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Whitsand Bay – A forgotten corner of Cornwall we won’t forget

Hear how Beach Retreat’s Simon got on during his stay in Brackenbank, a cool chalet perched on the cliffs above Whitsand Bay, Cornwall.

Whitsand Bay is home to an eclectic mix of beach shacks and cabins and is often described as ‘the forgotten corner of Cornwall’, so when my wife and I set off for our visit to Brackenbank from our home in Mawgan Porth on the rather better known North Cornish Coast, we were both curious to find out why.

Having left in the rain we were pleasantly surprised to arrive to blue skies and clear panoramic sea views. The coast road sent us past a unique blend of beach shacks and cabins, which together form an elegant patchwork that covers the cliffside. Amongst these we found Brackenbank, with it’s stunning sea views and atmospheric sounds of the sea. The cabin sits in a spectacular position well hidden from its neighbours, with views so unobstructed you feel like you’re on a boat sat out at sea.

Stay at Brackenbank in Whitsand Bay.

There’s a beautiful private outdoor entertaining space with table and benches, a modern barbecue, sun loungers and a particularly inviting outdoor sea view shower. Inside it’s a light, white open plan space with a scandi inspired paired back style. A cosy seating area in the corner complete with a wood burning stove is perfect for relaxing, while a large dining table an ideal spot for watching the small fishing boats and larger naval vessels criss-crossing the water below. The cabin can sleep up to five in two bedrooms.

Out and about…

There’s a superb beach to explore directly below Brackenbank which is accessible down a grass path and at low tide provides a long stretch of sand to easily walk off breakfast or lunch. The villages of Kingsand and Cawsand are perfect for exploring and are both only a very short car ride away (under 15 minutes).

Further along the coast at the end of the Rame Penisula, you can walk up to St Michael’s Chapel on Rame Head, which is well worth a visit as you are rewarded with superb views from the top. We highly recommend catching the ferry which leaves the beach at Cawsand every few hours in high season and takes you on a scenic leisurely cruise across to the Barbican in Plymouth.

Eating out

Over the course of our weekend we managed to eat out twice, as well as cook for ourselves very easily in the well-equipped kitchen. The View Restaurant was a great spot for dinner and is located just 3 minutes away by car, or 10 minutes on foot from Brackenbank. The Cliff Top Cafe was also great for breakfast or lunch and again is within easy walking distance with beautiful views down the coast to Rame Head.

If you have more time during your stay at Brackenbank, give The Devonport Inn a try, for delicious food, while The Old Bakery is best for coffee and cakes, both can be found in Kingsand nearby.

Weekend highlights

Waking up and watching the early morning surfers and sailors.
Reading a book outside in the sun, with only the sounds of the sea and the sight of the wildlife swooping past to distract us.
Showering alfresco in the outdoor sea view shower.

Book your stay at Brackenbank, Whitsand Bay

The perfect spot for staring out to sea and switching off from the world

Hear how Kat from Beach Retreats got on during her stay at Coastmans Nest in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall.

Living in Newquay my partner and I, plus our 5 month old daughter are already spoilt with beautiful North Cornwall beaches, but our visit to nearby Mawgan Porth will still rank as one of our favourite weekends ever!

Mawgan Porth lies at the bottom of a steep, winding hill which as you descend reveals incredible views of the large sandy beach below, neatly dissected by the river Menalhyl. When we first arrived at Coastmans Nest we were met with a thick sea mist which gave the whole cove an eerie feel. As we settled in, the fog began to lift to reveal wonderful blue skies. The weather continued to improve and it became quite clear how well positioned Coastman’s Nest really was, with its stunning sea views.

Coastmans Nest is a beautifully presented property with plenty of room for all three generations. The two living spaces meant we could have the evening to ourselves. The grandparents relaxed downstairs, close to our daughter, whilst we had the whole top floor, relaxing with a glass of wine, whilst looking out to sea.

The views over Mawgan Porth beach and the village are truly breathtaking. The outside space includes a large terrace with a built in BBQ, a beautiful lawned garden and a roof terrace. The large windows in every room really make the most of the views. The garden is not too overlooked by other houses, which made it very peaceful, perfect for a relaxing holiday in Cornwall.

Out and about:

Mawgan Porth Village is only a short walk from the house with a selection of shops, pubs, restaurants and a fantastc fish and chips take away. The beautiful beach is a 600 metre walk from the house, so there was no need to take the car. It was great being able to park at the house and then have everything you need within easy walking distance.

If you want to venture out of Mawgan Porth then the coast path is a short walk from the house and takes you past the memorable rock formations of the Bedruthan Steps in just 20 minutes. In the opposite direction, you can walk to Watergate Bay in just under an hour. Both walks offer stunning views of the north coast.

If we had more time, we would have jumped in the car and drove to Constantine Bay, a picturesque spot just 12 minutes away. Padstow is an easy 15 minute car ride, whilst the A30 is also within easy reach, if you fancy a trip further down south.

Eating out:

Though we thoroughly enjoyed staying in and making use of the built in BBQ at the house, we highly recommend a visit to Catch Seafood Bar & Grill, located in the village down. For a more informal dining experience, try the Merrymoor Inn, a great local pub with a beer garden that overlooks the beach.

We enjoyed Sunday lunch at Scott and Babs, which is located at Retorrick Mill, just a few minutes inland from Mawgan Porth beach. They offer fresh and vibrant menus that change daily with home grown and locally sourced produce – we loved it!

If you fancy something really special, try The Herring Restaurant or Wild Cafe at Bedruthan Hotel. Both welcome families and non residents.

Highlights

The sense of calm in and around the house, it made us feel so relaxed, we really didn’t want to leave.
A house for three generations or two families – we loved the two separate living rooms.
The views! The views! The views! There’s nothing better than waking up to the sight of the ocean.

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Why you should choose a Beach Retreats property

Award-winning Gloucestershire blogger Thrifty Mumma tells us why you should choose Beach Retreats for a relaxing and restorative family holiday.

Thrifty Mumma recently enjoyed a stay at our Mawgan Porth property, Skyline. Skyline sleeps 14 guests, accepts pets and is just 500 metres from the golden sanded beach. Here’s how she got on:

Famous for its dramatic coastline, picture perfect harbours and breathtaking beaches, Cornwall has long been a desirable destination for worldwide travellers and UK holiday makers alike.

As a new parent, I wanted the reassurance of a UK staycation but I also required somewhere which could relax and restore us all as a family. Having enjoyed countless Cornish holidays and as a graduate of University College Falmouth I was keen to return to the beautiful county that has stolen a piece of my heart.

I wanted to explore a part of Cornwall that was new to me and I searched for a letting company which could meet my needs in terms of location and luxury.

Beach Retreats became the natural choice offering an award winning website, knowledgeable, accommodating staff and a varied property portfolio, all of which are beachside.

We were immediately enticed by Skyline; a spacious, modern property nestled in the hamlet of Mawgan Porth with the wow factor of a large balcony and stunning sea view.

On arrival at the property the reality lived up to the pictures I had seen online and I simply fell in love!

Able to comfortably sleep 14, the gorgeous house offers large bedrooms with luxurious beds and bathrooms, wonderful waterfall showers and whirlpool baths. In the Master, our beautifully appointed en-suite bathroom had a deep set jacuzzi bath with a large window complete with a view down the valley to the sea. I indulged in a dip and couldn’t help but relax as the warm bubbles soothed my skin and the vista simply melted my cares away.

However, the star of the show at Skyline is the living space. The airy and sophisticated lounge is glass fronted with a balcony outlook and offers unrivalled views of the sea as the waves roll in. The comfortable sofas allowed us all to sit and watch the surfers as they caught the final few waves of the day. Skyline even boasts an outdoor shower and wetsuit store for the surfers in the family.

The well-equipped kitchen has a large wooden table so each and every guest has a seat at mealtimes and, as night falls, the thoughtful light installations allow the house to feel both cosy and contemporary. Skyline is awash with coastal accents from abstract artwork and driftwood mirrors to deep turquoise vases and plush coral cushions.

Importantly for us, the house was packed full of thoughtful family friendly features. In fact, the high-quality travel cot, highchair, baby swing and fully equipped playroom made Skyline the perfect home from home.

And, as with all Beach Retreats properties, the proximity to the seashore was impressive and allowed us to easily walk to the water in a matter of minutes.

Mawgan Porth beach is a sumptuous sandy cove backed by marram covered sand dunes and enclosed by cliffs. When the tide is out the sand stretches for miles and you can build sandcastles and explore rock pools and caves to your heart’s content. The beach even has its own resident waterfall!

From the beach we made our way up and along the coastal path with the baby carrier – the views across the shimmering Atlantic made the climb worthwhile and we all felt refreshed with our lungs full of sea air.

Mawgan Porth has a number of local amenities including The Beach Box Café, The Catch Seafood restaurant and The Merrymoor Inn as well as the village stores. After the long drive, this meant we were able to park our cars in Skyline’s two designated spaces for the duration of our stay.

Within walking distance there are also two state-of-the-art Spas – Bedruthan Hotel and The Scarlet Hotel. During our stay, we enjoyed a ‘Restore Me’ Spa day at Bedruthan Hotel. The treatments were wonderfully relaxing and we took advantage of the sea view spa facilities before devouring a delicious lunch at on-site Wild Café. Afterwards, we sampled the unique open air sensory spa garden which takes you on a journey of hot and cold experiences to enliven your senses. As we sat around the campfire in our fluffy robes sipping herbal tea the first few flakes of snow began to flutter around us.

In no time at all we were back at the house and even in the unexpected and undulating March snowfall Skyline remained a warm, cosy and welcoming retreat for us all. I’ve never stayed somewhere so beautiful before – what better place than Skyline to be snowed in!

So, if you are in need of a relaxing, restorative retreat then look no further. Thank you for our blissful stay Skyline, we can’t wait to book our next Beach Retreat!

More about Jamie Collier

Gloucestershire born and bred, Jamie lives in a leafy Cotswold village with her husband and baby daughter. Cornwall holds a special place in her heart – it is where she spends many family holidays and she is also a graduate of University College Falmouth. When she’s not looking after her family or writing an article, you can usually find her on the beach. You can subscribe to her dedicated blog at thriftymummathriftybubba.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too.

We love Windrush

What is the most important criteria for choosing where to stay on a Cornish holiday? The views? The location? The interior? Local amenities? We stayed at Windrush, Holywell Bay and it puts this criteria into focus.

There is a degree of smugness when we stayed at Windrush. The position in the middle of the village is a few hundred metres from the beach, meaning no driving to the car park, queueing to get in and paying. So it was so easy to step out of the front door and wander down.

And what a beach! We loved exploring Holywell Bay as it opens out into a wide expanse of sand, framed by cliffs on both sides. There’s space for everyone too, from dog walkers, families, surfers and photographers making the most of the continually changing landscape.

Holywell Bay’s USP must be the dunes that rise above the beach and its criss-crossed paths which rise and dip with foot and paw prints. Truly somewhere to lose yourself.

On the beach itself, the tide covers mussel-encrusted rocks and crags and caves to explore, pools of seawater waiting to be replenished. We didn’t find the secret caves accessible at low tide, but there is still so much to stimulate the senses – this is true escapism.

Elsewhere in the village we found the 13th Century Treguth Inn, complete with a thatched roof and traditional pub menu. It’s only 100 metres down from Windrush so couldn’t be more convenient. On the edge of the beach, St Pirans Inn is also a short walk and open seasonally from mid-March.

So eating out is covered, but for eating in and supplies, we jumped in the car back up to the neighbouring village of Cubert where the convenience store is well stocked with everything you need. It’s a mile up the road, just two minutes away with long opening hours and friendly staff.

Windrush

We found Holywell Bay to be the perfect destination to escape to, the opposite of the everyday rush.

But what about Windrush? It’s a four-bedroom, split level detached house which has been beautifully upgraded by interior designer Nicola O’Mara to deliver comfort and character.

The dual-aspect living room was the focal point of the house, complete with open fire, patio doors out to the garden and feature pieces to savour. By day it’s light and bright, by evening it’s warm and cosy with subtle lighting.

We decided on a pizza making competition, for some evening fun (with a four-way tie for the victory) followed by drinks in front of the open fire (the convenience store in Cubert sells bags of logs).

Elsewhere the four bedrooms, two with en-suite, another with access to a jack and jill bathroom, feel separate away from each other, so everyone has their own space. Two bedrooms have a sea view – that’s the first thing you do when awake, check the view.

Favourite space? That’s the summer house, light and bright and stylishly furnished – the perfect spot to finally finish that book. The garden as a whole has been divided into sections, grass and patio with a corner seating area and a further terrace with seating. You’ll also find a gate leading down to the beach.

Favourite part of the weekend? Waking up to the sea views is worth savouring, as is exploring the beach. Windrush gave us the perfect mix of contemporary comfort and position to make the most of Holywell Bay.

Check availability and book Windrush.

Swim and Dine offer

Staying in and around Watergate Bay? Swim & Dine combines two of the best things at the Bay; the hotel’s Swim Club facilities and dinner at Zacry’s. Here’s all you need to know about this special offer.

The offer

Book a later table at Zacry’s, Watergate Bay Hotel’s new restaurant which combines big brassy American-inspired flavours with fresh local produce, and spend some quality time in the Hotel’s Swim Club beforehand. From £36.50 per person for a three-course meal in Zacry’s.

Swim Club facilities

– Below the hubbub of Watergate Bay Hotel is Swim Club, a secluded area designed for being active and kicking back and relaxing:
– 25m sea-view infinity swimming pool
– Outdoor Canadian hot tub
– Café-bar
– Cardio room with Concept2 rowing machine, SkiERG, matrix hybrid cross trainers, running machines and fitness bikes
– Treatment rooms, plus a manicure and pedicure room. Treatments can also be booked up until 7pm, take a look at the treatment list.
– Stylish interior-designed spaces to find your own space to chill out

Zacry’s

Zacry’s style combines a classic brasserie with Cornish local produce. Executive chef Neil Haydock also draws on international influences, particularly his passion for contemporary American cuisine. There’s Fiorentina steak cooked on the indoor charcoal oven, grilled plaice on the bone and spiced venison.

How to get the Swim and Dine offer

Book your later at Zacry’s from 8pm onwards quoting Swim and Dine. You’ll then be able to visit Swim Club from 6pm on the day of dining. Treatments can also be booked up until 7pm, take a look at the treatment list. Swim and Dine costs from £36.50 per person for a three-course meal in Zacry’s.

Read more online or to book your table at Zacry’s please contact Watergate Bay Hotel’s reservations team on 01637 861231.

Great Cornish Food Festival 2017

Beach Retreats heads to the annual Great Cornish Food Festival to sample its delicious delights.

Food, food and you guessed it, more food! Who wouldn’t love the Great Cornish Food Festival? Now on its 9th year, the festival is bigger and better than ever. Opening the show, was one of our favourite celebrity chefs, Nathan Outlaw.

Recently voted Best UK Restaurant by the Good Food Guide, you can imagine how excited we were to watch him cook and prepare a fish dish right in front of us. Below Nathan is preparing his mackerel salad.

Throughout the demo, Nathan gives the audience quick tips and tricks including how to make his garlic salad dressing. Don’t worry, if you weren’t there, here it is: (ingredients are free poured depending how much is needed)

4 parts olive oil
1 part red wine vinegar
Half a garlic clove
Handful of finely chopped parsley

After the demo it was time to check out the rest of the market.

With over 70 food and drink exhibitors, selling everything from pasties to peanut butter, from land and sea, and all produced in Cornwall, here are a few of our favourites, starting with the local bread makers.

One of our favourite stalls of the day had to be the Curds & Croust stand, tasting the new award-winning Miss Wenna Cornish Brie.

Cornish Sea Salt made an appearance, harvested fresh from the Atlantic Ocean, just 8 metres from its Salt House on the Lizard.

Ice cream, ice cream we all scream for ice cream…literally. With fantastic new flavours including candy floss, gingerbread, eton mess and cherry pie, we couldn’t resist a little taster.

For those with a sweet tooth, the Sisley’s & Crellow stand is the one for you. Locally made jams and chutneys in all kinds of flavours (psst strawberry was the best).

You may recognise the name of this next one from our previous blog ’24 hours in Port Isaac with the Nathan Outlaw experience’. Cornish Jack Cheese is favoured by Nathan Outlaw and used in most of his restaurants. And we can see/taste why.

And with so much food, we are in need of something Cornish and delicious to wash it down with. We loved the homemade pink lemonade from this quirky stand.

One for the Cider lovers…Cornish Orchards. Locally enthused at Westnorth Manor Farm near Liskeard.

Last but by no means least the award-winning Tarquins Gin. Tarquins won the title of Best Gin Worldwide at the San Fransico International Wine and Spirits competition in 2016. Now they have more exciting flavours and are stocked internationally.

The Great Cornish Food Festival is running 7-10 September 2017. Get yourself down there this weekend at Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall.

Book your Beach Retreats self-catering holiday now.

Top five surf-friendly holidays

The autumn swells have arrived in Cornwall and that means warm waves, kinder weather and fewer people on the beach. Jump in the car last minute and hit the surf in style staying in one our surf-friendly properties with surf lockers, surf showers and the waves on your doorstep.

Stay close to the surf with Beach Retreats

The Beach, Porthtowan

The Beach, Porthtowan

Wake up to the sound of waves at The Beach, a cool and contemporary new collection of apartments overlooking the surf at Porthtowan. Check the surf from your bedroom window before grabbing your board and heading down the private path to the beach (before breakfast if that’s how you roll). Lock up your boards and beach toys in the secure ‘surf’ store and then while away the day on your balcony until your next session.

Take a look at our properties at The Beach.

Zinc, Fistral

14 Zinc

A short walk from Zinc and you’ll find yourself standing on Fistral Beach, the UK’s surf capital. The world famous beach draws thousands of visitors and surfers each year but come autumn there are plenty of waves to catch. Check the conditions from your private balcony at Fistral Surf or light the barbecue on the terrace at Zinc 14 as you watch the swell roll-in and surfers pass by.

Take a look at Zinc 14.
Take a look at Fistral Surf.

Waves, Watergate Bay

Waves, Watergate Bay

Not only are you 100m away from one of Cornwall’s premier watersport destinations at Waves – a collection of modern one, two and three bed apartments – but one of Cornwall’s favourite foodie destinations too. Waves benefits from surf lockers and a shower area, meaning you can surf your heart out at Watergate Bay and spend the day on the beach before refuelling at The Beach Hut, Zacry’s or Wax restaurants to name a few.

Take a look at Waves.

Coast, Porth

Coast 2, Porth

All that separates Coast from the sand at Porth is a lovely private terrace and a stretch of lawn. Bodyboarders, beginner surfers and families can spend hours in Porth’s gentle waves before progressing to the more powerful surf at Watergate Bay or Fistral in either direction up the road. If you like fresh, contemporary interiors with a light and spacious feel, with a private lockable surf store in the car park for surfboards and beach equipment, then Coast is for you.

Take a look at 2 Coast.
Take a look at Beachside.

Oceangate, Fistral

Stay close to the surf at Oceangate, Fistral

Head to Fistral’s southern end for a quieter slice of the action. At Oceangate, a contemporary and sleek new development of apartments, you can turn up the volume with great surf out front or take some downtime at the tranquil Gannel Estuary a short walk behind you. Fistral’s hub of shops and restaurants including Rick Stein, The Fish House Fistral and The Stable wait at the other end of the beach, or be lazy and kick back at home in front of the view.

Take a look at 4 Oceangate.
Take a look at 17 Oceangate.

Cornish New Year's resolutions

Fun activities & new skills that you’ll actually enjoy doing in 2019 – our list of top New Year’s resolutions based around Cornwall. Join us in 2019.

Master the chef

Padstow Seafood School

When you’re among the best chefs and restaurants in the South West, why not join them and learn how to cook your favourite dishes. You can iscover how to cook some of Rick Stein’s own recipes but seafood isn’t the only thing on offer; Indian curries, Italian favourites, Spanish tapas and patisserie are some of many day courses.

www.rickstein.com/school/

Dive into something new

Cornish Rock Tors

Coastering with Cornish Rock Tors isn’t just about trying a new extreme sport. By scrambling, climbing, jumping and swimming along the Cornish coast you’ll also get a whole new perspective of Cornwall. They have various activities running from Polzeath on the north coast and the Roseland on the south, with two distinctly different vibes.

www.cornishrocktors.com

Be a culture-vulture

Across Cornwall

If you’re feeling jaded from far too much of everything over Christmas then get reacquainted with some culture. From Tate St Ives and Truro’s Hall for Cornwall performance space, to Open Studios Cornwall and our county’s brilliant museums, there’s plenty to make you’ll feel revitalised.

Get fit Cornwall style

Across Cornwall

Forget the gym. Getting fit in Cornwall is all about enjoying the great outdoors: surfing, coastal running, cycle trails, sea swimming, walking the coast. The best bit? It doesn’t feel like exercise at all.

Forage and feast

With the Fat Hen, West Cornwall

Join Caroline Davey in Cornwall’s wild west and forage, cook and feast the freshest of local produce. There’s gourment weekends, game, fish and bread making courses amongst others. It doesn’t get fresher than this.

www.fathen.org

Credit James Bowden

Spend more time with the family

With Beach Retreats

Building sandcastles on the beach with your youngest. Learning to surf with your teenagers. Walks on the beach with your partner. Holidays in Cornwall with Beach Retreats are made for spending more time with your nearest and dearest.

Book your stay in 2019 with Beach Retreats online or call our team on 01637 861 005.

5 Terrific Terraces

5 houses that boast stunning terraces as well as jaw-dropping coastal views.

We choose 5 houses that will help you make the most of your holiday home with alfresco dining, sun seeking, relaxing and more. How will you spend time on your holiday terrace?

Trethvor, Fistral

First up is Trethvor (meaning seaside in Cornish), a sleek coastal pad offering sweeping sea views across Fistral bay. What is it  we love best about Trethvor? You guessed it, the stunning private ‘wrap-around’ terrace and its stunning 180 degree views of the coast. Look out to Trevose headland and lighthouse, out to sea and inland over Newquay; perfect for both alfresco dining.

Trethvor is one of the last buildings on the Pentire headland, with coastal walks and inspiring sea views on your doorstep. Throughout the summer, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins jumping in the bay.

Book your stay at Trethvor with Beach Retreats.

Trethvor roof terrace, Fistral

The Penthouse at Coast, Porth

Next up is The Penthouse at Coast, where you couldn’t get closer to the beach even if you tried. Situated where the land meets the sea, guests can walk through gardens and a gate, directly onto the family-friendly Porth beach. There are no roads to cross, just a wide expanse of golden sand on your doorstep.

This large private terrace comes with spectacular sea views and the chance to dine outside whilst the sun sets on the horizon.

Book your stay at The Penthouse at Coast with Beach Retreats.

porthpenthouse

Panorama, Mawgan Porth

Perfectly located just 800 metres from Mawgan Porth beach, Panorama fuses haute design and stylish interiors with beach inspired features to create a majestic luxury bolthole for families, small groups and design-aficionados.

Tucked away on a private road, the stunning terrace is the perfect setting for family and friends to sit back and relax whilst enjoying a Cornish sunset like no other.

Book your stay at Panorama with Beach Retreats.

Panorama Mawgan Porth

No 1 The Beach, Porthtowan

With a beach just 10 metres away, No 1 The Beach is perfectly positioned on the edge of Porthtowan, where the village has a lovely relaxed, off-the-beaten-path feel, with a very pretty sandy beach backed by dunes.

Listen to the sound of rolling waves, smell the sea air and watch the daily sun seekers, surfers and families on the beach pass you by. What’s not to love?

Book your stay at No 1 The Beach with Beach Retreats.

No1. The Beach House, Porthtowan

The Tower, Praa Sands

Last but by no means least, we have The Tower in Praa Sands. The Tower is a large duplex apartment, occupying the top two floors of Acton Castle with a stunning roof terrace dating back to the 18th century. Views consist of the immaculate communal gardens, Mounts Bay and the famous St Michael’s Mount in Marazion.

Here you’ll find plenty of space for alfresco dining, loungers and a coffee table set.

Book your stay at Praa Sands with Beach Retreats.

The Tower, Praa Sands

 

Eat local on your self-catering holiday in Cornwall

Staying in a Beach Retreat property means Cornwall’s luscious bounty is always on your doorstep.

In farm shops, markets and local restaurants about the county, you’ll spy carrots, Cornish potatoes, mussels, samphire, figs, hazelnuts and much more autumnal produce. Here we have rounded up the best places to lay your hands on fresh local produce, so you can cut down the journey from field to plate and enjoy what the locals have to offer.

Visiting Cornwall for a romantic adventure? Check out our romantic cottages.

Baker Tom – multiple locations

As you walk into any of these stores, expect the smell of freshly made bread, scones, pastries and more. If you’re also a cheese lover, we highly recommend dipping some Baker Tom bread into a melted Camembert cheese. Baker Tom has got it all going on. Stores and Cafes can be found in Truro, Falmouth, Wadebridge, Pool and Penzance.

Purely Cornish – Looe

Located in lovely Looe, Purely Cornish offers visitors and locals alike a fantastic array of goodies. From Cornish chocolate, fudge and biscuits, to local jams and chutney. Is your mouth-watering yet?

Bre-pen Farm – Mawgan Porth

This National Trust farm on the cliffs above Mawgan Porth is worth a pilgrimage to pick up a few joints of its free-range lamb, reared on the green pastures and sea  breezes of the north coast – Chefs swear you can taste the salty air in the meat. There can be no better reason to forgo burgers – these chops are perfectly suited to the smoky flavours of a beach barbie. Enquire within the farm shop, and pick yourself a few sprigs of herbs free of charge on the way out.

Fancy staying in Mawgan Porth? Have a look at our Mawgan Porth holiday properties.

Camel Valley – near Bodmin

Camel Valley Vineyard has been producing award-winning, world-class wine in Cornwall since 1989. Located near Bodmin, guests can either stop in the shop to purchase wine and champagne, or have it order to your door. For those that are really into their wines, why not enjoy a tour of the vineyard during your stay?

Camel Valley recently won Gold for their 2016 Pinot Noir, Still Rose at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Trevilley Farm

There are farm shops and then there are farm shops like Trevilley. This award-winning shop on the outskirts of Newquay is one of the most lovingly stocked in Cornwall, selling own-produced meat (including South Devonshire beef), fruit and veg, chutneys, jams, cakes, pasties and quiches, as well as a plethora of other carefully sourced Cornish produce. You can also find a selection of local real ales, wines and juices.

Great Cornish Food Shop – Truro

Experience, celebrate and discover everything about delicious Cornish food and drink at the Great Cornish Food Shop in Truro. The independent grocery store, comes with its own butcher, fishmonger and chef-led café, deli, and takeaway. You’ll never want to leave.

Stein’s Deli and Patisserie – Padstow 

For homemade jams, chutneys, relishes, spice mixes and oils, head to Stein’s Deli in Padstow where these are all made to Rick’s recipes. You’ll also find freshly baked goods including pasties, breads & pastries, all handmade and produced by the Rick Stein Group in Padstow.

Book your self-catering holiday with Beach Retreats.

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