St Ives. In summer. And not just any summer – a summer when travel options overseas have been somewhat limited. I almost lamented my choice of Cornwall for a long weekend away as I started to hear horror stories of just how rammed the A30 has been ever since schools broke up. But I was so desperate for a break – to anywhere – that I persevered.
I was also sorely tempted by the hype that Three Mile Beach has enjoyed. Owned by Craig Burkinshaw, who founded globe-trotting Audley Travel, and his partner Joanne Le Bon, the 15 funky beach houses have been lauded as leading the way in a new wave of British holiday parks.
The trick, it seems, to travelling to Cornwall in late July without getting stuck in hours of queues is to go mid-week. Punching the location into Google Maps, I breathed a sigh of relief. Not only did our drive time come up in glorious green, but it was apparent that while Gwithian beach, which the resort sits beside, may have a St Ives address, it is not really St Ives. Instead, it gazes across the bay to the twinkling lights of one of Britain’s most popular holiday spots. A 25-minute drive away, St Ives is close enough to appreciate, but not too close.
“With doorstep surfing, private chefs and chic interiors, Three Mile Beach has been designed with adults in mind.”
A 25-minute drive away, St Ives is close enough to appreciate, but not too close.
The house also had everything you always intend to take on a self-catering holiday but never do; tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, oil, salt, pepper, butter – all of it locally sourced.
It was the first of three indulgent evening meals during our stay – the next night we had a covetable Ooni pizza oven delivered to our garden along with a DIY pizza kit which (though rather pricey) wasn’t just great fun to do, but nicer than any chain-bought pizza you can order to be delivered to your door.
On the final night, we sampled the offerings from the on-site food truck – sadly the cocktail truck hadn’t yet opened, but it looked full of promise. The menu, while sadly rather unappealing to most children, was packed with flavour and featured the likes of halloumi fries, nduja Scotch quail eggs and mackerel tacos.
Unlike Center Parcs or Butlins, Three Mile Beach seems to have been designed with adults in mind, and appeasements for children – rather than the other way round. And boy, have they got it figured out.
This article was originally published in The Telegraph in August 2020.
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