On the banks of the River Camel, on the north coast of Cornwall, sits the town of Padstow. 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 self-catered cottage in this beautiful, characteristic town gives you the freedom to truly experience its rich heritage and warm locals. Spend an afternoon rambling through charming shops, and then stop by The Shipwrights for a cool, 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 are sure to love. Padstow’s enthralling history is ancient. Originally named Petrock’s Place (‘Petroc-stow’), after Saint Petroc, who arrived in Cornwall in approximately AD 500. The annual ‘Obby ‘Oss festival – an event truly unique 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 hub to many thrill-seekers (and if you’d rather sit that one out, they have a wonderful bar and restaurant, too).
4 The Towans is a unique New England style lodge in The Towans resort in St Merryn, Cornwall. Situated just moments from Constantine Bay, the pet-friendly cottage offers sophistication, light and airy spaces, with unique wooden panelling, extremely generous balconies and the guarantee of relaxation.
Gorgeous views, a fresh sea breeze and a delightful interior welcome guests to 1 The Towans, a New England style coastal cottage near St Merryn in Cornwall. The pet-friendly cottage spoils guests with a dual aspect deck as well as unique wooden panelling, contemporary design features and modernity.
5 The Towans promises stunning views to St Merryn and the remainder of Cornwall from its first-floor balcony and open-plan living space. The luxurious coastal cottage also offers ample outdoor spaces and an open fire, all within walking distance of Constantine Bay, ta beach to surf, swim and play.
A spacious, modern, pet-friendly villa just two miles from the village of St Merryn and within easy reach of Padstow. Open-plan living and two large bedrooms provide ample room for families or friends looking to explore the towns and beaches along this fabulous stretch of North Cornwall coastline.
3 The Towans is a contemporary coastal cottage located in St Merryn, Cornwall, which features a unique wooden interior & contemporary styling throughout, plus a large deck. The pet-friendly cottage is situated a short stroll from Constantine Bay, so pack the surfboard and enjoy a break by the be...
10 The Towans is a luxurious romantic cottage sitting just a short stroll from Constantine Bay in St.Merryn, Cornwall. The elegant and cosy cottage boasts a sun trap terrace which captures the sea breeze, as well as a modern interior which ensures relaxation. Abundant attractions are found nearby.
Hadleigh Lodge is a luxury Canadian-style lodge situated just two miles from the fishing village of Padstow, in the peaceful village of Little Petherick, this beautiful lodge provides easy access to the beautiful valley that links the River Camel to Saints Way.
6 Jubilee Close is a spacious modern coastal cottage set in the village of St Merryn in Cornwall. Situated just minutes from Padstow, the cottage offers a sun-drenched lawned garden, contemporary design features and space to relax after exploring this popular stretch of coastline.
A bijou bolt hole for two in the centre of the pretty harbour town of Padstow, this cottage is beautifully presented and offers features like a wood burning stove, hand made king size bed and underfloor heating.
Luxury coastal cottage in the Cornish countryside with ocean views just 10-minutes outside Padstow. Mowhay Barn is a large holiday cottage - family friendly and within easy reach of classic Cornish beaches.
A spacious, modern villa just four miles from Padstow with private parking and an enclosed garden. Sleeping six, it's a fantastic choice as a family holiday home for anyone looking to enjoy some of the best beaches and attractions in North Cornwall.
Tucked away in Trevone, a tiny Cornish village just outside Padstow, The Old Cabbage Patch is a large, luxurious holiday cottage a short walk to a popular family beach. Sleeping 10 in 4 bedrooms (all en-suite) and beautifully furnished, where better for large families to holiday than here!
- Carbis Bay
- Crackington Haven
- Mawgan Porth
- Praa Sands
- St Agnes
- St Austell
- St Columb Major
- St. Ives
- St. Just
- St. Mawgan
- Whitsand Bay
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 a perfect 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 own way down the River Camel in anything from a little local row boat or 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. Go exploring along the dramatic Atlantic coastline and explore the patchwork of golden beaches to be found. One of the most popular is named Watergate Bay, perhaps for its sheer size or back drop of dramatic cliffs – whatever the reason it’s clear this stretch of sand is certainly 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 surf board or wake board and throw yourself into the North Cornish swell providing fantastic surf for the diehard fanatics.
If you are something of 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 offering delicious fresh local produce.
Out of the water there are a many attractions, such as The Eden Project, home thousands of plants found only in this enormous domed green house. Or visit one of the many cathedrals and museums dotted round the area with displays ranging from historical times to the popular past time of surfing, Cornwall offers museums in all fields. Padstow is one of a kind and not to be missed.