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The sandy beach at Trevone Bay, Cornwall

Often referred to as Sandy Beach or Trevone Beach, the sandy beach at Trevone Bay is actually called Porthmissen Beach.

Of course no-one can really be sure as to why it is called Porthmissen but if we take a look at the Cornish language we can see many clues. In Cornish, the word Treavon means “a river farm” and archaeological evidence has proven that Trevone and the surrounding area have been the home of settlements from neolithic, bronze age, iron age, dark age and Roman eras. With easy access to the sea, fertile fields, favourable growing weather and access to materials such as seaweeds to nourish crops, this area would have been a natural choice throughout history for cultivation of crops, fishing and animal husbandry – the ingredients for life and survival.

And as for the river, well as you can see from the image above, there is a natural stream which is fed from several streams which wend their way down the natural valley from Treator and the Prideaux Place estate in Padstow. These streams have been diverted and had their flow reduced as humans have reclaimed land, installed drainage ditches and built property so at some time this may have been quite a larger river flow than we see today.

Under this river, is quite a substantial layer of clay and also what remains of a petrified forest believed to be Hazel and Ash so the whole area at one time would have looked very, very different from how it appears today.

There does also appear to have been quite some derivation of the name over the years with Porthmissen referred to in several geological reports in the early 1800s as Permizen so we do need to look “around” the spelling of the words and in Cornish the word Musyn translates to “cove” and Porth is a “harbour or haven” and with the natural shape that the surrounding headlands provide, it is not hard to imagine vessels caught in stormy conditions to head closer to our coast to seek shelter. So whilst never a commercial harbour or port, Porthmissen Beach may have had a reputation as being a bolt hole for vessels to head towards in the event of a storm to seek shelter before carrying on their onward journey or even prior to entering the River Camel and onwards to Padstow.

If you look up along the cliffs from the top car park and then look along to the right you will see a farm, which shares its name with the beach, Porthmissen Farm. The farmhouse is believed to have been built in the 18th century and then extended again in the early 19th century. The farmhouse and the garden walls to the front of the main building are listed buildings and fine examples of construction designed to stand the tests of time and everything that the elements can throw at it. This is of course what remains of modern day farming in Trevone but as history has shown, farming and settlements have formed an important part of its history and with Trevone (Treavon) literally translating to “river farm”, this industry has even given its name to the village we have come to love today.

We hope that this has given you an insight into the history of the meaning of Trevone and Porthmissen. If you would like to experience the village for yourself, then our two person self catering flat less than 200 yards from Porthmissen beach in Trevone is an ideal location to both explore the area and spend lazy days on the beach. The flat can even be seen in the picture above so you can really see just how close we are to the beach – contact us today for details of current availability.

The picturesque working fishing harbour of Padstow

Just three miles from Trevone lies the picturesque working fishing harbour town of Padstow.

Located at the head of the River Camel, Padstow is one of the area’s great food destinations and is home to several eateries owned by Rick Stein including a Fish & Chip shop and of course his world renowned Seafood Restaurant and he is joined on Padstow’s culinary landscape by Paul Ainesworth at restaurant No.6 and this joins countless other independent eateries tucked away in this bustling town. Whatever your taste, there truly is something for everyone on the foodie scene in Padstow.

The mouth of the river Camel. Stepper Point can be seen on left, Pentire Point on the right and the island between is Newlands

Padstow is also the start (or finish!) of The Camel Trail, a disused railway line which has been converted to a virtually level footpath / cycle route running through to Wadebridge on to Bodmin and ending at Wenfordbridge. The route is nothing short of spectacular. A number of bicycle hire business have popped up in the area allowing you to hire a bicycle for the day. More information about the trail can be found here.

As of writing, the museum in Padstow is about to complete its move to a new location which is conveniently just at the entrance to the Camel Trail so a quick trip in there will offer some valuable insights into the area’s past along with finding out more about Padstow’s famous ‘Obby ‘Oss celebrations which take place every May Day.

The popular Jubilee Queen leaves harbour

Being a harbour town there are plenty of boats in the area and several of these offer very different experiences. You can charter a fishing boat and experience a day on the sea, join the Jubilee Queen for one of her passenger sight seeing tours along the coastline, jump on board the Padstow Safari tours as they explore some of the further areas and highlight the wildlife the area has to offer or perhaps just get onboard the foot ferry and explore the village of Rock which is well known for attracting celebrity chefs, politicians, film stars, models and even royalty. Daymer Bay and Polzeath are also very close by on foot.

Of course Padstow is well known for its marine and fishing heritage one aspect of this is that Padstow has become the home to The National Lobster Hatchery a project which supports the replenishment and release of this unusual creature. The visitor centre is open daily and we guarantee you will end up knowing more about lobsters than you ever thought possible.

With so much on offer in the area, Trevone makes a great base for your holiday. For more information about our self-catering holiday flat for 2 people less than 200 yards from Porthmissen Beach, Trevone please get in touch.


A natural landmark, the Roundhole is a prominent feature of the Trevone landscape and is the feature of many a holiday photo.

The Roundhole is also sadly notorious for attracting people who decide to try and venture down into its depths – within a few steps they find that they are unable to continue and thankfully are rescued by our skilled and talented Coastguards who risk their lives to save others.

The roundhole is clearly visible in the bottom left of this shot where its size can be compared to the houses on the right hand side of the picture.

To appreciate the scale of the Roundhole this picture shows just how prominent and how much of a feature it really is. The hole sits in a field which is a part of Porthmissen Farm however the coastal path leads through this field so access is freely available. Those venturing to the hole can peer down to the bottom and if the tide is in will see waves crashing against the sides and it is this that gives us the first clue as to the origins of the Roundhole.

Originally a sea cave which formed along the crossing of two faults, the force of the sea as it has pounded in and out of the entrance of tens of thousands of years has gradually eroded the cave making it larger and larger. At the same time as making the space inside the cave larger during the process of going in and out upon exiting the cave, the seawater also causes a depressurisation causing extraordinary pressures to form. This coupled with the material that the cliff is formed from eventually led to the collapse of the roof of the cave. For a long time prior to caving in anywhere close to how it is today, the roundhole was most likely a blow hole of which several can be seen around our coastline.

A closer view of the roundhole also highlighting the loose material which covers its edges. The roundhole is about 25m or 80ft deep

If you think of a blowhole as being like a steam engine piston with the seawater rushing into the cave and with nowhere to go, this energy has to be expelled somewhere and as the ceiling of the cave has a hole, this becomes a point of immense pressure release for air and spray.

The Roundhole is a true testament to the power and energy of the sea. Please if you do venture to see the hole, be safe and be sensible. Do not try to enter or climb into the roundhole it is no longer safe to do as the sides of the roundhole have suffered further significant erosion over the last 20 years making the earth and material inside the hole very, very unstable – no-one should enter the roundhole under any circumstances

The golden sands stretch all the way to the sea at this blue flag winning beach - stunning surroundings at Trevone Bay

The golden sands stretch all the way to the sea at this blue flag winning beach – stunning surroundings at Trevone Bay

We do like it when others agree with what we have been saying for years but when this weekend the Times and Sunday Times published their guide to the UK’s Top 50 Beaches we were delighted to find that Trevone was included within this prestigious list.

Sadly we are unable to share the entire article with you but the online article can be viewed here if you are a subscriber to The Times or Sunday Times but the excerpt for Trevone read:

A lovely two-mile walk or a 10-minute drive from Padstow is a gorgeous little cove at Trevone, called Porthmissen, where geologists go to admire high-level, differentiated intrusive dolerite in the Hercynian greenstones. As do we all. The beach is surrounded by low cliffs carpeted in oxeye daisies and bisected by a shallow stream, and while your dog is banned in the summer, you’re welcome to take pooches over to Pentonwarra Point (on your left looking seawards), where there’s terrific rockpooling as well as a sea pool. Bear in mind that the beach is reduced by up to 90% at high tide, so aim to arrive on the mid-ebb.  © The Sunday Times issue dated 01 July 2018

If you have never been to Trevone before then come and find out for yourself what makes this one of Britain’s best 50 beaches, click here to discover more about our self catering flat for 2 people less than 200 yards from the beach or to check availability then do get in touch.

Stepper Point near Padstow in Cornwall, the stone tower is a day mark which serves as a navigation beacon for seafarers during daylight hours.

The walk from Trevone Bay to Padstow is truly spectacular and we believe offers some of the finest sea views in the country, let alone Cornwall!

The walk itself is about 3 miles to stepper point then either 3 miles back to Trevone or 3 miles on to Padstow which many people do to treat themselves to refreshments before making their way back to Trevone.

There is a fantastic guide to this walk (along with many others) here

As the sea pinks turn, the grass becomes as gold as the sand

Locally referred to as “The Daymark” the tower at Stepper Point marks the entrance to The Camel Estuary and serves as a navigation beacon for sailors during the day, effectively a signpost for shipping. As you walk to Stepper Point from Trevone you will see several abandoned stone quarries where the stone from the rugged cliffs has been extracted.

At Stepper Point you can see over the River Camel towards Rock and Polzeath and then on this side down to the sandhills of Tregirls Beach and St George’s Cove. A little further down the notorious Doom Bar can been seen looming from the River Camel which over the years has caught many sailors out by grounding their vessels. Although the course and size of the Doom Bar has dramatically altered owing to a strategic dredging operation, it still to this day catches people unawares.

The walk to Stepper Point is truly stunning and will allow you to appreciate the natural beauty of Trevone and its surrounding area.

As the sea pinks turn, the grass becomes as gold as the sandWhether you are looking to walk the area or not The Croft Self Catering flat at Trevone Bay makes a fantastic base from which start exploring the area and even just moving under 200 yards from our doorstep will open up some of the most magnificent views you could hope for.

Whether you agree with them or not, in the right hands, a drone can produce some stunning footage.

Their unique perspective and viewpoint means they are able to show us familiar scenes and locations from a totally different angle.

We think that this truly shows Trevone at its best. Just watch the video below and look at the stunning blue sea, the dramatic clifftops and of course the roundhole all from angles and heights we would not normally have access to.

The drone in this video actually takes off from “The Green” which like the beach is less than 200 yards from our doorstep. This is a fantastic area where you can sit above the beach and watch all that goes on along with the fascinating and ever changing seas.

The use of drones certainly polarises opinions but you cannot fail to agree the results can be stunning.

See the stunning North Cornish coast for yourself in person. Stay in the Padstow area in the picturesque village of Trevone. Self catering accommodation for two people less than 200 yards from the golden sands of Trevone Beach.

Sometimes when a visitor first arrives with us they are surprised that we are so close to the beach. we like to say that we are 200 yards from the beach but in fact it is actually less, it is closer to 100 yards but because we are not exactly sure we have opted for the larger number just to be fair.

Take a look at the picture from google maps below, as you can clearly see there is one house between us and the small upper car park and then you are on to the golden sands of Trevone Beach. One guest even commented in our GuestBook that if they were any closer their feet would be wet.

Beach Road, Trevone Bay – self-catering accommodation that doesn’t get much closer to the beach

The joy of being so close to the beach is two-fold, if you opt to spend any time on the beach you will know that like camping you often forget things. With your flat being so close it is a simple 2 minute walk to collect whatever has been forgotten or to even take down a freshly prepared picnic and get back to the peace and tranquility offered by a lazy day on the sand.

The other benefit of being so close is that the beach and surroundings are on hand around the clock so if you prefer things to be quieter and enjoy an evening stroll to watch the sun set over the headland then the early evening is a great time to be in Trevone and of course as your accommodation is so close there is no need to worry about rushing away and getting back because you are already there!

The sun sets over the sea at Trevone Bay, a sight that day visitors often miss but by staying in the village you can be assured that you have the best seat available

There is free parking right outside the flat but many visitors find that their car never moves during the duration of their stay (except the occasional run for essential supplies) as they are kept very much entertained with everything that Trevone Bay has to offer.

If you are looking for a week or perhaps a fortnight self-catering accommodation in the Padstow area, then our 2 person flat is a true home from home base for you to enjoy everything that Trevone and the area has to offer.

A lot of our visitors comment that it is really like a home from home and that is the environment we try to create.

We try to provide all the essentials that you will need whilst you are away and because you are not tied to meal times like you would in a hotel or B&B then you can enjoy the day as, how and when you want.

We do provide all of the utensils, crockery, pots and pans you could ever want for preparing a meal but with so many venues in the area serving great food many of our guests find they simply do not have the time to cook as they are too busy exploring the culinary delights of the area.

Whether you sample Michelin star food at some of the restaurants in Padstow, buy a pasty from The Chough Bakery or simply enjoy a portion of fish and chips by the harbour you truly can eat something different every day and of course not have to wash up afterwards!!

Like you we enjoy our own schedules so we usually stay self-catering wherever we go so we do know what is needed and unlike a letting agency we are on hand to help should you need anything.

If you would like to find out more about letting The Croft holiday flat in Trevone or enquire about current availability of our two person accommodation then contact us.

June 28, 2018

Around Trevone

The beach at Trevone bay near Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall

On the popular TripAdvisor website, Trevone comes up as the third best thing to do in the area around Padstow and we couldn’t agree more. Trevone was pipped to the first place by the Padstow Brewing Company And the Harlyn Surf School both very worthy winners but as we are sure you will agree that means that Trevone is actually the number one destination for things to do in the Padstow area.

So what makes Trevone so popular, is it the sandy beach where the tide goes out for a long distance, is it the fabulous rocky beach with all its rock pools and hidden life explorable for most of the day, is it the coastal path and its stunning scenery as it wends its way around inlets and coves or perhaps it is the Roundhole, a collapsed sea cave which is the feature of many postcard and personal photograph alike.

Padstow itself is just a few miles from Trevone and for those able it is a relatively flat walk once up to the level of Porthmissen Farm via Crugmeer. For those more adventurous then the route to Padstow could be along the clifftops via Stepper Point and along the western side of the Camel Estuary taking in views of the notorious Doom Bar, now immortalised by Sharps Brewery.

Whatever you are looking for Trevone has something for everyone. If you have never been before then contact us today and find out for yourself.

June 27, 2018

Stay in Trevone Bay

Whether you are looking to relax on the golden sands of Trevone Beach, explore the North Cornwall Coastal Footpath or visit some of our fascinating heritage and historical sites that Cornwall has to offer, then Trevone makes an ideal location to base yourself.

Located just 3 miles away from the North Cornish fishing port of Padstow, Trevone is a small village and whilst popular during the summer months is often described as a hidden gem. Its residents enjoy nothing more than welcoming you into their community whether you are there for a day, a week or longer you are assured of a warm welcome.

Trevose Head Lighthouse near Padstow on the Cornwall coast

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the clifftop walks head to Stepper Point and the mouth of the Camel Estuary in one direction and to Harlyn and on to Trevose Head in the other.

From the sandy beach head towards the Harlyn direction and you will discover a beach known as “Rocky Beach” which provides safe haven to many crab, lobster and fish in amongst its rockpools. With rocks just below the surface, this beach regularly demonstrates the beauty and the power fo the sea with white wave crests crashing towards land. Many of our guests enjoy nothing more than a stroll to this beach and sitting and observing the sea as it changes in front of you.

Carrying on along the footpath, towards the end of this beach is a natural swimming pool which is cleaned twice a day by the sea – which incidentally is renowned for its clarity and quality and once again in 2018 the beach has been awarded a Blue Flag status. This swimming pool is a popular and safe destination and is effectively a giant human sized rockpool.

Throughout the summer season, RNLI lifeguards  are on hand and patrol the beach to keep people safe and there is a no dog policy in operation from Easter through to the end of September helping to ensure the beach remains clean and safe for all members of the family.

The Croft is just 200 yards walk from the beach meaning you are never too far just to pop back and get things from the flat or even make yourself a cup of tea if you are on the beach. We do also provide deck chairs if you require them.