Staff pick of the month: Wonderwall, Hayle

3rd January 2022

Our new series, Staff pick of the month, asks members of the team about their favourite Beach Retreats property. This month we speak to Brand Marketing Manager, Lowenna Logue. Lowenna is a lover of all things Cornwall, and in her free time you’ll find her trailing the coast path, seeking out new beaches and taking photos for her Instagram account, @cornwall_lover.

Her chosen retreat right now is Wonderwall, an eco beach house new to our books which is set in the Upton Towans area of Hayle. 

What is it you like most about this property?

Its unique design and interiors as well as its green credentials – the development is made with locally sourced materials and designed to blend in to the surrounding environment. The large floor to ceiling windows allow the light to flood in onto the pastel colours used throughout. I especially like the second bedroom with the four poster bed and tall window.

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

The evening. It has the perfect garden for a family BBQ and get together. My nieces can run and play while the adults relax at the table close to the fire with a bottle of wine. There is also a pizza oven that will really go down a treat. When outside, with the lights turned on at dusk, Wonderwall looks so beautiful.

What is it that you like about the local area?

Wonderwall is just a short walk from Gwithian and Godrevy, here the beaches have plenty of space, backed by sand dunes. I love the walk past Godrevy lighthouse and up around the cliffs where you can often watch seals bathing and playing below. There is an ice cream van that parks here in the summer, right at the end of the walk. It’s a great day out for everyone. The beach itself is fantastic for watersports and exploring the dunes.

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

Lula Shack. It is right on the beach. I dined here last year and it was unforgettable. The seating is mostly outside, there was a DJ playing, we ordered some seafood and had a fantastic evening. The vibe was very relaxed, we didn’t want to leave. I highly recommend the cajun crab claws from the fire pit or the fluffy pancakes at breakfast. Visit at high tide for a better experience.

Can you catch a good sunset or sunrise here?

As Hayle is on the North coast of Cornwall, it benefits from beautiful sunsets. One of my favourite pastimes on a summer’s evening is to head to the waterfront with a cool drink in hand to watch the sun go down.

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

If travelling with your family, catch the train to St Ives. It is one of the most scenic train routes in the UK – it winds around the cliff edge passing Carbis Bay, giving you breathtaking views. Grab a pasty and an ice cream (watch out for pesky seagulls) and then walk the coast path back or jump on the train again.

Wonderwall sleeps seven guests and has availability for 2022, click here to find out more.