LIVING IN ROCK

The beautiful coastal town of Rock sits on the banks of the Camel Estuary making it one of the prettiest towns in North Cornwall. Located within an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, Rock is known for its outstanding golf, scenic coastal views and rolling countryside, as well as a centre for sailing. Set across the water from Padstow, Rock offers a relaxed coastal lifestyle with a clutch of trendy waterfront cafes, restaurants and shops along the Rock Road, which follows the gentle curve of the Camel Estuary. Rock beach itself is a mile long stretch of golden sand and tufted dunes that stretches from Porthilly Cove (known for its mussels and oysters) right around the coastline to Daymer Bay. Perfect for walking, the beach remains dog-friendly all year round.

PROPERTY IN ROCK

Rock offers a mix of traditional, mostly detached buildings alongside contemporary architecture. Expect to pay a premium for waterside properties with sea views, with lower prices achieveable as you head further inland towards the village. Rock itself incorporates; Porthilly, Stoptide, Splatt, Penmayne, Pityme, Tredrizzick and St Minver.

The civil parish of St Minver is divided into St Minver Highlands (to the north and east) and St Minver Lowlands (to the west). The combined parish is bounded on the south and west by the estuary of the River Camel, on the north by the Atlantic coast, and on the east by the parishes of St Endellion and St Kew. The principal villages in St Minver Lowlands are Rock, Trebetherick and Polzeath, while St Minver Highlands encompasses the main villages of St Minver, Tredrizzick, part of Polzeath and New Polzeath. Both parishes benefit from a Neigbourhood Development Plan that serves to enable both a desirable second home market to flourish, whilst preserving the balance of a vibrant, main residence community.

The majority of sales in Rock during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £1,046,451. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £639,333, with terraced properties fetching £1,575,000. With an overall average selling price of £1,038,630, Rock was more expensive than nearby Padstow (£576,888) and Wadebridge (£321,376). Additionally each year a number of properties in Rock are sold off-market. Often a vendor led decision, these private sales are increasingly designed to protect the anonymity of the parties involved.

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LOCAL INFORMATION

Sprinkled with distinctive brunch spots, art galleries and unique boutiques, Rock is a charming village that is popular with holiday makers and locals alike.

TRANSPORT

Rock Heliport (0.2 miles)

Bodmin Parkway Station (16 miles)

Cornwall Airport Newquay (19 miles)

AREA HIGHLIGHTS

Sweeping white sandy beaches

Sailing on the Camel Estuary

St Enodoc golf course

Michelin starred restaurants on your doorstep

 

LOCAL BEACHES

Rock Beach

Porthilly Cove

Daymer Bay Beach

Polzeath

LIFESTYLE

Offering a vista that has enthralled for centuries, Rock faces due South, so it is always in the sun, making the long sandy beach that fronts the village a popular destination for walkers, swimmers and sun seekers. The fishing harbour of Padstow sits just on the other side of the estuary, accessed via a short ferry ride that operates both day and night. The sheltered nature of the Camel Estuary provides ideal conditions for all types of water sports including; kayaking, sailing, wake-boarding, water-skiing and fishing, as well as kite-surfing, and wind-surfing when conditions allow! The area is also perfect for small children who can happily play on the sandy beaches and explore the numerous rock pools in comparative safety. From the beach there are fantastic views up and down the wide estuary with two excellent golf available at St Enodoc Golf Club. and The Camel Trail. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a bird watchers paradise, at low tide the sandbanks become exposed and teem with wading birds and the odd otter eating its catch.

Eating & Drinking

EATING & DRINKING

Blue Tomato

Rock Rd, Ferry Point, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LD

More than just a café providing delicious coffee and cake, the blue tomato offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with views of the Camel Estuary and Padstow beyond. Dog friendly and located just a minute’s walk from the ferry point across to Padstow.

Fees Food

Pavilion Buildings, Rock Rd, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6JT

A delightful deli/café on Rock Road offering quality coffee, home baked goods and sandwiches as well as frozen meals giving you more beach and less time in the kitchen. This family run café never fails to provide friendly service and an excellent cup of coffee as well as catering services for special occasions and weddings.

The Dining Room

Pavilion Bldg, Rock Rd, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6JS

An intimate and understated restaurant that serves modern British cuisine. Enjoy a fine dining experience in a friendly and relaxed environment.

The Mariners

Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LD

Run by Paul Ainsworth in partnership with Sharp's Brewery, The Mariners provides quality dishes in a warm and cheerful environment. Excellent service and a great menu that caters for all allergens. This pub has generous seating areas both outside and in, with stunning views of the Camel Estuary.

St Endoc Hotel Restaurant

Rock Rd, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LA

Located within the timeless and stylish St Enodoc Hotel, the chic Brasserie is set in an elevated position with sunny terraces in fine weather that look right across the Camel Estuary. The Karrek fine dining restaurant opens in March 2020.

Pityme Inn

The Pityme Inn, Rock Rd, St Minver, Wadebridge PL27 6PQ

A friendly newly renovated country pub, offering excessible traditional pub food including Sunday roasts. Generous space to enjoy a drink outside in the sunshine, along with The Pityme Inn Outdoors which provides garden dining and takeaways.

The Rock Inn

6 Beachside, Rock, Wadebridge, PL27 6LD

The Rock Inn serves a wide variety of cuisine catering the whole family. Situated in prime location with a generous balcony overlooking the Camel Estuary and Padstow in the distance. The Rock Inn is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink as you soak up the views.

The Fourways Inn

2 Churchtown, St Minver, Wadebridge PL27 6QH

A characterful pub located in St Minver just outside of Rock. This traditional pub is the ideal location to enjoy a home comfort meal or a drink with friends, while playing a game of pool or darts.

Malcolm Barnecutt

Rock Rd, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6NW

The renowned Malcolm Barnecutt’s bakery is the place to purchase a traditional Cornish pasty. This bakery also offers a wide variety of pastries, baked goods, breads, frozen meals and drinks along with an excellent salad bar. Located in the heart of Rock.

The Hut Behind The Hedge

Rock Road, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LQ

The Hut Behind the Hedge is a hidden gem. This family run café in a Shepherd's Hut offers a wide variety of treats from paninis and frittatas to cakes and smoothies, as well as an ice-cream for your pooch. Enjoy your home cooked fare from the picnic benches while soaking up the views towards the Camel Estuary.

Lewis's Deli & Coffee Shop

Rock Rd, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6NW

A high-quality deli providing a wide range of fresh Cornish produce, breads, cheese & deli counter as well as kitchen cupboard staples and freshly made coffee.

Rock N Roll Plaice

Rock Rd, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6NW

A family run fish and chip shop. The ideal place to feed the whole family after a long day on the beach.

Jaws Pizza

Unit 9C, Pityme Industrial Estate St Minver, Cornwall, PL27 6NS

Hearty pizza which offers a wide variety of toppings, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Also offers burgers and curries for takeaway.

Rock Nursery Stores

Rock Rd, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6NW

The Nursery Stores is the Spar in Rock that has a wide range a fresh produce including fresh fruit and veg as well as beer and wine.

Lowlands Brewing

Lowlands Brewing is an independent container nanobrewery, located in Rock at the front of Pityme Industrial Estate, (next to Rock Marine) focusing on modern styles of craft beer, brew hop forward hazy IPA’s through to fruited kettle sours! Head over to enjoy tasting their home brews plus many other guest craft beers in the relaxed environment of their cool container Taproom. Most weekends there are tasty street food trucks and even some live music, so check the events page on their website for event updates.

Things to Do

THINGS TO DO

Rock Sailing and Waterski Club

The Quay, Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6LB

A lively and busy club which runs regular sailing, water skiing and social events.

St Enodoc Golf Club

St. Enodoc Golf Club, Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6LD

This golf club enjoys two outstanding golf courses, Church Course and Holywell Course that both overlook the Camel Estuary.

Camel Ski School

The Pontoon Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LD

The UK’s largest waterski centre who offer an array of watersports such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, wake surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and inflatable rides. Also includes Camel Camps that provide learning experiences for schools and colleagues through a variety of exciting activities.

Camel Sailing and Powerboat Centre

The Pontoon Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LD

Provides educational courses for sailing, power boating and shorebased for the theoretical side of sailing. Teaching you how to sail safely across the North Cornish waters.

Ferry onto Padstow

Rock Rd, Wadebridge PL27 6LD

The famous ferry that takes you to Padstow to enjoy the day out with the family and back again to Rock. 

Harlyn Diving School

Unit 7, Pityme Industrial Estate Rock, Rock PL27 6NS

An experienced and fully qualified team providing guided diving tours around North Cornwall for all differently abilities and levels. Originally based in Harlyn but now relocated to Rock due to high demand for the activity in the area. Qualified divers are welcome to book guided dives or just rent equipment.