Falling for Falmouth; Cornish fishing town is a hit with families.
THERE'S few places in the UK where your children can go fishing in the garden.
But in a town with the world's third largest harbour, things tend to take a nautical turn.
With three young children, my husband Lee and I decided to jump on the Staycation bandwagon this year. So we chose the fishing town of Falmouth, south west Cornwall.
We stayed at the Anchorage, a holiday home in a converted boatyard, right on the harbour and boasting fabulous views across the water to the peninsula towns of Flushing and St Mawes.
Better still, the courtyard garden backed straight on to the water where James, nine, and Ruby, five, could fish as our youngest Mia, 19 months, looked on intrigued.
Falmouth has all you need on a self-catering holiday with M&S and Tesco sharing space with delicatessens and fishmongers.
And as it's a fishing town, there's fresh seafood in the restaurants and plenty of Cornish pasty shops.
My children quickly reckoned Cornish pasties were "the best thing we've ever tasted".
Outside Falmouth there are four beautiful beaches within easy reach.
First we tried Gyllyngvase Beach, a wide bay with a shop selling buckets and spades plus lovely food at the Gylly Beach Caf.
The next beach we visited was Swanpool just along the coast and just as lovely. The fantastic Three Mackerel restaurant has views across Falmouth Bay to St Anthony Head and the Lizard Peninsula.
Once you get bored of the beaches, ferry trips are a fantastic way to see the sights. I'd recommend the crossing to St Mawes. Other options include a night fishing trip and an hour long trip up the River Fal.
If the weather turns bad, there is still plenty to do. Our favourite attraction was the maritime museum in Falmouth where you can look under the sea without getting wet.
Another good trip, about an hour from Falmouth, is the Eden Project which, once you have paid, you can visit as many times as you like.
Another good day out is taking a drive down to St Ives. Here you can see the Tate Gallery and of course have a go at surfing - or if you're less brave just watch from the shore!
After a week of all these activities, we felt a world away from our busy daily lives and were already planning our return next year.
FACTFILE: The Harpins booked with Cornish Traditional Cottages. Seven nights at The Anchorage (sleeps six ) costs from pounds 436 to (pounds 1,020 in high season. Call 01208 821 666 or try www.corncott.com
For boating ideas visit www.boatdistrict.co.uk/boattrips-falmouth.htm
Walk in Trebah Gardens, dubbed one of the world's best.
Visit the National Seal Sanctuary. (www.sealsanctuary.co.uk).
Pendennis Castle. Kids love it and there's a train which takes you to the town centre (www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis).
'WALL ABOARD: Lee with Mia, James and Ruby. Main pic, the town's pretty harbour SHORE WINNER: Swanpool beach