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Holiday cottages near Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze is a sophisticated holiday destination not only for its fabulous beach and beautiful setting in a horseshoe-shaped cove, but also due to its lovely cafe/restaurant and watersports facilities. This beach and cove, on the quiet outskirts of Newquay, has been a popular stop for tourists for generations. The cove is reached via steep steps, but it’s well worth the descent. The boutique cafe also opens in the evening for a fine dining restaurant experience on the beach or even just a drink at the bar at sunset. They offer locally sourced produce and they even do weddings! We have a choice of beautiful apartments at Lusty Glaze – they make ideal bases for a beach holiday, or for exploring this beautiful stretch of the north Cornish coast.

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More than a beach...

Lusty Glaze is a privately owned beach, and plays host to weddings, acoustic “sundowner sessions”, adrenaline filled adventure activities and exhilarating surf lessons. This sheltered cove welcomes top musicians (Newton Faulkner, Razorlight), beach rugby, sunbathers, surfers, with plenty going on on the beach all year round. The white sand, sheltered waters and lifeguard patrols through summer are a far cry from what the beach used to be – a working mine! It is one of the few coastal beaches to be rich in iron ore, with mining going on until the late 1800’s. In Cornish, Lusty Glaze means “a place to view blue boats”, describing ore being taken to and from Newquay Harbour.

In the 1920s, Lusty Glaze became a ‘glamorous gentlemen’s and ladies bathing beach’, with brightly coloured beach huts, donkey rides and even butlers! Although you won’t find any donkeys or butlers on the beach now, the beach huts still remain and the classic seaside charm has elevated into something that feels more luxurious. The beach bar and restaurant offers amazing views and even better food and drink, with evening meals often accompanied by live acoustic music – but do check their site before heading down as when weddings are booked at the beach, there’s no public access.

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Plenty of choice...

Of course, although Lusty Glaze has its own beachfront restaurant, it’s also only minutes walk from all the eateries in Newquay. Newquay is one of the largest towns in Cornwall and offers a huge, varied choice of eateries. The world-class surf offering has brought with it a multitude of cultures to the town, with Australian, Indonesian, Italian, Thai and Portuguese restaurants strung along the streets. There are plenty of fantastic seafood restaurants to experience too, most sourcing their fish straight from the local harbour so you’ll be dining on the freshest ingredients! Whether you after a cosy roast or award-winning meal, classic fish and chips or hand made burgers,  you won’t be going hungry in Newquay.

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Action packed

From Lusty Glaze’s own activity centre offering abseiling, tight-rope walking, jet skiing, banana boats and surf lessons, Newquay is filled with things to do. From the town’s aquarium (largest in Cornwall) and zoo, to steam railways and national trust properties, kids and adults alike won’t be short of activities on a stay in Lusty Glaze. The coastal footpath stretches in either direction for as far as your legs can carry you from Lusty Glaze, taking you along the Newquay coastline past all of the many beaches dotted along it.

Discover cove after secret cove (Polly Joke is a particularly beautiful one), or walk amongst the fields of scarlet poppies that bloom on the cliffs between Holywell Bay and Crantock. Walk out to one of many of Newquay’s headlands, watching for blow holes, a particularly spectacular experience when the wind whips up the crashing waves below. Venture a little further and walk the coast path to the dramatic Bedruthan Steps – bring the car with you and wait till nightfall to experience the dark skies for perfect star gazing.

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Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze is a beautiful, well kept, sandy beach. Sheltered by high cliffs with a fabulous restaurant on the beach and atmospheric, free(!) sundowner live music sessions during the summer, and lifeguards Lusty Glaze is a great place to be. There is quite a large amount of steps down to the beach – so if accessibility is a key feature for your beach you may want to head to any of the other Newquay beaches.

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Porth Beach

Next to Lusty Glaze, to the east and find Porth Beach – a sheltered stretch of sand that, when the tide is out, is much bigger than it looks! It is a ‘blue flag’ beach, meaning it has been recognised for its cleanliness and water quality – and with lifeguard cover (from 19th May to 30th September) and a cafe overlooking the beach, Porth is a perfect family friendly beach. Dogs are welcome from 1st of October until 30th of April, from 1st May to 30th September there is a seasonal ban in operation and dog are only able to go on the beach from 7pm – 8am.

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is a vast, two-mile stretch of golden 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 Jamie Oliver’s!) – and plenty of surf schools, of course! There is a car park near the beach, making for easy access, and it’s lifeguarded from the 5th of May until the 30th of September – as well as being dog-friendly all year round.

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Towan Beach

Towan Beach is right in the heart of Newquay – mere moments from the town centre. With Newquay harbour to the west of the beach and the impressive ‘Island’ with its suspension bridge linking it to the mainland it’s a pretty amazing setting for a day at the beach! This beach has full lifeguard cover from 5th of May until the 30th of September, and dogs are welcome all year round.

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What better place to get to grips with a surfboard than Fistral? This world class surfing beach often boasts perfect waves and its golden sands are a constant lure for families, plus there are lifeguards from 30th March – 28th October and amenities very close by. Dogs are welcome on this beach all year round.

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The River Gannel flows from the approach to Newquay right around the outskirts of the town and out into the Gannel Estuary before reaching the sea. Here, there is an idyllic beach that sits either side of the river as it makes its way down the sand to meet the sea. Crantock is a great place for kids, who can play under the watchful eye of the lifeguards (present from the 19th of May until the 30th of September). Dogs are welcome all year round.

Food & Drink

Lusty Glaze Restaurant

This beachfront eatery is perfect for lunch, dinner or their wonderful Sunday roast! Serving superb fresh seafood and beautiful steaks, with live music every weekend and a great relaxed atmosphere, you couldn’t ask for more from your local restaurant and bar.


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Scott & Bab’s

An experience that is well worth travelling slightly out of town for. Find this quirky restaurant 7 miles out of Newquay, near Mawgan Porth – but trust us, it’s worth the taxi fare. With an ever-changing, spontaneous menu, you could dine on perfectly cooked seafood, deliciously tender meat (often smoked in the barrels you can see outside) or fantastic wood-fired pizzas. Tables book up super quickly for this gem – book as soon as you can!

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15 Cornwall

It’s a relatively well-kept secret that Jamie Oliver has one of his restaurants in Newquay. 15 Cornwall is home to the same ethos as Jamie’s other restaurants – employing local, disadvantaged young people and giving them world class cheffing training. All profits from the restaurant go back into the charity, Cornwall Food Foundation. Not only will money spent here be for an excellent cause, but the food is also simply exquisite. An Italian inspired menu, in a dining area with unobstructed views over Watergate Bay and out to the Atlantic. Don’t miss it.

Things to do
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Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre

From beach games to cliff climbs, Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre is not only right on your doorstep, but it will also provide you with all the adrenaline you need. Even if you just fancy trying your hand at surfing, the team at Lusty Glaze are super experienced and always ready to take you on an adventure!

Newquay Wildlife

Newquay may not seem a likely wildlife wonderland, but with Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Zoo less than ten minutes from all our Newquay retreats, 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 of 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.

Trerice House & Gardens

From March (check the exact opening date on the Trerice website), the Elizabethan manor house and it’s grounds, Trerice, is open to the public. A National Trust property, Trerice’s house will take you through the history of the estate, while the tranquil gardens are the perfect place to stroll through and relax. Enjoy a cream tea in the cafe and peruse the shelves of the shop – why not buy a plant souvenir?

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