Cotswold Travel: Crashing waves and kissing foxes in Cornwall
Candia Mckormack discovers the delights of Cornwall’s Gwel an Mor
It’s Thursday morning during term time, so 19-year-old Leon and I head down to Cornwall ahead of Tony and schoolage Carmen, who was displaying the mildest of sulks as we waved goodbye. As you can imagine, being mother to a teenage son, we don’t spend as much quality time together as I’d like, having meaningful talks away from Netflix and gaming devices, so this was a bit of a treat for me… and, surprisingly, him too it turns out. Who’d have thought it?
After a three-and-a-half-hour jaunt down the M5 and across the A30, we arrive at Gwel an Mor (‘view of the sea’ in Cornish) to a warm welcome in our Scandinavian-style wooden loge, with wine chilling in the fridge (yes!) and Bluetooth-enabled package on the TV (that’s a ‘yes!’ from Leon).
An hour or so later there’s a call from reception saying they’re very sorry, but they’ve put us in the wrong lodge and would we mind moving? “But we’ve unpacked, kicked our shoes off… and started drinking the wine!” I protest. Again, apologies for the mistake, but the lodge we’re currently in is a dog-friendly one and has been allocated to someone actually with a dog.
With the situation completely understood and our insisting that no apology is needed (I have, after all enjoyed a decent-sized glass out of the bottle already), we decamp to a different area of the resort – ‘The Residence’. It’s further from the main building’s spa and restaurant, yes, but has a contemporary style and different facilities, allowing us to get a taste of what’s available to all guests.
The lodge is supremely comfortable, with all the mod cons you’d expect of a luxury resort, with three comfortable bedrooms, two bathrooms, underfloor heating, log burner, air conditioning, and personal hot tub on the decking.
The first evening, Leon and I kick back and watch a movie together before making loose plans for the next day… FRIDAY I’m booked in for a treatment at 10am at Gwel an Mor’s on-site Wellbeing Spa (a well-equipped purpose-built building which includes heated indoor pool), so leave Leon sleeping (he stayed up ‘til the wee small hours watching gangsta rap movies or something
‘We were treated to a meeting with the Feadon foxes which, once you’ve gained their trust, will actually ‘kiss’ you on your nose’
Above: Candia on one of the Clip’n’climb walls Inset right:
Leon with Gary Zammit and one of the Feadon foxes