Find Holiday Cottages to Rent Near the South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is one of the UK’s longest walking routes, stretching for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset along the coasts of North Devon to Cornwall then back through South Devon to Poole in Dorset. It passes ancient harbours, vast, sandy beaches and secret coves where waterfalls crash from towering cliffs to the rocks below. It also threads it way past scores of delight coastal holiday cottages offering Coast Path perfect for short breaks in and out of season for exploring a section of the path. Walking the path is a chance to discover incredible landscapes, from mysterious moors and deep, wooded valleys to gentle estuaries and bustling fishing communities.
A traditional Cornish cottage perfectly positioned on the coast at Marazion with wonderful views of St Michael's Mount. Three spacious bedrooms, original features and a luxurious interior make this holiday home a truly relaxing retreat.
A stunning second floor apartment in St Ives with beautiful sea views and two balconies. Sleeping four guests and welcoming one dog, this home is bright and welcoming, and is perfectly positioned as it's just a short walk from the harbour.
A lovely home just a short drive from Truro. Set within The Valley resort this property ticks all the boxes for a stylish retreat that's close to some fantastic amenities. Enjoy alfresco dining on your private patio or take a stroll through the beautiful surrounding woodland; the perfect getaway.
Set within 36 acres of West Cornwall countryside within a Nature Conservation area, this beautiful cottage is surrounded by idyllic scenery and fantastic walks. Within just a short distance of St Ives and Porthleven the cottage sleeps six guests, is pet friendly, and makes the perfect family retreat
A beautiful, contemporary pet-friendly cottage for six in a fantastic countryside location in West Cornwall. Close to St Ives and Porthleven this home is set within 36 acres of flower meadows and woodland and offers three spacious en-suite bedrooms and a private, enclosed garden.
A refurbished traditional seaside cottage on the coast at Marazion. Enjoy stylish decor and open-plan living with marvellous views from the property's elevated private patio; you'll even find an enclosed courtyard garden - the perfect place to sip a morning coffee or to simply relax.
Overlooking Mounts Bay and the harbour, The Abbey is a historic luxury holiday cottage in Penzance. This large and pet friendly Cornwall holiday property sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms, and everywhere, exudes style and quality. Perfect for luxurious seaside holidays with family or friends all year round.
A beautifully presented pet and family-friendly cottage set within 26 acres of West Cornwall countryside. Surrounded by flower meadows and excellent walks, it has its own enclosed patio and garden with underfloor heating throughout as well as three en-suite bedrooms.
A refurbished traditional cottage on Cornwall's west coast. Set in the iconic harbour village of Porthleven, the area has become famous for storm-watching enthusiasts where the ocean has been known to put on a few dramatic displays during the colder seasons.
Set within 36 acres of idyllic West Cornwall countryside this beautiful cottage sleeps six guests and welcomes three dogs. With many fantastic walks in the surrounding area this home is perfect for families who love to be outdoors and the cottage features a private garden and barbecue area.
The South West Coast Path Association has worked closely with the National Trust and local authorities to improve the route’s accessibility and there are few places in the world where you can follow such as spectacular coastline for so many miles. Repeatedly voted ‘Britain’s Best Walking Route’, it attracts visitors from across the globe and regularly appears on lists of the best walks in the world. Walkers who complete the whole route pass through national parks and heritage coasts, including two World Heritage Sites – the Jurassic Coast, home to breathtaking geology and dinosaur fossils, and the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, where the cliffs are scattered with disused tin-mines and battered by Atlantic storms. Despite the path’s fame, it can feel surprisingly remote, particularly outside of summer, when you can spot seals and dolphins in the ocean below as you walk for miles without seeing another soul.
Whether you are planning on tacking the whole route or spending a week or two enjoying smaller sections of the path, West Country coastal cottages are a wonderful base for a walking holiday by the ocean. Holiday cottages in North Cornwall provide easy access to a particularly wild stretch of coast, where the path meanders over soaring clifftops and through sleepy fishing villages with exceptional views across the Atlantic Ocean. Base yourself in a classic seaside resort such as Newquay or Bude. Book a holiday cottage in Padstow, where a busy working harbour is overlooked by Rick Stein’s renowned restaurant. Stay in a low-key village overlooking a sandy beach such as Mawgan Porth, Crantock or Crackington Haven. Choose a holiday cottage in Tintagel, home of the legend of King Arthur. Explore narrow lanes lined with colourfully painted fishermen’s homes and art galleries in St Ives. Or opt for the graceful seaside town of Penzance at the tip of the Cornish peninsula, near Land’s End.
With its wooded combes, moors, laid-back surf villages and charming market towns, North Devon is also an excellent base for exploring the South West Coast Path. This unspoiled region is scattered with dog-friendly countryside cottages which are perfectly located for discovering some of the coast’s most captivating stretches. Coastal cottages in Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde are all a stone’s throw from golden sand bays backed by grassy dunes. These popular surf spots are on a dramatic stretch of the path with steep ascents that reward walkers with amazing views towards Lundy Island. A few miles inland but with easy access to the coast path, sleepy villages such as Georgeham are also popular for walking holidays, while the historic market towns of Bideford, Barnstaple and Great Torrington provide an authentic experience of rural life in North Devon, just a short drive from beautiful stretches of the South West Coast Path. Exmoor Holiday cottages in Lynton, Lynmouth and as far east as Minehead are ideally located for exploring the Exmoor section of the route, where deer and ponies roam on rugged moorland overlooking secluded, pebbly bays.
The South Devon and Cornwall coasts are also covered by the path, where lush estuaries and crystal-clear coves have created a paradise for sailing and cruises. On the South Devon coast, the path passes the classic seaside resorts of Torquay and Paignton in Torbay – also known as the English Riviera, famous for its sandy beaches, russet-red cliffs, palm trees and sunny weather. Nearby, holiday cottages in South Hams are ideally positioned for following the coast path along a glorious stretch of coast which is home to the charming resorts of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Totnes.