27th June 2018
Seaton in Cornwall is a dark sanded beach, perfectly located 5 miles from lovely Looe and 5 miles from the popular Whitsand Bay. The large beach stretches out at low tide for guests to enjoy walks up and down the south east coast. Surrounding the beach is a handful of delicious restaurants and beachside bars waiting to serve you your afternoon tipple. My favourite thing about this beach…Far Horizon standing proud in its elevated position and its superb views.
Built for an old sea captain because of its elevated position and outstanding ocean views, Far Horizon sleeps up to eight guests in a bright and spacious beach house, wonderfully situated within two acres of sub-tropical gardens. When we arrived at the property, we were quick to drop our bags and run to the front of the house where we were greeted with 180-degree uninterrupted sea views. Spoilt for choice from the different locations in the house, guests have the choice of views over Seaton Beach, Downderry Beach, Looe Island or where its name came from, straight out over the Cornish horizon.
Of course the best views were from the large hot tub safely positioned on the edge of the cliff.
The house itself had everything we needed and more. There were several living spaces for us to choose from, from the back study where one or two of us relaxed whilst watching the World Cup, the main living room with its oversized sofas and log fire, and our favourite – the large sun room with ceiling to floor windows and a door leading us out to the terrace and garden.
We spent most of our first night on the terrace whilst enjoying a Cornish BBQ, relaxing in the hot tub and listening to music on the SONOS Bluetooth speaker. After the sun set bedtime came earlier, ready for a day of exploring. The four large bedrooms were all unique with something different and exciting to offer. The Master bedroom boasts a free standing slipper bath as well as the second bedroom with its super-king size bed and the third bedroom had private access to a large wrap around balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We quickly said our goodnights and listened to the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore.
After digging into a Cornish fry up in the large separate dining room, we put the lead on Obi (our cute Beagle dog) and headed to our nearest beach, Seaton. This fantastic beach is dog-friendly all year round making it a fantastic holiday destination for those that don’t want to leave their fury friends behind. Head to Seaton Beach Cafe for your morning coffee and watch the surfers ride the waves.
As the weather began to turn, we quickly set off to Whitsand Bay, a 15 minute drive up the road. Known as south east Cornwall’s ‘forgotten corner’, this silky stretch of sand is made up of four more beaches at low tide. Visit Tregantle, Sharrow Point, Freathy and Tregonhawke, all backed by sheer cliffs.
There is a great choice of places to eat and drink within walking distance of Far Horizon. We booked a delicious lunch at the Blue Plate, located down the road in Downderry. When we walked into the restaurant, there is a cute area for those looking for a quick bite to eat. We drooled as we strolled past the fresh homemade pasties, cakes and meringues.
After starting the meal off with some greatly shaken cocktails, I tucked into a baked Cornish brie and bowl of Cornish mussels. The service, food and drinks were enjoyable, making this a restaurant we highly recommend.
Other hot foodie spots to try are ‘Summink Different’ vegetarian cafe, ‘Waves Restaurant’ located below Far Horizon and the Smugglers Inn, where we stopped off for a drink with the locals on Saturday night.
The views: The everchanging views are incredible. I would love to watch a storm on Seaton beach in the winter!
The hot tub: There really is nothing better than relaxing in a hot tub and listening to the sound of the ocean.
The location: The house is ideally located between Looe and Whitsand, giving us plenty of places to explore. Great range of restaurants and bars and things to do on our doorstep too.