West Country Holiday Cottages within 5 miles of 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 Devon and Cornwall 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 cottages offering Coast Path holiday rentals 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. 

8 cottages found 8 match all criteria.

Large, fully equipped self-catering 'upside down' converted granite barn in fabulous farm setting. Sleeps 6 easily but warm and cosy enough for 2. Open fire. Private Hot tub on furnished patio with BBQ and lawn. Located above Lamorna Cove between Penzance and Land's End in Cornwall. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2
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The Boathouse is a large, detached Cornish holiday cottage, beautifully furnished, in a special waterside spot on its own quay on the tidal reaches of the Tamar in Cargreen near Saltash. Relax and watch riverside life drift gently by. Enjoy, superb waterside and rural views in every direction.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2
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A Cottage on the Beach If you are planning a group holiday for 14 to 20 people then you’ve come to the right place. The Dorset Beach House is a large Jurassic Coast holiday cottage is right on the beach at West Bay in Dorset, close to the popular towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis.

  • Sleeps 20
  • Bedrooms 9
  • Bathrooms 4
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Charming converted Cornish barn sleeping 6 on quiet working farm in an idyllic coastal setting between Penzance and Land?s End. Fully equipped self-catering. Private Hot Tub on furnished patio. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1
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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.

  • Sleeps 14
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Bathrooms 6
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Lovely single storey converted 2-bedroom holiday barn on a quiet working farm with stunning views from the living room across Lamorna valley in Cornwall between Penzance and Land's End. Fully equipped self-catering, set in its own grounds with outdoor Hot Tub. Pet friendly.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1
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Just imagine how it feels to wake up to the sound of birds singing, cosied up in your very own treehouse.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1
  • South West Coast Path Cottages

A short walk from the Dorset Coast Path and Lulworth Cove, The Old Bakery is a large Dorset coastal cottage. This luxury holiday cottage sleeps 8 guests in 4 tastefully furnished bedrooms. It offers perfect self-catering seaside accommodation for a large family or group of friends.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • South West Coast Path Cottages

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, 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.