Rock is an inappropriately named village, lying on the north eastern bank of the River Camel. The name comes from the local quarry where the rocks were used as ballast by sailing ships which had unloaded their cargo across the river at Padstow. The quarry is now used as a car park. Today, the waterfront which is a hive of activity, offers a beautiful sandy beach, a sailing club and a wide range of water sports.Holidays within the Rock area has never been so popular as it is today, with it’s extensive sandy beach which at low tide, extends past Brea Hill to Daymer Bay, along with a great many watersports. The Camel Estuary lends itself to windsurfing, sailing, boating and fishing, and there is a well-known sailing club on the waterfront. The Blacktor Ferry operates across the river to Padstow but for those more daring, there is also an annual swimming race across the Camel!
Polzeath is an attractive sandy beach suitable for surfing and family holidays, situated on the same side of the Camel Estuary as Rock. The top portion of the beach is used as a car park, but be warned as the tide has been known to come a long way up the beach! Polzeath features a rugged cliff face running along either side of the beach and small rock pools suitable for children to paddle in. There are several beach shops and places to eat, interests for children and the occasional visit by dolphins!
The coastal path from Polzeath leads back towards Daymer Bay and Rock. Daymer Bay is a popular beach with Brea Hill and St Enodoc Church to explore. St Enodoc Church was once buried in sand, and is also known for the burial place of Sir John Betjeman.
Ranked 55th in the World for 2009 by Golf Digest for courses outside the United States St Enodoc Golf Club, on the Rock side of the estuary, has one of the finest links golf courses in the South West of England with undulating fairways, firm greens, some blind shots and all with the added bonus of some of the greatest sea and estuary views on any course in the world. www.st-enodoc.co.uk
Nathan Outlaw is a talented chef based in Cornwall. He has two restaurants at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock that offer both simple and contemporary dishes. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has recently been awarded 2 Michelin Stars in the Great Britain and Ireland Michelin Guide 2011, and named the Best Fish Restaurant by the Good Food Guide 2011. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is a seafood restaurant with a frequently changing set tasting menu driven by locally caught seafood and amazing Cornish produce. www.nathan-outlaw.com
The beautiful old church of St. Michaels overlooks the haven of Porthilly Cove just a stone's throw from Rock. The outlying villages of Pityme, Tredizzick, St. Minver and Chapel Amble have their own Inns and are within easy reach.
Dogs are in their element and are allowed on the beaches at Rock, Porthilly, Daymer Bay, Treyarnon and Constantine all year round. Some of the properties within our portfolio are happy to accept dogs; this is displayed on the heading bar of each property.
Walkers can also enjoy the coastal footpath which runs through miles and miles of spectacular scenery, or may like to explore the woods, rivers and moorland, all within a short drive.
Rock is also home to a number of fashionable retail outlets and restaurants, and Sharps Brewery, a Real Ale Brewery established in the mid 1990s.
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