Resort Overview: Retallack Resort, Cornwall, UK

This year-round getaway is tucked away down an extended drive amid sheep-dotted fields and with views throughout hills and farmland.

Lodging, sleeping from two to 12, sits totally on the reedy banks of a group of small, pure lakes. The resort is increasing with extra luxurious barns because it strikes upmarket. There’s a good-sized indoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a spa.

One lake options watersports, open to non-guests – a group of inflatable slides and issues to clamber upon, and a wire drag for novice windsurfers and paddleboarders. It’s all supervised and there’s a café/bar from which folks can provide help. There’s additionally a restaurant/bar with stirring countryside views whereas a store with native produce is promised for 2021.

Retallack’s secluded location is a bonus, just a few miles off the primary A30 route that brings in many of the vacation site visitors from the remainder of the nation

Who for

There are many households with younger youngsters, prolonged household teams, mates on getaways and extra mature couples having fun with the solitude. There appear to be plenty of guests from the West Nation taking a brief break and utilizing Retallack as a base for exploring farther into Cornwall, whereas these with children get pleasure from easy accessibility to seashores solely 10 miles away but having the ability to return to an unhurried inexperienced and nice self-catering dwelling.


Petite lakes, little slopes disguise a number of kinds of lodging sleeping as much as 12. New for 2020 is the Meadows space, a group of timber-clad ‘barns’ – stylish, up to date locations with ground to ceiling home windows, decks and hip furnishings.


They arrive with two, three 4 or six bedrooms – the final word being these with a rooftop terrace the place sofas and a sizzling tub provide scrumptious sundown views throughout the fields.

Four-bedroom barn view

Then there are the Lodges, built-in Alpine fashion, all polished wooden and sloping roofs (however with slightly extra standard interiors). On a delicate hillside, they kind a veritable Tyrolean enclave, like being on an Austrian lake and mountains vacation. In addition they include two, three 4 or six bedrooms. Barns and Lodges can be found for 3, 4 or seven-night stays.

For couples, there are Resort Suites, not a resort in any respect however a two-story assortment of lakeside rooms both with decks amid the rushes or balconies. Every has the sleeping space largely divided from the residing space by the very sensible rest room and the kitchen even contains dishwasher and washer. Accessible for 2 nights and up. All are at most a couple of minutes’ nation stroll from reception, restaurant and pool. There’s glorious free wi-fi all through.

Meals and Drink

The Lookout Bar and Eatery, upstairs from the swimming pool, is roomy with views throughout the FlowRider and the Cornish surroundings. The menu darts from burgers to curry, fish and chips to nachos.

On the banks of the Aqua Park is the Phat Pasty, a timber lodge that gives pasties and different treats, in addition to a bar, and has indoor and out of doors seating.


Aqua Park

The swimming pool is ethereal and trendy, a spot for swimming slightly than merely splashing. There are swimming classes for children and aqua aerobics for grown-ups. There’s additionally a sauna and sizzling tub. The fitness center (upstairs with good views) has working machines and different tools and there’s a weights room. There are year-round health courses with some outdoors in the course of the summer time. The Esya (Cornish for ‘relaxed’) Spa’s therapies embody facials and therapeutic massage.

Massive points of interest are the water sports activities (which come at additional price and are open to non-guests). The Aqua Park (closed winter) is a wipeout course of inflatable objects with slide, trampoline and towers. An journey playground close by contains a zipline.

The FlowRider, an out of doors pool with synthetic wave surf expertise, is open year-round (and is outwardly the one one in Cornwall).

What’s close by?

Tucked down a rustic highway, Retallack is ideal for exploring either side of the Cornwall peninsula. It’s eight miles from the harbour city of Padstow (with its full menu of Rick Stein eateries, from the plush, waterfront Seafood Restaurant to the causal cafe/takeaway Stein’s Fish & Chips) and 10 to the seaside mecca of Newquay with its assortment of cliff-backed seashores akin to Watergate and Fistral.

On the south coast, it’s 13 miles from the quaint, historic harbour of Charlestown (immortalised within the TV collection Poldark) and fewer to the Eden Undertaking, with its rainforest domes, and the Misplaced Gardens of Heligan with their jungle of big tree ferns. Land’s Finish is little over an hour’s drive.

How a lot

4 nights in a Resort Suite, sleeping two, begin at £240. A six-bedroom barn, sleeping 12, begins at £796 for 4 nights (



Covid replace

Retallack is up and working and with its well-spaced lodging is right for a winter getaway. The Aqua Park/Phat Pasty shut for winter; all the things else is open though the Lookout solely provides takeaway meals.



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