Fishing boats and small craft moored in Padstow harbour overlooked by shops and houses. Padstow Harbour

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On the banks of the River Camel, on the north coast of Cornwall, sits the town of Padstow. Padstow lets you experience its rich heritage and warm locals in this beautiful, characterful town. A fishing village, Padstow is now perfect for yachting, and Rick Stein – the town’s famous chef – has his world-renowned seafood restaurant facing the water. A holiday cottage in. Spend an afternoon rambling through charming shops, then stop by The Shipwrights for an excellent, award-winning pint in a traditional atmosphere. Go for a walk along the coastal path from St George’s Cove to locally named Tregirls – a stunning, seaside-panoramic walk that the kids will love. Padstow’s enthralling history is ancient. He originally named Petrock’s Place (‘Petroc-stow’) after Saint Petroc, who arrived in Cornwall in approximately AD 500. The annual ‘Obby ‘Oss festival – a unique event to Padstow – celebrates this diverse Cornish culture, sure to bring a smile to all ages.

Furthermore, Padstow is only ten miles away from the intriguing Bodmin, which also holds its own when it comes to a fascinating past. Take the kids for a walk along Bodmin moor and visit the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, where you can hop on an old-fashioned locomotive and enjoy the passing green views in style. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, there’s also Bodmin jail, built in the 1700s and now a hub for many thrill-seekers (and if you’d rather sit that one out, they have an excellent bar and restaurant, too).

Aerial view of a Cornish Lighthouse complex overlooking the sea.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Brook Cottage is a sophisticated coastal cottage set above the cliffs within Trevose Head Lighthouse near Padstow. The pet-friendly cottage enjoys spectacular ocean views and a sea breeze. It offers enclosed lawned gardens with furnished spaces, coastal chic and proximity to the many delights and attractions on the North Cornwall coast.

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A large, 3-storey detached house built of stone with a 1st floor clad in slates.
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

A newly renovated luxury Cornish holiday cottage full of character and charm is set amidst peaceful countryside. A short drive from Padstow, the Camel Trail, and many North Cornwall beaches, Glebe Cottage sleeps 8 in 4 ensuite bedrooms. It has a delightful garden with a private sunny patio and is dog-friendly.

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Large cottage with balcony and floor-to-ceiling French windows in Padstow.
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Spectacular views of Treyarnon Bay greet guests at Trewalder, a stunning coastal cottage on the Cornish coast. The pet-friendly cottage sits above the beautiful beach and the gorgeous gardens catch the sea breeze, while the interior boasts ample windows, contemporary elegance and a wood burner.

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A lighthouse tower with rugged clifftop and ocean views
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Pelorus Cottage promises spectacular ocean views from its position within Trevose Head Lighthouse. Nestled between Harlyn and Constantine Bays, the special coastal cottage promises coastal seclusion and modernity, as well as outdoor spaces and clean, refreshing sea breezes. Enjoy a unique getaway on the Cornish coast.

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A Lighthouse complex on a clifftop with panoramic ocean views.
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4
Bedrooms
2

Panoramic ocean views stretch before Verity Cottage, a sophisticated coastal cottage within Trevose Head Lighthouse. The coast of Cornwall lies on either side of the cottage, which boasts outdoor entertaining spaces, contemporary comfort, light and airy design, the chance to get away from it all with more clean, fresh, revitalising air than you could shake a windsock at.

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A modern semi-detached Cornish holiday cottage with block-paved drive for car.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

7 Harlyn Cottages is a beautifully furnished, modern holiday home at Harlyn Bay near Padstow in North Cornwall. Within a short walk of a white sandy beach for surfing and rock-pooling, this family-friendly holiday cottage sleeps six and welcomes pets.

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With its stretching coastal walks and peaceful estuary, Padstow is perfect for those looking for a romantic escape or outdoor holiday. Within easy reach of other exquisite towns, Padstow is in an ideal spot – that is, of course, if the bustling, year-round attraction of the town doesn’t keep you there for your whole visit, instead!

Hire a boat for the day and make your way down the River Camel in anything from a little local row boat to a stylish catamaran. Alternatively, hire a bike and follow the Camel Estuary along the old railway line to Wadebridge and thence along the river up to Bodmin. Explore the dramatic Atlantic coastline and the patchwork of golden beaches. One of the most popular is named Watergate Bay, perhaps for its sheer size or backdrop of dramatic cliffs – whatever the reason, it’s clear this stretch of sand is perfect for a day out with friends and family. Activities and action-packed days are also rife in Padstow and Watergate; test your sea legs on a surfboard or wakeboard and throw yourself into the North Cornish swell, providing fantastic surf for the diehard fanatics.

If you are a gourmet eater, then the quality and choice of cuisine in Padstow will most certainly appeal; from Rick Stein’s eateries to tiny cafes, you’ll find menus to appeal to all tastes and offer delicious fresh local produce.

Out of the water, there are many attractions, such as The Eden Project, home to thousands of plants found only in this enormous domed greenhouse. Or visit one of the many cathedrals and museums dotted around the area with displays ranging from historical times to the popular pastime of surfing; Cornwall offers museums in all fields. Padstow is one of a kind and not to be missed.