Number Five is deceiving - the rooms are cool and spacious and the garden is a haven of peace and quiet. When you enter through the front door of this apartment, the large living/dining area provides a welcome retreat from the day’s activities.
The pretty village of Rock nearby, with its architect designed houses and sandy lanes, is one of the prettiest and picturesque places to stay, and the stunning, mile long sandy beach overlooks Padstow. The small boutiques, pretty little shops, delis, local pubs and cafés in Rock are just a stroll down the lane and you can catch the ferry over to Padstow for a meal in one of Rick Stein’s famous eateries or at the Michelin starred No. 6 restaurant (booking advisable).
This remarkable area of Cornwall boasts not only a stunning coastline but a beautiful, tidal estuary and lush countryside, dotted with villages and local pubs. The walk from Rock around the point to Polzeath is truly stunning. There are many golf courses including The Point at Polzeath and St Enedoc and both have amazing views out to sea. The beach at Daymer Bay is backed by the sand dunes which surround St Enedoc Church, the final resting place of Sir John Betjeman.
For the more energetic, the water sports on offer include stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailing and surfing, all from the pretty café on the beach which hugs the shoreline in the village.
If you can drag yourself away from this peaceful spot then touring is pretty easy. The town of Wadebridge has many local shops and is a great place from which to cycle the Camel Trail, a flat off road trail that hugs the shore of the Camel Estuary and winds its way inland into the heart of Bodmin Moor, home of legends and history. The shores of the Camel Estuary are one of Cornwall’s iconic views. You can hire bikes in either Padstow or Wadebridge or simply walk and enjoy the views.
Port Isaac, made famous by the TV series Doc Martin, is the lovely home of the Fisherman’s Friends, a local sea shanty group who sing on the quayside every Friday night, and is not to be missed. Its ancient cobbled alleyways evoke tales of the fishing and smuggling of its past.
After a day’s exploring and to help you unwind, why not enjoy a pampering session at the spa of a local hotel. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.