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The Headland Hotel, Newquay

Muddy says: An iconic hotel occupying a prime position overlooking Newquay’s Fistral Bay. Luxurious yet understated, this is British hospitality at its best.

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With its imposing facade and spectacular clifftop location, The Headland Hotel is a Cornish landmark – and many will instantly recognise it from the classic 1987 film of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. First opened in 1900, the current owners took it over in 1979 and have spent many millions of pounds transforming the Grade II listed building into a multi award-winning hotel.

Its 95 four-star rated bedrooms range from opulent suites to more contemporary “beach chic” rooms. Family rooms are available and the hotel also offers self-catering cottages for a more private beachside stay. Fistral is something of a surfing Mecca and the Headland’s surf school provides guests with everything they need to start catching those waves. Besides the attractions of sand and surf, facilities within the hotel include an indoor and outdoor swimming pools and putting greens. And the Headland Spa has won “five bubbles” from the Good Spa Guide for its indulgent treatments and excellent customer service.

The Headland’s restaurant, Samphire, serves up vibrant, modern dishes based around local and seasonal ingredients. It has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and was also named Best Restaurant in Cornwall in our very own Muddy Awards. The Headland’s afternoon teas are also worth a visit in their own right, and they do amazing cocktails too.

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