A 19th-century family manoir with bright red shutters sitting on its own with gardens children will adore. The whole place gives out a vibe of faded grandeur and there’s a delightfully unfussy and laid-back feel: high ceilings, original features, some antique furniture, some more modern but not cutting edge. Bedrooms – one heavy on the florals, the others simple – mostly face south for the views and feel light and airy, each has an en-suite ‘creatively’ conjured up in the 70s so some of these are a bit cramped. There’s a lounge, a big dining room, an outdoor dining area on the terrace, steps leading down to the garden (swings, slide, trampoline, lawn and lots of lovely mature trees for shade) and a hot tub on the deck. The kitchen won’t suit professional chefs but you will find a box of organic veg from the farm and the little snug leads off here so you can stir stuff while the others watch TV. Carantec’s wide sandy beaches are a short hop for picnics, sea bathing and water sports; the coastal path is near; there are books and board games for rainy days. Great fun for relaxed holiday makers and their free ranging kids.