Luxe boutique-hotel style anyone can steal: Watergate Bay Hotel

We took a sneak peek into this gorgeous hotel to bring you luxe style inspiration


Hotel: Watergate Bay Hotel

Address: On The Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall TR8 4AA

Price: A standard room starts at £180 per night with breakfast

Contact: 01637 860543;

bedroom with wooden flooring and bed

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The perfect place for a British beach holiday, Watergate Bay Hotel is located on the east coast of Cornwall, not far from the popular seaside town of Newquay.


Each of the 69 rooms has a fresh, bright and modern feel, and range from the charmingly named Standard, Better and Best rooms (shown) to Family Suites. The décor is based on the tones of the local landscape, so expect oyster grey, porcelain, misty blue and pops of sunset yellow, while nautical accessories include driftwood lamps, rope-hanging mirrors and wide-striped cushions. Keeping things authentic, locally sourced materials are used in rustic floorboards, Cornish granite cobbles and natural slate. Coastal-inspired lighting fixtures in brass and copper, plus practical Anglepoise lamps, work together to create a relaxed atmosphere.


Surfing is a big deal at Watergate Bay, so the ‘Surf In Surf Out' showers and sweeping boardwalk, connecting the hotel to the two-mile stretch of sandy shores, make for an easy ride. The hotel also has a 25m-long, beach-front infinity pool, swimming and yoga clinics, a range of spa treatments and four unique dining experiences, including Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall.


Although the hotel doesn't reveal names, the area is said to be popular with comedian Meera Syal, film critic Mark Kermode and journalist Caitlin Moran.


grey lamp

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Switch on

Create a relaxing mood

Short task wall light in Putty Grey, £179, Original BTC range,

John Lewis

wooden desk

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Dual purpose

Smart enough to double up as a vanity table, too

Watts desk in acacia, £229, Swoon Editions

yellow throw

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Hello yellow

Add a pop of colour to plain white bedding

Moss-stitch throw in yellow, £85, Joules

white and grey strip cushion

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Right stripes

A subtle colour combo

Large broad stripe canvas cushion cover in grey, £32, BHS

white glass vase

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Clear winner

Use for water or flowers

Glass bistro carafe, £3.50, Garden Trading

metal chair

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Design classic

An investment piece that will last a lifetime

All-purpose chair painted in Oceanic, £360, Ercol

round mirror

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Learn the ropes

For a hint of nautical charm

Round mirror with hanging rope, £35, Rose & Grey

Ideal v Great Deal

Get the look whatever your budget


white wallpaper

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Picture perfect

A snapshot of real cladding

Wallpaper, £199 per roll, Piet Hein Eek range, The Orchard Home and Gifts


wooden strips wall

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Wood effect

The look of distressed timber

Wood panelling in Natural, £17.99 per roll, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect



Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.