This post was updated on 13/05/21

I am currently spending the most glorious week in Rock, Cornwall. So much so I decided to change the subject of today’s post, so that I can tell you about this instead. Rock is a coastal fishing village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is opposite Padstow on the north-east bank of the River Camel estuary and about 4 miles north-west of Wadebridge. I am enjoying a simple holiday by the sea and it is just so relaxing.

Simply Shine-Rock

We’re staying in a lovely, cosy cottage on Rock Road-the main road running through the village. It is easier to leave the car parked up and explore on foot. It is within walking distance of all local amenities (eg. delicatessen, butchers, post office, fishmongers, general stores) along with the pubs, beach, golf course and ferry to Padstow. Not forgetting the sailing club, where Gareth and his teenagers are taking part in Camel Week.

So it is  a gentle way of being and experiencing time at the beach/by the sea.

Simply Shine

Simply Shine-Rock

There a very good sandy beaches close by including Rock, Daymer Bay and Polzeath. The water is just so clear and surprisingly warm, despite and temperamental weather we’ve been having. I have been embracing the local dress-code of flip-flops even with a jacket!

Simply Shine-Rock


Photo Credit: The Blue Tomato Cafe

Later this evening, we will be returning to one of our favourite places. Blue Tomato Cafe, Rock. The picture above is the four of us from last year. Gareth with a pint of Doom Bar, his favourite. I have a glass of Camel Valley Brut-the fizz we had at our wedding. With perfect views of Rock Beach, it is wonderful venue for coffee and cake or an evening meal. It is dog-friendly too, which is just so lovely. Dogs are welcome in the covered outside area, which is just like being inside. It means you can have a walk along the beach, exercise for you and tire the dog out a bit. Then go to the cafe for some refreshments and be able to take your dog with you. They even have a dog menu!

It is always a joy visiting this cafe and one of the highlights of the trip to Rock. As soon as I know we’ll be going to Rock, I look forward to it.


What memorable holidays have you had? Do you have a favourite place, that you return to again and again? I would love to hear from you in the comments, or contact me on Facebook or Instagram



About Tina Russell

Tina Russell is a Mindset and Wellbeing Blogger and Coach who helps busy women to calm the chaos in their mind and life, prioritise themselves and shine in all they choose to do. After years of not valuing herself and being a perfectionist, Tina suffered from anxiety and exhaustion and knew something had to change. She set about retraining her brain and getting her shine back, making self-care and self-development her passions. Now happier in her life, Tina uses her coaching and influencing skills from her corporate HR career, and years of experience in making positive changes to her life, to inspire and motivate other women to do the same.


  1. Looks and sounds so relaxing!

  2. Seaside trips are the best . . . so relaxing! I’m headed to Toronto for the weekend with my hubby. Haven’t been in years so it’ll be nice to explore my old haunts!

  3. This sounds amazing – Hope you had/are having a wonderful time! I’d love to visit as I’ve only been to Cornwall once, very briefly, many years ago. I love that the cafe has a dog menu, what an amazing idea!!
    Caz x

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