Muddy Reviews: Blue Monkey, Cawsand
When in Rame... relax and explore from this stylish and spacious holiday home in Cawsand. Perfect for families, staycations and weekends by the sea.
In the two years I’ve been writing about Cornwall, we’ve never made it to the Rame Peninsula. Lots of people have commented on my posts suggesting I get my butt over there but it was a drop-dead-gorgeous holiday home that finally lured us to this rugged, South Easterly extremity.
Known as Cornwall’s forgotten corner, Rame is less-blogged-about but no less beautiful than other parts of the county, sitting just across the Tamar estuary from Plymouth, surrounded by water on three sides. We visited for a long weekend, basing ourselves in the sleepy seaside village of Cawsand, with its narrow streets and quaint coastal cottages.
Our home for the weekend, Blue Monkey was an elegant and super well equipped, 5-bedroom town house. Perfectly positioned for everything you could need on a relaxing break, it’s two doors from the pub and stone’s throw from the sea, where you can take Blue Monkey’s kayaks for a paddle on the sheltered waters.
Blue Monkey is relaxed, comfortable and surprisingly spacious considering its central location. The open-plan lounge diner has a log burner, large squashy seating and windows to the street. There’s a well considered family kitchen, with two fridges, piles of Emma Bridgewater china for afternoon teas and lazy breakfasts, a Nespresso machine and Nutribullet. There was also a Cornish cream tea and chilled bottle of Prosecco waiting for us on arrival – equally pleasing to adults and kids alike.
Talking of kids, Blue Monkey is ideal for families with young children, with a cupboard full of board games, DVDs by the bucket load, stair gates, changing mats, baby baths, ad infinitum. Dogs are also welcome.
The house sleeps 10 in three double rooms, a twin and a bunk room. The two first floor bedrooms are spacious and bright with large bathrooms – ours could easily have been another double bedroom but made a luxurious place for a soak in the roll-top tub. All the beds were made up with crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and plenty of fluffy white towels were provided.
Out & About
A house surrounded by formal gardens, filled with Cornish camellias when we visited, Mount Edgcumbe country park covers 865 acres of the Rame Peninsula with trails ranging from an accessible circular walk to a three hour hike from Cremyll to Maker Heights. The park is open year round and the house and earl’s garden are open Sunday – Thursday each week between April and the end of September.
There’s a long circular walk that you can set off on from Cawsand, taking in the highlights of the beautiful Rame coastline – Rame Head, views out to Eddystone lighthouse and the three miles of white sand along Whitsand Bay. Stop at The View above the beach for delicious local food with…. well the clue’s in the name.
Managed by the National Trust, this 18th-Century house is set within beautiful landscaped gardens and was chosen as the location of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It is open to the public between March and October. The Woodland Garden, owned and run by the Carew Pole Garden Trust, has a stunning display of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Families and extended families, staycations and weekends by the sea.
Not for: Anyone looking for a remote escape, Cawsand is a quiet place but Blue Monkey is in the heart of the village (it was once a pub).
The Damage: From £1,199 for 7 nights.
Bluemonkeycornwall.com. 07813 070 269