Mesmear’s luxury holiday cottages, Polzeath are ideally located for your Cornish holiday. Just one mile away from the beach giving you excellent access to surf and SUP lessons and hire as well as cafes and bars overlooking the sands.

If you want a day away from the beach the whole of Cornwall is easily accessible allowing you to hike across moorland and up tors, kayak along peaceful canals and rivers, cycle off-road along the Camel Trail, visit quaint fishing harbours and picturesque villages, not forgetting to take time to refuel and relax in some of the historical pubs, award winning restaurants and of course, to try out a cream tea from a local cafe.


Surf lesson group on Polzeath beach, less than 1 mile from Mesmear Luxury Cottages.


Enjoy the northern coasts waves….

Just a mile from Mesmear is Polzeath. Its gently sloping beach makes it a perfect place for learning to surf as well as more advanced surfers. Wavehunters offers surf and stand up paddle boarding lessons and equipment hire on the beach. Those staying at Mesmear get a 10% discount off lessons and kids can join the Groms Club surf lessons for free. The Waterfront restaurant is the perfect spot for views over the beach and grabbing some tasty food and refreshment.

The Padstow to Rock ferry just a short drive from Mesmear Luxury Holiday Cottages


Beautiful beach leads to the stunning Daymer Bay

The town of Rock is located on the Camel Estuary. Its beautiful beach leads to the stunning Daymer Bay with its broad stretch of sandy beach and views across The Doom Bar (which has lent its name to the now popular beer brewed in the village by Sharp’s Brewery) to the fishing village of Padstow. Offering a couple of lovely restaurants (No.1 Rock Road and The Dining Room), as well as a well stocked deli (Lewis’s), a selection of pubs, and clothing stores. Wavehunters runs sea safari trips on which you can see Basking Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Puffins, Gannets and many other varieties of seabirds.

Padstow at night with the bars and restaurants lit up.


Famous for the culinary exploits of Rick Stein

Across the water from Rock is the fishing village of Padstow. The ferry and water taxi will take you back and forth across the estuary between the two villages. Made famous through the culinary exploits of Rick Stein, the village is now home to a wide range of clothing shops, bars (Bin Two being the pick) and some excellent restaurants. Paul Ainsworth has two restaurants here, No.6 and Rojanos, which both offer superb food. Rick Steins Fish and Chip Shop offers delicious fish and chips at good prices.

Bodmin Moor ponies, North Cornwall. Just a short drive from Mesmear luxury accommodation

Bodmin Moor

With superb views to the coast and inland

The northern part of Bodmin Moor is easily accessible from Mesmear. Rough Tor is the second highest point in Cornwall and has superb views to the coast and inland. A mile walk South East from there is Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall. It makes for a fantastic walk, and is well worth putting on your hiking boots for.

Port Isaac on a summer's evening with the Fisherman's Friends group singing in the harbour.

Port Isaac

A glimpse of Cornish heritage

Port Isaac is an archetypal small Cornish fishing village. With little alleyways (including the excellently named ‘Squeezebelly Alley’) meandering around beautiful traditional cottages, Port Isaac is a must see for those wanting a glimpse of Cornish heritage. The village’s popularity has increased hugely over the last decade with it’s use in films and TV series, and is perhaps best known as the location of Doc Martin. It is also home to the band ‘The Fishermen’s Friends’ and they can bee seen singing on the platt. With celebrity Michelin Starred chef Nathan Outlaw opening two restaurants in the village (The Fish Kitchen and Restaurant Nathan Outlaw), there is now even more reason to visit.


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