We were ecstatic to be spending a weekend in a luxurious self-catering lodge at The Park, set in the beautiful village of Mawgan Porth.
With it being dog friendly, sporting a newly refurbished restaurant ‘The kitchen by the beach,’ and its indoor and outdoor swimming pools, it had everything we could wish for.On arrival we were blown away by our lodge.We stayed in “Derow,” a coastal themed two bedroom lodge with its own hot tub and outside BBQ dining area. It was so welcoming, flooded with natural light and featured all the mod-cons. The main bedroom had an en-suite/ Jack’n’Jill style wet room and was so spacious. The twin bedroom was slightly more snug but beautifully decorated.The whole lodge felt so cosy and homely, and oozed the Cornish coastal dream.I was especially impressed with the patio doors which either opened completely to the outside space or tilted inwards, really making you feel as if you have let nature in.After unpacking and familiarising ourselves with our lodge we got changed and headed out for dinner at The Kitchen.We were lucky enough to of attended the relaunch of this restaurant previous to our stay and couldn’t wait to experience it properly.The décor is so vibrant and fresh with a gorgeous view across to the indoor pool. The vibe is so chilled out and relaxing, it truly adds to your holiday.We were greeted by the friendly staff who had a table for us with views over towards Mawgan Porth beach. Gazing through the menu there was so much choice.
After much deliberation I picked …….
Calamari – Perfectly cooked and accompanied with a very refreshing lemon sauce. Actually, I would go as far as saying it was the best calamari I’ve ever had.Ribs – The ribs were cooked to perfection. The meat was so tender and had a lovely little kick to it. It came with sweet potato fries which were to die for.Berry cheesecake – The best dessert I have ever had! A deconstructed berry cheesecake with layers of white chocolate soil. Every mouthful was so delicious, probably not healthy for me but I will definitely have to come back just to have this again.Stu had……..
Wild garlic and mushroom soup – All the best of what could be expected from wild and earthy ingredients. Thoroughly enjoyable and will be attempting to recreate this one at home at some point soon.
Moroccan lamb burger, sweet potato fries, harissa rub – Previous experiences with ordering lamb in restaurants hasn’t always gone well but luckily enough this was not a poor decision at all. The meat was so well cooked and loaded with flavour, the sweet potato fries were excellent too. The chef here certainly knows a thing or two about food.
Frozen lime mousse cake – Feeling pretty full at this point a heavy dessert would have been pushing it a bit too far. This mousse cake was so delicate and phenomenally refreshing. This was an amazing end to a superb meal. Although The Park is self-catering accommodation, I would absolutely recommend dining out at The Kitchen at least once during your stay.
It was also so lovely to find out that The Kitchen is part of the Final Straw Campaign, which, is fighting to stop the use of single use plastic straws. The Kitchen only uses bio-degradable straws and even packages all their takeaway meals in bio-degradable boxes and has scrapped the use of plastic containers. All of these small changes will make an positive impact on pollution and mindsets towards the unnecessary use of plastics.
With full bellies we headed back to our lodge and decided to try out our hot tub before hitting the hay. There really is something about sitting in a hot tub, gazing up at the Cornish sky and watching the shooting stars. An experience I won’t forget anytime soon.
After a wonderfully comfortable nights sleep, we woke to the sunshine pouring through the glass doors and the birds singing.We headed back to the The Kitchen and enjoyed crepes for breakfast, I had mine with Nutella of course whilst Stu opted for the more traditional lemon and sugar.After breakfast, we and the dogs headed up to the Yurt Village.Somewhere I would love to stay in next. It has 4 spacious yurts that all include their own wood burners.There is a communal cook house and even an impressive fire pit to keep you warm whilst you enjoy a nice glass of wine in the evening. There is also a hot tub to relax and reflect on a day well spent.It is so lovely to be able to take your dogs on holiday with you, The Park are even in the process of installing an outdoor shower, so you and your dogs can rinse off the sand after a day at the beach.Throughout the grounds of The Park there are lots of pretty flowers to help encourage bees, bespoke bird feeders and they also have their own bee hives. You can even help yourself to fruit and veg that they have grown.The park are very committed to staying green. They have lots of solar panels to help reduce their carbon footprint, provide easy to use recycling point and organise a monthly beach clean at Mawgan Porth (great work guys!).We headed to the beach to stretch the legs and give the dogs a burn out. It is only a few minutes walk from the park and the beach is dog friendly all year round.With plenty of space to run, pools to swim in and caves to explore they absolutely loved it.We (as expected) took the time to take some plastic containers off the beach and have initiated an organised clean with 2minutebeachclean and The Park of a cave that is filled with bottles and broken fishing gear.
Keep an eye out on my instagram and Facebook accounts for details of when it will take place.
We had a fantastic weekend and I highly recommend a visit, the staff are an amazing and go above and beyond to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Thankyou so much the park for having us!
We were invited for a complimentary stay and dinner, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.