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Luxury self-catering beach house | Porthcothan Bay, Padstow, Cornwall

The Old Beach Stores

Porthcothan Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, UK

Neatly sandwiched between the popular harbour towns of Padstow and Newquay on the north Cornwall coast, Porthcothan is a paradisaical seaside village which enjoys a gentle pace year-round. White horses canter along the horizon and soft sand dunes rise from the beach like billowing hot air balloons, offering shelter for this luxury self-catering family beach house which sits right in the bay.

Introduction

Once serving as the village tearoom and sweetshop, this unique coastal abode has been extended considerably over its 100-year existence and now offers luxury self-catering accommodation to those harbouring an affiliation to this dreamy portion of the north Cornwall coast. The Old Beach Stores yields the remedying qualities of the seaside all year round. Tucked just behind the bay, it makes an idyllic base from which to experience the chic cocktail bars, celebrity chef restaurants and gentle surf, all of which compete for attention on the doorstep. That's if you can tear yourself from the private garden spa...

Inside

Incorporating contemporary beach house decor, the interior echos scenes from the bay. Coral reef wallpaper by Sanderson adorns the wall behind the L-shaped sofa in the snug and, in the master bedroom, an ocean-facing balcony invites the sea breeze to waft in under a linen canopy which hangs above the four-poster bed. Like the best Cornish homes, the light-filled dining room with its huge oak table is the heart of the house. Sliding doors lead onto the garden, a convenient place to flop in the sun after over-indulging in cream teas slathered with sweet strawberry jam.

Outside

Cornwall’s famous Seven Bays; Trevone, Harlyn, Mother Ivey's, Booby's, Constantine, Treyarnon and Porthcothan, offer a paradisiacal haven of sandy beach upon sandy beach in a tucked-away location just south of Padstow on the chiselled north coast. With ocean vistas from the balcony and access straight onto the beach from the garden, The Old Beach Stores encourages indoor-outdoor living with vigour. Teenagers can perfect their surf technique while grandparents cheer at the shore, leaving parents to fully kick-back in the indoor spa and bar area, before the whole family reunite for evenings by the singalong-inducing fire pit.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 11 guests
    From £3,250 per week, £2,950 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 6 or up to 7 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsAccommodation runs over two separate dwellings at The Old Beach Stores. The main house comprises two en suite doubles one with super king-size bed and one with a king-size bed, plus one twin and one single which share a shower room; the master flaunts an ocean-facing balcony and en suite shower room with freestanding bath, while the second double has a large en suite shower room. There is a further twin, double bedroom with king-size bed and bathroom (with shower over) in the stone annex. Each property includes a ground floor WC and there is an outside shower – perfect for sandy dogs and toes.
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  • FeaturesGarden room with hot tub and bar, games room with pool table, outdoor shower and dunk tank
  • PetsTwo well-behaved, medium-sized dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday and MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyChildren and babies are very welcome, one cot and highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesWell-equipped for self-catering stays, the kitchen includes a Range oven with induction hob, American-style fridge freezer with ice maker and water dispenser, wine fridge, toaster, dishwasher, instant hot water tap and Nespresso machine. The laundry room houses a washing machine and tumble dryer. The annex kitchenette features a fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and Nespresso machine. Outside, the gated driveway can accommodate three to five cars. Dogs with escape artist tendencies could squeeze under the entrance gate via the front garden, however, the rear garden is enclosed and surrounded by hedges. Please note, members of staff may be on-site for housekeeping and gardening purposes.
  • Homestay includesWelcome hamper of fresh local produce, Apple TV with Netflix, Wii U, WiFi internet, Sonos one speakers, gas barbecue, luxury toiletries, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Porthcothan

If anywhere symbolises Cornwall´s chic credentials, it is the north coast. Just south of popular harbour towns Port Issac and Padstow sits Porthcothan; a laidback village backed by towering sand dunes. This north-west facing cove is a favourite with families thanks to its gentle surf.

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Porthcothan

Getting there

  • On the Map Porthcothan Bay sits just down the coast from Padstow near the village of St Merryn on the North Cornwall coast
  • By Car From London, take the M4 towards Bath, the M5 south and then the A30 to Cornwall, and follow the directions provided to reach the property
  • By Train The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway, around 40 minutes away, with regular routes to London Paddington
  • By Air Newquay Airport is less than half an hour's drive away, with car hire and taxis available

From the owner

“We fell in love with the amazing location and, with the help of our Devon-based architects and fantastic local Cornish builders, we transformed, modernised and extended the property to what it is today.”

From the owner

Our beloved Cornish beach house was built by Mr and Mrs Brenton in 1883. From the house, they started a small business serving cream teas, postcards and sweets and over time built this up to become the village store of Porthcothan.

As the shop became more successful, the Brenton's decided to convert their horse stables next door into a shop which is the current shop, Porthcothan Bay Stores, located down the path to the beach. 

Since then the house has had a succession of owners, one of whom was born at the property and still lives in the village to this day. Grace's family lived here and ran the shop from 1935 until 1985. In 1985 the shop was sold to the Wyatts who ran the shop for 30 years, living here until their retirement when we bought the property from them in the summer of 2015.

Porthcothan Bay is a beautiful place with one of the best beaches of the famous Seven Bays along this coastline (in our opinion)!

The Price Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Porthcothan with an insider’s perspective.

Surfing, Porthcothan Bay
To Do

Surfing, Porthcothan Bay

If there´s one thing you simply must do then it´s take to the surf. The north-west facing cove enjoys gentle waves and is great for beginners. Boards can be hired from the village stores next door and, thanks to the friendly nature of the owners, guests can run an account to pay on departure. From Sunday papers to fresh bread and Roskilly ice cream, you really won´t have to venture far- which means more time perfecting your pop-up!

Prawn on the Farm, Padstow
To Eat

Prawn on the Farm, Padstow

Prawn on the Lawn´s Cornwall outpost is switching locations for the summer and fans of their popular restaurant couldn´t be more excited. The site overlooking the glorious Camel Estuary promises "lazy days of local seafood, fresh produce from Padstow Kitchen Garden and plenty of rosé", all al fresco in the fresh coastal air.

Hawksfield, Atlantic Highway
To See

Hawksfield, Atlantic Highway

On the site of a disused gas station, one of north Cornwall´s trendiest shopping destinations is making an increasing amount of noise. There´s hipster coffee house Strong Adolfos, hairdressers Carbon 50, The Arc food store, vintage cars by Bespoke Traders and gorgeous homewares from Jo&Co. The perfect pit-stop for a rainy afternoon.

BinTwo, Padstow
To Do

BinTwo, Padstow

A charming wine merchant that also serves coffee and small bites (genius!), BinTwo´s by-the-glass menu stretches from robust reds to champagnes from Billecart-Salmon, with something to suit every palate. For the organised folk who want to order ahead of their stay, BinTwo offers local delivery via their online shop.

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