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Harlyn Bay near St Merryn, Cornwall Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Rockpool is lovely property and only 3 minutes walk to Harlyn Bay and it’s beautiful beach."

    The property is extremely lovely to stay in and only a couple of miles from Padstow and other lovely beaches. The owner has thought of everything for comfort in this well equipped cottage. We look forward to staying here again.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay thank you!"

    Glad you had a good stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Rockpool."

    It is a really lovely, clean house with great facilities. It's also a perfect location for the beach (3 minute walk!), and for exploring the local area. As well as being really well presented with really modern appliances, it has absolutely everything you could need for a young family - probably the best kitted out home we have ever stayed in. Additionally the owner, Elizabeth, was so helpful and gave us loads of local recommendations for things to do / where to eat. Thanks for such a great week!

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Rockpool! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2023

  • "The property is fantastic,the next-door neighbour however is horrible,the first time I stayed there she emailed the owner to say I was parked outside the property when I was merely unloading,this time she had us turn down our music in the garden which wasn't loud to begin with."

    Regrettfully I won't be going back.

    Reviewed by G5.0May 2023

  • "This is a lovely homely top spec cottage,especially love the conservatory."

    Lovely to have you stay again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by G5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a week at Rockpool early November."

    What is not to love, its cosy and comfortable, spotlessly clean and well stocked for self catering. Proximity to the beach is a big plus, and this leads onto lovely coastal paths which we used many times. I cannot recommend this property enough, it really is a little gem.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation, very clean, very well equipped with everything you could need."

    Wonderful position moments from the beach. Good communication from the owners too.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2022

  • "This property is a home from home with everything you need,the new kitchen is lovely and the quality of the bedding and towels are great."

    I have already booked twice for next year

    Thank you for choosing Rockpool again. We look forward to welcoming you in 2023! Property Owner

    Reviewed by G5.0Sep 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our two week stay at Rockpool."

    The house was very clean and homely; lots of thought has been given to what guests might need during a holiday. The house is very close to the stunning beach and coastal walk and there are a couple of lovely beach cafes. The owner was really approachable and helpful. And, with teenagers, Wi-Fi and the smart tv were much appreciated!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2022

  • "Rather small for 6 people."

    The conservatory is extremely hot when the sun is shining and impossible to sit in it. Also very cramped. Space in the garden would be better utilised. Beds very comfortable. Easy access to the beach

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Jul 2022

  • "I went to the cottage to recover from breast cancer surgery and chemo."

    What a beautiful place. The beach is on the doorstep, this is where I went everyday and it is a stunning beach! The cottage has everything you need inside, just like home from home. The only thing I can say that was a bit disappointing is the hot water, after paying over £1000 for a week I think the hot water should be on constantly. We had to use the shower to fill the bath enough to bath the baby on several occasions.

    We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you like the beach. Many apologies the hot water was out of sync for you on the first couple of days. I hope the changes we made on Monday sorted it out for you (and future guests). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Jul 2022

  • "A lovely modern property just 2 minutes walk from the beach, just what we were hoping for."

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely holiday cottage."

    Very clean well laid out with great facilities. Love the beach is a couple of minutes away. Would book again.

    Thank you! We hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Grace5.0Jun 2022

  • "The property is located behind the new development of the Harlyn Inn this never caused us an issue so don’t be put off book this house because of this issue."

    lt is well equipped and in a Fab location especially if you enjoy walking and beach life.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage with a lovely conservatory, everything you needed is there and right beside the beach, already booked for next year."

    Reviewed by G5.0Sep 2021

  • "House was really well presented, clean and tidy."

    Owner left two bottles of wine, biscuits, colouring pad and pencils for the kids which was all a lovely touch. The location was great literally opposite the beach. The building works that we had been informed about were alot closer then we had thought it’s literally outside the house...but it didn’t bother us one bit, they weren’t doing much and when they were we were out. Next doors building work didn’t bother us either, hardly any noise. So all in all a great stay! .

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Aug 2021

  • "The owners of Rockpool had thought of everything we needed for our stay, making us feel at home right from the moment we arrived."

    The house is in an excellent location for Harlyn Bay beach and it’s easy to get to Padstow or St Merryn by car or even on foot if you like to hike. The coastal path can be picked up easily too with some beautiful walks. The Beach Box at Harlyn is highly recommended for its breakfasts (opens at 8am), lunches and waffles!

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic property and excellent location."

    Beds really comfy. Cleaner not as conscientious as she should be, carpets full of dog hairs from previous renters, conservatory not been cleaned for ages. It took three goes with the hoover to clean the lounge so we could put the baby down. No clothing storage in 2nd double bedroom. Kitchen - not enough electric sockets, fridge way way too small, and no dishwasher but Liz is hoping to revamp the kitchen soon so fingers crossed this will all be rectified.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry to hear this regarding the carpets, we have now upgraded the vacuum cleaner to avoid future guests experiencing this issue. THe double bedroom has a draws and a under bed basket, unfortunately due to the size of the room there is no room for a wardrobe. We hope this did not impact you from enjoying your time at rockpool Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Jul 2021

  • "Apart from the location close to the beach this cottage has been redecorated to a very high standard."

    Everything you need for a great holiday is supplied. Also cleaned to a very high standard on arrival. The owner was very helpful before our holiday re building work in the area which to be honest was barely noticed during our stay.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jun 2021

  • "Very well presented - everything we needed for our stay."

    Plenty of information on how to do things e.g. - washing machine etc. And instructions for waste and recycling etc. Perfect position a stones throw from the beach - a very enjoyable break. Only one negative comment - upstairs very creaky floorboards.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was the most immaculate place we have ever stayed in."

    The furniture was new and there was an abundance of kitchen utensils and crockery. Parking was also easy with spaces supplied by the side of the cottages. Yes there is building work going ahead in front of the cottage but noise was kept to a minimum and it didn’t effect our holiday at all. The bonus is being so close to the beach, no driving necessary which was great for our elderly dog and indeed anyone that can’t walk that far. A cafe in the beach car park supplied everything you would need. We found some lovely restaurants not far away, one being Rick Steins called The Cornishman and also The Pickwick Inn. Newquay riding stables are half an hour away with rides along the estuary, somewhere I have visited for the last 10 years. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rockpool cottage.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0May 2021

  • "Host was very communicative throughout."

    House had been spotlessly cleaned. Just seconds walk from the beach which has a great beach cafe for breakfast and lunch. Has plenty of kitchen equipment. Nice warm conservatory. All it needs is a dishwasher and then it would be perfect.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2021

  • "Just perfect!"

    A real home from home, and the best equipped holiday cottage I have ever stayed in. The garden and conservatory were lovely, and the owners have done everything and more to make the stay comfortable. A minute from the beach and the perfect location from which to explore Cornwall. We loved it, and we will be back!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely location,no need for car as beach across the road"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2020

  • "Amazing location - extremely close to the beautiful Harlyn Bay beach."

    Literally 1 min walk. Beach was great as gorgeous sand and lots of space for everyone to distance themselves. Lifeguards also on duty so felt very safe. Fab family beach with surfers, body boarders, swimmers, families & pooches too - catered for all!. Loved it. Also worth parking at Harbour Cove (short drive away & also dog friendly) and walking along the beach all the way to Padstow - about 40 mins - well worth it. Access to SW coastal path walks from this location too. The house was very comfortable and had everything we needed. Lovely welcome pack of tea, biscuits and even some treats for our dog. Plenty of cleaning / sanitising items too. Bedding / towels professionally cleaned which was lovely. Bathroom looked new and was lovely and new carpets upstairs too. Conservatory was a nice place to chill and we all felt that we had space if we needed it. Garden adequate size to sit and enjoy a BBQ tea. Improvements: Could do with a bigger fridge / freezer. Also new tv would improve stay as sound was an issue - couldn't get any on our first night. Lots of switching HDMI etc etc - too much of a faff! Owner aware and was very friendly when contacted so will hopefully will be sorted in the future. Not great mobile signal either which didn't worry us. House generally clean but would benefit from skirting dusted / kitchen drawers & cupboards having a good clean out. Some building work going on in the area but not too much of an issue. All in all a very comfortable, well equipped home in an amazing location. Definitely worth a stay. You won't be disappointed - we had a fab holiday.

    Reviewed by Paula4.4Aug 2020

  • "An excellent property."

    Very clean and comfortable. Loved the conservatory, so lovely and warm and cosy. Fabulous beach near the the property to take the dog for a paddle. Kitchen well equipped and lovely little welcome try for us and the dog. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Sep 2019

  • "When they say close to the sea, I didn't beleive 3 min walk."

    ...but it is. When they said lovely beach..yah is. Wonderful spot, clean and comfy.

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Sep 2019

  • "Welcoming and friendly owner and caretaker, who exceeded our expectations, and gave us great recommendations."

    Cottage was comfy and clean, with amazing access to the beach and great 'welcome pack'. If we were to make any recommendations, it would be to install a new, more powerful shower.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7May 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in an excellent location."

    Reviewed by Alexander4.7Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location - we had everything we needed for a fabulous break."

    Thank you!

    5.0Oct 2018

  • "We all had a lovely time, the cottage had everything we needed, the owner extremely helpful."

    The location was perfect, just a couple of minutes from the beach. Beautiful walks on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2018

  • "Couldn't fault the accommodation, clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    Serves as a great base for the area - Harlyn Bay and all the other bays, Padstow and coastal walks.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2018

  • "The house was fantastic and in terms of self catering it was the one that has been best equipped for small children."

    We had two under two and it was so useful. There were plenty of beach toys to borrow, a stair guard, a bath seat, an additional mattress to ensure it was a comfy cot, good high chair and plastic plates etc. The only niggle we had was that there was no recycling available onsite. You could see neighbouring properties had recycling available and it would be good if it could be looked into. We were conscientious and took all of ours to Padstow and took the plastic to the Eden Project but I fear others wouldn’t do so. It was a fantastic holiday and we would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2018

  • "The house was warm and comfortable, we had everything we needed."

    The owner of the property was very, very helpfull. When we first arrived we needed a little help to work the TV and she replied propmptly and efficiently. Its a great location for the beach and access to the surrounding area. If I had one suggestion to make , it would be to have a bigger fridge- to handle the beers :-)

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Conservatory
  • Electric panel heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot, portable stairgate, selection of toys/DVDs for use with babies and toddlers available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawned area, furniture and barbecue
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.2 miles, pub 1.8 miles, beach 0.3 miles
  • Note: This property can only sleep six including infants
  • Note: The bunk is suited to children only
  • Note: Check-in is from 3pm, check-out by 9:30am
  • Note: Charging of electric cars is not permitted at this property.

The property

Perfectly located for beach and coastal walking holidays, this family-friendly terraced cottage of Rockpool is situated in Harlyn near St Merryn, a short and level walk from Harlyn Bay beach, a wide and spacious sandy beach that is considered one of the finest in Cornwall.

Tucked away on the eastern side of Trevose Head the cottage is located just west of Padstow which is 2.8 miles by road and even closer along the South Western Coastal Path or footpaths.

The cottage has been furnished with style in mind, which you will notice as you enter the sitting room, a space sporting sleek furnishings throughout, including velvet sofas, as well as charming coastal touches; sink into one of the sofas and enjoy a family-favourite DVD on the TV.

Nearby rests the fabulous conservatory, where wicker seating allows you to soak up the natural light as you unwind with your favourite beverage.

When you’re feeling peckish, continue to the brand new kitchen/diner, a space enjoying sleek, white units with a range of newly integrated appliances, such as a built-in microwave!

Once the designated chef of the group has whipped up a culinary delight here, enjoy it at the six-seater dining table as you catch up on the day’s adventures.

Head upstairs to find three well-appointed bedrooms, two of which are doubles that enjoy blue hues and ample storage throughout, and the latter room offering a bunk bed; ideal for kids!

The contemporary bathroom is nearby and enjoys sleek tiling throughout, as well as a bath with an overhead shower.

The property also boasts its own enclosed garden, where you fix up grilled delights on the barbecue for all to enjoy at the picnic bench.

When it comes to dining out you have a wide choice to suit everyone, including the friendly pubs of The Well Parc Hotel and The Doghouse; there is also a beach shop here for all your beach requirements as well as surf hire and surf school facilities.

Just a mile away is the village of St Merryn, which is home to Rick Stein's pub, The Cornish Arms offering classic seafood as well as pub food classics.

Padstow also isn’t far and offers plenty to do, including catching the ferry to Rock, touring the fascinating National Lobster Hatchery, and visiting the iconic manor of Prideaux Place.

With a variety of beaches and beautiful bays close by, either by the stunning coastal path or a short drive there will always be so many places to enjoy and explore.

Rockpool is a delightful cottage in a great location to be enjoyed all-year-round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Padstow 2.5 miles, Constantine 2 miles; Polzeath 15 miles.

Harlyn is a charming little village, with a large crescent shaped sandy beach, safe for swimming, surfing and dog friendly all year round. Harlyn Bay is considered to be one of the best family beaches in Cornwall with a north-facing shore, beckoning surfers to brave the white waves that surge towards golden sands. Connected to the South West Coastal Path and part of the 'Seven Bays for Seven Days' area this is also an ideal location for walkers to explore the beautiful Cornish countryside. Constantine Bay just two miles away offers golf at the Trevose Championship course. Nearby Padstow lies at the head of the Camel Trail along the Camel Estuary and local cycle hire shops enable visitors to enjoy the area easily. Padstow is a delightful fishing port offering ample opportunity to taste locally sourced produce, as well as the award-winning Camel Valley wines, in celebrity owned establishments. Local fisherman's boats offer coastal tours and sea fishing trips, while a passenger ferry takes you across the estuary to Rock with the windsurfing beach of Daymer Bay and golf at the famous St Enedoc course. Just around the corner toward Pentire Head is the surfing paradise at Polzeath, and when the beach no longer calls there are several stately homes and gardens to visit as well as special events at the Cornish County Showground.

Please note this property can only sleep 6 including infants - thank you.

Note: This property has a £150 Good Housekeeping Bond

Note: Electric vehicle charging is strictly prohibited at the property so you will not be permitted for charge them during your stay

This property offers the following short breaks:

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