A flying visit to Padstow

Over the Easter holidays, we paid a flying visit to Padstow – my favourite place in the world. My eldest has his A Levels in just a few weeks and we had said NO HOLIDAYS over Easter or the May half-term, so that he can focus on revision.

But then my husband spent a weekend near Padstow with his friends just before Easter and was reminded of how beautiful it is. He persuaded me that we could just go down for one night. It didn’t take much persuasion. My eldest stayed home to revise. He’s not a fan of Padstow anyway.

We set off at 7am and arrived at 11am. For the first time ever, we were staying in a hotel. And for the first time ever, we were staying in Rock rather than Padstow. Rock is just over the Camel Estuary from Padstow and is a short ferry ride away. It’s about a mile across the estuary, or 15 miles by road. So we parked the car in the hotel car park and got the ferry across to Padstow.

Padstow, Harbour, Cornwall, Holiday, Silent Sunday, Sunday Snap

Camel Estuary, Padstow, Rock, Cornwall, 365

Rock, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

The weather was fantastic and Padstow was almost as busy as midsummer, which I hadn’t expected. We didn’t have any plans – just to walk around and enjoy the sun, the fresh air and all of our favourite sights. I never tire of the views around Padstow – the harbour, the buildings and the ever-changing Camel Estuary, with its dramatic changing tides. Every time I see it, it’s both the same and different – whether in bright sunshine, early morning sun, cloud or at sunset.

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

We stayed at the beautiful St Enodoc Hotel, which is probably the nicest hotel we’ve ever stayed at (with the possible exception of the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris). We had a suite, which included two bedrooms and a bathroom. The kids’ room even had a small kitchen hidden in the wardrobe – with a microwave, fridge and kitchen sink. Not that we were really there long enough to need it. I think my daughter was slightly disappointed not to be sharing with me, as we always have to have two rooms in a hotel and have a ladies’ room and a men’s room. The only disappointment for me about the hotel was that the shower wasn’t great. That’s the problem with having such a lovely shower at home – nothing else is ever quite good enough. Oh, and breakfast didn’t start until 8am, which isn’t ideal for someone who wakes at 4.30 every day and is always up by 6.

St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Bedroom, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Bedroom, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

On the second day, we had a walk along the beach at Rock, before heading back over to Padstow. We had a walk along the South West Coast Path, the others had a speed boat ride (not my cup of tea) and we had dinner in a pub before heading back home.

We were only away for two days, but it actually felt like a really good break.

These photos will give you an idea of why I love Padstow so much…

Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Padstow Harbour, Boats, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Boats, Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Beach, Rock, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, A flying visit to Padstow

Cream tea, Padstow, Cornwall, Holiday, 365

 

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I can see why it’s your favourite place in the world. It’s beautiful and looks like such a calming place.

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    • It is really beautiful, although not always calming as it can get very busy! I was surprised how busy it was over Easter.

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  2. Never been to Padstow but my mum, stepdad and younger brothers were frequent visitors. Only heard good things about it. Certainly looks great in the sunshine.

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    • It is a really beautiful place, although it does get extremely busy!

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    • It is an amazing place! It felt like a really good break, even though it was only two days.

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  3. You need to persuade S to retire there early! 🙂

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    • There’s no way he would ever retire early! But he does dream of getting a cottage down there one day (it won’t happen, but we can still dream, right?).

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  4. I’m so glad you had a lovely couple of days away. Your photos are gorgeous and Padstow is a beautiful place, but the crowds put me off so much when I went. It was as busy as London and I found it so stressful! Lovely to see so many of your gorgeous photos, you rarely share many on your blog and you do take fabulous pics!
    Nat.x

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    • Thank you! I couldn’t resist sharing a lot of photos in this post. I think it’s impossible to take a bad picture there. I know what you mean about the crowds, it can get very busy there! We try to avoid the harbour in the middle of the day. I was surprised at how busy it was at Easter.

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  5. I can see why you go back there again and again – I love both Rock and Padstow. My kids get bored of going back to the same place again though so I can understand your son not wanting to. I bet he loved it as a child but has just grown out of it. He’ll probably be the one who travels the world! The hotel looks lovely, especially the seaside decor 🙂

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    • I never tire of Padstow, nor do my husband and daughter. It feels like home to me. My son is forever saying he’s going to travel the world, but I’m not sure he’s got the organisational skills to get himself sorted and actually do it!

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  6. I can see why you love it to much Sarah, and I think we all have our ‘happy place’ don’t we. Love that you managed to escape for a night away, and the hotel looks lovely. I definitely think a night away somewhere does wonders for the soul x

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  7. Aww I can see by the photos and hear in your words how much you love this place. What wonderful photos and it looks like a picturesque town. Love the coloured houses. Glad you enjoyed xx

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    • Thanks very much, it’s such a beautiful place! x

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  8. Padstow looks great. I haven’t been since I was 3 years old, but would love to take N down to Cornwall. Just the holiday traffic and numbers put me off a bit (plus th length of the journey). We don’t like late breakfasts in hotels either. 7.30-8 is our prime time as N’s still always awake just after 6

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