Get Away With Your Gang
Whether you're escaping as a group of adults or combining a family holiday with friends, Cornwall's big coastal homes make the perfect destination.
For me, going away with friends or family is the best. You get so much more quality time together than in the usual run of things, whether on long cliff-top walks or drinking wine and chatting into the small hours. Practically speaking, you can share the cooking and holiday admin and if they have kids, they’ll entertain yours.
But the best part? You can share the cost of a palatial pad you would never be able to afford on your own. Here are a few stunners I’ve had my eye on and check out the amazing North coast properties at Latitude50 for some more options.
Carn Mar, Polzeath (sleeps 14)
Top marks for style and sea views. Carn Mar, in the surf town of Polzeath, is a dream destination for group getaways.
This luxurious three-story house has direct beach access, so you can forget about lugging wet beach gear in and out of the car. In fact, park up for the duration. You’ve arrived!
Literally, everything in this house is gorgeous, with designer touches at every turn – like the statement fireplace, feature hallway lighting and Tom Raffield dining table. Honestly – I feel quite at home here.
Radoon, Rock (sleeps 12)
Location, location … you know where I’m going with this. Radoon occupies a prime position on the Rock Road, looking down to the Camel Estuary and over rolling hills.
The reverse level design and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, make the most of the incredible views and the large, light-filled lounge and dining room are perfectly geared up for groups.
If you’re away with kids, you’ll also love the separate sitting room, massive garden and games room, complete with table tennis and table football.
Penquite House, Cottage & Annexe, near Port Issac (sleeps up to 16)
A great choice if you want to be together without being on top of each other, this collection of self-catering stays includes a house, cottage and annexe in shared grounds. Combined, all three properties accommodate up to 16 guests.
The property is nestled in the quiet countryside near Port Issac and with it’s big garden and heated pool, Penquite is ideal for large family gatherings.
The large kitchen looks out onto the garden, there’s a log fire to curl up in front of on chilly evenings and all the bedrooms are designed to be restful and cosy.
- If you’ve all got kids and your approach to discipline, bedtime, Haribo consumption etc is very different, this can present a real challenge. I’d try to choose holiday pals with a similar parenting style or prepare yourself for endless cries of “it’s not fair”.
- Who gets the master bedroom? You know, the one with the super king, roll-top bath and sea views. And does this come at a premium?
- How will you split the cost of catering? I’d strongly recommend doing a big shared supermarket delivery to arrive an hour or so after you (allowing hold ups on the journey) – and split the cost. This should contain all your breakfast bits for the week, snacks, tea and coffee and booze, plus a couple of meals. Then you can take turns to pay for a cook any other meals you eat in. If your kids insist on a particular brand of £5 cereal from Whole Foods – that’s all you!
- Spend time apart! Just because you’re sharing a house doesn’t mean you have to spend every moment together. We’ve done baby sitting swaps in the past, so each couple can have a meal out for just the two of them. Send the Dads out surfing together and make sure you get some girly time too. You should particularly not be held to ransom by other people’s children’s napping schedules.
- A house full of kids can be un-relaxing. Bring DVDs and don’t be afraid to use them. A house with a big garden will also help.