Once the premier fishing port on the northern stretch of Cornwall’s coast, Padstow’s harbour is still home to a working fishing fleet, but tourism has long since replaced fishing as the town’s main industry. Whilst there is no doubting the town’s popularity as one of Cornwall’s principal holiday cottage resorts, its compact size, locked in between the harbour wall and the Camel estuary, means it has successfully retained an altogether cosier, quainter ambience than some of its larger rivals. Padstow has recently enjoyed a renaissance as self-styled food capital of the region, thanks in no small part to a fine array of restaurants, not least of which is that run by celebrity super-chef Rick Stein. Book early if you want to dine at his Seafood Restaurant in style; if you’re too late, or the budget won’t stretch that far, you can also try his Café and St. Petroc’s Bistro. There are many other excellent eateries, both expensive and of a more modest price bracket, along the quayside. (more…)
Archive for January, 2011
A small village nestling under the shadow of Barden Moor, Embsay is best known for its station and railway, in operation here since the late nineteenth century. Cottage holiday enthusiasts and casual visitors alike will find an enjoyable day out at The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The line is maintained by volunteers and is a mixture of the original nineteenth century rails and new track meandering through picturesque dales scenery, including a new station at Bolton Abbey. Stop off here and enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river and a ramble through the atmospheric ruined Abbey, which dates from the twelfth century. (more…)
For many people who stay in holiday cottages, Betws-y-Coed is Snowdonia. This Victorian resort, with its forest, rushing waterfalls and cast iron bridges is undeniably the hub of tourist activity in this playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Nestling in woodland along one side of the river Conwy, Betws-y-Coed marks the eastern gateway to the Snowdonia National Park and, packed with outdoor and hire shops, a smattering of pubs, restaurants, shops, a railway station and many pleasant walks, the village and surrounding areas make it an extremely popular place to enjoy a holiday cottage stay. (more…)
The Mull of Kintyre is one of the most challenging and yet, in terms of scenery and views, rewarding cottage holiday destinations.
At the extreme southerly tip of the forty-mile long Kintyre peninsula, ‘the Mull’ is a stunning landscape of hills, mountains and sea. Provided the famous mists aren’t rolling in, the Antrim coast of Northern Island and the islands of the Firth of Clyde feel almost within touching distance. The road to reach the Mull is single-track and tortuously winding, and not for the faint-hearted driver. The final part leading to the famous lighthouse can only be undertaken on foot, and is approximately a walk of a mile and a half down a dramatic cliff, but well worth the effort for the fit and firm.
To see The Mull of Kintyre for yourself, why not take a look at this nearby self catering holiday cottage?
As any holiday cottage aficionado will know, Castleton is one of the most popular villages in the Peak District. Dominated by Mam Tor, at over five hundred metres, Castleton sits at the natural meeting point of the gritstone area of the northern Peak District known as Dark Peak, and the less harsh limestone area of the southern part of the region referred to as White Peak. (more…)