Life in Cornwall
A short distance from Merryn Heights is the dramatic Trevose Head, with its renowned lighthouse. Walkers can enjoy spectacular views along the coastal footpath or, for the keen golfer, you may prefer Trevose golf course, one of the leading links golf courses in the British Isles.
There is also the Camel Trail that starts in Padstow and follows the route of the old railway line to Bodmin, much loved by cyclists. St Merryn village has long been known for its slogan “seven bays for seven days”, equidistant from a variety of beaches, hidden coves and seawater swimming pools.
Merryn Heights is the perfect location from which to visit the many country estates across Cornwall, and the museums that tell the rich history of a proud county. The Minack Theatre built into the cliff face, with exceptional sea views and Shakespearean productions is a little further down the coast but well worth the scenic drive.
North Cornwall boasts many highly rated restaurants and cosy country pubs. Celebrity chefs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth, each have a number of restaurants in and around Padstow, including Rick Stein’s Cornish Arms pub in St Merryn Village, only three minutes drive from Merryn Heights. There are also several vineyards to visit across Cornwall but the nearest happens to be Camel Valley, which is one of the top producers of sparkling wine in the world (that includes champagne!), and it’s only 20 minutes away.
Padstow itself has an array of great shops, art galleries and cafes, with views of the harbour. While it may be at its most popular in the height of summer, Christmas in Padstow is a very special period. Mid December is the time for late night Christmas shopping when local bands, street buskers, and carolers take to the streets, with many shops and pubs offering mulled wine and snacks.
If ever you fancy a change, there is always the water taxi from Padstow, across the estuary, to Rock, for more shops and restaurants, which runs from March through to October. Or you could sail there yourself, if you have your own boat or you’re a member of Padstow Sailing Club…