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The insanely pretty seaside town where Londoners and celebrities including Gordon Ramsay are snapping up second homes

Imagine the scene: you wake up on a sunny day, open your curtains and face the turquoise blue expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, lined with sandy beaches and dotted with fishing boats to catch the freshest fish in the region. daytime.

You stretch, step out and breathe in the fresh sea air – not the scream of a subway train or a whiff of exhaust fumes.

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 is.

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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 such a sandy town, is located across the Camel Estuary from the fishing port of Padstow.

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

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Sandy Rock beaches, like this one in nearby Daymer Bay, are a sight to see

Life in rock

Rock is described as an ‘upscale seaside town’ and is close to many charming coastal villages and beaches.

It’s known for its sandy beach and great atmosphere, and would be an ideal family vacation destination – even one worthy of royalty, as many young royals are said to have vacationed there at the time.

The types of shops and activities on offer in the city are therefore suitably chic – which might suit the types of Londoners who buy a second home for a T-shirt.

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

The village shop is full of fine wines and cheeses, rather than stone sticks and postcards, and you can pick up freshly baked bread, locally churned cheeses and milk, and other pastoral goodies from bakeries and restaurants. independent dairies.

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

There are many fantastic restaurants, from fish and chips to gourmet restaurants.

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Harbor in the fishing village of Port Isaac, just around the Rock Coast

The European restaurant The Dining Room is the highest rated on TripAdvisor and is listed in the Michelin Guide, which describes it as a “sober and impeccably run restaurant”, family run and offering dishes ranging from venison to halibut, crab to mackerel, all served in thoughtful dishes.

The beach backing onto the Rock Dunes is about a mile long, meaning there’s plenty of room to find your own little slice of sand even in summer.

This isn’t great for surfers, as the generally calm waters are better suited for swimming, sailing, and water sports.

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Yachting is popular in the city, and you can see many types of boats launched from the sailing club, from dinghies and sailboats 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 cliffs that surround the beach make it secluded and peaceful, as pleasant for a long walk in the winter as it is for a day of sunbathing in the summer.

A wide angle view of Rock Beach, Cornwall, UK.  This sandy beach runs along the Camel Estuary (on the other side of the popular tourist destination of Padstow).
Rock Beach is secluded and peaceful, with soft sand and calm seas perfect for water sports

Property in Roche

As you would expect from such a town, the average price of a property in the Rock was just under £ 1million over the past year, rising to £ 955,500 according to Move right.

The majority of properties sold in Rock over the past year have been single-family properties, selling for an average price of £ 1,191,500.

Despite the impact of the pandemic pushing people out of cities, selling prices in Rock last year were actually down 19% from the year before, Rightmove reports.

The property types on offer range from compact bungalows to sprawling modern detached houses, but if you’re looking for inexpensive beachfront respite from London, this is definitely not the place to get 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 last year than houses in London, which averaged £ 668,569.

Gordon Ramsay is said to own a “mega-mansion” in the city which, according to CornwallLive, is worth £ 6million.

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

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

The smaller house has three bedrooms, a boathouse, a carport as well as a kitchen, dining area and living room. Fancy.

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