Set in a spectacular spot above the beach at Mawgan Porth on the North Cornish coast, Gwillen is a comfortably furnished, self-catering cottage ideal for families or groups. Facing south-west, views encompass the beach, the village of Trenance and over the cliffs towards Newquay and beyond. Positioned close to the South West Coastal Path, Gwillen will suit both beach lovers and walkers alike.
Comfortably furnished, Gwillen has plenty of space for a party of up to 6 with two small additional beds in the attic room. With fabulous views over the ever – changing bay there is always something new to look at from the main living rooms. The bedrooms are a combination of double and twin bedded giving flexible sleeping arrangements for larger parties.
The lounge area has an open fire and sliding doors leading into a sun room with panoramic views. In turn, the sun room opens out onto a small sun terrace overlooking the garden and views beyond. There is a TV with Freeview, DVD player, radio, digital Bluetooth stereo and WiFi
The modern kitchen/breakfast room has an electric cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a table for everyone to sit around, together with a sofa and TV enabling the room to be used as an additional sitting room.
Two newly fitted bathrooms provide plenty of space (one has an overbath shower, the other a full shower).
The main entrance into the kitchen has an archway through to a ‘boot room’ with hanging and shelf space for coats, shoes and boots.
There is an outside shower area accessed through the garage to rinse wetsuits and hang them to dry before entering the house.
• Bedroom 1: Double bed, wardrobe and shelving; front of property with views over the garden and coast beyond
• Bedroom 2: Twin room (2’6” beds), with wardrobe/chest of drawers
• Bedroom 3: Double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers; back of property with double doors opening on to terraced area
• Bedroom 4: Attic room with two twin beds; ideal for children (limited head height in places)
The Local Area:
Gwillen is located metres from the South West Coast path that leads you north towards Padstow and south towards Watergate Bay, you are a few minutes’ walk down to the beach.
The beach itself has been rated in 2013 as one the top 10 by the Sunday Times and has acres of sheltered golden sands and sits at the foot of rugged cliffs. The Atlantic breakers mean it is an excellent beach for body-boarding and surfing and life guards are in daily attendance from the end of May to September. Alternatively, there are lots of opportunities for rock pooling, caves to explore and plenty of space for building sandcastles, kite flying and traditional beach games. Or simply take a book and relax, there’s always plenty going on to watch.
The dramatic Bedruthan Steps Beach is a mile’s walk away along the South West Coast Path and accessible [only at low tide] via very steep steps. It is well worth the climb down (and back up again!) to explore the myriad little coves and see the dramatic rock structures. Keep an eye on the returning tide as areas of the beach become cut off quickly. The National Trust has a café at the top of the cliffs serves a great range of hot and cold food and there is parking on their land at Carnevas which is off the B3276 towards Padstow.
Eight miles from Padstow and 3 miles from Watergate Bay, Gwillen is well placed for visitors to take advantage of the many wonderful restaurants nearby. Padstow is the gastronomic heartland of Rick Stein’s seafood empire and in the summer months is a buzzing harbourside town. There are plenty of crabbing opportunGwillen is situated within walking distance of 3 pubs and 2 of Cornwall’s best hotels. Bedruthan Steps and its sister adults’ only hotel The Scarlet both serve fabulous food and are open to non-residents (booking advisable in peak holiday months). There is also a spa available for day visitors. Please contact the hotels direct for details.
Newquay Airport is 3 miles away with the option of a short flight for some or all of your party from airports around the UK.
Facilities near the beach include a pub with a good range of food, a café, grill restaurant, newsagent, beach goods and surf shops, take-away fish and chips and the ‘King Surf’ surf school; all just a ten minute walk across the beach.ities along the harbour wall and a ferry runs across the estuary throughout the summer months to Rock and the beautiful Daymer Beach on the other side. Watergate Bay is home to Jamie Oliver’s “Fifteen” restaurant and is well known too for its extensive surfing facilities.
Food shopping – as well as the local store across the beach, there are branches of Sainsburys, Morrisons, ASDA, Aldi and Lidl in Newquay and Tesco in Padstow
Shops, pub, restaurants/bars and garage in St Merryn
Farm Shops @ Bre-Pen Farm and Padstow Farm shop
WHERE TO EAT
Nearby pubs include:
• The Merrymoor Inn right on the beach
• Catch restaurant - right off the beach
• The Travellers Rest just under 2 miles away in Trevarrian
• Falcon Inn in St Mawgan
• The Cornish Arms on the road to LOCAL BEACHES
There are lots of other fantastic beaches to visit nearby:
• Treyarnon Bay with its natural swimming pools
• Constantine Bay is great for rock pooling
• Trevone has two beaches (one large and sandy, one rocky), local store, surf shop, café & restaurant
• Porthcothan, a deceptively large beach with much only revealed at low tide with rocks and caves also appearing
• Watergate Bay is a renowned surfing beach with lots of facilities at hand
• Booby’s Bay which is covered at high tide, surrounded by rocks and pools
• Daymer Beach at Rock with good beachside restaurant/cafes; can be reached by ferry from Padstow
• Harlyn Bay is popular with families and surfers alike; busy in spring and summer but be prepared to walk a little way and it’s usually quieter
• Bedruthan Steps (Carnewas) with its dramatic cliff and rock formations, just beyond St Merryn. Owned by Rick Stein
• Jon’s Bistro at Bre-Pen Farm
• Tea Room at Bre-Pen Farm
To add to this there are a variety of picnic spots in and around Mawgan Porth
Places to visit/ Things to do
Locally: pitch & putt, crazy golf, coarse, sea and trout fishing, go-kart racing, surf schools, ten pin bowling, candle factory, church at St Mawgan, Japanese Garden, Newquay Zoo & Blue Reef Aquarium, Screech Owl Sanctuary in St Columb Major, Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, Kernow Chocolate Factory at St Eval
“Camel Trail” – ideal for walking & cycling; cycle hire available from Wadebridge and Padstow.
Located just 15mins away, the Merlin Golf Course is situated on a hilltop with amazing sea views for all golf enthusiasts.
Gwillen is ideally located above one of North Cornwall’s most attractive surfing beaches and close to the SW Coastal path making it an ideal base for beach lovers and walkers. Other watersports in the area include, kite surfing, wave skiing and power kiting.
Further afield: Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden in St Ives, the Eden Project, Bodmin & Wenford preserved steam railway at Bodmin …self-catering accomodation at Mawgan Porth on the North Cornish coast self-catering bungalow at Mawgan Porth on the North Cornish coast