On Location: Cornwall

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    Pencalenick House (020-7747 6858), a seven-bedroom designer home tucked into a wooded hillside that offers spectacular views across the water to Fowey. Built from cedar and local stone, it features an eco-friendly grass roof and glass walls. Add in huge Philippe Starck baths, plasma TVs and an Aga and your dream country holiday is complete. Sleeping up to 13 guests, the house costs £2,500 a day including meals, wine, sporting activities and the services of a house manager, chef and yacht with skipper and crew.


    Walk the cliffs and creeks and picnic in the woods. See www.southwestcoastpath.com.

    Visit the Eden Project, which also stages gigs in the summer.

    Go sailing. Pencalenick residents have use of La Caniche, a classic 1930s motor yacht.

    Read a book. The house has a library, and don’t miss the Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre in Fowey.

    Relax. We loved drinking wine in the evening sun looking out over the estuary, then dining on delicious home-cooked food made with organic produce and locally caught fish.


    Fowey, a pretty port on the south Cornish coast famous for yachting, walking and its associations with the writer Daphne du Maurier. The nearest railway stations are Par and St Austell, or Newquay airport is about 30 miles away. Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly (£9.99, Landmark) is an up-to-date guide, and useful websites are www.fowey.co.uk, www.visitcornwall.com and www.cornwalltasteofthewest.co.uk.

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