Journalist and editor Rin Hamburgh was one of the first – very lucky – no fly holidaymakers to try out the brand new accommodation at The Point Polzeath Cornwall. She writes exclusively about her stay for Feet on the Ground.
It’s rare to find a holiday destination that will suit every taste, but I really can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t enjoy a stay at The Point. Located just 15 minutes walk from the scenic beach at Polzeath, on the north coast of Cornwall, this former golf and country club has had a complete makeover since it was taken over by Jeremy Davies and his Norwegian wife Eva, three years ago.
Today, you can still play 18 holes on the modernised golf course, or get your exercise in the impressive gym, which boasts everything from a 20m pool to a 15 bike spinning studio and weekly classes ranging from yoga to Tae Kwon Do to Aqua Zumba. Afterwards, there’s a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room to relax in, or you can book a treatment in the small but perfectly formed spa.
I have to admit, however, that my travelling companion and I were less interested in the exercise potential of The Point than the restaurant, which boasts panoramic views over the coast and surrounding countryside. Effortlessly stylish yet family friendly, with a bar, lounge area and toy corner, the restaurant offers a reasonably priced range of dishes made, wherever possible, with local ingredients.
During our stay, we tried everything from the fish and chips (the best my friend had ever tasted and listed among the top 30 in the UK by The Times), to Porthilly mussels harvested just up the estuary, to warm-from-the-oven banana and walnut muffins served with butterscotch sauce so good you’ll want to lick the plate.
We also had a chance to explore the local area. Despite the blustery weather that makes this stretch of coastline so popular with surfers, we thoroughly enjoyed wandering down to the waterfront, filling our lungs with sea air, and browsing the village shops (Berrys & Grey is definitely worth a visit, as is the Whitewater Gallery). We also took a trip to nearby Port Isaac – better known to Doc Martin fans as Portwenn – and continued our foodie explorations at the St Kew Inn, a picture-perfect 15th century pub with an excellent menu and several very good local ales.
But perhaps the most enjoyable part of the trip was finishing each day back in our gorgeous apartment, one of seven two and three bedroom dwellings (three of which are dog friendly) that have just opened on the site of The Point’s old driving range, a stone’s throw from the restaurant. Making the most of the incredible views down to the sea, there are full height windows on every level, with sliding doors out to a terrace from the dining room and onto the garden from the lower story bedrooms.
The luxury apartments reflect Eva’s Scandinavian heritage as well as the local area. On the outside, a sedum roof, locally sourced stone walls and beautiful Kebony cladding – a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, developed in Norway – tie the structures effortlessly into the landscape, while indoors there’s a tasteful mix of vintage Scandi-style furniture and traditional Cornish touches, such as art from local talents like Jethro Jackson and Jonathan Fuller. Even the kitchens were designed and built by Bodmin-based craftsman Charlie Turner. Oh, and let’s not forget the beautiful free-standing log fire, which provides a comfortable glow once the sun goes down.
And then there are the thoughtful little touches that made us smile, like the kitchen stocked with products from the Cornish Tea Co (and a pint of milk in the fridge, so we could have a cuppa when we arrived), and the hotel-standard bathrooms with their locally sourced Spiezia Organics products, and even the mugs, by Brit designer Nick Munro, reflecting the shipping forecast areas from which each apartment takes its name.
It’s worth noting that as well as being easily accessible by car, The Point boasts a number of other environmentally friendly features, from a field full of solar panels to a biomass burner, to a ground source heat pump which keeps the tiled floor nice and toasty underfoot.
Jeremy and Eva have really poured their heart and soul into this venture, and it shows. They’ve taken an old-fashioned club and turned it into a destination loved by locals and visitors alike. Two days simply wasn’t enough time to enjoy this comfortably luxurious destination, and I have no doubt I’ll be back before long.
How to get to The Point, Polzeath without Flying:
It’s easiest to drive to The Point. From Wadebridge take the B3314 and follow the road for four miles (The Point At Polzeath is signposted). Take the turning for Polzeath and continue until the Carraun Farm Shop and turn left. The entrance is approximately 200 metres on the right. From Polzeath, drive up the hill signposted towards Wadebridge. Turn right when you see the Carraun Farm Shop.
Prices start at £140 per night and dogs are welcome in three of the apartments. Visit www.thepointatpolzeath.co.uk for further information.
Writer: Rin Hamburgh for Feet on the Ground
Images: The Point/Kebony