New Polzeath

New Polzeath, which is actually the earliest settled part of the area, lies on the north side of Hayle Bay. It is dominated by a row of Edwardian villas on the top of the cliff, all built in 1907, of which Atlantic View is one. The typical beach village of Polzeath lies at the back of the bay and the settlement rises up the hill on the south side of the bay towards Trebetherick and Rock.

Polzeath provides a good range of shops selling surf and beach equipment, clothes, souvenirs and ice cream. Surf boards and wetsuits can also be hired. One of the best stocked Spar shops in the country can provide for almost all your catering needs and there are good specialist food shops a short drive away, some of which will deliver. A range of cafes and restaurants and two pubs provide for the hungry and thirsty.

Two surf schools provide lessons for beginners or the more experienced surfer. There is a recreation area with trampolines, tennis and crazy golf.

Equally spectacular for a summer or winter vacation the North Cornwall coast provides interest and activities for all. The beach at Polzeath (Hayle Bay) is large and sandy. Lifeguards are on hand during the summer months and it is considered to be one of the safest beaches in Cornwall. It is wonderful for families and surfers alike with its sand and rock pools, Atlantic rollers and surf school. Within a short distance several other beaches can be found - Broadagogue , only accessible on a very low tide down a precipitous cliff, with its fantastic waves that make the climb down worthwhile, Greenaway, a haven for children with shrimping nets, and Daymer Bay, where families share the fun with windsurfers enjoying the relative calm of the Camel Estuary. Becoming a common site, particularly at Daymer Bay are paddle surfers and kite surfers.

Further afield are Lundy Bay, with its caves and passages, best visited on a low tide with picnic in hand, magnificent Tregardock and Trebarwith Strand. There are other hidden coves and beaches off the beaten track just waiting to be explored.

Walkers will enjoy the extensive coastal paths owned by the National Trust which pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty, and right in front of the properties. Some of the loveliest stretches are to be found between Pentire Point and Port Isaac, much of this area being directly accessible on foot from the houses.

Rumps Point is magnificent and provides a haven for wildlife - seals are regularly seen here, and more occasionally basking sharks and dolphins. Bird-watchers will appreciate the large variety of sea birds including puffins which nest on The Mouls, a rocky outcrop just off Rumps Point. In spring and early summer the cliffs are a blaze of colour with carpets of wild flowers in bloom, and in high summer many lovely butterflies can be seen including rare visitors such as the Clouded Yellow. Local artists are often seen here taking advantage not only of the beauty, but also of the light for which Cornwall is renowned.

The Area

Rock, so beloved of the late John Betjeman, who is buried in the quaint church of St. Enodoc which was dug out of the sand dunes 100 years ago, is famous for its water sports including sailing, wind-surfing and water-skiing. The area is also a magnet for golfers with the famous links course of St. Enodoc a short distance away, and the inland course at The Point at Polzeath, of which discounted use of the facilities is included in your holiday, only 2 miles away.

The Camel Trail, a disused railway line which runs along the south bank of the river Camel from Bodmin to Padstow via Wadebridge, is a popular route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Views of the water and surrounding countryside are spectacular, and can be enjoyed in safety 365 days a year from this traffic-free right of way. Bicycles can be hired from Wadebridge or Padstow, and details of riding stables are available in the houses, along with a wide variety of tourist information.

A short ferry ride across the Camel estuary from Rock will bring you to the quaint and picturesque harbour town of Padstow where there is still a thriving fishing fleet. You can wander around the shops, enjoy a cream tea in one of many small cafes, or take a boat ride on the 'Jubilee Queen' around the coastline, or the speedboat 'Jaws'; in the estuary. Prideaux Place, a brisk walk away up the hill behind Padstow is worth a visit. The town is famous for its 'Obby Oss' celebrations on May Day, and for The Seafood Restaurant owned by Rick Stein. There are also many other good eating places in Padstow. A water taxi is available to return diners to Rock after an evening out in Padstow, and the properties are a brisk 3/4 hour walk away over the golf course and the Greenaway headland. Alternatively there are several good taxi firms who can collect you from the ferry at Rock. A trip to the Padstow side of the Camel Estuary provides access to several other stunning beaches including Harlyn, Trevone, Constantine Bay and Treyarnon Bay, and there is another famous links golf course at Trevose.

Other houses worth visiting in the area include Lanhydrock, and Pencarrow. The fabulous Eden Project near St. Austell will provide a wonderful day out. Garden lovers could combine this with a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and will enjoy the many other spectacular gardens which are open to the public in the area.

Made famous as the location for the television series Doc Martin the fishing port of Port Isaac with its steep, narrow streets and attractive cottages is 15 minutes drive away. The village is very pretty and has several seafood restaurants as well as the best dressed crab of all at Just Shellfish and a very good fish and chip shop. The coastal footpath is particularly spectacular here, and between Port Isaac and Trebarwith Strand provides strenuous exercise for the fittest of walkers.

Discounted use of the facilities at The Point at Polzeath provides a range of leisure activities within 5 minutes drive. Situated behind Polzeath activities include golf, tennis, superb indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and a well equipped gymnasium. The club house has a family restaurant which has re-opened following renovation and a change of management.