As the sun rises overhead, an early morning at Polwheveral still sounds the same as it always has, with the lapping of water as the tide flows in and the ever-joyful songs of the birds above. This might just be one of the most tranquil places to spend a holiday in England, so savour the calm with breakfast out on the terrace, before plotting how to spend your days in paradise.
Secluded within the upper reaches of a creek along the Helford River stands this converted mill. Melyn Goth is set within acres of established private and shared grounds, with flower-filled gardens and a meadow extending right up to the water’s edge.
After a peaceful morning, adventure awaits. Launch your kayaks into the water at high tide and take to the river, exploring the waterways, and claiming secluded coves as your very own for the day. Or make the most of the water from the comfort of land. All set with a picnic basket in hand, head up the lane, over pastures and through woodland towards Scott’s Quay. Here you can settle into a bucolic day of wild swimming and lounging amid this much-treasured local spot.
Returning home with sand between your toes and salt upon your skin, cook up something delicious, then wait for the stars to come out. Polwheveral enjoys some of the lowest levels of light pollution in the country and here stargazers can make wishes aplenty. When the time for bed finally rolls around, a touch of french style awaits indoors with sumptuous beds to sink into. There, dreams filled with family fun in a countryside idyll will be had. Although, they might just have already come true.
Melyn Goth, ‘Old Mill’ in Cornish, is a three-bedroom apartment with an open-plan living area. Large groups or families travelling together can also book the garden apartment, Gwel-an-Dowr, downstairs. When booked together the properties sleep up to eight people.