Last week we spent an incredible five nights with some of our closest friends and their kids at a luxury holiday home in Cornwall called Stargazers. We had been counting down the days and excitedly chatting online about our holiday for weeks and so you imagine how delighted we were when we were welcomed by these views….
Normally when we arrive on holiday we cannot wait to rush in and check out our accommodation but at Stargazers we were quite happy to admire the amazing sea views whilst listening to the children shrieking and laughing as they ran around, exploring the ‘secret paths’ at the bottom of the garden and bouncing excitedly on the trampoline!
When we finally did gather up the kids and enter the property there were lots more excitable shrieks, this time from everyone in group, Dad’s included! I wish I had recorded it, it would have been hilarious to watch back…. Us adults were like big kids checking out each of the five bedrooms and bathrooms, trying out the reclining leather sofas in the front room and exclaiming loudly at the absolutely genius idea of having a separate living area for the kids, (which had a Wii console and play tent!)
Whilst this was going on the kids were running around trying out every bed and sussing out where all the toys, movies and books were stored. It didn’t take them long to discover three wardrobes FULL of dressing up clothes and we were soon being entertained by wannabe princesses, pirates and super hero’s, prancing around!
Just as we thought we had discovered all the hidden surprises in our new home the Dad’s discovered the garage. (I’m not even sure what made them look in there to be honest, I know I certainly wouldn’t have thought to check out the outbuildings!) They came into the kitchen with huge boyish grins on their faces and described the garage as a treasure chest… I thought they were being a little OTT, until I checked it out for myself. It was stocked full of goodies… a ping pong table, snooker table, an electric car for the kids to ride on, scooters, push chairs, wetsuits, buckets, spades, fishing nets, kites, bats, balls…. I could go on and on. The owner and mum of two, Amanda, had thought of absolutely everything that a family could possibly need for a beach holiday in Cornwall.
One of the features I will always remember about our arrival at Stargazers is opening up the double fridge and cupboards and finding them packed full of our favourite food and drink. St Mawes Retreats offer many concierge services including food unpacking which is an absolutely brilliant idea, especially for families. I ordered our food online through Tesco and the housekeeper had put everything away for us which made our arrival so relaxing and carefree.
This time last week we were just arriving at Stargazers @stmawesretreats A stunning five bedroom luxury holiday home in St Mawes, Cornwall. The long drive from Gloucestershire was definitely worth it for these views and this delicious welcome gift – Cornish scones and clotted cream. 😊 The holiday letting company offer a food unpacking service which we took advantage of…. It was great to arrive knowing that we had two fridges (yep two! 😂) and cupboards absolutely full of all of our favourite food and drink. Our wine and beer was chilled too 🍾🍺which was a welcome bonus! #ilovecornwall #cornwall #cottagelife #seaviews #luxuryholiday
We didn’t actually pop that bottle of Prosecco until the kids were in bed but instead we enjoyed a brew and the welcome gift of delicious homemade Cornish scones with clotted cream in the dining room bay window. Over the week this area of the house overlooking the gardens, ocean and lighthouse became our favourite place to chat and relax…
Before we arrived at Stargazers our group had chatted online about making the most of every day by getting up early to explore local attractions. Although we did visit several attractions during our week in St Mawes, (full review coming soon!) I am so pleased to say that we didn’t rush out of the door at the crack of dawn every morning. Stargazers was such a lovely place to just relax and enjoy being together. As the six kids were all happy playing in the gardens, dressing up and having mini discos, us adults took full advantage of being able to take things at an unusually slow pace.
Each morning the kids would wake up and play or watch TV in the kids lounge and then, when all of us adults were awake, we enjoyed a relaxed breakfast together around the huge dining room table, before making up a picnic lunch and heading out around lunch time.
We didn’t even dine out in the evenings, which is very unlike Richard and I. Again the house was so spacious and such a lovely place to enjoy each others company that we didn’t want to waste precious evenings dining out. We tended to cook the kids some tea and put them to bed before having a leisurely dinner followed by a few drinks and playing games in the front room. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather and were able to make use of the gas BBQ provided to have our first BBQ of the year!
Luxury holiday home in Cornwall with the services of a 5* hotel
Amanda prides herself on offering the facilities of a 5* hotel from the comfort of your own (huge!) luxury holiday home. One of the many concierge services she offers is private dining with a personal chef which we had the absolute pleasure of experiencing on Mother’s Day evening.
It was such a treat not to cook on Mothering Sunday and instead be served a delicious home cooked three course feast. Best of all we enjoyed our meal in peace as our chef Fiona, (Chef Fiona NZ) cooked first for our kids at 5pm and after we had bathed and put them to bed we enjoyed our celebratory meal.
Fiona and I had spoken a few times on the phone to establish our groups food requirements and she had sent through lots of menu ideas. After much deliberation, (because everything sounded absolutely delicious!) we finally decided on the kids having bangers and mash followed by knickerbocker glory. Our meal which much more elaborate… a sharing board of charcuterie, hay smoked duck, baked camembert, olives, houmous, breads, dukkah (mixed spices) and dipping oil. It was superb and beautifully presented with herbs, candles and flowers.
Our main course was a pan roasted lamb rump, ras el hanout, confit lamb neck fritter, squash puree and purple sprouting broccoli which we all thoroughly enjoyed. I’m not sure how we managed to find room for dessert but of course we did and it was exceptional – salted caramel torte served with white chocolate mousse, raspberries and honeycomb.
Fiona described every dish as she served it and had cooked/baked everything from scratch including the kids ice cream, homemade herby bread and even the honeycomb, which was broken up and scattered on our dessert. (I’ve told Richard that I expect this level of service every Mother’s Day from now on!)
I feel privileged to have spent the weekend celebrating Mother's Day with two of my lovely mum friends, husbands and their kids ❤ The weather was amazing, the views from our 5 bed house – Stargazers were incredible and to finish the weekend off in style @stmawesretreats organised for a private chef to cook first for our kids and then later (when kids were in bed😴) for us adults! #bestmothersdayever #ilovecornwall ❤❤
5 things we loved about our luxury holiday home in Cornwall
On our last morning, whilst enjoying one final breakfast together, I grabbed a pen and pad of paper and asked everyone to tell me what they enjoyed the most about our holiday at Stargazers. (The kids were very vocal and the conversation became quite loud as they battled to talk over each other!) Thirty minutes and ten scribbled pages of notes later I had to change the subject because I knew I couldn’t possibly include everything here in this article. Here is a summary of that conversation…
The incredible location!
With a unanimous vote, the location of Stargazers came in first place. This short video shows it off in its full glory.
Check out these views! Don't they make you just want to pack up and move to St Mawes in Cornwall?! Today I have been writing my review of our incredible week last week with @stmawesretreats I've got a little distracted looking at photos and videos ❤ My husband is always commenting that I get distracted easily, whereas I like to call my distractions multi tasking 😂 #ilovecornwall #seaviews #luxuryholiday #holidayhome
Spacious & luxurious accommodation
We all agreed that Stargazers felt like an uber-luxury hotel but with plenty of space for three families to spread out and not be on top of one another. We loved the dual side by side sitting rooms, (a formal one for the adults and a cosy comfy one for the kids), spacious dining area with enough sitting for everyone and five large bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms.
Richard and I particularly liked our HUGE master suite which had its lounge area to sit and enjoy the sea views. Our room was connected to a kids new bunkbed room, which worked perfectly for our boys.
The attention to detail
Stargazers is fully, and I mean FULLY equipped for families! (Amanda puts many luxury, so called ‘family hotels’ to shame). All of the ‘basics’ were provided including stair gates, bottle steriliser, nappy bin, toilet seats, booster seats, bed rails, plastic tablewear. PLUS as mentioned above, three wardrobes of fancy dress costumes (including several of the most popular outfits to avoid wannabe Elsa and Anna meltdowns!), kids toys, books, movies, Wii console, beach equipment, trampoline in the garden, playtent… The washing machine and dryer also came in very handy as did the beach towels which were also provided.
Our fabulous welcome
It was lovely to walk through the door and be welcomed with homemade scones, teddies on all the kids beds, fresh flowers, a hand written greeting card and essentials provided in the kitchen.
Proximity to St Mawes Castle, St Mawes village and several stunning beaches
It was a pleasure to be able to leave the cars at our temporary home and explore the area on foot. We also hopped on the local ferry and travelled across to Falmouth which as you can imagine all six kids thought was the most amazing experience ever! St Mawes itself is absolutely stunning…
As you may be able to guess from this rather lengthy review, we absolutely adored our week at Stargazers! If you are looking for a luxury holiday home in Cornwall, to enjoy time with family or friends, we can thoroughly recommend you check out St Mawes Retreats. The family run company owns a total of six luxury holiday homes in St Mawes which cater for between 2 – 14 guests. The cost for 7 nights at Stargazers start at £1,790 (which spilt between three families is less than £100 per family per night!) Check out their website for more information – http://www.stmawesretreats.co.uk
Disclaimer – We were kindly invited as guests of St Mawes Retreats in return for this honest review. All photos copyright Travel Loving Family.
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