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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 barn conversion in stunning location

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                Stayed here for memorable Christmas week, no need to light fire as underfloor heating and Aga are fab. Loved Aga cooking. Well equipped stunning stone barn conversion. Amazing walks direct from barn or 5 mins in car to Padstow. My boys loved play barn. Would love to come back
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                Wonderful Xmas stay at "Nellore" with sea views!

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                Our family of five loved everything about the property. Nellore was characterful, clean, well-maintained, with a lovely homely and individual feel - no bland makeover! Comfortable and spacious, we could have taken three extra people as it slept and catered for eight. Layout, facilities and location (complete with sea view) was just as the listing described. Even in winter it was wonderful to be a few steps from beautiful Trevone beach, especially as the weather was mild - or when it wasn't, to sit in the window seat of the warm sitting room watching surfers in the distance! We were spoilt for choice with all the stunning walks from our doorstep. And with a farm shop in walking distance and Padstow with its restaurants overlooking a Christmas lit harbour just a few minutes drive, what more could we want? The owner provided excellent customer service from start to finish and I would certainly recommend the property to friends and relatives.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                Fantastic property ideally located

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                This luxury property has stunning views across the bay and is only a 10 min walk to the beach. The new kitchen is fantastic but does not detract from the charm
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Dec 2016