Watergate Bay Hotel

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General information
  • Watergate Bay Hotel
  • Watergate Road
  • Newquay
  • Cornwall UK
  • TR8 4AB
CountryUnited Kingdom
Construction started1899
Opened14 July 1900
OwnerAshworth (1967 - Present)
Design and construction
ArchitectJoshua Harrison Goodland (1900)
Other information
Number of rooms55

The Watergate Bay Hotel is 55-room hotel in Watergate Bay near Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom.[1]


The Watergate Hotel was opened in 1900.[2][3] The Hotel hoped to cater for railway tourists that were expected to arrive on the Padstow,Bedruthan & St.Mawgan Railway line, which would also extend to Newquay however the line was never constructed.[2] Prior to this it was farmland.[2] In the Autumn of 1915, Radclyffe Hall stayed at the Hotel. It was mentioned in her book “The Well of Loneliness”, written in 1928 and was again mentioned in the biography “The Trials of Radclyffe Hall”, by Diana Souhami. In which it is written: “In late September Radclyffe Hall and Una Vincenzo, Una Troubridge traveled to the Watergate Bay Hotel, near Newquay, Cornwall for a short stay.”[2][4] During the Second World War, it became an RAF Officers home and was later converted into married quarters, The Hotel fell into disrepair during the 1960s.[3][1] John and Mary Ashworth bought the Watergate Bay Hotel in 1967, initially self-catering flats. The Ashworths converted the premises back to a 55 bedroom hotel in 1971, adding an extension to include a living area and restaurant.[3] It was run as a seasonal family hotel for the "traditional bucket-and-spade" holidays for many years.[3][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Better Business Watergate Bay hotel". The Caterer. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 newquayt (2013-07-25). "Watergate Bay Hotel History". Newquay. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "The history of Watergate Bay". www.watergatebay.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
  4. Souhami, Diana (2012-12-20). The Trials of Radclyffe Hall. Quercus. ISBN 978-1-78087-879-9.

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