A family holiday in Constantine Bay with activities to suit all
Our holiday group this year included two golf-mad blokes, two small children under five and two ladies who wanted a break. The challenge was to meet all holiday needs and the starting point was babyfriendlyboltholes.co.uk. This is an excellent site for anyone with children who are looking for self catering accommodation which is child friendly and provides all the extras. We chose White Walls in Constantine Bay, North Cornwall. It can also be accessed via antoniaspearls.co.uk. Antonia has recently added White Walls to her portfolio of holiday properties in Cornwall.
We stayed at the end of June and I can truthfully say that the description of the property came up to expectations. Although sleeping 11, we found it a great size for six of us. The location is superb – two houses up from the golf club and a 5 minute walk to the beach (a beach trolley was thoughtfully provided, as was a Maclaren buggy). The children absolutely adored the tree house, the trampoline and the freedom lots of safe space gave them. The kitchen was a pleasure to prepare meals in and the outdoor and indoor dining spaces were used to advantage. The large lounge upstairs had great views, a piano and a large selection of books for all tastes and ages. In fact everything was thought of.
When we managed to tear ourselves away from the fabulous beach there were plenty of places to visit, including Padstow which is a relaxing place to stroll with a varied choice of shops and restaurants. My husband and I indulged at The Seafood Restaurant (01841 532700). We chose this restaurant because of it's reputation for an excellent fish menu. It is also the perfect venue for a special celebration with attentive staff and lovely surroundings. My starter was crisp smoked mackerel and green mango salad - a bit eye watering and not for the fainthearted! This was followed by chargrilled Dover Sole with sea salt and lime. My husband had the fish soup and a delicately flavoured Indonesian Seafood Curry. The dessert was divine - we chose a selection of four to share. The meal was just over £100 for two excluding drinks. At the other end of the scale we went to Steins Fish and Chips with the children which had a lively atmosphere. As you can't book it is worth getting there early as the queues soon build up. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (01637 861000) didn’t disappoint either. We went in an evening and the views over Watergate Bay were breathtaking. If you are booking for a special occasion do mention this when booking as they will then try to give you a window table. My daughter and her husband celebrated their wedding anniversary at a lunchtime visit and this was marked by a special dessert. It is recommended that you book in advance for both these restaurants. Port Isaac isn’t far away and, although filming is currently taking place for the new series of Doc Martin, we unfortunately missed seeing this although you can see his house.
My daughter and son-in-law had brought their bikes complete with seats for the children, and they enjoyed many rides on the Camel Trail which is one of the most delightful off road cycle rides in Cornwall. Bikes can also be hired from Padstow Cycle Hire (0841 533533)
My husband and I enjoy visiting National Trust properties and similar and the area is awash with historical mansions. Lanhydrock near Bodmin dates back to Jacobean times and, including the grounds, was an enjoyable day out. Prideaux Place near Padstow has been used for many film productions and an extremely knowledgeable guide showed us around. Unfortunately that was the only rainy day we had so we couldn’t appreciate the beautiful gardens. Pencarrow, a Georgian House, also near Bodmin, provided a peaceful oasis, and again, the tour was very interesting and informative. This was followed by a lovely lunch in the courtyard in the company of a magnificent peacock.
The Trevose Golf Club (Trevose-gc.co.uk) which is behind White Walls, has three golf courses which include a championship course. They also provide accommodation and have a swimming pool which can be used by non-residents on a daily basis for a fee. There is a restaurant with stunning views of Constantine and Booby Bays. We had a meal there on the last night. Although they provide highchairs and a children’s menu, I am not sure the other diners appreciated the joyous cries of a 2 year old, but the staff were delightful and coped admirably, keeping meals warm, while the parents took it in turns to amuse him outside.
This location provided the perfect family holiday. Constantine Bay is beautiful and I am sure the children will remember this holiday for the rest of their lives. There were no funfairs and noise, just sea, rock pools and sandcastles. My granddaughter cried on the last night because she didn’t want to go home, a feeling we all shared.