Our choice of Cornish getaways: Beautiful stays in Daymer Bay, St Ives and Portwrinkle.
Witches Thimble, near Polzeath
Set on the top of the hill at Greenaway in north Cornwall, Witches Thimble has far-reaching views of the Atlantic from almost all rooms. This contemporary, self-catering holiday home is nestled on the coast between Daymer Bay and Polzeath, with direct access to the coast paths that lead to these golden, sandy beaches.
Large, luxurious and spacious, Witches Thimble sleeps up to ten people in five bedrooms – great for extended family or a group of friends. Outside you’ll find secluded lawned gardens and a sun-soaked terrace, perfect for alfresco dining and drinking in the panoramic views – as well as a glass of something cold and bubbly!
Greenaway is one of the most exclusive areas to enjoy all north Cornwall has to offer. At the nearby St Moritz Hotel you can enjoy a beauty treatment at the luxurious Cowshed Spa, or dinner in the restaurant. Take a walk in the footsteps of Betjeman to St Enodoc church, or head to surfers’ paradise, Polzeath beach. Nearby gullies and coves are perfect for collecting shells or shrimping with the children. How about renting a bike and exploring the Camel estuary? Why not try surfing, paddle boarding, sailing or water skiing in Rock? However you spend your time, a holiday in north Cornwall is guaranteed to leave you bewitched.
Captain’s Rest, St Ives
Overlooking St Ives harbour and across the bay to Godrevy lighthouse, Captain’s Rest is a timeless and beautifully presented apartment sleeping four. This coastal themed retreat will make you feel on holiday as soon as you walk though the door. Set on a quiet and elegant street, the apartment is just a short stroll from the centre of St Ives, Porthmeor beach, the bustling Tate gallery and a number of eateries.
Captain’s Rest has been cleverly designed to make the most of the surrounding sea views. The large bay window in the living room floods the space with light – a special quality of light renowned for having attracted generations of artists to St Ives. The owners have given careful attention to detail with wooden flooring, tasteful furnishings and wonderful personal touches, such as a basket of dog blankets and an antique telescope so you can look out for boats and local marine life.
As the name suggests, this holiday home provides a relaxing space in which to unwind and escape from everyday demands. Captain’s Rest is a thoroughly contemporary apartment in a historic building, with lovely vintage features and twists throughout – you’ll be discovering delightful details from day one until the moment you leave!
An über sleek coastal pad overlooking the sea, Reflection combines contemporary luxuries with show-stopping features. Set in the sleepy village of Portwrinkle, just above the beach, this chic property features a south-facing curved glass and steel facade, letting in swathes of natural light, with sea views from every bedroom.
This eco retreat respectfully blends into its landscape with smooth lines and sedum green roofs planted with wild flowers. It’s a unique space for reflection – the perfect spot to lie in with the sound of waves, or to simply sit and watch boats sail by. The entrance leads to a cool grey, sleek and spacious interior, with four stunning glass-fronted en-suite double bedrooms.
The huge open-plan living and kitchen area features a large dining table, perfect for dinner parties or gatherings, before retreating to the huge L-shape sofas around the contemporary suspended log burner.
Outside, relax on the loungers on the wrap-around terrace or in the sizeable gardens, offering plenty of space to kick back. Light the barbeque or take a seat in the ocean-nook at the bottom of the garden for sundowner cocktails.
Steps lead to the footpath and beach – the outdoor surf shower is perfect after a day at Finnygook beach, where you can enjoy paddleboarding and rockpooling. Savour the freshly caught Portwrinkle lobster at Finnygook Inn or venture further afield to the fishing villages of Polperro and Looe.