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Moonrakers in St Mawes: the Best Holiday House in Cornwall?


Christmas is over, the turkey has been banished and now we’re taking you on a fantasy road trip to this total gem of a holiday house in St Mawes.

At this time of year it seems like half the population head for Cornwall to see in January with crisp sea air and ice cold champagne.

Moonrakers (loving the 007ness of that) is the ultimate beach house with knock out views from every window – the perfect place to retreat and plan a new you.

This is not a cheapie break (£4,900 per week during Xmas and New Year) but the house drips luxury from all 4 corners with every possible requirement covered. Raining all day? No problem there’s a cinema room, a games room with table tennis and pool, a Wii and even a dressing up box for younger children. The house comes with the full coterie of bad weather board games too. There are two sitting rooms – love that, don’t you? – one for despatching squabbling  kids, the other for sipping cocktails after dark. The kitchen is so well equipped you’re bound to come over all Nigel or Nigella -  drive to nearby Curgurrell farm shop for lobster, crabs and fish so fresh it will blow your mind. For grown up downtime there’s those leather sofas and state of the art woodburner, curl up for some quiet contemplation with a pre-detox glass of wine. Alternatively the master bedroom has a double ended Villeroy roll top bath facing spectacular sea views over the Carrick headlands – I’d be tempted to tip in the Jo Malone and hibernate here. If you can drag yourself away from Moonrakers then Olga Polizzi’s Hotel Tresanton is within staggering distance - book in for dinner on New Year's Eve for a champagne soaked night of jazz and poker. Seems like there's a James Bond vibe going down in these parts. St Mawes is one of the prettiest fishing villages in Cornwall right in the heart of the ancient Roseland Pensinsula. You can take the King Harry chain ferry across the beautiful River Fal and pop into the Philleigh Arms for a restorative pint on the way home. The Driftwood Hotel (a 5 minute drive) has probably the best food in Cornwall - inventive cooking which recently won a Michelin star - and you can find fantastic fish and chips on the harbour. Mostly, though, at Moonrakers you'll want to lock the doors and leave it all behind. Moonrakers is a St Mawes Retreats property.

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