Destination guide

Rock – a jewel of North Cornwall

Smell the salt wash and shells as you wander Rock, one of North Cornwall's true delights. It meets the sea above the brackish waters of the Camel Estuary, the perfect launchpad for dinghy outings and sailing trips around the fabled coves of the Trevose Head Heritage Coast. Rock vacation rentals share their perch atop the harbors opposite Padstow with some of England's most coveted residences. They range from elegant refurbished cottages to self-catering family apartments with plenty of room to wash down the surfboards after hitting the swells of Polzeath.

Things to do

Rich Cornish heritage in Rock

You've hit the big time with Rock. It's famed for its jetsetter inhabitants – rumor has it that even English royalty holiday here. They don't come for nothing, though. The town is steeped in classic Cornish charm. Padstow, just across the bay, is a must. Its quaint boat moorings and Michelin-starred restaurants rub shoulders with lively seafood markets. Meanwhile, Polzeath beckons with its roaring waves, and the Trevose Head Heritage Coast is the place to go for blustery walks on wind-buffeted peninsulas above the Celtic Sea.


Ride the waves in Rock

Get ready to splash in the Celtic Sea – Rock vacation rentals close to the coast can even come with direct access to the sands of Hayle Bay and Polzeath, where days can be spent riding the waves or kayaking between the limpet-speckled coves. Excursions – usually by boat – are also popular, whether it means donning the boots to hike the trails of the Cornish coast, or whizzing across to hearty local towns to take cooking lessons from the region's famous seafood chefs.


Sun cream at the ready for Rock

There's no doubt about it – Rock's best season is the summer. That's when you can hop out from the door of your Rock vacation rental and stroll straight to the local beachfront on the edge of the Camel River, and when you'll catch the enticing seafood joints and ale pubs in full swing. The high time starts around late June, with the beginning of the UK summer holidays, and ends with the closing days of August. Winter is reserved for those who like wild walks in the rain and roaring surf swells.

Natural features

Clutching the Camel River in Rock

Gasps and wide eyes are the expression of choice for most first-time visitors to the handsome Camel Estuary where Rock makes its home. Sandy beaches that glow yellow and gold fringe the northern shores close to the town, spilling down into brackish lagoons of blue-green. On the coastline, where the North Cornish beaches begin in earnest, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the Caribbean as you stalk the clifftops of the gorgeous Trevose Head Heritage area. Then there's wave-crashed Polzeath, where seals pop their heads above the swells and surfers hone their craft.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Rock

Fly into Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), the closest airport, located 8.3 mi (13.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Rock?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,666 vacation rentals near Rock. From 488 Cottages to 840 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rock for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Rock?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Rock. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fistral Beach: 4,054 vacation rentals
  • Crantock Beach: 4,075 vacation rentals
  • Polzeath Beach: 3,535 vacation rentals
  • Watergate Bay: 3,886 vacation rentals
  • Eden Project: 4,962 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rock listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Rock?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 488 Cottages in Rock. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rock include:

  • Houses: 840 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 488 rentals available
  • Barns: 42 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Rock?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 89 vacation rentals with pool available in Rock. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.