Guide to North Cornwall
There's something for everyone in Cornwall - picturesque fishing villages, fabulous food, outstanding surf, windswept headlands, sandy beaches and atmospheric moors - we hope you'll be one of our many guests who return again and again to experience all this amazing area has to offer.
For activity holidays
Being so close to the sea means plenty of opportunity for getting on the water. For a unique view of the coastline try kayaking, coasteering or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) - all are on offer at nearby Port Gaverne. Cornwall is renowned for its surfing and surf lessons are available at Polzeath and Trebarwith Strand. For the adventurous there's wake-boarding and water-skiing at Rock. Or, if you prefer being on the water rather than in it, both sailing and powerboating are available also from Rock with Camel Sailing. Off the water you can follow in Poldark's hoofprints and enjoy a ride across Bodmin Moor from nearby St. Breward.
For walking and cycling holidays
There are some fantastic opportunities for walking and cycling in the local area: the South West Coast Path runs for 630 miles, past hidden coves and picturesque fishing villages, and there are some spectacular sections just a short drive from Tredarrup. In the other direction we have the wide open spaces of Bodmin Moor, with its twin granite peaks of Rough Tor and Brown Willy. The Camel Trail is deservedly popular with walkers and cyclists and runs for 18 miles from Bodmin to Padstow along the estuary. Flat and largely traffic-free, bikes can be hired at many points along the route and there are some wonderful attractions to visit along the trail. There is a fabulous website, iwalkcornwall, and associated app that we use a lot and is well worth a look, it has really well-detailed walks of all lengths.
For family holidays
With so much to do it's no surprise families return to Cornwall year after year. Discover the amazing Eden Project, explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan, spend a day at mystical Tintagel Castle, birthplace of the legendary King Arthur, cycle the traffic-free Camel Trail, take the ferry from Rock to Padstow, see Lands End, visit Bude with its wide expanse of sand at Widemouth Bay and sea-swimming pool. There are fabulous sandy beaches all around North Cornwall, perfect for building sandcastles, walking the dog, rock pooling and body-boarding, our nearest being Trebarwith Strand.
For beach holidays
We have some fabulous beaches in North Cornwall, with the vast majority being dog-friendly, so whether you like to sunbathe or build sandcastles you'll be spoilt for choice. There are Polzeath, Trebarwith Strand, Port Gaverne and Port Isaac, Bossiney, Padstow's 7 bays for 7 days and Widemouth Bay to name but a few!
For food lovers holidays
Cream teas, pasties, ice-cream to die for, Michelin starred fine dining and everything in-between, its no wonder North Cornwall is renowned for being a great destination for food-lovers. Rick Stein offers some fabulous places to eat, ranging from fish and chips to pubs to his famous Seafood Restaurant. Nathan Outlaw has two amazing restaurants, one of them Michelin-starred, in nearby Port Isaac and an excellent pub in Rock. Paul Ainsworth has two great restaurants in Padstow, No. 6 and Rojano's in the Square. In our neighbouring village, the St. Tudy Inn features in the latest Good Food Guide and offers some amazing meals in welcoming surroundings. And for good pub grub and local ales there's our super-friendly local, the White Hart at St. Teath, just 2 miles in the other direction. For a good meal with a stunning view we recommend the Port William, with its huge terrace (and conservatory for inclement weather) overlooking Trebarwith Strand and Gull Rock, or try Jamie Oliver's Fifteen overlooking Watergate Bay or enjoy a delicious Sunday roast at the Coombe Barton Inn overlooking Crackington Haven's beach.
For fishing holidays
Sea-fishing trips are available from many locations in North Cornwall. Try reef and wreck trips, mackerel fishing trips or shark fishing - our closest run from Port Isaac, Boscastle and Padstow. For coarse fishing by the hour or by the day there's nearby Ferndale Lakes in Delabole. Whilst in the area you might also like to have a look at the fascinating National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow.
For sightseeing holidays
Visit Padstow with its pretty harbour, estuary walks and sandy beaches, the breathtaking Tintagel Castle, picturesque Boscastle, the lovely fishing village of Port Isaac, made famous as the setting for TV's Doc Martin, or visit the Poldark filming locations at Bodmin Moor and Charlestown. The popular sailing towns of Fowey and Falmouth are within easy reach on the south coast, as are Looe and Mevagissey or spend a day at the fascinating china clay museum of Wheal Martyn. Slightly further afield there's the iconic St Michaels Mount, the stunning clifftop Minack Theatre and the Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno. And no trip to Cornwall is complete without a visit to St. Ives, well known for its lovely harbour, beach, art galleries and shops. Whilst there be sure to visit the newly revamped Tate Gallery on the seafront and the nearby Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
For garden lovers' holidays
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Cornwall has some fantastic gardens to visit. There's nearby Lanhydrock House and Garden, PencarrowHouse and Garden, Pinsla Garden and Nursery and Pinetum Gardens. Slightly further afield there's the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cotehele House and Gardens, Antony House and Gardens, Trematon Castle, Trelissick and the Tregothnan Estate. We have some lovely nurseries in the area too, our closest being CedarCroft Nursery in neighbouring St. Tudy, with a cafe selling great coffee and cake to boot.
For wildlife holidays
There's an abundance of wildlife to be seen in Cornwall - keep your eyes peeled for seals and dolphins whilst walking near the coast and for wild ponies on Bodmin Moor, or visit one or more of these attractions: spot basking sharks, dolphins and puffins on a boat trip from Padstow, visit the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, the Monkey Sanctuary at Looe, the Screech Owl Sanctuary at St. Columb, the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre also at St. Columb, the Tamar Valley Donkey Park, Newquay Zoo and the aquariums at Newquay and Plymouth.
For rainy days
There are some great places to visit when the weather doesn't play ball: visit the fascinating National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, the aquariums at Newquay and Plymouth, the not-to-be-missed Eden Project, take a trip on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, take the children to Pirate's Quest or visit Carnglaze Caverns or the National Trust's Lanhydrock House or dodge the showers with a cream tea in one of the fabulous cafes that you'll never be far from!