Holiday cottages in Padstow, Cornwall
The Cornish coastline has always attracted visitors due to its dramatic appeal and breathtaking scenery. The town of Padstow, located in the northern coast of Cornwall, is one of the country’s most popular cottage holiday destinations thanks to its varied array of attractions.
Padstow has evolved from being a quaint fishing village to becoming a trendy holiday destination Click here to see a live webcam. The town enjoys a privileged position on the estuary of the River Camel, whose banks are criss-crossed by two scenic walking trails, the Saint’s Way and the South West Coast Path. These make for a great day outdoors and can provide visitors with excellent photography opportunities.
Holidaymakers can also enjoy the ferry ride between Padstow and Rock, which at over 600 years old is one of the oldest ferry routes in Britain. The beaches around Padstow cater to watersports enthusiasts, families with children, and those who are simply after a relaxing beach break alike. Lastly, visitors to Padstow have the unique opportunity to experience a Celtic festival, the renowned Obby Oss festival, which takes place in the beginning of May. At Christmas they have a great big festival so it is well worth a look.
Whether you are after relaxation or are interested in an active holiday, Padstow is the ideal location for a varied and fulfilling seaside holiday. Please check out the Padstow Live tourist information site for local listings or the local museum or their crazy golf centre. My favorite place is the Brewery which you can go and visit.
Situated on the north Cornwall coast on the bank of the River Camel estuary, the timeless fishing port of Padstow is an idyllic holiday cottage destination that is perfect for a couple or family seeking a relaxing holiday in one of the UK’s most desirable and picturesque regions. Despite being located only a short drive from Newquay – reputed to offer the most vibrant and toe-tapping nightlife in the South West – Padstow’s placid and refined way of life reflects its historic fishing port traditions which continue to serve the town today. With a fine selection of tranquil sandy beaches within easy reach of the town, breath-taking walks along the rugged Cornish coastline, a wealth of acclaimed restaurants and, for the thrill-seeking, a variety of outdoor pursuits to turn one’s hand to, Padstow is an unmissable base for a short break or longer holiday in self catering accommodation.
Padstow’s Working Fishing Port
From your rental property you need not travel far to enjoy a relaxing and inspiring day in which you can witness the traditional Cornish fishing trade at work in the harbour. Whether it is small crabbers bringing in their hauls of crab and lobster or larger trawlers returning from the Atlantic, it is not uncommon for crowds of enthusiastic onlookers to gather to witness the vessels entering the harbour, making this one of the most popular – and unmissable – attractions Padstow offers.
For those wishing to venture to sea and participate in the thrill of making a catch, a variety of fishing boat trips are available to suit both first-timers and more experienced anglers. From 2 hour mackerel trips to 4 hour bass, wreck and reef hunting and even all day sharking, there is bound to be something to satisfy every would-be fisherman’s ambitions. For those wishing to observe and to photograph, without a fishing net in sight, Padstow Sealife Safaris offer the whole family an unique experience, sailing from the harbour through the stunning Camel Estuary and into the Atlantic to witness grey seals, basking sharks, porpoises and dolphins in their natural habitat.
No short break or holiday to Padstow can be complete without sampling the seafood that drives the local economy and cements the town’s reputation as the premier fishing port in Cornwall. From the shops on South Quay you can purchase from a comprehensive range of fish and shellfish before returning to your cottage to enjoy it at your leisure. Alternatively, a visit to one of Padstow’s many restaurants – some owned and influenced by leading celebrity chefs – is the perfect way to end a relaxing day getting to know this peaceful yet vibrant Cornish town.
Exploring Cornwall’s Coastline
Padstow’s many cottages for rent are uniquely positioned to enjoy the rugged and breath-taking North Cornwall coast which is equally suited to families seeking a playful afternoon on the beach, walkers wishing to absorb the eye-catching landscapes or sports enthusiasts pursuing an adrenalin-pumping hobby. Within the shortest of drives from the town lie no less than seven golden sandy beaches which are perfect for children to play on at their leisure, among them: St George’s Cove, a quiet, sheltered beach which enjoys stunning views east across the Camel Estuary; Hawker’s Cove which, at 1.5 miles in length, rarely feels crowded even in the summer months; and the wide sandy beach at Harbour Cove which is also perfect for families with dogs who wish to let them exercise freely.
Padstow and the surrounding area offers walking enthusiasts some of the finest natural coastal landscapes that can be explored from UK cottages and the easy access to the coastline will be of particular benefit to those wishing to leave their cars behind for the day. Many of the walks are circular, meaning you don’t need a lengthy or inconvenient journey back to your self catering accommodation and you can easily stop en route for a hearty Cornish lunch or pint or two of Cornish stout.
Much of the land surrounding Padstow is fairly flat, making it suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities, while sections of the famous South West Coastal Path, the 630 mile route from Minehead to Poole which passes through Padstow, are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Particular points of interest accessible from Padstow include Gun Point, an original gun post dating from 1801, the stunning headland of Stepper Point, where the waves of the Atlantic Ocean batter the coastline with their full fury, and Gulland Rock, a favourite gathering point for seals. But whichever route you select, the real draw is the delightful landscapes of the Camel Estuary and the majesty of the Cornish coast, whose view onto the Atlantic is interrupted by the serene golden sands of the many beaches that line the shore.
For those seeking more energetic activity, the Camel Estuary offers excellent water sports including surfing, water-skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, banana boating and kite surfing. Several of the local beaches are regarded as among the best in the UK for surfers, in particular Constantine Bay, where the huge white-capped Atlantic breakers come rolling in with surprising intensity.
Conveniently connected by road to neighbouring towns, Padstow also serves as an excellent base for exploring North Cornwall and the many attractions which are sure to delight the entire family. For a leisurely afternoon wandering freely, head to Lanhydrock, a vast and impressive Victorian country estate complete with woodland and gardens. The children will delight in the opportunity to run wild and explore their new surroundings, while you can also travel along the extensive cycle paths (bicycles are available to hire from the estate) or simply investigate the two sides of Victorian living in the manor house: the grandeur and opulence of the formal living rooms, and the ‘below stairs’ servants’ quarters from where the house was run in its heyday. For those who can muster up the energy, a 5km run is also held on the estate every Saturday morning.
Only twenty miles from your holiday cottage in Padstow you will find the highly rated Eden Project, described by some as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. This vast garden, hidden inside a series of tropical biomes which cover the area of 30 football pitches. Inside you can discover a variety of tropical environments and the unusual plants that grow there, including banana trees, olive groves, giant bamboo and coffee plants. The children will be amazed by the various unfamiliar sights and smells of the rainforest while you can learn more about the essential relationship that has evolved between humans and plant species over time. School holidays are a particularly active time to visit as workshops and activity days are hosted to engage with visitors of all ages.
Another sure-fire hit with the children is bound to be Cornwall’s Crealy, an all-ages adventure and theme park situated at nearby Wadebridge. With thrilling rides, over 40 000 square feet of indoor play and hundreds of animal species to meet, there is plenty to fill an entire day!
With top class golf courses, angling, horse riding and go-karting also on offer, a self catering holiday in Padstow is likely to meet everyone’s expectations.
‘Obby ‘Oss Day
If you can offer flexibility when planning your stay in Padstow, then early May is a particularly colourful and exciting time to visit to coincide with the annual Padstow May Day, known also as the ‘Obby ‘Oss Festival. Accommodation is extremely sought after so early booking of your rental property is highly advisable to enable you to enjoy the street processions, music, drumming and theatrical performances. The carnival atmosphere of the event, which dates back hundreds of years, attracts up to 30 000 visitors each year, making a stay in Padstow in early May both highly desirable and unforgettable.
Booking one of our cottages to rent in Padstow is a great way to start planning for a short break or longer holiday, whether you intend to visit as a couple or a family. Easily reached from locations across the UK by road, rail or even by air (Newquay Cornwall Airport and its car rental desks are less than 10 miles from the town), Padstow is a self catering cottage destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you are hunting the glorious sandy beaches, the wild and rugged North Cornwall coast, the thrill of some of the best water sports in the UK or the vast range of exciting activities to be enjoyed locally, your stay in Padstow is guaranteed to be filled with endless happy memories.