Our Cornish holiday started at the Watergate Bay Hotel….
We had a family week in Cornwall and started out at the Watergate Bay Hotel. The bay itself is absolutely beautiful. We’d arrived early in the morning, way before our check-in time, and after a quick coffee in The Living Room we went for walk along the beach looking at the surfers, body boarders, kite surfers and caves.
I absolutely love Cornwall but hadn’t visited this part of it before. It’s so utterly gorgeous. It was Luther’s first time on a sandy beach and he seemed quite overwhelmed to start with. We popped him in his Greentom buggy and took a long walk along the sand, dodging the washed up purple jellyfish!
The hotel called to say our room was ready early. The Papa Gorilla put our car right outside the room and ferried all our stuff inside. We had a family room which meant we had a second bedroom. I left all our stuff in the second bedroom and set it up us a playroom for Luther as he was sleeping in with us. The decor was tastefully done in seaside colours and textures, with greys and flashes of mustard yellow. I dragged a mattress from the kids’ room into ours and made Luther a bed up on the floor, with his Sleepyhead Grand sitting atop the mattress. We blacked out the bedroom window with tin foil in preparation for the night’s sleep! Top tip if you’re travelling with a child: moisten the glass and the tin foil sticks to it.
Pool with a view…
Swim Club is on the ground floor level and the pool has an incredible view over Watergate Bay. Luther really enjoyed a swim and being chucked up in the air by daddy. Back in our room I bathed him then put him in pyjamas and a jumper, so that he was ready for bed when we got in later, and we took him to The Beach Hut for an early supper.
Luther had a super time looking at the sea from our table and drawing. He thoroughly enjoyed my crab linguine and rubbed it all over his head before eating it! We kept him up slightly past his usual bedtime but he was so good and went down within minutes of getting back to the room. I could make out the lingering smell of crab in his hair as he curled up next to me! Daddy went for a wander and an aperitif before turning in and we all had a joyously peaceful night.
The next morning I had a full body massage. First bit of pampering I’ve had since Luther was born. No one warns you of the physicality of having a baby: the carrying around of an increasingly heavy and struggling child, picking them up from the floor and bending down to be at their level does take a toll, and I feel a bit physically shot at at the moment. The massage was so lovely that I didn’t know whether to fall asleep or cry, and in the event I just contentedly dribbled on the floor.
I left the room to be greeted by Luther and daddy, who’d wandered down to meet me. Luther then proceeded to entertain himself playing with the nail varnishes in the manicure area with a view over the beach. A swift pack-up and we were ready to check out and hit the road. But before leaving Watergate Bay we had lunch at Jamie’s Fifteen, which sits above The Beach Hut with an even more imperious view over the bay. After that, we had but a 6-minute drive to contend with before arriving at our next destination.
We were hosted by the Watergate Bay Hotel, The Beach Hut and Jamie’s Fifteen. All words and views are my own.