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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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                                                                                                Recent Reviews

                                                                                                Beautiful cottage!

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                The cottage is ideally situated in St Merryn making it a perfect stay for visiting the surrounding beaches or Padstow. The cottage is like home from home. It has all the equipment and makes the stay for a week very easy. We had 2 children with us and they loved it. We visited Padstow, Newquay zoo, the local leisure centre, several beaches and a few of the local restaurants. It is the perfect getaway. Julie made us feel so welcome and we even stayed an extra night as we enjoyed staying there so much. We will definitely be returning. The bedrooms are of a good size and well furnished. The 2 ensuites also make it ideal for 2 couples visiting. Thanks for a wonderful stay and we will be returning soon.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                Perfect holiday apartment with stunning views

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                A fabulous 5 star apartment with stunning views. 22 Horizons ticked all the boxes for our stay in Newquay. The apartment has everything needed for the perfect holiday. Recently redecorated to a very high standard, it has all top quality equipment including a fabulous telescope to scan the amazing Cornish coastline. Having secure underground car parking (plenty of room for our Discovery) was a real bonus and a must in Newquay. It is so easy and quick to walk into town and to the beaches and even better to get back to 22 to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views! Caroline the owner has thought of everything, even the luxury of Cornish Cream Tea awaiting us on arrival. She answered all my numerous questions promptly and made lots of recommendations, so that we could enjoy our holiday to the max. We will certainly stay here, when we next visit Newquay, as I said before 22 Horizons is perfect!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                Great value for the money! Centered location.

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                Nice, handy flat with everything you might need for your stay. Gillian is very responsive and friendly guest.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Feb 2017