A Holiday Site With It All; Highcliffe At Polzeath
I’ve often referred to Daymer Bay as my favourite beach spot so when I was recently invited to spend some time at the holiday site Highcliffe, which is just a short stroll away, I was very excited! Highcliffe is based at Trebetherick, perfectly placed right between Daymer Bay and Polzeath. The site has been offering holiday homes for decades but it’s recently undergone a glow-up, where it now offers not just the accommodation for your holiday, but so much more. I spent a few days indulging in all the site and the local area has to offer so here’s a run through of what to expect and some inspiration for your stay.
Highcliffe is made up of two varieties of homes; the above are the newly built luxe modern homes and the below are the traditional and original holiday homes. Both offer bright and clean decor, comfort throughout, green space and parking.
On the site, you’ll find a beautiful reception space which leads you through to the gym and yoga studio. The site have partnered with local pilates expert, Stacy Weeks, who hosts pilates sessions for guests and general public to enjoy. There’s also an on-site tennis court for when you want to enjoy burning off some energy without venturing to the beach!
As mentioned, Highcliffe is perfectly sandwiched between two fantastic beaches, with further beyond which are accessible on a nice walk. Heading East, you’ll find Polzeath beach, a short walk but it is down hill so bare in mind when heading back up! Polzeath is a very popular beach for water sports as the surf is generally very good here. There’s also an abundance of places to eat, drink, shelter from the sun and grab some snacks – all you need to spend a great day out down here. You can find all my posts on Polzeath here.
We decided to take full advantage of that surf and booked onto the local surf school, Georges Surf School. We met at the bottom of the hill and discussed our general abilities and some key pointers once out in the water. After fitting out in wetsuits and carrying the boards down to the waters edge, we stretched and practiced before getting fully involved. Such a fun thing to do, regardless of your ability or general desire to be a surfer, just a great way to get in the water safely and have a laugh.
After our surf, we headed around the cove to New Polzeath, also known as Babys Bay, to indulge in some sauna time! Saunas By The Sea is pitched up on the beach, offering a perfectly framed view of the sea whilst you sweat out and relax those muscles. You can book mixed or private session in the sauna here.
Once finished with all the fun down at Polzeath, we headed the opposite direction from Highcliffe and explored Daymer Bay. Again, just a short stroll away and you’ll find this beautiful beach. It’s generally calmer as it’s at the opening of the inlet, so a good option for a dip. You can walk the cliff from Polzeath over to Daymer Bay to take in some amazing views.
From Daymer Bay, you can follow the beach during low tide or head along the coast path to reach Rock. Rock is great spot to take a walk to and grab a drink. A beautiful spot overlooking the estuary, a foodies haven with some amazing spots to eat and popular for boating. You can also jump on the boat from here over to Padstow to explore further. Whilst on the walk, you can head through the golf course to find St Enodoc Church.
During our stay at Highcliffe, we were very lucky to eat in some of the best spots in the local area. This is only a small percentage of what is to offer so whether you’re having a short break or a long one, there’s so much to enjoy.
To start, Highcliffe organised lunch and breakfast from Fees Food. Fees has two storefronts, one in Rock and one in Port Isaac. Known for their incredible fresh salads for an ideal picnic and fantastic meals to order in and cook in your home back at Highcliffe.
A very short walk from Highcliffe and you’ll find The Mowhay. This characterful restaurant features tall exposed ceilings, creative artwork and twinkling fairy lights. It’s a really cosy and charming place to enjoy dinner or their popular Sunday BBQ’s.
After your walk to Rock, you’ll be ready for a pint and nowhere better than Paul Ainsworths The Mariners.
On the beach in Polzeath, you’ll find Surfside. This cool rum bar is tucked into the corner of the beach, allowing you to get the sand between your toes as you enter. From light and delicious lunches to rum cocktails and live music, there’s a lot going on here and a great spot to visit day and night!
In Rock is this brilliant new addition, Four Boys. You think the view does all the talking before the perfectly formed breakfast menu comes out and you can’t take your eyes off your plate. We popped in for breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed fresh juices, baked Turkish eggs, seasonal fruits and fantastic pairings. If you head in for lunch, enjoy some incredible fresh fish.
Last up and the only one you will require a car for – or a taxi – the local favourite St Kew Inn. St Kew Inn is inland, tucked in a quaint valley and is one of the most charming pubs in the whole County. Enjoy the sun trap of a beer garden which is complete with huge willow trees and a tumbling stream or head inside to the cosy and characterful dining spaces. Their menu is focussed around smoked meats with options for vegetarians too.
We had the most fun packed and exciting few days at Highcliffe. From activities, on site relaxation, foodie ventures and walks in abundance, you most certainly couldn’t get bored here. Having so much within walking distance is so valuable for a holiday and there’s so much choice that whatever your plans and whoever is coming along, you’ll all have the best time.
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