Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Sea views and sandy beaches…

There’s something special about a sea view. It can be mesmerising to watch the rolling waves, and chart the progress of toy-like boats as they inch their way across the blue horizon.

Of course, a sea view can often mean a sandy beach close by, and many of our cottages offer both. Here’s a selection of our holiday homes within just one mile of a sandy beach with availability this August…

20 yards from Bigbury-on-Sea's big and splendid sandy beach is Apartment 27. From the top floor of  this truly excellent and greatly appreciated development of 29 high quality apartments, of which we let 15, the views are simply stunning. Gaze over the sea to the south and west, and at low tide a huge expanse of smooth washed yellow sand reaching to Burgh Island. The island's jolly pub, The Pilchard, is fun to visit (via a long-legged sea tractor at high tide). Also nearby, you’ll find good windsurfing and fine cliffs for walking and sea-bird watching.

Set back from Charmouth’s main street and about seven minutes walk from the long sandy/pebble beach, the Old Manor House is a beautifully and carefully refurbished 16th century Grade II listed home. This is a wonderful, owner loved property and a perfect base for exploring this lovely area at any time of year – nearby are the ‘Jurassic Coast’ cliffs (a World Heritage Site) famous for fossils, historic Lyme Regis and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ.

About a mile up from Crackington Haven’s low-tide sand beach, you’ll find cosy Thatch Cottage, a picture postcard, 18th century semi-detached thatch and cob cottage. An unspoilt hamlet, it’s an ideal spot for families, with a gently shelving beach in an enclosed bay and pony-trekking and fishing nearby. Only the road separates the beach from a couple of shops, a charming café and a pub with an excellent restaurant.

On Pentire Head, midway between the long, sparkling sandy beaches of Fistral and Crantock, is Seascape, a second-floor apartment overlooking the sea at the front and Fistral Bay from the back. It’s a great location, just a five minute walk to the beach or the restaurant/bar on Pentire Head for refreshments before you embark on a stunning walk along miles of National Trust Coastline. Newquay is close by with its beaches – all five of them – magnificent for everything from sandcastling to surfing. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant at Watergate Bay is just four miles away.

If you’re yearning to be beside the sea this summer, take a look at the rest of our  holiday cottages within a mile of sandy beach which are still available in August. Don’t forget to give our telephone team a call on 01647 433593 if you need any help with your search.