Placed right in the middle of all of the hussle and bustle of Newquay, we find our accommodation, Reef Lodges, just situated back from the beach and not too close to the clubs and pubs. We have just driven two and a half hours from Devon where we had previously stayed for a lovely holiday weekend. Can’t wait to see what Newquay has to offer. Newquay is a lot busier than Devon and there seem to be people everywhere (something I had forgotten), so as we drive around looking for the Reef Lodges we gently settle into the area, driving past lots of surf shops, cafés, and fish & chip shops.
My mistake! I turn up at the wrong Reef Lodges, which is currently under a huge renovation. My hubby is very relieved to see we aren't at this one, as there are lots of workmen and a little noise! The amazing Salena (General Manager) meets us and guides us over to the the correct accommodation, shows us where to park and we are happy at what we see. The outside of the accommodation isn't great, but will get better in time as it's still under construction, but inside we are greeted by lovely staff and freshly painted tall ceiling rooms with a lovely 60s feel breakfast/tv/chill out area. Salena shows us our room and we are very happy with it. In the rooms we have two double beds and two bunk beds, which Savannah climbs up straight away (she ends up making a den and not sleeping on the bunk bed but that's toddlers for you). The rooms are clean, fresh and fun, with really up-to- date decor. The whole feel of the accommodation is laid-back surfer style with bright colours, lots of different beds and ways of using the rooms to their fullest capacity. The Reefs is kind of like dorm rooms.
We decide to head out for dinner to an amazing Australian restaurant my hubby has found online called Bush Pepper. Now, this is a treat and if you are in Cornwall you should def go & check it out! I had battered cauliflower for starter which was incredible. Hubby had chicken wings & fillet steak & was also as impressed. The staff were great with Savannah and it wasn't too busy, so service was fast, assertive and very reasonable.
We headed back to the lodges which didn't take long as they are so central. Savannah decided she would build a den and sleep on the floor, and I thought, "Why not, we're on holiday". She might as well have some fun and do something she doesn't usually do at home! She slept so well and didn't wake until 9am. Maybe I should let her sleep in a den at home. The beds were so comfy and linen was fresh and good quality so helped us sleep well. Wi-fi wasn't that strong so I didn't get to upload some pics to Insta, but decided to write some blogs notes and read whilst in bed.
Once we got up and dressed, hubby had decided it would be a good idea to drive to Land's End, which I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about, but I agreed (who wants to go there when you could be sat on a beach looking at hot surfers). Once we arrived, it was great. We took some cool pics and Savannah got to buy some souvenirs for her nannies. There is a Wallace & Gromit tour, but we didn't fancy that. After an hour or so we drove back to Newquay and headed to Crantock Beach, which is breathtaking, with a little stream running through to the sea so perfect for kids to play in if the water is too rough and you have a water baby like us! We spent most of the day on the beach chatting to locals and stopping Savannah from cuddling every wet dog that walked past.
We headed back to the lodges to freshen up and headed back out pretty quickly as we were so hungry and Savannah was really tired. So went to the first restaurant we came to which was a Prezzo. This was fab as you know exactly what you are getting in each restaurant, so we ordered, ate and walked back to the lodges. We all jumped into bed and watched TV whilst slowly one by one falling asleep. We were exhausted and really needed to get some shut-eye.
The next day we were up for breakfast nice and early, packed, and then departed. The stay was short but sweet, but a very fun place to stay.
All in all the Reef Lodges was a lovely stay and was great for what we were there for; a perfect breakfast and a great few nights sleep. For the price of the accommodation, you really can't moan. The bedrooms accommodate a lot of people, so are amazing value for money, especially including the continental breakfast. I think the Reef Lodges would be best for families, hen/stag dos and teenage trips. If you're not looking for a 5 star hotel and want to save some cash, then this is the place to stay. It’s practical, cheap, friendly and does the job. It wouldbe a great idea to maybe do a little tour of Cornwall and stay in lots of different places and this would be a great place to stop off during that trip. The Lodges are very like a hostel, so if you're up for 'cheap and cheerful’, this is the place for you.
Thank you for a cute stay
The Savvy Mummy xxx