Everyone has their own idea of luxury, 5-star hotels, rooftop pools, spa’s, the list is endless. This trip was our little slice of luxury. Glamping Luxury.
I was introduced to the Beach Cove Coastal Retreat at Hele Bay by a work colleague. I instantly fell in love with them and decided that I had to visit them!
Now, don’t get me wrong I love our camper van and staying away in it. It’s just the best feeling opening the doors and admiring the view of wherever we park up for the night. Also the ease of having everything you need right there with you in our home on wheels. You can’t beat camping either. The excitement of waking up in a tent ready for another day of exploring. Or pitching up somewhere for that wild camp. But sometimes I feel that something a little fancier and more luxurious is needed. A special treat.
First impressions can be everything, and in this case, they did not disappoint. Collecting the key from the very friendly reception, which also carried the coastal theme. I received this lovely mini metal suitcase which contained information on the Beach Cove hut and the surrounding area. The little suitcase is yours to keep to! Really nice touch to your check-in, in my opinion. After locating our beach hut on the map, I headed off to find Beach Cove Lodge No3.
The hut we had selected was the Carinwood Premier Sea View. A small hut right on the seawall. Next to the hut was a little patio area that had a table and chairs. Perfect place to sit and watch what’s happening on the beach below. Then, of course, how can I forget the hot tub. Sitting behind the table and chairs is the hot tub. There’s clouded glass sitting on two sides of the tub so you can sit there in the bubbles without worrying if you are being overlooked. Many hours of our week were spent enjoying the hot tub!
The inside of the Beach Cove hut is just as lovely as the outside. The focus of the hut is the view and you can tell that by the layout. It is an open plan kitchen and living room with the sofa facing out towards Hele Beach. The front of the hut has 3 windows to maximise the view you can see. It also lets loads of light into the living room too. A small but well equipped kitchen sits behind the sofa. It comes with an oven, fridge, electric hobs, plenty of storage and cooking utensils such as pots, graters and more. Everything you need to cook a lovely breakfast to sit outside and enjoy while watching the waves.
Towards the back of the hut is a basic bedroom with a double bed. It is a bit narrow around the bed but space to store your bags under the bed. Then there is a small bathroom with a shower too. The whole hut was very clean and have a very relaxing feel throughout. From the second you walk in you feel the stress ebb away, it’s a brilliant feeling! My only problems were that there wasn’t much storage space. A cupboard that has a hoover in it and that’s about it, so its good that you could store bits under the bed. I found the shower to be an odd shape too, not quite big enough in my opinion.
The location of the Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is what gives it that special edge. The site is at Hele Bay which is just next door to Ilfracombe. A quiet little cove that has high cliff sides and is a shingle beach. Joe was very excited by the amount of skimming stones he could find. The village itself has a petrol station with shop, a restaurant, pub and beach cafe. So everything you would need! Joe and I decided that we wanted a week using as little of our van as possible and we managed it. Not once did the van move from when we got there till when we left. We all spend so much time rushing around getting to places as quickly as possible. So we aimed to do the opposite. This trip was about slowing down and we achieved that cause everything we needed was within such close reach.
Ilfracombe is only a very short bus journey away or around an hour if you fancy a hike along the South West Coastal Path (which I totally recommend!) There are plenty of things for you to do in Ilfracombe, and plenty of pubs and restaurants to try too. The rest of North Devon is great for adventurers, hikers, surfers and explorers as well as families, couples and everyone in between. Just before we checked into the Beach Cove Coastal Retreat we were having a surf lesson at Saunton Sands, which is only 35 minutes away. We have spent time in North Devon before on our SUP weekend, so have a nosey at that if you fancy paddleboarding in the area.
On the whole, the Beach Cove huts are tiny but beautiful. A great getaway if you are looking for something relaxing or as a special treat. We are hoping to get back there again, sit and watch the tides come in and out, enjoying the peace and views the place has to offer.
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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Please note this trip was booked as one of our holidays this year, and that all of the opinions here are my own opinions and not sponsored in any way. For further information please refer to my disclosure page.