If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen in the middle of June I went to Cornwall for a few days to celebrate my birthday and also just for a well needed break from work and general day to day life. I went with Sam and we stayed just outside Newquay in a house located in a holiday village. When I was researching where to stay when booking this holiday I couldn’t find much information in the way of blog posts focussing on Cornwall. I booked for us to stay at Atlantic Reach as I’d stayed here a few years ago and knew the location was fairly central to things we wanted to do. There were a few questions I had about the accommodation and facilities before we went but couldn’t find the answers online, so hopefully this review is helpful to others.
One of the things I noticed when trying to book accommodation was that most places only allowed you to book Saturday – Saturday, Monday-Friday or Friday-Monday and none of these options were what we wanted so when I came across Atlantic Reach I was happy to see they allowed us to start and end the holiday on any days that suited us, we visited Sunday-Friday. The holiday village is very easy to find by Sat Nav but probably also by using a map/ road signs and is situated on a fairly wide road, not like some of the nightmare narrow roads I had to drive down throughout that week. Once you get to there the front is well sign posted and it easy to find reception to check in, I was also happy to see there was little shop within the same room as reception selling essentials including fresh bread and other local produce. I didn’t find that it was overly expensive either which was surprising as there weren’t any other shops within walking distance. One thing I will point out is that I don’t think it would be doable to visit Atlantic Reach without having the use of a car as there is no local amenities within walking distance.
We booked to stay in one of the Garden Terrace houses, this was perfect for the two of us as we had plenty of room as it had the space to sleep four people. The house looked like it had been recently decorated as it had a lovely modern kitchen and bathroom and although is wasn’t the biggest of houses it felt very open and airy. The kitchen was fully equipped for anything you’d want to cook – there was even mini trifle bowls in the cupboard! The living room was basic with a coffee table, two sofas and a television but there’s not really anymore you need and then it had sliding patio doors leading out onto a small paved area with a garden table. Having the outdoor area was great for us as we visited on one of the hottest weeks of the year, we bought a couple of disposable BBQ’s so used these out there on a couple of nights and it was also nice to be able to sit outside and have a drink without having to pay the prices of a pub or bar. The garden area was actually very peaceful and was really relaxing to sit out in. Upstairs there were two bedrooms one with a double bed and another with twin beds, both rooms had a small balcony. The bathroom was very modern and was a fair size, the shower was actually really nice too. I’ve found when I’ve been to similar places the showers have been like a dribble of water coming out of the ceiling but there was no need for me to be worried about this here. Overall I was impressed with the quality of the accommodation but there were areas of the house where I could see previous guest’s children had drawn on the wall and all it would’ve taken is a scrub to get it off, there was also a couple of things we found down the back of the drawers when I dropped something behind there. The place was clean but perhaps the furniture isn’t pulled out after every guest has checked out.
The facilities on site were great and there really was something for everyone, it was just the two of us that went so we obviously didn’t make use of things like the play area and inflatables in the pools but there is an onsite spa which we were given a voucher for when arriving, a gym, an outside and inside pool, fitness classes, Pitch and Putt, Tennis, a café and a bar/ restaurant. It was a shame I had my nails done just before we went away otherwise I would have used the voucher to try out the shellac treatment offered in the spa, as it was we seemed to run out of time anyway and didn’t get to visit. We had a drink in the café one evening which had a small bar, there was also a small seating area outside. The other evenings we were at Atlantic Reach we went to the Manor House Bar for a few drinks, it was nice to sit outside by the swimming pool especially with how hot it was. The entertainment in the evenings was aimed more at families which is what we expected but the karaoke night was amusing and one evening there was a singer too who was fairly good. The atmosphere was really chilled out in the bar and they even did cocktails although they didn’t have the ingredients for a couple I asked for but it was very quiet and its not peak season yet I suppose.
The location of this holiday village is great as its situated about 15 minutes drive from the town of Newquay which has some really lovely beaches. Our particular favourites were Lusty Glaze and Watergate Bay both of which had great facilities including shops to buy ice-creams/ drinks and beach toys or clothing and also restaurants. Its also a 15 minute drive to the aquarium in Newquay and 10 minutes to the Zoo. There is a Morrison’s supermarket, petrol station and McDonalds 10 minutes away too. Lands end is roughly an hour away, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and St Michaels mount are 50 minutes away, St Ives can be reached in 45 minutes and Padstow is half an hour away.
We booked directly through the Atlantic Reach website and the price we got was excellent in comparison to other similar accommodation in the area. A lot of the houses are privately owned and so can also be booked through other travel websites, in peak season this may be a way to get a more competitive price. Although bare in mind bookings made through third parties may not include an entertainment/ leisure pass to enable you to use all of the facilities on site.
We had a great few days at Atlantic Reach and loved exploring Cornwall, we will definitely look to return sometime in the near future!