Merlin at Lewinnick Cove House
About the home
One of the coolest houses in the UK!. Known locally as Bakers Folly, this Art Deco gem nestles into a cliff, the Atlantic crashing at its feet. A pool carved into the rock, a huge well appointed apartment, this dream home sits between great surfing and family beaches. As of August 2012 our guests, through tripadvisor, rank us top holiday letting in Newquay and in the top ten Cornwall.
This dramatic house shares the unspoiled East Pentire Headland with only one other building: the Lewinnick Lodge, an excellent pub/restaurant, close enough to walk to, far enough away that you wouldn't know it was there. The 'Merlin' Apartment is huge, the entire ground floor of the house, and is in walking distance of Newquay (along a coastal path) but remains entirely isolated from the town. You can either enjoy the buzz that Newquay has to offer or remain isolated enjoying the headland, the ocean and its wildlife.
The Headland places you between two fabulous beaches, Fistral and Crantock and the property even has its own sea pool, carved out of the rock at the base of the house. This property has everything in terms of drama, romance, location, sea and sand. 'Merlin' can accommodate a very large family easily or up to three couples giving everyone space to think and relax. Tell us the requirement and we will see if we can help. And if the dates you want are already booked, still get in touch, we may be able to help.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Fistral and Crantock Beaches, 50m|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 12, Lounge seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
On sleeping arrangements there is a master bedroom (with amazing views) with four poster bed and en-suite bathroom and a second double bedroom again with a four poster bed. Finally there is a family room with a double bed and two single beds. This famly room can sleep up to 4. So in total the house sleeps 8.
The reception room, originally the Ball Room, and the center piece of the house, has two seating areas, one area with huge oversized comfy sofas, the other with 'planters chairs' where you can sit, read, chat and gaze out to sea. There is a separate Kitchen and Dining Room. Again the scale is big, the whole area designed so you can have family breakfasts, Sunday lunches and informal suppers around the massive refectory table made from ships beams.
Weather closes in! Don't worry, the apartment is huge (probably the largest on offer in the area) and even a large party won't trip over themselves. There is a serious Fooseball Table, a selection of DVDs and books to dip into, a big bag of Lego for the kids, an iPod docking Station and even a keyboard for those who play (just bring your music)!
Further details outdoors:
The apartment has its own sea facing terrace and there are large communal terraces and a sea-water swimming pool. Because of the proximity to the sea and the cliffs you need to treat the pool with the same respect as you would if you were entering the sea, rather than as a normal domestic swimming pool. Sea fishing can be enjoyed from the property.
The apartment - which has been our home when we are in the UK - is part of a larger community. We like our neighbors, and want to stay on good terms with them, so this is a place for relaxation, kicking back and chilling out, rather than wild parties. The house isn't suitable for stag and hen parties or groups of guys / girls looking to enjoy the nightlife of Newquay. But it is perfect for families or those couples who are looking to relax, eat well, and enjoy the ocean.
The property is perched on the side of cliffs with the Atlantic Ocean at its feet. It's spectacular, romantic and dramatic but it does mean that it comes with accompanying dangers that we want you to be aware of. Our children grew up here but this is not the place for children who like to explore, unsupervised. Although we accept babies this isn't a place to book if you have toddlers or indeed children younger than the age of 10. You will spend your time keeping your eyes firmly on them rather than relaxing. Use of the terraces, or the sea swimming pool, swimming in the sea off the property, and exploring the grounds are all done entirely at your own risk. We will ask you to sign a disclaimer to this effect. You can have tremendous fun here but having fun, responsibly, is part of the deal if you choose to rent the apartment.
The West Country / Cornwall region
Cornwall has awesome scenery and the best climate in Britain. Miles of sandy beaches, coastal walks, open moorland and a benign climate that sees spring arriving early, and autumn lingering longer. Winter has its own attraction and Lewinnick gives you a front row seat watching huge waves lash against the cliffs while you drink good wine by a big real fire.
Newquay sits at the heart of Cornwall, close to the A30, the main route though the County, which makes it a great base from which to explore the rest of Cornwall. The Eden Project is about a 40 minute drive away. Check out the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions (www.cata.co.uk) which has lots of quality places to visit or head down to Falmouth for a trip to the National Maritime Museum and all things nautical. The attractive Cathedral city of Truro has high street and specialist stores, plus a variety of theatrical and musical events at the Hall for Cornwall. And Cornwall is a horticultural paradise. Its mild, maritime climate enabling species to be grown in the outdoors that can be found nowhere else in the UK.
The house itself is a well known local landmark. The land, next to what was known as 'Swimming Cove' was acquired in 1910 by Mr Baker, but building paused during the Great War and the house wasn't completed until 1927. Popular local legend has it that the 'house was built on the wrong side of the headland' but Baker knew exactly what he was doing. Sheltered from the prevailing South Westerly gales he could build his house close to the Ocean but keep it safe. The first year was used by the architects, watching the sea to ensure the house was positioned to be close but protected from the natural direction of the the waves. A step was blown into the cliff using dynamite and the rubble used to build the terraces, pool and foundations of the house. There was even a croquet lawn but the sea has since removed this. Used recently as the backdrop in a TV program, this has to be one of the UK's most interesting coastal properties.
The Newquay / Pentire area
As the UK's surfing capital, Newquay has surf lessons and board hire for ever!. With its string of beaches, there is a wave for all weather conditions and for every level of surfer. Other adventure sports include coasteering, kite-surfing, traction kiting, kite-buggying, all-terrain land-boarding, Europe's longest and highest zip wire, abseiling and rock climbing.
Something more relaxing? Fistral Spa is just a short walk away. And there are great restaurants. One of the best, Lewinnick Lodge, shares the headland with the house. Other favourites include Jamie Oliver's '15' at Watergate Bay and the New Harbor Restaurant. A 30 minute drive takes you to Padstow and all that Rick Stein has to offer. During the day, the laid back, and easy on the pocket, Cafe Irie, (38 Fore Street) serves fab all day breakfasts and organic food. Or perhaps take a day trip and visit some of the UK's best gardens, or take in the Tate Gallery at St Ives.
If you're a birdwatcher then head for the River Gannel (a few minutes walk from the house) and you'll be in an ornithological paradise, or saddle up and ride down beside the Gannel to Crantock. Coastal walks, that take an hour or a full day are on offer. And if you enjoy cycling try either the St Piran Way, a designated cycle route that winds through wooded valleys from Newquay to the City of Truro or hire bikes from Padstow and enjoy the Camal Trail that follows a disused railway line along the beautiful Camel Esturary. Deep sea fishing is available out of Newquay harbour or, eaier still, just cast your line off the terraces of the house. Bass are out there and just waiting to be caught.
For children, Newquay has ten beaches, an Aquarium, Cinema, Zoo, skate-board park, and water parks. Not much more needs to be said, the town is designed for family holidays. But of course Newquay is also known for its nightlife. There's every kind of venue, attracting national and international DJ's, with every kind of music. Our favourite: the trendy 'Chy Bar', has great music, is open late, overlooks the sea and it's easy to wander over to the 'Walkabout' which has good live music.
And pick the right week and there may well be a big event on in the town: the Zapcat King of the Surf Grand Prix, Newquay Fish Festival, RFU Beach Rugby Tournament, the Ripcurl Boardmasters, Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach, Fat Face Night Surf, or the moment when VW Camper Vans descend on the town during 'Run for the Sun'.
Whatever, after you have booked with us we will send you lots of local recommendations that we use when we are staying at Lewinnick: including recommendations from past guests.
How to get there
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles:
If you are visiting the UK from abroad - or live in the UK and just don't yet know Cornwall - and need help planning your trip, just drop us an email - we will make it easy for you; we want you to enjoy Cornwall not have to struggle with directions, train timetables or working out the best way to get here. But in summary:
From London the journey time is about 5 hours, Birmingham about 4 hours and Manchester about 5.5 hours. Take the M5 southbound and at Junction 31 bear left onto the A30 towards Bodmin. After 75 miles take the A39 towards Indian Queens followed, after 6 miles, by the A392 to Newquay. We will send you precise directions when you book or just plug the postcode (TR71QD) into your GPS!
Newquay Airport, is the closest (just 6 miles from the house) of four regional airports (others being Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol), There are flights to and from Newquay to London Gatwick, Manchester, Dublin, Bristol, Leeds/Bradford, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dusseldorf, East Midlands, Cork, Jersey and the Isles of Scilly . A Taxi to the house should cost under £25 and can be booked, up to 48 hours in advance, via www.newquaycabs.co.uk or Pentire Taxis on 07900 090303, 01637 873303 or www.pentiretaxis.com
Car hire is available at the airport from Hertz or Europcar. Eurocar can be called on 01872 266300 or book via their website www.europcar.co.uk). Hertz can be contacted on 08708 448844 (24 hours), 01637 860997 (local reservations), 07971 643587 (out of hours) or book via www.hertz.co.uk.
There are intercity rail services to Newquay on Saturdays and Sundays from May to September, and every day during July and August. At other times you will need to change trains on the way, usually at Par or Plymouth. You can check this when booking your ticket. For train times to Cornwall and fares information contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit their website. First Great Western provide high speed services from London Paddington, South Wales and the Cotswolds to Cornwall, including a Sleeper service from London Paddington. First Great Western operate services on the branch lines in Cornwall, including the Par to Newquay line. Virgin Trains operate some services into Cornwall from Birmingham, Bristol, the North and Scotland.
Activities near Newquay
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
08 Apr 2013
This house is just amazing! It took our breath away when we arrived and we were still in awe of it when we left a week later. We were a group of 6 adults and there was plenty of room for us all to have our own space if we wanted it. We stayed for the Easter week and although it was lovely and sunny there was a biting wind so to snuggle up in front of the log fire was just idyllic.
The rooms were all very comfortable, lovely large sofa and very comfy beds. We slept with the blind open in the master bedroom and you don't even need to lift your head off the pillow to watch the waves crashing against the rocks.
We would all love to go back again, maybe in warmer months so we could use the fabulous swimming pool, saying that though, five of our group all hired wet suits and body boards and went in the sea ( when in Newquay!!) I very kindly offered to look after the bags!
Don't hesitate to book this awesome apartment, you won't be disappointed, there really is nowhere like it.
28 Feb 2013
This was my first visit back to Cornwall in 30 years since my childhood, when I had spent every summer holidaying with my parents. For my wife and two teenage sons (and our dog) it was their first. My sister and brother in-law came as well.
We arrived together and drove down the 'private drive' to a courtyard car park. To access the property you walk down a flight of steps by the tower and into a covered walk way then, POW the view and atmosphere hit you. You are (as the site states) right on the edge of a cliff looking down to the rocks and sea. As you walk towards the front door you see the massive courtyard/patio and sea pool. My boys were like kids again. It takes a lot to get them out of their teenage 'disinterest' in the scenery attitude, but they were off exploring straight away and their interest didn't dwindle all week.
The position on its own is just fantastic and then you go in . It's not the most modern, 5 star accommodation, but it is lovely, quirky and very different. You walk into the kitchen / dinner which is a large room (it has to be to accommodate the huge refectory table). The kitchen is well equipped. I must admit we didn't cook any meals as we utilised the lovely pubs and restaurants in the area. Off this room are two bedrooms with separate bathrooms (both well presented and modern) and a utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Great for summer to wash beach towels etc. we didn't go swimming due to the -4 wind chill but the surfers were out there. Straight on from the kitchen is the living room. Again it is large (old ballroom) the Boys utilised the double desk for revision and we used the chairs during the day to watch the sea/coast and the sofa (with log fire) in the evenings. The master bedroom is then off of this room again with a modern on-suit bathroom. Oh, what a view to wake up to!
In my feedback I have given a Good rating rather than great for the overall condition. This is due to the building rather than its care. It is a 1930's sea front house that gets the full force of the Atlantic all year round, and the owners have kept it reasonably original, rather than gut it and make it a modern interior. It has character. It also has history, a wonderful story as to how the present owners came to buy it. The walls are decorated with the owners own art work and pieces picked up from their travels.
We all loved our stay (and that wasn't just due to the wonderful pub/restaurant at the end of the drive). We will be going back
26 Feb 2013
Yet again we enjoyed the fabulous setting that Lewinnick Cove offers. The presentation of the house was excellent, with the clear blue skies enhancing the views across the bay. We made full use of... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Wave Watching||5 Jan 13||9 Feb 13||£ 750||£ 150||£ 200||3 Nights|
|Half Term||9 Feb 13||16 Feb 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|Cornish Spring in the Air||16 Feb 13||30 Mar 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|Easter by the Ocean||30 Mar 13||20 Apr 13||£ 990||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Spring||20 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||25 May 13||6 Jul 13||£ 990||-||-||1 Week|
|School is Out||6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 1490||-||-||1 Week|
|Warm Sea,Empty Beach||31 Aug 13||2 Nov 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|Log Fires, Big Waves||2 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 750||£ 150||£ 200||3 Nights|
|Christmas||21 Dec 13||28 Dec 13||£ 1300||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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- One third non-refundable deposit due at time of booking.
- Final balance (which is non-refundable) paid 6 weeks before your arrival date.
- £200 security deposit lodged at time of final payment.
- A weekly rental runs from 3pm on the first Saturday to 9am on the following Saturday.
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