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

Ingredients

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

 

Method

  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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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.

Wheal Coates

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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