North Cornwall &
the Camel Estuary

North Cornwall Specialists

We cover a small and very special area on the spectacular North Cornish Coast. With just a five-mile radius, it runs from the Eastern bank of the Camel Estuary, at Rock, and includes Daymer Bay (Trebetherick and the Greenaway), Polzeath and Port Isaac.

Other locations you will see us advertise are all within the same North Cornish patch; St Minver, Tredrizzick, Pityme, Penmayne, Porthilly, Port Quin, Port Gaverne, Trebarwith, Chapel Amble and an occasional prime property in Wadebridge.

It is hard to put into words what makes this beautiful stretch of coastline so special. Contrasting remote and rugged cliffs, protected and calm waters of the Camel Estuary (the only one on the North Coast) and long expanses of sandy beaches, it offers a unique balance of life, combining being active outdoors amongst the elements, eating and drinking well, relaxing, spoiling yourself and ultimately making happy memories and enjoying time with those that are most important to you. If you are looking to buy a house here it is more than likely you already know the area very well.
Barbeque at Daymer Bay
The Camel Estuary

Rock overlooks the broad golden sands of the Camel Estuary that turns and stretches out to the Atlantic rollers. It is a situation offering a vista that has enthralled for centuries. The fishing harbour of Padstow sits just on the other side, accessed via a short ferry ride that operates day and night. Importantly, Rock faces South (unusual on the Cornish North Coast!), so it is always in the sun. The Camel estuary at Rock provides ideal conditions for all water sports including; kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, kite-surfing, water-skiing , surfing and body boarding at Polzeath. In fact the list of activities is endless! The area is also perfect for small children who can happily play on the sandy beaches and explore the numerous rock pools in comparative safety under the watchful gaze of grand- parents. At low tide, the sandbanks are exposed and teem with wading birds and the odd otter eating its catch.

In fact the village of Rock could hardly be less appropriately named, being famous for the long stretches of fine sandy beaches and clear blue water. With Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth over the water in Padstow, James Nathan and Fred Beedles in Rock, and Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac - you certainly won't go hungry!

Fine dining aside, Rock has a thriving community full of great independent cafes, pubs, restaurants and even a fish and chip shop! For a small village we are spoilt having fresh local produce available from a Bakery, a Butcher, a Fishmonger, a delicatessen and a general store, along with art galleries and retail shops. There is also a garage and a post office and the local primary school is one of the best in North Cornwall.

Sailing on the Camel Estuary

Founded in 1938 the Rock Sailing & Water-ski Club is situated on the Quay at Rock. The Camel School of Sailing and the Camel Ski School provide tuition for beginners or those wishing to brush up on their sailing and water-skiing, facilities are located at the pontoon.

Also provided at the pontoon is a tender service via Rock Marine Services to the moorings maintained by the Padstow Harbour Commissioners. Porthilly Cove is just around the corner from the Sailing Club at Rock and is home to the historic church of St. Michael's. It is also known for the fresh mussels and oysters that are farmed here in the clean Estuary waters.

St. Enodoc Golf Club
The championship St. Enodoc Golf Course in Rock is reputed to be one of the best courses in the South West of England. The club has two 18-hole courses and the main course provides magnificent views across the Camel estuary. There are several other golf courses in the area including, The Point at Polzeath which is a golf and country club, Bowood Park situated in Camelford, and St. Kew Golf Club, a 9 hole pay & play course with driving range
Daymer Bay
On the outskirts of Rock village is Pityme - a hamlet with a cluster of houses that includes the Pityme Inn. Further out is Tredrizzick - a secluded residential village leading to St. Minver, a pretty village with a cricket pitch and The Fourways Inn nestling around the St. Menefreda Church. Just beyond St. Minver and Tregwarmond Mill lies Chapel Amble and thence the lovely market town of Wadebridge In the other direction travelling along the coast is Daymer Bay, in the hamlet of Trebetherick, with the delightful St. Enodoc Church, that was once buried in the sand, which is the resting place of Sir John Betjeman. Voted one of the best beaches in the world, dog-friendly Daymer Bay holds great appeal for wind and kite surfers and is enormous fun too, for small children wanting to explore the many rock pools, splash in the shallow waters or simply play in the sand with their buckets and spades

Along the coast as it east runs from Daymer Bay is The Greenaway, an area situated between Trebetherick and Polzeath. With its spectacular panoramic views, The Greenaway beach and small cove is popular for its many rock pools. The St Moritz hotel is situated here offering restaurants, leisure and spa facilities to both residents and non-residents.

Polzeath

Next comes Polzeath, a vibrant Cornish village situated around the large expanseof beautiful sand. Ideal for surfers and beach enthusiasts alike; it is bordered by rock-pools and is acclaimed as one of the best surfing spots in the country.

Polzeath has a number of shops, art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants, making it the perfect destination for a contemporary beach holiday and some quality down time.

From Polzeath, the coastal path skirts New Polzeath high on the cliffs overlooking Hayle Bay, Stepper Point and then leads you on to Pentire - a National Trust Reserve and an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Next along the coast is Port Quin, also National Trust, and the backdrop to many a film and the television series including Poldark, Saving Grace & Doc Martin. Protected, clear waters have made this a popular coasteering and kayak destination

Pentire Head
Port Isaac

Thence onto Port Isaac - a traditional fishing village nestled in a steep sided valley that retains its charm by remaining relatively unchanged from its days of fishing, slate export and smuggling. This picturesque village has narrow winding streets and whitewashed cottages that lead down to the harbour where you can watch the local fishermen land their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters. Larger cliff-top houses, command majestic views and all have easy access to the plentiful restaurants, pubs cafes and shops of this vibrant local community. Port Isaac is but ten minutes drive away from the beaches of Polzeath, Daymer and Rock.

Just next-door is the tiny, peaceful cove of Port Gaverne. Once a thriving trading port, it has a pub with a breath-taking view overlooking a pretty beach that is perfect for wild swimming and the starting point for the popular 'Big Swim'.

We could go on, but it's not necessary, this area has long been "the" prime Cornish location for more reasons than we can ever précis. There is nowhere quite like north Cornwall - so come and discover it for yourself!