Muddy Stays: The Point at Polzeath
Golf, swim, walk and RELAX at these stylish eco-apartments by the North Cornwall coast
Polzeath is quite special to us. Like lots of people, it’s where we first fell in love with Cornwall, on mini breaks from the big smoke. But now we live in the Duchy (hurrah!), a jaunt to this chilled, north coast surf town is a rare treat and still gives me the holiday tingles.
Even better when there’s opportunity to stay in the beautiful new eco-apartments at The Point.
This family-friendly golf resort has been here as long as we’ve been visiting Cornwall (we used to pop up and use the pool on rainy days camping) but has been massively revamped under its current owners.
Jeremy and Eva have transformed everything from the club house and gym to the golf course – and the cherry on top is the super stylish apartments, opened in 2015.
Oh, and there’s an airstrip, should you choose to arrive by private plane.
The apartments are designed to have minimal impact and blend in with the surrounding landscape really well, with a sedum roof and silvery cladding. The building has pleasing curves to it and the view towards Pentire Point from the balcony is picture-perfect. Inside, the luxe and very comfortable interiors mix Scandinavian style with Cornish maritime touches. It’s the sort of place you go home from inspired to redecorate. A heated store for wetsuits and surf boards is a great touch given the location.
There are four three-bed apartments and three two-beds, all named after shipping forecast zones. A little away from the club house, the apartments are warm and cosy and very peaceful.
You can walk to the beach, restaurants and bars of Polzeath in about 15 minutes. Surfside at the back of the beach gets a big Muddy thumbs up. There’s also loads to see and do nearby. Daymer Bay and Rock offer up more great beaches, Padstow is just across the water with its many famous eateries and Port Isaac (of Doc Martin fame) is a short drive away.
Wishing to keep things chilled on this trip, we spent most of our time luxuriating at The Point, swimming, golfing (for Mr MC) and sampling the menu in the club house. Our only jaunt out was to the beach and a little fishing mission on the cliff tops at Port Gaverne (just beyond Port Isaac). We didn’t catch anything – but some lush fish and chips and a pint at the gorgeous Port Gaverne Hotel more than made up for it.
Resort restaurants can often be disappointing but the view and the menu at The Point’s restaurant raise the bar. I chose a fairly classic white fish dish with lots of veg, which was lovely but I did eye Mr Muddy’s seafood pizza and the posh burgers that were coming out of the kitchen enviously too.
We ate early as we had the kids with us but the restaurant was still fairly busy with golfers and families and had some good atmosphere to it.
The Health Club & Golf
You could totally spend your holiday just lounging on the balcony and filling your face with pizza but active sorts will love it here.
There are tennis courts, a nice pool (complete with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room), a gym with a full programme of classes, loads of beautiful local walks and of course, 18 holes of golfing fun to enjoy. The course was awarded GOLFMARK – Club of the Year 2017.
Now I don’t know one end of a golf stick from the other, so here’s what Mr Muddy had to say on the subject:
“The golf club at The Point is really inclusive and laidback, which is refreshing in these parts and the course is an unexpected treat. It’s long enough to keep big hitters interested and a pleasant blend of tight and open fairways present challenge and opportunity, regardless of handicap. The fairways are immaculate and the greens true. Plus the views are spectacular and the course is dog-friendly, so you may even be able to persuade non-golfers to join you for the walk. It’s also accessible for younger golfers and it was nice to see lots of father-and-son pairs out when I played.”
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Short, relaxing mini breaks, active family holidays, golfers and non-golfers. Dog owners.
Not for: If you prefer to be in the bustle of a town, you are set a little way back from the action here, a fifteen minute walk or so from Polzeath.
The damage: The two bed apartment we stayed in costs £980 for a week, including health club membership.
The Point, St Minver, Near Polzeath, Cornwall, PL276QT. 01208 864603. Thepointatpolzeath.co.uk