About John Bray Cornish Holidays

John Bray Cornish Holidays offers some of the best located self catering cottages and holiday homes in North Cornwall’s loveliest locations including Rock and Daymer Bay, on the Camel Estuary, and Polzeath and Port Isaac on the Atlantic coast.

All our properties can be found within just a 5-mile radius in this unique area of outstanding natural beauty. Just click on your favourite holiday rental in Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath or Port Isaac to view availability. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just call us – our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to help you.

We have a wide range of properties to suit everyone, from the most fantastic new luxury houses and contemporary coastal apartments, to traditional cottages and basic second homes, as well as larger cliff top houses for big family groups. Most of our holiday homes have spectacular sea views, many are pet friendly and all are within one mile of the coast. We welcome short breaks out of peak season and offer late availability bookings for when that moment to get away strikes!

With approaching 50 years in the business we pride ourselves on our personal service, which is why generations of our customers return to us year after year. With two offices; one in Rock and one in Port Isaac and a team of 22 staff, we are only ever 5 minutes away from any of our rental properties and always on hand to resolve any queries.

Above all we are here to help you have the best holiday possible. Whether it’s advice on selecting a suitable holiday cottage, tips on the best places to eat or ideas for things to do with the kids, we are more than happy to use our insider knowledge to help. We also have a dedicated maintenance team on hand to resolve any issues should they arise, so that you can get on with the all important business of relaxing and enjoying your holiday.

Our history

Rock Estates (Cornwall) Limited was founded in 1971 by John Bray and Hugh Knock. Originally the local postmaster and postman, John Bray was a familiar face to local Rock residents on his rounds. John was asked to be a trusted key holder for some houses in the village, which the owners allowed friends to use for their holidays. The result of which lead to the establishment of a holiday letting agency, which was then expanded into an estate agency. From 1978, John Bray was in sole control of the business, which started trading as John Bray and Partners and John Bray Cornish Holidays.

John always recalled that the first holiday cottage was very basic and the straw mattress did not go down well! This less than auspicious start, taught him a valuable lesson - delivering excellent customer service is vital. This is still at the heart of the business today.

In 2019 the estate agency was placed into a separate LLP and John Bray Cornish Holidays remaining within Rock Estates (Cornwall) Limited, merged into the Pure Cottages group of holiday brands, that includes the top holiday companies in the Lake District, Lakelovers & Heart of the Lakes, and Character Cottages in the Cotswolds.

Our Services


We have been providing self-catering holidays for our guests in Rock, Daymer, Polzeath and Port Isaac in North Cornwall for almost 50 years. We offer 368 holiday homes for rent and manage over six and a half thousand holiday weeks a year, all in this unique area. Importantly we live here, so we understand the wonderful things this extremely special part of North Cornwall has to offer, we love the area and want you to enjoy it as much as we do.


We offer a fully comprehensive management and lettings service for second home owners covering a broad age and style of property. We are a managing agency not just a 'booking agency', which means we look after your cottage or house for you.

We have 22 permanent staff including chartered surveyors, building technicians, qualified tradesmen as well as marketing and letting administration teams. Not only are we able to market and let over 368 holiday homes, we also key-hold inspect a further 80 houses for clients who do not wish to let. With two offices only five minutes from every house and cottage in our portfolio, we can quickly ensure any problems are resolved during any holiday rental or any owners stay. We look after all the houses twelve months of the year.


Our sister agency John Bray & Partners Estate Agents LLP has been selling the largest most prestigious houses to the smallest cottages in Rock, Daymer, Polzeath and Port Isaac for approaching 50 years. It is instructed to sell the majority of houses that are sold in this North Cornwall area. Whether the conditions are challenging or not, they don't just market properties we sell them.

As a professional agency, they only sell a limited number of houses each year, both publicly and privately available, and are therefore able to offer a personal, bespoke service to both buyers and sellers. They understand that parting with a property can be both emotional and stressful, not a time to have too many different faces on the case. In every sale with John Bray & Partners Estate Agency you get an experienced director on the team, someone you can talk to, but most importantly someone who communicates effectively with all buyers and professionals involved throughout the sale.

They also are Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) qualified valuers, have years of professional planning, structural and building experience, so they can answer all the questions sellers and buyers have at any stage of the transaction process. Providing efficiency, experience and support, and an outstanding result for property owners is what the agency is all about. They can be contacted on 01208 862601 or follow the link to their web site www.johnbraysales.co.uk


Meet the team

We understand that your time is extremely precious, which is why we have a knowledgeable and locally based team of 22 permanent staff who are always on hand to help you. The local team are backed up by the Pure Cottages group Marketing, IT, Operations and Finance teams.

With offices in Rock and Port Isaac, we are only ever 5 minutes away from any of our holiday cottages which means we can offer you individual attention and service whether it’s fixing a leaky tap or suggesting a dog-friendly beach in North Cornwall.

This service also extends to our owners, be it signing for a furniture delivery, draining down a heating system or overseeing a refurbishment. It is a strategy that has worked well for us over the last 45+ years, with many of our guests and clients returning to us year after year!

Ian Blake
Penny Bolton
Caretaking / Lettings
Roger Clement
Bobbie Dangar
Property Management
Damian Gregory
Martin Harris
Ellie Hobbs
Jess Holman
Marketing / Lettings
Emma Jenkins
Jemma Latham
Charlotte Little
Property Management
Mark O'Donnell
Richard Old
Debbie Pattenden
Lettings Port Isaac
Debbie Pentland
Dom Quinn
James Richards
Wendy Shinner
Kate Simms
Property Management
Terri Stanford
Client Accounts
Carla Stanford
Caretaking / Lettings
Jimi Vernon