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Watergate Bay, Cornwall

From £1449 p/w

  • Sea View: No
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Parking: Yes
  • Pets: Yes
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Beach: 250 Metres
  • Arrival: Thursday


Walk to the Beach

250 metres down past the Watergate Bay Hotel.

Best thing about

The sustainable, warm and characterful interiors, designed by Interior Design Masters winner Banjo Beale.

The Details

  • Location

    Winnow is a four bedroomed, grass roofed eco-retreat, situated just moments from the shorefront of Watergate bay. It has been redesigned by Interior Design Masters season 3 winner Banjo Beale as the winning prize contract for the show. The retreat has been transformed with sustainability at its heart, using a mix of vintage and reclaimed furniture, along with natural textures and recycled fabrics. Banjo has created a warm, comfortable and light filled space with a natural colour palette and texture story, inspired by the wild Atlantic coast, craggy clay cliffs, wildflowers and sandy beaches. His aim was to create a “little ray of sunshine”, where guests feel a summer glow from winter to summer, and where the outside has been bought in.

    Banjo was known on the show to create a character who he imagined in each of his designs, and Winnow is no exception. Winnow's characters are the 'cool parents' of a childhood friend, an artist and a marine biologist who travel the world, collecting art and ephemera, and always land back in Watergate Bay in their large seaside abode, where their children, grandchildren and dogs reunite, sharing seafood feasts at long tables and reading in pillowy armchairs and daybeds.

    To find out more about the story behind the interiors and the redesign process, read our interview with Banjo here.

    Where is it?

    Winnow is part of the Village, a development which blends into the cliffside overlooking Watergate bay.

    The beat of your heart in the surf, the taste of fried fish and juicy burgers, the sea salt on your skin, the sight of people dotted about, lively and smiling, in and out of the topaz blue sea. It's all part and parcel of Watergate bay, the adrenalin junkie's paradise which embodies the spirit of the North Cornwall coast.

    Scarlet sunsets set the sky alight as you dine in the swanky beachfront eateries or sip a warming hot chocolate on the sand. Watergate's two miles of sand are popular with families, couples and dogs alongside surfers and thrill seekers. Stride out on a long ramble or short jaunt along the coast path, with nearby walks to Newquay's seven bays or Mawgan Porth.

    Plunge into watersports lessons with Wavehunters, where you can try your hand at surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and kite surfing. The beach is exposed to incoming swell from the Atlantic, making it an excellent place for water activities.

    The lively atmosphere at Watergate is as constant as the tides, with vibrant music festivals and surf competitions running throughout the year.

  • The Property

    • A sustainably designed retreat with bespoke furnishings that tell a story of the surrounding coastal area.
    • Large, light filled open plan living, dining and kitchen space with a barrel rolled ceiling.
    • Floor to ceiling glass doors lead to the wide private balcony, the perfect spot for a breakfast in the sea air or a nightcap under the moon.
    • Living space features a custom designed velvet corner sofa, chairs made from Pinatex sustainable pineapple leather, studio chair from Buchannan Studio, large coffee table, additional chairs made from recycled plastic bottles, side tables, parasol style hanging lampshades and 47" HD widescreen television.
    • The living space has a beach house feel and brings the outdoors in with Charred timber cladding, creating a natural, textural element that draws the eye back out to the view.
    • Living space also features leafy plants, sea themed photography prints by Kara Rosenlund and framed illustrations by Sam Scales.
    • Full width sliding glass doors opening onto a generous deck with views across the valley and headland.
    • Dining area with Galvin Brothers dining table and suspended feature lampshade made from an upcycled Hungarian chicken coop, and large plant.
    • Breakfast bar with four stools and suspended feature lampshades of two wicker parasols from Ibiza.
    • Kitchen with cupboard doors made from rough sawn oak by a local carpenter, antique brass handles, induction hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge-freezer.
    • Separate laundry room with washer and tumble dryer.
    • Cloakroom with bespoke wallpaper by Interior Design Masters runner up Amy Davies Design, with basin and WC.
    • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, travel cot and high chair.
    • Ecologically sustainable features such as sedum roofs, air source heat pumps and bris soleil temperature control.
    • Underfloor heating throughout.


    • Four unique and exquisitely designed bedrooms with a calming ambience, created using furnishings sourced from antique and collector’s fairs and reclaimed, upcycled and second-hand pieces.
    • Each bedroom features natural textures like linen, rattan and wood, layered with lots of cushions, relaxed furniture and locally themed artwork.
    • Beach house style double bedroom with super king size bed, wall-mounted TV, built in wardrobe, bedside tables, wooden panelled walls, reclaimed elm console table, Internet radio, and doors to patio.
    • En-suite bathroom with double walk in rainfall shower, free standing double ended bath, feature panelled wall, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    • Further double bedroom with super king size bed, velvet chair, built in wardrobe, bedside tables, wall-mounted TV and doors to patio.
    • En-suite bathroom with double walk in rainfall shower, free standing double ended bath, basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    • Double bedroom with zip and link bed (available as twin or super king size double) plus pull-out single truckle bed (70cm x 180cm), wall-mounted TV, built in wardrobe, bedside tables, antique features such as a ship diorama, old wooden drums, artwork and woven Orkney Chair.
    • Double bedroom with zip and link bed (available as twin or super king size double) plus pull-out single truckle bed (70cm x 180cm), wall-mounted TV, built in wardrobe, bedside tables, and doors to patio.
    • Large 'Jack and Jill' style en-suite bathroom (directly accessed from both double/twin bedrooms) with bath, walk in shower, concrete basins, WC and heated towel rail.


    • Full-width first floor veranda with outdoor chairs from local maker Mena Woodwork and sustainable outdoor table, the perfect space to dine on fresh mussels with white wine and listen to the crash of the waves below.
    • Ground floor patio area, for a space to relax in private.
    • Store room with wetsuit rack and outside surf shower.
    • Designated parking for two cars.
    • 2 Electric Vehicle charge points are available in the car park.
  • Need to Know
    • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (additional charge applies).
    • No smoking within the property or anywhere on the premises.
    • Cautionary deposit of £250, due with full balance.
    • Short breaks available outside of school holidays.
    • Book a 3 or 5 night break and get an extra 2 nights free. This offer is available from November to Easter (excluding school holidays). To claim one of these offers, book a 5 or 7 night stay and use code 5FOR3 or 7FOR5 on the checkout page, or book by telephone on 01637 861005.
    • Please note the Boardmasters music festival takes place in Watergate Bay in early August every year. Please check with our reservations team for the exact dates and the noise levels before booking.
    • Electric Vehicle charging is available through an untethered pay as you go charge point. There are two points located in the village car park.
  • What can I walk to
    • Watergate Bay beach.
    • Wavehunters surf school.
    • The Beach Hut restaurant.
    • Watergate Bay Hotel including the Living Space and Zacry's restaurant.
    • Shop on the Beach lifestyle store.
    • Wax public house
    • The clifftop walk to Porth beach (2 miles).
    • Newquay and its selection of beaches, shops and restaurants (2.5 miles).
    • Mawgan Porth, a half an hour walk along the coast path in the opposite direction.
    • Bedruthan Steps.

Guest Reviews

"The property was even better than the pictures. It was a great place to spend a week with the family. We will definitely be coming back."
L Walker, December 2023
"The property is in the perfect location for the beach. The house is a great space for a family holiday and we appreciated the outside warm showers to rinse the sand off before heading into the house."
L.Allen, August 2023
"We had a wonderful stay at Winnow. The setting was beautiful especially being so close to the costal path so you could watch sunset from the cliff top! Winnow was perfect for us 2 grandparents, 2 adults, 3 kids and 2 dogs! Plenty of room and the perfect place to spend some much needed family time. We will be back!
Ganney~ Airbnb , July 2023
"We had a great stay at Winnow celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday. The facilities were great and there was plenty of space for 8 adults and 2 springer spaniels. The kitchen and island were great for preparing meals and we were able to have a great murder mystery dinner party around the big dining table. Having stayed at the hotel when our family was much younger, this apartment was a much better place for a group of young adults with parents and grandparents. Beach retreats were great with communication and even called us as soon as the apartment was ready so we didn’t have to wait until 5pm! Thank you."
Claire ~ Airbnb Review, May 2023
"Beautiful place in fantastic surroundings. The location was perfect for coastal walks and access to the beach. Would definitely stay again.
Laura ~ Airbnb review, May 2023
"An amazing place to stay! We came for my Dad’s 70th and had a great time. The house is stunning and the views are incredible. There are a few cafes and restaurants a 5-minute walk away at Watergate Bay. Cubs Coffee is fab, and the cream tea at Watergate Bay Hotel was 10/10. Also just a short drive from Padstow which has lots of little shops and food places. The house was as described. Very warm, has plenty of room, is super clean and is a great place to chill and overlook the sea. We would definitely come back here!"
Rosy ~ Airbnb review, May 2023
"We had a great week and the service received from Beach Retreats was amazing! The views and vibe was incredible. Can't wait to stay again."
Stallard, November 2022
"Winnow is an amazing property with the most fantastic balcony. It was sheltered and a real suntrap with plenty of room and wonderful views. Well equipped kitchen with everything needed for self catering. Light, airy bedrooms with comfortable beds. Luxury en suite much appreciated. Tea, coffee etc. on arrival very welcome."
J Berry, June 2021
"Winnow was amazing. We were blown away by the feeling of space, the quiet location close to the beach, the luxury bathrooms, the amazing deck, the easy step onto the coast path etc. It was the best holiday let we have ever taken. "
W Edward, September 2020
"Amazing place to stay very well presented, spacious and all you need! Balcony views amazing. "
C Sutton, August 2020

Special Offers

Book a 3 or 5 night break and get an extra 2 nights free. This offer is available from November to Easter (excluding school holidays). To claim one of these offers, book a 5 or 7 night stay and use code 5FOR3 or 7FOR5 on the checkout page, or book by telephone on 01637 861005.




Watergate Bay, Cornwall

From £1449 p/w