I recently started writing a 10 things you don’t know about me tag post, with one of the questions being ‘where is your favourite place to holiday?’ I pondered over the question several times, do I put somewhere far flung, hot and exotic, or maybe somewhere the husband and I have put on our ‘when we grow up’ hit list (we’ve been together 20 years and began this list many moons ago!) We had the most excellent adventure to Florida for our 10th anniversary but if I’m honest and realistic, some of our best family memories have been in Cornwall.
It’s a stunning county steeped in history with the most amazing beaches. We tend to stay in Crantock, a stones throw away from the popular town on Newquay many times and on our sad journey home we’ve driven past the modern and very appealing Atlantic Reach, with its manicured lawns and onsite spa, I often wondered what lay behind the twisting drive. Until now.
Set about a 15 minute drive from the coast, you follow the entrance drive down to reception. Well sign posted and with lots of parking, our check in was welcoming and friendly. We arrived on a busy bank Holiday where the three ladies checking the guests in were unflappable and gave me the time and attention as though I was the only one there. With a more than ample welcome pack detailing the nearest beaches, supermarkets and on site entertainment as well as a bumper pack of leaflets. With an explanation of where our accommodation and where to park we were sent on our way.
Atlantic Reach consists of a collection of 2 storey houses, reminiscent of a little village, each has a kitchen, twon and double bed as well as full window and patio doors letting the light flood in.
We stayed in a garden terrace, a mid range house with central heating, modern decor, kitchen, very stylish shower room, flat screen TV, DVD player, decked patio and HOT TUB! Tween was straight into his swim shorts and in while we unpacked. There was plenty of storage space for our clothes and suitcases as well as a well stocked kitchen with full fridge and freezer.
After settling in, we headed off round the complex to explore.
Included in our stay was access to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools , leisure centre, soft play area and a clean and modern cafe area with comfy sofas, tables and chairs, a selection of games and free wifi. I need to add at this point that as you walk in the door to the cafe area you are confronted with a mass of the most amazing cakes, I won’t admit to just how many we consumed on our stay but suffice to say we are well equipped with letting you know that they are delicious and all home baked.
Although it wasn’t warm enough for us to try out the outdoor swimming pool, we made full use of the indoor one. Tween loved the independence of being able to go in on his own as it wasn’t too deep (although he is a good swimmer, it was still reassuring having a lifeguard there.) The toddler pool was a big hit too and all boys loved playing volley ball without worrying about an over zealous whistle blowing lifeguard telling them off!
We also made several visits to Pirate Pete’s soft play centre which has lots of seating for mums and over looks to the pool. This was perfect for the Toddler and gave us even more opportunities to drink coffee and try ANOTHER cake from the downstairs cafe. There was also tennis courts and a pitch and put green there but with only 2 full days, one of which was rained off, we didn’t get a chance to try them out.
There is also organised events such as party games, a kids disco and bingo. Toddler loved having a boogie on the lawn outside while Tween played in the nearby park. The older boys made a few trips to the Teen Den which was fantastic at keeping them from saying the ‘B’ word (bored, not the one you’re thinking!) My only gripe was how close it was to the spa, as I tried to join in enthusiastically with the penny drop, the relaxing, zen like music coming from the picture perfect entrance was a constant reminder of what I was missing!
There is also a well equipped gym which also held fitness and yoga classes. We don’t ever tend to make use of any kids clubs on holiday but I can see how useful it would’ve been.
We booked a meal in onsite restaurant The Manor House on the Sunday evening. Not expecting much as we tend to avoid them and eat out locally in Cornwall, we thought it only fair to give it a go for our review, and boy are we glad we did! I should probably confess at this point to not getting any photos of our food but that’s simply because it looked so good we didn’t hang around to tuck in. I ordered a dressed crab salad while the Husband and Teenager had steaks and Tween chicken nuggets and chips. We all struggled to finish as the portions were huge but were so impressed that we returned the next evening.
The Manor House restaurant
Modern styling all around
The bar at Atlantic Reach
We visited The Eden Project, approximately 30 minutes away
Newquay is 10 minutes away
Stunning beaches – too many to mention but Crantock is by far our favourite
The Camel Trail a cycle path from Wadebridge to Padstow is a must.
The Manor House restaurant
Range of activities for all the children and adults
Cleanliness of the site
Helpful staff, especially booking in
Within easy reach of lots of local attractions
Remember to take
Travel stair gates. I totally forgot this and Toddler made full use of trying to get up and down them.
Kitchen cleaning essentials, such as washing up liquid, J-cloths, tea towels.
We were invited to stay at Atlantic Reach for a couple of days, all words and opinions are entirely my own.