The beach is a ten-minute stroll, the cliff path crosses National Trust coastline, the quiet village has a surf school, shop and fish ‘n’ chips: all the ingredients for a terrific seaside holiday. The cottages are part of a horseshoe of stone barns with communal gardens, swings and zip wire, all tucked into a hillside with views over the Vale of Lanherne and out to sea. The conversions are impressive, with underfloor heating, elm floorboards and wonderful woodwork. No. 5’s staircase spirals up to a gallery landing and comfy bedrooms. Soak in a roll top bath; blast away sand under a huge shower head. Downstairs: cosy up by the fire in an open-plan living room; the kitchen and dining table catch the morning sun. Outside: watch the sunset over the bay with an evening drink and gaze up at the ‘living roof’ of flowers. It’s a short drive to the Eden Project or St Ives, but mostly you can leave the car behind. The coastal path stretches to Newquay, Watergate Bay and Padstow (good bus service, too) and there’s a friendly farm shop down the valley on your way to the ancient village of St Mawgan.