With seven bays for seven days, it's little wonder why the foodie hub of St Merryn calls to everyone, from walkers to sun-worshippers to gourmands alike.
The perfect bases for both relaxation and exploration, our luxury cottages in Padstow are just a stone’s throw from the area’s many beautiful beaches, flourishing towns and patchwork of picture-perfect coves. Showing off some of the North Coast’s most beautiful coastline and embodying the same foodie vibes of Cornwall’s culinary epicentre of Padstow, St Merryn is a particularly lovely destination for a daytrip and only 6 miles from Trevear Farm.
Boasting nearly 6 miles of dramatic coastline, St Merryn is a charming village with bags of history and uninhibited natural beauty. With roots dating back as far as the 6th century and beyond when the Welsh missionary Merryn established a chapel at nearby Harlyn Bay, it has been a thriving community ever since. Pay a visit to St Merryn Church and the ruins of St Constantine chapel for a glimpse into its cultural and social past.
Despite its wealth of history, St Merryn these days is more widely recognised for its alluring motto: “seven bays for seven days”. Proudly signposted as you enter the village, the motto refers to the village’s glut of sandy-topped bays, enough for each day of the week (with even more slightly further afield): Trevone Bay, Harlyn Bay, Mother Ivy’s Bay, Booby’s Bay, Constantine Bay, Treyarnon Bay and Porthcothan Bay. Needless to say, if you are a sun-worshipper or sports enthusiast, you will be in your element here.
Head along to Booby’s Bay at low tide to try and catch a glimpse of the spindly ribs of a wrecked ship or make way to Harlyn Bay for a surf lesson. All of the bays have powder-fine golden sands and make for the most incredible backdrop, whilst if you prefer your views from up a height, the surrounding clifftops are peppered with benches to sit and gaze out towards the horizon. One of the best spots for views, Trevose Lighthouse sits on the north-west extremity of Trevose Head, rising high above the sea atop 150ft cliffs.
As well as its abundant natural accolades, St Merryn has a vibrant community and there is plenty going on throughout the year. A particularly popular event, St Merryn’s annual carnival and parade is held each August and a great one for all generations. Soak up the vibes and watch as wave after wave of floats and walkers drift by, decorated and dressed up, to celebrate and bring together both locals and visitors alike in shared merriment.
Once you’re ready to refuel, St Merryn’s foodie establishments will not disappoint. For satisfying pub grub with a twist, secure yourself a table at the Farmers Arms or the Cornish Arms (owned by celebrity chef Rick Stein), or for an irresistible cream tea or wedge of cake try Nins Tea Room. For an evening meal, Rafferty’s Café & Wine Bar, the Ivy House Restaurant and the Olive Tree are all popular options, or for delicious goodies to take back to your self-catering retreat, visit the gorgeous Malcolm Barnecutt Deli Baker.