Padstow Townhouse – Padstow, Cornwall

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The lovely fishing town of Padstow has an astonishing knack for food and hospitality. Not only does it harbour Rick Stein’s restaurants and guesthouses but also young Paul Ainsworth, the most friendly, grounded Michelin-starred chef you could hope to meet. He has two restaurants: at No 6 enjoy creative, fun, delicately flavoured meat and fish dishes, while Rojano’s is for cut-above pizza, pasta and burgers. And it’s for elegant breakfasts, if you are lucky enough to stay at Paul’s handsome six-bedroom guesthouse, run with great kindness and set high in the pretty old town (their electric BMW will transport you in inclement weather). The astonishing attention to detail includes a superbly stocked ‘honesty’ pantry, a flat roof turned ‘lawn’ and bedrooms overflowing with thoughtful extras, such as flasks of hot chocolate at bedtime. Each one is a haven of gorgeousness, created with love and care. Spoiling Wave Therapy spa treatments are available too. Doubles from £280.


Name to Know: Lucinda Bayne, who runs the townhouse and adores Cornwall, ask her where to visit, be it walks, gardens or art galleries.

See: Visit Mother Ivey’s Bay – a sheltered, soft, and sandy beach – is perfect in all weathers.

Eat: Make the most of the foodie scene in Padstow at one of the two Paul Ainsworth restaurants.

Buy: Some beautiful art from one of the many art galleries in Padstow.

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