Welcome to Padstow
There's no doubting that Padstow has changed beyond recognition in recent years: it feels more Kensington chic than Cornish quaint these days, with restaurants and boutiques sitting alongside its pubs and pasty shops. Whether the town's held on to its soul in the gentrification process is debatable, but it's hard not to be charmed by the seaside setting.
Across the Camel Estuary from Padstow lies Rock, a small village turned uber-exclusive getaway for well-to-do holidaymakers. Nearby, the sandy sweep of Daymer Bay unfurls along the estuary, a lifelong favourite of poet John Betjeman.