Stylish, elegant and unique, The Headland Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel in Newquay with private cottages set on an exclusive clifftop overlooking Fistral beach. Offering the perfect blend of discreet English ambience and decadent hospitality, our individually designed luxury hotel rooms and suites with ocean views, rosette-worthy dining from Executive Chef Christopher Archambault, and indulgent pampering and wellness at our Cornwall hotel and Spa. All brought together by a team dedicated to ensuring a comfortable stay. The Headland is one of the most understated yet personal spa hotels in Cornwall.
A Coastal Epic: The History of The Headland
For over a century, The Headland has been the most iconic of Cornish Hotels. With its air of calm and easy-going ambience, you might never guess that our history is one of high drama and sabotage with a cast of extras ranging from Hollywood stars through to British Royalty!
Right from the beginning, the owners of The Headland had lofty ambitions. The aim was to create a Victorian masterpiece to make every hotelier from Penzance to Portishead green with envy. The project began with opposition and even the odd arson attack from locals...
Not everyone welcomed the idea of a new hotel in the late 19th Century. Local fishermen claimed that the site was common land where they had dried their nets for generations. Heated arguments ensued, workmen were threatened and on one fateful night, an angry mob even trashed the foundation walls and scaffolding before tipping the foreman’s hut into the Atlantic. The so-called Newquay Riots blazed on for some time.
With the locals too intimidated to cross the fishermen, 200 out-of-work Cornish miners were drafted in to complete the project. Fires started, fines and arrests were made, and the developers even used traction engines armed with steam hoses to keep restless natives at bay!