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.
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 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.
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.