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Twinkling in the sunlight, this ultra-modern dwelling in England's far southwest is entirely glass fronted. Trendily furnished inside, it boasts a secluded hot tub on the patio - and its setting is a gorgeous 4--hectare country estate, once owned by a powerful Cornish family, the St Aubyns, for more than 500 years.
With so many envy-inducing photo opportunities, it's little wonder the lodge is being marketed as "a must for fashionable families visiting the southwest".
Our family - fashionable or not - consisting of myself and husband Mark, tricky-to-impress Max, 14, and mess-creating Eve, 6, visited for a long-weekend.
The Glass Lodge was completed in July last last year (it's one of two on the estate that has over 40 self-catering houses in all), yet shows no signs of wear. The ornaments - such as a wooden lighthouse and campervan, instantly pounced upon by Eve as toys - seem hardy, while the wooden flooring in the living area is practical.
Max's fears of being trapped in the countryside with only his family for company, vanish the moment he steps onto a Segway. He's instantly zooming along at the maximum speed of 20kmph. Soon, even us parents have mastered the basics, and we go off road, whizzing over the lawn to the lakeside, bumping up a woodland path and fording a stream. Later, we try an archery class, competing to hit a classic target, balloons and even a foam zombie.
We all love swimming in the warm, indoor pools (although there is no shallow end for little ones; both pools are mostly 1.6m deep). And one sunny afternoon, we row on the shimmering lake - mostly in circles, and followed by a bemused duck and her wake of baby ducklings.
Head 20km northwest from Clowance, and you'll find yourself in St Ives, a picturesque fishing town with a sweeping beach, arty atmosphere and the Tate gallery.
We drive 10km south, away from a misty north coast, to sun-drenched Porthleven. Passing swish boutiques and harbour-front restaurants, we reach a lovely beach of small pebbles, bordered by rocks that the children happily scramble up.