Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Beautiful restored traditional Cornish stone cottage, located in the Padstow area of North Cornwall. Situated in the heart of old St Merryn village centre, a bustling village where the village amenities are on your doorstep, but the beaches never far.
Especially appealing to the discerning visitor who appreciates the beauty and heritage value of an authentically restored old stone cottage (but with modern amenities), so rare authentically restored like this one. Rather than staying in a cottage which is 'modernised', or a modern house with a cottagey name, try Cornish life in lovely authentic old Spindrift Cottage.
Recently renovated using traditional techniques and specially matched materials, this historic Cornish stone cottage has beautiful authentic features to enjoy, such as re-discovered nook fireplaces, beamed ceilings, slate flagstone floor, tactile limed walls.
With the addition of fitments and fittings such as the no-expense-spared joiner-made kitchen, antique welsh dresser, leather suite, and quality appliances, you can expect to enjoy your stay. Even the beds have thoughtful touches such as anti-allergy mattresses, and the fitted bathrooms have new suites which are to an 'Ideal Standard'.
The nearest large sandy beach is Harlyn Bay, ideal for bathing, surfing, walks, and sandcastles, about10 mins walk away, just over a mile to drive, or 4 scheduled minutes country bus ride. Buses also run to Constantine Bay and Porthcothan Bay, the furthest just over 3 miles only.
Within approx 3 miles are 7 of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Cornwall, most with car parks and RNLI Lifeguards. The vibrant harbour town of Padstow gets a bit busy in high season, but has a park n ride scheme, but Padstow can also be reached by local bus from St Merryn, as can Watergate Bay, Newquay, and Newquay Airport.
Local shops, restaurants and pubs are all within a short stroll from Spindrift cottage. There is a lovely Bakers Shop and Deli opposite for morning croissants, fresh bread and picnic pasties! Need a bottle of milk, some free-range eggs and a packet of bacon? Just 3 doors away is 'Shop at Shop', which also has a Post Office counter. Surf Hire and Ladies Hairdresser, Newsagent, Off-sales and DVD hire, are all here.
Nearby golf (Trevose Golf Club), course fishing (The Alps Fishery), horse riding (Tresallyn), surfing, swimming, bodyboarding, paddling, sandcastles, rock pools, crabbing, enjoy 7 of the most beautiful sandy beaches anywhere, 'no news no shoes'.
Also sea fishing, mackerel fishing, boat trips, speed boat, ferry to Rock, Padstow Estuary, cycle the Camel Trail, country walks, clifftop walks, North Cornwall Coastal Path, conservation zone, area of outstanding natural beauty.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Harlyn Bay, Booby's/Mother Iveys, Constantine 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay Airport (between St Merryn & Newquay) 11.9 km, Nearest railway: Newquay (or Bodmin Parkway) 17.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Downstairs rooms have exposed beams, slate flagstone floors, tactile lime rendered walls, throughout is the wonderful natural feel of a traditional Cornish stone cottage.
High quality furnishings and appliances make this more than just a holiday cottage - it's a Cornish home from home for those who appreciate authentic traditional cottages
As well as the traditional interior, Modern facilities include high quality Pure DAB radio/clocks in every bedroom and a Pure DAB/FM radio in the kitchen, Wi-Fi Broadband, freeview LCD HD TV, DVD player, telephone for evening/weekend calls to BT domestic landlines, SMEG oven/grill, induction hob, compact upright fridge-freezer in black to match the exposed beams, microwave, toaster, kettle, iron, travel hairdryer, even a wall-mounted fan heater to keep you warm in the family bathroom on even the coldest winter nights.
... and a Clearview woodburing stove, also flame effect 'stove' heaters in the other 2 fireplaces, background central heating ...
... and a scullery/utility room with a modern washing machine, tumble dryer, and deep cleaners sink ...
... and even the dining cutlery is good quality stainless steel, with 9 full place settings. (That is, 18 knives, 18 forks etc)
Up the stairs continues the traditional cottage feel, with tactile limed walls, cosy bedrooms, and upstairs is close carpeted apart from the 2 bathrooms. For your wellbeing, all beds have anti-allergy mattresses.
The lounge is an ideal room for relaxing. There is a leather 3 piece suite (2 seater settee, 2 large armchairs), plus 2 comfortable traditional wooden stickback armchairs fitted with modern cushions. So up to 6 guests all have proper seats.
Added to this under the traditional sash window there is an old window seat built into the 2 feet thick stone walls, on which 2 can perch, or use it as a place for newspapers or drinks. In this room maybe sip a coffee while watching TV, or in the winter months warm yourself by the mesmerising logburner.
During restorations a deep stone fireplace was discovered in the lounge. This has features mentioned in the Wikipedia entry for St Merryn. The stonework has been restored and a Clearview woodburning stove installed in it.
In the same room there is a second fireplace which is in the wall and originally would have had a clome oven for cooking and a hot water 'copper' built into the wall - but now has a flame effect electric 'stove' for instant warmth when a woodburner would be too much.
The kitchen-dining room is an ideal room to be together and chat while you cook or enjoy warm croissants or pasties or fresh bread from the deli bakery opposite.
The kitchen area has joiner-custom-made wooden furniture and cupboards with a traditional feel, within which are fitted a Smeg fan oven/grill, an induction hob, and butler sink. Other appliances include microwave, toaster, kettle, a small fridge-freezer, through-wall extractor fan. The small antique oak table with drawers is ideal for preparation, serving, and storage of small items. Saucepans and kitchen implements are included. Under the traditional sash window is an old window seat built into the 2-feet thick stone wall, on which up to 2 can perch to chat, sip coffee, or prep food.
The dining area (at the garden end of the kitchen-diner) has a large restored 'welsh' dresser, offering plenty of storage, and a round dining table which can easily seat 6, there are 7 pine dining chairs, plus 3 more chairs upstairs, so maybe more that 8 can eat in the kitchen if you 'budge up' and use the oak preparation table also for dining if you need to set extra places'. The large dining area window-seat can also seat up to 4, and there are seat cushions provided.
The stairs have a swing-open Lindam stair gate to keep small children safe, or a dog downstairs.
Upstairs there are 3 cosy bedrooms.
(There are actually 4 bedrooms, but we keep one locked as the cleaners room)
2 x bedrooms have double beds and 1 x bedrooms is a twin, with 2 x single beds.
All beds are fitted with anti-allergy, orhtopaedic, foam mattresses.
Through the master bedroom, past the fireplace with flame effect electric 'stove' for instant heat, is a step down to the en-suite bathroom. This is tiled in white and aqua glass, with corner bath, shaver light, electric towel rail, and Ideal Standard washbasin & corner wc.
Off the landing is the fully tiled family bathroom, newly refitted with bath, electric shower over, shaver light, instant wall mounted fan heater, Ideal Standard washbasin & wc.
Outside the front door is an old 'extension' with separate entrance, within which is a large old fireplace, although the high chimney stack was removed at some stage after the late 1940's. We believe this was originally for heating and beating metal cart 'tyres'. By the middle decades of the 20th Century it was a lockup haberdashery shop.
And now it is the scullery utility room. There is a full size washing machine and also a tumble dryer side-by-side in the old fireplace. There is a redeployed 'cleaners sink' (similar to a Belfast but you can stand a bucket or bowl on top on a hinged grille) with taps, for you to rinse your sandy trunks or walking shoes.
|Further details outdoors|
In the back garden is an old patio area where you may sit with garden chairs and table (it's a real afternoon suntrap) or cook on the small metal BBQ provided. There is an outside tap.
There are raised stone flower beds here, which also have 'ledge seats' on which additional guests can perch.
Between these beds are 4 rustic steps leading to a small lawn on which you could choose to place the garden furniture, or sunbathe.
There is a rotary washing line which can be used here to dry your swimming costumes etc.
One step further up is the handy gravelled parking area, accessed via the driveway next door. The right of access is through the garden of the end cottage next door (once a cart garage and now named 'Cairn Cottage'), and once inside Spindrift Cottage land the garden can be closed off with gates. It won't take a large vehicle, and you need to back in, but if your car fits through a 7-foot access and you are a confident backer then this is an ideal spot for privately loading, or polishing, the car.
In any case, there is free street parking at the front, which is ideal compared to some Cornish villages and towns where parking can be costly..
Summary points are:-
Arrival Saturday 15.30pm, departure Saturday 10.00 am.
Sorry, no stag or hen groups.
One small to medium well behaved family type dog is welcome, downstairs only please. No other pets except by prior written agreement.
We pay for authentic cottage holiday rental insurance, but you should have your own holiday/travel insurance to cover you and your party for illness, accidents, injuries, possessions, delay, cancellation costs, and so forth, as rental insurance does not cover guests or their possessions etc.
Our Booking Agreement contains all details, based on the HolidayLettings contract, we can send this out on request, or send it when you book to sign and return with your booking/damage deposit.
For your peace of mind, and to ensure our Holiday Rental Insurances insurance remains valid, we have had the Cottage professionally rewired, and a full electrical check and safety certificate issued in 2011.
The West Country region
Cornwall is the UK's favourite holiday destination, and justifiably so. Sea, sand, stunning views, rugged countryside, historic villages, towns and cities, and many tourist attractions and facilities, it offers something for everyone.
Once a world famed provider of rare Tin, and a famed sea fishing area, it later became the fascinating destination for mainly wealthy and discerning tourists.
This climatically warm part of the UK is far from the hazy skies of London and most cities in England, and being surrounded by sea and sand, it has a special quality of light which has attracted artists for over 150 years.
Cornwall can offer some of the best weather in the UK, and evidence of the climate can be seen at seaside resorts where palm trees are common - but being surrounded by sea it can also experience rain and wind which provide spectacular clifftop viewing and exhilarating surfing.
On rainy days visitors can visit a Cornish town such as Padstow or Wadebridge, or Cities such as Truro and Penzance where you will find culture in the form of art, theatre, and architecture, as well as fascinating and varied shopping. Why not visit an all-day indoor attraction such as the Eden Project, carnglaze caverns, or Tate Modern Gallery.
The rugged north coastline where we are based provides spectacular views and walks, and some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Cornwall - ideal for families with not only great sand and sea but also many rock pools for children to explore and play.
Cornwall is so loved by visitors that many develop a lifetime fascination with this beautiful, historic and mysterious land, so return year after year. The history and mystery of Cornwall with its ancient standing stones, burial mounds and disused tin mines, rubs shoulders with modern tourist attractions which are now plentiful in the County - there is always something fascinating or relaxing to do in this stunning area.
Cornwall (Kernow) was once a separate country, with it's own celtic language, and which apparently never signed a surrender, so some Cornish believe it technically is still a separate country.
Even as recently as the 1960's and 70's it was hard to access by road so journey times were long.
No longer hard to reach, the excellent A30 runs down the hilly 'spine' of Cornwall, Newquay airport welcomes air arrivals, Plymouth welcomes ferry users, and Bodmin Parkway is on the fast train lines, so Cornwall is now well provided with modern goods and services.
The ancient port of Padstow is a busy Town, which has a number of residential villages and hamlets subsidiary to it. The nearby Village of St Merryn is an ancient part of the Padstow area. St Merryn is the nearest village to the 'Seven Bays' area of the finest tourist beaches and farmland.
The first resident Vicar arrived in St Merryn over 750 years ago, and the Church was already here then, so you can tell how old it really is. The village retains a central crossroads of local shops and pubs. The Village is inland just enough to shelter from winter gales, which is why the old buildings are set low. Newer buildings may be less well placed, as only time will tell. St Merryn Village is ideally located to explore Cornwall while still being very near to 7 of the best beaches in Cornwall. And the advantage of St Merryn over many places is you can park in the street at no charge to pop into a shop, and if you stay in traditionally restored Spindrift Cottage you are central to the Village and so you never need to drive in the evening to visit a restaurant, bistro, pub or takeaway.
But do not confuse St Merryn with the holiday camps offering holiday lodges and the like, built on the exposed old St Merryn airfield, which is several miles inland from St Merryn and not easily walkable.
There are 7 magnificent beaches in an arc round St Merryn, the nearest being Harlyn Bay, about a mile, and the most about 3 being Porthcothan Bay. From west to east they are: Porthcothan Bay, Treyarnon Bay, Constantime Bay, Booby's Bay, Mother Iveys Bay, Harlyn Bay, Trevone beach.
Padstow area has become world famous through TV Chef Rick Stein, but it has always been an open secret for discerning holidaymakers who love the wonderful sandy beaches, rugged cliffs with spectacular scenic walks, and 'the power of nature' you can experience when away from the bustling crowds.
Rick Stein is famed not only for his seafood restaurant overlooking Padstow Harbour, but also his 'Cornish Arms' pub opposite St Merryn Church. This is a 400 metre walk on pavements from Spindrift Cottage, passing open fields and sea views along the way.
Padstow Town is a picturesque fishing port, which still operates some fishing, and is now known for it's wide array of restaurants, pubs and tourist shops.
The location of St Merryn old village is ideal - after a long day on the beach, walking the spectacular clifftops, playing a round of golf, horseriding, coarse fishing, a boat trip, cycling the Camel Trail, visiting Padstow Harbour, local theme parks and attractions, shopping, or exploring Cornwall - when you're 'home at last' you can relax in St Merryn by visiting a restaurant, bistro, Rick Stein's foody pub the Cornish Arms, the Farmers Arms pub with carvery, enjoy a takeaway, or visit a local shop, all within a few hundred metres, so no driving. And parking in St Merryn is free too.
St Merryn village is ancient. It is named after the missionary St Merryn (Merin) who was born AD550. The local Church welcomed it's first resident vicar over 750 years ago, and it is not known how old the Church is. The font is even older, having been relocated there from the ruined older Chapel and Well of St Constantine, now walkable on a Public Right of Way near hole 4 of Trevose Golf Course - just follow the wooden signposts.
There is always something going on around Cornwall, but when based in St Merryn local highlights are the beaches and cliff walks, the hectic pagan Mayday (Obby Oss) festival in Padstow, the extensive 3-day Royal Cornwall Show at the Royal Cornwall Showground towards Wadebridge, St Merryn Carnival, St Merryn Steam Rally, Church fetes, bric-a-brac sales at St Merryn village hall, and the like.
Ideal for couples or families, and with plenty to do nearby. Visit Padstow Harbour and take a speedboat ride, fishing trip, or the ferry to Rock. Also in Padstow visit the Lobster Hatchery, hire bikes to ride the Camel Trail to Wadebridge along the old riverside railway line, or enjoy tourist shopping or eat at one of the fine local restaurants. Why not golf at the excellent links Trevose Golf Club at Constantine Bay, while away a peaceful day or night coarse fishing at The Alps fishing lake down the hill past St Merryn Church, or go horse riding with one of the nearby riding stables.
If you have children, why not visit the Crealy Great Adventure theme park just 4.5 miles away. (www.crealy.co.uk/cornwall) - we find this a wonderful day out for a family with children, with animals up close, activities, rides and picnic areas.
The Cornish Birds Of Prey Centre is also worth a visit, and you can book to handle birds of prey, an owl, or a falcon. 6.5 miles away (www.cornishbirdsofprey.co.uk)
Why not visit an event at The Royal Cornwall Showground. 7 miles away
Perhaps The Royal Cornish Show, the huge County Agricultural Show brimming with daredevil action and musical performances, animals and birds, and historical and agricultural interest. (www.royalcornwallshow.org)
In 45 minutes drive (traffic permitting) you can be at the Eden Project, Trago Mills, Carnglaze Caverns, the Cathedral and shopping City of Truro, or at Newquay with it's many tourist attractions such as Newquay Zoo, the Boating Lake, tennis courts, extensive tourist shopping, and busy nightlife. Newquay also has indoor attractions for a rainy day such as the indoor swimming baths and the childrens adventure experiences.
Further afield, but worth a day trip, are the Tate Modern Gallery at St Ives, and the spectacular cliffside amphitheatre The Minack Theatre past Penzance. See their schedule of live performances at www.minack.com
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24 Oct 2013
Spindrift is truly an amazing place to stay! Tempted not to write a review but to keep this one all to myself! This is the second time we have stayed here and from start to finish the owners could not… More
Thank you for taking the time to write an excellent review, we appreciate it! :)
22 Jul 2013
"Excellent location and cottage"
If you want to explore this area of Cornwall then this cottage is the location you HAVE to be in. Easy to drive anywhere without a problem and also close (10 seconds walk) to all good shops / restaura… More
Many thanks for your kind review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you appreciate this lovely old cottage as we do. :)
18 Jun 2012
"Lovely cottage.....fantastic location"
Just spent a fantastic week at Spindrift cottage with family. Excellent location, close to all amenities. Cottage is very well equipped, has enclosed gardens to the rear with parking space (no problems parking on the road... and its free). The cottage easily accommodates six people with good sized rooms. Bakery, Chinese takeaway, chip shop, spar, restaurants and pubs on your doorstep. Meals at the Farmers arms good value for money especially the carvery and child friendly. Harlyn bay (approx 1mile walk) is a beautiful beach for families and Harlyn Inn serves excellent food especially the seafood platter and fish paella. Plenty of places to visit whatever the weather Padstow, Port Issac, St Ives, Eden project, the list is endless. Will hopefully return next year.
Thank you for your excellent review :)
19 Dec 2011
"If you could wave a magic wand...."
My wife, young son and I had the pleasure of staying at Spindrift Cottage in August of this year for a week-long, delightful and memorable summer break.
Located bang in the centre of the picturesque village of St Merryn, the cottage is ideally situated to enjoy the most that holidaying in Cornwall has to offer. We were able to visit three beautiful beaches, all within very close driving range (Harlyn beach is even within walking distance if you're not dealing with pushchairs and nappy changing bags!) All beaches offered superb views and excellent surf for those who are looking for a more adventurous experience. Within the village, there is everything you would need. The local pub specialises in superb value-for-money roast dinners, whilst the chip shop, pizzeria and obligatory cornish pasty outlets mean that you are never stuck for ideas when eating out. Added to this is the extra convenience of a spar store for all of the everyday essentials you will undoubtedly leave behind!
We enjoyed visiting a variety of places such as Padstow Harbour (10 minute drive) where the opportunity to brave the gentle waves and engage in a spot of mackerel fishing is not to be missed! If only taking out the bones was as easy as catching them!!
My initial impression of the cottage was the deceptively impressive living space afforded once inside. Spindrift boasts a generous living area as well as a great 'family' dining and kitchen space. Well presented, it is obvious that any restoration has been completed with sensitivity to ensure the originality and integrity of the cottage remains intact. Relaxing in the warm glow of the wood burning fire after a long day at the beach remains a particular highlight. In contrast to the authenticity of the charming 'cottage' experience, modern appliances such as flatscreen television, DVD, washing machine and dryer add both luxury and a sense of practicality - especially the ability to wash and dry dirty beachwear for the following day. I also greatly appreciated the wireless network facility which enabled me to keep up to date with emails and other web-based information (particularly useful when planning days out and checking tide times etc...).
A further impressive feature of Spindrift is the two bathrooms it offers; whilst this wasn't an essential necessity for our needs, I am sure that larger families would benefit from the additional en-suite facility.
The cottage is expertly maintained; fresh bedding, towels and toiletries were available on arrival and the collection of DVDs, books and games was a nice touch for ensuring a relaxing time was had by all. The kitchen is well-equipped and is kitted out with a range of useful utensils, crockery and cutlery.
The rear garden is a pleasant outdoor space which offers opportunities for alfresco dining and barbecuing, whilst the private parking facilities (also to the rear of the property) ensures that you're not competing with the other tourists for a space during peak hours.
All-in-all, we had a wonderful time at Spindrift and wouldn't hesitate to book again. As far as holiday lettings for Cornwall go, you really cannot go too far wrong with this one.
23 Jun 2011
"Beautiful cottage, Excellent Location!"
We stayed week of the 9th May 2011 and had a great time! The location was better than we had realised on booking because you really can reach everything within minutes including food, pasties for day … More
Thank you for your kind review, you left the cottage beautifully neat thank you, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We would just mention that the woodburner is best used in cool weather and long dark winter evenings when it makes a perfect picture to settle in front of. Anyway, many thanks, you are welcome back any time! :)
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