Paul and Lesley Stapleton are natural hosts – genial, welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. In 2014 they rescued this handsome Grade II-listed manor, set in 25 acres of mature gardens, from a state of dilapidation. They have refurbished the place immaculately, retaining fine architectural features while bringing the house into the 21st century. The seven bedrooms have been beautifully and individually decorated, with emperor-sized beds and state-of-the-art bathrooms (the largest also have freestanding baths). The little things haven’t been forgotten either, with hot water bottles and robes upstairs and crackling fires, delicious breakfasts and an honesty bar for help-yourself drinks downstairs. Homemade cakes are baked by Paul’s mother, while the large, airy sitting room is a real home from home. The location close to the Camel Estuary could hardly be better, within striking distance of some of North Cornwall’s best and prettiest towns, beaches, golf courses and restaurants, including Michelin-starred Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac and Paul Ainsworth in Padstow. A great place to escape the kids.
Doubles from £160
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