Travel Blogs from Newquay
There's only one thing more exciting than driving on Cornish roads in the sunshine - that's driving in the mist and rain, which we've had a bit of in the last few days. But enough of the commentary. (You can read my blog Bloody Tourists for my rave about Cornish roads.) We shot a clip from our car driving ...
... to get their money's worth. You do feel as if you've covered a large chunk of the castle once you get back to the entrance by which time you've walked through a number of rooms including a study, library, dining room, smoking room, armoury, courtyards, drawing rooms and private chapel where weddings are now held. The village of Marazion lies on the other side of the sea path to the mount. The girls buy earrings and necklaces at a local designer, Silver Mine. I take a nano nap in ...
... villages such as Chysauster, an Iron Age settlement originally occupied almost 2000 years ago.
Our next stop was the historical & medieval castle of St Michael's Mount dating back to the 12th century, previously a Benedictine Monastery, fortress, a port & family home. Here our fitness level was tested, at least 500 very steep steps over rugged terrain, but well worth it.
Our last stop for the day was Land's ...
... to explain the two natures of Christ - human and divine. Outside we explored the haphazard graveyard marked with random Celtic crosses. A sundial on the church wall features cross bones and angels representing death and immortality. Somehow this all seems more believable in the grey windswept Cornish late afternoon haze. We walked from here along a path winding through stone walled fields down towards ...
Well we are into our second day on the road.
First stop was the very attractive tiny market city of Wells with its magnificent Cathedral & saw the oldest continuously inhabited medieval street in Europe. En route to Dartmoor National Park we passed through Glastonbury, Street including Clark's Village, brought back many memories Emma of your time at Millfield - it was great to see it again.
The Dartmoor Plains were as expected very rugged, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Glendorgal Hotel Newquay
We booked for 2 nights at the Watermark having loved the look of it from their website. We were told we could have a special rate of £55pppn DB&B in a sea view room. At the time of booking we had a big hoo-hah as the only room with double bed had only a bath, no shower. My husband is 6"2 and doesn't really "do" baths so I agreed to a twin room with shower instead.
This is a hotel that is unsure of its past. Although the glossy brochure and website state the watermark, even the hotel information folder and menus refer to the Glendorgal( see Tripadvisor comments under this name !). I stayed here on 23-24th August on business travel, (and was slightly worried by the previous Glendorgal reviews*) alledgedly with a discount rate for B+B of £80 / night. The hotel occupies a super position on a headland, but arriving in the dark is a tricky business as you're not sure where the reception is. After nearly falling over on the unlit steps down from the carpark to reception, I was safely in. I'd lucked in with room 1, directly over the reception, unfortunately for me, as the receptionist vacumed at 0600 - which was nice to ensure the foyer was clean for the morning rush !! The rooms are contempoary with plain subdued colour walls and a good array of cupboards etc. However, as previous reviews* note the curtains are incredibly difficult to close, the curtain rail is marginally narrower then the rings, net result you have to pull each ring individually to close the curtains. Thats maybe why the curtains were left closed when the room was cleaned after my first night?
Actually, we never made it! Made the booking on Saturday 20th August for two / three nights the following week. Were given a price, made the deposit etc. When the confirmation of booking came through they hiked up the price by £100. When we phoned to question the error they spoke to us like total dirt!
They admitted that it was their error but would not budge an inch! In fact their whole attitude was disgusting!!! - I have never been spoken to so rudely for a very long time. Really obnoxious!
Nice Website, very BAD attitude. Beware!
On the surface this appears to be a nice hotel, however on close inspection faults soon come to light. Recent refurbishment lacks care and thought, cheap fittings such as curtain rails that don't draw, sisal floor coverings in the rooms, cheap beds that just rock as you move, kitchen taps fitted to hand basins in the bathroom.
Reataurant and bar combined make for poor dining, mind you the food is not anything special.
I thought at least we may get a good nights sleep but I hadn't taken into account the Stag Party that finished outside our bedroom at 4 am, when I mentioned this the following morning no apology was forthcoming or any concern shown, therefore I presume this is a normal occurence.
We ate at this restaurant a couple of months ago. I do not usually complain but the food in this place was completely inedible.
We tryed several times the restaurant at the watermark,and every time we entered was the owner of the hotel drunk at the bar,his eyes like 2 -------- in the snow ,he was very rude and arrogant . Don't go there if you take your loved ones for a meal.
As I understand it, The Glendorgal Hotel closed in about November 2003 and reopened in about May 2004 after a total revamp to such a degree that any previous guest would not recognise it today.
My husband and I spent a few days of our honeymoon at the Glendorgal Hotel. It's situated on one of the headlands in Newquay and has its own private beach. The hotel was once owned by Nigel Tangye, brother of the writer Derek Tangye, who wrote several books about the history of the hotel including 'The Story of Glendorgal' and 'The Spirit of the Sea'. It was very interesting to read these books and to establish which room was once the nursery (number 9) one of the rooms we stayed in. We arrived, accidentally, one day early, and were catered for very well by the staff who found us a room for the extra night. The room we moved to on the second night was fairly large with a dated bathroom but perfectly adequate and we had a good view of the cove. I have seen that this hotel has changed its name to Watermark and has been refurbished. I would like to see how it has been done up.
We agreed to try the Glendorgal some time ago, for a weekend, as a family, at a reduced rate offered by the hotel, if we would look at their timeshare accommodation. I decided to write this after reading the previous review.
Stay Away from this Mess!
Room was small, horrible beds, thin, lumpy mattress, not very clean, carpeting smelled of vomit. The breakfast was okay. The staff in the restaurant were not overly friendly and the young woman at the front desk was not welcoming at all and bordered on surly. This hotel was my one mistake in my whole trip and luckily I was only there one night.