May Day Once Again

Unfortunately May Day is cancelled again this year so no Obby Oss  will be out on the streets of Padstow singing ” summer is a  coming today” we have other signs to reassure us though, the House Martins are back and nesting under the eves at Yellow Sands, keeping the bug population down, the blossom is out on my apple tree and the blue bells are glorious.

The gardens are open all over Cornwall , we visited Pinetum gardens the other day, the gardens is so colourful and the tea and cake is very good.


The Padstow Obby Oss





Five coastal walks to do this spring

Visit Cornwall have put together an excellent guide for spring walks on the  Coastal Path

Five walks with breath-taking views chosen from our friends at The South West Coast Path. Breathe in the freshness of the sea, listen to the waves breaking on the shoreline and take in the panoramic views of outstanding natural beauty along the Cornish coastline.

Boscastle and Pentargon Waterfall (1.7 miles)

The Coast Path runs between a stone hedge, covered in the lichen sea ivory, and the open maritime grassland topping the cliffs, home to colourful wild flowers such as Dyer’s Greenweed and Saw-wort.

Rosemullion Head Circular (4 miles)

A circular walk with spectacular views of Rosemullion Head, secluded coves and the beautiful Helford estuary, where wild garlic and bluebells grow in abundance along its banks at this time of the year.

Pencarrow Head and Pont Pill (4 miles)

A mixture of stunning coastline and hidden creeks on this walk to the east of Fowey. Look out for the orchids in the spring, visit the church where Daphne du Maurier got married and, if you’re feeling energetic, take the path down to Lantic Beach.

Kelsey Head and Holywell (5.3 miles)

Kelsey Head is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a wide range of habitats, the most extensive being the sand dune system and the maritime grassland. Watch out for seals around The Chick and check out the prehistoric cliff castle on the headland.

Lamorna and St Loy (5.6 miles)

From magical Lamorna Cove this walk follows the South West Coast Path to St Loy’s where in the spring the stunted oak and sycamore coastal woodland is bright with wildflowers. Going back, enjoy walking through ancient fields passing stone crosses and standing stones.

More walks in Cornwall


Reopening Yellow Sands, Hooray

Its so good to be able to open up again on 12th April, we are currently spring cleaning and soon to start painting and getting every thing ready for the big day. We have been replacing internal doors in Sharmalyn and wardrobe doors in apartment 6 so far.

Even the weather has cheered up its been bright and sunny here sine Friday  so after we have done our office work we will have a walk in the sunshine, we walked along the coastal path at Bedruthan steps the other day it was lovely to see the spring flowers.

We don’t have very many vacancies left as booking has been manic, you can find our current vacancies on the calendar.

We hope to see everyone back again during the year ahead.

Stay Safe

Debbie and Martin



We hope you are all safe and well

We hope you are all keeping safe and well and busy at home, we have spent more time watching the birds in the garden and they have certainly  kept us amused and amazed at the amount we have. We even have a pair of thrushes that come for water but don’t eat oddly enough, the goldfinches eat continually with 4 on the feeder at any one time, we have some Siskin, blue tits, great tits and Chaffinch who manage to bully them off occasionally and a timid  Robin. We are having a bit of a problem with a lady blackbird who thinks all the food is hers and tries to chase everyone away, she cant manage it but seems to have fun trying.

We might be  closed to guests at the moment but we are  still here to take bookings as usual, now that the deposits are in and the provisional bookings confirmed we know what we have available,  you can either call us, email us or check our calendar for availability.


We hope to see you sometime in 2021.


Take Care


Debbie and Martin



Merry Christmas to all our guests

We would just like to wish all our guests a very Merry Christmas, especially to those who had wanted to be at Yellow Sands but are unable to travel due to the restrictions.

It is far better to have a scaled down Christmas this year and everyone safe and well for next year.

My step father and Martin’s mum and dad have had their first vaccine and will have the second at the beginning of January so the light is beginning to shine at the end of the tunnel, by this time next year most of us will be vaccinated and life will be back to normal and the stress of cooking for 14 people on Christmas day will be our main concern.

We hope you get the presents you want and a relaxing and peaceful Christmas.

Debbie and Martin

Padstow Harbour at Christmas






What are you doing in lockdown

Well the season turned out ok in the end, our last guests left on Saturday 7th and we have closed up Yellow Sands for the lockdown, we have people hoping to come back in December when we can all travel again.

We would normally be on holiday ourselves now but as we can’t we are going to paint at home instead, its a bit over due so should keep us busy for a few days.

With the good news on the vaccine we are looking forward to getting back to near normal next year but the garden and the house have benefitted from the lockdowns so every cloud has a silver lining.

I hope you are all staying safe at home and doing something useful too.

See you soon

Debbie and Martin




It’s been an odd season but we made it.

Its been an odd season but we made it through thanks to diligent cleaning and hand sanitisers.

Yellow Sands and Cornwall in general has been full to bursting since July 4th when we opened for business. Restaurant’s, cafe’s,  attractions and gardens have adapted and visitors have had a near normal experience. Even the weather wasn’t too bad so people have been swimming, surfing and  relaxing on the beach without the bother of a flight.

Thankfully we are still busy till the end of October and even some bookings in November and of course we have our usual guests coming for Christmas and New Year .

We might have had an odd start to the year but it turned out ok in the end.

Stay safe

Debbie and Martin

A Day at Harlyn Bay Beach with social distancing






Welcome back to Cornwall

Dear All,

We hope this email finds you and your family safe and well.

We are getting Yellow Sands ready to open from 4th July and really look forward to seeing everyone back again.

Restaurants and cafés are opening on 4th July but are also doing takeaways if you don’t want to sit in.

The Attractions are opening but are suggesting that people call and book a time to visit to avoid disappointment as they have to reduce the number of people allowed in

A comprehensive list can be found in the

Visit Cornwall site

Or Padstow Live

We are taking some precautions to keep everybody safe by covering the tops of wooden furniture with coverings that can be disinfected and put plastic table clothes on the dining tables. We are minimising touch points by taking out any knickknacks, books, games, videos and cushions (you can bring your own if you wish) things we can’t disinfect properly. We have covered the sofa’s with throws that can be washed at 60 degrees between guests.

There will be hand sanitisers in the front hall and we ask everyone to use it on entry.

We have been asking people, if possible, to bring their own bed linen or at least pillows and cases, space allowing, to minimise risk.

Also we have had to say that only the people booked in will be allowed into each property and no visitors will be allowed on site or in any of the properties, again to minimise the risk to all.

Unfortunately arrival time will probably be an hour or two later as we are just coming to grips with the new cleaning system so will let you know more definite nearer the time.

We will also have to ask you to vacate the property no later than 10am so we can get going with the cleaning promptly.

It’s going to be an odd year but we will get through it together.

We look forward to seeing you all soon, and will be in touch with any further updates prior to your arrival .



Debbie and Martin


Some photos to help us through the rain

Roger, a regular guest at Yellow Sands, very kindly sent us some photos of Harlyn and the near by bays to cheer us up during this, hopefully, short blip in the weather, we have had enough rain now so are looking forward to next week, when according to the BBC weatherman, its going to be dry, warm and sunny.

Thank you Roger and  Mary, see you in September.