I left booking our holiday late this year so the place we normally go to in Porthleven was fully booked. I came across Gwel an Mor online and found they had 1 Tregea VIP lodge left so decided to book it given the positive reviews. I was however, a bit worried that it would be a low demand lodge given it was the only one available. On arrival at the entrance, our first impressions were very good. Well stocked flower beds, a lovely new golf course and a lake with a fountain. Check in was efficient and we were given the key and directions to lodge 54 Minack. We were relieved to find that the lodge was in fact in a prime position with unobstructed sea views from the back. We overlooked the animal paddocks so spent hours on the balcony watching the goats, donkeys, reindeer and birds. Before we arrived, I was also a bit worried it would be like a Center Parcs type set up with cleanliness issues, hard upselling and crowding. The reality is that Gwel an Mor is small and far more upmarket and sophisticated given similar pricing structures. The standard of cleanliness was very high with good quality fittings and furnishings. The kitchen was also very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The beds were also clean and very comfortable. There was no Center Parcs type hard upselling or general fleecing so that too was a relief. They provided washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs, biscuits, fruit, tea, coffee and hot chocolate with poo bags and treats for the dog! We pre ordered the breakfast pack which had good quality ingredients and was put in the fridge prior to arrival.
We had a take away from the onsite Terrace restaurant one evening. Myself and my son enjoyed ours but my husband was a bit disappointed with his which was a shame. My crab and salmon fishcakes were superb. The pool, sauna and gym were well utilised by us and not overcrowded despite it being peak season. My son used the hot tub every day and it was well positioned with lots of vegetation to give a good level of privacy. There was a smart TV with film subscription option or you can borrow rainy day DVD’s from reception free of charge. The tennis court is of a good standard and the landscaping and herb garden at the resort is lovely.
All in all, it’s very hard to find any real negatives at Gwel an Mor as it does what it says on the tin and the website tells it as it is. The only niggle was that there were a few minor maintenance issues which I feel should have been picked up during change over checks The ensuite had a dripping toilet cistern and the kitchen cooker extractor hood didn’t work. This in no way affected the enjoyment of our holiday and I am sure if I had complained it would have been rectified immediately. I worked in facilities management for years so I do tend to pick up on this sort of thing where other guests maybe wouldn’t.
As others have said, the walk back from the beach Is steep so I did not attempt it. The site is also hilly so could be difficult if you have a lung condition like mine! My husband and son hired bikes and there are ample trails in the area which were for moderate abilities. Portreath itself has a small beach and a few pubs where the food was pretty good. It’s a little run down but St Ives, Falmouth, Porthleven, Hayle and other popular places are no more than 20-30 minutes drive away. We spent a good few hours at Cornwall Gold and did the tour of their Tolgus tin mill which is the only one left and is now a heritage project. The tour was really interesting and well worth £4. Entrance to the site is free and great if you like jewellery as they mix the tin they smelt in the mill with gold and silver and sell it there. A real bling palace if you like that sort of thing!
The one thing that is very evident at Gwel an Mor is the passion the owner has for his product. The customer service ethos is first class and you can see that they are fully committed to delivering a quality customer experience. My only suggestion would be that paths from the northern lodges to the farm etc would be useful. At present, you have to walk up a steep hill and around to get to the farm, coastal path and tennis courts etc. I suppose this maybe a security issue though as I think the lane in front of the farm has public access.
Would recommend especially if you have children. Dads will love the new golf course and fishing lake and for mum there is a small spa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gwel an Mor is Cornish for "View of the Sea." We are a 5 Star luxury self catering holiday resort which sits high on hills above the Atlantic Ocean in Cornwall.Our grand Scandinavian style holiday lodges blend beautifully into landscaped gardens and the surrounding countryside. Truly inviting with a relaxed but luxury style, the two and three bedroom lodges have everything you may need – down to the hot tub on your private terrace and log burner in the living area. Alongside the traditional wooden lodges, we also offer the contemporary style of the Residence. Launched in 2012, these exclusive eco lodges provide the ultimate in high-end holiday accommodation, complete with underfloor heating, mood lighting, DVD and music players and WiFi. You'll even find a plasma TV in the bathroom. Our Clubhouse boasts a fully equipped gym, indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna while outside there is a children’s play area, tennis courts and a putting and croquet lawn.For more grown-up indulgences, The Wellbeing Spa offers an extensive menu of pampering facial, body and cosmetic treatments designed to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate you using marine inspired products. With a great reputation amongst visitors and locals, the Terrace Restaurant at Gwel an Mor is an informal bistro style venue with a locally sourced, innovative menu. With an emphasis on using the best seasonal ingredients the Southwest has to offer, the Terrace even offers a take away service so you can indulge in the comfort of your lodge. One of the truly unique aspects to a stay with us is the chance to meet some of the local wildlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gwel An Mor 5 Star Holiday Hotel Portreath