Cornwall Special

Cornwall Intro 300x200 Cornwall SpecialWith its beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs and reputation as an extreme-sports paradise, Cornwall is the quintessential British summer holiday destination.  However, we popped down to the North Cornwall for a short break during the colder months and found it to be a true haven for relaxation.  From well-maintained self-service apartments to luxurious eco-chic hotels, we unearthed some truly impressive accommodation options.  The restaurant scene was equally inspiring, with many chefs taking advantage of the abundance of quality local produce to create some great food.

Our first stop was Watergate Bay.  With two miles of beautiful beach to play on and the awesome Xtreme Academy sports centre to provide the toys, Watergate Bay is commonly known as the ultimate adrenalin junkie’s paradise in Cornwall.  From a spot of surfing on the famously choppy waves or the somewhat scarier looking traction-kiting on the smooth sands, this place has it all.

However, a little unexpectedly, it also has a fantastic choice of accommodation and restaurants for those moments when you aren’t trying to self-harm in the name of sports.

We kicked-off the trip with a stay at the super-convenient Beach Retreats private apartments.  If it’s a true home-away-from-home experience you are after, this is the place to be.  Kitted out better than most peoples homes, apartments are stylish, comfortable and conveniently located by the coast and the various restaurants.  Click here for full review…

Next stop was the The Hotel at Watergate Bay. The Hotel brings beach life right up to date by offering all of the facilities for an adventure filled trip as well as truly relaxing, barefoot comfort, for those who wish to stay out of the path of danger.  Simple, uncluttered and spacious rooms feature subtle vintage furniture, cosy beds, all of the mod-cons you could need and stunning sea views for a relaxing stay.  Dining options are also impressive, with the aptly named The Living Space where you could happily watch the day go buy in absolute comfort; and The Brasserie, which serves up some delicious food with great views.  Click here for full review…

If you build up a bit of an appetite after a spot of extreme sports or even a walk along the sands, take a trip to The Beach Hut, a cool restaurant on the beach serving up an eclectic menu of delicious dishes from breakfast onwards.  Click here for full review…

Adding a bit of celebrity pizzazz to Watergate Bay is Fifteen Cornwall, the philanthropic restaurant venture launched by that chef geezer, Jamie Oliver.  Taking a prime location directly above the Beach Hut restaurant, Fifteen benefits from the same stunning beachside views, albeit in a more stylish setting. The visual spectacle also extends to the view inside the restaurant, with all of the sights and action from the chefs available courtesy of the restaurant-length open kitchen.  The menu provides Jamie Oliver’s signature rustic Italian cooking style using the top quality local ingredients. Click here for full review…

Excitement and gallivanting over, it was time for some pampering and proper downtime, so we made the short drive up from Watergate Bay to The Scarlet Hotel. Perched on the clifftops looking out of the golden sands of Mawgan Porth, The Scarlet is one of the UK’s most unique and cleverly designed hotels.  Consideration for the environment was a major factor in the luxury hotel’s planning, so it was designed to create a unique and sustainable building that enhances the local environment and allows residents to benefit from nature.  Featuring an outstanding spa, cool lounge areas and some terrific food, this is the kind of place that you could spend days in without the need to leave.  Click here for full review…