Given its name, it’s no surprise that Martha’s Orchard was once a market garden filled with apple trees. However, this huddle of brand-new holiday accommodation bears no resemblance to its past, except that each of the lodges is now named after a different variety of apple and a few new apple trees have been planted in the pretty sensory garden. Now with a nod to modern New England style, these seven lodges and two luxury cottages are the perfect location for families and groups (with dogs in tow, too), to enjoy a mighty dose of North Cornish beach life.
Of seven stunning bays nearby, the shortest walk away is wave-lashed Constantine Bay, one of Cornwall’s finest surf beaches. Nudging its northern hem is cowrie-rich Booby’s Bay, then breathtaking Mother Ivey’s, the pearly horseshoe of Harlyn and Trevone with its magnificent blowhole. Hop south to the sandy cove of Treyarnon and seek out the tidal pool, then onto Porthcothan – which you might recognise as the setting of Nampara Cove in the recent BBC adaptation of Poldark.
What with the South West Coast Path, a scenic golf course, the Camel Trail and gourmet Padstow also on the doorstep, there’s much more than the sand-between-your-toes lifestyle to be enjoyed. However, these swanky holiday lodges have been tailor-made for seaside living, with utility rooms for boards and beach gear, bi-fold doors opening onto sundecks and hot tubs to slip into once you’ve slipped out of your wetsuit.
Indoors you’ll find plump sofas, sumptuous beds, Jack and Jill bathrooms, walk-in showers, stacks of storage space and open-plan kitchen/ living/ dining areas made for group entertaining. If you don’t want the kids to be glued to the Smart TVs, there’s an Ottoman filled with games and toys, and roaming toddlers and dogs can be safely hemmed in behind the gated decking.
Once you’ve raided the welcome bag of Cornish goodies, it’s up to you whether you light the barbecue or create a culinary masterpiece in your stylish kitchen; or you might prefer to hit the hot tub with an aperitif before dinner in one of many foodie gems nearby.
Lodges (sleeping 6): £550–£1,750 per week
Luxury Cottages (sleeping 8-10): £1,000–£2,900 per week