A group of friends and I booked a Bay Retreat villa through secretescapes.com for a long weekend break. We were drawn to what looked like a high-quality, contemporary finish. We were certainly not disappointed!
Downstairs, a generous hallway featuring under-stairs cupboard and a glass wall to the living room offered a warm welcome to the property. A small WC off the hallway was nicely tiled and finished with high-end sanitary ware.
The L-shaped open plan living area had a fantastic contemporary kitchen, dining area with 4 chairs and a corner group sofa. This worked really well for our lazy weekend of cooking, eating, drinking and chilling out, as it lent itself perfectly to being sociable. The kitchen was very well equipped, with halogen hob, oven, extractor, dishwasher and washer-dryer. It also boasted a number of utensils and crockery and cutlery. The only slight negative was that the sofa was made of faux leather and, as such, was not that comfortable to sit on for very long!
Upstairs, the villa had two bedrooms; one double, and a twin. The double had a fantastic Velux double window-cum-balcony, which was really cute, and had room for two or three people to step out. The twin was spacious and well appointed, with contemporary furniture with clean lines. The upstairs bathroom boasted floor-to-ceiling tiles, a proper enamel bath and power shower over. The finish was very high-end.
The rental included towels and tea towels, all electricity and utilities and was a bargain of a price booked through secretescapes.com. As we were staying in November, we weren't expecting good weather. Thankfully the modern storage heaters kept us toasty warm all weekend.
Whilst we didn't use it much during a soggy November weekend, the villa also had a small garden with decking area at the rear. This garden was small, but was a nice outside space and would have been ideal for a summer breakfast or evening barbecue.
The villas are located in the small village of St Merryn, a short drive from the Cornish town of Padstow. Padstow has a lovely harbour and boasts a number of Rick Stein food venues. Sadly, most of these were closed during the weekend of our visit :o(
All in all, we had a great time and I would most certainly recommend to others that they stay here.
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Retreat Villas Hotel St Merryn
- Bay Retreat Villas Cornwall/St Merryn