Review: Millendreath Beach Resort, near Looe

Looking for a quiet, secluded location with the beach on your doorstep without the hustle and bustle of some of the larger resorts. Millendreath Beach Resort, near Looe in the South East of Cornwall, could be exactly what you are looking for. Before the pandemic hit last year, we were booked for a long weekend at Millendreath Beach Resort in March 2020, two postponements later. We finally made it in April 2021, after the covid-19 restrictions were eased. I know to some, there is a lot of controversy surrounding travel. Unfortunately, we couldn’t cancel or move it again, so we headed to Cornwall for the weekend, and it was a welcome change.

Millendreath Beach Resort is situated roughly 3 miles (7-minute drive) from the nearby fishing town of Looe in the South East of Cornwall. It has a small family-friendly beach with water sports, an onsite cafe, and a beach bar in the spring and summer months. Those wanting a home from home have a small shop and a launderette.

For full disclosure, we paid for the stay ourselves and booked directly via their website. This wasn’t our first visit, having stayed in April 2018.

A small beach with hillside villas surrounded by a woodland
Millendreath Beach – Photo by Nick Cantan

A Room With A View

Millendreath Beach Resort is nestled inside a secluded woodland area. We stayed in villa 9, the third villa from the bottom on the left (the one with the wooden cladding), and if you look to the left, that’s the mountain of steps we climbed every day! It isn’t for the faint-hearted or those with fully disabled relatives. We survived as Thomas was happy to walk, but he was exhausted at the end of each day like us.

Millendreath Beach Resort Villas – Photo by Nick Cantan

The best thing about the location was that it was just a few steps from the beach. Unfortunately, it wasn’t warm enough for us to attempt even a paddle this year, but there were many surfers, bodyboarders and kayakers embracing the spring temperatures.

The villa is light, bright and modern. Unfortunately, the photos don’t do it justice. I had an eager 10-year-old who was desperate to get in. We had our own self contained villa with two bedrooms. A master with a proper double bed, with a small storage area for luggage and clothes. A second bedroom with bunk beds. There is a modern open plan living area with a cooker, hob, fridge and a dishwasher (we don’t have one at home, so I always appreciate it) and a bathroom with a large shower.

Bed linen and towels are included (not beach towels), and it was a welcome change from having to pack them in the suitcase. We had a mini welcome pack including tea, coffee and sugar and two dishwasher tablets, a sponge, washing up liquid and hand soap, which was a lovely personal touch.

There is also a large binder in the villa explaining the opening hours, what’s on, what to do in an emergency and local things to do in the area.

Check out room rates for Millendreath Beach Resort.

On-Site Activities

Millendreath is a home from home, quiet, secluded retreat for those looking for a more tranquil break from the crowds of Newquay or St Ives, but they do have onsite watersports that hire outboards, kayaks, paddleboards and sea scooters. They are located on the beachfront and are operated by Sea Explorers UK. Although we didn’t use the facility, they always appeared busy and looked very well organised. The beach is the perfect place for a picnic, early morning swim or an evening BBQ.

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Millendreath Beach – Photo by Nick Cantan

Eat & Drink

The advantages of staying in a villa are that you are self-contained and can cook your own food. We ate breakfast in the villa, but due to the covid-19 restrictions, we ate various takeaways during our stay. A beach cafe – Venus, located on the beachfront, offers food from burgers to wraps. There is something for everyone. They had limited (takeaway) opening hours during our stay, and we didn’t manage to try them out, but it looks great to sit on the decking with a coffee or an alcoholic beverage. If you want to take in the last rays of the sun, then the perfect place to sit back and relax while enjoying a drink or two is the newly refurbished beach bar which has exceptional views of the bay.

If travelling further afield is also an option, visit The Coddy Shack, the only licensed fish and chip restaurant in Looe. You can grab a takeaway and head off to the beach, head back to your accommodation and enjoy a fish and chip supper or stay and enjoy an evening in their restaurant enjoying the live music (when restrictions permit).

There are also various takeaways nearby Looe or Liskeard (if you fancy a dominos pizza). Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a delivery service to the resort.

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Our Final Thoughts

Our stay was needed after the full-time care of a disabled child for the last nine months, from our original booking with Kelly to coordinating and rescheduling with Emma. They were only too happy to help, especially when my husband emailed them regularly with concerns or queries. Emma and Jasmine couldn’t do enough to help us, and they made our stay all the better.

Our Final Thoughts

Check-in was contactless, using a code given via online check-in so we could collect our key and check out was contactless with us having a black box to post the key inside. Parking is currently £5 per stay and is paid directly in the sales office, this is because the car park is privately own. There is a large car park, where you are required to park unless you are a villa owner or disabled, where you may be able to park near your villa (although this isn’t guaranteed).

We all had a lovely time away, it was nice to have a change of scenery, and the Looe area generally was quieter than our usual visits. So if you are looking for a peaceful, laid back holiday or are all about water sports, then Millendreath Beach Resort could be the perfect location for your next break.

Find out more about staying at Millendreath Beach Villas.

Millendreath Beach Resort, Millendreath Hillside Villas, Near Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1PE 

Tel: 01503 264390

Valley Resorts have recently taken over Millendreath Beach Resort. Bookings are now being made through Hoseasons.

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