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Three nights at a chic beach retreat in North Cornwall, in an elegant, self-catering two or four-bedroom eco-home

When The Guardian newspaper reviewed The Village at Watergate Bay upon its opening in 2010, they described the eco-homes as "just about the perfect beach pad" - off to a good start then. Set just north of Newquay, these contemporary homes have been built into the cliffside so they're just minutes from the beach. Some properties effortlessly command simply stunning views over the bay and, with floor-to-ceiling windows and your own private balcony, so you'll have plenty of scope to enjoy them.

This is your chance to experience the epitome of beachside living and relax in beach-chic style. Catch the morning surf, revive with the sea air, shake the salt from your hair, feel the sand in between your toes and gaze over the ever-changing sunsets. Spend the day touring for local produce, from Fifteen Cornwall Autumn Farmers' Market for vegetables and fish to Bre-Pen Farm for succulent free-range lamb. With two of Cornwall's most popular restaurants nearby (Jamie Oliver's Fifteen is just a 3-minute walk away), there's some excellent choices for eating out too, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The Village's eco-achievements are admirable and worth a mention, although they themselves are modest about them. Sedum roofs help the homes maintain their temperature all year round. That, teamed with air-source heat pumps and high-efficiency lighting means that their energy usage over winter never outweighs that of boiling a kettle. Impressive stuff! So you can sleep-easier knowing that you're saving the planet, one beach-break at a time.

Stay in an eco-home for three nights at The Village at Watergate Bay in either a two bedroom or four bedroom property. Sleeping up to five and up to 10 people respectively.

Excellent for
Relaxing Scenery Boutique Beach Family

We like

  • Living a beach-chic life in these laid-back homes right by the sand
  • Falling asleep to the sounds of the sea
  • Tasting local delights in Cornwall's best restaurants nearby

Second opinion

  • For more information on the company itself, visit their website
  • Read a review of The Village by Gavin McOwan of The Guardian here

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