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Spacious Chalet Bungalow, Close To 7 Beaches

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

House in St Merryn, nr Padstow, Cornwall, England , Walking Distance To Pubs,Restaurants

Penwhine is a spacious chalet style bungalow with plenty of family accommodation. The house is our family holiday home. It has a large well equipped kitchen with adjoining large dining room that can seat 8. There is a cosy sitting room with small television and DVD player , and plenty of games. There are 2 twin rooms and a small bunk room on the ground floor and family bathroom, upstairs is the large master bedroom with adjoining shower and wc. The house has been described as a tardis by some guests.There is a small child and dog proof garden at the back of the house and plenty of parking.

if you are less than 6 people and are booking in low season we can discuss rates.

The house is in a much sought after location close to the championship golf course and country club in Constantine bay, with no fewer than 7 sandy beaches within about 2 miles each with its own unique charm. For surfers there is a wave for all weathers and levels of ability; for families, rock pools galore and wide expanses of sandy beaches for building castles and running off some steam . Trevose is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is renowned for the variety and stunning beauty of its costal walks, especially around Trevose head with its spectacular views. St Merryn has an excellent village store , deli, bakery and surf shop . 2 pubs, the Farmers Arms and The Cornish Arms which now belongs to Rick Stein and serves great pub food . The bustling historic fishing town of Padstow is just 4 miles away with all its eateries , restaurants, shops, pubs and little galleries . crabbing off the quay is a favourite occupation , you can also pick up speed boat trips around the bay or a more sedate trip on one of the trip boats or a deep sea fishing trip .

wadebridge is a proper country town with low level of chain stores and lots of independent shops, galleries, pubs .

The large patio area at the back of the house is ideal for relaxing after a tough day on the beach or paying golf and plenty of space for the children to run about while you sip something long and cold.

The area prides itself on 7 bays for 7 days, Harlyn bay is a well known and popular beach with families, when the surf is right it can be excellent at harlyn there is a shop , surf lessons, paddleboarding and coasteering from the beach, Constantine bay is the most fantastic bay of golden sand, rock pools, sand dunes, reliable surf, but there can be rip currents, it adjoins boobys bay and you can walk from one to the other at low tide, Boobys Bay is another popular beach, but only accessible either side of low tide , nice flat sand and rock pools. Porthcothan is one of our favourite beaches, great surf at low tide , shop and life guards and never too busy .Mother Iveys beach is mainly for use by the campsite of the same name, but you can walk to it from Harlyn.

Treyarnon is a nice little beach with good surf and rock pools and a natural swimming pool that fills at high tide, all the above beaches allow dogs.

Trevone is another sandy bay with a little shop, life guards and no dogs.

Hawkers bay is a little closer to padstow and more in the estuary so no waves which is great if you have little people who do not like waves, but it is a bit of a walk from the car park and no facilities .

More Details

Rachel Marffy
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Rachel Marffy

I have holidayed in Cornwall all my life originally at Trebetherick and Polzeath and now this side of the camel estuary. we have 4 children and now they all still enjoy coming to this area, so does granny! We have always wanted to have a home in Cornwall and now are lucky enough to own Penwhine. Our home is in Oxfordshire where my husband runs a stud farm and I am a physiotherapist.

Rachel Marffy purchased this house in 2008

Why Rachel Marffy chose Saint Merryn

We love north Cornwall, it has something to offer all ages from tiny tots to grandparents.There is always new to do and discover, I even went coasteering last year , jumping off high cliffs into the Atlantic swell was something else! The beaches are quieter here than the more well known resorts of Polzeath and Newquay. The journey from the M5 has improved considerably over the past few years.we can get here from Oxfordshire in 3 3/4 hours if the traffic is good. The surfing and walking are fantastic and so is the eating!

What makes this house unique

The house is spacious and has a friendly feel, the dining room is well away from the bedrooms so there is little danger of waking sleeping children if you are having a noisy dinner. Unlike many holiday properties the house has everything (i think ) you need for proper cooking, nothing worse that wanting to make cookies and having no scales or mixing bowl.I even have some recipe books there. We now have a small TV there, mainly for rental guests, it is surprising how your children will manage to play games etc if there is no telly. Why not detox away from wifi and mobile phones?

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Fantastic family holiday our first ever! we will be back.'

happy memories of a cornish beach holiday.busy week, Eden project, watergate bay, Bedruthan steps, fab lunch at cornish arms, surfing and kayaking and costal walks

A lovely home from home.

Totally fab abode, nice village eateries, good pub, fabulous beaches, we had a good time and would thoroughly recommend thank you.

great food, waves and house.
Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint Merryn in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Adjacent shower and toilet upstairs adjoining bedroom 1. Family bathroom with shower over the bath downstairs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , upstairs , large bed, plenty of storage,
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , twin beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - bunk beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 upstairs king size bed, shower and toilet adjoining. Bedroom 2 twin beds. Bedroom 3 twin beds. Bedroom 4 bunk bed.(small room suitable only really for children)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house has a spacious feel and is ideal for a family holiday, the house was built as a permanent home so has good hot water and central heating. Gas central heating. No smoking in the house. Well behaved pets by arrangement. The Bunk room can be used by adults as the beds are full size but the room is more suitable for children, there is a travel cot. Parking for 4 cars off the road in front and to the side of the property. Outside: There is a small child proof back garden with small area of grass for games etc and a patio sitting area with garden table and chairs and umbrella, sun loungers. Garage for storage and small shed. Outside tap and bucket for washing wetsuits. Utility Room: Washing machine. Iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning included between let, hire of bedlinen and bath towels can be arranged, please ask for price. Other: Large dining room with table that seats 8, high chair available. Garage available for storage of bikes, golf clubs, surf boards and beach toys.


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Spacious Chalet Bungalow, Close To 7 Beaches
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 13 reviews

Comfortable and Copnvenient

  • 4 of 5

Once we got used to having no WiFi or even phone signal we managed to relax and enjoy the house and the location.

The house is well equipped, great for large groups (with dogs) and well located. Some aspects are a little dated but that does not detract from the overall comfort and convenience.

The location is great for exploring Cornwall. The dogs and kids loved the local bays. It is also handy for going further afield (Newquay, St Ives, St Austell etc).

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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a great family holiday home, in a good position, plenty to do in the area, fantastic beaches

  • 5 of 5

A great house, spacious and good living areas, the kitchen has everything you need, there are lots of books and games.

7 great beaches, surf, sand, rock pools etc etc.

This is a family holiday home, it is not a designer cottage, it is ideal for that digital detox, get your kids off their phones!

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious well designed family home

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week in St Merryn, with some tremendous walks to dog friendly beaches. The whole family enjoyed staying at your house with all it had to offer. We most definitely would love to return. Thank you x

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely week in a brilliant location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Penwhine for Christmas week and had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. The property is very well equipped with everything you might possibly need, and is spacious and clean. The biggest plus with this house is the location. We'd never really explored this part of the coast and was amazed at the huge number of beautiful beaches and coves just a stones throw away. There are two nice pubs within walking distance and good amenities in the village. I'd definitely recommend this holiday home for a relaxing Cornish get away.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Penwhine. This being our first trip to the area we didn't know what to expect but we found the village great, beach outstanding and the property perfect for our needs. There were 2 families of 4, 4 adults and 4 children and we had the perfect amount of room. Spacious bedrooms, a lovely big kitchen and even a wishing well to keep the children enthralled. An extra special touch was a bottle of champagne and card from the owners wishing us a Happy New Year.

I would recommend this property to families looking to escape to the coast and would love to return in the Summer.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a wonderful week in this fabulously placed bungalow. It is truly a tardis and we had plenty of space for adults and lounging teens. The lack of wifi was wonderful and the Monopoly became a regular trip hazard/ that or the dog crashed out after two walks on local beaches. We loved this house and holiday - we have walked, played board games., body- boarded to our hearts' content. The only complaint is that we had to come home again...

I would have stayed longer and will definitely return.


Pasties - still working on removing the added layer from a pasty a day :)

Walk from Constantine to Mother Iveys bay then back across via golf course to Constantine.

Body boarding at Treyarnon... think this is spelling - bizarrely we had been here years ago - great fun!

Could go on for hours - we will return :)

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, glad you like the lack of WIfi, it seems to create better family time!
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Rick Stein's Cafe
Crealy Great Adventure Park
St Enodoc hotel
Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant
great place for a special treat but book early. however you can usually get lunch at the cen...
Rafferty's Cafe & Winebars
good atmosphere, friendly service
Prawn on the Lawn
fresh fish, cooked for you, small unique place
The Cornish Arms
Rick Steins pub, no booking but an efficent buzzer system to wait for a table, pool table, p...
Farmers Arms St Merryn
traditional pub, good steak and chips etc
great family hotel , swimming pool and fantastic cafe, special out of season deals for swim ...
Rojano's In The Square
italian, good family place
Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
st Merryn
Nearest Ferry
2.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Bodmin Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Constantine Bay
Car: recommended


7 fantastic beaches are all within a 10 minute drive. Constantine is a wonderful big beach with great surf. Porthcothan is our favourite beach, great surf at low tide. Harlyn can also have great surf and is generally a safer beach for small children. Boobys bay is a wonderful and often quiet beach lovely rock pools but only accessible at low tide. Treyarnon, Trevone and Mother Iveys bay are all great beaches with rock pools and nice sand. Boobys, Harlyn, Constantine, Porthcothan dog friendly.


Nearest airport Newquay, about 20 minutes drive away. Nearest train station, Bodmin or Newquay. There is an excellent coastal bus service including buses into Padstow.


Padstow is about 2.5 miles away, Newquay 12 miles, Watergate Bay 8 miles (home to Jamie Olivers 15 restaurant), Eden project 22 miles, Truro (Cornwalls capital city and wonderful cathedral, 29 miles, garden and house at Lanhydroc 8 miles, St Ives ( home of Tate in Cornwall) 49 miles, riding 2 miles, bike hire in padstow, Rock, either take the ferry from Padstow or drive round the estuary via Wadebridge, about 15 miles, Port Issac 18 miles, Tintagel 23 miles and Polzeath, 16 miles.

Further Details:

St Merryn has all you need for day to day shopping, 2 small convenience stores, restaurants, post office , doctors surgery and vet, 2 pubs including Rick Steins new venture the Cornish Arms pub. Padstow, with its, well known fishing harbour, home to Rick Stein's restaurants, shops, cafe and fish and chips and cookery school is 2.5 miles away. Tesco also in Padstow as is the national lobster hatchery. The surfing in this area is great and there are several surf schools to recommend. Golf is available at Trevose. Fishing from the shore or deep sea fishing is available from Padstow. Safe bicycle riding on the camel trail and bike hire is readily available in Padstow or Wadebridge. Wadebridge is a small cornish town with good local shopping. Coasteering is on offer just outside Newquay. Paddle boarding is taught at Harlyn. Tennis courts and swimming pool at Trevose Golf club. Horse riding just outside St Merryn.

japanese garden at St Mawgan, Bodmin railway, Poldark mine, Cardinam woods for great walks. Pencarrow, Prideaux place and Trerice are all interesting properties, Crealey Cornwall and Dairy land are more suitable for younger guests. Padstow farm shop just this side of padstow is full of nice food and has a good butcher. The Light house at Trevose head and the life boat are well worth a visit.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saint Merryn, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
2 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer mid
1 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
20 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
late autumn
1 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
new year
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Phone owner, deposit of 25% on booking final payment 6 weeks before holiday starts. Changeover day Friday, leave by 10.00 am arrive after 3.00pm. Bedding can be provided for an extra charge.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day, Friday, can be flexible out of the main season, arrival after 3.00pm, leave by 10.30 am.

Notes on prices:
Small groups or couples out of season may be charged less.please ask for details

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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