A Family Timeshare Holiday in Cornwall – Gaynor Speakman

Ok, where do I start? Write a holiday review me?

Should I write it like a romantic novel? “He whisked me into the fine dining Jazz restaurant, where we sampled exquisite food and wine and then . . .” or maybe a whodunnit? “The Otter,

in the Fish pond, with his paws!".

Perhaps I could plump for the slap stick comedy version and name it, “Two Adults, Two Kids, Four Bikes and an Extremely Long Camel Trail Ride", perhaps not, I think I’ll just write.

Holiday check list at the ready, football field and indoor heated pool for Harry aged 8, Free WiFi and bike hire for James aged 13, peace, tranquility and Spa treatments for Mum aged . . . as if I would tell you that, and finally fine wines, local beer and Spa treatments for Dad . . . should I really have told you that?!

Taking all this into account we chose Club La Costa’s Hustyns Estate in Cornwall for our family holiday in July 2008. It ticked all the boxes on our holiday wish lists and more.

Arrival

On arrival through a beautifully tended tree-lined driveway we were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome and escorted to our luxurious three bed roomed lodge. Our welcome meeting had been arranged for the following morning, a tour of the estate and local tourist information would be supplied by Geoff our host for the morning and breakfast was included.

The boys had first choice of rooms and they chose the double bedded ground floor room that had large patio doors leading out into the garden/decked terrace area, and en-suite double shower with Jacuzzi bath. We however decided on the double-bedded top floor room with roof sky light windows, balcony, and a separate dressing area that was nearly as big as our bedroom at home! We had a large en-suite with double Jacuzzi bath, power shower, and next to it our very own Sauna! All topped of with complementary toiletries of course.

Otters on Surveillance

If you do see the otter, or find a place that sells night vision goggles, let us know, as we will definitely be needing them for our next visit.

Across from our dressing area was a twin bedded room with lovely views over the Hustyns Estate and from where the boys could take turns at what they liked to call ‘Otter surveillance’, The room overlooked the Koi pond and waterfall, and signs around it noted that an otter had been stealing fish, the boys had decided that they would be the ones to catch the otter . . . They never did, but it kept them amused for hours! Even after we had turned down several requests for night vision goggles.

We like to cook meals together and everyone gets involved, this was made really easy with the open plan fully equipped kitchen and large dining room. The dining room had a beautiful oak table surrounded by eight high backed chairs; pure luxury and we dined like royalty, eating fresh local produce and vegetables available from Wadebridge Village just 4 miles away.

Cycling the Camel Trail in Cornwall

In the evenings after a full day of exploring Cornwall, we would take a pre-dinner drink in the bar area, from where James would connect to free WiFi and speak to all his friends on MSN or something that sounded similarly contagious. It was during one of our pre dinner drinks get-togethers that we decided to take up the offer of free bike hire from the Hustyns leisure club, and cycle ‘The Camel Trail’, 11 miles of disused railway beside the River Camel, linking the towns of Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.

Access to the Camel trail was via the Hustyns Forest and over a 3 mile mountainous area, not recommended for small children or the unfit, as we later discovered on our return up the mountainous area, where of course it was ‘easier’ for mum and dad to push our bikes rather than cycle. We did feel a huge sense of achievement after the ride when we plunged into the heated swimming pool back at Hustyns after taking just a thirty second walk (I’m sure we could not at this stage have made it any further) in our dressing gowns from our lodge into the leisure area.

The pool area was exceptionally clean and bright, with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

We explored the surrounding areas, visiting, Newquay some 15 miles away, Charlestown a picturesque harbour and Mawgan Porth where the boys had a fantastic time on body boards complete with wet suits, but in a safe environment where lifeguards patrolled the beach, well it’s got to be better than mum in shorts getting wet just to the knees, nothing like the images on Baywatch!

One of my highlights was our visit to Padstow, playing crazy golf overlooking the harbour and bumping into Rick Stein, literally! We didn’t make the fine dining Jazz restaurant much to our disappointment, but only because we had so many other things to do. The family BBQ night at the Brasserie was good value £12.95 for adults and half price for children, we sampled local fish, lamb and beef and of course the Hustyns home grown vegetables . . . delicious.

Why don’t you check the Hustyns against your own holiday wish list and pay Cornwall a visit? I’m sure that you will thoroughly enjoy it.

If you do see the otter, or find a place that sells night vision goggles, let us know, as we will definitely be needing them for our next visit.

Gaynor Speakman, Bolton. Club la Costa points owner

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