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The Village, Merryn, Watergate Bay, UK
Beach Retreats, Watergate Bay Review
5 Star Rating
28 April 2012Beach Retreats, Watergate Bay
Tags: Cornwall, UK, Self Catering reviewsThe Bill: £675 for three nights

The Village in Watergate Bay, Cornwall is a collection of new self-catering beach apartments that are well-placed to allow guests to enjoy amazing sea views and all that Cornwall has to offer. Located between Padstow and Newquay, this is the perfect place to enjoy the British sunshine.

The Village is part of the Watergate Bay Hotel, a high-class venue sited north of Newquay. As well as The Village, the hotel also includes the Beach Hut and Fifteen restaurants, two of the most famous eateries in Cornwall. Excitement is delivered by the hotel-owned Extreme Academy Surf School.

The buildings are brand new, modern and apparently super-efficient. Our apartment was a great size, with all the comforts of home but with a beach view. We canít overstate how lovely the view of Watergate Bay is. Itís a great scene to have last thing at night and again first thing in the morning.

The marketing talks a lot about the sustainable nature of the building, and we have to take their word for it as you would never know. The construction is eco-friendly with sustainable materials, heat recycling, thick insulation and all the energy-saving devices you can think of.

ďThe Village in Watergate Bay allows guests to enjoy amazing sea views.Ē

However, like a truly good sustainable building you donít even notice it. They are built into the cliff and have a sedum roof to help maintain the temperature. They are how eco-living should be. Not in your face, nothing to compromise your comfort, just quiet and efficient.

These are upside down pads, with the sleeping areas downstairs to allow you to enjoy the views during your waking hours. So upstairs is the large living area and fully fitted kitchen and downstairs is a couple of good-sized bedrooms.

The upstairs accommodation is spacious and those floor to ceiling windows are mind-blowing. They offer the full panorama of the bay and is worth the price on their own. They open out onto a generously sized wooden terrace with tables and chairs to allow you to soak up the full drama of the Atlantic Ocean.

The rest of the apartment isnít bad either. The living area is spacious, with seating, tables, large LCD TV, iPod dock, Sky HD and a nice fire. The bathroom is perfectly formed and have separate shower and bath, good light and a heat reclamation system that feeds back into the apartment.

The bedrooms are equally well done, with large comfortable beds, effective blinds, good lighting, plenty of space for your clothes and everything you would need. The beds are comfortable and we slept very well indeed while we were there. The combination of sea air and luxurious comfort saw to that!

While there are plenty of eating options around, the terrace is so nice and the kitchen so well equipped that itís too tempting to just cook for yourself and spend time on the terrace. Jamie Oliverís Fifteen is a short walk away, but is fully booked throughout the summer season. The Beach Hut is a little more relaxed and serves good food too, so if you donít feel like cooking for yourself, you wonít go hungry.

The standard of The Village in Watergate Bay is very high. The 29 apartments are in the process of being completed, and some are for sale. For a reasonable £500k, one of these could be yours. A good price for the quality of accommodation and the view alone.

We had a lovely relaxing time here. The high quality, reasonable rates and stunning views made it for us. The fact that youíre only a short walk from the beach is a bonus. We would most definitely come here again.

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