Atlanta Trevone, Padstow
A short walk from Trevone Beach in Padstow, Atlanta Trevone is a collection of five luxury holiday homes and self-catering apartments. Due to open in July, accommodation is spread across several buildings and a Victorian house which has been carefully restored over the last few years with help from HÁM interiors. Inside, guests can expect calm and serene décor with whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings, sash windows and a combination of contemporary and modern furniture. All homes and apartments are kitted out with Lacanche cookers, open fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms with rolltop baths overlooking the sea, and Egyptian cotton sheets. Atlanta House sleeps four adults and four children while Atlanta Apartment is a great choice for group holidays thanks to its spacious bedrooms and private patio BBQ area. The owners can help organise picnics and horse riding on the beach, wild cooking with local chefs, sea safaris, and trips to the local lobster hatchery.
Prices from £1,450 per week.
Outlaw’s Guest House, Port Isaac
Celebrity chef Nathan Outlaw has two restaurants in Cornwall, including the newly updated Outlaw’s New Road in Port Isaac. Now, he’s about to open a project in the same seaside town where guests can enjoy a two-night foodie retreat. Housed in the Victorian building that used to be The Stargazy Inn, Outlaw’s Guest House will have eight chic bedrooms, some of which overlook the beautiful Port Isaac beach. Here, it’s all about trying the best of Cornish produce in the family-run guesthouse and switching off by the coast. Each night, Nathan will prepare elegant seafood dishes with wine pairing, while his wife Rachel will be on breakfast duty. Guests will also be treated to complimentary bakes throughout the day – think buttery croissants and freshly baked cakes in the afternoon.
Two-night stays from £845 per room.
The Barrels, St Agnes
Cornish Gems has hundreds of holiday homes to choose from, including this stunning design-led property in St Agnes. Tucked into the cliffs above Trevaunance Cove, The Barrels sleeps up to ten across five bedrooms. The hub of the home is the open-plan living and dining area which has breath-taking views of the cliffs and an indoor wood burner. This leads onto an outdoor terrace with a dining area and wooden hot tub. Ideal for special group trips, there’s also a cinema room, private gym and yoga studio, and spacious games room. Expect minimalist and modern interiors throughout, with white walls, exposed brickwork and plush furniture. You can surf the waves at the beach below, take part in tastings at the local brewery, and dine at Schooners restaurant on the beach.
From £3,295 per week.
Watergate Bay, Newquay
SL favourite Watergate Bay is one of Cornwall’s best hotels. Now, guests can stay in one of seven spacious Beach Loft rooms on the top floor, with beautiful views of the beach. Some rooms have bunk beds for children while others are split-level with separate living areas. All come with stylish en-suite bathrooms with free-standing baths, sliding floor-to-ceiling windows directly above the beach, plus a well-stocked pantry full of local treats so you can have breakfast in your rooms or load up a hamper to eat on the beach. Rooms also have private beach access via a staircase from the lofts onto the sand, as well as complimentary surfing lessons and equipment hire from Extreme Academy. Guests can enjoy treatments at the Swim Club, dine at four on-site restaurants (including Emily Scott’s award-winning restaurant) and organise picnics on the beach.
From £545 per night.
Castle India, Tamar Valley
Last year, House of Hackney renovated the majestic Castle Trematon in Tamar Valley on the Devon-Cornwall border. Now, the whole eight-bedroom property is available to rent via Unique Homestays for a blow-the-budget holiday. Amid the kind of bold and beautiful interiors you’d expect from House of Hackney, look for signature prints throughout and bedrooms rich in colour and pattern. There’s a spacious country-style kitchen, three family bathrooms, a luscious garden with a ping pong table, football goals and a trampoline for kids, and an outdoor Indian pool with beautiful tropical surroundings. Guests can also rent an extra cabin on the grounds that comes with a double bed – ideal for afternoon siestas or two additional guests.
From £10,795 per short break.
Wren Cottage, St Agnes
This cosy country cottage is just five minutes from two beaches, Trevaunance Cove and Chapel Porth. In the small hamlet of Perrancoombe, it’s a secluded spot, ideal for groups or families after a little R&R. The property has been renovated with modern interiors with three double bedrooms, one of which has lovely views of the garden, and a cosy living room with an indoor wood burner that leads out onto the patio. Once you’ve explored the local area and beaches, visit Newquay (a 20-minute drive away) to buy local produce from the farm shops and make your way around the cafés and beach bars.
From £1,500 per short break.
Retallack Resort & Spa, Newquay
Retallack Resort & Spa has opened a collection of self-catering barns at its estate near Newquay. Made for family holidays, the resort has a surfing simulator, an inflatable volleyball pitch, a wakeboarding and paddleboarding park, an aqua park with climbing obstacles and slides, and an outdoor cinema. In addition to hotel suites and hot tub lodges, guests can now stay in barns sleeping two to six guests. Dotted around Retallack’s lakes, each barn has a rooftop terrace with a hot tub, stylish interiors with modern furniture, and open-plan kitchen-diners. You’ll also find fully equipped kitchens, spacious family bathrooms, and outdoor decks with sun loungers in the bigger barns. Magwathan and Newquay beach are a 15-minute drive away.
From £220 per night.
This stunning property has recently been added to Unique Homestay's portfolio. The ultra-luxury self-catering home sleeps ten across five en-suite double bedrooms. Built onto the cliffside with private access to Plaidy Beach near Looe, guests can relax in the outdoor hot tub, explore the property's expansive tropical gardens, rinse off in the al fresco shower after a day at the beach, and have barbecues out on the deck. Ideal for large group parties or special occasions, there's also a spacious kitchen and dining area, a library, and a cinema room for movie nights.
From £5,195 per short break.
EAT & DRINK
Ugly Butterfly, St Ives
Ugly Butterfly is chef Adam Handling’s first restaurant and bar in Cornwall, on the waterfront at Carbis Bay in St Ives. Much like his flagship Eve Bar in London, the restaurant uses waste to create interesting dishes and cocktails paired with local ingredients. The restaurant has its own ‘gallery of creativity’ featuring jars filled with by-products from the kitchen which have been saved, preserved and fermented for drinks – including spent coffee syrup, beef fat whisky and strawberry vinegar. Drinks include a Cornish take on a dry martini, the ‘Fal-Town’, created by infusing shucked oyster shells and their juices into Ketel One Vodka, finished with samphire and seaweed; and the ‘Bassets Cove’ made with tequila, chilli-topped liqueur and tomato skins. Food wise, there’s a small menu that changes regularly with the seasons – right now, diners can expect dishes like gin-cured trout with Cornish salted caviar, roast halibut with potted shrimp, mushroom agnolotti, baked rhubarb and custard, and dark chocolate served with coffee and artichokes.
This new seafood restaurant is in Charlestown, a pretty village on the outskirts of St Austell on the south coast of Cornwall. Specialising in oysters and fresh seafood served outside on its pretty patio overlooking the harbour, you could easily spend a few hours here trying the catch of the day with a glass or two of rosé. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, it’s the ideal spot for a leisurely lunch or early supper. Starters include crispy calamari with aioli, grilled scallops with samphire and parsley butter, pork croquettes, and devilled whitebait with chilli and lime mango, while larger dishes consist of breaded sole with homemade chips, seafood chowder, prawn linguine, and beer-battered cod and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce. Save space for buttermilk panna cotta with raspberries, charred pineapple with coconut ice cream, or Cornish sorbet for dessert.
Argoe opened at the end of last year and has already become a popular seafood spot for locals and those in the know. This cool restaurant is set in two former lifeboat cabins just above the pretty Newlyn harbour, and pays homage to the town’s fishing history by serving fresh seafood alongside local produce. Menu highlights include pickled herring with horseradish and mustard leaves; braised cuttlefish and fried potatoes; deep-fried sprats with tartare sauce; pollock fillet with scallops and butter; and monkfish tail with rosemary and garlic.
New Yard Restaurant, Helston
This restaurant isn’t strictly new as it’s been part of the Trelowarren Estate in Helston for over 600 years, but it was recently awarded a Green Michelin star, to celebrate its sustainability efforts. All the food on the menu is foraged from the estate and dishes change regularly with the seasons. Guests can dine inside the stylish courtyard or out on the patio for a casual lunch or treats from its on-site bakery. From Wednesdays to Saturday nights, there are supper clubs every week (£75pp) where diners can enjoy bread from the bakery, canapés from the kitchen, and a three-course candle-lit meal. Previous dinners have included dishes like rainbow chard with leeks, lemon and parsley; spinach, smoked roe and asparagus; rack of pork with beetroot and crackling; frozen marshmallows with sparkling wine; and a selection of cheeses with apple and ‘yesterday’s bread’.
Kuki Kai, Carnon Downs
Kiwi chef Jude Kereama has been serving his South Pacific-inspired dishes at Kota Kai Kitchen & Bar in Porthleven for over ten years, one of only three restaurants in Cornwall to have been awarded three AA Rosettes. He’s set to open another restaurant in Carnon Downs, Truro, later this month. Kuki Kai will serve small plates and fresh seafood caught daily from Cornish waters. The menu has been kept under wraps, but we know diners can expect dishes like Porthilly oysters, pan-fried hake, and tempura with wasabi tartare – all of which have been reimagined with Jude’s signature Asian-inspired twist.
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