Cornwall LivingIssue #72
Coastal Escapes May 2018
This month, our selection of wonderful seaside stays takes us to the Helford river, Carbis Bay and Port Isaac.
Budock Vean, Helford river
With families living ever further apart, it’s not always easy to get everyone together for a good old catch up. Thankfully, the Budock Vean Hotel by the Helford river offers a selection of luxury holiday homes and traditional cottages (dog friendly) set within the estate grounds and fitting the bill for the perfect family holiday. There are plans for further holiday homes too, which are available to purchase.
‘Frenchman’s Creek’ is just one example of these beautiful properties, offering luxurious accommodation that one guest describes as “the best self-catering house we have ever had the privilege of staying in.” They continue: “We are seldom together as a family due to living in different parts of the world, so we booked a holiday at ‘Frenchman’s Creek’. It was fantastic – everything we expected and more. The accommodation was excellent and we’d recommend it to family and friends without hesitation.”
As guests at ‘Frenchman’s Creek’, or indeed any of Budock Vean’s self-catering properties, you can enjoy full use of all of the hotel’s facilities, whether you fancy a leisurely round of golf, or a good old fashioned pampering in the Natural Health Spa, before sitting down for some sumptuous fine dining in the restaurant. There’s even a babysitting service, which is fantastic for couples looking for a few hours of quality time.
Gwel an Baya, Carbis Bay
This gorgeous three-bedroom, reverse-level house has been tastefully designed and furnished to ensure that you and your guests have the ultimate holiday to remember. The open-plan kitchen and sitting area leads out onto a balcony where you can simply gaze out at the breathtaking views of Carbis Bay.
Carbis Bay Beach is just five minutes on foot from Gwel an Baya and is great for all ages, whether you want to do a spot of sunbathing, or hire equipment and get stuck into a day of watersports. And you’re not just enviably close to the beach when staying here. There’s also a supermarket just a short drive away, which is perfect for those who want to dine at home while drinking in those stunning sea views. What’s more, you can hop on the train and spend the day in St Ives, where you’ll find a further five beaches, plus the wealth of restaurants, bars, boutiques and galleries that the cobbled streets of this charming Cornish town are famed for.
The Bakehouse, Port Isaac
This beautifully furnished, cosy retreat is perfect for a couple looking to enjoy a romantic escape on this stunning stretch of the north Cornish coast.
Charming throughout, The Bakehouse retains many of its original features, including its thick stone walls and beamed ceilings, yet it’s been beautifully modernised with white washed walls, soft greys and muted tones throughout. A cosy living space with an inglenook fireplace is perfect for snuggling up when the weather’s bad, while the well-fitted kitchen is
ideal for those who want to self-cater with the finest Cornish produce.
Port Isaac is home to some of Cornwall’s best restaurants, art galleries and independent shops, and just a 15-minute walk away is Port Gaverne, where you can enjoy outdoor pursuits like coasteering, kayaking, wild swimming and more! The Port Gaverne Hotel also comes highly recommended, offering seafood landed just 50 yards from the door!
Just 20 minutes away, St Enodoc Golf Course offers coastal links with views over the Atlantic, and within the same distance you’ll find a number of beaches to choose from, with gentle bathing waters, world-renowned surf breaks and watersports all at your fingertips. And then there’s Rock. With a wealth of restaurants each offering a unique flavour of Cornwall, as well as some of the finest sailing waters in the UK, a visit to Rock is definitely worth the short drive!