Cornwall, in South-West England, is probably the most popular holiday destination in the UK.
Despite its popularity, for some reason, Cornwall has always eluded us. So, imagine how excited we were to be invited to stay in a luxury assisted lodge on the Landal Gwel an Mor 5 Star Holiday Resort in Portreath.
Even the January weather didn’t dampen our spirits. From start to finish, we fell in love with Cornwall, and we especially fell in love with Gwel an Mor holiday resort. I honestly don’t know why we left it so long, we certainly won’t wait so long to return.
As you know, at the backend of last year, Bridget and I had a tough time because our health was unpredictable. Bridget’s Rheumatoid Arthritis was getting worse, and I was diagnosed with Heart Failure and Kidney Cancer.
As you can imagine, the distraction of a trip to Cornwall was more than welcome and exactly what we needed. My Urologist wasn’t keen on delaying the operation, but the chance to spend time together, in an accessible luxury lodge, in one of our bucket list destinations was simply too good to miss.
I’m so glad we made the effort because Gwel an Mor and specifically our luxury lodge opened my eyes to what’s possible from an access point of view.
But before I get into our accommodation, let me introduce you to Gwel an Mor.
Landal Gwel an Mor 5 Star Holiday Resort
Where is Landal Gwel an Mor?
Gwel an Mor Luxury Resort is in Portreath, Cornwall. It’s the perfect location for a relaxing holiday or if you’re a bimbler, Newquay, Padstow, St Ives, Penzance and Lands End are all within a reasonable driving distance. See our roundup: A Weekend Break in North Devon and Cornwall
Gwel an Mor itself, sits in an enviable position overlooking the fishing village of Portreath. A trip down to the village reveals a stunning sandy beach, popular with surfers and bodyboarders, village shops and a traditional Cornish pub.
What is Landal Gwel an Mor Resort?
Awarded “Holiday Village of the Year 2018” by Visit England, Gwel an Mor is a self-contained, 5 star, luxury holiday destination.
The multi award-winning resort is designed to deliver an enjoyable experience for the whole family, with relaxation and quality at the heart of everything they do.
Accessibility on Landal Gwel an Mor
The first thing to mention about accessibility at Gwel an Mor is their website. You’ll note on their front page they talk about state of the art accessible accommodation, and on the drop-down menus, accessible accommodation, facilities and breaks are upfront and centre.
This is always a good sign because it shows the site doesn’t just pay lip service to accessibility, it’s in their DNA. Another good sign is Gwel an Mor has an access statement which you can access here
The resort itself is on a hill, there is a slight incline from The Residence accommodation to the reception and main facilities. All of the roads are tarmac, but if you’re not the best at self-propelling you might struggle. If you are using an electric scooter, powered chair or like us, the car, then you’ll have no problem.
What We Did on Landal Gwel an Mor
For us, Gwel an Mor was about relaxation. Instead of our usual chaotic road trips, we simply wanted to go with the flow. If the truth is known, other than we wanted to see more of Cornwall, we could have quite easily stayed on the resort.
Even in January, the views from our lodge out over the Atlantic were spectacular, and the stars in the “Dark Sky” at night were mesmerizing. Honestly, if your style of holiday is about chilling out and recharging your batteries, Gwel an Mor is the place to do it.
I still smile when I think about our trip to the farm. We went on an assisted “Meet the Animals” tour, and boy did we meet the animals.
If you told me beforehand how much I’d enjoy it, I would have laughed, but I really did. So much so, I wanted to bring a snake home with me but Kirstie our guide wasn’t very keen on the idea!
Okay, so we met Goats, Reindeer, Falcons, Ferrets, Slow Worms, Grass Snakes, Toads, Mice, Foxes and I even had the pleasure of letting an Owl land on my glove.
Just look at me, I’m like Robbie Doolittle…. and I loved it.
The Terrace Restaurant
An absolute treat was our visit to the Terrace Restaurant, not least because it gave us the opportunity to sit down with Bill; Gwel an Mor’s owner. Not only was it a pleasure to meet Bill, it was also useful because I now know where the high standards come from. Bill is clearly passionate about delivering the best holiday experience in Cornwall.
Anyway, back to The Terrace Restaurant.
Situated next to reception and main car park, the Terrace Restaurant is accessed by a set of stairs or a ramp. During the hot summer evenings, the outdoor terrace, overlooking the Atlantic would be the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine.
Once inside, there is plenty of space for wheelchairs and the friendly staff are only too happy to move the furniture around to accommodate you.
Freshly cooked food is prepared by a highly trained team of chefs and all overseen by an Executive Chef who takes his influences from his Northern Spain heritage.
Now, I’m no food critic so I’ll rely on my taste buds for an opinion. The food was stunning to look at and reminded me of that famous film scene, the one with Meg Ryan in it when she was clearly very happy with her choice of food… need I say any more?
Also Available at Landal Gwel an Mor
Luxury Spa Treatments – we were invited to participate in a spa treatment and while we were tempted, we decided against it. If you fancy a bit of pampering then skilled therapists can help you unwind with a range of massages, treatments and therapies. For a full list of what’s available, take a look at their Wellbeing Spa Treatments page.
Swimming Pool – Guests at Gwel an Mor have full access to the heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room. From an accessibility point of view, there is a swimming pool hoist and pool wheelchair available should you need them.
Fitness Gym – I can’t imagine why you would want to, but there is a fully fitted fitness gym at Gwel an Mor. If you need advice about using any of the equipment, contact customer services before visiting as I’m sure they’ll be happy to discuss your individual needs.
Tennis – How about a game of tennis. The outdoor court and equipment are available to hire. And if you really want to up your game, you can book a tennis lesson with the local county champion who’s also a qualified coach.
Golf – If there’s a golfer in the family, how about pitting themselves against the 9 hole, par 3 golf course. Feeling less inclined to walk around the golf course, what about a leisurely afternoon on the putting green. I would highly recommend you check in advance if you have access or mobility requirements.
Fishing – Clover Lake is fully stocked with carp and tench, so the fisherman among you can while away an afternoon by the lake. There is an accessible peg on the lake, as well as an accessible cafe, shop and toilet.
Base Camp – If you’re holidaying with youngsters they’ll love Gwel an Mor’s indoor activity centre. Base Camp, is perfect for keeping the kids active and entertained during your stay and features:
- 2,000 sq ft soft play area
- Three floors of zip lines
- Ball Pools
- Self-contained play areas
- Clip’n’Climb climbing walls
- Climbing lessons
- Café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
I am sure you’ll agree, Gwel an Mor resort is pretty special but I have saved the best for last. It’s now time to introduce you to our luxury wheelchair friendly lodge.
Wheelchair Friendly Accommodation on Landal Gwel an Mor
There are two types of wheelchair friendly accommodation on Gwel an Mor. We were fortunate enough to stay in the newer “Residence Collection Assisted Living Lodge”, but I did pop into the original Scandinavian style “Tregea Assisted Living Lodge” to take some photos.
Both styles of lodges are NAS M3 accredited and feature everything you need for a comfortable holiday. If you have specific equipment requests make sure you inform the reservation team at the time of booking.
The Residence Collection Assisted Living Lodge
Do you know those times when you just have to take a moment and enjoy what’s in front of you? When I first set eyes on “Stargazy” our lodge, that’s what happened. I just had to stand back and admire it.
I don’t usually get excited about holiday lodges, but I was happy to make an exception.
Bridget and I turned into an episode of “Amazing Spaces” and spent ten minutes discussing the style, quality and sheer beauty of the lodge.
I don’t know whether it was the obvious accessibility, manicured gardens, Atlantic Ocean backdrop, dramatic Cornwall countryside or all of it combined? Whatever it was, it worked and we hadn’t even been inside yet.
Each lodge has a large dedicated disabled parking space. This makes it easy to access the lodge and also unloading the car a lot less effort.
Access to the terrace is by way of steps or ramp. Once on the terrace, there is a Hot Tub, outdoor shower, BBQ, sun lounges and seating area. The balcony area is huge with plenty of space for manoeuvring a wheelchair.
I thought the outside of Stargazy was impressive, but inside, well that was just WOW!!!
The first thing that hits you is the space, then the colour, your eyes start darting all over the place because there is so much to take in.
We arrived late in the day, and the light was fading, even so, the open plan space, copious amount of windows, soft aqua walls and bright wooden floors made the lodge feel bright and welcoming.
I can’t imagine this ambience was a happy accident, rather an intentional design feature (Amazing Spaces Again :-)).
With so many features to mention, I will highlight just a few:
- Comfortable Seating
- Adjustable Lighting
- Underfloor Heating
- LCD TV with Freeview
- Free Wifi
And my absolute favourite, a log burner. I even took a video of it…
For a full list of features and what is included during your stay, take a look at the “Full Features” tab on the Residence Assisted Living page.
Kitchen and Dining Area
As kitchen’s go, this one was pretty special, it even had an island, unusual for holiday accommodation.
As much as I loved the kitchen, initially, I did have one complaint. There was no kettle?
Fortunately, and right before I was about to get on the phone and make a fool of myself, Bridget pointed out what a Neanderthal I am, in a kitchen of this quality, kettles are so last century.
This kitchen had constant hot water via a little spout, I mean c’mon, that’s just class. Needless to say, upon further inspection, the kitchen had everything you could possibly need and stuff you didn’t know you needed during your stay.
The open plan dining area had a stylish table and chairs. Upon arrival, we were happy to be greeted with a nice bottle of Gwel an Mor wine – nice touch!
Accessible Twin Bedroom with En-Suite Wet Room
The accessible twin bedroom was huge and thanks to the quality bedding, luxury furniture and of course, those colours again, it didn’t feel clinical at all.
Important features are the electric adjustable bed and the Ergolet H Hoist System which allows room to room transfer with the en-suite wet room.
Not being a hoist user, I strongly recommend you contact the reservation team prior to booking to discuss your specific needs.
Another nice feature in the accessible bedroom is the wheelchair friendly wardrobe which includes a safe for your belongings.
The en-suite wet room and toilet was spacious and had plenty of grab rails.
There is a portable shower chair, plenty of luxury towels, soaps, shampoos and of course the ceiling track hoist system for easy transfers.
We used the double bedroom. It’s not accessible unless you can self-transfer to the bed. There isn’t enough space on the side of the bed for a wheelchair but as Bridget can walk it worked for us.
Again, luxury bedding, soft furnishings, quality furniture and a pair of sumptuous bathrobes made for a very comfortable stay.
The main bathroom is next door to the double bedroom and features a toilet, bath with overhead power shower and a TV. If you’ve never watched TV in the bath, I highly recommend it.
The lodge also has a small single bedroom, ideal for teenagers who demand their own room or a travelling carer.
It’s difficult to summarise The Residence Assisted Lodge because it has so much to offer and so much to talk about.
The big takeaway for me, apart from the hot water spout and the TV in the bath, is the way accessibility seamlessly fits in and doesn’t detract from what can only be described as a truly luxurious lodge.
The Scandinavian Tregea Assisted Living Lodge
I popped into the Tregea accessible lodges and was impressed with what I saw. Although the older of the two lodges, they are still more than adequate for a comfortable, relaxing holiday.
Situated close to reception, The Terrace Restaurant and The Clubhouse, these Scandinavian style lodges are two storey and fully wheelchair accessible throughout the ground floor.
There is no hoist in these lodges. If you need a hoist to transfer you would need to bring your own or arrange a local hire. Gwel an Mor reservation team will be able to advise you of what’s available in the local area.
Access to Tregea Accessible Lodges
As you can see, there is step free access to the lodge from the car park.
On the ground floor, you’ll find a spacious living room, dining area, kitchen, and a twin bedroom with an electric adjustable bed and en-suite wet room.
On the first floor, there are two further bedrooms. One double with en-suite bathroom, a twin bedroom and a family bathroom.
Note, the upper floor is not accessible as it is accessed via a staircase. If you can climb stairs, the Tregea Scandinavian lodge is another great reason to stay at Gwel an Mor luxury resort.
Would I Recommend a Holiday at Landal Gwel an Mor?
Yessss… without a doubt. I can’t imagine a more perfect holiday.
Staying on Gwel an Mor, in a luxury lodge, with its fantastic facilities made our first trip to Cornwall unforgettable. If anything, it may have set the standards too high.
Both Bridget and I created so many wonderful memories at Gwel an Mor. I’ll never forget feeding foxes, handling a snake or flying an owl.
We’ll both never forget the wonderful hospitality shown to us by every member of the team. And, no matter how many times we visit Cornwall in the future, we’ll never forget it was Gwel an Mor we visited first.
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