The Local Area

North Cornwall Has it All

North Cornwall is well known for its spectacular beaches and Ballaminers House and cottages are 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.

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.

Wildlife

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.

Other ‘must-dos’ in the include:
The Eden Project, known as the eighth wonder of the world
The Lost Gardens of Heligan – 200 acres of garden history, mystery and romance
Trebah garden – a sub- tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop
Duchy of Cornwall Nursery – First class selection of garden plants and award winning cafe
Anthony House – 18th century house where the filming for Alice in Wonderland took place
Prideaux Place – charming Elizabeth manor overlooks ancient deer park
St Michaels Mount – from ancient cobbles to castle walls, through time and tide St Michaels Mount is beckoning

Art

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.
Other great day and evenings out for art lovers include:
The Minack Theatre – a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean
Hall for Cornwall – a wide ranging arts programme
The Tate Cornwall – located in St Ives. Includes the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

For the food lovers

Little Petherick has The Old Mill Bistro, which is an excellent restaurant for lunches and dinners and also offers delicious afternoon teas in the garden. There are 2 to 3 pubs within walking distance, which offer a variety of food, local beers, ciders and wines…and of course Padstow, a mecca for great food which is only 2 miles away.

The area is a food lover’s paradise and Padstow, home to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc’s Bistro, Stein’s Café, Cookery School and Paul Ainsley’s Michelin Star restaurant- Number Six. Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant at the Mariner’s in Rock and his Michelin starred restaurant in Port Isaac are all within easy reach. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay and the Porthminster Café at St Ives are both in dreamy locations.

For the energetic and adventurous

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. For Rock Sailing and Water-skiing see here and for the Padstow sailing club see here.

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.

Ballaminers House also has the benefit of a private paddock, approximately 3.5 acres, which is great for a stroll, and dogs love it too. In addition, the house sits in beautiful private tiered gardens.

Enjoy a delightful walk along the creek, through the wood and across the fields, which takes you to Padstow. The walk starts from the village car park.

North Cornwall is well known for its spectacular beaches and Ballaminers House and cottages are 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.

For the children

We can supply various items of kit, which will lighten the packing for your holiday at no extra charge:

~ Mamas and Papas Travel Cot (Please bring your own cot bedding) ~
~ High-chair ~
~ Booster seat ~
~ Changing mat and nappy bucket ~
~ Potty and trainer seat ~
~ Steps ~

We would prefer that food and drink remain in the kitchen and dining room of the house please. A baby gate is in place in the hallway entrance to the breakfast room. There are no water features in the garden.

There is plenty to do for a fun family day out in and around the area, these include:

Crealy Adventure Park
Seal Sanctuary
Newquay Zoo
The Monkey Sanctuary
Flambards Theme Park
Blue Reef Aquarium
The Bodmin and Wenford Railway
Dairy Land Farm World
The Maritime Museum

For the walkers and/or doggies

We welcome dogs at Ballaminers House and have a lovely large garden for them to explore. We do not charge for your pet/s to come on holiday with you but do ask guests to kindly observe and comply with our doggy code below please.  Please mention your breed of dog/s at the time of booking.

There are more dog-friendly places than not so you won’t feel restricted. Your dog will love the off-lead experience at Hawker’s Cove, which is safe and fun and only eight minutes by car.

Enjoy a great walk along the creek, through the wood and across the fields, which takes you to Padstow.

Start the walk from the village car park – you may wish to take a picnic.

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.