About Highcliffe

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Our story

Highcliffe was borne out of Rob Mably’s love for this part of North Cornwall and his childhood in Polzeath. His dream was for Highcliffe guests to appreciate the heritage of this special place, as penned by the poet John Betjeman who lived in Daymer Lane, and enjoyed by families who have returned here for generations. Rob’s team are all local and love the area as much as the regular visitors who come back to Highcliffe year after year.

The Team

Rob, the creator and owner of Highcliffe Holidays.


Rob is the creator & owner of Highcliffe. You can sometimes find him surveying the grounds or up a ladder with a paintbrush (when he's not out sailing, of course).


Katrina runs the office & makes sure your holiday runs smoothly. Using her organisational skills, she also coordinates the local Brownies Pack.


Adam is the general handyman & gardener, attending to all the little jobs needed to make your stay perfect. He’s also an avid angler, so if you want any fishing tips then he’s your man.

Mel from Highcliffe Holidays sits on a bench with a mug of tea.


Mel looks after our accounts here at Highcliffe & helps Katrina with the bookkeeping during the busy times & peak seasons.

Tim from Highcliffe Holidays maintains the grounds.


Until recently Tim has been our long standing maintenance man & gardener he has now retired from Highcliffe & we wish him a long, happy & healthy retirement.


We are delighted to welcome Phil to our team here at Highcliffe. He is a fully qualified electrician by trade & is on hand to tend to all our maintenance needs.

Our history

Rob was born and bred in Trebetherick into a farming family, his father having returned home to a quieter life on the fields after the ravages of WWII. Rob remembers the cars queuing to park at Polzeath, spilling eager families onto the beach, and hearing the squeals of happy children rock pooling or surfing on wooden surfboards. Pulling stranded cars out of the sand with his father’s grey Ferguson tractor was a highlight of the school holidays. It was here on his family farm that Rob built Highcliffe, so that holidaymakers can continue to enjoy the Cornish coast.

Then roller into roller curled
And thundered down the rocky bay,
And we were in a water world
Of rain and blizzard, sea and spray,
And one against the other hurled
We struggled round to Greenaway.
Blesséd be St Enodoc, blesséd be the wave,
Blesséd be the springy turf, we pray, pray to thee,
Ask for our children all happy days you gave
To Ralph, Vasey, Alistair, Biddy, John and me.

- Excerpt from 'Trebetherick' by John Betjeman