Mother and Baby

The Idyllic Villa Break In Cornwall

Section: Holidays

Writer Kathryn Flett
and her kids, plus her partner and his kids, holidayed in St Mawes retreats, Cornwall

As I sit on the terrace at our Cornish villa watching a sunset over The Roseland Peninsula, I think, 'This is probably how 
the other half lives.'

Then I consider that old cliché. 'Half? Ha! This is probably how the Beckham’s live – if the Beckham’s were to do a staycation...'

A Modern Family Holiday

Our villa is a luxurious five-bed, five-bath family home set in large gardens with views to
die for. The biggest property in the St Mawes Retreats portfolio sleeps 12 and can accommodate an extended family like ours. From stair gates to sterilisers, it has everything you need to feel comfy and safe in the baby/toddler zone.

We’re only using half the house, but it’s amazing how quickly we fill it. My partner Julian and I
each have two boys from previous relationships, so our family break consists of myself, Julian and our four. The result is a typically busy, modern blended family – albeit heavy on the testosterone.

Everything Taken Care Of

Whether it’s taking care of childcare or catering, hiring a babysitter or filling the fridge, Amanda Selby, the owner, creates a thoroughly couture holiday. The only thing for which she can’t be held responsible is the weather!

More than a self-catering holiday rental, Moonrakers is all about escapism. If the weather had been bad, we would have made more use of the five TVs, Wii, pool table, books and the DVD library but, happily, the trampoline and al fresco table tennis saw plenty of action.

Outdoor Activities Galore

During five action-packed
days, Noah, 15, and Jackson, 11, had their first sailing lesson at low tide on
the river estuary. Everything is provided for a perfect day messing around in boats. Meanwhile, Archie, 12, and Rider, 7, hijacked a pair of kayaks while we grown-ups nodded off on dry land. It was such a hit that, two days later, all four boys hired kayaks.

The following morning, Archie was delighted when Andrew German from Camelot Archers arrived in the garden with enough bows and targets for all of our boys to have a go. We had a go too, and it’s harder than it looks.

A Little Me Time

Later, Julian whisked the boys
down to St Mawes for pasties, while I
snuck off for
a blissful facial, just down the hill at Hotel Tresanton, the perfect destination for a date night, incidentally.

In the evening, the boys battled on the Wii and we poured ourselves a glass of wine as James and George from local cookery school rustled up a kid-friendly three-course dinner that catered brilliantly for six different and fussy palates. Under their expert instruction, Rider even filleted our fish.

A stay at St Mawes isn’t cheap, but you get what you pay for – luxury. This is the kind of holiday that creates special memories for everyone, and you can’t put a price on that.

Book it!

A four-night stay at Moonrakers costs from £1350.

Kathryn is the author of Separate Lives (£7.99, Quercus).


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