Oak floors sweep throughout this big Georgian house, high on the hill overlooking the sea and Porthcothan beach a ten-minute stroll. D H Lawrence, who stayed here, wrote: “We came here yesterday and we love it”, this “old farmhouse with space and largeness and a sort of immemorial peace, a calm that belongs to the earth.” The setting is dreamy, the refurbishment is luxurious. Enter to find two polished sitting rooms full of light, with wood-burners, rugs, bean bags and sofas; a kitchen with an Aga, electric oven and heaps of top kit; a pristine dining room with a table for 12; a conservatory full of sunshine; and six bedrooms, each with a glimpse of the sea. With Padstow five miles away, Trevose Golf Club two and a run-around garden outside, it’s a great escape for families. Mattresses are deep, duvets are soft down, bathrooms have Mexican tiles… there’s even a sand ‘n’ surf shower with a super steam button! That lovely sandy cove below is sheltered and reveals rock pools at low tide. Such a good spot: a small general stores next to the beach, a Rick Stein inn two miles down the road, coastal walks abound. The owners, keen to ensure you are happy, will personally settle you in.