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Large family friendly holiday home by the sea in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall


Breathtaking sea views over Mawgan Porth, with hot tub

Sleeps up to 10 in 5 bedrooms Saturday arrival Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

This beautiful holiday home sits high above Mawgan Porth beach and is perfectly placed to watch the sunset over the North Coast. Fourburrows sleeps up to 10 guests (max 8 adults), and is wonderfully equipped to accommodate families, both large and small and even includes a hot tub to relax and take in the sea views.

Not planning on using the hot tub? Please let us know at least two weeks prior to your arrival, and we can arrange for this to be switched off and emptied. We will then refund you up to £160.

Coming soon: refurbished conservatory for 2025 including new balcony. 

Set back from the picturesque Mawgan Porth beach, Fourburrows is a welcoming and family orientated contemporary holiday home, with so much to offer. Newly refurbished, this large property is both child and dog friendly, and will accommodate up to ten (maximum eight adults), so it’s ideal placed for families, or even a couple of families at a time! Fourburrows is a five minute walk from the coast path and a perfect haven to return to after a busy day on the beach. The sheltered and private garden is also an excellent size and comes complete with a hot tub, and there is plenty of parking.

Inside Fourburrows

What is really unique about Fourburrows is the selection of carefree living spaces that are available. There are no less than four living areas in total. The main living room has a generously sized Ultra HD 4K SMART TV and comfy sofas. This connects to the conservatory at the front of the property which runs almost the length of the house and has amazing views of the sea as well as looking over the beautiful garden. It has lounge seating at one end and plenty of dining space at the other, comfortably accommodating 10, and two highchairs are available. Adjoining this is a games room which comes equipped with a Wii, table football, and various things to do for the gamers of the family. Finally there’s a snug for those who want to escape, with a further TV. The house benefits from fast fibre broadband and a wide selection of TV programmes, thanks to the Netflix and Now TV access, allowing you to stay entertained come rain or shine.

The new kitchen is modern and very well equipped, with plenty of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. There is a full-size fridge-freezer in the property, as well as those other essential appliances such as a washing machine, tumble drier and dishwasher; necessary items to keep the modern family going!

Upstairs you’ll find four bedrooms. The principal bedroom and Bedroom 2 are king size and enjoy astonishing sea views across Mawgan Porth, and Bedroom 3 has twin beds with side-on sea glimpses. Bedroom 4 is designed for little ones with a toddler bed and a ‘low to the ground’ single bed. The fifth bedroom is on the ground floor at the front of the property and has its own access onto the garden decking — ideal if someone in your group wants their own space.

Outside you have a timber decked patio stretching across the width of the property, which leads down to the large sheltered garden sloping towards the coast. It’s terraced and surrounded by thick hedges so that it gives you a very private space. Here you’ll find a seven person hot tub, a lovely rattan outdoor lounge and a purpose built play area complete with swings and a slide. There’s a gate at the bottom of the garden which gives access to the footpath leading to the coast and beach….

Out and about

Mawgan Porth and the pretty village of St Mawgan sit in the perfect location for a peaceful, relaxing and wonderfully memorable holiday here in Cornwall. Fourburrows is just a few minutes away from the beach and the South West coast path; simply take the path from the back gate at the bottom of the garden. The Bedruthan Hotel (five minutes away and great for an evening dinner, or spa treatment) and Watergate Bay are also within walking distance.

The area is as loved by locals as much as it is by visitors, which speaks volumes about this beautiful Cornish corner. It makes a great base to explore North Cornwall. The area is not short of places to eat and drink; try Catch Seafood next to Mawgan Porth beach or the Blue Fish Bar for excellent fish and chips! Padstow, Watergate Bay and Newquay are all a short drive away, and offer numerous options from some of the UK’s best fine dining, to great visitor attractions. This village and its surrounding area truly captures the Cornish way of life, whilst being surrounded by beautiful scenery.

The area also boasts some fabulous beaches, with nearly 20 in the surrounding area! Many of these are quiet, sandy coves, which are not only stunning with their golden sands and clear waters, but they are also relatively quiet compared to the larger beaches. However, this does mean that amenities and lifeguard cover is lacking on many of them, so make sure you’re aware of tide times and if you’re unsure about rip currents then make sure you ask a local’s advice. Visit the sweeping Porthcothan Bay, venture down to the dramatic and beautiful Bedruthan Steps, or visit the beach located in Doc Martin’s hometown of Port Isaac. All of these beaches are connected via the famous South West Coast Path, so why not grab a backpack and explore the surrounding coast?

Things we love

Fourburrows, like this area of Cornwall, has something for everyone. Cooks will love the well-equipped kitchen and generous dining area, peace-seekers will appreciate the choice of relaxing living areas. Children will be able to let off steam in the Games room, and in the area you are spoilt for choice; you will have some of Cornwall’s best beaches for surf, play or simply hanging out — and miles of inland and coastal pathways to enjoy and explore. We love how much Fourburrows has to offer for an an action packed family holiday!

Stunning house and location. Loads of space, well equipped and the comfiest sofas to sit and admire the view. The house is a short walk to the beautiful Mawgan Porth beach and loads to do in the local area. We had a really wonderful holiday here.
Charlotte & family — April 2024

Retreat Features

  • Big enclosed garden with play area
  • Outdoor dining area with stunning sea views
  • A stroll to the beach
  • New kitchen and open plan dining space
  • Private parking
  • A short drive from Padstow and Newquay and all its activities
Principal bedroom: king bed
Bedroom two: king bed
Bedroom three: twin beds
Bedroom four: toddler bed and ‘low to the ground’ single bed
Bedroom five: king bed
All bed linen and bath towels provided
New kitchen (2023)
Nespresso coffee machine
Full size fridge and freezer
Oven and grill

Main living room: 4K SMART TV (enabled with Netflix, Now TV, Amazon Prime and Freeview), 2 sofas, sea views
Conservatory: huge bright living and dining space with stunning sea and garden views. Large dining table for family meals, big corner sofa for relaxing and watching the sunsets
Snug: SMART TV (enabled with Netflix, Now TV, Amazon Prime and Freeview), sofa
Games room: sofa, TV (Freeview only), table football, plenty of games, jigsaws, children's books and drawing easel.
Garage room containing table tennis and dart board
Superfast fibre broadband throughout
Upstairs bathroom with bath and super-powerful shower
2 downstairs bathrooms both with super-powerful walk-in showers
Large private south-west facing garden with stunning sea views
Beautiful elevated sun deck area with rattan outdoor lounge overlooking garden and sea, perfect for outdoor dining
Hot tub for seven
Fabulous play area with a slide and two swings
Short walk to the beach via private gate to the coastal path
Walking distance to nearby spa hotels and restaurants
Outdoor warm shower and lots of space for surfboards
Private driveway parking for 2-3 cars
2 travel cots (cot linen not provided)
2 high chairs
Stair gates
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Washing machine and tumble dryer
Central heating
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Exterior steps with handrail
Internal steps with handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information


Situated midway between Padstow and Newquay on the rugged north Cornish coast, Mawgan Porth offers you a beautiful west facing beach, stunning scenery, wondrous walks, superb surfing, an amazing variety of accommodation to suit everyone’s taste and pocket, fabulous food from the pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways and then there’s the shops of all kinds – in fact, there is so much here to see and do that you’ll find yourself wanting to come back year after year.

Travel times

  • Fourburrows is 8 miles from Newquay Station. The branch line service from Newquay to from Par takes about 50 minutes. Regular and convenient services run to Par from all over the UK.
  • Mawgan Porth is between Padstow and Newquay. Driving time from London is around five hours in normal traffic while Exeter is around an hour and a half away. We’ll send you detailed route information before the start of your holiday.

Things we love

  • An off-road stroll to the heart of the village and the beach
  • Within a short drive to the attractions of Padstow and Newquay
  • Plenty of beaches and coastline to discover
  • Sea views out over Mawgan Porth

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Fabulous food

From classic fish and chips eaten on the seawall to shellfish platters in award-winning restaurants, seafood lovers will be delighted by the choice on offer in and around Mawgan Porth. If seafood’s not your thing, find exquisitely cooked steaks, vegetarian dishes made from local, seasonal produce and pizzas to keep the kids happy! Mawgan Porth is also home to one of the best food markets selling local produce — Cornish Fresh, on the beachfront, stocks fresh bread, pastries and pasties, as well as cupboard staples, spirits and wine, and delicious stone baked takeaway pizzas

Mawgan Porth is less than ten miles from Padstow and hour from Newquay, so it’s just a short hop if you want a change of scene. Paul Ainsworth’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, is in the heart of Padstow, whilst seafood restaurant Emily Scott Food is just round the headland in Watergate Bay, a half-hour walk.

Surfers at Mawgan Porth beach near Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Breathtaking beaches

Mawgan Porth makes the perfect base for a beach holiday. Sheltered by towering cliffs on either side, the family-friendly beach has lots of rock pools, caves to explore, and a huge stream flowing down the southern edge of the beach. It’s also covered by seasonal lifeguards, making swimming and surfing safe.

When you’re after a change of scene, head to Newquay, which has no fewer than ten superb beaches within eight miles of the town. Most are at least half a mile long with plenty of space to explore and play. Lifeguards cover most of these beaches from March through until September, and from the shore you’ll be able to watch the surfers harness the Atlantic rollers. Newquay is also home to every conceivable kind of water and sand-based sport you can think of, from paddleboarding and kitesurfing to sandboarding.

Spa at Mawgan Porth near Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Clifftop pampering

With two award-winning spas perched on the cliffs above the village and beautiful turquoise sea lapping at the cliffs below, if it’s unwinding you’re after then Mawgan Porth is the perfect spot. Perched on the rugged clifftops is The Scarlet, a luxury adult-only eco retreat with clifftop hot tubs and natural reed pool. Also in Mawgan Porth, the family-friendly Bedruthan Hotel offers a back-to-nature spa experience with a sensory spa garden, sauna rituals and day spas, again looking over the beautiful expanse of Mawgan Porth.

Start the day with a stroll along the beach and an invigorating sea swim, or lace up your boots and take the footpath in either direction — north towards Constantine Bay or south to Newquay. Return to your retreat for a hot bath and a glass of wine while you watch the sun set, or tucked under a blanket in front of a woodburner. Bliss.

Mawgan Porth beach near to Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Mawgan Porth

You could spend the entire week at this brilliant lifeguarded beach and still crave more. As a family friendly option, you can’t beat it: dunes, rock pools, caves, and two surf schools minutes away — Waves Surf School and The Surf Club Cornwall both run beginner, group and private lessons throughout the year. It’s perfect for tiring dogs out in the winter months (there are no dog restrictions), and ideal for sandcastle building come summer. There’s even a stream that runs down the beach to the sea, perfect for little ones when the sea’s on the rough side.

Lifeguarded? Early May-end of Sept
Dog-friendly? Yes, all year round

Beach near holiday accommodation in Newquay by Forever Cornwall

Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze in Newquay is a little more secluded than its more famous neighbours, notably Fistral or Towan, but it is utterly beautiful. Sheltered by high cliffs, with a fabulous beach restaurant and atmospheric live music sundowner sessions during the summer, Lusty Glaze is a great choice. There’s also a brilliant activity centre on the beach, so whether you fancy surfing, abseiling or dodgeball, there’s something for everyone at this beach.

Lifeguarded? Early May-end of Sept
Dog-friendly? Yes, all year round

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is a vast, two-mile stretch of sand on the outskirts of Newquay. Popular with surfers, sun seekers and dog walkers, there’s plenty of room on this beach for everyone. A small village with the same name has formed around the beach, with three good restaurants, including Emily Scott Food – and plenty of surf schools, such as Blue Surf school. There is a car park near the beach, making for easy access.

Lifeguarded? Early May-end of Sep
Dog-friendly? Yes, all year round

Porth Beach

This sheltered stretch of sand is a ‘Seaside Award’ beach, a scheme which recognises beaches throughout the country that celebrate the quality and diversity of the coastline. There is lifeguard cover from mid-May to the end of September, and the wonderful Gwenna Teahouse cafe at one end of the beach, Porth is a perfect family friendly beach.

Lifeguarded? Mid May-end of Sep
Dog-friendly? Seasonal dog ban May-September

Food & drink
Fish Restaurant Mawgan Porth near to Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Catch Seafood Bar and Grill

Book in for a glorious Sunday roast with a view, stroll in off the beach for a sandwich or book in for a supper with sunset views — the menu at this beachfront seafood bar revolves around fresh fish landed from the local dayboats. The Newquay Bay local lobster is drizzled in garlic butter and comes with sea-salted fries, and there’s an good range of vegetarian dishes too too, with things like of green olive linguine and kitchen garden green tacos on the menu. The large decked terrace just off the sand is the perfect spot for a Catch Kernow Spritz cocktail.

The Kitchen by the Beach

You’ll find this cool cafe at The Park, a beautiful site with a collection of places to stay, from luxury cabins and lodges to yurts and cottages, all tucked away behind Mawgan Porth beach. The bright, colourful, contemporary cafe has a Scandi feel and hosts pizza nights on Sunday evenings, as well as roasts on Sundays — popular so always book! It’s open for breakfast from 8.30 (the Full Cornish comes with local bacon and sausages) whilst dinner dishes include Newlyn fish and chips with chunky tartare sauce. It’s dog friendly, too, and you can watch people splashing in the pool through the picture windows on one side.

Beach Box Cafe

This beachfront cafe in Mawgan Porth is housed in a converted shipping container has been serving up tasty, wholesome food and drink since 2016. The menu includes smoothie bowls and freshly made breakfast baps using Cornish only ingredients, as well as delicious flatbreads, wraps and buddha bowls. They even serve their own freshly made ice cream. They offer a beach picnic delivery service to help you avoid queueing later in the day — order at the box with your beach location (they have a grid map of the beach to help them locate you) and they’ll deliver at your chosen time!

Local food in Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth is home to one of the best beachfront food markets, Cornish Fresh, which supports local suppliers and artisan food producers, from fresh bread, pastries and pasties, as well as pantry staples, spirits and wine, plus stone baked takeaway pizzas. It’s a great place to stock up on goodies to take home with you. Newquay is five miles away, and has farmers’ markets, breweries, food stores and bakeries.

Find out more about buying local in with our handy Local Food Guide to Newquay and Mawgan Porth.

Generric Fish

Eating out in Newquay

One of the great things about staying in Mawgan Porth is being able to get to Newquay easily for eating out. Having long ago shed its reputation as Cornwall’s party capital, Newquay is now a culinary hotspot, with a number of award-winning seafood restaurants, wine clubs and cocktail bars, vineyards, quirky pop-ups, artisan bakeries and cafes, beachside food trucks and brilliant pubs in and around the town.

To find out where we recommend, take a look at our Newquay Guide for inspiration.

Things to Do
Bedruthan Steps at Mawgan Porth near holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

Bedruthan Steps

A 40-minute walk via the coastal footpath from Mawgan Porth will bring you to this National Trust area, a popular spot for stargazing. When the tide is out, you can walk among the giant cliff stacks and ponder the local legend of the giant, Bedruthan. The cliff stacks are said to be his stepping stones for a shortcut across the bay when the tide was in — and whatever the real story of how this dramatic formation came to be, they’re well worth a visit. Finish off your trip with a cream tea at this wonderful cafe overlooking the beach.

Newquay aquarium and zoo

Mawgan Porth may not seem a likely wildlife wonderland, but with Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Zoo just a few miles away, animal-lovers will be delighted at the opportunities to get up close and personal with some amazing species. From reef sharks to giant octopi, the aquarium has plenty to see and much more to learn — they do a huge amount for conservation. This is similar at Newquay Zoo, where the staff pride themselves on their dedication to conservation and their breeding programmes. Spot lions, sloths and monkeys at this family-friendly attraction.

Surf lesson in progress near Mawgan Porth holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

Watergate Bay

Just around the headland from Mawgan Porth — an easy 45-minute walk on the coast path — is Watergate Bay, home to a huge expanse of sand and every conceivable kind of water and sand-based sport there is! From surfing and paddleboarding to kite surfing, kayaking, coasteering and boadyboarding, this two-mile stretch of golden sand has it all. And if you’d rather stay on dry land, why not race around the sand on a kite buggy or landboard? There a numerous places to eat on the beach, from Emily Scott’s Restaurant to more relaxed options, such as the Hangout, a converted shipping container tucked into the cliffs above.

Guests Say
  • Wonderful

    Stunning house and location. Loads of space, well equipped and the comfiest sofas to sit and admire the view. The house is a short walk to the beautiful Mawgan Porth beach and loads to do in the local area. We had a really wonderful holiday here.

    Charlotte & family — April 2024
  • Highly recommend

    A wonderful holiday! Location, home, amenities and even the weather were all spot on for our active family of five! Highly recommend especially for a family with teenagers! Plenty to do even on a rainy day! Thank you.

    Shelley & family — August 2023
  • Spacious house

    Lovely spacious house and beautiful views from the sun terrace. Really enjoyed our stay here — everything we needed. Thank you so much.

    The Guest & Summers family — October 2021
  • Fantastic

    Fantastic house, we have enjoyed our week and are sad to be leaving! Thank you for the experience, would love to come back.

    The Westmacott family — September 2021
  • Fabulous home

    Fabulous home for a big family with small children. Enjoyed the light and the views. Grateful for a lovely comfortable and well appointed house to relax in.

    The Collingridge & Stuart family — August 2021
  • Location is perfect

    Thank you for such a lovely week. The house is beautiful and its location is perfect - the views alone speak for themselves. The community here and general atmosphere was ideal for our holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were incredibly lucky with our weather and made the most of the beautiful garden and easy access to the beach. Our surfing lesson with 'King of Surf' was definitely a highlight and we hope to be returning soon. Thanks again.

    The Cookmans — June 2021
  • So thoughtfully set up

    A wonderful place for all 11 of us — this property was so thoughtfully set up for children! The owners really care about this property. Thank you so much for our welcome pack, the kids play area is fabulous and the garden and dining areas were wonderful! The hot outside tap is such a refreshing thing to use after a jaunt along the glorious beach. The Cornish weather threw everything it has at our Aussie family but we have come away exhilarated and refreshed from all of our windswept cliff top walks and finding wildlife in the rockpools! We had many fabulous outings and sincerely hope to return! Thank you.

    The Jean family — August 2019
  • Lovely local community

    We have had an amazing week celebrating special birthdays at your home! Brilliant location and lovely walk down to the beach and amenities. My family has been coming to Cornwall for over 40 years and have never been this far down! Fantastic beaches and lovely local community. Thank you.

    The Prescott family — July 2019
  • Great home

    We love Mawgan Porth and this is a lovely house to stay in — great decor and well provided for your every need. Thank you for the goodies in the welcome pack! The showers are amazing here — very powerful. The walk down to the beach is lovely and we hope to return!

    The Sheppard family — April 2019
  • Gorgeous views!

    We have had a fabulous week here — what gorgeous views! Really great location, we've been holidaying in Cornwall for many years and have never been to Mawgan Porth — we will certainly be returning! The coastal path is great for a 5-10 minute walk to the beautiful beach. We've spent time exploring the local area and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful home with us all.

    The Collinges & Walters families — April 2019
  • All the space and comfort you could want

    There was a large group of 11 of us on Christmas week (plus two dogs!) and we had all of the space and comfort you could want, even with the extra demands of Christmas day! Brilliant guide books, brilliant kitchen equipment and the best showers ever. Lovely furniture, log burner, loads of mirrors, sockets and hooks for hanging clothes. Best beach in the area and we had the best days surfing (even in December!) Great views and just everything you could hope for. Thanks so much!

    Unknown, Christmas — December 2018
  • Would definitely recommend

    We have enjoyed a really great week here at Fourburrows. The house is perfect, very well equipped in every way and in a perfect position. We appreciated the wood burner and the house was always warm when we came in from our windy walks! The information folder supplied is the best we have experienced and we would definitely recommend this place to friends and family. Many thanks!

    The Taylor family — November 2018
  • Relaxing week

    Fantastic, relaxing week. House position is ideal for walks, the beach and enjoying the sunset. Great restaurant recommendations and spa at the Scarlet was the best spa I've been to. Thank you for such a lovely week, it is just what we needed, can't wait to come back.

    The Morton family — October 2018
  • Beach heaven!

    A fantastic base for lots of beaching — despite it being late October there was lots of bodyboarding and days spent on the beach! The local pub is a great place to eat with sandy kids and dogs in tow — lovely food. The walks in the area are amazing and we enjoyed exploring. Thank you!

    The Bissell family — October 2018
  • Beautiful home

    The whole family has had a fantastic holiday in Mawgan Porth and the house worked really well for our large family! We have enjoyed days on the beach, walked miles of coastal paths, been surfing and done plenty of eating! The view has treated us to some wonderful sunsets and we have treasured memories to take away with us. Thank you for letting this beautiful home.

    The Collett family — October 2018
  • Fantastic home

    We loved staying here. Everything was really comfortable and the place is really well equipped! The showers are superb and so easy to remove sand from towels (etc) using the outside tap. The weather was so hot and was the icing on the cake! We enjoyed many fantastic meals and walks in the local area during our stay. Fantastic home, thank you so much.

    The Buckle family — September 2018
  • Fantastic time!

    We had a fantastic time in your house! It is absolutely perfect, thank you for everything!

    The Snoep family — June 2018
  • Great views from the house

    We have all enjoyed staying here, and appreciated the Christmas tree and the log fire! Great views from the house and spectacular walks to Watergate Bay along the cliff tops. The house is in a lovely location, thanks for letting us all use it. We also spent a day in Padstow, taking the ferry to Rock and have many photos of the kids running around in the sand dunes and climbing the hills.

    The Hutt family — December 2017
  • Lovely relaxing week

    Lovely relaxing week — a beautiful part of the world and Fourburrows is a wonderful base from which to explore it. Particularly loved the walk to Bedruthan Steps and down onto the beach. Would recommend the aquarium in Newquay for those with young children too. The house is so well equipped (particularly the kitchen) that we ended up spending more evenings indoors than we'd anticipated, enjoying the cosy fire and watching the amazing sunsets. We've all had such an amazing week we don't want to go home! We would love to return.

    The Clark family — October 2017
  • Fantastic

    Fantastic, relaxing week. House position is ideal for walks, the beach and enjoying the sunset. Great restaurant recommendations and spa at the Scarlet was the best spa I've been to. Thank you for such a lovely week, it is just what we needed and we can't wait to come back.

    The Morton family — October 2017
  • Terrific location

    A lovely house, terrific location. Lots of thoughtful touches — the cake, the store cupboard items, all fresh and new, thank you.

    The Walton family — August 2017
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