Yoga classes, CBD oil, meditation apps, hygge: we are permanently searching for relaxation. For a lot of us, a vacation is a deserving option. I have actually been on my reasonable share, from city breaks to beach vacations and glamping in the middle of nowhere. But none of them affected me quite like Tolcarne Beach Village.
Nestled in a gorgeous crescent bay, set against a background of cliffs, it’s just you and the beach
A five-hour train or cars and truck journey from London Paddington or just over an hour by airplane from Heathrow, Tolcarne Beach Village is located on the coast of Newquay. Newquay might be a busy seaside town, but Tolcarne Beach Village’s secluded location enables serene privacy. Nestled in a beautiful crescent bay, set against a background of cliffs, it’s simply you and the beach. And it’s an effective pairing.
A little challenging to find (especially if coming to night) Tolcarne Beach sits inconspicuously at the bottom of a high, winding road near the cliff’s edge. It’s the sort of road where the music gets turned off; everyone goes quiet and sits on the edge of their seats with firmly clenched cheeks. But the moment you reach the parking area and get out of the cars and truck, inhale the sea air and hear the holler of the waves, all is forgotten. This location begins working its magic on you right away, and you have not even left the parking lot.
Tolcarne Beach caters to both couples and families in requirement of blowing away the cobwebs
Made up of hotel spaces (from ₤120 per night), houses (from ₤100 per night), beach houses (from ₤120 per night) and beach cabins (from ₤90 per night), Tolcarne Beach caters to both couples and families in need of blowing away the cobwebs.
The hotel sits above the onsite Colonial dining establishment, with 2 stories comprised of 5 suites (balcony and sea view) and 4 rooms (sea view). A quick web browse in advance showed that each space was beautifully embellished, however no photo would have done the reality justice. From the Caribbean to India, each space is motivated by the international adventures of the Briant household, who have actually been running the hotel for the last 5 years, and is equipped with distinct trinkets and antique furnishings from their travels.
From the Caribbean to India, each room is motivated by the worldwide experiences of the Briant household
Entering your room feels like being transported to a far continent, with a diverse mix of 19 th Century colonial and rustic British flourishes. It’s a banquet for the eyes, and the level of detail in every space not just includes character, however feels lovingly personal. Antique working record gamers remain in every space accompanied by a selection of vintage records, welcoming you to drop your bags, make a cup of tea and explore your room to the noise of The Carpenters. As you check out, more information come to the fore– the stain glass window in the restroom, the vintage vanity table and the basket of wool tosses sitting beside the room’s finest feature: the French doors.
You’ll crave to hear that holler you heard back at the car park, and similar to me you’ll hurry across the room to pull apart those doors. For me, it was pitch black outside, and I couldn’t see further than the edge of the terrace, however the lack of view didn’t matter. All other senses were tuned into the noise, smell and experience of the rolling sea that was less than 100 lawns away. I couldn’t wait to experience going to sleep with those doors open, and waking to that sound.
As you explore, more information come forward– the stain glass window in the restroom, the vintage vanity table and the basket of wool tosses sitting next to the space’s finest function: the French doors.
Early mornings were my preferred part of my stay at Tolcarne Beach Town, and I’m not a morning person; in reality it is most likely the most unpleasant part of my day. I hesitate to participate in every aspect of a common early morning regimen. Yet there was something about a gorgeous room, cosy bed and tranquil ocean sounds that made me realize I ‘d been viewing mornings all wrong. Rather than trying to complete a series of rushed jobs, all with the aim of either getting myself out the front door as quickly as possible, or being as efficient as possible, I took my time. I lay awake, breathing together with the rhythm of the sea. I made a cup of tea, got one of the cosy wool blankets, settled into the deep-seated terrace chair and simply watched.
The beach is open to the public, however the high gain access to routes keep numbers to a minimum. A handful of canine walkers, a web surfer or two, and hand-in-hand couples made for a serene early morning of people viewing.
Hotel rooms (from ₤120 per night), apartment or condos (from ₤100 per night), beach homes (from ₤120 per night) and beach cabins (from ₤90 per night)
All hotel spaces and beach houses feature breakfast consisted of, which is hosted in the Colonial dining establishment, and consists of a hearty continental buffet or your option of the breakfast menu. As far as hotel breakfasts go, this is certainly in the top-tier, however it’s the dinner menu that actually puts the Colonial on the map.
With comparable design to the hotel spaces above, the Colonial is decked with oceanic tokens (I invested an irregular amount of time staring longingly at a fireplace encrusted with white seashells) and nods to more unique shores, consisting of a big Tiki-style bar that serves all the traditional mixed drinks.
Overlooking the sea, with both indoor and outdoor seating, our dining experience was accompanied by an incredible view whatever the weather.
The menu covers everything from handcrafted hamburgers to steaks and salads, all with a Caribbean twist, but it was the newly captured seafood that got my attention. I eased my method on the first night with the King Prawn Linguine, where I discovered really quickly that this location does not stint their portions. I originate from a household of Greeks, where the concept of portion control is an alien one, and even I was amazed by the size of this dish. It was abundant and spicy, with a heat that I couldn’t leave alone– an excellent hearty dish. For me the star of my stay at Tolcarne Beach was the Cornish Crab Claws and Tiger Prawns, which I saved for my last night. I consume seafood at any given chance, but eaten fresh, next to the sea is a culinary experience that for me can’t be topped. They say eating with your hands has its advantages, and this was a meal that I definitely had to work for. Armed with a tool kit of shell crackers and choices, it certainly isn’t a date-night dish, but a lot of fun was had, and it was a delicious experience I’ll never forget.
Neglecting the sea, with both indoor and outdoor seating, our dining experience was accompanied by an unbelievable view whatever the weather condition.
The charm of Tolcarne Beach Village’s area is that it allows you to totally immerse yourself in both tranquility and experience at will. For those interested in a bit of experience, Fistral Beach Browse School is simply a 10 minute drive away. My remain in this part of the nation had actually had plenty of never-forget minutes, so I leapt at the chance to experience one more before I left, and took part in a browsing lesson with my household. We were all novices (simply trying to get in the wet-suits was a lesson in itself) but our instructor was extremely patient and had the ability to give each of us the guidance required to complete the lesson having actually ridden a wave, albeit on our knees. Costs start from ₤35 per individual per lesson, which are two hours long.
I’m not athletically-minded, but this was so much enjoyable. It was mid-November, and here I was waist deep in the great British ocean, having a hard time to get onto a surf board two times my size whilst being hit in the face every 5 seconds by waves of freezing cold water, and I had the biggest smile on my face. I have actually always been a little bit of a water infant, but fixed a limit at freezing cold temperatures, however there was something about this place that rewired my brain to stop caring– to provide things a go and embrace a ‘why not’ mindset. I regained a sense of adventure, a love of nature, and a stillness that I had actually lost in the 9-5 living-for-the-weekend routine that had been my way of life for so long.
Tolcarne Beach Town is a sanctuary for everyone from the over-worked and overwhelmed to fans of nature and adventure candidates. It’s the peace amongst the mayhem. It’s quality time. It’s the break you didn’t know you required and the connection to the parts of yourself you didn’t understand you had lost, and I can’t wait to go back.
Visit tolcarnebeach.co.uk to book.