Incredibly comfortable beds, underfloor heating, panoramic sea views were all greeted with those three letters and the accompanying exclamation mark. Crest@64 offered the luxury I wanted, the time out from being ‘normal’ and even in January it was a warm and cosy haven in the midst of Storm Gertrude’s battering.
We arrived late on a Friday evening and after exploring the house and - for a brief moment - the roof terrace, settled in for a quiet night. Our weekend really began on Saturday morning, regaling the rest of my party with stories from my childhood after a trip down memory lane driving past the scene of the film The Witches at The Headland Hotel and then watching two chaps braving the tail end of the 80mph winds and heading into the waves on Fistral Beach.
I’ve always been fascinated by the outdoors since I was a boy growing up by the sea, the power of the water has always been able to hold my gaze for minutes at a time, and we parked up in the beachfront car park and just watched the ocean, the dogs on the beach and the sound of our 4 year old asking for an ice cream (what is it about children that no matter what time of year, they always want an ice cream at the seaside). We relented and headed down into town for the peace and quiet that only an ice cream could bring!
In the evening, we had already decided to go to The Stables, a wonderful homely pizza, pie and cider specialist restaurant overlooking Fistral, and I challenge anyone to go there and not enjoy their chocolate and mascarpone dessert pizza!
Throughout the property, all the little touches that make a big difference had been taken care of, there were plastic cups, plates and cutlery for barbeques on the roof terrace, there were DVDs and board games (which were very handy in the evenings) and I was especially impressed by the childrens’ hangers in the bunk bed room, it showed a lot of care and attention to detail which as a parent on holiday, it’s lovely to know that the owners care about my stay as much as I do.
The only unhappy moment came in the form of a longing look in the rear-view mirror as we left, but with plenty of exploration left to do this year, another trip to Newquay is just around the corner. Click here to see Crest@64 for yourself.