As you know we’ve not long returned from a lovely half term staying in Cornwall, our happy place and somewhere we try to visit once or twice a year, we would go more often but with a 6 hour car journey it’s not always possible.
For the last 2 days of our trip we were very lucky to have been able to stay in The Headland Hotel & Spa which is in Newquay. Set in a beautiful location overlooking Fistral Bay, this is somewhere we have wanted to stay for a very long time and somewhere which has been top of Emmy’s wish list ever since she found out this is the hotel where the Witches movie was filmed – where the Witches have their conference and eventually are then all turned into mice, although she was adamant she wouldn’t be eating any chocolate if she was offered it on our stay.
The Headland Hotel & Spa is one of only 50 hotels in the UK to have been awarded 4 Silver Stars by the AA, a beautiful luxury hotel set on an exclusive clifftop overlooking Fistral Bay, surrounded by the beauty of the Cornish coast on three sides.
With check in at 3pm we arrived a little early so kept our luggage in the car and went for a play on the beach to wear out the children – they had been wanting to play on the beach all holiday but rain scarpered plans. Upon arrival to the hotel we were treated to a tour and shown all the rooms, lounges, the restaurant and the afternoon tea room, bar, children play room (with a cinema TV and games available to play throughout the day) and the spa/pool. These really are impressive rooms which high ceilings and beautifully decorated, they are made for comfort with added sofas and arm chairs and of course amazing views overlooking the sea. In the summer there is a lovely outdoor area to enjoy your food and drinks overlooking the beach.
For our first night we were booked into a family room which had a huge kingsized bed off to one side of the room and the children had bunk beds at the other side, these bunk beds could bed folded up into the wall and locked away by staff when not being used as a family room. On the kids beds upon arrival were pirate themed activity bags shaped liked pirates hats. The kids loved these, each came with colouring activities, masks to decorate and pencils as well as stickers.
The room was very spacious and very well equipped too with the added luxury of a Nespresso machine as well as a kettle for us adults. The kids weren’t overlooked either and there we even sachets of squash so they could have drinks too – with a mini bar in the corner with bottled water ready for us to use and a small bottle of milk we were able to all enjoy drinks after our beach trip. We had a lovely full fruit platter awaiting us too which the children very quickly devoured. The kids really were thought of in every way in this room including having children’s sized dressing gowns on their beds.
There was also plenty of cupboard space in the room too and a wonderfully large bathroom stocked with enough toiletries for us all to use.
With the kids keen to explore the pool facilities they went off with their Dad while I was able to enjoy a nice cuppa at the table and chairs by the window looking out onto the beautiful sea view.
We had dinner that evening in the dining room, a very grand room and initially I was worried the kids wouldn’t sit still and would disrupt the other guests but I needn’t have worried, we were seated a little away from the only other couple in the restaurant at the time on a very child friendly table, it had sofa style seats which the kids loved and it gave us a little more privacy and meant the kid could sit next to us and not on individual seats fidgeting as they have a tendency to do.
The restaurant has a set menu you can choose from or an a la carte one which, you are able to order from either. There was a good selection for both adults and the children on the set menu – I often find the kids menus can at times be limited and struggle to find something they would like but this wasn’t the case – they both ended up choosing vegetable sticks with hummus and pitta bread followed by macaroni cheese then of course ice cream. Paul and I were more adventurous choosing soup and mackerel for starters followed by beef for Paul and Stuffed mushroom for me.
The staff in the restaurant were amazing with the children, making jokes with them, playing peek a boo with Harry and engaging with them to make them feel very included.
This was actually a theme of our whole stay, the staff really do love having the children around and go out of their way to include them in the conversations and make them feel welcome.
We all had a wonderful meal and a peaceful nights sleep – when I was actually able to finally get over excited children to stop talking that was. I always find the same in hotel stays where we all share a room, they get over excited and don’t fall asleep until very late.
The next morning, we left Paul to have a lie in going to have a morning swim before breakfast. The pool has 2 set times children can swim which allows the kids to have fun and then a quiet time for other guests to enjoy the pool without over excited children splashing around. The pool is a lovely size and both children were able to show off their swimming skills by doing full lengths with lots of lovely comments from the other swimmers about how well they swim, there is also a hydrotherapy spa pool, hot tub, Cornish salt steam room, Swedish sauna and aromatherapy showers, as well as a gym and treatment rooms. Having the kids with me I didn’t visit those occasion but the treatments available looked fantastic and I know Emmy would have loved the kids treatments as a special treat. Maybe next time.
Breakfast was served buffet style in the dining room with food options for all – you could also order from the menu should you prefer something different. I find my kids love a buffet style breakfast but have a tendency to have eyes bigger than their bellies, wanting to try a little of everything. They love the freedom of being able to choose food for themselves from an extensive range – a far cry from the norm of home where they have the choice of 4 cereals or toast usually. Again the staff were very attentive and those who served the children the previous evening making a big fuss of them.
For our second night we were staying in one of the hotels cottages which are located next to the hotel. Ours was a 2 bedroom cottages and we were amazed at the vast size of it.
It was huge, opening into a long hall with ample coat hooks for all of your outer wear and shoe space for the whole family it then opens up to an open plan kitchen and lounge area. The kitchen was bigger then mine at home (and that is massive) with a huge dining table to seat up to 6 people, 8 if chairs were placed at the ends too. The lounge had a sofa and 2 chairs, coffee table and a fire to keep us all tasty. This opens up into our own private garden with a sea view.
The master bedroom had a large 4 poster bed, side tables and a writing desk and chair and the most storage I have ever seen in holiday accommodation, we had an en-suite with bath too. The children’s room was a twin room also with ample storage and an en-suite with bath.
We filled the fridge with food for dinner and breakfast and set about unwinding for our last evening. As we were already staying in the hotel for the previous night we had packed up our cases and left in the hotel room, while we were out for the day our luggage was very kindly moved over to the cottage for us which was ready for us from 1pm. For guests going straight into cottage accommodation luggage carts are provided so you can wheel your cases straight to your door.
I have to say as a family with two young children the cottage option was perfect for us, we could cook dinner when we wanted and the kids could keep playing while it was being cooked and we didn’t have to worry about them disturbing other guests. They could grab snacks whenever they wanted to and we all snuggled up in front of the fire watching a movie and the children even fell asleep at a reasonable hour in front of the TV – this means us adults could actually enjoy an evening together when the kids were in bed – unlike in a hotel room where you are often too frightened to turn on the TV for fear of waking the children.
I loved how there weren’t TVs in the bedrooms, it meant we enjoyed a proper family time which is what holidays are for.
It was the best sleep I’d had for a whole week and I was also able to enjoy a lovely soak in the bath without someone needing to come and use the toilet!
I cooked breakfast for us all in the morning, a luxury being able to stay in our pj’s and not have to dress to go down to breakfast then I packed up the cottage while the kids went climbing on the rocks on the beach before ending our holiday.
You can see the beautiful cottage in my walk through video below.
The Headland Hotel is currently undergoing some building work which will see the inclusion of a brand new aqua-centre consisting of five indoor and outdoor pool facilities, this work will be completed by spring 2019 benefitting not only the hotel guests but local residence too – I can’t wait to head back and see the changes and this new aqua-centre.
Another thing to note is just how pet-friendly this hotel is, we hadn’t taken Barney with us as the journey is too long however dogs are welcome, and made to feel just as much part of the family, with bowls and pet blankets in the rooms should you book your pet in too, drinking bowls around for them and even a pet sitting service at reception (if they aren’t busy) while you enjoy breakfast or dinner in peace.
Why not head over to Otis and Us for a closer look at St Ives, somewhere I’ve not yet spent that much time in.
Disclaimer: We were guests of The Headland Hotel, all thoughts and opinions have been independently formed and are my own.