Cornwall, with friends

Visiting Cornwall with friends

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.

Until now!

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.

Cornwall houses - our trip

Main living area

Living area St Mawes Retreats Cornwall

Master bedroom (one of the four bedrooms here)

Cornwall views

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.

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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 at St Mawes - Cornwall

Beach in St Mawes

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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.

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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.

Private chef at Corwnall Private dining experience - St Mawes, Cornwall

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.

Enjoying food in Cornwall St Mawes Retreats - private chef, Cornwall Dinner with friends in Cornwall Friends and food - Cornwall days out

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.

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. March 12, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Wow wow wow, that view!! As you know I’m a huge fan of Cornwall and everything about it but not actually stayed in St. Mawes so will have to add it to the list! I love the idea of the chef, and the baby sitting service! Nice to have someone personally recommend it as I’ve never actually used babysitting when away. Lovely review and really nice photos xxx

    • Jess
      March 15, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks we had such fun and loved the whole trip – definitely a FAB family place xx

  2. March 12, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    What a gorgeous house! I’ve only been to Cornwall once as an early teen but I remember loving it! Glad you had a lovely time 🙂

    Gemma x
    The Gem Agenda

    • Jess
      March 15, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Thanks!! I can’t wait to go back xx

  3. March 16, 2017 / 11:32 am

    This is my kind of holiday Jess! As a Cornish girl at heart I will always love heading back down there for holidays. I don’t think I’ve ever been to St Mawes, which after reading this I will have to change. It looks like you had a wonderful break, and with a private chef and a babysitting service it seems that the holiday cottages cater really well for families that need a relaxing holiday. xx

  4. March 16, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Wow I have only been there for my cousins wedding to be honest but it was a beautiful part of the UK> That house looks amazing and that view I wouldn’t need to go elsewhere. Looks like you had a wonderful time together. #wrc

  5. March 16, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Jess it looks totally amazing!! Your photos are gorgeous and sounds like the most perfect place to say, I’m glad you had such a lovely time. I really love Cornwall but we haven’t been with the kids yet, the long drive puts us off but I know it is so lovely once you are there. It’s so nice that everything there is kid friendly and the chef cooking for you looks like the very best bit, what a treat for you all! xx

  6. March 18, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Looks like such a beautiful place, I remember visiting near to hear as a little one but I think we have to go back with George. Looks like you had so much fun. Great write up x

  7. March 20, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Wow Jess what a stunning place. I too have never visited Cornwall, but would love to make the journey down there one day. The views are absolutely stunning and how amazing to have your own private chef for the evening. Lovely that you got to share it with your friends too x

  8. March 21, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I haven’t ever been, but it looks amazing!! Not so accessible for us Aberdonians mind! It looks like to you had a great time, I was following your adventures on insta xx

  9. March 23, 2017 / 10:09 am

    Ah this all sounds and looks amazing!! I absolutely love Cornwall, there’s so much to see and do. Also, that holiday home looks amazing and all the extra little treats like the chef makes it all so luxurious. Gorgeous memories (and photos) that will last a lifetime I’m sure. Really loved this post Jess xxx

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