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.
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.
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.
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…