A great British getaway doesn’t come much better than the Cornish coast. Combining rolling hills, quaint seaside towns and bright turquoise waters that are more reminiscent of Thailand than England; there is much to love and even more to photograph.
For the active holidaymaker, surfing, hiking, cycling, kayaking and golfing are all on offer in this pretty corner of the world, alongside culinary enjoyment that ranges from fine dining to the more traditional pasty and Cornish fudge. As for where to visit, the picturesque fishing port of Padstow is a must for anyone passing through, while other places to explore include (but are by no means limited to) Polperro, St Michael’s Mount, St Ives and Polzeath. Whether you’ve got a few days, a week or more, the latter is an ideal base to explore what Cornwall has to offer, and to enjoy a little luxury in a home away from home.
As the epitome of this kind of self-sufficient luxury, the new and contemporary holiday apartments at The Point At Polzeath are the ultimate choice for any eco-conscious traveller. Unveiled in April 2015 as part of an innovative five-star project by Laurence Associates, these deluxe apartments are a perfect blend of modern Scandinavian style and ecological design.
Looking on from the outside, the apartments blend discreetly into their stunning hill ridge surroundings. Skilfully crafted using high-quality materials, an upward glance to the sedum roof reveals the designers’ use of the acclaimed, sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, Kebony. Chosen for its hard-wearing nature and minimal environmental impact, this eco-friendly choice ensures the properties’ low carbon footprint, both in construction and maintenance.
As for the interior, modern minimalism is clearly the name of the game. The four three-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments are light, bright and airy with spacious, open-plan living and a modern-meets-earthy aesthetic. They come simply yet tastefully furnished with upcycled, one-of-a-kind pieces and subtle seaside accents that deliver a bespoke yet delightfully understated feel. But don’t be fooled by the uncluttered styling; they’ve not been lax on the comfort side either, with deluxe rainforest showers, almost-too-comfortable mattresses and deck chair and beanbag storage for moments enjoyed al fresco. Fans of panoramic vistas will love the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that lead out to a private terrace; boasting sprawling views across the hills to the bay beyond. Visiting in winter? These luxury units are equally perfect when the cold weather hits; with under-floor heating beneath the stone floors, and wood burners just asking to be curled up next to.
Once you’ve settled in, begin your exploration of the complex itself. With almost everything you need close at hand, those looking simply for an escape need barely set foot off-site.
Take your pick from the spa’s indulgent treatment menu, a dip in the pool, or a walk around the stunning grounds and down to the beach. If that’s not quite enough, raise your heartrate on the tennis court or in the gym or fitness studio, where classes range from yoga to TRX to jui jitsu. Alternatively, rent some clubs and play a round on the beautifully picture-perfect, 18-hole golf course. As your apartment sits just 250 metres from the clubhouse, when it comes to mealtimes you have the choice to retreat to your modern yet cosy kitchen, or make the most of the restaurant cuisine. This smart-casual eatery can’t be faulted; from the delicious food and nautical decor to the view overlooking the golf course and highly attentive staff. For a more laidback vibe, head downstairs to the Sports Bar.
Ticking all the boxes for a perfect Cornish break, The Point at Polzeath has excelled in the areas of eco-design and effortless luxury; making it in ideal destination for both a couple’s getaway or fun-filled family trip.