The Stewardry, which is part of the Boconnoc estate in Lostwithiel, is a beautiful, recently renovated luxury property that oozes elegance and comfort. Sleeping 14 guests in kings and twins plus two pooches, this 18th-century manor house sits elegantly in a wildly romantic wooded valley.
Surrounding the home, you will find endless walks and running routes; perfect for those who like to be immersed in the glorious countryside with nothing but the birds for company. Nurture your Cornish soul with the serenity of surroundings where you can find an orchard and a babbling brook.
Inside, The Stewardry is festooned with features and considered colours mimic the external burst of nature. Be as together or apart as you wish, with the plethora of reception rooms positioned around the property. Come together around the smart TV with BT package in the snug or slide apart for solitary books or music in the lounge, study, ante-room or drawing room.
The wooded escarpment sweeps down into tranquil valleys, creating spectacular trails for runs and walks. Wake to the babbling brook and the dawn chorus. Lose a few hours on the tennis court in the afternoon sunshine. Pluck an apple from the orchard trees in autumn. Raid the kitchen garden for seasonal goodies. Replenish your soul.
Spot deer, sheep and pheasants in the grounds. Picnic by the stream. Sip champagne on the lawns. Stay up way past bedtime to tell tall tales around the firepit and cook over coals on the Weber barbecue while the kids play games on the grass. After gastronomy, enjoy amateur astronomy from the outdoor seating area on a clear night.
Congregate, celebrate and rejuvenate in an 18th-century manor house alive with charm and refinement. Wildly romantic interiors bring the outside in with a palette inspired by the explosion of nature in the gardens that fill the full-height windows. Play it together in sociable spaces or play it apart in one of four delicious reception rooms.
After a long day on the wooded trails, head to the snug to warm your bones by the open fire and pick a movie from the Netflix menu (don’t forget your password). Or slide away awhile to gather your thoughts with a crisp rosé and mellow music on the Sonos in the drawing room, ante-room or study.
Wi-Fi is superfast around these parts. But if screen time begins to wain, there’s 3D action available on the table-tennis table and a box of games for kids to get stuck into. Or just peruse the selection of books on the library shelves. The Stewardry may be elegant but with a welcoming fire, cosy spaces and a light, bright outlook, it’s very much a home with a heart.
At the Stewardry you’ll find a beautiful farmhouse style kitchen which is not only beautiful but functional too. You’ll enjoy the contemporary units, gas cooker and five-burner hob. It’s a sociable, open-plan space you’ll love, all with a backdrop of the Ottoline Little Wild Tulip wallpaper, Pierre Frey blind and Victorian sideboard that works as an island.
Sometimes however you might wish to just put your feet up and pop a cork or two. If so, the team can recommend private chefs who can bring their private-dining expertise to your party. How about spiced butterbean chicken chilli with sour cream, or hake, mushroom, spinach and pesto tray bake? Yes, we thought so too.
Eat in the grand dining room, bursting with original features, or out in the Cornish sunshine on the terrace with locally sourced meat from the coal Weber barbecue. Alternatively, order five-star fish and chips from The Coddy Shack or fragrant fare from India’s southern states washed down with red or white from Wadebridge Wines.
Enjoy great pub food from The Ship Inn in Lerryn, Haveners in Fowey and The Crown in Lanlivery. Or head to Appleton’s in Fowey for olive-oil poached cod or tagliatelle with mushroom and black truffle ragu. Try Fitzroy for fine seafood, or The Longstore for surf and turf while gazing at Charlestown Harbour.
Sleep like you haven’t a care in seven bedrooms beautifully renovated by Sarah Fortescue with designs inspired by the breathtaking gardens at Boconnoc. Fabrics by Charlotte Gaisford, Parker and Joules, and Braquenie create a playful, serene calm.
Bedroom one and two are both kingsize with en-suites, while bedroom three is also a king with steps down to its own bathroom. Bedroom four and five are twins with their own bathroom just a few steps down the corridor. A sofa bed in the sitting room sleeps two more.
With beds for 14, The Stewardry is geared for family-friendly, multi-generational fun. You can even bring a couple of dogs. Take them out on the trails through Boconnoc Woods, picnic by the Lerryn tributary, explore the acres of grounds, meet deer, sheep and pheasants, and help pick dinner from the kitchen garden or apples from the orchard.
Stay up late on school nights to make memories around the firepit or sizzle steaks and sausages on the barbecue. When a new day dawns, follow breakfast on the patio by breaking out the rackets and setting up a tournament for a bit of healthy competition.
Play ping-pong or pool in the games room, bag a book from the shelves and read in one of five reception rooms, or dive into the box of games. Make sure you bring your passwords to tap into the superfast Wi-Fi and catch a family film on the 50” TV in the snug with the logs crackling on the open fire.
Gone are the days when the only way to view a house was solely by way of poring over flat and sometimes confusing floor plans. With the emergence of 360-degree video we have an exciting new way of being introduced to the layout of a house.
With a few clicks you can be leisurely making your way through living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms – the whole house in all its beauty waiting for you to step on in for an effortless and insightful virtual tour.