February 25, 2014 | Boutique Retreats
It’s a long slog, the Christmas-to-summer stint. If you’re aching for a complete escape from day-to-day drudgery, and eager to occupy your children with some proper outdoorsy activities – as opposed to sporadic spells in the local park – book a week, or maybe a long weekend, to get away over the Easter holidays…and make it special.
Boutique Retreats has an extraordinary portfolio of sumptuous self-catering properties across Cornwall and Devon – many ideal for discerning families looking for the luxuries of a high-end hotel and the flexibility of their own self-sufficient space.
Whether you prefer to holiday alone en famille, or together with friends, Boutique Retreats has a selection of properties sleeping up to ten people, all super-stylish and exuding atmosphere, in spectacular coastal or countryside locations. Here are a few with availability to consider:
Chocolate workshop and fireside snuggling
Little Pol (sleeps four), all Farrow & Ball and oak flooring, is an 18th century stone-built cottage in glorious countryside just outside the ancient stannary town of Lostwithiel, within easy driving distance of Cornwall’s north and south coasts. The Eden Project (ten minutes away) will be running ‘Chocolate Unwrapped’ – a hands-on workshop showing children how it’s made – over Easter, and evenings will be restful, back at base, before an open fire.
A three-night stay arriving Friday 18 April costs £123 pp (£489 total).
Private beach and secret, sunken garden
Immaculately renovated Ropehawn (sleeps eight), six miles from Fowey, perches on the water’s edge and is utterly remote – accessible only, in fact, by boat or by footpath and, when the tide is right, guests have access to their very own private beach. Imagine the intrigue that this, and the secret, sunken walled garden, creates! Boat hire is possible, and a private chef is on hand for in-house catering.
A week’s stay arriving Friday 4 or 11 April costs £337 pp (£2,694 total).
Hi-spec beach house with children’s dormitory
Mermaid Cottage (sleeps ten) is a spacious and contemporary property in far-west Cornwall, its lush garden stretching down to the sea. A walk to ‘The Hidden Hut’, on The National Trust’s beautiful, sandy Porthcurnick Beach, is well worth it for a homemade cake or an organic ice cream. Children will love having their own private, beautifully-decorated dorm (sleeps up to four), complete with cuddly elephant and lion.
A week’s stay arriving Friday 4 April costs £258 pp (£2,577 total).
Cliff-top exhilaration, and a castle
Little Fentafriddle (sleeps four) is set on a cliff top on Cornwall’s north coast, surrounded by 50 acres of farmland and within walking distance of the beach. It’s a beautiful stone barn conversion with a log-burning stove, a squishy sofa, pretty bedrooms and breathtaking views. A visit to the remains of nearby Tintagel Castle is exciting for children; it’s a steep climb to the top, so they’ll sleep well that night.
A four-night stay arriving Thursday 17 April costs £373 pp (£1,490 total).
18th century splendour with hot tub and table-tennis
Whitelady House (sleeps 12) is an imposing, 18th century property near Tavistock in Devon, with hot tub, croquet lawn, Wii, table-tennis in the barn and dinner party catering on request. Overlooking a river and with the National Trust’s Lydford Gorge at the bottom of its garden, it’s contemporary but cosy, and Dartmoor unravels 100 yards from the door. You’re welcome to bring dogs, and indeed a horse or pony.
A four-night stay arriving Friday 4 April costs £222 pp (£2,653 total).
For more information and to book one of Boutique Retreats’ superb bolt holes, call 01872 553 491 or visit www.boutique-retreats.co.uk.
Ends/24 February 2014