Britain has some gorgeous coastal resorts, but for the best of the weather, plus a whole bunch of style and charm try Cornwall, England’s most south-westerly county. Often advertised as the British Riviera, a surfer’s paradise and an artist’s haven – cultural enthusiasts are spoilt rotten here and latterly foodies and fashionistas are too.

Around 250 miles from London, you can get here by road rail or plane in 5, 7 or 1.5 hrs respectively and find yourself then in any number of bona fide shabby chic Riviera resorts, rubbing shoulders with an awful lot of gorgeous, tanned & silly, bright young things.

Here are 4 reasons to visit one of its most popular towns, Newquay.

A room with a view

Watergate Bay hotel

To feel ethereal and decadent, stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel. Gorgeous rooms and luxury facilities in a style fitting for the surroundings, Watergate Bay serves local produce in its eateries and encourages an indulgent open house atmosphere.  Book a room with bathtub beach views, you won’t regret it.

From £135/$226/E166  www.watergatebay.co.uk 

Visit Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach

For the beach alone, it’s worth the trip. Stunningly beautiful, but also nice to see it enjoyed responsibly by young and old. You’ll want to surf (of course!) and there are plenty of hire shops or surf schools catering to surf pro’s and beginners alike.  We have our eye on this one: www.hibiscussurfschool.co.uk  a school for women, by women exclusively.

From £25/$41/E31 per half day of teaching, inclusive of equipment hire

Get the Kit

Watershed Newquay

Newquay is awash with board shops, surf wear and the like – give a boy a tan, and he immediately needs summer wear befitting his new God-like status. Try Watershed, purveyors of classic and new wave menswear brands. Should you wish, they also offer custom surfboards, men’s grooming products and womenswear too.

3-5 Bank Street, Newquay & Online Store

Eat something lovely, somewhere special

Lusty Glaze Beach Restaurant

The Lusty Glaze beach restaurant is summer holiday perfection: a stunning beach side setting that genuinely adds to its location, a hiring policy of friendly kind staff and an extensive, imaginative locally sourced menu. A blissful place to watch the sunset. Take someone special.

Dishes from £5 – £25/$8 – $41/E6-E31 www.lustyglaze.co.uk 

Contact National Rail Enquiries to plan your train journey to Cornwall. Fly to Newquay Airport from London Gatwick, London Southend & 6 further UK airports with www.flybe.com