Well-heeled British families have flocked to Rock for their bucket-and-spade holidays for generations, but it wasn’t until the successful makeover of classic seaside hotel St Enodoc in the 1990s that they had somewhere stylish and relaxed to stay, that’s also perfect for all ages. With the ‘Cornish larder’ at its disposal, the modern European dishes served at the brasserie-style restaurant are fresh, healthy and locally sourced. Its clean lines, easygoing comfort, Mediterranean feel and wide terrace for outdoor dining are in perfect harmony with the location. Upstairs, the bedrooms – many with views across the water – are brightly painted, with original art on the walls. Together with the hotel’s spa, it makes the ideal seaside base, with sandy beaches, fine walking, the ferry to Padstow and a golf course on the doorstep. ‘Blesséd be St Enodoc’ wrote former poet laureate, John Betjeman, in his best-known poem, Trebetherick, in which he wished all children could enjoy the glorious holidays he’d spent there with his friends.
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The Camel Estuary is perfect for water sports, why not walk down the road to the Camel Ski School for paddle boarding or water skiing.
Head to the lovely restaurant for some crab linguine and bruschetta when the lunchtime hunger pangs hit.
Pop by the spa for a signature Pinks Soul Sensation full body experience, £110 for 120 minutes.
CLAIM TO FAME
The beautiful St Enodoc Church is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Sir John Betjeman, CBE English poet, writer, and broadcaster is buried here.
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