Review: The Residence at Gwel an Mor

Susanna Scott is co-founder of BritMums and a travel blogger at A Modern Mother. Here she reviews The Residence at Gwel an Mor in Cornwall. Her accommodation was provided for the purpose of the review.

 

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The Residence at Gwel an Mor are luxurious and offering amazing views over Portreath. Gwel an Mor means sea view in Cornish.

The first thing you notice when you see Cornwall’s  Gwel an Mor is the views. They stretch above high above Portreath and go deep into the wild blue Atlantic. The resort has been charming visitors for years, but this is our first time here and we’re guests to check out their newest venture: The Residences.

A barrier lifts to reveal a sea of silver birch homes that artfully blend into the environment. Each residence has a large plantation-style verandah with a private jacuzzi, patio furniture and comfy cushioned lounge chairs which are perfect for Lazing in the Cornish sunshine. 

The Residences are built to sustainable principles, including air to water heat pumps which provide all heating and hot water – and wonderfully warm underfloor heating for those days when the sun is to shy to make an appearance.

Inside is contemporary and finished to a high spec, with bright colours, comfortable sofas and shiny formica surfaces. The kitchen has just about everything – including instant hot water and a milk frother to make your own cappuccinos. There are televisions in every room – even the bathroom!

 

The main living area at Gewl an Mor

The main living area at Gwel an Mor: Bright contemporary furnishing blend with the beach surroundings.

 

The master bedroom at Gwel an Mor.

The master bedroom at Gwel an Mor is comfortable and partial – with lots of little extras like plush dressing gowns.

 

Each residence has a private jacuzzi!

Each residence has a private jacuzzi!

 

The bedrooms are bright and cheery albeit a bit cozy, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the mirrored closets at the end of the bed (though I am thoroughly aware this may appeal to some people).

There are lots of luxurious little touches – a log burning fire, plush dressing gowns, Sonos stereo, high-speed broadband, board games and Cornish themed literature, such as Virginia Wolf’s The Lighthouse which was inspired by childhood visits to nearby Godfrey beach. 

 

Petting a rabbit at Yeadon Farm - which is right on the holiday park.

Petting a rabbit at Yeadon Farm – which is right on the holiday park.

 

The girls loved feeding the goats! They were very friendly.

The girls loved feeding the goats! They were very friendly.

 

The girls loved Feadon Farm Wildlife and Education Centre, which is located on the resort and really sets Gwel an Mor apart from other holiday destinations. Gary and Aly Zammit lead activities for visitors such as a night-time badger watch, rock pooling, falconry, and a “meet the animals” experience which is perfect for little ones.

I of course loved the Wellbeing Spa, which offers a wide range of treatments including a fabulous hot stone massage, which can relax just about anything.

There’s an indoor swimming pool at the Club House, as well as fully fitted gym, sauna and steam room and the Terrace Restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner.

 

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There’s lots to do at Gwel an Mor!

 

It’s about a 10-minute walk down to Portreath Beach, the real deal when it comes to Cornish beaches, complete with surf shops, ice cream vendors and  “the best” fish and chips.If you have tweens or teens, they probably want to lean how to surf! EBO Adventure will meet you at the resort and mini van you to the beach for lessons. It really completes the whole Cornwall experience.
If you want to go further afield, the subtropical oasis of St Ives and the picturesque village St Agnes are about 30 minutes away (in opposite directions). And for a woodland experience, Tehidy Country Park  is only a few minutes away.
And when you come back from a day out exploring Cornwall, you have the lovely view to enjoy. The resort is aptly named, as Gwel an Mor means sea view in Cornish.
Gel an Mor is a beautiful place to lounge around, read a book and enjoy the views!

Each residence has a large plantation-style verandah with a private jacuzzi, patio furniture and comfy cushioned lounge chairs which are perfect for Lazing in the Cornish sunshine.

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About Susanna Scott

Susanna Scott founded the BritMums social network in 2008 after a career in marketing. She wanted to create a space for parent bloggers to network, and share ideas and opportunities. She is often quoted as a pioneer in the UK Mum Blogging space, and has been named a top female entrepreneur. She has been featured in The Times, The FT, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sun, Technorati, She, Primo Baby and Red magazine, amongst others. She speaks frequently about blogging, social networking and the BritMums community at industry events. Her blog A Modern Mother ranks in the UK’s top 10 Family Tarvel Blogs. Follow her on @amodernmother.

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