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 January 13

by Carolina

Picture the scene: You wake up to a gloriously sunny day, open your curtains and are faced with the turquoise blue expanse of the Atlantic ocean, bordered by sandy beaches and peppered with fishing boats off to catch the freshest fish of the day.

You stretch, step outside and breathe the fresh sea air – not a screech of a Tube train or puff of exhaust fume around.

Sounds perfect, right? It’s hard to believe a day like this happens just a few hours’ drive from the concrete jungle of London, but in the Cornish town of Rock, it does.

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It’s no wonder Londoners and celebrities – including chef Gordon Ramsay – are making this seaside town their second home.

Rock, which is perhaps an inappropriate name for a town so sandy, is located across the Camel estuary from the fishing port of Padstow.

It’s occasionally referred to as ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’ as it’s said to be home to more millionaires than anywhere else in Cornwall, residing in exclusive villas and hidden apartments.

Rock’s sandy beaches, like this at nearby Daymer Bay, are a sight to behold

Life in Rock

Rock is described as an ‘upmarket seaside resort town’, and is close to many lovely coastal villages and beaches.

It’s known for its sandy beach and great atmosphere, and is said to be a perfect family holiday destination – even fit for royalty, as many younger royals would reportedly holiday there back in the day.

The types of shops and activities on offer in the town are, therefore, suitably posh – which might fit the types of Londoners buying second homes to a tee.

There are plenty of great places to eat and drink in Rock

The village shop is full of fine wines and cheeses, rather than sticks of rock and postcards, and you can get freshly baked breads, locally-churned cheeses and milk and other pastoral goodies from independent bakeries and dairies.

The real highlight is the locally-caught seafood, often caught the very same day in fishing boats from Rock, Padstow and Port Isaac.

There are plenty of fantastic restaurants, from fish and chip joints to high dining.

Harbour in fishing village Port Isaac, just round the coast from Rock

European restaurant The Dining Room is top rated on TripAdvisor and features in the Michelin Guide, which describes it as an “immaculately kept, understated restaurant” that’s family-run and features foods from venison to halibut, crab to mackerel all served in thoughtful dishes.

Rock’s dune-backed beach is about a mile long, meaning there’s plenty of space to find your own little slice of sand even in the summer.

It’s not great for surfers, as the generally calm waters are better suited to swimming, sailing and watersports.

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Yachting is popular in the town, and you can see many different kinds of boats launching from the sailing club from dinghies and sailing boats to impressive speedboats and larger yachts.

You can even canoe along the estuary, or hire a boat and explore the area from the sea.

The green topped cliffs surrounding the beach make it feel secluded and peaceful, as lovely for a long walk in the winter as it is for a sunbathing day in the summer.

A wide angle view of Rock Beach, Cornwall, UK. This sandy beach lies alongside the Camel Estuary (on the opposite side from the popular visitor destination of Padstow).

Rock Beach is secluded and peaceful, complete with soft sand and a calm sea that’s perfect for watersports

Property in Rock

As you might expect from such a town, the average price of a property in rock was just shy of £1 million over the last year, coming in at £955,500 according to Rightmove.

The majority of properties sold in Rock in the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £1,191,500.

Despite the impact of the pandemic driving people out of cities, sold prices in Rock in the last year were actually 19 per cent down on the previous year, Rightmove reports.

The types of properties on offer range from compact bungalows to sprawling modern detached homes, but if you’re looking for a cheap seaside respite from London, this certainly isn’t the place for a bargain.

Builders working on Gordon Ramsey's house in Rock

Builders working on Gordon Ramsey’s house in Rock

In fact, houses in Rock were almost £300,000 more expensive on average in the past year than London homes, which averaged at £668,569.

Gordon Ramsay reportedly owns a ‘mega-mansion’ in the town which, according to CornwallLive, is worth a staggering £6 million.

The celebrity chef originally bought a five-bedroom 1920s property, but he got permission to bulldoze it and replace it with a main house and a smaller second property, known as ‘The Garden House’.

The main house reportedly boasts two kitchens and four en-suite bathrooms, with two terraces overlooking the Camel Estuary.

The smaller house has three bedrooms, a boat store, a car port as well as a kitchen, dining and living room area. Fancy.

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