When winter properly blows in there’s nothing better than to retreat to somewhere warm and cosy. That’s exactly what we did on our winter trip to Cornwall with a stay at the imposing Headland Hotel. For me you can’t beat sitting by a roaring fire, watching the waves crash against the rocks outside, wind blowing furiously, rain speeding sideways. It feels like the perfect way to indulge in winter, to celebrate it. On our trip the children shrieked at the seagulls battling the elements and we marvelled at the surfers out no matter what. I think getting away to a beautiful hotel in the middle of deepest darkest winter is going to have to be an annual treat now, it seems the perfect way to properly embrace the season.
A winter’s trip to The Headland Hotel, Cornwall
The Headland is situated as you would expect, out on the rocks overlooking Newquay’s amazing Fistral Bay. It’s got the perfect mix, the sandy beaches turn in to craggy rocks, perfect for sandcastle building and rock pooling depending on the season. The hotel opened in 1900, a wonderful modern luxury hotel at the time whose fortunes have risen and fallen through the decades. Since the late 1970s it has most definitely been on the up and is back to its best with nearly 100 luxury bedrooms, a wonderful spa and some fantastic restaurants. It’s such an iconic red brick building which was the location for the film version of Roald Dahl’s Witches.
The Headland, Cornwall – Sleeps:
The Headland has various rooms from comfortable doubles to sea-facing suites. We stayed in one of their family rooms with a sea view which was the perfect space for a family.
We had a main bedroom with a lovely four poster bed and seating area.
The room had everything we needed with a television and sofas at the end and plenty of storage.
Next door was a second bedroom with two single beds and a sofa bed which the three children were very happy in. They also had their own television for a little bit of weekend TV watching.
We had a separate loo and a gorgeous bathroom with big bath and a lovely rainforest style shower.
I loved the Elemis products which are some of my favourite.
There were plenty of amenities in the room with a Nespresso machine, hot chocolate sachets for the kids and plenty of different teas. We loved the macarons on arrival.
My favourite part of the room were the views out to sea. It was a wild winter weekend when we stayed and I loved sitting up in bed with all the cushions and looking out at the waves spectacularly crashing on the rocks outside. We could hear the sea gently roaring and I wasn’t sad in the slightest that it was a wet and windy weekend, in fact I loved the excuse to stay in.
The Headland, Cornwall – Food:
Breakfast at The Headland is one of my favourite hotel breakfasts. It had everything. There were bowls of fruit, local cheeses, pastries, cereals and fresh juices. There was a huge hot buffet where you could pick up sausages and bacon, fried eggs and more. There was also a hot breakfast menu where you could order a full vegetarian English breakfast, pancakes or Eggs Benedict. We absolutely loved it and stayed as long as we could in the beautiful Victorian dining room which also overlooked the sea.
The Samphire restaurant is also in the same room as breakfast. On the trip we ate in The Terrace which is more of a relaxed restaurant and a great option for families.
We enjoyed pumpkin ravioli, spiced fishcakes, mackerel tacos and some creamy tagliatelle. The children loved their houmus and crudités followed by pizzas.
The Headland, Cornwall – The Spa:
The Headland’s spa is a wonderful space, down at the lowest level of the hotel.
There’s a pool here which the children loved. They have set times for kids to swim, from 7.30 – 11am and 3 – 6pm.
There are also numerous treatment rooms. I had a Pro-Collagen facial that was just wonderful. An hour of total pampering with a scalp and neck massage included.
My skin was just crying out for some winter love and The Headland’s facial was perfect for it, leaving my skin feeling so moisturised and me feeling totally relaxed.
I love the space where you can go and sit afterwards, to wrap yourself in the fluffy blankets and help yourself to fruity water, teas and little healthy treats. It really is a beautiful room to chill out in.
The Headland, Cornwall – The Best Bits:
The Headland is one of those hotels that works in every season. Whether it’s summertime paddles in the sea and sandcastle building, autumn and spring rock pooling or wild winter days, it’s the ideal retreat to regroup and relax and just feel happy. I love it here for just reminding me how beautiful this world is, there’s nothing better than watching those waves crash outside while sipping hot tea and warming myself by the fire. The food here is wonderful and deserves time to be savoured. That there’s a spa so I can have a facial while Mr G takes the kids to the pool is the icing on top.
The Headland, Cornwall – Worth Bearing in Mind:
Make sure you check which room you’ll be in when booking as they vary greatly from those with wonderful sea views to others that overlook the car park – although these are reflected in the price.
The Headland, Cornwall – Child Friendly?
The Headland is very child friendly and we all felt very welcome here. Although the swimming pool is timed for kids I think this is understandable at a hotel that caters to its spa visitors who want time to just chill out and I felt they were more than long enough for the children to enjoy the facilities. The beach is a two-minute walk from the hotel so it’s an ideal location for families. We love The Headland, it’s just the perfect retreat and we can’t wait to return.
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We were guests of The Headland, Cornwall but as always all opinions are our own.