The Treehouse, Crackington Haven

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."

Ovid

If you love being outdoors, whatever the season, be it surfing or walking, then Crackington Haven is the destination for you. If you're looking for something a bit different, a romantic retreat for two, or, somewhere in the Summer that could also accommodate a young family, then look no further than The Treehouse. An open-plan, loft-style, timber-clad barn conversion, set in the trees on the hillside away from the road, overlooking a tranquil wooded valley. It's a magnet for artists, and musicians alike (piano and stereo system in place) or for those who just want to escape the urban rush in a stylish, quirky space that's only two miles from the beach and the cliff-top coastal paths.

Crackington Haven is an unspoilt jewel in North Cornwall's tiara, so it's no surprise the odd celebrity has chosen it as their sanctuary. A mix of wild seas and rugged coastline is a great source of inspiration and joy for artists, poets, and surfers alike.  Crackington is ideally placed for exploring the glorious countryside of North Cornwall:  to the north and south there are a wide variety of beaches with surfing conditions to suit all abilities.  Check the excellent Stormrider Guide for details.

The haven itself has a wonderful and dramatic bay and beach with something for everybody.  Invigorating cliff top walks, glorious photographic opportunities, rock pools to explore and of course, Strangles, the national trust gem - for the energetic. Right by the beach are two cafes where cappuccino's and the Cabin Cafe's full English Breakfast await the hungry, while the Coombe Barton pub assures a warm welcome to both locals and visitors alike. Watching the sunset from the wall in the Summer is a particular treat. There is also a great village store and post office, stocking Cornish specialities  and goodies like sun dried tomatoes, delicious coffee and teas.

Further afield for those who wish to explore, there is Bodmin Moor, Padstow with the Rick Stein eateries, and the magical and mystical St Nectan's Glen waterfall on the way to Tintagel Castle - King Arthur's birthplace.

Don't miss out on Boscastle, famous from the flood, with its harbour, National Trust Shop and Visitor Centre - its great pubs and - the Witchcraft Museum!  There is also the Boscastle Farm Shop close to the cliff path for great meals,  fresh veg and home reared meat, so supermarkets are entirely optional.

All in all, The Treehouse in its quiet pastoral setting off the beaten track, is a great base to explore for those wishing to escape the hectic, urban rush.

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