A sleek Alex Michaelis building. This white box, with huge windows on each side for light to surge through, sits bang on Praa Sands between Helston and Penzance and will please lovers of good design – views are stunning. Inside find polished concrete, white walls and vast spaces: a large open-plan room incorporates the sitting area with generous sofas and a log-burner, the big dining table and the very snazzy kitchen (you’ll find every mod con including an espresso machine and a boiling water tap). There’s also a teenager’s (well, chaps…) dream of another sitting room with more sofas for flopping but also flat-screen, X-box gaming and DVD. Upstairs to regal-sized bedrooms (and a bunk room), beautifully dressed, and bathrooms with freestanding baths (sporting portholes) alongside more windows. Sand-covered surfers can walk straight into the downstairs wet room and find plenty of space for hanging wetsuits. There’s a large, sparse garden and a roof terrace but you’ll want to use the beach for being outdoors in any case. Unstinting extras include champagne, flowers, a picnic hamper, wetsuits and body boards.