Cornwall - Villa Merlin
Date of Stay, October 2012 - from The Fosters, UK
An awesome holiday and property is amazing. We definitely want to book again next year so would want to discuss rates etc at your convenience. Cant fault anything though. Superb!
Date of Stay, June 2012 - from the Conways, UK
Jut a quick note to say a huge thank you. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Gull Rock - a beautiful house in a great place. We will definitely be back. Thanks also for arranging the dinner at Nathan Outlaw, which was delicious and lunch at The Rock Inn. We have all fallen for Rock!
Date of Stay, April 2012 - from the Walshes, UK
We only need one word to describe the property, the location, the stay and the service that you provided to us ... awesome! We'll be back.
Date of Stay, October 2011 - from the Walshes, UK
We had a fabulous holiday and its a truly beautiful house in a superb location and we love the open plan downstairs kitchen/dining area. Our dog also loved it! We will now always stay at 5 Gull Rock for our regular visits to Rock, Cornwall
Date of Stay, August 2011 - from the Carlings
Just a quick note to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all your help in organising our trip to Rock in Cornwall this year. We had a wonderful week and thanks to your per-holiday organisation (which I have to confess was the slickest I have seen in a long time !) it was so relaxed and smooth running. The attention to detail was second to none and you really need to pat yourself on the back – WELL DONE to you and all the team.
Date of Stay, July 2011 - from the Roms
We had a brilliant stay at 5 Gull Rock in Cornwall. The weather was superb and the whole family were very impressed with the property and its brilliant location. The main purpose of the stay was to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday and get the family together. It was our first visit to Cornwall and we will definitely be returning. Thank you for all your help and excellent service.
"We'll only need one word ... awesome"
Cornwall - St Petroc
"I would definitely recommend this house to anyone"
"First impressions were not good... BUT do read on, because we had a great holiday!"
Date of Stay, March 2012 - from Johnny, UK
The house as the owners describe is "shabby chic" so don't expect a modern and perfectly finished interior. Again the layout of the rooms like the kitchen and entertaining rooms are slightly odd in that they are dotted around the house. Having said that it works perfectly and has a great deal of character. It works amazingly well with larger groups as there is so much space and a number of rooms that you can relax in.
The kitchen has an aga [currently out of use, Ed] which is a great addition and makes the entire house very cosy. There is a sitting room with great views across the garden and out to sea. There is a dining room with a piano and patio doors opening onto a very spacious garden and there is also a cosy TV room at the back.
In terms of location it is incredible, on the top of the cliffs overlooking Polzeath Bay, a short walk from the beach. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone.
Date of Stay, October 2008 - from Niki, UK
Great location just above Polzeath with easy access to the coast path.
*Stunning Views across to Stepper Point from one bedroom, dining room and sitting room.
*Plenty of parking on the grass.
*Good communication with Arnie [since retired and succeeded by Celine, Ed.] before and after, and with Linda [since succeeded by Mary, Ed.] about key pick-up.
First impressions were not good, the windows had ripped net curtains and we picked the key up from the outside loo which was pretty grotty [since decommissioned! Ed]. BUT do read on because we had a great holiday! I've mailed Arnie about those points and they are being dealt with.
The property is definitely shabby but that suited us as we have lots of children and didn't have to be too careful. The beds were comfy and there was plenty of hot water. We took a lap top which was easy to use with the Wi-Fi. The Rayburn was great for drying clothes and the dishwasher and washing machine worked well.
The kitchen is basic [new Stoves gas hob/electric oven since added, Ed.] but Carter's [RIP, Ed.] and The Oyster Catcher are both within walking distance and do good food. Carters has ping-pong, pool tables and a good juke box. Oyster Catcher had live music the night we were in and a pool table. Kids were made welcome in both.
The house was chilly on arrival but if you leave the kitchen door open and stick the storage heater on, take plenty of layers and socks you'll be fine. An early gin and tonic and several glasses of red wine helped with that too! Heating costs for us for a week were around £90.
The kids managed surf boards up and down the coast path but it's probably easier to drive down and drop them off. The beach cafe was handy for a breakfast (loved the Veggie in a bap one) and the kids love the orange juice machine.
Easy coast path walk to Rock to catch the ferry to Padstow and fairly easy walk continuing up to Stepper Point (about 12 miles round trip)
I'd certainly go back. It was a great base for a family with lots of children of varying ages, older ones could come and go as they pleased if the rest of the family was out.
The bungalow needs a fair bit of TLC outside and in but if you love the outdoors and have surfboards, muddy boots and kids it's perfect.