The original food lovers destination, Padstow brings the best of Cornwall’s food scene to your self-catering holiday. We have brought together our favourite luxury holiday cottages in Padstow, to inspire your Cornish escape.
Whether you are booking a self-catering apartment for two or a holiday home big enough to accommodate the whole family, our holiday rentals will be the perfect base for exploring Padstow and all of Cornwall.
One of the top foodie destinations in the UK, Padstow is favoured by celebrity chefs and willing diners alike. On the opposite side of the estuary is Rock, a small village with a beautiful beach, tasty seafood and even it’s own music festival. A two minute ferry ride connects the two, making it easy to visit both in a day. Though ideally you need longer to fully appreciate all this area has to offer.
Your self-catering holiday cottage will be the perfect base from which to step out into these two quintessentially Cornish villages. Of course, Padstow is synonymous with Rick Stein these days and is even referred to by some as ‘Padstein’. Whilst most will flock to The Seafood Restaurant that he opened in 1975, his cafe is well worth a visit too, serving fresh seafood at reasonable prices. Paul Ainsworth has also opened his flagship restaurant, No.6, here and was featured on Masterchef with his delightful fairground deserts.
For those wanting a quiet night in at their holiday home, a walk around the shops in Padstow will help you gather all the essential ingredients needed for a beautiful dinner. Check out ‘Prawn on the Lawn’ for all your fresh locally caught fish, ‘Chough’s Bakery’ for bread and pasties and Stein’s Deli for all of your accompaniments. If you fancy working up an appetite first, then why not hire bikes and cycle the Camel Trail?
Families will enjoy crabbing at the side of the harbour; or if you fancy getting out onto the water for an hour then jump on board a sealife safari to spot dolphins, seals and if you are lucky, even a basking shark.
A short walk out of Padstow, along the estuary will bring you to the Padstow to Rock ferry terminal (the exact point varies with the tides). Hopping on the ferry over to Rock is a must, as is some quality time on Rock’s beach, Brea Beach. Brea Beach has soft sumptuous sands and stunning views over the estuary to beautiful Padstow. However, Rock has its own reputation as an upmarket village, being in a class of its own and even attracting a royal here or there!
On the point of reputation, we have to mention Cowshed. If you fancy a little pampering time, then pay a visit to this well known spa near Rock offering luxury spa days and treatments for those who like to indulge a little on their holidays.
Padstow and Rock are also not too far from the A39, making day trips to neighbouring towns such as St Ives and Bude an easy drive. Both of these towns offer access to fantastic beaches, independent shopping, galleries plus plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants. A stay in your Cornish cottage here will have you returning time and again.
Having previously itself the nickname ‘Padstein’, you will immediately know what is important in this little Cornish town in the north. But there is much more to Padstow than food.
Perched snugly in a phenomenal location on the Camel Estuary, it has clear water which contrasts with the golden sand. Like all Cornish towns, it has a history of pilchard fishing, but its picturesque harbour is a haven for tourists as well as boats now. Don’t forget to check out the RNLI lifeboat station, here since 1825, its Tamar Class lifeboat making rescues at the (sandy) Doom Bar and beyond.
Food is a massive part of the town, a true experience, even down to the local fish and chips. It has special restaurants dotted around but much more besides. Head for the atmospheric harbour or stroll down to Hawkers Cove. Try out the excellent local beaches, such as Treyarnon Bay, Trevone or Harlyn Bay (perfect for novice surfers) and try your hand at the array of watersports from paddle boarding to coasteering. Or potter down to St George’s Cove for a paddle (no swimming due to strong currents) There is a ferry across to Rock called the Black Tor, and you can always catch the water-taxi back (very continental).
Padstow is home to the famous Obby Oss Festival on May 1st, which is pretty unique, based around hobby horses gallivanting around the town. Find out more about it here.
The South West Coast Path runs through Padstow, providing one of its gentler sections to Stepper Point at the western mouth of the River Camel. If you head further along towards Newquay, you reach the cinematic coastline at Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps.
Padstow is at the end of the Camel Trail, a disused railway line from the glory days of the Atlantic Coast Express, so you can hire bikes and cycle in a leisurely manor to Wadebridge or Bodmin. Perfect for younger cyclists, it is mostly off road with loads of stopping places.
The Lobster Hatchery is situated here, a unique place to visit, which will entrance the children. If stately homes are more your bag, then the stunning Elizabethan manor house at Prideaux Place dating from 1592, is unmissable. There is also a small local museum on Market pPlace.
Seafood is the norm here. Rick Stein’s Deli is perfect for croissants and pastries, while the Cherry Trees Coffee House offers a scrumptious fry up, while you can find a lush lunch at Ben’s Crib Box Cafe. Lunch might be pizza or pasta from the family that brought you Paul Ainsworth’s at Rojanos on the Square, and a cream tea? Try the Chough Bakery which also offers ‘chough boxes to take away’. For a special dinner, try the Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth’s at No 6. Why not test out Cornish wine on a visit to the Camel Valley Vineyard, famous for sparkling wine. Take their tour. Of course, there is always Rick Stein’s which is back where we started!
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