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Escape the everyday
Cooking the catch
Pawprints in the sand
Immerse yourself in fine food exhilarating activities and a perfect stay in a place like no other
Private chef Georgie Kaloura Stevens prepares a fish banquet with the day’s catch in Padstow
Don’t leave the heart and soul of the family at home when the South West is the perfect playground for your pup
or over 6 years, we have been growing our portfolio of luxury properties, and shouting about our love of the local areas, restaurants and activities so that we can impart this knowledge onto our guests via our inclusive concierge service, allowing them to make the most of their time when holidaying in these areas. We pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking, online-based luxury holiday specialist. We wanted to do something a little different than creating a typical holiday brochure, listing each of our beautiful properties, because while we know that the home you choose to spend your downtime in is crucial, it’s the experiences and memories you create with the ones you love that truly make a holiday. We wanted to create a resource of our favourite, handpicked recommendations and share our passion for these locations, the gems we covet and the dining experiences we drool over. Keep us on your coffee table; dip in from time-to-time, and start planning your next stay. Whet your appetite with our run-down of the best foodie destinations and events to jot down in the diary for 2017 (Pages 16-17), explore the rugged beauty of West Cornwall (Pages 18-19) or take a sneak peek at the newest properties to our portfolio (Pages 26-27). If you’re already a Perfect Stays customer, we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017, and if you’re yet to stay in one of our exclusive properties, we hope we can tempt you to round up the family and indulge in that long overdue get-together!
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Contents 04 Picture This Ednovean House, in Perranuthnoe
06 Out & About Exploring North Cornwall
08 Best For... Inspiration for your next holiday
The farmhouse on the hill, beautifully renovated to create a luxury home
12 Out & About Exploring Devon
14 Quay To Contentment We meet personal chef Georgie Kaloura Stevens
16 Foodie News
Culinary delights to tempt the tastebuds
18 Out & About Exploring West Cornwall
20 Stand Up!
We experience the sport of stand-up paddle-boarding
22 Pawprints In The Sand Dog-friendly destinations
24 Picture This Sea House, in Porth
26 New for 2017
Our selection of wonderful new properties
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Out & About
North Cornwall Explore Cornwall’s dramatic north coast, where the Atlantic meets the rugged land.
ornwall’s inimitable north coast is a world of extremities and contradictions. Rugged cliffs meet golden sands, while imposing headlands give way to sheltered coves. The winding coast path is intersected by beautiful beaches and pretty harbour villages, allowing you to pause and take in the awe-inspiring views that greet you at every turn. Whether you take to the surf or simply admire it from the dunes, there is something enigmatically life-affirming about this stretch of coast. Maybe it’s the fresh sea air, the sound of crashing waves against the shore, or perhaps just knowing that you are as far away as you can be from the hubbub of city life – physically and otherwise. Whatever it is, this landscape just makes you feel alive.
Wherever you might be staying on the north coast, we can say with confidence that you won’t be far from a golden stretch of sand. One of the great draws of the peninsula is knowing that each morning you can set off on a different track and stumble upon a new beach – if you’re lucky, you might even find a small slice of paradise all to yourselves. One of our favourites is Crantock, roughly halfway up the north coast, just outside of Newquay. It’s a typical north coast beach, ticking all the boxes... grassy dunes gradually inclining to reveal a panorama of flat sand, framed on either side by green-capped headland. It’s the perfect spot for building sandcastles and, of course, surfing. Off-season on a blustery sunny day it’s a wonderful space for children and dogs to run off some energy,
and popular in the summer to escape the busier beaches of neighbouring Newquay. The north coast is imbued with romantic legends, and Crantock has its very own. Low tide reveals a smattering of small hollows and caves punctuating the headland. Venturing into one of these, you might well discover the forlorn engravings, supposedly of love-struck local Joseph Prater, carved into the rock in the early 1900s to commemorate a lost love: “Mar not my face but let me be, Secure in this lone cave by the sea, Let the wild waves around me roar, Kissing my lips for evermore.” From May to mid-September, the walk up through Fern Pit gardens to the café is rewarded by fresh crab sandwiches or a cream tea on arrival. Order the freshly caught lobster or crab, cooked ready to eat. Why not take some home for later?
Walk Trevose Head This circular route takes in many interesting natural features and breathtaking vantage points. The walk can start from any section, but a great place to begin is either Constantine Bay – walking north towards Trevose Head – or Harlyn Bay. The latter has more parking and veers northwest along the coast path towards Cataclews Point before hooking round to the alluring Mother Ivey’s Bay – home to Padstow Lifeboat Station. Either route culminates with Trevose Head as the midway marker, with the proud Trevose Lighthouse and impressive collapsed sea cave, known as Round Hole, to admire. The surrounding views from this headland are pretty unbeatable, stretching as far west as St Ives and east toward Morwenstow.
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tasted once and never done, Of long surf breaking i n the mid-day sun.” John Betjeman
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Take a boat safari
For a different perspective of the coastline take to the water, from Rock or Padstow, with Wavehunters Marine Safaris on a 9-metre, 12-seater RIB. Enjoy the north coast from the sea with all its unique heritage and diverse marine and bird wildlife. Depending on the season you might see dolphins, porpoise, seals, puffins, gannets and many other seabirds. Informative, exhilarating and fun! www.wavehunters.co.uk
There is a whole host of activities available for all sport enthusiasts or adrenaline junkies. Enjoy a round or two at the world-class Trevose Golf club; perhaps explore the 12km mountain biking trail at Cardinham woods, visit the aqua and wake park at Retallack, try your hand at stand-up paddle-
boarding along the Gannel Estuary or learn to surf at Mawgan Porth. But nothing will leave a more lasting impression than a gallop (or slow trot) across the 3-mile long expanse of sand at Perranporth. Ride along safe bridleways and over the extensive dunes above the beach, with Reen Manor Riding Stables. www.reenmanorstables.com
You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out on the north coast. Of course, you have to try Nathan Outlaw’s restaurants in Port Isaac and Paul Ainsworth’s No 6 in Padstow. Equally, the chargrilled lobster at Padstow’s Prawn on the Lawn is a must, and not forgetting Emily Scott’s St Tudy Inn and the award-winning food at traditional St Kew Inn.
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The Yellow Cottage, Trebarwith Strand
The Watermill, Withiel
This sumptuous, contemporary home for up to 11 can be found in the centre of Rock and has wonderful views across the Camel Estuary towards Padstow. Perfect for family get-togethers or holidaying with friends.
Set in a magnificent coastal location, The Yellow Cottage is full of unique character. With its nod to New England style interiors, this is beachside living in luxury for 9 guests.
This secluded property, sleeping 2 to 4, is perfect for a romantic retreat or quiet getaway. Lovingly restored, The Watermill retains all of its original charm and character, surrounded by lush green lawns and farmland.
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Blue Elvin, Newlyn
Best for... Take a look at our ‘Best for’ line-up below for some inspiration for your next holiday. Words by Rebecca Bennett
t can sometimes be a struggle finding a holiday home that suits everyone in your group’s needs: a ground floor bedroom for the grandparents, an enclosed garden for the dog and walking distance to the beach for the children? Here at Perfect Stays, we pride ourselves on listening to our guests’ needs and what they enjoy doing on holiday to try and match them to the most suitable house.
Lower Cole, Rock
Winter Breaks Waders, Polzeath
Cosy winter breaks with crackling log burners and hearty food are becoming increasingly popular in Cornwall, and we can see why. Nothing clears the mind and refreshes the body better than an invigorating walk along a tranquil, empty beach. Revel in quintessential Cornish life, discover cosy nooks in welcoming pubs and indulge in rich hot chocolates, with all the trimmings, from cliff-side cafés. Waders in Polzeath is a luxurious winter bolthole sleeping up to 12, complete with a hefty wood burner, cosy corner sofas and a sunken hot tub. It’s just a stone’s throw to Polzeath’s array of pubs, restaurants and conveniences as well as the flat expanse of beach and ambling coast path. Marvel at the powerful Atlantic swell marching across the horizon by day before slipping into the sunken hot tub, taking in the glittering star canopy by night.
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Special Occasions Lower Cole, Rock
The true definition of luxury, Lower Cole occupies an unprecedented position, affording mesmerising views that take in the meandering waterways and ever-changing scenery of the Camel Estuary, with a perfectly framed aspect of Padstow opposite. Sleeping up to 12 guests across 3 exceptionally designed floors, Lower Cole is the top choice for a sumptuous stay, perfect for celebrating those milestone moments with the ones closest to you. Dining with the tranquil backdrop of the estuary, followed by drinks in front of the fire and songs around the grand piano – all the ingredients for creating an unforgettable event and cherishable memories. 8
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Blue Elvin, Newlyn With dramatic views sweeping across Mount’s Bay, the award-winning Blue Elvin, with its lofty vaulted ceilings, art adorned walls and Designer’s Guild fabrics, is the perfect retreat for art collectors and perusers. Newlyn is famed for its rich maritime past and as the home of one of the largest operating fishing fleets in the UK. But this up-and-coming holiday destination makes the perfect base to take in the rich artistic culture that is bred out of West Cornwall. Just a short walk brings you to the iconic Newlyn Art Gallery and the nostalgic and very stylish arthouse cinema (The Newlyn Filmhouse) which specialises in classic, independent and critically acclaimed films. Nearby Penzance presents a myriad galleries to discover while the colossal Tate Gallery in St Ives is a short car journey away, as is the unmissable Minack Theatre at Land’s End. This contemporary waterfront property sleeps up to 8 guests, welcomes dogs and promises a luxurious haven, access to great food and exceptional art galleries and museums.
Tregoose, Polzeath With a playful floorplan, enormous enclosed garden and just moments’ walk to Polzeath Beach, Tregoose is a great choice for families. A sprawling set-up occupies the entire first floor, allowing the entire group to come together for meal times and socialising, whilst a separate TV room offers essential space and a flexible additional sleeping option with a pull-out sofa bed. Sleeping up to 12, families with lots of children will really appreciate the cabin beds and versatile zip and link beds providing an option of superking or twin in 2 of the bedrooms. The contemporary design revolves around family beach holidays with an enormous ground floor wetroom with rainfall showers and dedicated heated wetsuit rack. Surf by day (or attempt to!) and, by evening, enjoy an ice-cold G and T while the sun sets in the raised garden lookout.
Porth Enys House, Mousehole
Porth Enys House, Mousehole Boasting an enviable cliff-top position above the tiny harbour town of Mousehole, Porth Enys House, sleeping 10, commands staggering 180 degree views that span the entirety of Mount’s Bay and St Michael’s Mount, stretching down towards the Lizard Peninsula. Spend the day idly gazing at the far off horizon from any number of rooms within this grand house, while reclining on a lounger in the well-tended gardens or wandering amongst the 20 acres of lush foliage. If you tire of surveying the ocean, lose yourself amongst the pretty cobbled streets of Mousehole, discovering quaint boutiques, bistros and art galleries. If the Cornish weather turns soggy, curl up in the dedicated cinema room next to the roaring fire and catch the latest blockbuster. 9
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Pentyak The house on the hill. Words by Rebecca Bennett
he farmhouse on the hill: the literal translation for Cornish-named Pentyak. The re-modelled 1970s bungalow doesn’t much resemble its Celtic namesake these days since its striking transformation by current owners Tamar Tammes and Mike Ross. The renovation, which took 2 painstaking years to reach its completion in July 2014, is now a stunning family home by the sea and an immensely popular property within the Perfect Stays collection. Tamar – who was raised in Devon – and Mike had holidayed together in Cornwall a number of times as a family, and with a steadily growing extended family, they wanted to find a home-from-home where everyone could come together, explains Tamar: “It seemed only natural to return here with a family. We wanted to create somewhere where our whole family – young and old – would feel at home, and a place where other families holidaying in Cornwall would feel welcome.” This sentiment is echoed in the considered design of Pentyak, which sits perched in the hillside with dramatic views over Harlyn Bay, North Cornwall. The couple enlisted the expertise of Truro-based architects Catchfrench Design, who listened carefully to Tamar and Mike’s needs, helping steer the project. The owners were keen to enlist the skills of local contractors and artisan craftsmen throughout the build of Pentyak, and Perfect Stays’ involvement began long before the house that stands now was found. Living in Scotland, Tamar and Michael spent a lot of time travelling back and forth, viewing numerous properties and researching plots of land and, when they were unable to, Perfect Stays stepped in and helped out where possible with the search and recommending local contractors. As fate would have it, the couple’s search eventually brought them round full circle to the house opposite where they had previously holidayed. Perfect Stays put the couple in touch with talented craftsman Charlie Turner of Broad and Turner, who would play an intrinsic part in creating some of Pentyak’s iconic features. Originally enlisted to create the bespoke solid oak kitchen, Charlie went on to design and make the enormous dining table, living room shelving, bespoke treehouse in the garden and the spectacular internal stair slide among many other items.
living space and 6th bedroom with a bespoke cabin bed with kingsize bed below. The project wasn’t without its challenges, however. One particular obstacle resulted in enhancing the main focal point of Pentyak; the axis on which the whole project centralised and the feature that gives Pentyak its name: the view. The sweeping floor-to-ceiling angled windows are reminiscent of a ship’s bridge, or air traffic control tower, but their iconic positioning wasn’t intended from the offset. The idea was introduced by international lighting designer, and Tamar’s brother, Andre Tammes, the man behind the lights of the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam and the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s 75th anniversary light display. Angling the glass inwards at the base allows for a much clearer and unblemished appreciation of the view, particularly at night when interior lights would otherwise reflect on the glass. It’s easy to be preoccupied by the ever changing blues and greens of the daytime view, but many people aren’t aware what they’re missing once the sun has set: the passing lights of ships and fishing trawlers, the faint sweep of light from Trevose Lighthouse tucked just over the headland, the moon and the stars unpolluted by city lights. And so it was decided, much to the contractors’ despair. Once completed, Tamar and Michael moved in with the help of the entire Perfect Stays team, and the first night was celebrated in true seaside fashion with fish and chips and a toast with a glass of Camel Valley. Pentyak is available to rent year round from £2050 for 3 nights, or from £2450 for a week.
The flowing open-plan living space that incorporates the dining room, kitchen and living room is the central hub of the house, affording sociability, easy catering for large numbers, cosy intimacy and an elevated view over the enclosed garden, allowing for a watchful eye to be kept on playing children. The calming neutral colour palettes – Little Greene’s Dash of Soot for the kitchen units and Knightsbridge for the breakfast island – are a soothing contrast to the vivid colours that comprise the coastal backdrop. The Cornish stacked slate fireplace is a real favourite: a contemporary amalgamation of an unusual design and traditional, local materials. Much of the footprint of the house remains largely unchanged; the 4 bedroom bungalow was extended upwards to include a further 2 bedrooms and elevated views over the sea. The former garage has been incorporated into a children’s den, complete with portholes, Fat Boy bean bags and Xbox360, offering a handy second 10
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Devon Out & About
An amazing part of the world to relax, have fun and unwind in, with breathtaking scenery at every turn.
rom mighty cliffs towering over golden sand, to wild moorland and luscious pastures, Devon encapsulates everything that’s wonderful about the great British outdoors. The gateway to the South West, this rich and varied county really does offer something to delight everyone. So it’s time to get out there and discover it for yourself, whether walking, surfing, cycling, wildlife spotting or indulging in the magnificent food and drink that Devon is famed for.
Eating Out Devon is positively brimming with gorgeous country pubs, chic restaurants, cosy cafés and traditional tearooms, all showcasing the locale’s fantastic produce and ales. Foodies are spoilt for choice, from Mitch Tonk’s Dartmouth seafood and grill, The Seahorse, to Michael Caine’s restaurant at Exmoor’s Kentisbury Grange Hotel, not forgetting Master Chef winner Anton Piotrowski’s Michelin-starred country pub, The Treby Arms in Sparkwell. The Coffee Cabin is an adorable café and farm shop on the waterfront in Appledore. Owners and partners Richard and Martin are the loveliest people you could meet, with a super friendly team. Most importantly though, the cakes are fabulous, and they serve truly divine breakfasts and lunch. Both dog and family friendly, this is one place you’ll return to again and again.
Beaches Narrowing down our favourite beaches in Devon is an unenviable task – there are simply too many gems to choose from! On the plus side, it means you’re never far from either a quiet, sheltered cove or a large expanse of sand – there’s something for everyone, whatever the mood. The famous surf break at Bantham, in the South Hams, boasts unrivalled views of the iconic Burgh Island, immortalised by both Agatha Christie, in one of her bestselling classics, and folk rock local Ben Howard, in tribute to one of his favourite surf spots. It’s easy to see why this bewitching location has captured the imaginations of some of our greatest talents and remains a huge draw today. A day at Bantham isn’t complete without a visit to the 14th century Sloop Inn, nestled among rows of thatched cottages, serving delicious pub food and local ales. If you’re looking for something equally beguiling yet less frequented, then Mothecombe beach on the river Erme is for you. This privately-owned sandy beach in south Devon is paradise found. Accessed via a narrow woodland path that will be tricky for some, Mothecombe is nevertheless the perfect family getaway and a peaceful spot well worth venturing off the beaten track to discover.
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On The Water The calmer estuaries are ideal for supping, kayaking and sailing. The white sails of scudding yachts are an iconic sight across Salcombe bay and Dartmouth. We love dinghy sailing in Salcombe, gliding along the azure waters, exploring numerous coves and spotting seals. Devon’s waters are also perfect for a spot of wild swimming. If you haven’t tried it then you must, it’s a far cry from the steamy heat and chlorine of your local pool. Just you, the elements and the crystal clear, cool water.
Inland Dartmoor is a haven for walkers, pony trekkers and anyone else who loves to immerse themselves in its wild beauty. The moor is home to 2 waterfalls, Becky Falls and Canonteign Falls, both well worth a visit as a break from the beach, along with the enchanting Wistman’s Wood. Cycling on the Tarka Trail is a great way to take in some of the best bits of Devon – perhaps take a picnic to enjoy in one of the many serene stops en route. However, if you’d simply like to relax and unwind as the Devonshire coast and countryside rolls by, then climb aboard the Dartmouth Steam Railway and take in some gorgeous scenery.
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” Lord Byron
Blue Moorings, Dartmouth
The Downes, near Instow
On the banks of the River Dart, this waterside bolt hole which is within the award-winning Dart Marina Development is a peaceful base for a romantic retreat or a small family holiday, sleeping 4.
This luxury holiday home, sleeping 10 to 12, has unending sea views and offers large groups and families an exclusive beachside retreat. A welcoming home-fromhome after a busy day exploring the local coastline.
This grand and imposing Grade II listed Georgian holiday home, which sleeps 12 to 14, will ensure you relax and in glorious style. Complete with an outdoor heated pool and tennis court this is countryside luxury at its best.
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Quay to contentment Meet your personal chef, Georgie Kaloura Stevens, who’ll take you on a working fishing boat, cook the catch in your home, and even do the washing up.
magine all the best bits about eating out – fine dining with friends or family, perhaps celebrating a special occasion, and relaxing without the stress of cooking – but all in the comfort of your own home. With Perfect Stays, you can enjoy exactly that – a banquet freshly prepared by professional chef Georgie Kaloura Stevens, of Kaloura’s Kitchen, in the luxurious setting of your exclusive retreat. No waiting for a table in a crowded restaurant, and no being limited to the confines of the menu – just a personalised service, tailored for you. Taking a break is all about indulging a little; treating yourself and loved ones to an experience that’s truly unique. Whether it’s a romantic candlelit supper for 2, or a dinner party for 20 covers, you’ll be suitably wined and dined in an experience befitting your occasion. You won’t even need to do the washing up! The service is perfect if you have specific dietary requirements, or simply if you fancy eating as your whim demands; crucially, you’ll be given time to spend together without one member perennially detained in the kitchen. The real beauty is that each experience is entirely bespoke, tailormade precisely to fit your desires and your schedule. In fact, why not go one step further? What could be more exhilarating than catching your own supper off the north Cornish coast, before it is prepared by the chef back on shore – a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Heading out from Padstow harbour aboard a proper working fishing boat, Kerry Marie, you’ll enjoy a revealing insight into the provenance of the food we eat. “If you love food, it’s really interesting to see how it’s caught and where it comes from,” says Georgie, “how to treat different types of fish. It really is very seasonal; depending on various factors and time of year, we might catch lobster, crab, cod, mackerel.…” But, whatever you happen to haul in that day, one thing is certain: you won’t find fish fresher than the bounty you bring home yourself. There’s something endlessly rewarding and primal about tucking into food you’ve caught personally, prepared before your eyes by a talented chef. Of course, while many guests love simply to sit back and immerse themselves in the experience, some relish the
opportunity to get their hands dirty. Georgie can incorporate a cookery class into the day if you would like to get more actively involved with the preparation and cooking itself. Whatever, your preference, that’s fine. “It’s all about you and what you want to get out of the experience. After all, we all want to be made to feel special on holiday, and that’s why I’m here!” With Georgie in the kitchen, you’re in safe hands. “I was always obsessed with fish and cooking from a very young age,” she explains. “I did work experience with Rick Stein in Padstow aged 16 and I knew straightaway that this was what I had to do! I fell in love with Cornwall and later returned to train at The Seafood Restaurant and St Petroc’s Bistro, learning so much from Rick. His style of food is unpretentious, relaxed and all about the produce; it’s not overly fancy – it’s all about letting the ingredients sing.” Judging by the array of delicious food that Georgie serves up, she seems to have taken note. The presentation is exquisite yet honest and unfussy. The smells and colours emanating from the table are tantalising, surpassed only by the taste itself. When you have such fantastic produce at your disposal, you can let the food do the talking, not to understate Georgie’s flair for bringing it all together. Georgie draws upon a network of like-minded souls who share her passion for food, to secure the finest local produce and bring it to your table, from fresh Porthilly oysters, to the finest meat from Tregirls Farm. “Their hand-reared meat is phenomenal,” beams Georgie. “In fact, on one occasion a guest loved the meat she was served so much that she requested some more to be sent back to Switzerland!” With Padstow Kitchen Garden practically on her doorstep, she is never in short supply of fresh herbs and crunchy seasonal vegetables. Hiring a personal chef to cook for you in your own home, especially when on holiday, is something that many of us would never have considered, but it really is an inspired idea. Dining among good company, in a beautiful home from home, you can focus on the things that really matter – soaking up the experience and sharing it with others. To discover more about Georgie, visit www.kalouraskitchen.com
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Georgie cooked at The Quarter Deck, Trevone
A taste sensation Take a culinary pilgrimage across the South West, sampling the fantastic produce and fine dining of this true foodie Mecca.
ere in the South West, we’re blessed with bountiful seas, early springs and mild autumns, all of which culminate in a winning recipe for the freshest produce and most delicious dishes. It can be daunting deciding where to eat and what to experience, so we’re giving the lowdown on restaurants and foodie goings on to watch in 2017.
Prawn on the Lawn Padstow
A relatively new addition to Padstow’s plethora of eateries, Prawn on the Lawn is the offspring of its popular sister restaurant by the same name in Islington, London. Their ethos is simple: a fresh fish counter to take the day’s catch away to cook at home, with a seafood bar and restaurant of a humble 24 covers for dining in. Competition is fierce, with the likes of Stein and Ainsworth nearby, but after little over a year Prawn on the Lawn finds itself in first position on TripAdvisor – no small feat in the foodie capital of Cornwall. www.prawnonthelawn.com 01841 532223
Ben at Sennen Sennen Cove
This beachside eatery enjoys stunning views across Sennen Cove and is the perfect place to soak up the vista while tucking into the catch of the day. In the summer months, look forward to morning yoga sessions on the terrace, live music in the evenings and barbeque nights in the new Surfer’s Den bar; by winter, enjoy storm-watching from a safe vantage point and indulge in a hot chocolate next to the wood burner. www.benatsennen.com 01736 871191
Porthleven Kota – meaning shellfish in Maori – has enjoyed great success since husband and wife team Jude and Jane Kereama opened their popular restaurant in the picturesque fishing port of Porthleven. The menu is a tantalising fusion of Cornish produce and exotic influences created by New Zealandborn Jude. Some of you may be familiar with Jude following his appearances on The Great British Menu in 2015 and 2016. Further strings to Kota’s bow include retaining their 2 AA Rosettes and Michelin Bib Gourmand for 2017 – definitely one to try if you’re in the area. www.kotarestaurant.co.uk 01326 562407
Watergate Bay Jamie Oliver’s beachside venue celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. Since it opened its doors in 2006, Fifteen has served close to 750,000 diners, trained 180 apprentice chefs from disadvantaged backgrounds, and generated £30m in sales with 100% of the profit going towards the development of young, budding chefs and Cornwall suppliers. The food is exceptional, the sea vistas to match, and the values behind this iconic fine dining restaurant by the sea are inspirational. Look forward to exciting collaborations, gourmet events and ever-changing menus championing local produce in 2017. www.fifteencornwall.co.uk 01637 861000
Philleigh Way Cookery School
Seafood Bar & Ruby’s
Philleigh Way has an exciting programme of new courses and events lined up for 2017, including Indian Cookery, Japanese Cookery, Argentinian Asado and a range of Weber barbeque courses as well as continuing with their much-loved classics, such as Bread Making and ‘Cornwall in a Day’. If you prefer to leave the cooking to the professionals, Philleigh Way’s Woodfired Sessions promise to showcase the best of Cornish meat, fish and shellfish, and will be kicking off in July with dates throughout the summer. www.philleighway.co.uk 01872 580893
His highly acclaimed Seafood Restaurant put Padstow on the map, and in 2016 Rick Stein introduced not 1, but 2 new openings. The Seafood Bar to accompany Stein’s existing fishmongers was inspired by Rick’s travels in France and Spain and the ease of dropping in to a seafood bar for a cold glass of wine and a box of oysters. Ruby’s Bar perfectly complements the vast number of restaurants that Padstow proffers, providing an intimate stop for a pre-dinner tipple or merry nightcap right in the heart of Padstow. www.rickstein.com 01841 532700
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Rick Stein Seafood Bar ©James Ram Prawn on the Lawn
Having trained under Michael Caines and Raymond Blanc, Stewart Eddy and wife Anna are no stranger to great food. Previously owners of the incredibly popular Victoria Inn in Perranuthnoe, it was inevitable that The Square would maintain a similarly glowing reputation. To add to their repertoire, this year The Square unveiled their new deli and ice cream emporium within the restaurant where visitors can ponder over artisan cheese, Cornish charcuterie and homemade houmous. www.thesquareatporthleven.co.uk 01326 573911
Seafood Bar & Ruby’s
The Dining Room
A hidden gem in the heart of Rock, The Dining Room serves astounding dishes that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palette. The unassuming and unpretentious building serves to further heighten the enjoyment of what is arguably Rock’s best restaurant; holding on to the number 1 spot on TripAdvisor for many years and winning Gold in The Cornwall Tourism Awards’ ‘Restaurant/Bistro of the Year’ 2016. www.thediningroomrock.co.uk 01208 862622 7
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Out & About
West Cornwall A richly diverse landscape that really is a beast of its own.
he western tip of Cornwall encompasses some of the region’s most diverse landscapes, from dramatic Land’s End down to the Lizard Peninsula and back around to the sheltered estuaries of the south coast. The Lizard really is a location like no other, with unique geology and wildlife, from its outcrop of green serpentine rock to the rare Cornish Chough. West Cornwall plays host to a range of fabulous sandy beaches, including Porthcurno, Gwithian, Praa Sands and Poldhu. West Penwith is wild and beautiful; take a drive from St Ives to Land’s End, passing old villages, engine stacks with stunning sea views. Stop at the 13th century Tinners Arms in Zennor, with its stone floors, log fires and low ceilings. Further along the coast, you’ll find the popular and wonderfully eclectic Gurnard’s Head, serving delicious food.
The Lizard Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with fabulous flora and fauna. In fact the Lizard can lay claim to being the best place in the UK to find rare plants. The father of English botany, John Ray, made the first botanical records here in 1667! There’s a wild reserve at Windmill Farm just after Kynance Cove. The Lizard Watchpoint is the perfect spot for sightings of seals, dolphins, choughs, kestrels and lots of seabirds. www.lizardcornwall.co.uk
Watersports The coast surrounding West Cornwall was made for those who love watersports. Marazion in Mount’s Bay, with its stunning views over St Michael’s Mount, is home to a long sandy beach that’s perfect for learning how to kitesurf. Ocean High caters for both newcomers and those wanting to develop their skills. But if you’re not feeling that brave, it’s a terrific spectator sport for anyone who wants to keep their feet firmly on dry land! Ocean High also offers SUP and kayaking, so there’s always something to try with or without the wind. Reward yourself with a bite to eat at the Godolphin Arms, boasting the best view of the iconic Mount you’re likely to find. www.oceanhigh.co.uk Sennen Beach enjoys swell coming straight in from the Atlantic making it a popular surfing spot and a great place to learn. Sennen Surfing Centre runs lessons for all abilities. www.sennensurfingcentre.com If scrambling over rocks, jumping into the sea and discovering hidden caves is your idea of heaven then try coasteering with Lizard Adventure. www.lizardadventure.co.uk
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“Cornwall is very primeval… It is like the beginning of the world, wonderful...
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A day out
Take a walk along the front in Penzance then wander round the magical back streets of Newlyn with its pretty, traditional fishermen’s cottages that influenced so many Newlyn artists, before stopping for a delicious fresh seafood lunch at the Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar. Another favourite is exploring the dramatic and rugged coastline of Land’s End, with its crystal blue waters, stopping at the Minack Theatre for an unforgettable matinée, or immersing yourself in Poldark’s Cornwall with a tour of Geevor Tin Mine.
Porthleven is building a reputation as a foodie haven, cemented with the arrival of Rick Stein. You’ll find plenty to shout about with 2 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants, the Square and Kota, as well as sister Kota Kai on the harbourhead offering a more relaxed family feel. Then there’s the delightful SeaDrift Kitchen Café and the historic Ship Inn, where you’ll rub shoulders with local fishermen. Mousehole is a fabulous little harbour to while away some time. With some of the best views and the very best food in town, try 2 Fore Street – a relaxed bistro style restaurant. If you’re looking for somewhere really special with a cosy atmosphere, then Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion overlooking the Mount is a must. Serving tantalising and beautifully executed dishes, it’s no wonder this little gem was voted best restaurant at the Trencherman’s Awards 2016.
Bodillian, Praa Sands
Gwel an Treth, Sennen Cove
The Old Watch House, Mousehole
Styled to perfection, this newly developed home, sleeping 8, is the perfect place to look out over the ocean, with the beach just moments away. With an open plan living area, it’s ideal for both families and friends.
The only thing that rivals this meticulously designed home is the breath-taking panoramic view it frames. The interior, which sleeps 10, offers a blend of contemporary style and a Costa-Rican colour palette.
This waterfront house, with a perfectly kept garden, sleeps 8. The bright, relaxing interior enjoys large windows that offer fantastic harbour views – perfect for those stormy nights and crimson sunsets.
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Stand Up! The Perfect Stays’ team spends a day on the water with Harlyn Surf School. Words by Robyn Griffin
any of you will already know that an integral part of the Perfect Stays ethos is to try out restaurants, spas, locations, walks and activities that we recommend to our customers (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!) to ensure we are always championing the best the area has to offer. Having booked many of our guests into water activities with local providers, I thought it would be a good idea to round up the Perfect Stays team and see who would be up for trying some new extracurricular activities. We decided that a stand-up paddle-boarding experience (supping) was on everyone’s list to try so before anyone could change their mind, I booked our session with Harlyn Surf School. One bright summer’s evening, we headed over to the riverside in Wadebridge, which joins the Camel Estuary at Padstow. The estuary is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its popular cycle path (Camel Trail) and freshwater river are explored all year round by visitors and locals alike. Our friendly representative from Harlyn Surf School, Sarah, greeted us and zipped us into our wetsuits and buoyancy aids. Whilst the others looked perfectly suited to the wetsuit way, I did not; with squished feet in my sea shoes and an aid which refused to tie around my chest…. the others found this most
amusing! Safety talk complete and embarrassing mug shot taken, we were ready and raring to get on board and learn a thing or two about supping! Stepping into the water, we tentatively knelt on our boards and balanced ourselves with ease. Paddle in hand, we gracefully floated along the water and plugged away at the current until we had a decent glide. After demonstrating some simple manoeuvres, and with helpful 1-on-1 guidance to build our confidence and abilities on the board, Sarah was keen to bring us to our feet. Starting strong, we already felt like pros so we placed the paddle on the board and, with eyes forward to steady ourselves, we moved from all fours, put our feet flat on the board and slowly pushed to a crouching position. One by one, we stood – united – feeling victorious! At this point, my confidence was high and for a moment I was leader of the pack, steaming ahead, taking in the beautiful surroundings and feeling somewhat like Pocahontas…. and then, the wobbles began! While trying an exercise which usually enhances your balancing skills, I flew face first into the water, much to the team’s entertainment! Now, I like to think that I have elegance and poise, but trying to pull myself back onto my board with soggy land underfoot and a large buoyance aid restricting my movement, made the motion more of a clamber
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than a climb! It was not my finest moment to say the least but with some firm pulling from Sarah, I was back on my board and catching up with the others.
only person to take a tumble that evening and as the summer sun faded, we slowly paddled back to base, enthralled by our latest adventure.
Whilst I am not the water creature I thought I was, supping is enjoyed all over the world and is a fantastic sport with a very interesting background. People have been standing on small watercraft as a way to get around for thousands of years, with the first recording found in ancient Egypt. Popularity grew in the ‘90s when Laird Hamilton took to the water with a canoe paddle and a large surfboard as a way to cross train. Fast forward to modern day, and people compete in long distance races and surf SUP international competitions, use it as a form of gentle exercise and more recently, SUP Yoga has taken the fitness world by storm!
Since our time out on the estuary, I was keen to re-attempt supping and have enjoyed the sturdy waters of Polkerris Beach. Clearly the skills taught by Sarah stuck with me, as my second attempt proved much more successful with practise. My colleagues have also taken advantage of the clear waters of the north coast of Cornwall and often explore the dynamic coastline. Some of us have even taken these new skills to the turquoise waters of Bali. It is a great way to feel at one with the sea and burn many calories in the process!
But back to me, on the estuary, ego bruised and attempting to re-stand. With Sarah watching over me to ensure I was still smiling, I felt determined to stand on my own accord and I rose up with purpose…. a little too much purpose because I over stepped and nosedived back into the water! Determined not to become disheartened, I climbed back onto my board ready for round 3, but to save myself any further embarrassment, I remained kneeling for the rest of the trip. Thankfully, I wasn’t the
Now that autumn has set in, my attention is firmly on cosy pubs and long wintery walks, but the moment I see daffodils back in the meadows of Cornwall, I’ll be grabbing my board and exploring the gorgeous waters and hidden gems that you just can’t get to on foot! Thank you to Sarah from Harlyn Surf School for having the patience of a saint and helping us all learn a little about such a fantastic activity. Harlyn Surf School offers private or group SUP sessions starting from £40pp for two hours, including all equipment. www.harlynsurfschool.co.uk 01841 533076 21
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Pawprints in the sand With its richly diverse landscape, the South West really is the perfect destination for dog lovers.
ne of the great advantages of holidaying at home is the ease of bringing your beloved four-legged friend with you. For so many of us, our dog is the heart and soul of the family, so if taking a break is all about spending quality time with the ones you love, then why leave one of them behind? If anywhere in the UK is set up for dogs, then it’s the South West. With a plethora of beautiful beaches, miles of rugged coastline, wild moorland and wooded valleys to explore, it’s the perfect playground for the pup. Nothing beats a brisk stroll across the open countryside, immersing yourself in its untamed, primal beauty. Why not escape to the wilderness of Dartmoor, Exmoor or Bodmin Moor, where you’ll feel as far from civilisation as it’s possible to be? If, on the other hand, you prefer cultivated beauty, take an amble through some of our glorious subtropical gardens. Four-legged visitors (of the well behaved variety) are welcomed on leads in most of the big gardens including The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah, the Eden Project, and Bicton Park Botanical Garden. Whether visiting or lucky enough to call it home, it’s this rich topography that makes the south west such a huge draw for those with a four-legged friend. “It’s the best place to own a dog!” beams Rosita, who lives in West Cornwall with her excitable young boxer, Zenna. “The landscape is so diverse that you can mix up your dog walks with trips to the coast and dunes, as well as the woods and endless rolling fields.” Whilst it’s worth remembering that many beaches enforce a seasonal dog ban (Easter to October), there are plenty of opportunities for both sandy paws and solitude, if you are willing to venture away from the welltrodden paths. “With a huge array of little coves around every corner, you don’t have to go far to get away from
the busy spots,” explains Rosita. One of Zenna’s favourite beaches is Boat Cove, just around the corner from Marazion, boasting magical views of St Michael’s Mount, without all the bustle of the neighbouring hotspots. “Dogs can play and swim here for hours, while us owners kick back and enjoy the peaceful beauty that this unique part of the Cornish coast has to offer.” Of course, all this exploring is thirsty work, so complete the walk with a well-earned refreshment at the nearby Victoria Inn. Muddy boots and dogs are made very welcome in the bar area and garden of this stunning 12th century Cornish inn, home to Monty the spaniel. Offering delicious, award-winning food in a welcoming atmosphere, it’s the ideal end to your mini adventure. Another great advocate of this doggy paradise is Jackie Warden, of Happy Dogs Day Care, who regularly enjoys beautiful, dog-friendly walks through the woods and along the banks of Loe Bar, near Porthleven – the south west’s largest natural body of fresh water. “It’s perfect, for both dogs and their owners,” says Jackie. “The dogs can play and cool off in Loe Pool, while we admire the abundance of wildlife and amazing scenery in this gorgeous part of Cornwall.” The woodland gives way to glorious glimpses of the rugged coast, moody in the misty morning haze, and unrivalled views over the Atlantic. If you’re exploring the north coast, why not treat your pup to a luxury homemade doggy ice-cream at Perranporth’s Pavilion Ice? It’s the perfect way to cool off and, after all, it’s not just the owners who deserve to be pampered! These are just a few of the many haunts dotted across Cornwall and Devon to discover for yourself on your stay. With many stunning dog-friendly properties available through Perfect Stays, now is the perfect time to make the first pawprints in the sand.
The Cove, Polzeath
This stylish and luxurious detached holiday home, which sleeps 8, has sea and beach views from the rear of the property and you can access the poplular surfing beach via the path from the rear garden.
Rosemain, which sleeps 10, is a stunning property in the highly coveted and fabulously fashionable area of Rock. A glorious, large property with an extensive enclosed garden and 3 acres of land.
Within walking distance of Trevone Beach and just 2 miles from Padstow this property is perfect for people that love lots of space. Samphire sleeps 8 people over 5 bedrooms.
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Sea House, Porth This is beach side living at its contemporary best. Breakfast on the terrace, soak up the sun and then take a dip in the clear Cornish ocean.
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2017 Our selection of some amazing new properties to inspire and delight. Words by Rebecca Bennett
ver the last 6 years we’ve successfully grown our portfolio of beautiful self-catering properties from the very first, to over 45 incredible homes, each with its own unique character. We’re continuing to carefully select the very best that Cornwall and Devon has to offer, and we wanted to showcase our latest additions to the Perfect Stays’ family, and what’s to come in 2017.
Trewhella, Crantock Having undergone an enormous renovation in 2016, this former vicarage built in the ‘60s has been transformed into a beautiful, modern cottage with striking natural wood features that create a cosy, welcoming atmosphere instantly upon arrival. Sleeping up to 12 guests, families and pets will adore the multiple terraces and private meadow, as well as being a stone’s throw from the undulating sand dunes of Crantock Beach and crystal blue paddling waters of the Gannel Estuary: surf, swim, walk, sunbathe and SUP all day long.
Corduroy, Polzeath Boasting an elevated position commanding double-aspect views over Polzeath, the sea and the rolling Cornish countryside, newly-built Corduroy is an exceptional contemporary home sleeping up to 11 guests. Reverse-style interiors ensure the expansive open-plan living areas make the most of those 360 degree views. Perfectly located for walking to Polzeath Beach or taking a picturesque amble to Daymer Bay, Corduroy offers a breezy beach retreat in summer or a cosy winter bolthole with roaring wood burner.
Treasure House, Polzeath Treasure House embodies the soothing, mellow characteristics of a coastal inspired beach house, combined with the maturity and sophistication of a sumptuous retreat away from the city. Situated on the South West Coast Path, access to the beach is a mere minute’s walk. A very high spec throughout, this laidback home sleeps 8 to 10 and boasts a wealth of green credentials, offering a roaring wood fire for those toasty winter evenings, and Sonos wireless music system throughout to really set the ambience for your luxury getaway.
Sea Breezes, Daymer Bay Sea Breezes ticks all boxes when it comes to location: nestled in the mouth of the Camel Estuary with Daymer Bay and Greenaway Beach just a short stroll from the property; Polzeath on one side, Rock on the other and Padstow a pleasant water taxi ride away. Currently completing an exciting renovation project, Sea Breezes will sleep 10 to 14 guests with generous, open-plan living spaces and beautifully landscaped gardens complete with sunken seating and a hot tub. Available from April 2017, Sea Breezes will have all the mod cons including Smart TVs, Apple TV and Sonos.
Tregully, Constantine Bay A striking new build in the sought-after Constantine Bay area of North Cornwall, Tregullly is an idyllic retreat for golf enthusiasts and beach lovers – with 7 bays of golden sand to choose from and a short walk to the rolling fairways of Trevose Golf Club. Sleeping up to 12 across 4 spacious bedrooms, this excellently appointed property embodies vast, open social hubs for family and friends to come together. Careful considerations, such as a second sitting room and a ‘hidden’ TV room behind a secret door, ensure there are spaces for everyone to spread out and relax. Tregully is available to book now for stays from April 2017 onwards.
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Simon Lawrence Builders
Simon Lawrence Builders
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Gwel an Treth A chic, contemporary home perched above Sennen Cove with a view that needs no introduction.
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