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A cool Cornish hotel – without the crowds

The Polurrian on the Lizard has had a style makeover - and then some. Fancy winning a 3 night £1800 stay at Cornwall's best kept secret?

Love Cornwall, but a bit flummoxed where exactly to head this summer? Ooh, ooh, I can help! One of my favourite hotels down in the exotic South West corner of England has just relaunched after a stylish redesign and it looks amazing.

Polurrian on the Lizard (previously Polurrian Bay Hotel) sits in a glorious position on the Lizard peninsula, in the south west of the county, with 41 bedrooms, ocean views and its own lovely beach accessed by a stairway directly from the hotel.

Room with a view: The hotel on the cliffs and the beach beneath

Muddy’s ed-in-chief Hero came to Polurrian on the Lizard with her family a few years back and raved about the homely, relaxed atmosphere, G&Ts and the stupendous views across the sea from the main lounge. Just check this for a sundowner vista! You can just about make out the tennis court in the half-light, not a bad spot for a set or two.

Cut to 2019 and the new look Polurrian 2.0 still has the relaxed vibe and it remains family-friendly, but it’s been given a substantial zsush up with a natty new bar area, revamped spa and a restaurant that now boasts one of those funky Gozney pizza ovens.

The snug

Upper lounge

A waltzer, commandered as a sofa seat

Updated bedrooms

Perhaps one of the biggest improvements is the four stunning new villas (below) with underfloor heating, designer furniture and more of those views (below) that offer a great half-way house – all the hotel amenities, including tennis courts, Elemis spa treatments, and indoor and outdoor pools, but in your own space.

Most significantly, the style revolution at the Polurrian means it’s appeal has broadened. No longer so strongly focused on younger families (though little ones will still love it) the separate children’s teas and rigid timings have been replaced by a more relaxed, inclusive approach to family dining – think sharing platters, tapas and wood-fired pizzas.

And there’s been a determined effort to accommodate older children properly, because let’s face it, where the under-fives roam there’s probably a bored older sibling or two desperate not to watch In The Night Garden again. So now options for older children and adults include beach survival skills, wild swimming, kayaking, coasteering, paddle boarding and – very millennial – rock pooling for conservation.

No kids in tow? I think the new up-styling of the hotel will appeal to you too – the villas in particular are screaming out for groups of friends or romantic couples.

And Cornwall just sells itself, right? Post-Poldark, the county can feel overrun with Aidan Turner hunters, but perhaps because of its southerly position, the Lizard Peninsula is still a largely hidden gem, and has escaped being overrun by tourists. I’d recommend heading to Lizard Point, just a couple of miles down the road and the most southerly tip of the UK, where you can do a fantastic coastal walk (end up at the Lizard Point café – pasty perfection).

Image: Muddy Stilettos

The National Trust Mullion Harbour is only a mile way, and the white sands of Kynance Cove, above, and the lovely villages of Coverack, Cadgwith, Constantine and Porthleven are within easy distance. Penzance, Pendennis Castle and St Ives and Falmouth can be reached within the hour.

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