St Mawes Hideaways, Cornwall, UK
Vibe: Stylish, spacious houses (some sleep up to 12) with a fine range of concierge services, so you can celebrate a birthday, family reunion or multi-generation holiday in style.
Setting: Dotted around one of Cornwall’s most picturesque harbour towns, with views over the silvery seas and bobbing yachts of the Fal estuary. It’s a short walk to restaurants, boutiques, rockpool beaches and a castle full of cannons; a short boat ride to the sandy coves of St Anthony’s Head.
Why parents love it: Although the houses are labelled self-catering, you won’t need to sacrifice your holiday. Book a chef to whip up gourmet dinners at un-gourmet prices. You can also order Cornish breakfast hampers.
Why kids love it: There are plenty of toys and DVDs if the weather turns, even a dressing-up box for little ones. If the sun does shine, most houses have big lawned gardens (some with a trampoline), and there’s sailing, and kayaking on your doorstep. Insider tip: Walk or sail to the magnolia-filled church gardens of St Just in Roseland for a picnic or a game of hide-and-seek in the most idyllic of surroundings.
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