Category: Featured retreats

5 retreats for Christmas

The scent of pine needles, wood fires and sea salt. Christmas lights glinting from harbour waters. The chorus of waves from outside your window. Christmas spent by the coast invites you to step away from the busyness of this festive period and reconnect with the senses, making time to cherish loved ones, good food and relaxation. Because after all, that’s what Christmas is about.

Looking to celebrate the festive season, coastal style? Here’s our pick of five winter retreats with availability this Christmas, each with 20% off.

Ellenglaze, sleeps 10, Holywell Bay

The ultimate decadent, glamorous retreat for anyone wanting to celebrate in style. Ellenglaze, a beautiful Grade II listed farmhouse tucked away in acres of land near Holywell Bay. Inside, you’ll find a heated swimming pool and a hot tub with a movie projector – we can’t think of a better way to watch a Christmas film. You can also keep cosy with the Aga and large fireplace, perfect for festive evenings.

Gwynver Beach Cottage, sleeps 10, Sennen Cove

Beach chic meets elegance at Gwynver Beach Cottage, a stunning retreat with almost instant access to one of the most beautiful stretches of West Cornwall coastline. Here, the little ones can play in the glass-walled garden room, with views of the ocean, as you relax with a newspaper. Plus, the chance to spot dolphins on Christmas Day from Sennen Cove is not to be missed.

Gwel Teg, sleeps 12, Porth

Ideal for a large family looking for a North Coast escape, Gwel Teg is just moments from Porth beach, meaning Christmas morning walks await. Stride all the way along the South West Coast Path to Watergate Bay, where you can enjoy a seasonal feast or warming hot choc with all the toppings.

Inside, Gwel Teg is stylish and modern, featuring a games room and hot tub, ideal for hosting a large family get-together.

Swell, sleeps 8, Falmouth

Spend Christmas on the South Coast at Swell, a modern and light filled family retreat seconds from Swanpool beach in Falmouth. Here, you’re close to Falmouth’s array of restaurants and bars, but far enough away to enjoy the peace and seclusion of Swanpool beach. There’s also a great coastal walk from here to Maenporth beach.

Seamist, sleeps 16, Watergate Bay

Our largest retreat, Seamist, sleeps 16 just a few minutes from the Watergate Bay shoreline. Here, there’s plenty of room for a multi-generational family to dine, watch Christmas films, unwrap presents and make memories by the coast.

Stay by the sea this Christmas, with selected retreats offering up to 15% off and open for short breaks of 4 nights or more. 

Staff pick of the month: The Croft, Coverack

Welcome back to our staff pick of the month series, where we ask members of the team about their favourite Beach Retreats property. This month we speak to Portfolio Manager Ashleigh Allwood about her chosen retreat, The Croft in Coverack.

I’m Ashleigh, the Portfolio Manager for West and South Cornwall. I moved to Cornwall just over seven years ago and now live in St Erth, Hayle with my partner and dog, Ronnie. I have spent the past year and half renovating my home, after buying at auction during the midst of the Cornwall property boom. I love nothing more than exploring everything the county has to offer and feel so lucky to be able to call Cornwall my home.

My chosen retreat is The Croft, a decadent and stunning retreat overlooking the ocean in Coverack, a small cove in the remote Lizard Peninsula.

What is it you like most about this property?

There are so many things to love about this property; the quality interiors, the generous sized rooms, the beautiful characterful features… but for me it’s the position. Nestled on the shoreline with access to its own private beach is what makes The Croft so special. You instantly feel a sense of calm as you walk into the property, with seemingly endless vistas of the sea from almost every room.

What will be your favourite part of the day when staying at this retreat?

This would have to be in the morning. Coverack is a bustling town during the day when visitors and beachgoers arrive late morning, but the early morning hours around sunrise are so peaceful and quiet here. Being situated on the south coast means the sea is often very calm and you’re treated to some sensational sunrises, all of which can be admired from the sanctuary of The Croft.

What is it that you like about the local area?

There’s so much to explore around Coverack and The Lizard peninsula. As someone who loves hiking with my dog it provides endless footpaths and trails to discover. The coastline is rugged but enchanting, dotted with beaches and quiet coves, many of which are only accessible from the water. The sea here is a haven for divers, snorkellers, kayakers and paddle boarders, so there’s plenty of activities to choose from.

What’s the nearest beach like and how far is the walk?

The Croft has access to its very own stretch of private beach, which adjoins the main beach at Coverack. The winding path from the property leads you down through the garden on to some stone steps, which give you access to the beach. The sea here is generally very calm, making it a great spot for swimming and paddle boarding. After a chilly dip you can wash off and sink into the bubbling hot tub to warm up.

Is there a particular restaurant in the area that you would choose to eat at?

There are plenty! Like most of Cornwall, the Lizard peninsula offers some fantastic restaurants and cafes. My all time favourite place is Jumunjy – an authentic Thai restaurant situated in Cury Cross Lanes. The restaurant used to be a former post office, but has been extensively renovated by the current owners to create a simply unique dining experience. Stepping through the doors is like entering a Thai jungle, the décor alone is an experience you don’t want to miss out on. The food here is amazing and uses locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables. The staff are also really helpful in giving advice based on your food preferences if you’re not familiar with some of the Thai dishes. It’s a must visit!

Can you catch a good sunset or sunrise here?

Sunrise! From the private beach, in the hot tub, on the patio with a cup of tea or whilst lying in bed with the doors wide open – there are so many spots to enjoy a sunrise here.

What would you say is a must-see or do in this area?

Take advantage of all the watersports activities on offer in the bay, as there’s so much to choose from. For those who don’t like getting their feet wet, then exploring the rugged coastal paths is a must! Kynance Cove is only a short drive away and is a great place to spend the afternoon, though I would recommend visiting this out of season where possible as it does get very busy. Ensure you check the tide times and only visit at low tide. For those that enjoy surfing and hot chocolates, the beach at Poldhu usually has some decent waves and the café on the beach serves quite possibly the best hot chocolate in Cornwall!

Discover more from The Croft and book your stay.

5 reasons to stay in Bol-Y-Maer

Bol-Y-Maer, a selection of one and two bedroom apartments moments from the Bude coastline, merge laid-back beach living with boutique-hotel chic. Inspired by a mantra of simplicity and ease, each apartment is perfectly designed for comfort and situated close to everything you could need. Dip in the heated swimming pool, laze in stylish interiors, and explore Bude with quick access to the town, beaches and South West Coast Path.

Here’s 5 reasons to book your holiday at Bol-Y-Maer.


Bol-Y-Maer is made for water lovers, whether you’re a dedicated sea swimmer or prefer the shelter of an indoor pool. The retreats are just minutes from Bude’s best beaches: at Summerleaze you’ll find a tidal pool perfect for open air lengths, whereas Crooklets has fun waves for jumping and bodysurfing. Back at Bol-Y-Maer, you can book a private session in the heated indoor pool and warm up in style.


Sleek, boutique hotel design make these apartments a dream for interior design lovers. Curl up in rustic-chic living rooms, with parquet floors, teardrop hanging lamps and Cornish artwork. Neutrals rule in the comfy bedrooms, where plush cushions and subtle décor create the perfect environment for sleep. And after a day at the beach, rinse the sand off in spa-style rainfall showers.


Bude is an underrated surf destination, catering for everyone from complete beginners to seasoned surfers. A short walk from Bol-Y-Maer you’ll find several surf schools, including Big Blue and MLH, where you can book onto private or group lessons, hire equipment and build your confidence in the water. Bol-Y-Maer’s sleek, no-fuss design and practical location make the apartments the perfect surf-pads for friends, couples, families or solo travellers looking for a watersports getaway.

Image credit: Big Blue Surf School


Literally seconds from your front door you’ll find Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club, one of Britain’s best clubs with a sea view. The course offers players of all abilities a rare opportunity to experience an old-style links with many blind shots and fast undulating greens. Bude is a member’s golf club which provides a playable course 365 days a year, and visitors are welcome throughout the year. If you’re a keen golfer, there’s virtually no better apartment in Cornwall to stay in and have convenient access to a course.


Cornwall is a haven for foodies, with its fresh seafood and great local chefs. Bude is no exception, and the quirky town centre has plenty of places to dine during your stay. Temple offers chic dining with a modern, seasonal menu, whilst Elements restaurant offers a scenic spot for dinner and cocktails. Read our full guide to eating out in Bude here.

Image credit: Temple

Book your stay in Bude and discover more of the North Cornwall coast.

Large Self-Catering Family Holiday Lets for Summer

Gather the kids, extended family, and friends, and be together in a large holiday home on the coast.

From exploring hidden rockpools, playing in the sand, catching a wave, walking the cliff path, cycling, picnicking, and stargazing, fill your day with adventure. And when the sun has set, return to your spacious retreat for family dinner in the garden and movie night.

Tick-off your family holiday bucket list this summer in one of our large family retreats.

Heron House, Fistral, sleeps 14

This retreat is great for extra large groups due to its many bedrooms and relaxation areas. Dip in the pool, practise yoga in the garden, or access the River Gannel via the garden for an afternoon of paddleboarding or kayaking.

Pentire, Porthtowan, sleeps 10

With jaw-dropping views and glamorous interiors, this large abode is situated high on the cliffs of the lesser-known beach destination of Porthtowan. With options for indoor or al-fresco dining, cook up a feast to enjoy with all the family.

Ellenglaze, Holywell Bay, sleeps 10

This Grade II listed farmhouse oozes with elegance. With cosy sitting rooms, a country cottage kitchen, and indoor pool room complete with a hot tub and wall projector for movies, family holidays have never been better.

Trevornick Farm House, Holywell Bay, sleeps 12

This gorgeous traditional farmhouse makes use of acres of surrounding land, with a wildflower-strewn garden featuring a sunken hot tub, and access to a path leading through the sand dunes and to the beach.

Retreats fit for a King

Grand entrances. Indoor pool rooms. Banquet-ready dining tables. Flower-filled gardens. Celebrate Coronation Day in a retreat fit for a King.

Choose from our selection of large, lavish stays with space for all of the family to gather, lounge and dine. Or, smaller groups can still holiday in style in unique traditional buildings close to castles and World Heritage Sites. Here’s our top picks for feeling like royalty, all year round.

Heron House, Fistral

Enjoy  access to the River Gannel directly from your garden, perfect for morning paddleboarding, or start the day slowly with a soak in the hot tub and breakfast on the balcony. This huge family retreat sits on the edge of the estuary which leads towards Crantock beach, showcasing stunning river views. Here, you’re also close to Fistral beach and the jawdropping Pentire headland, where you can enjoy a clifftop feast in The Lewinnick Lodge.

Ellenglaze, Holywell Bay

Ellenglaze is made for royalty. This traditional cottage oozes with charm, from its grand living room with a fireplace and exposed stone walls to the luxurious country cottage kitchen. Its finest feature is the huge indoor pool room, complete with wooden beamed ceilings, large windows which let the sun stream in, and a wall projector for watching films from the hot tub.

Wonderwall, Hayle

This exquisite Hayle retreat is full of character, styled with mid-century furnishings and ornate antique pieces. Here, you can light the fire, pour a glass of wine and flick through a magazine, taking in the decadence of the space. Later, dinner is cooked up in the outdoor pizza oven and enjoyed under the pink skies.

Pilchards Marazion

Sleep opposite the legendary St Michael’s Mount and be the first to cross the causeway at dawn. Pilchards is a cosy Cornish retreat located just seconds from the magical town of Marazion, where the historic castle and island wait to be explored. At high tide, catch the little boat across and experience ocean views from the castle’s turrets.

Book your Coronation Day retreat and celebrate in style.