Cornwall stays


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Paradise found, says the handpainted sign over the door to Moonrakers, the five bedroomed luxury cottage on St mawes which forms a corner of the four luxury homes that make up the st mawes retreats. The second thing to notice is the view. Stunning, the sun sparkling blue water in the harbour is occasionally sliced by Yacht or paddle boarder.


- Credit: Archant

but don’t take my word for it, their visitors guest book is filled with superlatives - and for once they don’t exaggerate.

stunning rooms thoughtfully furnished and accessorised, gave way to the next one. Fresh cut Flowers filled every room, wonderful detailed antique furniture and carefully chosen objects were a wonderful antidote to chain hotels mdf monotony.

The master bedroom featured an open plan bathroom, with a deep freestanding bath positioned to make the most of the view. A wonderful place to enjoy a cleansing cocktail as the sun went down. And if you got bored by the view, the wall hung tv swung around for the ultimate in luxury!

Unlike many holiday cottages, which squeeze in bedrooms, this home, for up to 12 people has five bedrooms, each with its own ensuite - even the children’s bedroom featuring bunk bed. While Egyptian cottons towels and bed linen on the kingside beds added to the luxury, while day beds covered in vibrant cushions lent it all a Bedouin feel.

Downstairs a well stocked kitchen with two fridges and a utility room for longer stays, leads to a games room, with large tv, wii and DVD and pool table, with proved a bigger hit with my eight-year old whom pronounced it his favourite room.

For the grown ups an open plan living area offered two distinct areas of seething,all making the most of the views, with a large dining table by the kitchen.

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A mature garden on several levels made a pleasant after dinner walk, whatever the weather and a great place for hide and seek and an early Easter egg hunt. It comes equipped with a table tennis and trampoline to wear out the younger visitors.

After a relaxing five minute walk downhill to the harbour for ice cream, we found time to sit by the idyllic harbour to watch the world go by, including the gig club out on a practice.

Saturday night was time to dress up as we welcomed our personal chef Haydn Treneary, better known as The Chef on the Roseland. The food was wonderful, the view incomparable and the company convivial.definitely a night to remember. His menu considered the likes and dislikes of an eight year old boy and a pair of vegetarians that worked so well we were swapping forkfuls (and spoonfuls) of each course. It was rounded of by the puddings - each became the favourite which each mouthful.

what he cooked for us:

Avocado and walnut rocket salad with pink grapefruit and pomegranate, while our younger diner was treated to Sweet potato soup with da bara bread.

The main course of a FILO basket filled with roasted tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and asparagus sitting on a purée of roasted garlic and celeriac was a delight. Again our younger diner - although expressing a desire to steal most of the adult’s dinner was enthusiastic with his tomato and basil pasta with grated Parmesan.

pudding was and assisted of mini puddings crime brûlée, lemon posset and chocolate roulade.

Our stay was rounded off by the ultimate luxury: a beauty treatment. Sarah from Pressure of Life provided a reflexology foot treatment that was more than relaxing. Paradise indeed!