7 CORNISH SECRETSyou really need to know... | Natural Retreats

you really need to know...

Indulgent Cornish cream teas, turquoise surf, sandy beaches and lingering sunsets. We all have our own thoughts on the serene Cornish coast, but have you ever wanted to step off the beaten track? Natural Retreats are here to uncover the breathtaking beachside beauties that are sometimes overlooked in favour of an overcrowded hotel or basic B&B. Our self-catering hideaways are the perfect place to reconnect with nature, bond with family and create wonderful holiday nostalgia in a breath-taking location that's really right on your doorstep.

Read on for hidden secrets on some of our favourite Cornish boltholes, bought together by our guests, our expert Xplore Team and our lucky Natural Retreats family who have entrusted this spectacular area of South-West Britain with their precious time away...

Introducing REST HAVEN
What you need to know...

• Rest Haven is nestled in the tiny and peaceful hamlet of Trelights (Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cornwall) which is accessed by picturesque little roads that snake past quaint cottages and floral hedgerows
• Trelights is a fantastic base for exploring the coast, with all the privacy of a countryside escape, yet it's only 5 minutes’ drive from the unspoilt seaside of Port Quin and just 10 minutes’ drive from the gourmet eateries and boutique shops of Port Isaac, as well as the surfers hub at pretty Polzeath Beach
• The spacious holiday home itself is set back off the country roads and boasts the most incredible sun-trap of a garden with a large grassy garden to the rear (perfect for sipping long, cool drinks in the heat of the summer!). Having been awarded the 4* Self-Catering Award from VisitEngland, Rest Haven echoes the roomy garden with a massive, open-plan reception area and gorgeous light-filled bedrooms with whisper soft beds


What you need to know...

• Pilgrims Rest is incredibly lucky, with an amazing tucked away location it offers absolute serenity, but is still within driving distance of some of the most spectacular coastline on the South Coast
• With a prestigious Visit England 4* Award for Self-Catering, it's blessed with open plan living which is framed perfectly by the huge glass frontage that looks out onto the pretty garden
• This cosy and private holiday home features spacious en-suite bedrooms at either end of the property, and a roaring log fire in the middle
• In terms of location, this hidden gem is less than 5 minutes' drive from the white sands and blue waters of watersports haven Daymer Bay, where the camel estuary provides the most incredible panoramic vistas to enjoy whilst picnicing in the sunshine
• For foodies and peckish holiday makers, there is a fabulous restaurant in nearby Rock called the Mariners that boasts over 20 beers, great lunch options and a fantastic view of the camel estuary, or for a country pub atmosphere, The Fourways Inn is just a 15 minute walk away


Introducing NO. 2 THE FISH CELLARS
What you need to know...

• Unofficial winner of the 'Natural Retreats Completely Breathtaking Location' award, with an incredible backdrop of the unspoiled hamlet; Port Quin
• The pebbly beach and safe bathing waters of Port Quin is just 20m from The Fish Cellars, with easy access to the famous South-West Coastal path straight ahead of you - from here you can walk to charming Port Isaac or to the golden sands of Polzeath
• The scenic and very private single track road into Port Quin means that holidaymakers looking for complete privacy will be spoilt by this peaceful location - we like to think of it as a great excuse to pack the car up and hideaway for a week or two to recharge the batteries!
• Guests can wander up the hill to Kellan Head, where they can witness the full beauty of turquoise seas and spot the occasional dolphin pod known to follow the coast (as well as local kayakers enjoying the still waters)
• Inside the Fish Cellars, there is wonderful open plan living, gorgeous stone floors and a downstairs shower for washing off salty toes after a day by the sea


Introducing JALOUSIE
What you need to know...

• Perfectly positioned on the side of Polzeath Hill, this coastal beauty is 10 minutes’ walk from the surfing mecca of Polzeath beach (complete with equipment hire and family-friendly lessons) and stumbling distance from a cornucopia of gorgeous waterfront restaurants including TJ's elevated surf cafe and The Oystercatcher with unforgettable ocean views
• For a quieter pet-friendly beach, guests at Jalousie can take the 5 minute drive to Daymer Bay where you can enjoy absolutely stunning vistas of the camel estuary
• Just a ferry ride across the waves in nearby Rock is the well know fishing port of Padstow, where there are many world famous eateries and boutique shops to explore
• Looking inside, Jalousie features an incredible, modern self-catering kitchen and utility room which are perfect for foodies who want to cook up local delicacies
• Heading upstairs, the en-suite, oversized master bedroom affords photo-worthy sea views and romantic sunsets from the sloped skylights


Introducing SEA MIST
What you need to know...

• This hilltop hideaway is located within a peaceful, residential area on the Trebetherick side of Polzeath Hill with some of the best sea views in the whole of this seaside town
• With a warren-like floor plan inside this sprawling bungalow, multi-generational families can relax in peace within their own quiet corner of the house or head outside to the huge, tiered garden which has jaw-dropping vistas of the waves
• Alongside the master bedroom with it's French windows out into the garden, the show-stoppers of this holiday home are the HUGE lounge windows that serve a cinematic panorama of Cornwall's finest coastline
• For tasty eats and laid-back drinks, Sea Mist is only a couple of minutes walk from The Oystercatcher, which serves up mouthwatering local dishes and has a huge beach-facing deck to the rear which proves the perfect setting for sunset pitchers and chat. Tuck into the mussel bar and make sure you head there on a Saturday night for their infamous live music!


What you need to know...

• Not until you visit The Beach House, can you tell how incredibly close it is to the golden sands of infamous Polzeath beach, how many seafood eateries are right on it's doorstep and what an incredible base camp it makes for those looking to explore the Cornish coast and countryside
• If you're a group of adventurers looking for a quirky but cosy seafront hang-out then The Beach House is right up your street - porthole windows, inverted living and funky bathrooms make for a truly unique stay and with the Visit England 3* Gold Award you know you're getting the 'best of the best'
• For watersports enthusiasts, there are a multitude of surf instructors, equipment hire and other beachside boltholes, just a hop and a skip from your doorstep - plus, The Beach House comes complete with its own private outhouse for wetsuits and sandy snorkels
• Most guests like to bring a car to explore the local area (we thoroughly recommend the more peaceful Daymer Bay just 5 minutes away) but Polzeath is flip-flop friendly with a handy supermarket, plenty of bars and restaurants and even seaside games for little ones


What you need to know...

• If you've never encountered Roserrow, imagine a picturesque Cornish community, hidden in a lush valley just 15 minutes walk from the beach and you'll be fairly close. Throw in a manicured golf course, club house, fabulous leisure facilities, an annual summer beer festival and a plethora of scenic lakes and mini-bridges, and you're almost there!
• The Nineteenth is nestled within Roserrow, and is the epitome of a sprawling family holiday home, with light and airy rooms, homely open plan living spaces and views over the rolling gardens and surrounding countryside
• Stepping out into the huge sloped garden to rear (which is great for sunbathing FYI), The Nineteenth is the perfect place for lazy BBQ's, sunset drinks and stargazing with the little ones
• Suited perfectly for multi-generational groups, The Nineteenth offers flexible living with one bedroom and bathroom downstairs, so that grandparents can join in the fun without having to compromise
• Well-seasoned travellers can rest easily knowing that the beautiful Nineteenth holds the prestigious VisitEngland 4* Self Catering Award


5 Reasons Why We Love The North Cornish Coast


Hidden beaches around every corner, with powder-soft golden sand


It boasts the best seafood restaurants to feast in


The Atlantic surf makes for incredible watersports


The region perfectly blends coast and country living


You're guaranteed warmer climates than the rest of the UK!