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Crantock Village

The village of Crantock, with its picturesque cottages and peaceful atmosphere, offers many other attractions to the visitor including art and craft shops, a tea garden and restaurant, and a choice of three public houses all nearby.  Whatever the season of your visit, you will be entranced by the tranquility of life in the village and, the warmth of your welcome.

The parish name came from the 6th century Saint, Carantoc whose life story is portrayed in the stained glass windows of St. Carantoc Parish Church, a Norman building fully restored at the turn of the 20th century that contains some of the finest woodcarving in the West Country.  Take time to look for the old stocks behind the church and an enormous granite coffin in the front.

Crantock Beach
Just a few minutes walk from the hotel and you are on the truly glorious Crantock Beach, with its magnificent expanse of golden sands, ideal for building castles, stretching from the rock pools beneath the West Pentire headland to the tidal estuary of the Gannel.

The safe, lifeguard patrolled (during the summer months) beach is ideal for surfing and swimming or just lazily relaxing to the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean waves. On Crantock Beach, surfing lessons are available, for any age or ability, through the Crantock Bay Surf School, along with River Kayak Tours or, Stand Up Paddle lessons using instructors all holding ISA Instructor and RLSS Beach Lifeguards qualifications.

Adjoining the beach are sweeping sand dunes and the natural grasslands of Rushy Green beautifully complementing this magnificent section of the Cornish coastline.

South West Coastal Path
Whilst separated from the general bustle of the renowned Newquay and Fistral Beach by the tidal waters of the Gannel, both can be easily reached along the Coastal footpath using either one of the small footbridges to cross the estuary, depending upon the state of the tide or, by seasonal small ferry-boat operated by the Fern Pit.  The Gannel Estuary, once a thriving port in the 15th Century, is now haven for a small number of fishing boats and, a favourite haunt for walkers, naturalists and horse-riders revelling in the peaceful beauty of Penpol Creek and theTregunnel Saltings.

Alternatively, follow the South West Coastal Path, a short distance around the West Pentire headland and , whilst enjoying the plentiful seasonal wild flowers and the superb coastal views, discover the delightful little cove known as Porth (or Polly) Joke; a totally unspoilt beach with only cliffs, ocean and sand to enjoy, and Kelsey Head beyond.   For the more energetic, continue around Kelsey Head to Holywell Bay and, onwards to Perran Sands and then into Perranporth - an invigorating walk in all seasons.

Located nearby in Newquay are two very popular family attractions, the award winning Blue Reef Aquarium and, Newquay Zoo.

Many well known Cornish attractions such as the Eden Project, the National Maritime Museum, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah gardens are all within easy reach of Crantock as are the Tate Gallery at St. Ives and the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno with a full seasonal programme of events.

For keen golfers, welcoming visitors year round are Treloy Golf Club (+ Newquay Golf Driving range) and Holywell Bay Golf Club (+ 18-hole Pitch and Putt Course) but, there are many other 18-hole golf courses within close proximity.  

Golf Holidays Cornwall  are a one-stop-shop operation specialising in offering Cornwall based, all-inclusive packaged golfing breaks or holidays.  Check their link for advice and guidance on the perfect holiday to suit  all  handicappers, with accommodation and 'tee-times' at preferential  rates. 

Locally based Mobius, is the first activity company in the UK to gain accreditation with the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS Gold Award) and offers a choice of exhilarating activities.  Check out the link to their website for full details on some new and exciting sports and have an excuse to spend even more time on Cornwall's beautiful beaches. Mobius offers a full range of adventure activities for people of all ages, from learning how to fly a tiny kite to getting in the water and kitesurfing.  

Alternatively, through Mobius Bike Trails, let their experienced and qualified guides take you along some of the most scenic trails that Cornwall has to offer. This recent addition to Mobius is run at the same high level and professionalism that existing customers receive from the kite school.  From easy going disused railways to the more hard-core steep descending single track, there are trails for every level of rider.  With Specialized bikes available for hire, they offer an unrivalled level of service, and provide everything from pumps to puncture repair kits to guarantee making your ride with maximum enjoyment and minimum hassle.

Also for cyclists, the Camel Trail is nearby with reasonably priced bike hire available from a variety of locations, including Bridge Bike Hire in Wadebridge.  Their sister company, Go By Cycle offer a delivery service (please book in advance to avoid disappointment) to give you more choice and the ability to discover more of Cornwall during your stay, at your own pace.

The National Trust has many outstanding locations to visit in Cornwall.  Lanhydrock, a magnificent late Victorian country house in a superb parkland setting in the Fowey valley withgardens full of stunning magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, is a short distance away as is St Michael's Mount, a magical rocky island crowned with medieval castle and church.

Whilst this is by no means a definitive list of the various attractions available locally, we trust that this will give you an insight into how much Cornwall has to offer and that The Fairbank Hotel is the ideal year-round retreat whether travelling to Cornwall for a relaxing vacation, a romantic getaway, or even on business. 

Local Dining

For those wishing to experience the culinary delights that Cornwall has to offer outside of the Fairbank Hotel, we are perfectly located for a number of exciting venues offering great food at affordable prices.  The choice is extensive and varies from nearby pubs and inns to excellent fine dining with locally sourced ingredients. 

A short walk into Crantock village are two local pubs that serve meals - The Cornishman (01637 830869) and The Old Albion Inn (01637 830243).  Also, during the summer months, The Cosy Nook Tea Gardens and Restaurant (01637 830324) is very popular and serves evening meals some evenings during the week BUT, booking is essential. New for 2014, The Hevlas Tea Gardens (01637 830102) has opened on Beach Road, licensed and serving locally sourced, freshly cooked food

Probably the best crab sandwich in Cornwall is available at The Fern Pit Cafe (01637 873181) located on the otherside of the River Gannel at East Pentire - with spectacular views across Crantock Bay and up the river estuary that make the climb up from their jetty, through magnificent gardens, all the more worthwhile!!!

Slightly further away (but still within easy walking distance) at West Pentire is The Bowgie Inn (01637 830363) - a stunning setting to enjoy a meal and / or a few drinks overlooking Crantock Bay.

Locally, near Cubert, The Smugglers Den Inn (01637 830209) is a 16th century thatched Inn bursting with Cornish tradition and well worth a visit to sample their local fayre!  

In a truly unique setting carved into the Cubert hillside is Offshore - Bar & Bistro (01637 830505) with extensive views across the Penhale sand dunes towards St Agnes Beacon and the Atlantic ocean.  Previously known as Odds, Offshore is reknowned already for fantastic restaurant food at affordable bistro prices - perfect for that special occasion in every way....believe me!!!

Also, newly opened for 2014 is C-Bay (01637 830229), open all day for breakfasts, tea/coffee and cakes through to lunch and a full menu in the evenings - stunning views across Crantock Beach to enjow whether dining inside or outside on their large sun terrace.

Another change to the Crantock scene for 2014 has seen Highfields At Crantock (01637 830744) open their Local Cafe / Coffee shop for breakfast, coffe and papers, lunch and, brunch - not lunch / not dinner.

Another recent addition to the culinary scene is that of Lakeside, on the edge of the Trenance boating lake in Newquay. Refurbished and vibrant with menu to match and well worth a visit - their website is still under construction but the link is correct and has all their contact details. Booking is essential in the evenings.

Whilst on special occasions, there is also the Jamie Oliver inspired Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay (about 7 miles from the Hotel) or even a choice of four Rick Stein restaurants in Padstow (about 17 miles from the Hotel).

Other choices nearby, all worthy of consideration, are:

The Lewinnick Lodge (East Pentire headland) and sister establishment The Plume of Feathers (Mitchell)
and many, many more.....


Additional Local Links
Cornwall Car Hire   

Curlews - Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Home Accommodation in Crantock

Rafflesia Wedding Flowers

Painting Holidays in Cornwall
New for Summer 2016, in conjunction with Jojo Blacksmith, an experienced Art Teacher and Tutor, we have introduced a number of residential sketching and painting courses. Full detais on these courses can be found on Jojo's website. Courses include three full days of sketching and painting around Crantock's fantastic coastline and four nights DB&B here at the Fairbank Hotel. Planned course dates currently available are 4th-8th July, 5th-9th September and 19th-22nd September. Go on.....check Jojo's website and release the artist within you!

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