Swing through the sheltered Lappa Valley, to a lovely hamlet with a 1630s watermill and trout-filled stream – beautiful at any time of year. The trains that once trundled past are now silent: ducks and geese quack around the poppy-lined pond and deer drink from the stream. The disused tracks now form a tree-lined secret garden, perfect for family barbecues.
The Granary, the little stone and cob cottage, is upside-down with the bedrooms at the bottom. Across the courtyard, past the mill wheel, is The Bowgie, a studio for two – both are super dog-friendly with plenty of trails that run behind the cottages and acres of grounds.
Newquay and Crantock Beach are minutes away by car (buckets, spades, wind-breaker provided), great for a day out, or head to Watergate Bay for a special supper at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, right on the beach.