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 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 160 countries.
  • access to over 2,500 films from the archive, including over 1,300 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.

Porthluney, Pentewan, Portloe, Hemmick 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:

Port Isaac, Port Gaverne, Porthcothan, Prussia Cove and Constantine Bay:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Offering immeasurable space, the beach stirs the mind, body and soul unlike any other location.  The freedom it provides to run, play or just meander can be found nowhere else.

The sights, smells and sounds are unique.  They are held in the memories of any child who has dipped their toes in the lapping waves, skimmed a pebble across the surf, or encountered the joy of melting, sand covered ice cream, dripping down their chin.

Proposals are written in the sand by hopeful young men, dogs leap like racehorses across the dunes.  The day’s worries are washed away like the broken shells caught in the swell. The beach gives us time to reflect, to be inspired, to enjoy.

…Kate, at Cornish Seaview Cottages, below:

Molunan, St Just-in-Roseland, 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

Pendower, Porthcurnick and Portloe:

Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Rock:


Mullion Cove, Kynance Cove and Beach Highlights:

St Mawes, Place and Percuil Freshwater:

Portscatho Holidays

“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.

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.

St Mawes – The Portscatho Holidays team are very lucky in that our offices 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.

Gyllyngvase, Castle and Swanpool:

Hotel Anacapri Limited

Holywell Bay, Crantock and Polly Joke:


Lostwithiel, Great Lantic 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:

Poldhu Cove and Polurrian 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

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

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

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

Carne and Portholland:

Hay Barton B&B

Tintagel and Penzance Mount’s Bay:

Carne and Pendower, Roseland:

Vose Farm Holiday Cottages

Lizard Point:

“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 Holidays and The Meadow, Mullion, below:


Portscatho :


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


“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


“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

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

Praa Sands:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

For us, the beach means well-being; a time to take a breath, look to the horizon, dip a toe (or more) into the revitalising sea and spend time connecting back to nature and to ourselves.

…Stef, at Boutique Retreats, below:

Boutique Retreats



“What does the beach mean to you..?”

…The beach is about renewal and being able to start each day with fresh footprints in the sand as the tide clears away yesterdays.

…Roger, at Quay Art, below:

Readymoney Cove, Fowey:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Just the perfect place for lovely lazy summer days and evenings spent with family and friends playing boule and bbq’s till the sun goes down.
It is a place where you can be calm watching the gentle waves, or sit and marvel at the winter storms. A place to gather thoughts and fill your lungs with wonderful fresh air.

…Suzanne and Trevor, at Fowey Cottages, below:


St Ives:

Trebarwith Strand:

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