Coast down the steep winding lane to this 1760s mill house in a woodland setting in the middle of a trio of trad Cornish villages. Trebarwith’s spectacular sandy beach is a ten-minute walk away. Coastal trails lead to Tintagel, official home of the Arthurian legends, there’s biking, surfing, crabbing off Port Isaac’s harbour… you couldn’t possibly be bored.
Back at the inn, sit on squishy sofas by a wood-burning stove with a drink, fill up on some good pub grub: firecracker prawns; Cornish hake with crushed potatoes, Porthilly mussels; coconut panna cotta, torched pineapple, rum sponge to finish. Views look out over a burbling mill stream, there are great barbecues in the summer and every Thursday it’s rump steak with all the trimmings for a tenner; live bands play at the weekends.
Bed down in one of the simple and uncluttered bedrooms or opt for the little cottage. Four-legged friends are effusively welcomed and can join walkers on recommended stomps straight from the doorstep.