5-star AA Hotel The Headland

The Headland becomes Cornwall’s first double-five star hotel

The Headland in Newquay has become Cornwall’s only double-five star hotel with the award of a five star rating by the AA on Friday 20 September.

The new AA rating makes a clean sweep for the hotel, which earlier this year received five stars from Quality in Tourism. The Headland already held AA five stars for their self-catering cottages, and a “five bubble” rated spa.

The news crowns a notable year for the hotel, which began with celebrations to mark 40 years of ownership by John and Carolyn Armstrong.

 Darryl Reburn, the hotel’s managing director, said: “2019 is turning out to be a vintage year for The Headland. We have always strived to offer a five star experience for our guests, and it is wonderful for our team to see this reflected in the AA rating moving up to the highest level.”

5-star AA Hotel The Headland

Also awarded an AA five star rating on the same day was The Nare Hotel on the Roseland, run by the Armstrongs’ nephew Toby Ashworth. The family has over 100 years experience of hotelkeeping in Cornwall.

 Owner of The Headland, Carolyn Armstrong, said: “We would like to offer our warm congratulations to Toby and his team at The Nare. I know how much hard work and investment goes in to achieving the highest levels of quality, and it is fantastic for the tourism industry in Cornwall to have two hotels recognised in this way for the first time.

“It is wonderful to see that after a century in the business the family is thriving with a double award of AA 5 stars on the same day. There has never been a better time to visit.”

A firm favourite with generations of holidaymakers, The Headland is Cornwall’s most iconic hotel. Since it opened in 1900 the hotel has welcomed thousands of guests who enjoy its stunning location overlooking the spectacular surfing beach at North Fistral.

 Further investment in the hotel is ongoing, with the construction of the Aqua Club, an £8 million leisure facility combining five swimming pools and an informal restaurant, due to open in spring 2020.