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Learn to surf when you rent a holiday cottage or holiday rental home in Porthcothan, Cornwall

Porthcothan is a coastal village between Newquay and Padstow in North Cornwall. It is in the parish of St Eval and Porthcothan Bay is popular with surfers, although some do not consider the surf as good as Perranporth, Polzeath, Newquay and Bude. This is one of the most scenic stretches of coastline to be found anywhere and it is an oasis of natural beauty. Other coastal villages nearby include Harlyn, Constantine Bay, Trevone, Treyarnon, Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps.

Places to holiday in Porthcothan, Cornwall

Porthcothan is a popular holiday destination not only for surfers, but it is also ideal for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, nature and birdwatching holidays or just to take it easy and soak in the views. The cliffs and headland to the north of Porthcothan belong to the National Trust and have stunning views of Trevone Lighthouse and Trevose Head.

In the summer months Porthcothan is filled with holidaymakers who travel from Scotland and all over England to stay in accommodation and to enjoy the beaches, bay and the rural farm surroundings. As self-catering is ever becoming more popular as a cheap holiday, many are renting out a cottage as an alternative to caravans or a tents for visitors to the area.

Holiday cottages allow you more freedom to explore the area without worrying about what time you need to return to your hotel and they are convenient for the beach and the rest of Cornwall. Porthcothan is a dog friendly beach and some cottages allow dogs.

Things to do in Porthcothan

Visitors wanting to learn to surf can do so at the Waves Surf School in St Merryn, which also has a very good surf shop called The Pit. For the golfer Merlin Golf and Country Club is set on a heath land hilltop with amazing views over the sea ,and Trevose Golf Club has three courses. Both are easy to reach from a holiday cottage in Porthcothan. The sheltered beach is ideal for families and Old MacDonald's Farm is fun for all the family with lots of animals to see and touch.

The eleven-mile coastal walk from your holiday cottage to Newquay is fairly easy and you can stop off for a bite to eat and drink at Mawgan Porth or Watergate Bay. Wadebridge Sports and Leisure provides a great environment for kids to learn new skills and participate in indoor football and there are many activities such as treasure hunts, trampoline and bouncy castle. The Cornish Shire Horse Centre at Trelow and Animal Playland at Rumford offer more family fun. Nearby Padstow has a museum and the historic house, Prideaux Place.

As well as the tropical Biomes at the Eden project, Cornwall has a number of beautiful gardens to visit including the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pencarrow, Trevarno, Trebah and the National Trust Gardens of Glendurgan, Cotehele, Trelissick, Trerice, Tregwainton and Lanhydrock.

Weather in Porthcothan

Porthcothan has a mild maritime climate, but it can be unpredictable. When the wind blows off the sea it will feel much cooler.

Travel to Porthcothan

Plymouth and Newquay airports serve Porthcothan, as does the ferry at Plymouth. The nearest branch line railway stations are Newquay and St Columb Road. Western Greyhound buses run from Newquay to Padstow and stop at Porthcothan.

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    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                        Bungalow #8173738
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                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                    Cabin #480608
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                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                          Cottage #8150827
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                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                            Cabin #804141
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                                              Cottage #6463803
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                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                  Bungalow #89764
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                                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                Cottage #1785071
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                                                                                  Cottage #6117583
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                                                                                          Cottage #6117488
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                                                                                            Cottage #6065186
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                                                                                                Recent Reviews

                                                                                                Comfortable, great design and well equiped

                                                                                                4 of 5
                                                                                                We had a great relaxing stay in this comfortable place which has been really well designed and is fully equipped with everything you need on holiday. It was warm and peaceful, with comfy beds and having ensuites to both bedrooms was a real plus for us. The owner was easy to contact, responsive and helpful.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                Perfection

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                This holiday was our baby boys first and being 4 months old we wanted somewhere clean and fresh and this is exactly what we got. The location was good for us too we managed to visit everywhere we wanted to go including lands end. The chalet looked like it had recently been done up and had a very modern finish to it. With our little one being so young we had dinner in the chalet every evening with no issues. There is the bar on site which serves food each evening and also only a few minutes from the local village with Chinese take away and pizzeria. We had a wonderful week in Cornwall and will definitely be returning. I do recommend you take a touch as this was helpful to us when finding the chalet in the dark.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                A lovely cosy well equipped cottage.

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                A really lovely cottage, warm and cosy, open fire and equipped with everything for a comfortable holiday. We really appreciated the cream tea, thank you so much. The cottage is located in the heart of St Issey, a short drive from Padstow. The Came Trail is easily accessible and a great walk along the estuary. Harlyn Bay is just a 10 minute drive away and absolute perfect for all budding surfers, we wouldnt get our 10 year old out of the water ... even in October!! The local pub Ring O Bells serves great pub grub, a very warm welcome will greet you. We will be returning again!!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Oct 2016