Are you a regular Hotel goer? Is fine dining, napkins laid in your lap, wine placed in a cooler on the table and poured by an Italian looking waiter part of your regular yearly routine? Or are you like me, and the nearest you’ve come to this over the years is a night on the sofa with Julia Roberts as she plays ‘Vivienne’ in the film “Pretty Woman’. Oh how I love that film.
If you are one of the lucky ones then I would advise a night on the sofa with Julia, it’s a great film if you’ve never seen it, but if you are like me and summers as a single mum meant a paddling pool in the garden and an Ice pop from the fridge, then don’t be too surprised when the waiter pulls out a chair. It’s not because he’s noticed that the chair leg is wobbly, and doesn’t want an accident on his hands, hes doing it for you, Just for you!
The Headland Hotel has been the most iconic of Cornish hotels for over a century. I think the word ‘Grand’ goes someway to describe it, especially for a hotel virgin like myself. The staircase leading down to dinner in the evening seemed to arouse a floating feeling and I had to be careful not to trip on my dress as I did my best ‘Meghan Markle’ impression. I certainly felt quite the royal as I made my way down those stairs each night. I wonder if anyone could tell? Its strange to think that I was walking in the footsteps of Princes Edward and Bertie who stayed in the hotel as teenagers being among the early guests.
In the late 19th century the building of this hotel wasn’t welcomed by all. Local fishermen who claimed that it was being built on common land where their nets had been dried for generations, even went to the lengths of pushing the foreman’s hut into the Atlantic. I’m hoping the foreman was out on a tea break at the time. During the 2nd World War it was used as a hospital and there are many unproven claims of ghostly sitings, nurses in uniform wandering around at night. Thankfully I slept very peacefully apart from the odd snore which definitely wasnt of a ghostly nature.
Some of you may recognize it as the filming location for ‘The Witches’ , written by Roald Dahl, and released as a film in 1990 with Rowan Atkinson playing the hotel manager.
The hotel is so welcoming with a really relaxed atmosphere. There are an array of lounge rooms to choose from whether you’re wanting a meal, a drink, a game of chess or just a bit of quiet, and although beautifully decorated it still maintains its original charm, giving you a taste of history wherever you choose to sit. When you are lucky to have wall to wall sunshine as in the last few days there is a lovely decked area where you can sit and watch the tide rolling in and out,
Or just watch in awe as the sun sets in the evening.
Of course nothing beats waking up to the sound of a seagull swooping above you, the fresh smell of sea air and the gentle sound of the waves as they crumple onto the shore. What could be more perfect and rejuvenating.
I think my summers past, with one hand holding an ice pop and a foot in the paddling pool have only served to increase my appreciation of a few nights spent in such a special place….and I can’t help but be thankful.
Love Alison x