Padstow: A home from home

Some people might think we’re weird to go on holiday to the same place every year. To be honest, our own eldest child thinks we are. But going to Padstow is just what we do. And four out of five of us love it.

Padstow is our home from home. And what’s not to love about that?

Just as many people go to the same park every week or every month, we go to the same town for our holiday. And it genuinely never gets boring. Because we love it there. Because we are happy there. Because we know it like the back of our hands.

It’s hard to explain just how busy we are all year round. For the last two years, I’ve had three kids at three different schools. My evenings are ruled by dance lessons, my weekends by football matches and rugby matches. I don’t have free time. I just give lifts to my kids and wonder when the hell we can all eat (either 4.30pm or 7.30pm as it happens).

And why doesn’t my husband help, you may ask? Because my husband works hard. Really flipping hard. It’s difficult for me to even explain how hard he works. He gets home a bit earlier than he used to – 6pm rather than 7pm. But he eats his tea, clears up the kitchen and starts working again. He doesn’t stop until 10pm. Sometimes he doesn’t stop until midnight or even 1am. Then he goes to bed, gets up and is back at work before 8am. Every single day.

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, Camel Estuary, Padstow home from home

He took his birthday off work and spent the whole day at home working. He took four days off work over Easter and spent three of them working. It was hard for him to work at Alton Towers, but he could at least answer a few emails on his phone.

Padstow, Cornwall, Camel Estuary, Holiday, Padstow home from home

So as a family, we really need a break, somewhere to relax, somewhere we feel happy and at home. And, for us, that’s Padstow.

We’ve even stayed at the same holiday house for three consecutive years now (and we stayed at our previous holiday house for three consecutive years before that). It’s not the best holiday house in the world, but it’s definitely an eight out of 10. The lounge and kitchen are a bit small, but it is clean and comfortable and there are four bedrooms, a parking space and wifi. And it’s a two minute walk into the centre of Padstow. Our favourite place in the world. What more could you want?

We certainly don’t want any more.

Padstow, Houses, Holiday, Cornwall, Padstow home from home

Padstow is our home from home. We’ve been on holiday there every single year since my son was born in 2001 and I don’t think we will ever stop.

Padstow, Cornwall, Boats, Padstow home from home

Padstow harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, Padstow home from home

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, Houses, Padstow home from home

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, Boats, Padstow harbour, Padstow home from home

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, Padstow home from home

Padstow, Cornwall, Camel Estuary, Padstow home from home, Holiday

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, Padstow home from home, Padstow war memorial

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, Boats, Padstow harbour, Padstow home from home

SaveSave

SaveSave

Author: Sarah Mummy

Share This Post On

18 Comments

  1. I love that you’ve been on holiday there every single year since 2001! There’s no reason to stop and your kids will have such fond memories of the place when they’re adults – either that or they will never want to go again lol! You also go to plenty of other places to visit so I think thats fine. To be honest, teenagers don’t like very much that their parents do so I think that’s quite ok 😉

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much! I think my eldest is capable of being grumpy wherever we go on holiday. I know my younger kids will have fond memories of Padstow and my daughter says she’s going to go every year when she’s an adult too! Generally we do try to have two holidays a year – one to Padstow and one somewhere else.

      Post a Reply
  2. I totally get this. We rarely go to the same place twice but this year we didn’t want to explore anywhere new. We’d had a really busy year, working so hard and we just wanted something easy. We went back to a place we’d been to two years before and we found we relaxed straight away. There was no working out where the shops were, how far away the pool was and where best to eat out. We already knew. It was perfect and just what our tired brains needed. My happiest childhood memories are of places we went to time and time again.

    Post a Reply
    • It is so much easier! Holidays are about finding new places, but they’re also about relaxing and taking it easy. Familiarity really helps with that. It’s great to know that you have happy childhood memories too. Really hope my own kids will have them.

      Post a Reply
  3. Hi Sarah, I can understand why people return to the same place time and time again. We see it a lot here. There is a lot to be said for feeling comfortable and at home in a place and Padstow looks beautiful. I grew up in Devon, so Cornwall was a popular place to head for a break, the whole country is beautiful. Your husband does work hard and you need that special place where you can be a family, even for a short time.

    xx

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much, that’s exactly it! We’ve already booked our holiday for next year! We don’t usually book until a bit later in the year, but there’s no question we will be going back. x

      Post a Reply
  4. It’s lovely that you’ve found somewhere that you’re happy enough to return again and again. I can’t really think of anywhere in the UK that makes me feel like that, I sort of wish I there was somewhere. I’m not a fan of Padstow, it’s too busy for me. I think I need to move to a remote island!
    Nat.x

    Post a Reply
    • As a kid we used to go to places twice, but we never found anywhere we love as much as Padstow. My parents love it too and have visited rather a lot. We don’t like how busy it is either and try to avoid the centre in the middle of the day – you will notice a lack of crowds in my photos as they were taken either in the early morning or the evening! x

      Post a Reply
  5. We have been to Cornwall for 15 out of the last 16 years and have stayed on the same campsite for the last three. I like going back to the same place as it just feels really comfortable somehow. We went to Padstow last week but unfortunately the weather was awful. I need to get there in the sunshine as it’s such a beautiful place.

    Post a Reply
    • I like your style! I’m glad we’re not the only ones! Sorry to hear the weather was so awful when you went to Padstow. It wasn’t great when we went either, but as you can see we did have dry weather most of the time (even if it wasn’t all that warm!). Here’s to more repeat holidays!

      Post a Reply
  6. It looks like such a gorgeous place and I can see why you keep going back there. That part of the country is so pretty and there is something about harbours that’s really peaceful. Your Padstow is like our Scotland 🙂

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much, it really is lovely! And our Padstow is definitely your Scotland! 🙂

      Post a Reply
  7. I totally get that it’s a home from home, and you can’t beat that feeling when you find a place where you can truly relax. We too have a few home from home places (Centerparcs Whinfell being one of them after 12 family visits there). We always aim to try at least one new place a year to balance it out. And yep teens are never happy wherever you take them in the world lol x

    Post a Reply
    • It’s so nice when you find that place where you can relax and unwind. I’m impressed with how many times you’ve been to Centre Parcs! We’ve been to Center Parcs a fair few times too (Longleat), but although my daughter and I want to go back, the rest of the family aren’t so keen!

      Post a Reply
  8. This looks beautiful and I’m glad you felt like it was a home from home where you could relax. Everyone seemed to have fun and the photos are amazing x

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much! It is such a lovely place. I felt quite sad when I got back home, but I know next year’s holiday is already booked! x

      Post a Reply
  9. I don’t blame you for wanting to go back again and again. Padstow is the place in Cornwall that I have revisited most too and I’d happily go once a year.

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much! The only other place we’ve had a holiday in Cornwall is Fowey, which was nice, but we still prefer Padstow! We’ve visited a few other towns while we’ve been there, but nothing is as good as Padstow for us.

      Post a Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: