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My West Country: Amanda Selby

My West Country: Amanda Selby

Amanda Selby of luxury holiday villas St Mawes Retreats shares her secret Cornwall

You specialise in luxury holiday houses based around St Mawes. What makes this part of Cornwall so popular?

The Roseland Peninsula known as the "Jewel in the Crown” – and rightly so!  It is so popular for its beaches and seas for water sports including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and SUP. As it’s located at the end of a peninsula there is only one way in ( unless you travel by boat) so it is never overcrowded with visitors even in the summer months!

Would you please share a couple of local gems with us?

There are  four small beaches with clean waters which are safe for children to swim in and is great for exploring the rock pools for fascinating sea life...Summers Beach even has a swing on it!

The harbour is also a great location and very popular for crabbing! Crabbings is such fun for all family – adults and children along, from catching them  and then setting them free on the jetty and having crab races. My top tip...the secret of catching lots of crabs is smoked bacon and the local butcher will very kindly give you scraps- if you ask nicely!

How would you spend a perfect West Country weekend?

 In the winter I would go for a walk past St Mawes Castle across National Trust land by the sea to the idyllic 13th century St Just in Roseland Church which is located on the waterfront. Back at home I would curl up by the log burning fire with a glass of wine and enjoying the sea views.

In the summer I would relax on the local beaches and sunbathe and swim to the pontoons with my children. We would have a picnic on the beach and then buy an ice cream from our favourite village shop Fudge and Moore. Back at home in the evening I would have a barbecue in the glorious garden with family and friends, there really is no place like it. 

Where in Cornwall would you go for your last meal?

The Driftwood Hotel. Executive chef Chris Eden and his team serve perfection on a plate! Chris is passionate about serving the best Cornish produce, and the service is excellent and unobtrusive. Dining at The Driftwood restaurant is always a highlight for me when I am back in St Mawes.

Do you have a favourite Cornish building?

I don’t think of Cornwall as a place full of buildings I feel it is a place full of Gardens. I have lots of favourite gardens that I love to visit with my family including The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Gardens ,Trelissick Gardens and of course The Eden Project.

Where is your favourite view?

My favourite views are from St Mawes Retreats houses Stargazers, Dreamcatchers, Moonrakers and Shellseekers all have 180 degree sea views of St Mawes bay and the beautiful Carrick headlands and onto St Anthonys’s Lighthouse. It is great escapism to watch the activity on the sea: boats sailing by, windsurfers on the water and the St Mawes Ferry travelling to and from Falmouth throughout the day. The sea views are ever changing and are so exciting every day.

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