Mawes Retreats, which offers luxury Cornish holiday cottages. We were in one of their larger properties, Stargazers.
Stargazers is a contemporary-style detached house with breathtaking sea views, set in large, landscaped south-facing gardens. It is only 2 minutes walk from the Castle and coastal walks, and a 10 minute stroll (with kids) to the beaches, shops and restaurants.
Main living area
Master bedroom (one of the four bedrooms here)
THIS view from the house!
It was SO family friendly; which absolutely made our stay perfect. From everything parents need, such as stair-gates, cots, highchairs etc – to nice touches such as wardrobes full of fancy-dress costumes, playstation, wii, books, games, toys, a separate living area for children and in the garage a pool table, outdoor games, kites etc. They really do cater for children of all ages and everything has been well thought through.
Whilst we were there the weather wasn’t overly kind to us. It rained quite a bit and the winds were quite breezy! But for the first few days the heavy rain did keep blowing over for sunshine spells. We did therefore manage a few trips to the beach so that the children could search in the rock pools for snails and fish! As well as a trip to the local park to fly a kite.
Beach in St Mawes
St Mawes play-park
We also visited the The Eden Project whilst we were there, which we all absolutely loved. What an amazing place! An adult entry ticket is £25 (which is also an annual pass) and kids under 5 go free. We all thought the rainforest biome was such an amazing experience and loved the whole event.
It was definitely worth a visit and is a super day out for people of all ages. Lots of walking involved though! So be prepared.
We used the St Mawes Retreats babysitting service one night so that we could go out and enjoy a meal, kid-free. The Watch House restaurant (in St Mawes) was stunning and our fish-based meals were superb. It was really nice to leave the house on our own and enjoy the evening together over good food & cocktails. All the children behaved very well for the nannies too, thank goodness!
One night we also had the privilege of having a private chef cook dinner for us all – arranged by the house owner – which made for such a fantastic experience. Very luxurious indeed! Hannah Dome, who has previously worked at the restaurant ‘fifteen’ in Cornwall (Jamie Oliver’s) was brilliant and made us feel relaxed and at ease.
Her food was amazing; fresh, seasonal and delicious.
Hannah emailed us the menu before we arrived where we selected our preferred dishes. The children had shepherd’s pie and ice cream! We had sea trout (to start), aperol granita, longhorn beef (main) and then chocolate fondant. Everything was delicious! Having a private chef is a super idea for anyone celebrating an anniversary, birthday, special event or just as a VERY nice treat.
You can find Hannah on Instagram here.
As you can see, our 5 night stay-cation in Cornwall was absolutely brilliant; it was such a nice break away from work, general life and a chance to relax & have fun. We all highly recommend St Mawes Retreats in Cornwall to anyone looking for a seaside family getaway.
For more on St Mawes Retreats you can find them here – for their houses & full availability.
Here’s to our next family adventure!
Love, Jess x
Post written in collaboration with St Mawes Retreats.