A Beautiful Home | Dreamcatchers at St Mawes Retreats

If you were following my Instagram or Facebook page over the last week or so you’d see that we’d made the journey down to Cornwall, to celebrate our wedding anniversary at St Mawes Retreats. St Mawes is in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and Dreamcatchers is, arguably, one of the most beautiful houses too.

The winding little lanes leading up to the front gate are so narrow, that we mistook the road that Dreamcatchers sits on for a pathway at first.

White rendered walls screen the property — which nestles on a hillside overlooking the estuary — and the unassuming exterior doesn’t give anything away at all.

Zig zag down a meandering path to the front door, which still gives no clue to what’s inside.

But put the key in the lock and push it open and you’re greeted by the most spectacular view; both outside the windows and inside the house.

For an interiors addict, like me, Dreamcatchers is a joy.

A white glass topped Calligaris table, surrounded by Kartell Ghost Chairs. Quirky, handmade artwork dotted around the walls and a La Volières bird cage lamp (that I’ve coveted for years) perched happily on a Conran side table.

The attention to detail is fabulous.

The house has been beautifully kitted out in punchy florals and bright Designer’s Guild-esque fabrics and even on the greyest winter day, Dreamcatchers feels like summer.

Two of the five bedrooms have bathtubs with gorgeous ambient lighting — and separate waterfall showers — in the  room, which feels so luxurious.

And the little twin room, that the boys stayed in, even had a TV in the ensuite bathroom. Bathtime with CBeebies was the highlight of their stay at Dreamcatchers.

The upside down house

The layout at Dreamcatchers is topsy-turvy. The bedrooms are downstairs and the sitting room — and giant open plan living kitchen — are at the top of the house. But the breathtaking views are visible from both floors.

Sitting in a hot bubble bath, looking out over the estuary, and sipping a glass of something fizzy was the loveliest experience.

St Mawes Retreats offer the most fabulous places to getaway from real life for a little while.

Cream Teas and Cloudbursts

We went for our anniversary and although February is perhaps not the first month that would spring to mind for a Cornish weekend away, it was perfect.

It’s the loveliest place to stay for a celebration.

The concierge had kindly left us some flowers and an anniversary card. Not to mention a bottle of Prosecco, scones, jam and clotted cream. It’s thoughtful touches like that that really make a place stick in your memory, isn’t it?

On days when gales were howling around the coastline, we cosied up inside and made the most of our beautiful home from home.

Tucking into a Cornish cream tea indoors was the perfect antidote to the storm that raged on outside.

There are some places that really suit squally weather conditions; Wales, the Lake District — and most definitely Cornwall. The views outside the huge bank of windows were epic. Watching the sea churning and swirling beneath us, like a giant washing machine, was thrilling and awe-inspiring. On those days I was so happy to be inside, in the cosy confines of Dreamcatchers.

And on the finer days, we wrapped up warm and went out exploring.

Cornwall is so beautiful. Picture perfect in every way.

On our last day the weather was glorious. Blue, blue skies and calm seas; so we took the little ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth. More on this later though  — this post is already so picture heavy! I’m going to write separately about that.

Dreams and wishes

I’d love to go back and experience Dreamcatchers in the summer months.
I can’t — for a minute — believe that it could be any more beautiful than it was in the first week of February this year. But it would be lovely to compare and contrast.

Dreamcatchers is so aptly named.

Those fresh, Cornish sea breezes certainly blow roses into your cheeks and make you sleep very soundly.

A house of dreams in every sense.

Many thanks to Amanda and the team at St Mawes Retreats for generously allowing us to come and stay and sample the delights of Dreamcatchers for the purposes of this review; and looking after us so beautifully.

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. Steph Oakes
    14th February 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Wow! It looks so idyllic Caro! It’s been on my radar for a while now but you’ve just made me want to go more! Xx

    • 15th February 2017 / 3:59 pm

      It exceeded expectations Steph — I would highly, highly recommend it. Particularly if you have a large group and could share the cost. I guess it could be expensive for a couple but would be really reasonable for a group to take over the property. We’re trying to work out when we can go back! We have two 60th birthdays in our family this year but trying to organise a party for 17 in August is working out a little bit of a headache!! LOL!!

  2. 14th February 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Sounds absolutely wonderful Caro. I loved seeing your photos on Instagram. It really does look more like summer than February down there.

    • 15th February 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Gosh, it really was wonderful. For so many different reasons — the weather was crazy; literally 4 seasons in one day!!

  3. 15th February 2017 / 6:26 am

    I’ve been on the lookout for this post since seeing your pics on Instagram, all I can say is ‘wow!’ The interior design in the house and the attention to detail is simply gorgeous and so luxurious! Definitely not your average holiday home. And what beautiful location and views to top it off! x

    • 15th February 2017 / 3:36 pm

      It really was fabulous — I’ve got another post coming up with our amazing anniversary meal. A chef came to the house to cook for us — it was the most spoiling experience ever!! :)

  4. 15th February 2017 / 7:54 am

    My goodness, what a beautiful place and a beautiful review. I felt like I was there with you! We adore Cornwall and this place just looks amazing!

    • 15th February 2017 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks lovely — it definitely exceeded expectations!! Just for the view alone! Absolutely priceless!!

  5. 15th February 2017 / 9:16 am

    Such a beautiful house and special way to celebrate your wedding anniversary. One of my favourite part of staying at cottages or houses on holiday in England is the chance to stay in beautifully decorate home that is not filled with endless toys. I love the bright and cheerful interior and the bathtubs are so dreamy. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us.

    • 15th February 2017 / 3:20 pm

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? The lack of toys was a DEFINITE bonus!!!!! xx

  6. 16th February 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Your piccies on Insta looked so fabulous and reminded me of our Cornish holiday back in September as we stayed just up the road from St Mawes. It’s such a beautiful part of the world isn’t it? Dreamcatchers looks stunning and the perfect place to get away from it all Xx

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:03 am

      I can’t wait to go back to Cornwall in May and explore even more — it’s such a beautiful corner of Britain. We’re so lucky aren’t we? :)

  7. Philippa
    16th February 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Wow what a completely amazing retreat! I love the way they’ve decorated the space – its a bonus that the location is also stunning! Thanks for sharing – might have to nudge my other half in the direction of this place for our next holiday! :) Philippa x

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:06 am

      It’s TOTALLY amazing!! You’d love it. Would highly recommend for a holiday :)

  8. 16th February 2017 / 9:55 pm

    wow that is stunning, Cornwall is my favourite place in the world. x

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:38 pm

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? And me too! I’d move there in a heartbeat!

  9. 16th February 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I love St Mawes, it’s so beautiful – as is Cornwall. And this looks a gorgeous place – and congrats – I might have noticed you’d been there… ;) Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc xx

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:39 pm

      Oh me too Steph!! I’d never been to St Mawes before — I literally didn’t want to leave!!! xx

  10. 17th February 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Ahhh, it looks so glorious! I can totally see why they’d make the house topsy-turvy – those views are amazing. x #HomeEtc

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:39 pm

      They really are, aren’t they? You would literally never get bored of looking out of the window!! xx

  11. 17th February 2017 / 9:58 pm

    It looks beautiful, Caro style is so important to me when choosing accommodation and this is right up my street style wise x

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Same Sarah!! And, to be honest, I doubt you’d find anywhere more stylish than St Mawes retreats!! :)

  12. 19th February 2017 / 3:43 pm

    WOW! Omg it looks amazing and I literally cannot wait to go! What a beautiful part of the UK. Gorgeous photos too xx


    • 24th February 2017 / 7:58 pm

      It was SO amazing!! I’d really love to go back in the summer — and experience St Mawes in finer weather. Such a beautiful place; you’re going to love it!!

  13. 20th February 2017 / 11:36 am

    Ah it looks so beautiful Caro, and I’m glad you had a lovely trip with your boys :-) I’m absolutely loving the bird cage lamp, I’ve seen similar before and I’m still coveting them so think I need one in my life! x

    • 26th February 2017 / 10:06 am

      Thanks lovely. YES! That lamp has been on my wish-list forever!!! I couldn’t believe they had one!!

  14. 22nd February 2017 / 10:13 am

    Oh Caro, I hopped on the website after Karen visited and was blown away by the properties but your photos have cemented how amazing they are. I so wish they were a little bit closer. I’d be there like a shot. I followed your InstaStories and photos when you were visiting and that morning view from the balcony?! Stunning!!

    • 24th February 2017 / 10:05 am

      Having been, I still don’t think that the photos do it justice!! It is SO fabulous inside — and the location is gorgeous. It’s far but I want to go back again!! It felt like we were in another country! :)

  15. 22nd February 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Oh wow what a stunning place ! Love the way it has been decorated and it looks like such a gorgeous location to spend some time with loved ones.

  16. 8th April 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Looks amazing, with a family of 9, we really struggle to find places that can accommodate all of us, but this looks perfect.

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