A Relaxing Cornish Haven at St Mawes Retreats

The weekend before last Andy and I took the opportunity to escape from London for a few days and retreat to St Mawes Retreats, a stunning collection of houses on the Cornish coast, for a weekend of R&R.

In fact, we had such an incredible time at Stargazers that I’ve got a quite a few posts about our weekend retreat. So let’s begin at the beginning…

On the Friday night we took the train down to Truro ,had a homemade picnic, listened to the pouring rain batter against the train and drank champagne to toast to our weekend away (I’d thought ahead and packed my favourite Falcon enamel mugs to complete the picnic vibe). 
We arrived, slightly late as I can’t begin to tell you how bad the weather was, and our friendly taxi driver picked us up and drove us to Stargazers: a stunning property with an even more impressive view of the sea, and our home for the weekend.

I felt more than a little like a kid in a sweet shop when we arrived… I might have been tired after a long week but I was so taken aback by how beautiful the house was that I couldn’t resist the chance to explore the whole house (but that’s a story for another day)! The master bedroom was stunning; a huge, comfy bed with a very extensive wardrobe and two lounge chairs that would be perfect for morning cups of coffee and watching the waves roll in.

A dressing table that was fit for a princess… If it had fitted in my case I might just have taken it home with me..!

And our lovely hosts had even left us a bottle of Prosecco to help us toast our weekend…

St Mawes Retreats is a collection of luxurious holiday houses owned by the Selby family; a family who have been indulging in Cornish holidays for the last 10 years. When they first arrived in beautiful St Mawes they fell in love with the quaint village and its people. In fact, they escaped from the big smoke to St Mawes as much as they could, winter, spring, summer or autumn – and they want to share that love through their beautiful, luxurious holiday homes. 
We popped our bubbles in the gorgeous open plan kitchen…

Cheers-ed!

And then I retreated to one of my favourite spots in the house: the master bathroom. Although all four bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, all fitted from Villeroy and Boch, the master bathroom really was something special. 

I drew myself a hot bath, so content with the Cornish peace and quiet and allowed myself to really relax. Andy retreated to the master bedroom where he promptly switched on the TV and caught up on the latest sports news.
Knowing I didn’t have to be up early I enjoyed my bath until I was so sleepy that all I wanted to do was cosy up in the Hypnos bed (if it’s good enough for Her Majesty herself, I’m very sure that I’ll have a great night’s sleep in one!).
As the weather wasn’t supposed to let up any, we treated ourselves to a lie in before waking up and heading into town for a late, luxurious breakfast at Hotel Tresanton before finally admitting that the storm wasn’t going to pass and deciding to spend our day in front of the fire, champagne in hand, watching the rugby in beautiful Stargazers. 
In fact, pretty much a perfect Saturday if you ask me…
Not only had we been left Prosecco, but Stargazers came stocked with a cream tea: scones, Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam. Well… We weren’t going to say no to such a treat…!
After drying off and warming up, we lit the fire and turned the RBS Six Nations opening weekend on. 
The beautiful log burning stove was the perfect way to keep warm on a cold, winter afternoon. 
I couldn’t resist popping another bottle to celebrate the holiday and getting cosy under a duvet on the sofa. 
Stargazers comfortably sleeps 10 people, so would be perfect for families or reunions of friends, at any time of the year. Even though we visited in February, I’m desperate to return in summer with a group of friends and enjoy a totally different side of St Mawes. The house is perfectly placed for long walks, trips into town, Falmouth and enjoying the beaches: the perfect reunion venue. 

We had initially planned to go out for dinner but in the end it was so wet and windy out that we couldn’t quite face leaving our luxurious house and braving the elements – so a night of wine, good home-cooked food and Scrabble it was!

Andy and I both get a touch competitive (at Scrabble and playing at the table tennis table in the house) so it was a hilarious night, before we eventually decided to call it quits and flop…

… in the second sitting room, where we, of course, turned the fire round, and watched a film until I fell asleep on the sofa!

What better sign is there of being truly relaxed?

The next morning I treated Andy to breakfast in bed. Not quite homemade pain au chocolat, but the thought was most definitely there!

I also took the liberty of picking my own tea mug – you can guess what his mug said ;).

After a wet and wild walk that morning we had just enough time to come back to Stargazers one last time for me to enjoy a cup of tea in the window seat, watching the waves crash and the sun try to peak through. 

St Mawes is one of the most beautiful little villages I’ve visited, and one that I’m already itching to return to. Next time, I think it’ll be with a group of friends for a reunion, maybe a university reunion as Exeter is pretty close-by. St Mawes Retreats make the perfect week or weekend escapes from the city, whether for families, romantic escapes or a fun holiday with friends. 
It’s a really special place, and one that I hope I can visit again soon.
But this is just the start of our Cornish retreat…
We were guests of St Mawes Retreats but all opinions are my own. 

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