"So close to the beach that you can hear the fizzle of water as it drags back over the pebbles".
The Beach Retreats team recently stayed at our newest penthouse apartment overlooking Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth - Skyfall. Hear from our Content Coordinator Lowenna Merritt on how we got on.
When I was offered an overnight stay at Skyfall, I jumped at the opportunity. Being the jewel in the crown of the brand-new The Liner development in Falmouth, this two-story penthouse apartment has been the talk of the town since it was completed this year. Sitting proudly in a prime position at The Liner, it gazes down on the beach below, and the sky reflects in its large, duplex windows. The Liner itself was designed and inspired by a classic cruise liner, and thus Skyfall is the bow of the ship, a sight to behold from the surrounding streets below.
Arriving at this development, I just couldn’t wait to get inside. The calm shoreline of Gylly beach is already a treat for the eyes, so I just knew that the view from above would be even better. The lift took me up to the fifth floor, where I stepped into the hallway, greeted by the haze of blue sea beyond the windows.
This open plan living, dining and kitchen space was everything I imagined and more. Smooth wooden floorboards, a huge comfy sofa, remote control fireplace, leafy green plants, marble effect worktops and of course, the expanse of ocean and sky through the floor to ceiling windows that grasps your attention from the get-go.
The first thing I did was step out onto the large balcony and simply soak it all up. The smell of the sea air, slightly tinged by the tang of seaweed, the sound of the gentle waves murmuring and the hum of beachgoers below, and of course, the irresistible turquoise moana which dominates the view, a vista stretching from Pendennis castle on the left to the distant cliffs of the Helford passage on the right.
So close to the beach that you can hear the fizzle of water as it drags back over the pebbles, yet simultaneously so high up in the sky that you have a complete sense of seclusion and privacy is a truly special feeling. As the evening sun began to paint the sky with softer tones of pink, we opened a bottle of wine and enjoyed a glass looking out towards the sea, before preparing dinner.
Gylly Beach Café is directly below The Liner and is an excellent option for an evening bite, but we couldn’t drag ourselves away from the comfort of this apartment.
Prawn linguine, white wine, olives and a dazzling sea view, can you ask for anything more? After dinner, as sunset approached, the sky was slowly warming in colour, so we took a blanket and dessert onto the balcony to watch it unfold. Gyllyngvase beach is on the south coast, so it benefits from beautiful sunrises directly over its horizons, whilst the sun sets to the east, in the distance behind its tropical gardens. However, as Skyfall benefits from a 270 degree balcony wrapping around the front and side of the apartment, the vivid orange of the sunset is still visible from the other side. Having a space like this to watch the sun go down was truly a unique experience. Curled up in a blanket, we had all the comfort and warmth of an evening in, yet could still enjoy the uninterrupted expanse of sky perform its nightly display of colour and light.
We sat outside until the sky had completely darkened, the moonlight gently lighting up the sea. Crawling into bed after an evening in the fresh sea air made the bedroom feel even more cosy. We all fell asleep to the distinct sound of the waves, something I don’t think I have ever experienced before.
In the morning, we awoke early, grabbed a towel and swimwear and headed straight down to the beach for a dip. The Liner is literally footsteps from the sand, so there’s no need to even get changed on the way back from the beach, just wrap up in a towel and walk barefoot. At just gone seven in the morning, the beach was fairly quiet except for the occasional fellow swimmer. The water felt cold at first, but as soon as I dived under I felt wholly refreshed, and delighted in this natural way of waking up. Who needs a morning coffee anyway?
Heading back to the apartment from the beach took seconds, and I jumped straight in the shower before taking breakfast out onto the balcony. That morning could not have been more blissful; so simple yet so perfect.
Skyfall is a retreat that you won’t want to leave. It embodies that beach feeling, an irresistible pull towards the ocean which leaves you unable to take your eyes off the view.