Crantock has a peaceful atmosphere with its picturesque cottages and large areas of National Trust land, there are plenty of walks and places to explore. Belle Isle Cottage is perfectly positioned in Crantock not just for the beach which is just down the road (approx 2 minutes walk) but is also just a couple of minutes away from the local shops and pubs.
This wide stretch of golden sand is backed by tufted dunes, offering perfect picnic hollows at high tide. To the right the beach meets the River Gannel estuary.
The beach is really an all-rounder and is perfect for families with young or older children, water sports, flying kites, exploring or just soaking up the sun.
Toilets and refreshments are available, in season a ferry operates to take you over the River Gannel so that you can explore the Gannel Estuary.
Crantock village features 2 good pubs. The first is the Old Albion a picture postcard thatched village pub which is hundreds of years old, highly popular year round with both locals and visitors it has many well kept beers and a wide ranging menu. Naturally with a pub of this age, lots of beams and character!
The second is the Cornishman, a great family pub with large restaurant and excellent food. The Cornishman benefits from plenty of outdoor seating in the summer and often runs barbeques and other family events.
Just outside Crantock in West Pentire is the Bowgie Inn, a popular pub with a good size restaurant, bar and play area for children.
In Cubert, two miles from Crantock, the Smugglers Den, has a reputation for good food and wine.
The Shops and Tearoom
Crantock benefits from an excellent local shop and post office. As well as a good range of groceries, newspapers, magazines, local bread and cakes the shop also sells a huge selection of hot and cold Cornish pasties, fresh cooked chickens and more.
Right in the centre of the village is the tea rooms, known for their friendly service and freshly prepared food the tea shop serves a good range of meals
As well as enjoying yourself on the beach there are plenty of attractions to visit in Cornwall. We have compiled just a few with links to their website’s so you can find out more before your visit.
The Eden Project
Visit the Humid Tropics Biome or the Warm Temperate Biome? It’s your choice but to find out what it’s really all about visit the Eden project for a great day out.
Holywell Bay Fun Park
The ultimate destination for a fun packed family day out with a wonderful variety of brilliant action packed attractions.
Dairyland Fun Park (Newquay)
You're assured of a warm welcome here at DairyLand. The sights, sounds and smells of a real working farm. Come and enjoy the fun of an all-weather attraction, providing a day's entertainment for all ages.
Blue Reef Aquarium (Newquay)
Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of wildlife attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
Tate St Ives
Modern and contemporary art in a coastal setting.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan extend to some eighty acres of superb pleasure grounds together with a magnificent complex of walled gardens and a huge, productive vegetable garden, all fast returning to their former glory.
Flambards Theme Park
Established nearly 30 years ago as the Cornwall Aircraft Park the Flambards Experience is one of the most popular days out in Cornwall. Not only does the Theme Park host the best thrill rides in Cornwall, but also the Flambards Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz indoor attractions.
Walk through this splendid mix of fact and fiction and come face to face with a wonderful array of colourful characters from the country's romantic and turbulent past.
Merlin Golf Course
Merlin Golf Course is a beautiful hilltop heathland course set on the North Cornish Coast, enjoying amazing views towards the sea.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
The Lappa Valley Steam Railway runs on one of the oldest railway trackbeds in Cornwall.
From its humble origins as a small pets corner in the early sixties, Newquay Zoo, opened in 1969, has become one of the country's top zoos, with ground breaking and innovative conservation programme's.
St Michael's Mount
Magical rocky island crowned by medieval castle and church.
Situated just 10 minutes from the town centre and set in the beautiful Cornish countryside. Newquay Paintball has a mixture of speedball and woodland zones with bunkers, fortified positions and natural cover giving an exciting and atmospheric combination.
Screech Owl Sanctuary
The sanctuary provides care and rehabilitation for wild sick and injured owls within Cornwall, and where possible ensures their safe release back to the wild when they are fully recovered, and if permanently disabled a comfortable home shall be provided in a suitable environment.
Bask in the tropical fun pool with children's slides, flumes, waterfall, fountain & erupting volcano or enjoy a swim in the 6 lane 25 metre swimming pool.
National Seal Sanctuary
Welcome to the National Seal Sanctuary, set in the picturesque Helford Estuary, by the beautiful village of Gweek, in Cornwall. We have over 40 years experience in Seal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release.
The Monkey Sanctuary Trust
Home to a social colony of woolly monkeys and a small group of rescued ex-pet capuchin monkeys. The Trust provides advice and support for primate rescue centres around the world.
Crealy Adventure Park
Discover six great big Realms, Cornwall's most exciting rides and lots of friendly animals in Cornwall's Best Adventure Park.
National Surfing Centre
Operated by the The British Surfing Association, The National Surfing Centre is the place to learn how to surf. You can be assured of the highest standards of coaching, safety and equipment.
Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station
Goonhilly is the largest satellite earth station in the world. With the ability to transmit to every corner of the globe via space, and through undersea fibre optic cables, Goonhilly simultaneously handles millions of international phone calls, emails, and TV broadcasts.
Holywell Bay Golf Park
We are home to the number one pitch & putt course in the county. With 18 holes, sensibly distanced fairways, well-kept greens and the famous cliff-hanging 17th hole, there can be no more exciting or better value-for-money family day out in the West.
Fantastic outdoor theater built from stone, checkout the website for performance times.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway!
This railway is Cornwall's only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives and the trains run through some delightful Cornish scenery.
Cornwall Pearl is part of the World Pearl group, who's knowledge and experience make them one of the leading pearl specialists in the country.
ATV Quad Bike Centre
The ATV Centre offers a thrill-packed full day of family fun on one of our 3 circuits.
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Belle Isle Cottage is on Beach Road in Crantock, Cornwall (TR8 5RE), please note that this is not our correspondence address, for our correspondence address please click here.
Finding Belle Isle Cottage is simple and we would suggest you use the excellent MultiMap travel directions service to do this. There are also some maps below.
Wessex Trains operate a service to Newquay and Truro where you can then get a taxi or a bus to Crantock. You can visit their website at www.wessextrains.co.uk.
With regular flights to and from Stanstead (Ryanair) and Gatwick (Air Southwest) flying to Newquay which is just a few miles from Crantock, it's never been easier to visit Cornwall. For more details visit the the Newquay Airport website at www.newquay-airport.co.uk.
Maps are shown below, the location of Belle Isle Cottage is marked with a red circle.