Cornwall is famous for its’ stunning scenery and picturesque towns which have become firm favourites with holidaymakers from all over the world. When it comes to North Cornwall there are some wonderful towns and villages which make the perfect base for exploring the nearby attractions, and one of the most famous of these is the village of Rock. Rock has somewhat of a distinguished reputation which is backed up by a long list of famous holidaymakers including Hugh Grant, Jay Kay and even Princes William and Harry. Although the village has come to be known as ‘the Kensington of Cornwall’ and ‘Britain’s St Tropez’, you can still find Rock holiday accommodation to suit your budget with a wide range of self catering properties available to rent. Rock is also well known for the wide range of water sports on offer including dinghy racing, waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing. Located on the Camel estuary, the naturally sheltered position makes for calm waters and the long white sand beach is perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun if you aren’t feeling energetic enough for the water sports!
The town of Padstow lies directly across the bay from Rock and the two are connected by a ferry so it is easy to hop across the estuary for a different view. Padstow is legendary for its’ seafood which is backed up by the fact that celebrity chef Rick Stein set up four restaurants in the town. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant is still one of the best known and most desirable places to eat fish and seafood in the whole of Cornwall. If you are holidaying in Rock but decide to dine out in Padstow for the evening there is even a late night water taxi available to bring you back after the last ferry has sailed! What better way to end an evening dining on the finest seafood than to be carried by moonlight across the water to your bed?
The nearby village of Polzeath was dear to the heart of the former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman, and was immortalised in some of his work. It’s easy to see why the unspoilt beauty and rocky coastline of this area inspired him, many types of wild birds frequent the coastline and dolphins can sometimes be spotted in the bay. Polzeath is a popular resort for families, and also attracts the surfing crowd thanks to the huge Atlantic rollers that crash on the safe golden sands which are large enough to accommodate everyone without feeling overcrowded. Polzeath combines all of the facilities that make a day at the beach comfortable but remains unspoilt and beautiful thanks to the scenery that surrounds it.
North Cornwall has so much to offer its’ visitors, whatever the time of year. If you are looking for a chic and stylish winter break with fine dining and windswept walks or a fun packed family summer holiday with visits to theme parks and long days on the beach then either way you will find your perfect holiday here.
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