A 19th-century family manoir with bright red shutters sitting on its own with gardens children will adore. There’s a warm vibe of faded grandeur throughout, and all is delightfully unfussy and laid-back; find high ceilings, original features, some antique furniture, some more modern but not cutting edge. Bedrooms – one heavy on the florals, the others simple – mostly face south for the views and feel light and airy, each has an en suite ‘creatively’ conjured up in the 70s so some of these are small, yet quaint. There’s a lounge, a big dining room, an outdoor dining area on the terrace, steps leading down to the garden (swings, slide, trampoline, lawn and lots of lovely mature trees for shade) and a hot tub on the deck. You’ll find a box of organic veg from the farm in the kitchen, and the little snug leads off here so you can stir stuff while the others watch TV. Carantec’s wide sandy beaches are a short hop for picnics, sea bathing and water sports; the coastal path is near; there are books and board games for rainy days. Great fun for relaxed holiday makers and their free ranging kids.