Every February, Ollie and I try to go on a long weekend away together to celebrate the anniversary of when we first met. Our first date was on Monday 1st February 2016 so we’ve been together for three years now! I can’t believe how fast that has gone – I still love spending each and every day with him and I’m so proud of how much we’ve achieved in these last three years!
To celebrate, we wanted to get away to a nice hotel with spa facilities so that we could completely relax and unwind. We love travelling down to Cornwall as it’s a pretty holiday destination by the coast that is only an hour or two away from us. So, one Friday afternoon, we headed down to The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate.
It was late afternoon when we drove through the gates of the estate and down the long drive. You are instantly hit with the green grounds and woodland area surrounding the hotel and you immediately start to relax. The lobby was so stylish with feathered lights hanging from the ceiling and modern prints adorning the walls. After a quick and easy check-in, we went up to our room. We stayed in one of The Cornwall’s Luxury bedrooms, which was gorgeous. The room was huge with big sliding doors out onto its own private balcony and a massive, super-soft bed. The whole room was really clean and was well stocked with tea and coffee making facilities plus complimentary cold water in the fridge. The bathroom was sparkling clean and included a rainfall shower over the bath, large sink area (perfect for us girls with all our make-up!) and a heated towel rail.
We couldn’t wait to go and use the spa and kick-start our relaxing weekend so after we had unpacked, we went straight down to The Clearing Spa. Free to hotel guests, we were greeted by a friendly team member who gave us a complimentary towel and showed us where everything was. Everything you need is all within the same area which was nice. The large infinity pool looked out onto 43 acres of parkland and in the summer, the large windows open up so you can truly immerse yourself in the pretty landscape. A section of the pool was set up for lane swimmers and then the rest of the pool could be used for relaxing in. The only thing I would say about the pool is that it wasn’t warm enough! I actually kept getting quite cold in there but luckily there was a steam room and dry sauna on hand to jump into. The spa also had a bubble pool, drench showers and comfy loungers. It was so relaxing and I just loved being able to spend a couple hours hopping in and out of the pool and sauna and then lying back on the lounger with my book. Heaven!
For our first full day of our relaxing weekend, we decided to stay at the hotel for the day and enjoy using all the facilities. After a blissful lie-in, we made our way down to the gym for a quick workout session so we didn’t feel too guilty for relaxing the rest of the day! The gym wasn’t massive but it didn’t need to be as we were the only people in there for most of our session. It had a good range of equipment including treadmills, cross trainers, bikes and free weights. My only comments would be that it looked a little tired and could just do with a lick of paint and maybe a bit of a deep clean but it was fine for what we needed it for. After popping back to the room to get our swim stuff, off we went back to the pool and saunas for a couple of hours before our Afternoon Tea.
When in Cornwall, you just have to indulge in an Afternoon Tea. Ollie and I booked one for 2pm in the hotel’s lounge. We were really looking forward to it but unfortunately; we were left feeling a little bit disappointed. Let’s start with the good bits first. The food was lovely. The Afternoon Tea came with Ham and Mustard Wraps, Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches, Cheese and Pickle Sandwiches, Fudge, Lemon Macaroons, Chocolate Gateau, Meringue and Mini Scones with jam and clotted cream. We each got a pot of loose leaf tea as well. The food was nice with the sandwiches being generously filled and the desserts feeling like a real, indulgent treat. I also liked how the Ham and Mustard came in a wrap rather than a sandwich – it was just something a little different. However, I was disappointed with the scones as they were tiny, mini ones and they weren’t even warm! Not good, especially when you’re in Cornwall!
Unfortunately, the factor that let the whole experience down was the service. The staff weren’t very friendly at all, they made us feel quite awkward. We were greeted by a man who asked if we had a voucher and when we said no we’ve just booked because we are staying here, he looked a bit surprised and just made us feel a bit awkward. I said to Ollie, should we have a voucher? Are we missing out on something?! Once we were seated, the waiter asked if we wanted tea or coffee in a very blunt manner and once our food was served we didn’t talk to another member of staff for the whole hour and a half we were there. Now, considering this cost us £40, I would expect impeccable service. Is it not basic service to come over and ask if everything is ok with the food or if we would like another re-fill of tea? Literally nothing. We ended up just walking out and charging the bill to our room as no one even came over when we were finished to give us the bill!
After this slight hiccup, we felt like we needed to go back to the spa for another relaxation session which quickly put us back into a good mood!
It was such a lovely, relaxing day just being able to do what we wanted, when we wanted. That evening, we decided to watch Christopher Robin in our room and order room service which was so nice and chilled. We both ordered Fish and Chips which came within 10 minutes, piping hot and delicious. This definitely made up for the poor service at the Afternoon Tea earlier in the day!
Make sure to come back next week for Part 2 of our relaxing weekend away! You can find out all about our day at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and our trip to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.