It was hard to leave The Scarlet, but once we saw the view from our bed at Bedruthan we were more than happy with our new home…
Bedruthan is the sister hotel to The Scarlet, sitting higher up the cliffside but essentially next door, and this is their family friendly hotel which has everything you could need to entertain little ones.
But whilst the babysitting services, daily childcare, entertainment, soft play, TRAMPOLINES (I could go on) are all brilliant things to have for those travelling with kids, you can still have a very nice time if travelling without any. There are adult only spaces and the “tranquillity room” really is very tranquil, I feel like more of my Mondays should involve roaring fires, leftover Sunday papers and nothing but the sound of the waves outside.
There’s also an adults only restaurant (you can even sit away from the kids at breakfast if you really want to get away from them!) and the spa is exclusively for adults except for a (rather lovely sounding) family session which runs for half an hour in the morning.
Bedruthan was opened in 1960 and thanks to the way it’s built into the cliffside, it can seem quite sprawling when you first arrive. We quickly got our bearings though and once we’d admired our room (again, lots of “LOOK AT THAT VIEW!” chatter) we headed down to the village for lunch at Catch…
We really enjoyed our meal and I’d def recommend you eat here if you find yourself in this very pretty corner of the world. I had a brilliant goats cheese and onion marmalade toasted sandwich and ST had the catch of the day (a whole roasted plaice, in this instance) with smashed minted peas and garlic and rosemary chips. I had to order my own chips once I’d seen his. THESE CHIPS ARE VERY SPECIAL.
After yet another walk across that lovely bay, we headed back to the hotel for a doze (did I mention that this was the most chilled weekend ever?) before getting into our robes for our Sensory Spa Garden booking.
The Sensory Spa Garden is an hour-long, seven-stage experience which takes you through various outdoor treatments with the aim of leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed. And let me tell you, it works.
There was scrubbing, saunaing, hot tubbing…but best of all was the icy cold water bucket drench after the 80 degree heat of the cedar wood sauna. I HAVE NEVER FELT SO ALIVE. I mean I yelped and made a face like I might die, but it was invigorating enough for me to proceed to have a further two buckets dumped on me. And yes, this is all in the great British outdoors in mid October!
The oil, seaweed and salt scrub at the end of the session was just heavenly and my skin still feels better for it now, but I also just really loved the final part of the Spa Garden experience where we sat in our robes and blankets by an open fire with a mug of cinnamon tea and our feet immersed in warm copper footbaths.
To say the whole experience was blissful is an understatement.
Post-spa, we headed back to the room to watch the sunset from bed…
Slightly bonkers, no?!
And then we got ready to head down to The Herring – Bedruthan’s main restaurant – for dinner.
I’ve got to say, this meal was our favourite of the whole trip. I was in my absolute element, especially as they let you order from their extensive Wild Cafe menu too. I had the best cheese of the weekend (yes, I was keeping a cheese tally) as part of my Cornish Blue, fig, walnut and chicory salad. And then there was the sticky toffee pudding of course…
Oh the pudding! I never thought I’d find a sticky toffee which I’d like more than the infamous Cartmel version but I did in the form of this slab of deliciousness.
I should mention how good the wine was too…
I wanted to try a Cornish wine (admittedly more for the novelty factor) and didn’t really expect it to be especially good, yet this Bacchus Dry from the nearby Camel Valley vineyard was one of the nicest wines I’ve had in a long time. It was described as being like a Sancerre but it was nicer than any Sancerre I’ve ever had and almost water-clear in the glass. I’ll definitely be buying some more bottles online.
After a great night’s sleep it was time for more food (woo!) and I have to say once again, we were really impressed. There was a hot and cold breakfast buffet which I always prefer to a la carte anyway (a nice insight into how greedy I am) but the standard was really high. You could get your eggs cooked to order if you wanted, but everything was so fresh in the hot buffet that I didn’t feel the need to order anything bespoke. Other hotels take note, gloriously yolky fried eggs ARE possible to achieve on breakfast buffets! You also don’t need to faff about with a breakfast buffet’s worst nemesis – The Communal Toast Machine – as the staff bring you all the toast you could ever need directly to your table. The dream!
I like how I got the top of my head in this pic, good one!
Just like at The Scarlet, there were so many nice touches everywhere at Bedruthan. Of course it’s a more informal vibe – it’s a family hotel with kids seemingly having the times of their lives – but there were lots of little things like having fresh local milk in the room fridge for making tea and coffee or finding books like this in your bedside drawer…
It was just a really nice place to be.
As I said in yesterday’s post, we’ll definitely be coming back to Mawgan Porth and I know a trip to Bedruthan will feature – whether that’s to stay, eat or just be drenched in icy water in the Sensory Spa Garden 😀
I’ll be blogging about our surf lesson experience tomorrow and there’ll be a vlog this weekend so you can see the hotels and beach properly, but this was basically our fave weekend in a long time.
And the perfect wedding anniversary <3
B&B rates at Bedruthan for the type of room we stayed in – a “Sea View Double” room – start at £140 per night. The Sensory Spa Garden experience is £45 if staying in the hotel, £55 if not as part of a half day spa access package.
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