Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Back in June Red Letter Days ran a set of weekly affiliate incentives to celebrate their 23rd birthday. The incentive was nice and easy - add a banner to your website and be in with a chance. My prize was an Overnight Beer Tasting Break for Two in Cropton, North Yorkshire. Thanks to the fantastic online system RLD use we (wifey and I) were able to exchange this for a couple of nights in Cornwall instead.
We stayed at the Glendorgal Hotel, a boutique hotel in a great location not too far from Newquay town itself or nearby restaurants and amenities. We'd read the mixed TripAdvisor reviews for the hotel, and got what we expected. It's an average grade of accommodation, with the rooms being a bit tatty around the edges and in need to some TLC. Our room (#12) was a box room overlooked the rear of the hotel and a faulty window meant it was more like a sauna, with the temperature overnight at around the mid 30 degrees Celsius.
A requested room change the following night (#26) gave us a small air conditioning unit and a Velux window with a partial sea view. The temperature hovered at just under 30 degrees Celsius so was a bit more bearable for the second night.
The first day we somehow managed to score great weather, so the beaches were busy and the town was busy. We spent the morning travelling down there and the afternoon looking around the town, and stocking up on much-needed drinks for the room. That evening we had made reservations for Kahuna, currently ranked top amongst 101 other restaurant sin Newquay on TripAdvisor, and deservedly so too. It's a good sized beach-front restaurant and fish is clearly their speciality. We followed seared scallops on a bacon salad with gourmet fish and chips and can highly recommend both!
The following day we headed across to Padstow, and from what we had read we expected it to be a Rick Stein colony. Whilst the chef has several businesses in the town, there was a good mix of small local shops and a couple of chain stores too. We arrived very early to ensure an easy parking space and time to stroll around without the crowds, which then arrived en-mass at around lunch time despite the drizzle and mist.
The irony about British weather is that we had glorious sunshine for the return journey. As the hotel policy requires check-out by 10am (seems a bit early compared to others) we spent the afternoon recharging in the (rare) Welsh sun.
Whilst we wouldn't stay at the Glendorgal Hotel again (we'd probably stay in one of the many hotels on the sea-front which seem to command a similar nightly price), it was great to get away for a couple of nights and explore somewhere relatively close-by.
Red Letter Days usually runs several incentive competitions throughout the year, and also offers a quarterly incentive for affiliates with several tiers of prize available. The Q3 2012 incentive runs until the end of September. Find out more about the Red Letter Days affiliate program and sign up to it on Affiliate Window or Affili.net
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