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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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

The perfect sunset spot

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!

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

Your own path to the beach

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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

Luxurious minimal styling

 

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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

A modern family retreat by the Camel Estuary

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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

Eating en masse is easy here

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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

Light the log burner and hunker down for the evening

 

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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

Did I mention the pool?

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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

A long table and open-plan kitchen for sociable dining

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.

Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

One of the cosy en-suite bedrooms

 

Tristram, Polzeath, (sleeps 14)
Luxurious coastal living ahoy! Fancy a house near the beach? This one couldn’t get closer and the front terrace takes full advantage of the breathtaking sea views. Out back, there’s another private courtyard with a hot tub, BBQ and sun loungers.
Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

Your private terrace overlooking the beach

Inside, there’s a bit of a nautical meets Mediterranean theme going on, with fresh seaside colours and comfortable shared spaces that are made for relaxing.
Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

Stylish shared spaces

 There are six light and bright bedrooms to choose from, including the more private ‘Penthouse’, which sits behind the property. You’ll have to draw straws for this en-suite super-king, with balcony access, overlooking Polzeath Beach.
Group holidays in Cornwall. Large holiday homes

Serene whites and sea views

Well that’s the accommodation sorted – navigating the politics of group getaways is another thing entirely. Read my top tips below.
Things to think about before you go…
  • 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.

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