Bordered by the Celtic Sea and the English Channel, Cornwall is a unique county, rich in history and character. Turn to its north and you’ll reach Trevose Head, home to beautiful sandy beaches, such as Harlyn Bay. Perfect for a romantic escape or for a holiday with friends and family, Harlyn Bay has it all from pebbles to dunes to tide pools, making it the ideal location for anyone who wants to surf or just dip their toes in the water. Alternatively, pack a picnic from your holiday cottage and pick a spot on the beautiful, scenic landscape of Trevose Head, and then stop by The Harlyn Inn for a pint in the evening. If you fancy some freshly-baked goods, the nearest shops are only one mile away in peaceful St Merryn, along with a fish and chip shop for a traditional seaside holiday.

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The fishing village of Padstow is a mere three miles away from Harlyn Bay, and is definitely worth visiting with its charming atmosphere and, of course, the famous Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant. Other local beaches include Treyarnon and Trevone, but it is Harlyn Bay that is perfect for those who want a serene, quiet escape to gorgeous stretches of coast – after all, it’s also a part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. What’s more, the surrounding areas of Harlyn village cater wonderfully to not just hikers, swimmers and surfaces, but also golfers. History-loving types will be pleased to know that the ruins of an iron-age cemetery were found below the sand’s surface – which is not surprising, considering the Cornwall was reoccupied after the last Ice Age!

A peaceful trip to Harlyn Bay in a self-catered, seaside cottage is ideal for families and friends who want a unique self catering holiday, with days of water-sports and hiking and evenings of relaxation.