First visit to Cornwall?

Take a read through the areas in North Cornwall and see why this unique and beautiful area continues to attract return visitors year on year

Padstow Harbour


Today, the working fishing fleet can be seen going about its business from the harbour area. Many of the restaurants have a daily supply of fresh fish as a result of such a local fishing fleet. There are many holiday activities available from the harbour area to visitors, these include a high-powered speedboat trip or a more leisurely cruise aboard the ‘Jubilee Queen’, a ferry trip across to Rock (to visit St Enodoc church where Sir John Betjeman is buried), or a family fishing trip around the bay.


Trevone Bay

Where the delightful sandy beach attracts swimmers and surfers all year. Trevone has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and boasts two beaches, the sandy beach is very popular with families offering beautiful golden sand and swimming with life guards to hand from May to September.

Surfing and body boarding are popular at Trevone with wetsuits and boards being available to hire from the surf shop and local surf schools that teach all age groups.  The rocky beach, located to the west of the main beach, has a natural swimming pool and children will love to explore its rocky pools for crabs and fish.

There are beautiful coastal walks leading round to Padstow or up to Trevose head, not to mention the famous ‘round hole’ which is a natural blow hole on the cliff top. A blowhole is formed as caves grow landwards and upwards into vertical shafts and expose themselves towards the surface. The result is a quite spectacular display of blasts of water from the top of the blowhole.

There is a beach store, surf shop, cafe, general store, church and public house.  Trevone is the ideal summer holiday destination, with the facilities of Padstow only a mile and a half away. During the the spring, autumn and winter, Trevone self catering holidays offer attractive surroundings for walking and sightseeing. The North Cornwall coast provides an ever changing canvas of beautiful scenery!


Harlyn Bay and Constantine Bay

Harlyn Bay is a beautiful and spacious beach popular with families and surfers. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year around and there are life guard services in the summer and a large car park

Fringed by sand dunes, Constantine Bay provides swimming and year round surfing facilities and has an expansive sandy beach with many rock pools and plenty of sand for the children to play within. There is a sloping path to the beach and as parking is limited, it is worth considering parking at Treyarnon Bay and walking the coast path to Constantine Bay which takes approx 10 minutes.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round. During the school holidays you can enjoy Cornish clotted cream  ice-creams from the Cornish Kellys Ice-cream Van and a coffee or hot chocolate from the Coastal Coffee van.

Take a  left at the path at Constantine Bay to venture to Treyarnon Bay a narrow sandy beach with rocks on its northern side providing many rock pools and a large natural swimming pool or walk right across Constantine Bay and up the steps or over the rocks to Boobies Bay.



Lying on the north eastern bank of the River Camel is the Village of Rock (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 have 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.

St Enodoc Golf Club – Ranked 55th in the World for 2009 by Golf Digest for courses outside the United States located on the Rock side of the estuary, it 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.

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. Outlaws Restaurant

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, alternatively 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.


The Estuary
Rural Cornwall

Rural Padstow

Local villages immediately surrounding the harbour Town of Padstow, continue to be very popular with guests.  Beaches and shops are within close proximity but also offer a degree of separation away from the crowds.

St Merryn boasts a medieval church various shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants including a Chinese takeaway and Seasonal Fish & Chips (as well as famous Barnecutts Pasties!)

St Issey offers walking access to The Saints way which over 4000 years ago it is thought that travellers used the Fowey and Camel Valley on their journeys from Brittany to Ireland. By using this route,  the traitorous sea passage around Land’s End could be avoided.

St. Petroc’s arrival on the shores of the River Camel in about the 6th Century put the town on the map. St Petroc studied theology and then founded a monastery which became know as Petrocston, and then ultimately Padstow. He died in Wales, c. 594 but was buried around the area.