20 Best within 20 Miles or Less

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The 20 best places to go in 20 miles of Gwel an Mor Here is come Cornish inspiration….although you’ll need to do some research yourself to find these gems!   Perranuthanoe – 14 miles Chapel Porth – 7 miles Prussia Cove … Continue reading

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Cornish ‘Scene Stealer’

We put a lot of effort into making sure that our guests have an amazing holiday. It’s always nice to read reviews of our resort and know that the hard work we put in is achieving great things.

This weekend we were featured in The Independent on Sunday’s travel section, with a hugely positive review of both Gwel an Mor, and Cornwall itself.

Our traditional Residence lodges really impressed, with the contemporary open plan layout being singled out. Far reaching sea views from private decks and hot tubs also featured as a real show stopping part of the Gwel an Mor Resort.

You can read the full review here: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/gwel-an-mor-cornwall-new-collection-of-luxury-cottages-are-a-scene-stealer-10448297.html

Residence Living Area

Contemporary luxury lodge interior

The team at The Terrace Restaurant have been perfecting a range of Mediterranean inspired dishes, and continue to grow an impress, producing ‘food to impress’. It is the perfect solution to the end of those long sunny days when you just don’t feel like cooking.

Tapas at The Terrace Restaurant

Tapas at The Terrace Restaurant

Our home at Portreath is the perfect base for exploring everything Cornwall has to offer, from beaches to gardens, from surfing to hunting for Ross Poldark. The A30 is just ten minutes away, giving direct access to the far reaches of West Cornwall or the multitude of beaches in North Cornwall.

St Agnes Head courtesy of Visit Cornwall and Adam Gibbard.

St Agnes Head courtesy of Visit Cornwall and Adam Gibbard.

We are true ambassadors for Cornwall and its finery, so have a look around and see what we (and Cornwall!) have to offer!

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Activity Taster Day

Our activity partners Ebo Adventure have a day planned to whet (or wet!) your appetite.

Coasteering in Cornwall

Enjoying the Cornish coastline

On Friday 17th July 2015 they will be talking the more adventurous of us coasteering and surfing on the same day, an adrenalin fuelled feast if you will. Ebo Adventure are true experts in outdoor pursuits, and will be showing those brave enough the more isolated parts of the Cornish coastline, as well as pushing them into some waves and getting them on their feet!

Surfing in Cornwall

On the crest of a wave

These two activities will run from 9am till 4pm – for just £40 per person! The usual price would be £75 for both activities, so jump straight in!

Coasteering is the best way to see the hidden beauty of the Cornish coastline; jumping, scrambling and climbing the cliffs and maybe diving into the Atlantic Ocean where safe!

Surfing is a hugely popular activity in Cornwall, with the county boasting som eof the finest surfing beaches in Europe! You’ll be paddling into waves and cruising the curls before you know it, then you’ll be hooked! Ebo Adventure can provide all the guidance and equipment you need to start your new obsession!

A trip to Cornwall just isn’t complete without getting in the sea, and this is quite possibly the best way to get up close and personal with the ocean! Give us call to check availability and locations on 01209 842 354.

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Somthing nice to Takeaway

Head Chef Joe Lado Devesa and his team have been hard at work developing the ‘takeaway menu’ for The Terrace Restaurant at Gwel an Mor. Sometimes you just don’t want to cook yourself, and you just want to relax with your family and even watch a film. That’s why we offer a takeaway menu.

A take away is a real treat, something to look forward to and savour. It is the ‘quick fix’ at the end of a long day, providing stress and effort free dining, no preparation and no dirty dishes! The hardest part of the process is deciding what delicacies to go for.

Over the years we have listened to what our customers want and observed the favourites in the restaurant, and the new takeaway menu is testament to that, including the sure fire winners of take away food. You’ll find fish and chips, pizzas and a selection of Indian options alongside some of The Terrace Restaurant’s favourites like gourmet burgers and children’s options.

Fish and Chips

Classic Fish and Chips

All food is prepared and crafted by the amazing kitchen team at The Terrace, meaning you get the highest standard of food possible.  So if you have been out all day and just need a foodie fix without the hassle you can use this service and feast in peace, with top notch food delivered directly to your accommodation. It’s as simple as choosing, then calling through to the restaurant on ‘204’ from your lodge, alternatively, if you’re on your way back and know what you need you can call 01209 844 132 to order. Take away food is available seven days a week through the peak season, with the kitchen open for the service from 12:00 till 21:00.


Takeaway Menu The Terrace Restaurant

This is the new takeaway menu from The Terrace

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I want to ride my bicycle (in Cornwall)

National Bike week starts tomorrow, running from 13th June to the 21st June 2015. It’s an annual programme to promote the benefits of cycling in everyday life, from commuting to merely exercising, from young to old. Cycling is a great way to get to and from work, and to explore our beautiful surroundings. As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. You can find out more about the official events and particulars over at the Bike Week 2015 website here.

Cycling in the Woods

Cycling in the woods

Gwel an Mor is ideally located for those wanting to venture out on two wheels, self propelling themselves through a multitude of beautiful scenic routes. You can even hire bikes from us, either as a guest of the resort, or as a visitor for the day.

Here are some suggested routes near to Gwel an Mor to get you ‘on ‘yer bike’ so to speak!


Family riding bikes

Riding the bikes at Godrevy

Tehidy Woods

For all cyclists Tehidy Country Park really is a wide and varied playground where you can spend as little or as long as you like exploring different off-road routes. Enjoy the amazing woodland environment, feed the ducks and swans on the lake, relax at the cafe, picnic in the woods or tick off another part of the Mineral Tramways Trail from your list of holiday ‘things to do’.

Coast to Coast Trail (25.8 mile round trip)

Most of the trail is flat and whilst there are a few on-road sections and road crossings the majority of the trail is off-road on man-made trails with both tarmac and smooth gravel sections, making it perfect for all the family to ride.


Portreath Branchline (7.6 mile round trip)

Several sections of on-road cycling where great care should be taken and users need to have a good grasp of the Highway Code.

The Branchline trail links the coastal area of Portreath to the old mining village of Brea, with the trail following the route the trains would have travelled. The Branchline opened in 1838 as part of the Hayle Railway with its terminus at Portreath where the ore laden trucks were unloaded to waiting ships in exchange for coal and machinery which was sent inland for use in the mines. The Branchline also carried passengers for a period of time, starting in 1843 up

Great Flat Lode Trail (15 mile round trip)

The terrain and quality of this trail varies greatly, with sections of tarmac off and on-road, rocky, stony off-road trails and bridleways. There are also several steep descents and ascents where you will need to be a confident bike handler. Only small portions of this trail are suitable for tag-a-longs or buggies.

In the 1860s when many of the copper mines were closing a ‘lode’ of tin ore was discovered in the South of Carn Brea, in an area previously working copper deposits. The ‘lode’ was almost 2 miles long and flat­ter than most, lying at 30 degrees to the horizontal as opposed to the usual 70 degrees, hence the name ‘The Great Flat Lode.’ The tine mines that worked the ‘lode’ were some of the most successful in the 19th century, producing over 90,000 tonnes of tin concentrate until they were closed in the 1920s.

The circular Great Flat Lode trail takes you on a tour of the mining area following part of the Basset Mine Tramway built to carry tin and ore from the mines for processing at the Wheal Bassett Stamps. Also visible en route are the remains of Cornwall’s last remaining tin smelter situated near Carnkie, and the monument at Carn Brea.


Coast to Coast Trail (14.5 mile round trip)

Some narrow stretches of trail/track with rocky sections and several ascents/descents not suitable for tag-a-longs/buggies or kids bikes.

This route is ideal for intermedi­ate or experienced mountain bike rider as the main trail covers some quite bumpy, rocky sections but at certain points along the way there are other trails for the more adventurous rider to venture off on providing plenty of technically rocky sections where good confi­dent bike handling is essential.

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Five of the Best Beaches in Cornwall

Times have changed. You can now find a holiday and everything there is to do surrounding it with the click of a button, all whilst walking to work. We are connected and share huge amounts of information.

When coming to Cornwall it can be difficult to decide just how to spend your time, and the guides don’t tell the whole story. Sure, they can point out all the best attractions, but what if you don’t want to spend your day sharing Cornwall with the rest of the holiday population?

Here are our favourite beaches, picked by the team at Gwel an Mor:

Gwithian/Godrevy. It’s a huge, open expanse where white sands meet the raw Atlantic ocean. The sand that runs for four miles from Godrevy lighthouse to Hayle provides plenty of space on a lower tide to find your own slice of paradise, there’s even a chance you’ll see some of the local seals in the water!

Godrevy Beach, Cornwall

Godrevy. Courtesy of Monika Kludcka / Visit Cornwall

Chapel Porth. Not necessarily a “hidden gem”, but certainly less coveted than some of its more fashionable neighbours. It’s a little bit trickier to find and therefore just that little bit quieter. It also has a really top notch beach café.

Chapel Porth beach, Cornwall

Chapel Porth beach. Courtesy of Matt Jessop / Visit Cornwall

Perranuthanoe. A real South coast gem. Nestled between Marazion and Praa Sands this little bay is picturesque and has all the facilities you could need. Winter is often the best time to walk the sand here, it’s very quiet and sheltered from prevailing storms.

Porth Kidney Sands. This is right under the nose of St Ives, but really is a bit of a mission. It’s quiet all year round here as access is hard and there aren’t any facilities of note. Gaze from its white sands across to Carbis Bay looking West, and East to Gwithian and Godrevy in the distance. Soak up the silence and stretch your legs.

Gwithian and Porth Kidney Sands, Cornwall

Looking West to Porth Kidney Sands from Gwithian. Courtesy of Adam Gibbard / Visit Cornwall

Porthcurno. Never gets old. Effervescent turquoise waters, guarded by high cliffs and all observed from the stunning Minack Theatre. It’s a well-trodden path with good reason.

Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

Porthcurno. Courtesy of Adam Gibbard / Visit Cornwall

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Food for thought

Some of us are better than others in the kitchen, some of us are more adventurous than others. Some of us are happy to be cooked for.

What we really need is the advice of a true professional. So here it is.

This is recipe from Executive Head Chef Joe Lado. He is as experienced as you can be, and draws on his Galician heritage to create beautiful and wholesome dishes. This is a recipe for Hake served on a bed of Galician Stew.

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This is what you’re aiming for. As served in The Terrace restaurant

Chef has laid it out for you to follow with ease and be the toast of the town with a real winning dish for your next dinner party.

Serves 2


2 hake steaks cut through the bone

1 large onion – chopped

3 cloves of garlic – 2 crushed, 1 sliced

A handful of peas

4 large potatoes – thinly sliced

100g diced chorizo (optional)

½ Paprika

Fresh chopped parsley

1 bay leaf

1 tsp flour

Salt and pepper

Olive oil (preferably pomace oil) for cooking

Galician Stew

Mid cook. All taking shape nicely



  1. Pre-heat the oven to a medium-high heat.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a large saucepan and fry the onions until golden brown. If you’re using chorizo in your dish, add it to the pan at this stage.
  3. Add the two cloves of crushed garlic, the chopped parsley , ½ tsp paprika and the peas and mix well.
  4. Add the potatoes and mix well. Sprinkle the flour and fry the potato mixture for two minutes. Then cover the whole mixture with cold water and add salt, pepper and the bay leaf.
  5. Cook the stew for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked. Then transfer the stew into a clay dish.
  6. Place the hake steaks on top of the stew and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Heat a little oil in a pan and fry the sliced garlic with a pinch of paprika until golden brown. Serve the hake steaks on a bed of stew topped with the fried garlic and sprinkled with some chopped parsley.


This is part of our Spring / Summer menu, but we have an ever changing lunch menu. You can find out more here.


Lunch Menu 6th May 2015

Current lunch menu (from 6th May 2015)

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Summer Holidays are just around the Corner

You can feel it in the air. It’s almost here.

Yes, summer is well on its way and we can now soak up those extra hours of daylight after work. The lawnmower is back in action and the garden is getting a makeover, but more importantly we are thinking about the summer getaway. Be that a family holiday by the sea, a romantic break or just a much needed battery recharge.

Portreath Beach

Portreath Beach

If Cornwall is your holiday destination you are somewhat spoilt for choice in terms of where to go and what to do. If you want to get away from it all, find some space and solitude, but still be in striking distance of the major attractions and places of interest then Gwel an Mor Resort will tick all the boxes.

At the resort, we are all excited to be getting ready for the new summer season. With our luxury Scandinavian style lodges and five star coastal panoramas Gwel an Mor Resort offers the perfect base for the ultimate Cornish holiday. We all love a home away from home, and that’s what we are aiming for, here at Gwel an Mor Resort.

Interior of a lodge

Relax and enjoy

Gwel an Mor’s clubhouse has a fully equipped gym, indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and outside there is a children’s play area, tennis courts, putting and croquet lawn. Although we won’t hold it against you if you elect to kick back and do absolutely nothing.

You may prefer to relax and pamper, The Wellbeing Spa offers an extensive menu of pampering facial, body and cosmetic treatments designed to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate you using products inspired by the sea.

Hot Stone Massage at the Wellbeing Spa, Gwel an Mor

Hot Stone Massage

For the foodies The Terrace Restaurant at Gwel an Mor is the place to be. We are proud to offer the most authentic Mediterranean food in Cornwall.

Tapas at The Terrace Restaurant

Tapas at The Terrace Restaurant

One of the truly unique aspects to a stay at Gwel an Mor are the wildlife experiences. For all ages, these activities are available all year round at the Resort’s very own Wildlife and Conservation Centre – Feadon Farm.

Try your hand at falconry and fly the resident Harris Hawk and Barn Owl and meet the other rescued and tame animals such as the Todd, Copper and Meadow the foxes as well as hedgehogs, goats, snakes, bats, squirrels, donkeys and reindeer.

Falconry at Feadon Farm

Wildlife experience at Feadon Farm

As a five star resort, the aim at Gwel an Mor is to provide an unforgettable holiday experience with extra-ordinary standards and we are all as excited as you are about the summer ahead.

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Searching for Poldark in Cornwall? We can help you track him down…

Well, sort of. We can’t guarantee you’ll run into Ross Poldark (the gorgeous Aidan Turner), but we can help you experience some of the stunning Cornish locations that featured in the first series of the BBC’s hit new show.

And gorgeous they really are. We’re sure you’ll agree that one of the most striking aspects of the new Poldark series (after the aforementioned Mr Turner) is how beautiful Cornwall looks on screen, with no camera tricks needed.

Quite understandably, Poldark has resulted in a tourism boost for already popular Cornwall, as people dream of taking in the same breathtaking views as their favourite characters from the show.

And that’s where Gwel an Mor can help. We’ve teamed up with a team of expert guides to offer exclusive Poldark tours of Cornwall – two day trips that will take you from the crystal clear waters of Porthgwarra to the rugged moorland of Bodmin, plus all the locations in between.

Poldark Tour Day One: Up the coast to nearby St Agnes Head, then to Bodmin Moor, followed by Charlestown. This tour includes may other interesting places en route (Wheal Coates, Chapel Porth, Trevellas Cove, Blue Hills, Fowey, Lerryn, Temple and the Knights Templar site, Warleggan and lots more).

St Agnes Head courtesy of Visit Cornwall and Adam Gibbard.

St Agnes Head courtesy of Visit Cornwall and Adam Gibbard.

Poldark Tour Day Two: Head West to Godrevy, Botallack to Levant, Porthgwarra, over to Gunwalloe and the lovely church on the beach, and with the chance to discover lots of other great places in between (for example, Lamorna,
Mousehole, St Anthony-in-Meaneage, Gillan Creek, Helford Village).

Porthgwarra courtesy of Visit Cornwall and St Aubyn Estates.

Porthgwarra courtesy of Visit Cornwall and St Aubyn Estates.

For more information, please see our page about our Poldark tours of Cornwall.


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The best disabled-friendly lodges in Cornwall? We think so!

Looking out over the Atlantic on the north coast of Cornwall, Gwel an Mor Resort in Portreath offers the very highest standard in disabled holiday lodges with its M3 Assisted Living holiday lodges.

With the same painstaking attention to sheer luxury and quality as all the holiday lodges at the luxury resort, these luxury disabled-friendly lodges have been designed specifically with the needs of people with disabilities or limited mobility in mind.

Each disabled-friendly lodge has wheelchair access throughout the ground floor, where there is a stylish and contemporary twin bedroom with an electric bed, a wet room style bathroom, a living and dining area and a wonderfully equipped kitchen.

Disabled-friendly luxury lodge at Gwel an Mor Resort

Disabled-friendly luxury lodge at Gwel an Mor Resort

Upstairs in this stunning disabled-friendly holiday accommodation, you will find a king-size master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a further bathroom and a twin bedroom, making these disabled-friendly holiday lodges completely ideal for people with disabilities who are travelling with other family members.

Spacious luxury disabled-friendly accommodation in Cornwall

Spacious luxury disabled-friendly accommodation in Cornwall

Gwel an Mor makes a great choice for disabled-friendly holiday lodges. Not only are each of the three disabled-friendly luxury holiday lodges registered as NAS M3 Assisted Living standard and designed to make everyday living easy and pleasurable, the rest of the 5 star resort is of course also wheelchair accessible and there is a hoist in the swimming pool.

So look no further for perfect disabled-friendly holiday lodges. Cornwall is waiting to welcome you. What are you waiting for?

See www.gwelanmor.com/accommodation/place/assisted-living.html

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