Cottages with family dining areas

June 9, 2016 by becca.lazar No Comments

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When you’ve got all your friends and family in one place meal times bring the whole group together. It’s the one time of the day when everyone is in the same place at the same time.

 

Even when you’re all inhabiting one area children, husbands and wives can end up as disparate satellites, remembering how to play together or talking shop. Some people wander the shops of Truro, others hit the beach for a surf lesson and yet another group zoom off to the Tate St Ives.

 

Everyone has to eat. Not only do we have to eat, but if you ask us at Cornish Holiday Cottages, it’s one of life’s pleasures. While smart phones and tablets have given us connections to the rest of the human race, meal times bring us closer to our own clan.

 

The Italian’s have it right. Family meals are epic undertakings spanning afternoons and evenings, often stretching long into the night. If you’ve been invited round for an Italian lunch or dinner you can cancel anything else you have planned for the day. Yes, the food is great and hours upon hours of preparation have gone into it, but the secret ingredients are family, friends and good conversation. They are multi-generational affairs where grandchildren and grandparents learn to converse together, the source of family in jokes and the time when you realise that yes, there’s nothing like mum’s home cooking.

 

Many of our best holiday memories centre around dinner tables. There’s the time we all watched a cousin end up covered in chocolate mousse, or an auntie have a few too many Chardonnays and spill some embarrassing stories about our parents. Or the time we made a Thai curry that was far too spicy everyone…but Granny went back for seconds.

 

They can be stressful affairs, especially for those in the kitchen but the effort is worth it when you see everyone sat round the table together. Amidst the hubris of our busy lives, mealtimes unite us.

 

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Wills Cottage

The huge, open-plan kitchen and dining area has space for everyone. Push open the two south facing patio doors to let the summer breeze through, or bring everyone outside to unwind in the summer sun. Two huge patio tables can be pushed together for family style dining and the garden opens out onto sixteen acres of south facing garden and fields, ending up at the Helford River.

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Ridifarne

Ridifarne’s old style country kitchen can really take you away from it all. Although the Ferryboat Inn is only a couple of hundred metres down the road, you’d be foolish not to play with their Aga. With a dedicated dining room with views over the river Helford, getting the whole family round the table, away from electronic devices is no problem whatsoever.

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Roseladen House

A large Georgian fireplace dominates Roseladen’s dining room. Cosy in the winter, bright and airy in the summer with a fabulous woodland view.

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Calamansac East Wing

If you love spending time in the kitchen, East Wing is the place to be. Spacious seems too stuffy a word: you could film a BBC food show in there and sit the whole crew round the table.

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Calamansac West Wing
A giant round table sits in the middle of West Wing’s dining area. There’s no table end to put anyone at the head of, orchestrating conversation and affirming family hierarchy. It’s a pure joy for the jumble of family dining.

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Trolver

Trolver’s dining room opens out on a rear garden through beautiful French doors. At its centre is a weighty country style table that sits eight.

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Helford Point

Part of Helford Point’s pulling power is its position on the Cornish coast path. So expect to sat round the table with weary legs. This kitchen diner has got everything you need to whip up a family meal and have the whole family joining in before sitting round the solid oak table that sits in the centre.

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The Garage

A stunning hand crafted dining table with built in bench and beautiful views of the Port Navas creek. Perfect for the whole gang – seating 15!

 

 

 

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