You’ll feel tucked away in the old part of Padstow surrounded by narrow streets and old stone and slate cottages. You’re well away from the crowds and have your own parking place, which is like gold dust here. This little Grade 11 listed granite cottage was once the Sunday school to the church nearby – you’ll hear the bells on Sundays. Walk straight in to an open-plan living area with books to browse, music, games and an electric wood-burner for chilly days.
The South West Coastal Path and the Camel Trail can be joined from here and you can hire bikes in the town. Head towards St Ives on the coastal path for challenging ups and downs with stunning sea views and wildflowers in May. You can take the ferry over to Rock for interesting shops and yet more places to eat, and there’s one sandy beach you can walk to.
A five-minute stroll will take you down to the harbour where boats bob, children clutch their crabbing lines, tourists mill about and the pubs spill onto the streets in summer. It’s fun to sit on the bench with an ice cream here and people-watch – it’s real old-fashioned English seaside holiday stuff.