Overlooking the water, on the desirable Gannel Estuary, this two bedroom holiday home is perfectly located to enjoy both the lively town of Newquay and the golden, tranquil sands of Crantock beach. Just a short distance from the renowned surfing destination that is Fistral Beach, the property has many activities within walking distance, including Trenance gardens, Newquay Zoo, splash pool and local riding stables.
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Known as one the best areas for walking, riding and bird spotting in Newquay, the picturesque Gannel Estuary is a beautifully peaceful spot which is well-placed for guests to venture to many of the local villages and attractions in the Newquay area.
The estuary of the River Gannel runs inland from Crantock Beach which separates Newquay from Crantock and offers a stunning and tranquil area that is rich with nature and perfect for a leisurely walk in low tide. The river is tidal so we recommend that guests check the local tide times before venturing out. Crantock Beach tide times (30 days) (cornwall-tides.com)
Immediately adjacent to the property there is scenic Boating Lake where visitors can hire a classic swan pedalo and take in the sights of Trenance Gardens from the water. With beautiful rose bushes, lovely old trees and colourful flowers, the gardens are an enduring attraction for families and couples alike. You can also find the charming Trenance Cottage, which dates back to the 1800s where you can pop by for a spot of traditional Cornish Cream Tea. The lake and gardens are teeming with wildlife and little ones can enjoy a chance to stop and feed the ducks.
There is an abundance of activities in the area to keep the kids entertained from the fascinating Newquay Zoo which is home to hundreds of different species to surf lessons on one of the many surrounding beaches. One of the best ways for families to explore the local landscape is a pony trek or horse ride with experienced guides from Trenance Stables, which sits just behind the property. Take to the beach or the beautiful Cornish countryside and absorb your surroundings as your friendly, well-trained companion escorts you round.
On those rainy days you can venture to Newquay Leisure World where the kids can have splashing fun on the slides and in the Tropical Fun Pool while parents can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Blue Reef Aquarium is also a very short distance away, where children can learn of sharks, sea turtles and many other wonders of the ocean.
However, when the sun is shining the most classic way to experience Newquay is to hit the beach.
Crantock Beach is either a short drive or a very scenic walk away which (depending upon the tides), may take you through Crantock Village, a beautifully traditional Cornish village where you can be sure you find a good cup of coffee or a bite to eat at one of the two pubs. Crantock Beach is a haven for wildlife and a sanctuary for sea birds so be sure to remember your camera.
Perranporth Beach also sits approximately 20 minutes south and this award-winning beach has everything for a fun-filled day at the seaside, including surfing, boogie boarding, boat trips and much more - it’s dog-friendly and even has its own beach bar!
The world-famous Fistral Beach is just a five minute drive away from Rawley Point and is one of the most prestigious surfing destinations in the world. So if you’re looking for a lesson in tackling the waves, this is the place to be. If you’re lucky you might event catch an event like Boardmasters which takes place in August each year. There are also plenty of places to enjoy a Pasty or a plate of fish and chips, including Rick Stein’s.
There is no shortage of adrenaline inducing water sports in the area for all those thrill-seekers, with plenty of lessons and activities on offer from places such as EBO Adventures who offer a wide range of a activities for all ages. There is also Big Green Adventures, an award-winning activity centre, where trained professionals who will get you standing up on a surf board or padel board in no time.
For a more serene day of sporting activity, Newquay Golf Club is just a five minute drive from the property. The course, designed by Harry Colt, is one of Cornwall's finest links courses and the view out to sea during a game is unmatched.
If you’re seeking out some culture you can pay a visit to Trerice, an Elizabethan manor house with beautiful gardens to wander through before you stop for a cream tea at the Barn Café. Venture down to the Historic Newquay Harbour, the place were the town got its name, and immerse yourself in one of Newquay’s most historic and picturesque locations.
The beautiful town of Perranporth features a free museum where you can learn about the rich local history, there is even a little ‘Poldark’ memorabilia for TV buffs as Perranporth was home to the novels’ writer, Winston Graham.
St Piran’s Oratory is a buried in the dunes of Penhale Beach, north of Perranporth. The remains of this 6th century ancient chapel are one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain and are believed to have been built by St Piran himself – the patron saint of Cornwall. Surely worth a visit!
When you’re tired out at the end of a busy day and it need of a hearty meal and a glass of your favourite tipple, there are many delicious eateries on the doorstep of Rawley Point.
Known as one of the best restaurants in Newquay, Dune serves everything from gourmet burgers to the catch of the day. Their five-course tasting menu is a culinary experience and they also have many vegan delights on their menu.
For a more casual dining experience, Sea Spray Café offers tasty treats, specialising in local cuisine. You can tuck in and relax with incredible sunset views over the sea as the café is set in a prime location on surfer’s paradise, Fistral Beach. You can even enjoy a cocktail or two on the terrace in warmer weather.
For more inspiration on places to east and activities to enjoy, visit our Activity Guide for the Newquay area.
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