A dramatic landscape carved by the sea itself, North Cornwall is an increasingly popular holiday destination and it’s easy to see why. With stress-soothing seascapes and endless excuses to be outdoors, you’ll soon find yourself immersed in the laid back lifestyle.
Embodying this North Cornwall lifestyle is self-catering letting agency Latitude50. Their name (referencing Cornwall’s geographic coordinates) reflects the team’s love for, and dedication to this most beautiful of regions. Based in the heart of Rock, there isn’t a lot the team don’t know about the local area. We catch up with them to find out their favourite spots on the North Cornish coastline.
The jewel in the North Cornish crown has to be the coastal village of Rock. Oozing quality, Rock is a popular bolthole for the well-heeled including royalty and celebrities alike. With golden sand as far as the eye can see, marram grass filled dunes to explore and calm bathing waters, Rock is frequented by families year after year who make a holiday in Rock a rather fabulous tradition.
Rock’s unique position where calm water meets open sea makes it a sailor’s delight. The iconic sailing club rises above the water and embodies the spirit of the area. A wooden jetty stretches out into the estuary, boats bob alongside and striped sails fly past in the wind along the estuary. Rock comes alive with coloured sails and rope during the ever popular Camel Week, the highlight of the sailing calendar, taking place from the 17th to the 24th August 2018.
A holiday in Rock wouldn’t be complete without a sandy, four-legged companion at the heels of your wellies. With Rock and neighbouring Daymer Bay allowing dogs all year round, dog owners are drawn to the village. Here you won’t be turned away from the pubs, restaurants or even the ferry with a dog in tow.
For lovers of undulating fairways and firm greens, the world-famous St Enodoc Golf Course can be found bordering Rock and stretching alongside the sand at Daymer Bay. With beautiful views of the sea and estuary, it is sure to be a round to remember.
The twinkling lights on the other side of the estuary belong to the delightful harbour town of Padstow. Hop on the passenger ferry from Rock beach and ride across the estuary to Padstow. Here, you can sit on the harbour wall, watch the boats bob on the water and sample Rick’s Stein’s finest fish and chips. Padstow is home to first-class restaurants including Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 and Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant; a must for special occasions.
This vibrant coastal village is increasingly popular amongst those looking to immerse themselves in surf culture and experience an authentic Cornish holiday beside the sea. Catching a wave is top of the agenda with world-class conditions and a fantastic range of surf schools. Evenings can be spent soaking up the lively atmosphere in one of many trendy hang-outs. Experience the area’s finest, locally-sourced surf and turf at Surfside followed by a famous cocktail at the Rum Bar.
For those looking for a full dose of ‘Vitamin Sea’ with a good old coastal stomp, the South West Coast Path is most definitely for you. On your doorstep you will be treated to miles of the most scenic coast paths in the UK. In one direction discover the hidden bay of Greenaway and the golden sands of Daymer Bay and Rock. In the other direction take in the show stopping views from the rugged land marks; Pentire Point and The Rumps.
Nestled between the calm waters of Rock and the white rollers at Polzeath is the hidden gem of Daymer Bay. Tales of shipwrecks and mermaids are conjured up here from the legendary sand bank the Doom Bar, that can be seen in the distance.
This coastal haven has a gently sloping beach and calm waters. The round green tump of Brea Hill rises up alongside the sand and is witness to many a race to the summit. Daymer Bay is made for family beach days where sand castle building, rock pooling and ice-cream eating are top of the agenda.
The endearingly crooked spire of St Enodoc Church rises up above the golf course behind the beach. Here you can discover the resting place of Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman and enjoy the pretty views from this picture perfect country church.
Bursting with character, history and charm is the traditional Cornish fishing village of Port Isaac. Explore the narrow cobbled streets, home to independent shops, charming cafes and traditional Cornish pubs.
Fondly known by Doc Martin fans as Portwenn, Port Isaac is the archetypal Cornish village and remains a working harbour. During the summer, the folk group Fisherman’s Friends often perform shanties on the seafront – always guaranteed to draw a crowd.
Unsurprisingly, the village is known for its seafood, with renowned chef Nathan Outlaw owning two restaurants here. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen serves responsibly sourced local seafood, while the two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw offers a seven-course tasting menu.
The lesser known beach at neighbouring Port Gaverne is a must see. At low tide this sheltered inlet is perfect for rock pooling. The headland above reveals fantastic views and dolphins can often spotted from here. Don’t leave without calling into the Port Gaverne Restaurant for a local tipple beside the fire in this 17th century bar complete with slate floors and wooden beams.
Latitude50 offer breathtaking properties in and around Rock, Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Port Isaac coupled with exceptional customer service and cutting edge marketing. Whether you are looking to enjoy a holiday on the North Cornish coast or to invest in your very own property by the sea, Latitude50 have over twenty years of expertise to share with you.
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