Balance Me’s co-founder Rebecca's Travel Guide to their family-favorite English holiday destination
The rugged English coastline and quaint cream tea spots make Cornwall irresistible. Sister co-founders have been going there for more than 35 years…
Where we stayed…
This year we each found two beautiful properties overlooking the beach. There are a number of websites that offer properties to rent in Trevone and we find these ones really useful:
TOP TIP: It is also worth contacting Stein’s at Trevone Farm as they have their own properties to rent plus know many locals with accommodation to rent.
The beaches we love…
Trevone Bay is a family favourite because it is sheltered by rocks on either side, clean and family friendly. It is overlooked by a large round hole in the cliff above the beach and Madrips Rock, both of which add to Trevone’s unique charm and character. The beach is clean and is very family-friendly and has great facilities including The Trevone Beach Café and ample car parking. There are plenty of rocks for crabbing and clambering across as well as a natural swimming pool which comes to life when the tide goes out. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards in the high season and it is ideal for body boarding, one of our favourite pastimes but I would advise to invest in a wet suit as it is very bracing! Dogs aren’t allowed so if you have pets, this isn’t the beach for you.
We also love Harlyn Bay which is the next beach along and it is here we go surfing with the Harlyn Surf School www.harlynsurfschool.co.uk. They run a number of great courses for all ages and abilities and it is worth checking out their website and booking in advance as they are very popular in the school holidays.
Other beautiful beaches nearby are Constantine Bay, Mother Ivy Bay and then Rock and Polzeath which are across the Camel Estuary. The walk from Trevone to Padstow is well worth the effort as it follows the coast and takes approximately 3-4 hours depending on the weather and tide.
Where we ate…
Our favourite way to dine is a beach BBQ which we did twice this year buying food from Stein’s at Trevone Farm and Stein’s Deli on the harbor in Padstow.
If you prefer not to self-cater The Trevone Beach Café is great for simple lunches on the beach and family-friendly at supper time. They sell delicious pasties and pastries that come direct from the famous Clough Bakery in Padstow. We also recently discovered The Olive Tree in St Merryn which is run by a lovely couple from Guildford and definitely worth a visit. The usual favourites are mostly owned by the Rick Stein empire and they include The Cornish Arms in St Merryn, Stein’s Fish and Chips on the harbour front in Padstow; then there’s Clough Bakery which serves the best pasties and apricot flapjack in Cornwall, Paul Ainsworth at No6 and last year we discovered gluten free pizza (our father is coeliac) at Rojano’s in the Square, Padstow
What we read…
Clare is reading the amazing Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante which are set in Naples that I have passed on to her. I have actually been re-reading some English Classics that I loved as a child including Jane Austen’s Emma and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
What we packed…
We pack for all weathers as this is the British seaside but we were mostly lucky in late May this year and had wonderful blue skies as well as a little drizzle which made surfing even more energetic! So wetsuits, bikinis, body boards, shorts, Havianas, running clothes for my daily coastal run, waterproof, walking shoes and pretty maxi dresses and jumpsuits for the evening. I have a sizeable holiday wardrobe from Hushhomewear this year which is suitable for my Cornish breaks as well as the Mediterranean later in the season. Plus my thermals for our beach BBQs as the temperature really drops on the beach at night but as it stays light until 10pm, it is worth hanging around to watch the beautiful sunsets. My holiday staples include a bottle of Super Moisturising Body Oil to keep my skin really hydrated, our Stellar Beauty Balm for any dry patches, and our Flash Cleanse Micellar Water to cleanse away the salt water and sun cream after a day on the beach. Balance Me’s Natural Protection SPF 25 is also a must-have in Clare and my beautiful Balance Me Balance Baskets.
Our hidden gems…
CK Rock (http://www.ckrock.com/ Treverra Farm and Shalmar Hollow are luxury, stylish seaside retreats across the Camel Estuary)
Rocky Pool (between Trevone Bay and Harlyn Bay which reveals itself at low tide)
The caves at Constantine Bay where we used to think dragons lived!
Clough Bakery in Padstow – not so ‘hidden’ but on the harbour front
The Padstow Farm Shop which is reached up the tracks from Trevone Beach and is well worth a visit for the Cornish Yarg and other local specialties
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