Newquai View Resort sits at the edge of the Atlantic coastline, close to the tumbling cliffs and blue waters of the Cornish seaside. Drive your family down in your own caravan and use one of the halting bays, or make use of the site’s stationary camping vans and eye-catching glamping pods – all within convenient walking distance of the rocks and gentle sands of the seaside. The verdant hills of the Porth Valley are also a stone’s throw from your tent, ideal for family rambles or games of hide and seek amid the trees.
The cabin amenities:
The simple, elegantly furnished pods each come with an en suite that would suit a stately hotel, featuring a walk-in shower and heated towel rail. Your private kitchen is equipped with microwaves and kettles as standard. Some also have ovens and stovetops, so the whole family can get involved in creating a home-cooked dinner from the local specialities: Cornish cheddar and Yarg cheeses, freshly caught fish and clotted cream, to name but a few. Take your culinary creations out to eat in the al-fresco dining space – there’s also a communal spot for family get-togethers or meeting your fellow guests.
For a night off from cooking, head to the Porth Venue Restaurant, which serves up a delectable array of hearty and affordable dishes. The emphasis is on family favourites, so sample savoury burgers, delicious salads and fresh-caught fish from the local waters. In fact, the restaurant endeavours to source most of its ingredients in the surrounding hinterland, so each bite is an authentic taste of South West England: from St Ives seafood to ice cream by Kelly’s of Cornwall. While away the hours in the shaded beer garden admiring the green views around you or watching the kids compete on the ping pong tables.
Locals and visitors alike come to Newquai View for its leisure centre. In summer, breathe in the fresh sea air as you dip in the soothing waters of the outdoor pool, or, let the little ones run free in the nearby playground while you bask in the sun. When the winter rolls in, swim a few lengths in the heated indoor pool or sink into the invigorating warmth of the sauna and steam room. An indoor arcade houses games for kids and adults, so embrace your competitive spirit and spend some family time with a classic driving game.
A 3km drive from the resort brings you to Newquay town centre. Here you can have an outing to Newquay Zoo or learn about local marine life and exotic sea creatures at Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium. This town is also full of historic highlights such as Lanhydrock, a late-Victorian country house with colourful gardens and well-preserved antiques. To explore even earlier times, the Iron Age settlement of Chysauster Ancient Village is a fascinating detour, with the remains of courtyard houses from almost 2,000 years ago still clearly visible as you wander the rugged terrain. You’ll also have the opportunity to see Cornwall’s famous coastline.
Make time for a day trip to Kynance Cove, an hour and half away by car, where dramatic rock formations protrude skywards and sheltered rock pools teem with life. Within a 25-minute walking distance, you’ll find Whipsiderry Beach, and Watergate Bay (an hour’s walk along the South West coastal path). Both beaches feature the trademark craggy cliffs and glittering sands that Cornwall is known for, not to mention cafés selling crab sandwiches and cups of tea.
Learn to surf:
Treat your kids to a day at the Blue Surf School, based on-site, where they’ll learn to ride the waves in some of the country’s most hallowed surfing grounds. Transport is provided to and from Watergate Bay, one of the most consistent beaches in Cornwall for surfing conditions. There you can try out a new water-sport known as hand planing, which uses hand-held floats to allow you to smoothly glide across the crest of waves. Back at the resort, you’ll find Yellow Bike Hire. Pack a picnic of Cornish pasties and take the whole family out to wind their way through the curving slopes of the Porth Valley or along the coastal path.