Cool and stylish is not a phrase that normally slips off the
tongue when describing an average self-catering UK holiday resort. But it's a
perfect way of summing up Retallack, where boutique-hotel standard interiors
and five-star luxury fuses effortlessly with fun-packed on-site family
activities - without the slightest hint of "Hi-Di-Hi".
The resort has a brilliant range of beautifully-designed contemporary
houses, ranging from the Polzeath that caters for 12 people, to the Rock that's
perfect for 4. All are dotted around lakes and landscaped countryside and the
resort is conveniently situated close to the fashionable North Cornwall resorts
of Rock and Padstow.
Inside, each house has a fresh boutique hotel feel, with oak
floors, granite marble work surfaces, crisp cotton sheets and a kitchen with a
state-of-the art hob and oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer and microwave. You get
your own deck and BBQ – and satellite TV and internet access too. There's also
no need to worry about filling the car boot with baby gear either, as cots,
highchairs, bath mats, stair gates, bed guards, socket covers, plastic
crockery, plastic cutlery and sippy cups can all be provided free of charge for
guests booking via Baby-Friendly Boltholes guests.
Junior guests will think they have been transported to
holiday heaven, no matter what their age. The Kids Club provides everything
from Monkey Music for babies and toddlers, to Bushtucker Trials and Tennis
Academy for 4 – 12 year olds, complete with qualified supervisors to put your
mind at rest. There's outdoor play areas for all ages too with an adventure
playground featuring an aerial slide, pirate ship, desert island climbing frame
The 'Loop Academy' teenage club will scoop up any over-13s and take
them surfing, skating, coasteering and teach them photography and digital
editing on the latest Apple Macs. Plus, Retallack's secret weapon for amusing
the most determinedly-attitudinal teen, and a good few parents, is the
FlowRider, an amazing ride that generates a 3-inch deep stationary wave that
you can surf, body board or even skateboard on. The FlowRider area now includes
‘FlowZone’ with a brand new soft play area, excellent for occupying smaller
children in a safe environment whilst the bigger kids enjoy the FlowRider.
Retallack is parent heaven too, with a funky bar and
brasserie, heated indoor swimming pool, gym, golf course, tennis courts and a
spa that offers every kind of stress-busting treatment and massage that you
could wish for. Childcare and babysitting can be booked for any time of the day
to allow you to take full advantage of all the resort's pampering goodies,
including The Green Room restaurant, run by Masterchef winner James Nathan.
Alternatively you could pop out for lunch or dinner at one of Rick Stein’s or
Jamie Oliver's restaurants, both located a short drive away. If you would like
some advice on where's best to eat – or some assistance with booking tables –
then simply give the resort's concierge service a call and they wil sort
everything out for you.
The Eden (4 bedrooms & 2 bath/shower rooms + hot tub)
The four-bedroom Eden is ideal for multiple families sharing
as it is exceptionally spacious with four bedrooms and two lounges (one
upstairs and one downstairs). Along with Retallacks’ consistently high standard
and stylish interiors, it also boasts added glamour in the form of huge picture
windows leading on to the deck from one of the lounges, a jacuzzi bath in the
downstairs bathroom and a hot tub on its deck... perfect for winding down when
the little ones are tucked up in bed! As with all the lodges at Retallack,
there's satellite TV, DVD player, I-pod Dock, telephone and broadband plus a
large and well-designed kitchen with high quality granite worktops and all mod
cons including an over-sized oven and hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and
washer-dryer. In the bedrooms, the rich cream carpets feel luxurious underfoot
whilst the huge super-king (can be unzipped into twins on request) beds with
Egyptian cotton linens provide an equally indulgent feel and can make getting
up in the morning pretty tough, especially given the stunning views they enjoy.
Garden dining furniture and BBQ provided.
Please Note: As illustrated by the exterior
images, although all lodges have safely enclosed terraces, the landscaping does
feature some lakes so sensible precautions are advised with adventurous
toddlers in tow! Do request a lodge set back from the lakes if you are
The Rock (2 bedrooms & 1 bath/shower rooms)
The two-bedroom Rock is ideal for a small family or two couples with babies sharing. It has its own landscaped gardens with enclosed decked areas both front and back. The entrance hall leads to an oak floored living area which is flooded with light from its double glazed sliding doors, which open onto a spacious, lit deck. the large living room has big comfy sofas and space to spread out and chat as the kids play nearby. There's satellite TV, DVD player, telephone and broadband plus a large and well-equipped kitchen with all mod cons including full size oven and hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher. Plus a separate utility room with washer-dryer. Upstairs, the rich cream carpets feel luxurious underfoot whilst the huge super-king (can be unzipped into twins on request) beds with Egyptian Cotton linens give an equally indulgent feel and can be pretty tough to get out of especially given the views they enjoy.
The bathroom is set between the two bedrooms and boasts both a bath and shower unit. Garden dining furniture and BBQ provided.
The kitchen, full of contemporary marble and steel surfaces is equipped with a fridge freezer, wash dryer, dishwasher, microwave and oversized gas hob, and you and the children will be amply entertained with a flat screen TV with DVD player and IPod docking system.