Take a hike! Walking in Cornwall is the best way to see the sights.

There are a wealth of hiking and walking routes leading from Gwel an Mor Resort in Cornwall. Our Cornish resort is situated at the head of the historic mineral tramways trail – a popular walking and cycling route.

Depending on how energetic you want to be and what you want to see, there are many different options for this walk in Cornwall. Some of the pathways take you through World Heritage Sites, including our former mining country – past historic mine buildings and through the countryside. You can also follow the coast to coast trail, a stunning 11mile (17km) route that takes you from the north Cornwall coast to the South through gorgeous scenery. There are over 39 miles (58km) of trails open to the public.

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Wheal Coates on the coastal path in Cornwall. Image by Matt Jessop and courtesy of Visit Cornwall.

Cornwall has a host of public bridleways – these are designated walking routes that cross the county. The closest one to Gwel an Mor Resort in Portreath is the very dramatic and exceptionally beautiful north cliffs – 630 miles (1030km) of walks in Cornwall.

Our luxury resort is also very close (literally meters away) from two large woodland area also open to the public. We have a number of riding schools with a mile of us. They offer moorland treks, beach riding, cliff treks and even one the follows a route to a castle and monument. They take from beginners and children to the experienced rider.

So if you’re looking for somewhere to base your walking holiday in Cornwall, look no further than Gwel an Mor Resort!

For more about staying at Gwel an Mor Resort see www.gwelanmor.co.uk.

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Ready for a wildlife experience in Cornwall?

Spring is in the air at Gwel an Mor Resort in Portreath. The daffodils are coming into bloom and our Feadon Farm Wildlife activities are ready for action.

Gwel an Mor’s own Dr Dolittle, Gary Zammit, leads the young and young at heart on wildlife tours through the fields and woods near Feadon Farm. Take a look at the glorious nature on your doorstep – feed a tame fox, fly a barn owl or get up close to a vole, mouse or snake among others.

Wildlife experiences at Feadon Farm

Wildlife experiences at Feadon Farm

As Gary says, “Kids get such a kick out of meeting our animals, to get so close to them and learn all about them. They then are dazzled by the fact that these creatures are all around us, in our gardens, fields and hedgerows. Even the adults leave with new found knowledge and more importantly a massive smile on their face.”

“Experiences like this are so important for the well-being and conversation of British wildlife. Every child in Britain should know more about these fascinating fellows.”

Based on the Gwel an Mor Luxury Resort site at Portreath the walks are open to the public (but must be pre-booked) and run to a schedule during the week and at weekends. As well as the Wildlife Experience, Feadon Farm also offers a Meet the Animals experience, Rock Pooling, Falconry, Night walks and Badger Watch.

So book your space, pack your camera and your wellie boots at head for the Farm.

Feadon Farm also offers a unique kid’s party experience guaranteed to be the talk of the playground.

Click here for more details or call 01209 842354.

Or for more about staying at Gwel an Mor Resort see www.gwelanmor.co.uk

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Have you stayed at one of our luxury eco-lodges in Cornwall yet?

If you haven’t yet experienced the elegance and style of the luxury eco-lodges at the Residence at Gwel an Mor Resort, now’s the time to see these stunning properties for yourself.

Luxury eco lodges at the Residence, Cornwall

Luxury eco-lodges at the Residence, Cornwall.

Nestled into their own beautifully landscaped grounds next to the main resort in Cornwall, each luxury holiday home is a contemporary oasis of space and light.

Designed in a clean, modern style with classic timber lines, the open plan living and dining areas of these luxury eco-lodges are fully furnished and fitted out to the highest of standards.

These gorgeous lodges are available for your next holiday in Cornwall at Gwel an Mor, so why not indulge in a bit of eco-glamour next time you stay?

Contemporary luxury lodge interior

Contemporary luxury lodge interior in Cornwall.

The Residence eco-lodges are also available to buy on a freehold basis, offering not only a superb lifestyle choice but an excellent opportunity for investment returns.

Choose from a range of options depending on your own personal requirements, with guaranteed returns of up to 7% available.

Our expert management ensures that your luxury eco-lodge in Cornwall is meticulously cared for and remains available for use in pristine condition, so your Residence always offers the escape from it all that you deserve.

Click here to find out more about our luxury eco-lodges in Cornwall.

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Our luxury resort in Cornwall – in a nutshell

Style and space combined with top class facilities – Gwel an Mor Resort offers the ultimate in five star coastal breaks and the chance to make family memories that last a lifetime. Meaning ‘view of the sea’ in Cornish, Gwel an Mor nestles above the beach town of Portreath, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Truly inviting with a relaxed but high-end style, the two and three bedroom Scandinavian-style lodges have everything you may need – down to the hot tub on your private terrace and log burner in the living area. Each lodge is furnished with a clean and vibrant modern décor, where luxury and quality take precedence.

Five star luxury lodges at Gwel an Mor Resort

Five star luxury lodges at Gwel an Mor Resort

Gwel an Mor’s clubhouse boasts a fully equipped gym, indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna while outside a children’s play area, tennis courts, putting and croquet lawn blend seamlessly into the resort’s grounds.

For more grown-up indulgences, The Wellbeing Spa offers an extensive menu of pampering facial, body and cosmetic treatments designed to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate you using marine inspired products.

The Terrace Restaurant at Gwel an Mor is an informal bistro style venue with a locally sourced, innovative menu. The Terrace even offers a take away service so you can indulge in the comfort of your lodge.

Delicious seasonal food at the Terrace Restaurant

Delicious seasonal food at the Terrace Restaurant

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the resort, the Barn is Gwel an Mor’s stunning events venue. With its glamorous marquee-style interior, complete with twinkling fairy lights and chandeliers, the venue is ideal for weddings in Cornwall.

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.

Wildlife experiences at Feadon Farm

Wildlife experiences at Feadon Farm

Perfect for cyclists, horse riders and walkers, the Mineral Tramways Heritage trail is easily accessed from the resort. The restored 19th Century tramway route is now 60km of multi-activity trails with superb views of the Atlantic coast along the way.

Gwel an Mor is also the perfect base to explore the rest of Cornwall. Staff pride themselves on the great concierge service on offer and use their expertise to organise events and excursions so you spend your time doing exactly what you want to do.

As a five star resort, the ethos at Gwel an Mor is to provide an unforgettable holiday experience with extra-ordinary standards. A resort for all seasons, whatever the weather, Gwel an Mor offers you warm welcome and a luxury home from home.

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Child-friendly meals in Cornwall at the Terrace Restaurant

Here’s Falmouth Packet’s Georgie Carter on what makes our Terrace Restaurant a fantastic place to feed the smallest members of the family…

Don’t fancy cooking tonight, don’t worry, the Terrace at Gwel an Mor has the whole family covered. You may have already tried the sumptuous seafood sharing platter, or maybe the ‘to die for’ tapas selection. I will confess I have tried the Pork belly with crackling more than once.

What about the children’s menu? Have you given it a look?

Dining with young children is a piece of cake at the Terrace Restaurant

Dining with young children is a piece of cake at the Terrace Restaurant.

I thought it would be a great idea to take my mother-in-law to Gwel an Mor for dinner for her birthday. With three-year old Mini Me in tow we all perused the menu when I actually paid attention to the price – £2.95 for a toddler menu – whoop whoop!

If you are wondering if it can match muster with the adult meals, the answer is – this is Gwel an Mor, of course it can!

The choice is what you’d expect from a children’s menu – pizza, burger, pasta or even battered fish – but all are home-made from scratch. Simply choose one main and a side and you have a home-cooked meal even the fussiest toddler might find it hard to complain about. Sides include mash potato, baked beans, vegetable etc.

Mini Me went straight for pizza and chips – it was if she knew it was a Birthday party! The portion size was generous and Mini-Me struggled to eat it all.

I had a cheeky taste (all in the interest of the review you understand) and found all the fantastic flavour, style and taste of the adult meal – but just in a portion size fit for a little tum – and at that incredible price you only need a little wallet.

The pizza, on hand-made, hand pulled dough was delicious with not too much topping to make it a mess-fest. The shoe-string fries disappeared in a flurry of ketchup.

If you have a child with a more refined palette, you can also order smaller portions from the ‘grown up’ menu dishes. The children’s menu is designed for younger guests aged 12 years and under – the ‘larger’ kids meals are £4.95 – which is still a bargain for home-cooked fare.

When it came to dessert we decided on some homemade ice cream which came looking so ‘grown up’ Mini Me glowed with pride. Simple ice-cream with fresh fruits, but it made her feel like Royalty.

So next time you can’t decide on what to give the kids for tea (or where to take the whole family) give Gwel an Mor a try.

Click here to find out more about the Terrace Restaurant.

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A spa in Cornwall? Try Gwel an Mor and improve your wellbeing…

When asked about Gwel an Mor it is easy for us to enthuse and wax lyrical about the place. We work and love it here, but of course it is always great to get nice feedback, so instead of us telling you how good our Wellbeing Spa is we thought we’d leave it to an expert.

In the summer Emma Ferguson, News Editor of the Packet newspaper, paid us a visit for a spa treatment and this is what she thought…

‘THE kids may only have been out of school for a couple of weeks but if you’re already feeling the stress from continuous childcare why not take couple of hours to yourself?

Ditch your offspring at their grandparents and head over to Gwel an Mor for one of their pampering spa treatments – even the drive down towards Portreath, the sea glittering in the distance, will soothe the mind.

Whilst I am yet to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet in my own life, the stress of a 47-hour plus working week is something I could always do from escaping from, even briefly, so I jumped at the chance to try the LaStone Therapy treatment.

Using hot and cold stones alternately, it draws out toxins from the body and penetrates the tissue much more deeply than a standard massage can achieve.

From the moment I walked into the spa I began to relax. Situated just off from the main reception, the spa lights were pleasantly dimmed and tinged with blue, creating a calming bubble away from the harsh light of outdoor life.

After completing a questionnaire on any health and medical issues, I was led into a similarly softly lit treatment room and given a moment to disrobe. The treatment began with an all-over massage, as I let my mind drift.

Hot basalt stones were then taken from a cabinet – my therapist checking the temperature with me – and used to massage my skin in smooth, circular motions, starting with each of my legs. The stones were hot to the touch on first contact, but not burning, and you could almost feel the heat penetrating down to the muscle, to help loosen and soothe away tightness.

Smooth marble stones were then taken from cold water and dried before being placed down, for a similar massage, designed to reduce inflammation.

After the initial, very brief surprise – akin to stepping into a swimming pool on a hot day, but far less shocking – the marble felt like cool silk being trailed across my skin.

Hot Stone Massage at the Wellbeing Spa, Gwel an Mor

Hot Stone Massage at the Wellbeing Spa, Gwel an Mor

Before I had a chance to become cold, however, the warm stones were returned for a final time. This process was repeated on my feet, before small warm pebbles were placed in between each of my toes and my therapist moved up to my chest, shoulders and sides of my neck, in turn.

After removing the pebbles I turned onto my front and the stones were used on the backs of my leg, my back and the back of my neck.

Afterwards I felt wholly relaxed, both physically and mentally, which lasted throughout the rest of the day – I even failed to get frustrated when getting stuck behind a slow driver on my return home; something that would normally get my blood pressure shooting.

The whole process took just over an hour, although there is the option of a 30-minute version concentrating just on the back, or the full works that also includes scalp work, lasting 90 minutes.’

Prices start at £45, rising to £90 for the full treatment.

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Reindeer, log burners and Scandinavian lodges – spend Christmas in Cornwall

Imagine the scene, reindeer, log fires and crisp frosty air – and you haven’t even had to use your passport. Enjoy Christmas in Cornwall in five-star luxury your own way in the Scandinavian lodges at Gwel an Mor in Portreath.

Cosy Christmas lodges at Gwel an Mor

Cosy Christmas lodges at Gwel an Mor

Sit by your Christmas tree and crackling log fire while the wild Atlantic waves crash outside and you peruse the spa or restaurant menu to get you relaxed and ready for the hurly burly of the festive season.

Meet Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve at Gwel an Mor.

Meet Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve at Gwel an Mor.

Pop down to the resort’s Cornish Christmas Fair where you can meet Santa, reindeer and maybe stock up on an artisan gift or two before savouring the yuletide treats.

The Celebration of Christmas fair weekend at the end of November is a highlight of the Gwel an Mor calendar with visitors returning year after year.

Cornwall is a great place to stay at any time of year and the festive season is no exception. From beautiful Christmas lights and fabulous lantern parades, traditional Christmas festivals, food markets, craft fairs and ice skating at Eden and Truro to dramatic coastlines and beaches with spectacular natural beauty, perfect for winter walks.

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We love Tehidy Woods!

One of the fantastic things we have here to offer at Gwel an Mor, and indeed Cornwall itself, is that we are on the doorstep of so many amazing things.

A short hop from major attractions, a short stroll from the beach and a literal stone’s throw from the woodland wonderland that is Tehidy Woods.

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Bluebells at Tehidy Woods, Cornwall

Many of the Gwel an Mor team were lucky enough be born and raised in Cornwall and the woods have been part of many lives for as long as they can remember. Many happy days have been wasted in the leafy cover of Tehidy, from days away at camp with primary school to day trips on BMX bikes (in the days when kids still did those things).

Over the years Tehidy has undergone many transformations – the latest is into family friendly and accessible country park and in this incarnation it is flourishing.

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Tehidy is wonderful for families.

With over nine miles of paths, crisscrossing 250 acres of woods and lakes, it is no wonder why families flock to the site on those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer. Although that being said the wood is enchanting all year round.

One of the biggest draws for the wood, other than toilets and a lovely little café, is its abundance of wildlife. The very lucky see otters, the lucky see bats and owls and EVERYONE see the squirrels, ducks and swans. They won’t let you pass without some sort of toll.

It’s not just bread you bring to Tehidy, it’s handy to have a pocket of nuts as well as the squirrels are bolder that Tuffy (or Squirrel Nutkin if you’re that little bit younger).

Find your own hidden glen for a picnic, or use the designated spots – there’s a lot of choice. With five main access points including North Cliff car park, and South Drive car park your visit can be different each time, keeping you coming back again and again.

Keep your eye out for local theatre company Rogue who put on magical productions at various times throughout the year. Soon they will transform Tehidy into an enchanting wonderland for the Winter Wood – meet fairies, spirits and spites in a storytelling extravaganza.

And of course, Tehidy Woods are just a hop, skip and a jump from our luxury lodges at Gwel an Mor!

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For more information see www.roguetheatre.co.uk or for more on Tehidy Woods see http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/parks-and-open-spaces/tehidy-country-park/

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Family holidays in Cornwall by Gwel an Mor

Ready for a Cornish family adventure? Thinking about visiting Gwel an Mor, but just haven’t made it happen yet? If you need that final reason to book to visit, why not watch our new video?

Experience a holiday through the eyes of the Gwel family who not only experience all that’s great about the five star resort but also visit some of the fantastic local spots.

Our video follows the Perry family as they join Wildlife Ranger Gary Zammit on just one of the wildlife experiences, pond dip, fly falcons and feed tame foxes – all in one morning.

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Take five as the family relax in the sea field before heading to the swimming pool for some fun and games.

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Heading to Portreath Dad tries his hand at surfing before ice-creams in St Ives and action packed family fun at the Eden project.

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Watch as the family soak up the Cornish sunshine on a cycle ride along the glorious Cornish coast before a delicious evening meal in the Terrace Restaurant.

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Relax with mum as she enjoys a hot-stone massage treatment while dad tucks the kids into bed before finishing off the night with a glass of wine in the hot tub.

The perfect family holiday.

What are you waiting for?

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Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming! What’s that? It’s only August.

That it may be, but for us here at Gwel an Mor we need to ensure that the most magical time of the year is truly that…

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When you look for a Christmas holiday you have an idea of your perfect day in mind even before you book.  Whether you are looking to get away from it all, or you’re looking to get back to the simple tradition of family, Gwel an Mor wants to make your festive wishes come true.

That’s why we are here, in August at the end of a heatwave, talking snowflakes, reindeer, presents and mince pies.

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Do you want to know a little secret?  We’ve even had a chat to Santa already.

Father Christmas called into the office a few weeks back to check up on our seasonal plans (I’m not joking).  It seems that he loves visiting Gwel an Mor too.  He wanted to make sure that his reserve reindeer Lowen and Nadelik had started to grow their new antlers and that his helpers had stocked enough presents for his visit at the end of November.

So as you unpack your picnic and pour out the pimms, think of us little elves here at Gwel an Mor getting ready for Christmas.

You can celebrate with us at the Celebration of Christmas Fair with takes place on November 29th and 30th.

Why not book on to the exclusive weekend break – for more see here

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