Cotswold Travel: Crash­ing waves and kiss­ing foxes in Corn­wall

Can­dia Mck­o­r­mack dis­cov­ers the de­lights of Corn­wall’s Gwel an Mor

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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

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