‘A jewel in the palm of your hand’, wrote Daphne du Maurier of Trelowarren. It remains one of Cornwall’s finest estates. The entrance drive brings you in past a long row of evergreen Holm oaks that emerge from an ancient Cornish ‘hedge’. The main house, 500 years old, belongs to the Vyvyan family and is at the heart of this vast project. There’s a gorgeous swimming pool, a spa treatment centre, the courtyard restaurant and a pop-up pizza house in the old stables; the whole place is yours to explore. These old estate houses have been handsomely restored to be as modern as possible inside, and they are just around the corner from the courtyard and the newly-converted restaurant. (Here you might linger all day, so exquisite and cosy is it.) The estate is a wonderful place for families – deep in the great outdoors yet so close to much else. The lush south coast is nearby, the Helford River too; the Lizard wraps around Trelowarren, and Penzance is a short drive away. Neither adults nor children can fail to enjoy themselves here; it is a paradise for those who love Cornwall.