Staff pick of the month: Egret View, Fistral


Our new series, Staff pick of the month, asks members of the team about their favourite Beach Retreats property. This month we speak to Reservation and Customer Service Manager, Lucy Thomasson. Lucy is a Newquay local and a mum of two boys, and she loves raising her kids here in Cornwall and spending time with them on the beach.

Her chosen retreat is Egret View, an impressive family house in Fistral, with views across the River Gannel and towards Crantock beach.

What is it you like most about this property?

There are so many things that I love about this property. The large open plan living space is great for socialising. I can also visualise my children arriving on holiday and being amazed by the wooden boat, climbing wall and slide bed, they would have hours of fun in this house whilst I sit and enjoy the views across the Gannel from the balcony.

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

Being able to wake up in the morning and walk down to the Gannel for an early morning swim or paddle board.

What is it that you like about the local area?

The property is located close to The River Gannel and Crantock beach which is where I used to spend my summer holidays as a child. I have lots of happy memories and it’s my favourite place to be. My boys love the swings on the trees and hunting playing in the pools of water at low tide.

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

Crantock and Fistral are both nearby. Crantock can be reached by walking down to the Gannel and crossing the small wooden bridge at low tide- just be careful to check the tide times or you’ll end up stuck the wrong side of the river! You can also drive round to Crantock for the day to avoid this. Fistral is just five minutes away too, and is a perfect surfing beach. You can also walk the coast path to Polly Joke which is beautiful when the poppies are out.

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

Lewinnick Lodge is great for food or just a quick drink after a day exploring. It’s on the headland just a short walk from the property, and the views are incredible.

Can you catch a good sunset or sunrise here?

I love taking an early evening stroll around Pentire headland where there are lovely benches for you to sit and watch the sunset. The sun sets directly over Fistral beach so on a clear evening it looks amazing.

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

You have to try paddle boarding or horse riding along the Gannel. The house is a short walk from Trenance stables, where you can book onto horse riding lessons and rides alongside the river.

Egret View sleeps 11 guests and has availability for 2022, click here to find out more.