In the area
While The Island is completely private it is by no means isolated. It sits just off the busy surfing town of Newquay, so you hear the sounds of the town and (during low tide) from the beach, while you are hidden away in privacy. The summer school holidays are very lively and the beach below will be full of families playing on the beach, at least for the six hours of low tide. Your tide clock will tell you when that will be, and when they will gradually disappear as the beach becomes sea. Out of season the town is much quieter.
There are surfers in the water year round, rain or shine, hot or cold. Only a completely flat sea deters a Newquay surfer, which does happen but not often. This spot is a dream for surf fans, whether experienced or total beginners! If you fancy giving it a try, there are several surf schools and many places to hire equipment, including right below The Island on Towan Beach itself.
If the sea is too flat to surf, that is a good time to hire a SUP or kayak to explore the waters round the rocky-sandy coastline. When the water is not being churned white and sandy by the waves, you can see how beautifully clean and clear it really is.
For adventure junkies the fact that Newquay is a favourite for summer stag and hen parties has the upside that there are many adventures to be had for large or small groups including coasteering (see photo, below our bridge), ziplining, WaveRunner riding, etc.
Inland, a short drive or cab-ride away, there is a go-karting track which will challenge even the most adventurous speed fiend.
For a more calming zen-like experience, a short drive away are the wonderful Japanese Gardens (closed in winter). The spas at the Scarlet Hotel (a short drive) and the Headland Hotel (walking distance) cater to those who deserve some pampering.
Horse riding can be booked through local stables.
Rides are normally up the nearby Gannel Estuary. We have also occasionally seen horses on the beach below The Island.
There is plenty for families to do even on a rainy day, including the excellent BlueReef Aquarium (pictured) on our doorstep, the fun Pirate’s Quest and the new Trampoline Park.
Beach and cliff walks we always enjoy in any weather; you just need to dress appropriately!
The 630 mile South West Coast Path runs along the cliff top next to The Island, so there are beautiful and dramatic walks with stunning ocean views, starting a stone’s throw from the doorstep.
explore further by car
Further afield you can find an abundance of activities to fill your time, from the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan to the Minack Theatre, the Tate at St Ives and several fascinating tin mines.
Newquay is ideally located to explore Cornwall’s outstanding beauty and history.
Car hire is easily available in Newquay.
Whether your day has been adventure-packed or relaxed, if you don’t fancy cooking there are many local options to eat out or take away.
These range from high quality dining for a celebration to simple family fare to refuel after an energetic day surfing or hiking.
Restaurants inevitably come and go, but we can give guests an up to date list of recommendations after booking. Most are easy walking distance; some would need a car or cab.
'Fantastic surfing lessons on the beach below - would highly recommend.'
'We had a 2 hour fast ride on horses from Trenance Stables along the river and into the hills which was stunning.'