These two lovely stone houses have been sublimely updated to offer every 21st century comfort but at heart stay true to their ancient heritage. The traditional exteriors of both The Miller's House and The Coach House, just steps apart, give little hint of their fabulously contemporary interiors.
Any reservation placed at Froe is provisional as we need to check availability with the owner before confirming a booking.
There is under floor heating throughout this luxury homestay so it's always toasty warm. There are squashy sofas and big wall-mounted plasma TVs in both sitting rooms together with wood burners and open fires. The walls are adorned with fabulous modern art, and The Coach House has table football so dig out your retro footie t-shirts and hone your wrist twiddling skills!
The Coach House's open plan living room has a fully fitted kitchen/dining area so you can prepare breakfast and snacks to your heart's content, but the huge light-filled kitchen in The Miller's House is the place where you will all want to gather together for scintillatingly sociable meals. With its sleek white units, ultra-cool steam oven and fully equipped island unit, catering for big groups is as easy as pie (even easier if you call in one of our friendly personal chefs!). The oak Conran refectory table seats fourteen with a matching oak bench and Eames dining chairs. Two vintage leather armchairs flank the wood burner and French doors look out over the mill pool and winding creek beyond. Massive glass doors in the kitchen area disappear back into the walls, so the whole room opens out to the slate terrace and bespoke slate dining table. This is a wonderful place to sit in the evening with a glass in hand as the sun sets over the tree-lined creek.
The two houses at Froe sleep up to fourteen people in seven bedrooms. The Miller's House has three en suite double bedrooms, the master with a dressing area, walk in shower and a claw foot bath in which you can soak and admire the beautiful view out to the creek beyond. There are two sets of doors onto a glass sided balcony so you can lie in bed and watch the tide ebb and flow in the creek. The second bedroom has views over the mill pool and a bathroom with slate basins and a slate sided bath while the third bedroom is cosy and snug and has an en suite shower room. The Coach House has four double bedrooms (two of which can be prepared as twins if required) three of which look out over the creek and two with en suite shower rooms, while the other two share a shower room and cloakroom.
Altogether at Froe there are six bathrooms (two with luxurious baths and the rest boasting big walk in showers), not forgetting the ground floor cloakrooms in both houses.
The Miller's House has wide slate terraces on two sides overlooking the creek and mill pool with lawns below leading down to planted borders and the water's edge. You can arrive by boat (by prior arrangement and at additional cost) at high tide - there is 600ft of private river frontage and a private pontoon - and swim, canoe or kayak in the mill pool. The Coach House has its own courtyard with slate chip pathways, abundantly planted borders and a sitting area overlooking the creek, with a doorway through an old stone wall into the gardens surrounding The Miller's House. There is a pathway through the adjacent woods which belong to Froe and across the fields to Towan beach, a lovely National Trust stretch of sand that is often deserted so you play pirates and shipwrecks to your heart's content. In order to keep the garden looking at its very best, the gardener requires access to the grounds once a week.
Please note that the small white building nearest the water's edge is unoccupied during guests' stay, Froe and the grounds are completely private to you during your holiday.
There is plenty of private parking at Froe, enough space for at least eight cars.
The houses are perfectly placed to explore nearby Portscatho, St Mawes, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Portloe and Charlestown. The Nare Hotel with their Carne Bay Spa is open to non-residents and special packages are available which enable non-residents to use the hotel's fabulous facilities and enjoy a treatment in the Spa. The nearby beaches are stunning, Porthbean, Pendower and Carne Beach to name a few!
Places to eat
The Watch House restaurant is in beautiful St Mawes overlooking the inner harbour with views out towards St Anthonys Head and offers fabulous menus in a great location.
Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes overlooks the water and has a superb reputation (owned by Olga Pollizi, the renowned hotelier and daughter of the late hotel magnate Lord Forte). This is a fantastic place to eat, whether it's lunch, a cream tea or a wonderful evening meal.
Driftwood is a fabulous boutique beach house hotel (again with amazing sea views) just outside Portscatho, with a Cornish-bred Michelin starred chef, Chris Eden.
The Rosevine is also near Portscatho, a New England-inspired get-away with a laid back feel. Wonderful location and wonderful food.
And for something just a little different......try The Hidden Hut beach cafe, found beside the coastal footpath and only accessible on foot.... we certainly think it's worth the walk. It's a wooden beach-side shed serving simple fresh food and drink from March through to October. In theory everything is to take away, but there's an outdoor seating area to the front with uninterrupted views out to sea and across the bay to Portscatho should you wish to sit down and relax. Their feast nights are fabulous, these are only available by pre-booked ticket as they're so popular!
Froe is fully WiFi ready, so if you need to keep in touch with the outside world you can.
A small, mature, well behaved dog may be considered. Please contact us to discuss and book. We charge £30 per dog per week or short break.
"Everything was excellent, top quality and beautifully presented. The local caretaker was super helpful when we needed him to reset a smoke alarm (burnt toast!) and we loved the outdoor table tennis table. A superb house in a superb location to which we would readily return." May 2014
"Truly the most fantastic house and the perfect setting for a family gathering. Could not have been happier!" June 2014
"This place is absolutely beautiful. The most idyllic setting looking down the estuary with the perfect views from the master bedroom and kitchen. The interiors are very tasteful and charming making us feel like we were in a home! Very excellent indeed." May 2015
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