Explore the rugged north Cornish coast from Old Custom House, a peaceful B&B situated at the end of a little lane overlooking Padstow’s historic harbour. Inside, rooms are decorated in a modern, beachy style with nautical colours – upgrade to a luxury double for a roll-top bath and waterfront views. Treat yourself to a pampering session after your journey: try a facial with Dermalogica products or get beach ready with a spray tan.
Padstow is known for its seafood, but if you’re not heading to celebrity chef Rick Stein’s restaurant, you can find a fresh catch in the B&B’s own Oyster Bar and Grill. Try the grilled Cornish lobster with garlic butter and fries, washed down with a pint of the award-winning St Austell Brewery Ale. All the food comes from local fishermen and farmers, with seasonal specials to make the most of the West Country’s produce.
Start your day with a fresh fair-trade coffee and pastry in the Old Custom House’s Brewer & Bean coffee shop overlooking the quay. The town’s pastel houses and art galleries are on your doorstep and the sandy beach at St George’s cove is just half a mile’s walk. If you’re feeling more adventurous, hire a bike to explore the Camel trail along the estuary and into ancient woodland, or join a boat trip to catch your own dinner – as well as reeling in mackerel, cod and bass, you might spot seals and dolphins in the waters.