Cornwall LivingIssue #116
Coastal escapes December 2021
Beautiful stays in Padstow, Widemouth Bay and Looe.
Gelly Cott, Padstow
With three bedrooms accommodating up to seven guests, plus a sofa-bed in the lounge sleeping a further two, Gelly Cott is the largest property in the Padstow Breaks portfolio. Complete with a gorgeous master suite, a large kitchen, lounge, and even a private outdoor terrace with an inviting hot tub, it’s the ultimate escape for a large group of friends or family.
The interiors are distinctly coastal, pastel blues combining with the warm tones of wood flooring to provide a calming, cosy space in which to spread out and relax. Sink-into chairs and sofas in the living room invite you to sit and stay awhile, perhaps with a good book, while a large dining area provides seating for ten. There’s ample room for foodies to get creative in the kitchen too, and with an abundance of locally caught, reared and grown produce all available on your doorstep, you’ll want to spend at least one evening ‘self-catered’!
If you don’t feel like cooking (and who could blame you?) then fear not – Padstow is renowned as one of the foodie capitals of the UK, with celebrity owned restaurants in abundance including those of Paul Ainsworth and Rick Stein. Add to these a selection of other independent eateries, including the locally revered Prawn on the Lawn, and after a day spent exploring the north Cornwall coastline there are plenty of ways to satisfy that sharp, sea-air appetite.
West Haven, Widemouth Bay
Classically Cornish in its design, West Haven is a stunning holiday home right at the heart of Widemouth Bay. The modern shaker-style kitchen shares enchanting views out across the Atlantic ocean with the dining room. The large sitting room, with feature fireplace and a flood of natural light, is a place to gather to share the day’s adventures. Children get their own den, complete with snooker table and table football to keep them entertained. Bedrooms are spacious and tranquil with four of the five rooms being en-suite.
With a lawn that would do justice to Andy Murray’s forehand, the gardens are the perfect place to sit and take in the wonderful sea air if you decide that the minute walk to the beach is really just too strenuous. Dogs are welcomed with open arms here and have plenty of outdoor space to run around, while you watch from the terrace with a glass of something chilled in hand.
With an excellent restaurant, gastro pub (offering fish and chips takeaway in season) and village shop with fresh fish counter all conveniently located within the Bay, you can spend your time relaxing and unwinding in luxury without having to stray too far from the cottage. The beach is world-renowned for its surfbreak meaning this area is perfect for thrill seekers and lounge lizards alike!
Sloping down to a picturesque harbour, the fishing town of Looe is split down the middle by a river, which runs – adjacent to the cobbled streets on either side – down towards the beach. The town is home to a number of lovely cafés, restaurants and pubs, which makes it a popular destination for foodies, with the option for visitors to even buy freshly caught fish straight from the market on the quay!
Trenoweth is the perfect base from which to enjoy all of this. The property lies on the east side of the river and sleeps six. For those planning a trip to the fish market, the kitchen is fully equipped with all you’re likely to need to cook up a storm after your day’s adventures. Combined with a dining table for six, this is the perfect space to entertain and reflect on the day’s events, and a social spot for after-dinner board games over a bottle of red or white.
Add to all of this a cosy living room with a woodburner, a terrace with panoramic views, a charcoal barbeque and sun loungers, plus a comfortable snug on the first floor that’s perfect for curling up with a book and enjoying an hour’s peace and quiet, and, despite the delights of Looe being right on
your doorstep, you could easily be forgiven
for not wanting to leave the comforts of