My Mum is from Plymouth in Devon, so as a child she would always take me to my grandmother’s house during the school summer holidays. We would take short trips to Cornwall, and I remember summer days spent building sandcastles on the beach and eating Cornish ice cream. I often have a hard time convincing foreigners that Britain has some great beaches, but it honestly does, and Cornwall’s beaches are among the best of them! You can find some cosy, beautiful Cornwall cottages to rent with and take your time exploring the county by car!
Here are some of my favourite places in Cornwall:
1. Looe and Polperro
Looe and Polperro can be found on the south coast of Cornwall, not far from Devon. Polperro is a pretty fishing village with with a picturesque harbour where you can watch fishermen unloading their catch. Walk down the narrow winding streets and charming lanes, where you’ll find plenty of craft shops, art galleries, pubs and restaurants. Visit Looe, Polperro’s bigger neighbour, which consists of twin towns that face each other across the river. They are connected by a bridge with seven arches that dates back to the early 19th century.
This village was put on the map when Princes William and Harry were spotted holidaying there. Rock’s popularity with affluent holidaymakers such as Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan, the Rothschilds, the Sainsburys and the Al Fayeds has earned it the nicknames “Britain’s Saint-Tropez”, “Chelsea-on-sea” and the “Kensington of Cornwall”. Located on Cornwall’s North Coast opposite Padstow, Rock has lots of exclusive holiday homes and is a very popular place for watersports including dinghy racing, waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing.
From Rock, take the Black Tor Ferry across the river to the town of Padstow on the western side of the River Camel Estuary. Padstow is a working fishing port and it’s fun to sit and watch the boats come in. If you like seafood you can dine in Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant on the harbour, or you can try one of his three other restaurants- St. Petroc’s bistro, Rick Stein’s Cafe and Stein’s Fish & Chips.
4. Port Isaac
Port Isaac was the location for the filming of the British TV show Doc Martin and there are great coastal walks here. This small picturesque fishing village in North Cornwall has a scenic harbour and you can organise fishing trips or boat trips in the summer months. I had two of the best meals I can remember at The Slipway and the Old School Hotel! If you fancy learning to surf you can drive to Polzeath which is about 4 miles away.
5. St. Ives
St. Ives was given the award ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011. If you like art, you can visit Tate St. Ives, which is part of the Tate Gallery in London. St. Ives has beautiful golden sands and turquoise blue waters, giving it a somewhat ‘Mediterranean’ feel!
To find a holiday cottage and get exploring, visit http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/