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 29 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 remembers 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 1979, John Bray invited John Varcoe to join the business, bringing architectural knowledge and technical expertise. John Varcoe became a director in 1982 and the two worked successfully together for many years. In 1996, Alex Roads joined the company bringing further professional skills and was made a director the next year. John Bray retired in 1998 and John Varcoe took over the reins and became the majority shareholder. In 2006, Josephine Ashby joined the business, becoming a director in 2011, at which point John Varcoe handed over the business to his fellow directors.

The company now employs 29 staff, has offices in Rock and Port Isaac and lets more than 341 houses across Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Port Isaac as well as looking after a further 80 houses on a key-holder and inspection service.

Our Services


John Bray Cornish Holidays is a Quality Accredited Agency and we are annual audited as a Quality Accredited Safe Agency; we are also members of the Holiday Home Association (HHA), which is the main self-catering trade association and has strict codes of conduct to protect holidaymakers; we are a member firm of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and an appointed representative of ITC Compliance Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and which is permitted to advise on and arrange general insurance contracts. For all our clients' further protection, your money is fully protected at all times via the RICS client money protection scheme and our qualified staff are committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

RICS    QAA    HHA Member   


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 341 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 29 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 341 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 has been selling the largest most prestigious houses to the smallest cottages in Rock, Daymer, Polzeath and Port Isaac for approaching 50 years. Our agency is instructed to sell the majority of houses that are sold in this North Cornwall area. Whether the conditions are challenging or not, we don't just market properties we sell them.

As a professional agency, we 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. We 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 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.

We are Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) qualified valuers, we have years of professional planning, structural, letting, managing and building experience, so we can answer all the questions sellers and buyers have at any stage of the transaction process. We provide efficiency, experience and support, and an outstanding result for property owners.


Meet the team

We understand that your time is extremely precious, which is why we have a knowledgeable and locally based team of 29 permanent staff who are always on hand to help you.

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
Morag Bridges
Lettings Port Isaac
Tanya Clement
Roger Clement
Bobbie Dangar
Property Management
Karen Desalis
Damian Gregory
Martin Harris
Jess Holman
Marketing / Lettings
Emma Jenkins
Jemma Latham
Charlotte Little
Property Management
Tom O'Donnell
Mark O'Donnell
Debbie Pattenden
Lettings Port Isaac
Debbie Pentland
Linda Pinch
Lettings (Port Isaac)
Dom Quinn
James Richards
Alex Roads
Nicola Roads
Wendy Shinner
Kate Simms
Property Management
Terri Stanford
Client Accounts
Carla Stanford
Caretaking / Lettings
Bonnie Straw
Doo Tom-Baird
Jimi Vernon