Head upstairs for the balcony – an unbeatable spot, even on a winter’s day. It’s all about sea air and estuary views at this small, laid-back hotel in the sailing village of St Mawes. The pavement tables at the front will please people watchers.
The harbour stands directly outside, so you can hire kayaks and explore the bay. There’s a castle to look around, a ferry to hop onto for shopping in Falmouth and the coastal path starts from the door for view-filled walks. Return to bedrooms with much goose down on the beds, some with sea views and others with sleeping platforms for older children.
Eat upstairs in the lounge where balcony windows open on balmy days, or downstairs in the bistro-bar where the fire burns. The ale is well kept and the food is versatile, with fresh seafood, small plates of mezze, and homemade stone-baked pizzas. On rainy days the private cinema is a boon for families – and the staff can ply you with popcorn.