Set in a 180-acre site in a gently sloping landscape, Retallack is a Cornish valley with a remarkable number of distinct landscape features. The project for Aria Resorts will see the ambitious reinvention of the resort in line with their portfolio of premium holiday home developments along the spectacular UK coastline.
The Retallack Resort will provide year-round holidays combining safety and amenity with stylish accommodation and a rugged landscape. Extending its offer will also help overcome the existing seasonality of the holiday trade, encourage local and regional tourism, and provide desperately needed employment.
The site will accommodate up to 700 homes in a range of low rise typologies including townhouses, barns and cabins, some of which will be for sale, and some of which will be managed on-site as holiday lets. These will be located across the site within areas defined by their context such as The Hillside, The Wetlands, and River Gardens.
A public hub to the south of the site will function as a point of arrival and wayfinding, and create a lively social area with restaurants, cafes, watersports, a cinema and a larger space for gatherings.
Materials will be sensitive to their Cornish context and include local stone, brick, slate, timber, and folded metal cladding offering visual interest and texture. Pre-fab modular techniques will be used to avoid heavy construction traffic and speed up onsite construction to ensure that quieter periods in the calendar are maximised.
Retallack is a key site in the ongoing revival of Cornwall as the region of choice for a UK population seeking to holiday at home. Car-free except on changeover days, the resort will combine rural bliss with town centre amenity and will appeal to families looking for an alternative to overheated European beaches and budget airlines.