Monday, 21 October 2019

Cornwall Escape to Watergate Bay

I have said many times to those of you that follow our adventures in Cornwall on Instagram that I would get a review up and share the places that we stay.... and I am mindful that I have been terrible at doing just this and have instead replied to all your messages directly.

Well that changed after we recently visited Watergate Bay, I am the worst for not going back to the same property, town or campsite as I love to try new places, however Watergate has just changed all of this....(We booked and paid for the Getaway Break offer our selves!)

I've made no secret of the fact that Porthleven is where I leave part of me after every visit and I hope that one day its a place that I can call home and therefore staying anywhere that isn't in Porthleven was going to be a steep challenge.

Watergate Bay Hotel is still a family run business (can we just appreciate how incredible this is in itself!?) and it is situated just north of Newquay, its Beach is privately owned by them and is expansive which is perfect for kids and dogs!

I am a firm believer of first impressions and the staff didn't disappoint, they were super friendly and encouraged us to go relax and make the most of the hotel even though we couldn't check in until 3 pm.

There is no easy way to break this review down, so I am going to cover each of the areas..


Swim Club

I have stayed with hotels before that will claim to also cater as a Spa, but these guys really do have a beautiful spa area too. Down here you will find the incredible Lounge area, which is basically a quieter grown up space with scenic music, comfortable furnishings and floor to ceiling views.

You have the renowned infinity swimming pool which is a lovely warm temperature, I found a swim after breakfast was good time to get this this to yourself.

Outside you will find the Finnish with the view that no other sauna I know of has! The heat in here was perfect for how much my body ached after Surf lessons. I am not normally one for being in a sauna as I find them quite claustrophobic, but this feeling so open I really enjoyed it.

You will also find the Hot Tub, now don't mistake this as a Jacuzzi it really is a hot tub but I had the pleasure of getting this to myself on a grey mizzly day and happily floated absorbing the atmosphere.

Ahead of our visit we booked in a Drench Facial & a Full Body Massage which we both came out of floating. My husband had asked for no prisoners taken as he ached all over and he said it was the best massage he had ever had. My Facial was very relaxing and my skin was glowing from it. Treatments can sometimes be available during the day but I would recommend getting treatments planned ahead of time to avoid disappointment, especially if you went during peak times.

On the last day that we were here I treated myself to a Speedy Pedicure with Gel Polish and even then you are sat with a view! They use Jessica products and I was really impressed with the treatment despite it being a Speedy one.

The Swim Club is a dog free area and kiddies do have to be supervised.


























































































































































































Living Space

Chances are like us you will have arrived ahead of check in, had a long drive and need to flop your tired body down into a super comfy chair with a g&t. The Living Space has loads of this!

An extensive Gin list is on hand and the view really is as incredible as the website suggests, no trickery has been had. You really can sit here and switch off, my husband even managed to fall asleep whilst we waited for our reservation for lunch at the beach hut.

This area is also very dog friendly (quite often you won't need to ask for water for either you or the furry companion) and also very family friendly.

There is a huge wrap around veranda which is perfect for catching the sunset or the storms.






































































The Beach Hut

Well this is a special place to say the least! The staff are very helpful and the food is great. We had our first lunch here on the day that we arrived, we had booked ahead of time and I would recommend doing the same. We had a table by the window which was dreamy to sit watching the Kite Surfing whilst we shared a bottle of red wine ( we can recommend the Primitivo!).

The portions are very generous and I think this was possibly the largest lunch I ate in quite some time...We can recommend the Steak and the Squid..

We loved the Beach Hut so much that we returned for lunch on our last day - again we booked a table, this place is rarely empty!












































































Zacrys 

This is located in the main Hotel and where you are able to have Breakfast without a dog, we did eat our Breakfast in the Living Space on the second morning and that was no problem to do so. However as we had the Baby Monitor on for the dog ( I know, I know) we did make sure we had one sitting in here.

Again their is tasty food on offer, its a buffet style and you can eat til you pop, but there is one winner here.... the Waffles!

In the the evenings Zacry's transforms into a candlelit grown up space and for the night that we ate Dinner here again the staff were brilliant and the food was heavenly. They even kindly bought us a glass of Champagne to celebrate Matt's birthday.





































Watchful Mary 

What a space this is! Newly opened this year and it sounds like it was a challenge given its location right on the Beach... For us it was the perfect spot to just look out to sea with a drink in hand and some picky food. We tried the cheese and hams, the nuts (very moreish!) and Matt loved his cinnamon bun.

The Watchful Mary has a very chilled vibe and everything as you can imagine is set up to take in the view that you are spoiled with at Watergate Bay. It made for a cosy haunt in October and I can imagine this place has a real Ibiza chill out vibe come Summer. We didn't catch the Live music that they have on every weekend as we left on the Friday afternoon - sad times...

We sat and relaxed here after our surfing lesson and had a well deserved cocktail!












































































The bedroom

We stayed in a Partial Sea View Best and very handily it had access to straight out to the back of the hotel, which was brilliant for walking the dog early in the morning.

The Super King size bed was mega comfortable and the huge bath was nice for a soak in...

You don't need to worry about shower gel, shampoo and conditioners as they are provided and smell amazing... Oh and a hairdryer and iron is supplied!

One thing that would be a nice touch would be a Nespresso machine, I travel a lot with work and see this often.. tea and coffee is provided with fresh milk but you can't beat a espresso.

Would it put me off? No.

Now I didn't get many images of our room, but this is the view... That says plenty right?






























Extreme Academy


Now this is something that we really loved! We had a 2 hour Surfing Lesson and whilst we have body boarded, we hadn't ever tried surfing. Its something that we really have wanted to do and I have almost booked it many times for the children on our visits to Cornwall.

Our instructor was brilliant and we both managed to be standing quite quickly, the hardest part we found was swimming back out to catch a wave. Be prepared to ache ALL OVER!

I've been asked "were we cold?", nope! The wet-suits that you are provided with a brilliant and I honestly didn't feel cold even though it was October. In fact the sea is warmer now than it would be in April...

Overall this was probably my favorite, I feel a deep sense of being a home when I am by the sea but have always been a bit scared of being in the sea, despite being a strong swimmer. So for me this was a big deal.

We had planned to record the lesson with a go-pro, but it would have got slightly in the way. Sometimes though not having proof of how something went is a sign of a good time.

For the Kids....

A few asked if Watergate was adults only, nope! You would have thought so, but I can assure you there were lots of toddlers about (we stayed in term time) and I can imagine that in the school holidays you will get a very different vibe here.

That said children are very well catered for with Clubs, Babysitting and a Games room for the older kids.






The Beach

Cornwall is renowned for its Beaches, but if you are looking for a Dog Friendly and Kid friendly beach all year, then you really can't beat Watergate. 


We explored and wandered for over an hour and it was heaven! 
































Final Thoughts....

We would visit again in a heartbeat and will return as soon as we can. It was the perfect escape for us both and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

You can find my instastories from our stay pinned to my instagram profile!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Gucci Belt

Like any typical woman that has her heart set on something I didn't give up on the quest to find the belt for me. I knew I wanted a Gucci one, but I didn't quite want to be like everyone else, hence why I have chosen this Gucci Supreme belt over the much coveted Marmont. If you've hit the link you will also note that this is part of the Men's collection and not women's, like I say it's good to be different!

After hours researching which fit I should go for, I made the decision to actually go in person and try one on and I am glad I did. I wanted a fit that I could sit on high on my waist to funk up some dresses and I wanted it to also sit lower to wear with my jeans. I can't remember how many times I measured at home and my husband will confirm it became irritating. I was coming to the conclusion that I needed a Gucci 85, however what I have bought is a 80 and I am so glad I went and tried.

For reference I wear a size 28 Topshop Jeans and I am generally a size 8-10.

I have also gone against the grain and chosen the Silver buckle, not Gold. All my jewellery is Silver, including my watches- it's just more me. The GG's are also the traditional style and not the Marmont, I felt it was more classic and Gucci as I have always known and loved it. It's not a style that's going to go anywhere, it's the signature emblem on every bag they have done so far (print not brass work), so in my mind it is more timeless.

What will I wear with it? Everything I possibly can!
Am I glad I invested? So far yes! I will get as much wear as I can out of this over the next few years and when you consider how many Topshop belts that you can work your way through, broken down in to cost per wear it's reasonable.

Accessories have the ability to finish an outfit when you quite frankly can't be bothered to try and make too much effort-so for me that's a winner.






 


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Living Room Lusting

In general my favourite room of the house is my bedroom, however the living room (or the lounge as we call it) makes a very close second. It's generally the first room that guests see and it's where we spend most of our time.

We finally have our dream corner sofa sorted which is not only as comfortable as a bed, it can fit our small army- plus guests on. We only need to make a further few changes and it will be our little haven. One that's up for much debate is the furniture and I'm being particularly awkward on it as it has to match our vintage solid pine unit. It's a prize possession of mine, along with a couple of other pieces in the house as I have an emotional connection to them.

The TV unit is the key annoyance, it sits in the corner of the room and as it's a rectangular unit it has a load of unused space at the back gathering dust among the endless wires. Don't get me wrong, it's lovely and looks tidy- but it's not matchy-matchy with the room.

With the walls a nice grey - no grey is the same. The room is airy and has a nice zen feel to it, particularly when I get my Friday flowers from the husband

The shelving picture rails are starting to gather our favourite bits and the floor will eventually be replaced to match the hallway. The curtains still haven't been replaced since we took them down to paint and the main reason is I find they gather dust more than get use. So I'm on the lookout for some nice blinds, that aren't a "boring & dull" grey that darken.

Pinterest has a lot to answer for as every image I am lusting over tends to contain a variety of the furniture I have my eye on and none resemble pine!




There is one collection that is featured on the Quercus Living  website that I really like and that's the Elverum Sheesham Walnut finish collection. This TV unit  and the matching sideboard is pretty lush  and has especially caught my eye. 



Some living room ideas that I am lusting after on Pinterest are 

Perfect for the 'Greenery' trend - lime sofa, dark green walls, botanical prints and plenty of plants!

Living Room 'Dark'  'Obsidian Green', 'Knightsbridge' & 'Slaked Lime - Deep'

Stylist Laura Trøstrup  Rug Fabula Living, Fly Sofa


Friday, 9 June 2017

Visiting Dorset as a Family

As a family we are no strangers to the English coastline and have holidayed more on home land than we have jetting off in search of the sun. We're quite often found in Cornwall or Devon and even as I type this up I am daydreaming of the laid back vibes found on the beautiful sandy beaches. Because I we are quite often lured into the furthest south west points, we have overlooked what Dorset has to offer. The shorter journey of 2.5-3hrs is more appeal-able to a shorter break than the 5-6hr grueling journey that Cornwall requires. If you follow me on instagram you will see that over Easter we stayed on the World Heritage spot of Durdle Door. Having visited Weymouth as a child and not being a massive fan of arcades and "typical" seaside UK resorts, I was not sure what to expect and I couldn't  have been happier.

Whilst the Durdle Door can become somewhat of a main attraction for tourists, it certainly didn't ruin the beauty. The holiday park that we stayed on is perched at the top of the cliff, meaning most nights you have the benefit of a beautiful sunset. If you're looking for a more relaxed vibe with less going on than a Haven resort, we can highly recomemend it. If however like our friends you are more into pitching up and camping a) be ready for the sound of the crows and b) it's not the flattest of surfaces. That said the "pods" are pretty cute and give a slightly more comfier option over a tent. I am just not into camping- as hard as my friends try- I can't bare the thought of it, so for us the static caravan was perfect.

I've mentioned before that we are keen National Trust & English Heritage goers, however we were so taken by the beaches that other than Corfe Castle and the beach of Burton Bradstock we didn't make full use of our memberships.

Fossil hunting quite obviously is a must, but be patient! Something that I will openly admit isn't a forte of mine, however it kept the kids happy for some time.



Must have visits.

Durdle Door- if you stay at the holiday park it's minutes walk away. Be ready for a steep walk though!

Lulworth Cove- you can walk from Durdle Door over the Maidens Breast cliff, but again be ready for steep walk!

Burton Bradstock- we loved this place, I could have stayed here all day, every day- especially with the food that Hive Beach Cafe had on offer

Corfe Castle- National Trust