The north coast of Cornwall is, quite rightly, one of the most popular and well known parts of Cornwall. Carthew’s site is ancient, built just below an iron age farm and alongside early trackways from Trevone Head, from the lost port of Halwyn, and the ancient way to the south coast at Fowey. Carthew is at the head of the small valley of Pinkson Creek and has outstanding views of the Camel Estuary, overlooking the Padstow and Rock estuary and beaches.

The 17th Century family house was extended in the 18th and 19th Century when stone barns and cottages were added. The buildings are of local stone with lichen covered surfaces. They have many quirky and charming features. These beautiful buildings have now been renovated to the highest standard to provide luxury holiday accommodation with wonderful views.

The hamlet is about two miles from Padstow and just outside the village of St. Issey, a small picturesque village, with an astonishing decorated church. The pub ‘The Ring O’Bells Inn’ dates from the 17th Century and still retains many original features.

Nearby Padstow is well known for its association with the celebrity chef, Rick Stein, his cookery school, the lobster hatchery, and interesting little shops and cobbled alleyways, which bustle with people all year round. There’s a passenger ferry which runs between Padstow and Rock, with its wonderful beaches. It carries both pedestrians and cyclists.

The popular Camel Trail, between Padstow and Bodmin, runs along a disused railway line and is mostly flat, perfect for both cyclists and walkers. Cycle hire is available at both Padstow and Wadebridge. It’s a great day out, with plenty of places to stop for a picnic. At Wadebridge you will find a larger selection of shops and amenities. It’s got a good selection of restaurants, from tapas to fine dining. There are also numerous art galleries and boutique style shops.

Rock is just across the estuary from Padstow and a water taxi is available in the summer months for those who would like to visit in the evenings without driving there. It is a small, exclusive town, and its facilities reflect that. It has long, sandy beaches and during the day, throughout the year, these can be reached by the pedestrian ferry from Padstow Harbour.

The Camel Estuary is great for all sorts of water-sports, but also for those that are interested in nature – a birdwatchers paradise! You will find sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, etc. and there are good surfing beaches nearby. A little further up the coast at Polzeath there is a surf school. This area provides something for everyone.

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