The Rosevine's lovely gardens.
The Rosevine's lovely gardens.

A Family Break at The Rosevine, Cornwall

We knew we were going to be impressed by this intimate complex of luxury family apartments, suites and rooms as soon as we approached the driveway and saw the building. And stepping through the Rosevine's entrance to be greeted by one of the superb front-of-house team, we knew we were going to be well looked after.

There are 12 apartments and suites at The Rosevine. The apartments all have slightly different configurations – some have two separate bedrooms, with self-catering facilities, and some combine a living area and kitchenette with a sleeping area with a double bed, and a separate kids' bedroom. All ground-floor units have floor-to-ceiling windows and double doors leading to a private terrace. There is also a selection of suites upstairs, ideal for accompanying members of the family (perhaps grandparents).

The attention to detail is superb, but one of the best things is that somehow, and very cleverly, almost all of the accommodation faces seawards. The view is terrific - so terrific in fact that at times it seemed difficult to hold an entire conversation, as ultimately our eyes would be drawn to look across the fabulously established subtropical gardens to the sea (are we even in the same country?!), from the apartment and our terrace but also the dining area. Everything somehow seemed bigger, more grand, and more beautiful... 

After settling in and a wander around the grounds, with the skies brightening a little, we headed out. We hadn't noticed when we arrived, but the lane that The Rosevine is on only goes to one destination - the beach, just a minute's walk down the hill. And what a great beach it is, with vast expanses of sand and hardly anyone on it.

We also took a walk to the delightful village of Portscatho a half-mile along the coastal path, with some terrific views along the way. We found a pub to return to at a later point, a restaurant and a terrific shop for groceries and supplies, Ralph's, selling everything from fresh monkfish, reheatable Cornish curries, and fruit and veg to a fantastic wine section and particularly good selection of ales. My partner felt duty-bound to sample a few of the local ales while I chose organic lager (my first ever, and delicious).

After an excellent breakfast the next morning, total optimism was shown by all with regard to the heavy mist, but it seemed to follow us for the weekend. It would have been nice to lie on the loungers in the garden or dine on the outdoor tables overlooking the sea, but we were already in heaven. It also meant that we spent more time at The Rosevine, rather than being out all day, so we were able to go for a swim in what felt like our own pool!

The Rosevine is a superb place to stay, created by people who know first-hand the difficulties families face at times. Everything has been put in place for all members of the family to enjoy their stay to the utmost, in a perfect blend of incredible hospitality, total luxury and superb service, all delivered with a wonderfully relaxed and informal cheeriness. And the hosts are only too willing to share a long list of recommendations, each accompanied by invaluable local tips on the best place to park, or a restaurant too good to miss, a gallery to visit, which train to take, and everything else that goes to make a family holiday stress-free.

Read more about family holidays and break at The Rosevine, and see our destination guide to family holidays in Cornwall.

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