The surf crashes against the rocks, seabirds wheel overhead and cattle low in the fields – you’re a mile along the cliff path from all the bustle of town. Escape down a lane off the St Ives to Zennor road and find this granite cottage in a small hamlet looking out to sea, backed by some of West Cornwall’s highest hills.
Calming, French-accented interiors feel elegant but the kids will be in their element – the old smuggling tunnel encased in glass under the kitchen floor will fire little imaginations, and a slide and swings wait in the garden. It’s all about getting outdoors and running wild here, with walks aplenty from the doorstep.
Head along to glorious Porthminster beach, gallery hop in St Ives and dip into its buzzing restaurant scene, or if the weather is foul just hunker down around the cottage’s wood-burner and enjoy the views.