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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Mawgan Porth

Situated midway between Padstow and Newquay on the rugged north Cornish coast, our Mawgan Porth holiday cottages offer you a beautiful west facing beach, stunning scenery, wondrous walks, superb surfing, 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.

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Fabulous food offering

Seafood lovers will be thrilled by the choice of seafront restaurants specialising in the freshest local seafood. From classic fish and chips to shellfish platters, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the eateries in Mawgan Porth. Of those who aren’t so crazy for seafood, there’s plenty to delight in, with exquisitely cooked steaks, vegetarian dishes made from local, seasonal produce and loads to keep fussy kids happy! Plus, being so close to both Padstow and Newquay, you will also benefit from the restaurants in the nearby towns too. Visit Paul Ainsworth’s in Padstow, or The Fish House Fistral, plus many more!

Surfers at Mawgan Porth beach near Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Breathtaking beaches

Mawgan Porth and Newquay are the perfect place to have as your base if you’re planning on being a beach bum during your holiday. Mawgan Porth has it’s own beach that offers up vast golden sands when the tide is out, and it’s only a few minutes by car from our Mawgan Porth holiday cottages to Newquay’s beaches. In the 7.5 miles of coastline surrounding Newquay, there are ten beaches, most of which are at least 1/2 mile long offering plenty of space to explore and play. Lifeguards cover most of these beaches from March through until September and you’ll be able to watch the surfers harness the Atlantic rollers from the shore – or join them if you’re brave enough! Whichever sandy stretch you choose to relax on, you’ll be spoilt for choice – and the best thing is that regardless of where you choose to go you are never more than 10 minutes from a shop, cafe or restaurant.

Spa at Mawgan Porth near Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Spoil yourself...

Holidays, whatever the genre, are a time to relax and recharge. Cornwall is the perfect location for this, and our Mawgan Porth holiday cottages couldn’t be in a better location to take advantage of it. With two multi-award-winning spas perched on the cliffs overlooking the beach, plenty of coastline to explore and clear turquoise sea, if it’s unwinding you’re after then look no further. Enjoy an outdoor hot tub at adult-only The Scarlet or family-friendly Bedruthan Hotel, or treat yourself to any number of the treatments on offer. Wake yourself up with a stroll to the beach and an invigorating sea swim, or let the cobwebs be blown away as you lace up your boots and take the footpath in either direction to discover undisturbed coastal beauty. Let your breath be taken away by the scenery, before returning to your retreat for a hot bath and a glass of wine while you watch the sun set, or under a blanket in front of a woodburner. Mawgan Porth was made for R&R.

Mawgan Porth beach near to Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Mawgan Porth

This sandy beach sits at the heart of the village and offers a massive expanse of golden sand when the tide is in or out. Perfect for tiring dogs out in the winter months, and ideal for sandcastle building come summer. Lifeguards keep watch over the waves from the 5th May through until 30th September, plus October half term too. Dogs are welcome here all year round.

Beach near holiday accommodation in Newquay by Forever Cornwall

Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze in Newquay is a little more hidden than its other beaches Fistral or Towan – but it is utterly beautiful. Sheltered by high cliffs, with a fabulous restaurant on the beach and atmospheric, free(!) sundowner live music sessions during the summer, Lusty Glaze is a great place to be. There’s also an activity centre on the beach, so whether you fancy surfing, abseiling or dodgeball, there’s something for everyone at this beach.

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 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.

Beach near holiday cottages in Newquay by Forever Cornwall


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

Food & Drink
Restaurant at Mawgan Porth near to Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Scott & Bab’s

Scott & Bab’s is 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!

Fish Restaurant Mawgan Porth near to Forever Cornwall holiday cottages


Catch is a seafront seafood bar and grill that does so much more than what it says on the tin. Book in for a glorious Sunday roast with a view, or stroll in off the beach for a sandwich. The star of the show is the evening meals, though. Book a table al fresco to watch the sunset with a cold beer and fresh seafood or a classic burger, and enjoy excellent food in a fabulous location.

Things to Do

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 in 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.

Bedruthan Steps at Mawgan Porth near holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

Bedruthan Steps

Discover Bedruthan Steps, just a short drive from Mawgan Porth. A recognised area for stargazing, and a thoroughly spectacular coastline, a 40 minute (ish) walk via the coastal footpath will take you to this National Trust area. When the tide is out, 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!

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

Take to the waves

As the mecca of surfing, no holiday near Newquay is complete without a lesson. Whether you’re a total novice or looking for some expert advice, get hold of Cornish Wave and get in the water. The guys will get you kitted out with a board and wetsuit and take you out into the waves to give it a try – who knows, you might find a new talent?! Cornish Wave cater for all ages and abilities – a great way to spend a family day out or the perfect activity for a group of friends.