Cornwall Supporters

manonabeach® is proud to have financial support from the following businesses in Cornwall, listed by supported beach page.  Please use the send your answer menu  or email info@manonabeach.com to find out more.  Click on each Supporter’s banner, below here, to learn about their business.  Also, see what the beach means to them, above their banner.

Benefits to new and renewing Supporters now include the following:

  • access to beach lovers in largely urban areas (24% London) who are looking forward to their return to your area and to enjoying your services and online products, with hundreds of thousands of hits to the site and being seen in 139 countries.
  • access to 2,000+ films from the archive, including over 1,000 narrative interviews, to use in your social media for customer retention and in your blog, like this example.  Why not use the manonabeach® question to engage with your customers?
  • a complimentary manonabeach® Interview Highlights DVD, to use in your business at your discretion, either in-house or for your customers.

Porthmeor, Trebarwith Strand, Trevone Bay, Kynance Cove and Looe:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach means lots of great memories for me; annual holidays to Widemouth Bay as a nipper (fondly known as Big Gob Bay by our family), in school summer holidays my Mum would drop my friend and I down to Crantock beach every day for sun, sea and a burger at the Bowgie – heaven, as a sulky A-level student I would look moodily out to sea at Perranporth and then live it up at the Watering Hole in the evenings, uni and my first few years of working life took me inland but I loved coming home with friends to show them the joys of sunny Cornwall – they always loved it. As soon as I had the opportunity I returned and, as a sales rep for Callestick Farm, I now have the pleasure of visiting loads of different beaches which I never knew existed and meeting lots of lovely people that live and run their businesses from them. Hoorah for Cornish beaches, what a lucky lot we are …

…Mel, at Callestick Farm, Cornish Dairy Ice Cream, below:

Callestick Farm Cornish Iced Cream

St Mawes, Place and Percuil Freshwater:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Percuil Freshwater – The Percuil Beach is a particular favourite of mine as our house overlooks the Percuil Creek and the beach is the first one we see when we go for one of our pleasant evening walks down the creek. With the active boat yard it is a hub of activity with lots of things always happening. – Andrew Knights.

Place – Place is a great place that generates a lot of interest as the property is seen and commented on by all visitors to St Mawes and something we are lucky enough to be able to sit and see from our office window on the Quay in St Mawes. From our office window we can also see the steady stream of visitors taking the ferry over to Place each day to go and enjoy the building, gardens and beach. – Jane Knights.

St Mawes – The Portscatho Holidays team are very lucky in that our offices above Lloyds Bank in the middle of St Mawes have views to the front over the harbour beach and down towards Summers Beach and to the side out towards Falmouth and the open sea.  This means that we are very keen observers of the ferry and boat traffic that comes in and out of the harbour and if we need any confirmation of just how good the St Mawes weather is we can check the level of sunbathing activity on the beach at any point during the day. – Andrew Knights.

Jane and Andrew, at Portscatho Holidays, below:

Portscatho Holidays

Gyllyngvase, Castle and Swanpool:

Hotel Anacapri Limited

Molunan, Towan Roseland and Porthbeor:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beaches of Molunan and Porthbeor are so much part of my life that it’s difficult to describe what they mean to me.  In my childhood and when my own two boys were young, they were places for picnics, swimming, boats and always family, cousins galore.   I remember hot summer days walking back up from Porthbeor beach in bare feet and looking back down, wishing I were still there.  I hated having to say goodbye.

I love their wild romance in the winter and spring and enjoy looking at the views which are ever changing but always breathtakingly beautiful.  I think Byron put in words what I feel about the beach and the coast and I am reminded of them when I am going for a walk and looking down on these beaches:

‘There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not man the less, but nature more, from these our interviews, in which I steal

From all I may be, or have been before, to mingle with the universe, and feel

What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal. ‘

I love swimming off Molunan or Porthbeor in the early morning, before breakfast, with my sister, when the sea is as clear as glass and there is no-one around except for us, and when our boys, who are now in their twenties, join us, there is really nothing to beat it.

And every beach I go to, whether abroad or here in the UK, has to be really special to match these two beaches.  I have been spoilt!  Such happy, happy, memories.

…Miranda, at St. Anthony-in-Roseland Cottages, below:

St Antony-in-Roseland Cottages

Porthcurnick, Portscatho and Pendower:

Pollaughan Holiday Cottages

Readymoney Cove, Polridmouth and Par Sands:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Readymoney Cove is a beautiful, sheltered haven, from which to watch the ever changing canvas of maritime life and relax in one of the most beguiling seaside locations in Cornwall .

…Pauline, at Estuary Cottages in Fowey, below:

Great Lantic, Looe and Polperro:

Cornish Horizons

Cadgwith and Church Cove:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach means to me an ongoing, ever changing picture – no two days are the same.

…Debbie, at Cadgwith Cove Cottages, below:

cadgwith cottages

Restronguet Passage and Mylor Churchtown:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach is my childhood. Whether turning stones to see what I could find, or catching eels and crabs from the pontoon. Also, the old oyster fishermen featured heavily in my early years. Restronguet Creek is home. I just love it.

Martin, at Creekside Cottages, below:

Creekside Cottages banner

Crantock and Polly Joke:

Tregoona

Crantock and Holywell Bay:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach means sand and sea, smiling children, seagulls, lots of dogs. It makes me feel invigorated and my soul lifted.

Sara, at Hendra Holiday Park, below:

Hendra Holiday Park

Porthcurno and Sennen Cove:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Porthcurno

The colours of the sea at Porthcurno never cease to amaze me – the white sand is made up almost entirely of tiny, 30,000 year old seashells which extend well below the water line, giving the sea a bright turquoise colour – you could be mistaken for thinking you are in the Caribbean.  Having travelled the world during my time with British Airways, Porthcurno beach is hard to beat!

Sennen Cove

For many years I had to commute to London every week to work.  Weekends spent on Sennen beach, with the smell of ozone in the air, the soft sand underfoot, swimming in the sea on a warm day or watching the surfers who were there in all winds and weathers – this was what revived me enough to get back in the car on a Sunday night.  Now I’m back here full time, I realise how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place.

Liz, at First and Last Cottages, below:

First and Last Cottages

Chapel Porth and Trelissick Gardens:

“What does the beach mean to you…?”

What the beach means to me most of all is freedom!  The vast expanse of soft sand when the tide fully retreats, spreads out before you as your eyes try to grasp the natural beauty of a freshly washed path to anywhere your mind wanders – nothing between you and nature as you watch the waves pounding towards you! 

There is so much about the beach and this lovely poem by Rick Howarth sums up the beach for me:

Remote Cornish Beach in Summer

Who loves those days when the sun is hazed, and the seas unruffled with its mirrored glaze

Showing every ripple and fish that moves in the currents stream swept surface ooze.

And the tide on the beach treads soft and slow leaving hardly a footprint as it goes

Where the dark sand that each sea fall makes is quickly absorbed to its flaxen state.

When the sand is warmly soft and gold and the seagulls plaintiff call is bold

As no other sound competes for space in air as soft a mothers embrace.

And you lay by a bed of scented pinks as rustling reeds their music links

To a skylarks distant worshipping praise to sunlit, happy, palliate days.

And the amphitheatre of the cliffs reduces all the world to this,

Sea, sand and skies sensuous ideal carresses, body and soul to heal.

Liz, at Callestock Courtyard, below:

Callestock Courtyard

Rinsey Cove and Porthleven:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach gives you a real sense of being a part of a much bigger world. Standing on the shoreline looking out to sea – there is so much more to be explored. It gives you a sense of place, encourages contemplation and a breath of sea air cleanses the soul like meditation in a liquid form. The cathartic massage of sand under the soles of your feet, the stark contrast from the built environment, the sound of nothing but the sea all combine to make a magical medicine that can cure all ills. I love being on the beach.

Adam, at Classic Cottages, below:

Gorran Haven and Portloe:

house on the beach

Lizard Point and Coverack:

Lostwithiel and Lansallos:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

For Lansallos Beach:

I think of Lansallos as our “secret” beach, approached by a magical tunnel path, loved by all generations of my family.  It is a place of reassuring and unspoilt beauty, on an intimate scale.  I feel an overwhelming sense of belonging with many happy memories of family time here.   The sea shimmers and soothes the soul in summer, and is wild and invigorating in Winter.

It is a place where both frenetic family activity and peaceful contemplation is possible all at the same time.  Dogs frolic madly, families rock pool and wave chase and stone skim and swim, and the smooth rocks offer up sun-trap nooks in which to hide away and read and soak it all in.

For Lostwithiel:

I come to Lostwithiel to shop for every day things, or to browse in the many antique shops or plant shopping in the Duchy Nursery.  But most often, for the glorious walks through the woods up on Restormel Hill, with breathtaking views over the valley.

…Sarah-Jane, at Penpoll Cottage, below:

Penpoll Self-Catering Cottage

Porthtowan and Portreath:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

It means everything, absolutely everything. It’s love, life, friendship and family.

Natalie, at North Coast Holiday Cottages, below:

North Coast Holiday Cottages

Mullion Cove and Kynance Cove:

Porthluney and Porthpean:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach is a place of infinite possibilities. It’s a place to play, a place full of adventure, and a place to relax and unwind. From tranquil summer days when you can’t wait to run down to the water’s edge to dip your toes, to bracing winter walks watching the waves race to the shore – the beach is ever changing, and always inviting.

…Fiona, at Bosinver Farm Cottages, below:

Bosinver Cottages banner

Boscastle and Summerleaze, Bude:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Summerleaze Beach means many things to me. I have such lovely memories of walks with my late Grandfather who loved nothing more than to spend time on the beach and the Breakwater watching the waves crashing in.

As a child my family and I spent many holidays playing on the sand, swimming in the sea pool or jumping the waves in the sea!

As a teenager and by that time now living in Bude, many lazy days were enjoyed just sunbathing in the secluded sand dunes whilst listening to the radio!

In recent years, as a Mum, I have spent many a day crabbing or body boarding with my children.

These days I enjoy nothing more than an early morning walk with my dog taking in the tranquillity and sheer beauty of the area.

Bridget, at Breakwater Holidays, below:

Breakwater Holidays

Polzeath and Rock:

Latitude50

Kingsand Cawsand and Whitsand Bay:

What does the beach mean to you…?

There is something about arriving on the beach and being close to the sea which cannot be felt anywhere else. It is an odd sense of peace and gives a sense of personal perspective even- or perhaps especially -when the waves are crashing and the wind is howling!
Whatever the time of year the beach and sea create this for me. There is no place like it.

David and Paula, at Chough Cottage, below:

Chough Cottage

Mevagissey and Polstreath:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Trevalsa Court is situated right on the coast, perched above rocky cliffs and a small sandy beach. The coast path runs right past the end of the garden, with Polstreath beach just beyond and Mevagissey nearby, so this is a vibrant environment for us.

…John, at Trevalsa Court Hotel, below:

Trevalsa Court Hotel

Mounts Bay and Penzance Mounts Bay:

Mounts Bay and Penzance Mounts Bay:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Energizing and relaxing. Mesmerizing and transfixing.
Ever changing yet constant.
Motion in time, soothing in sound.
Seascape, a spectrum of colours and hues.
Happy people, excited children, delighted dogs.
Wonderful walks.
Sighting of dolphins, seals, whales.

…Sally, at Sea Retreat, Marazion, below:

Sea Retreat Holiday Cottages

Carne and Portholland:

Hay Barton B&B

Talland Bay:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

I tend to find a clean flat pristine beach rather uninteresting …… To me the beach means flotsam & jetsam, seaweed, seashells, fishing boat floats, fender & buoys, random plastics, rope, driftwood & sea-worn & smoothed colored pieces of glass ….. They are the beach’s treasures it gives up to us …. I fill my house & garden with these treasures …. & cannot resist picking them up whenever, wherever I find them.

…June, at Talland Beach Cottages, below:

Talland Beach Cottages

Kynance Cove:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

A total escape from everyday issues. No matter how big the problem, the constancy of the waves can make it feel smaller.

…Kate, at Franchis Holiday Park, Mullion, below:

Franchis Holiday Park banner

Porthcurno:

Jane, at Jane Adams Ceramics, below, was interviewed on the Porthcurno page for her answer to the question “What does the beach mean to you..?”

Jane Adams Ceramics
Gyllyngvase:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Gylly Beach means walking your dog on a bright winter’s day; it means enjoying food with friends on a hot summer’s day; it means talking strolls in howling winds, watching people scream as they run in for a quick dunk. Its a meeting place, a place to forget the worries of the day, a place to visit, a place to put the smile back on your face and by far a place to escape.

…Mark, at Gylly Beach cafe, below:

gylly beach cafe banner

Crantock:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

“down on the beach on my own, watching the sunset with no one around and looking out to sea, catching up with my thoughts.”

…Carly, at the Old Albion Inn, Crantock, below:

Old Albion Inn, Crantock

Portscatho:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Porthcurnick beach, very safe, easily accessible with plenty of parking nearby. Plenty of sand, particularly at low tide, and no dangerous currents or tides. Great place to take the lads pre-season rugby training. A five minute walk from the centre of Portscatho.

…Andy, at A.R. Day, Portscatho, below:

A.R.Day Butchers

Perranuthnoe:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Perranuthnoe beach is very special to me. It’s where I spent most days with my children when they were small, playing in the sand and learning to swim and then surf. It holds many happy memories. It’s a wonderful family beach and the whole area has a wonderful, peaceful, relaxing feel to it.

…Lesley, at The Cabin, Perranuthnoe, below:

The Cabin banner

Penzance Mounts Bay:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach a place where I’m reminded that all my problems are so small that they’re not worth worrying about – it puts everything into perspective. The waves will come and go, the tide-line will move and no amount of worrying will stop them. Flinging off my shoes and losing a couple of hours throwing a ball for the dog or paddling about in rock pools is like therapy, I always leave the beach happy and content with the world.

…Emily, at Pure nuff stuff, below:

;Pure Nuff Stuff

Poldhu Cove:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Poldhu beach, to me, means home.

The way that view just hits you as you come round the corner at the top of the hill, it just takes your breath away.
I grew up here in Mullion, so Poldhu holds a certain amount of nostalgia for me. My parents used to take me down when I was a child and I quickly developed an obsession looking for sea shells. Equally as quickly though, I formed a strong dislike for sea weed, when my brother started to chase me with it trying to get it in my hair or around my legs. My favourite thing, when going to Poldhu as a child was the overwhelming, nostril engulfing smell of sea weed, salt water and suntan lotion. Second to that was my treat of a toffee crumble ice lollie from the fabulous cafe down there. As I got older, I remember lazy summer days there with friends and tipsy evenings with the same friends. I can see why visitors are compelled to come back, year after year. Some even love it so much they move to this corner of the world. To me, Poldhu means memories, good times, friends and family. Poldhu means home.

…Hayley, at The Galleon, Mullion, below:

The Galleon, Churchtown, Mullion

St Just in Roseland:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

It’s a great place to unwind and watch the world go by.  There’s always something going on – either folks enjoying themselves or wonderful wildlife to watch.

Barbara and Mark, at Roundhouse Barn Holidays, St Just in Roseland, below:

Roundhouse Barn Holidays

Porth:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

We live opposite the beach, so it is part of our daily lives; the changing weather is fascinating and the views and sunsets are awesome.

Katy, at Porth Beach Touring Park, below:

Porth Holiday Park

Mousehole:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Nina answers the question in her filmed Guest Answer for manonabeach®, here

…Nina, at Caroline Cottage, Mousehole, below:

Caroline Cottage

Perranporth:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

From early morning walks with the dogs, to picnics, rock pooling and sand castle building with the kids, the beaches in Cornwall are by far the best place to go to relax, energise and have endless fun with all of the family, including the dogs.

…Caroline, at Chynhale Barns Cottages, Callestick, below:

St Anthony-in-Meneage:

Hayle:

hayle holidays

Port Gaverne:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

It means many things to me, but I’ll pick out 3 words:  memories, solace and fun!  I grew up just over the road from the beach, so it’s always been part of my life for as long as I can remember.  It was my playground as a young child, and I spent my summers swimming from the beach and winters playing on the beach and exploring the cliffs.  As a teenager, it became a social place, hanging out with friends, sun bathing, swimming and watching in awe, when the guys jumped off the top of Tags Pit – I was only brave enough to jump from the cave, carved out of the cliff half way up, which you can only swim up to when the tide is in.

I know every nook and cranny, rock pool & cave. It’s a wonderful beach for swimming, when the water is clear and the tide is in, you can see the amazing colours of the rocks beneath you.

When we were growing up, my brother had a fishing boat and we spent many a day fishing for mackerel just out to sea, through The Gut and out past Gulls Rock. The best days were when the sea was as still as glass, and bird feathers would float on the surface.  We used to jump overboard and swim. Sometimes you would see Basking sharks.   He would then sell his catch straight from the beach to holiday makers, or my parents (who owned the local pub & restaurant, where we lived) to put on that night’s menu.

My own children have spent many summers on Port Gaverne beach too, and I have lovely family memories of rock pooling with them, making dams and just generally playing about on the beach as a family, including our dog, who loves it as much as we do.  Now the kids are older, they love the thrill of jumping off Tag’s Pit too (they go off the top).  We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with family and friends in Port Gaverne – and of course, the beach featured – the venue for beach games, a swimming competition and BBQ breakfast.

Port Gaverne beach is such a special place, whatever the time of year, if I’m feeling happy or sad. I love the beach in winter, when you have it all to yourself.  It’s exhilarating standing at the water’s edge or sitting on the rocks during a storm, watching the sheer majesty and beauty of the sea and the waves crashing onto the rocks, when it feels like the sea is towering above you.

…Pip, at Green Door Cottages in Port Gaverne, below:

Green Door Cottages

Interview Highlights:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

To me the beach means FREEDOM, escape, mind clearing solace! I have always been lucky enough to live close to the beach & love lots of watersports, for me it’s a great place to escape & reflect. But most importantly to have a fantastic walk with Harvey Hound. For Harvey the beach means, hours of manic filled fun, unusual smells with the feel of cold, soft sand between his paws, lapping waves to play in & to his sheer delight miles upon miles of ballie throwing fun!.

…Tiffany, at The Good Dog Guide, below:

Good Dog Guide

Gwynver:

Peace and Plenty Cottage

Gwynver:

Sarah and Finns Relish

Holywell Bay:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

For me the beach is my chance to switch off and relax. Over the years i have spent many a day with family and friends just enjoying the beach and all it has to offer, even having a go at surfing. I look forward to many more of these days. I love to take a walk along the beach with my Springer Spaniel Harvey who loves nothing better than running through the water or digging for stones in the sand. There is also something very calming about sitting down to watch and listen to the sea, to me it is the best form of relaxation.

…Stacey, at Over The Top, below:

Over The Top Seat and Boot liners

Prussia Cove:

Cuddan Rose

Carne, Roseland:

Vose Farm Holiday Cottages

Praa Sands:

Boutique Retreats

Port Isaac:

Trentinney Farm

Mawgan Porth:

Carne Crest Cornish Retreat

Gyllyngvase, Falmouth:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

I grew up near the equator in Kenya and spent holidays on the beaches of the Indian Ocean with their warm white sands stranded with exotic shells and rock pools of brilliant fish, so I’m afraid I was spoiled for life where beaches are concerned.  That’s not to say the Cornish beaches aren’t a delight, particularly in the low season when dogs may play and everyone smiles a greeting.  Still, it’s the walks along the coast to the beaches with great vistas opening out and always something of interest on the horizon I find most exhilarating..

…Mary Lynn, at No. 5 Port Pendennis, below:

No 5 at Port Pendennis

Port Isaac:

Animal Aunts

Hannafore Point, Looe:

Kilminorth Cottages

Portholland:

Trevona Farm Holidays

Trebarwith Strand:

Penpethy Holiday Cottages

Lamorna Cove:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Swimming, surfing & snorkelling
Sunsets , BBQ’s & wide open spaces
Switching off completely
Sparking seas and changing skies
Sandy toes & salty hair
Happy place

…Karen, at Above Beach Cottages, below:

Padstow:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

I love beaches as they offer endless possibilities for the imagination. As a child, the beach offered endless hours of enjoyment whilst I built sand fortresses and dug for pirate’s treasure. As an adult, I enjoy beautiful walks along the beach, watching the sun set, with friends and loved ones.

…Daniel, at Sykes Cottages, below:

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