Best holiday house ever

This year when we went on holiday to Padstow, we broke with tradition and went to a DIFFERENT HOLIDAY HOUSE. This was a pretty controversial decision read about it here, but a brilliant one. Because we had chosen the best holiday house ever.



The Sailmakers is a stone’s throw from the centre of town, which is amazing in itself. But the interior makes it probably not just the best holiday house ever, possibly the best HOUSE ever. Our house at home is pretty small read about it here. This house wasn’t small.

It’s built over its own garage. Which is huge. Like the Batcave. There’s loads of room to fit your car in (although I wouldn’t like to manoeuvre it in myself, and my husband would like it even less!). There are two interior doors in the garage – one to the hallway and stairs and one to the downstairs bedroom.



The downstairs bedroom has twin beds and its own bathroom with shower. This is the only shower in the house, though, and I would prefer to see another shower upstairs. We spent the week going up and down the stairs using the shower and leaving towels behind. You definitely need to make sure you have enough soap, shampoo, shower gel and toothpaste for all the bathrooms!

The downstairs bedroom is a haven for tweens and teens who would like a bit of their own space. You wouldn’t want to put a toddler in there though as it’s quite a long way from the rest of the house. It is perfectly safe and secure, as the garage can’t be accessed from outside.

Up the stairs and you’re into the very spacious open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge. The kitchen is so big, my daughter did cartwheels in it. There is a dishwasher, fridge and microwave. The washing machine and tumble drier are in the garage.

There is a lovely big wide window across the front of the lounge and the whole thing is painted a seaside-y blue. The decor is very tasteful – a bit seaside, a bit vintage. The TV is on an old sewing table – like the one my Great-Grandmother used, apparently.

Up the stairs to the second floor are the double bedroom and another twin bedroom, BOTH with their own bathrooms. Again, the decor is very tasteful. I particularly loved the bedding and cushions in the master bedroom. The bed doesn’t just look great, though, it’s incredibly comfortable and I slept like a log all week. There’s an antique typewriter like the one my mum used to use  when she first started work in there. I had to explain to kids what it was, they had no idea.



Both the upstairs bathrooms have twin basins and the colour of the bathrooms matches the bedrooms. The carpet throughout is soft and springy. It made me think we need a new carpet at home.

For me, The Sailmakers wasn’t a home from home. It was better than that. Because our home is small and a bit untidy and the carpet isn’t springy.

The only downside is there is no garden or open space, but with Padstow right on your doorstep, you don’t really need it.

If you’re thinking about a self-catering British holiday, I can’t recommend it highly enough. But just wait until I’ve booked for next year!

The Sailmakers sleeps six and is available to book from and costs from £463 in low season to £1,172 in the school summer holidays.  


This is an un-sponsored post. We paid for The Sailmakers from our own hard-earned cash and will happily do it again!


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I love Cornwall, and I love self-catering, I like being able to please myself! Sounds like you had a great time! Will have to wait for me to go back to work in a couple of years for us to have a holiday tho- just can’t afford school holiday prices! Xx

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  2. Padstow is one of my fave places in the world 🙂 can’t beat it for a family holiday. Gad you were pleased with the place and had a lovely time x

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  3. Thanks very much for your comments, ladies 🙂
    School holiday prices are an absolute nightmare, aren’t they?
    It’s nice to know I’m not the only person who loves Padstow (and self-catering!) x

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  4. Ooh, we really love self catering holodays. Looks great. Cheers

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