Sometimes called "The Land of the Saints", Cornwall is steeped in its Celtic past. Its 200 miles of contrasting coastline are unique in The British Isles. Cornwall is one of the most popular locations for holidays in the UK.
Cornwall’s coastline is dotted with picturesque fishing harbours, reminders of an era when fishing was the mainstay of its economy. These days, St Ives, Port Isaac, Padstow and Boscastle are also a mecca for painters and sculptors as well as being ever-popular holiday destinations, with their narrow streets lined with art galleries, antique shops and restaurants.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Padstow is Ballaminers House, only a 2-mile walk, across outstanding countryside and along the Camel River alternatively a 10 minute drive. The house is tucked away up a leafy lane in the picturesque village of Little Petherick, close to eight beautiful beaches; some are only a 10-minute drive away. A stay at Ballaminers House will offer you a tranquil and enjoyable holiday whilst also enriching your experience of the wonderful attractions offered nearby.
Inland, or as far inland as you can be in a county where you are rarely more than half an hour from the sea. A ‘must-visit’ for anybody staying in Ballaminers House is the world-famous Eden Project.
Ballaminers House is a fine example of an 18th century Cornish farmhouse which was originally a one hundred acre livestock farm belonging to the nearby Prideaux Place estate. The views from all four corners of the house are beauutiful, including the Norman church in Little Petherick, the delightful Cornish gardens, the sheep in the fields on the hills and the cows in the neighbouring pastures.
The farmhouse sleeps up to eight people and benefits from four bedrooms, two bathrooms, three reception rooms, breakfast/ dining room, kitchen, large secure garden with outdoor dining terrace, Wi-Fi, several televisions and private parking. Young children, babies and well-behaved dogs are very welcome at Ballaminers House. We do not charge extra if you would like to bring your pet/s on holiday with you. We also have 3 ½ acres of meadow for you, your children and doggies to enjoy.
North Cornwall is well known for its spectacular beaches and the farmhouse is within approximately 5-15 minutes drive of eight gorgeous beaches including Harlyn Bay for surfing, Constantine Bay, Porthcothan, Treyarnon Bay, Booby's Bay. Trevone Bay, which is ideal for young children and Hawker’s Cove where your dog can enjoy a wonderful off-lead experience, which is safe and fun.
From Hawker's Cove, take the passenger ferry across to Daymer Bay. Hawkers Cove, Trevone Bay and Harlyn Bay are around a 5 to 10 minute drive from the house. Winters are mild in Cornwall so you can enjoy them all year round.
SEA KAYAKING AND ROCK CLIMBING
Exploring the Cornish coastline by Kayak is simply breath taking with flat, calm seas and being able to discover inaccessible caves and paddle through lagoon like gullies. North Cornwall is host to a wealth of marine and bird life, you may be lucky enough to see Dolphins, Seals, Puffins and Sea Lions.
Rock Climbing offers a fantastic experience for first timers; this is a fun day out for all ages and confidence levels.
RIDING AND GOLF
Tina's Riding Stables at St Merryn within eight minutes drive offers riding for all the family including rides out to the beach at Harlyn Bay. The beautiful golf course at Trevose is only fifteen minutes away and St Enodoc Golf course at Rock is within easy reach.
NORTH CORNWALL HAS IT ALL
There is something for everyone in North Cornwall, among the many things you can do are cycle the Camel Trail from Padstow or Wadebridge all the way to Bodmin and take in some spectacular scenery along the way.
Enjoy wonderful walks including a wonderful scenic route from Little Petherick to Padstow, explore the Saints Way, have a go at course fishing, mackerel fishing, sailing, windsurfing, body boarding, and of course surfing. You can even learn to make bread at Tom's Bakery in Wadebridge.
RESTAURANTS AND PUBS
If you're looking for great places to eat you will be spoilt for choice with excellent restaurants and traditional pubs within easy reach of the house. Conveniently located in Padstow is Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant, St Petroc's Bistro and Rick Stein's Café.
Paul Ainsworth at Number Six has been awarded a Michelin star. Nathan Outlaw at the St Enodoc Hotel Rock has two Michelin stars.
Little Petherick has The Old Mill, which is an excellent restaurant for lunches and dinners and also offers delicious afternoon teas in the garden. Adrian Oliver, formally of Margot's Bistro, Padstow is the head chef. There are 2-3 pubs within walking distance, which offer a variety of food, local beers, local ciders and local wines.
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay and the Porthminster Cafe at St Ives are both in dreamy locations. Rick Stein's pub, The Cornish Arms is located at St Merryn. Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen at Port Isaac is within easy reach.
Award winning Padstow Farm Shop sell their own home reared meat and dried pasta, locally baked specialty bread, home grown salad leaves and vegetables. Cornish produce galore and local deliveries too.
Little Petherick creek itself is located on the ancient Saints Way and is a natural habitat of a great variety of birds including Little Egret, Kingfisher, Swan and Mallard Duck. Found on the walk to Padstow.
For many centuries Artists and Potters have been drawn to Cornwall for inspiration and light from the portrait painter Romney to Kurt Jackson, Bernard Leach and the Newlyn School, art has played an important role in this county. Tate St Ives is well worth a visit.