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Grand Cornish properties worth a celebration

25th October 2013 Print

Enjoy an extra-special break with family and friends in one of Boutique Retreats’ larger, wow-factor self-catering properties.

Looking to hire a seriously impressive property with a group of family and friends in Cornwall? Boutique Retreats offers a selection of extravagant, bigger properties for larger groups – set in jaw-dropping coastal and countryside locations and each offering individually-styled, contemporary interiors combined with oodles of character.

Whether groups are gathering to celebrate an important milestone – such as an anniversary, birthday, wedding or Christmas and New Year’s Eve – or if they’re simply looking to enjoy much-needed quality time with loved ones, look no further than these luxury properties…

Stylish celeb retreat with a private beach

Ropehawn (sleeps eight) is on the edge of St Austell Bay near Fowey and is particularly appreciated by the rich and famous because of its utter remoteness. Overlooking the water, it’s accessible only by boat or by footpath and, when the tide is right, guests have access to their very own private beach. Its vintage interior is just as appealing as the dreamy surroundings; think original artworks, gilded mirrors, faded nautical charts and bookshelves bulging with classic reads. Gaze out to sea from the roaring fireplace, hire a private chef to create a special dinner or wander around the secret garden, breathing in the freshest of sea air. A long weekend is from £188 pp (£1,499 total). A week’s stay over Christmas or New Year’s Eve is £688 pp (£5,499 total).

Cosy cliff-top coastal bolthole

Chy-an-Gargo (sleeps eight) - Cornish for ‘house on the cliff’ - transports guests to New England, with its contemporary, minimalist style and incredible cliff-top position overlooking breathtaking Sennen Cove. Cook up a storm in the enormous modern kitchen and feel super-cosy thanks to the property’s heated stone floors, wood burning stove and outdoor hot tub. If guests can tear themselves away, nearby are the top-notch restaurants and shops of pretty St Ives, plus Sennen Surf School, one of the best in the UK. A long weekend is from £150 pp (£1,195 total). A week’s stay over Christmas or New Year’s Eve is £233 pp (£3,250 total).

Blissful waterside haven with ultra-cool features

Froe (sleeps 14) boasts a peaceful creekside location at the top of the Roseland Peninsula, where Cornwall dips its toe into the Atlantic Ocean. This grand Georgian miller's house has been drawn seamlessly into the 21st century with its modern art collection, under floor heating and grand kitchen with impressive features such as a steam oven. Just across the courtyard is The Coach House which houses four of the bedrooms and is kitted out to the same high-level standards. Guests can arrive in style by boat at high tide thanks to its 600ft private river frontage and private pontoon. A long weekend is from £144 pp (£2,016 total).

Family fun in a beautifully-renovated barn

Towan Barn (sleeps eight) is a contemporary converted barn nestled in the countryside near Mevagissey. It’s perfect for groups with young ones thanks to the second, kids-only, lounge - bursting with books, DVDs and games. There are travel cots and high chairs available, too. Adults are fully catered for, of course, with huge squishy sofas by the ultra-cool curvy wood burner, providing perfect relaxation opportunities. Beach life isn’t far away, either, with Porthpean beach only a couple of miles’ drive. A long weekend is from £93 pp (£743 total). A week’s stay over Christmas or New Year’s Eve is £244 pp (£1,950 total).

Luxury former mill house with plush kitchen

The Mill House (sleeps eight) is perfect for an extra special friends and family get-together, set in a private yet open farmyard on Cornwall’s north coast. It has slick features – think 'fold down' log burning stoves - as well as a gigantic, handmade oak kitchen and dining area which is wonderful for dinner parties. Guests are only minutes away from some of the region’s most picturesque coastal hotspots too, such as Polzeath and Rock. A long weekend is from £150 pp (£1,195 total). A week’s stay over Christmas or New Year’s Eve is £407 pp (£3,250 total).

Sea-edge splendour with children’s dorm

Mermaid Cottage (sleeps ten) is a sumptuous, hi-spec beach house surrounded by lush garden and perched on the water’s edge in far-west Cornwall. Enjoy exhilarating walks on nearby Porthcurnick Beach and warm up afterwards by the wood burning stove or by cooking up a big feast in the lavish kitchen. Children will love their private beautifully-decorated dorm (sleeps up to four), complete with cuddly elephant and lion. A long weekend is from £120 pp (£1,197 total). A week’s stay over Christmas or New Year’s Eve is £400 pp (£4,000 total).

Mod-con heaven overlooking the ocean

Fentrafriddle (sleeps eight) is an enormous cliff-top stone barn conversion boasting staggering sea views. It’s based near Trebarwith Strand and the attention to detail is exemplary, along with an array of exciting features. Think surround sound theatre system, a Nespresso coffee machine, T&G Green crockery and the comfiest king sized beds in the world. One of its bedrooms is on the ground floor, perfectly suited for guests who may have limited mobility. A long weekend is from £188 pp (£1,497 total). A week’s stay over Christmas or New Year’s Eve is £625 pp (£4,998 total).

Boutique Retreats not only caters for larger groups – it also offers romantic retreats for two, foodie getaways and dog-friendly boltholes.

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