There is Nothing Quite Like a Self-Catering Holiday In Cornwall

Staying in a Cornish holiday cottage is simply the best way to explore Cornwall. They give you the freedom to explore the whole county from coast to coast without being tied to hotel mealtimes, forsaking queueing for campsite showers after a day on the beach. From being the isolated home of Celtic Kings, Seafarers, tin-miners and fishermen (many of the latter are still around), Cornwall has re-invented itself to appeal to beach lovers, surfers, artists and families in search of relaxing, sometimes active, self-catering holidays. 

Cornwall's beaches such as Sennan Cove, Fistral Beach, and Crantock are regularly listed among the world's best. The coastal villages of Padstow, Falmouth and Fowey make attractive harbours for yachtsmen. St Ives, now home to a Tate Gallery, (The Tate St. Ives) has a wonderful collection of the many artists who found their spiritual home here. 

Being surrounded on both sides by the sea, taking to the water in Cornwall is very easy. Most beaches will have desirable holiday cottages within easy reach of lovely stretches of sand, swimming and surfing opportunities. There are also plenty of opportunities to hire boats. Chunter around the coastline by small self-hire boat from many small fishing villages such as Mevagissey, Mousehole or Looe, or take the passenger ferry from the Cathedral city of Truro down to the sea past the yachting haven of Mylor to Falmouth. Take another ferry across the estuary from Falmouth to St Mawes.

134 cottages found 134 match all criteria.

Beautiful stone-built Cornish holiday cottage, sleeping up to 4. Set in the historic Cornish town of Fowey and within walking distance of the beach. Dogs welcome.

Set on the edge of the pretty village of Crantock on the North Cornwall coast, Talland Croft is a large and charming 5-bedroom house sleeping 10. The dog-friendly house is a short walk across dunes to a Crantock or an even shorter walk into the heart of Crantock, with good pubs and local shops.

Fall asleep to the sound of owls and savour the serenity of Owl House, a romantic cottage set on spacious grounds in the hamlet of Treneague. Relax with your loved one and your pet, and enjoy the wood-burning stove, the blend of charm and modernity, the mature garden and the Cornish coastline.

Lighthouse is a true beachside getaway. The romantic cottage sits by the shores of Praa Sands in Cornwall and offers couples a cosy light-filled escape with vibrant design features and impressive furnishings. The four-poster bed adds a touch of luxury and the open-plan space enjoys ample windows.

Kynanace Bay House is an impressive Victorian cottage sitting above beaches near Lizard in Cornwall. The grand coastal cottage promises expansive ocean views and a sea breeze, as well as beautiful grounds & an interior boasting Art Nouveau décor, light and airy spaces, seclusion & a cosy log fire.

Wheal Hart is a stunning rural cottage offering rural tranquillity and proximity to the gorgeous Cornish coastline. Situated among rolling green hills near St Newlyn East, the barn conversion retains much of its original character and has large gardens ideal for entertaining and enjoying the views.

The Retreat is featured in the Daphne Du Maurier novel The King’s General. Couples can write their own holiday narrative at this romantic cottage with a cute patio in St Keyne near Liskeard, Cornwall. The pet-friendly, 1-bedroom rural cottage features inviting, modern décor blended with rural charm.

Spring Water Barn is a luxurious romantic cottage set on 20 acres of beautiful grounds on the Bonython Estate. Set near Helston in Cornwall, the sophisticated cottage offers stunning gardens and private outdoor spaces, as well as contemporary style, a wood-burning stove, exposed beams and serenity.

Enjoy the tranquil setting of this home that's set in a fabulous woodland resort just a few miles from Truro. Features include a furnished patio as well as private balcony; and on-site facilities such as spa pool, fitness suite, bar and restaurant mean plenty to do whilst enjoying your Cornish break

Overlooking picturesque green pastures, this cottage provides well-presented and attractive accommodation for up to four people, with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

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.

Curlews Cwtch offers country charm within reach of the ocean. The pet-friendly cottage lies moments from the beaches of Polzeath and boasts views of the Cornish countryside from its ample garden, as well as a pastel palette with local art, open-plan design, picture windows and a wood-burning stove.

Brook Cottage is a sophisticated coastal cottage set above the cliffs within Trevose Head Lighthouse near Padstow. The pet-friendly cottage enjoys spectacular ocean views and a sea breeze and offers enclosed lawned gardens with furnished spaces, coastal chic & proximity to the delights of Cornwall.

A large family holiday home with wonderful views over one of the UK's best beaches; Fistral Beach. Enjoy sunsets from your own private balcony, or kick back in the open-plan living space. Just a five minute walk to the beach and town centre this is the perfect home for a beach break in Newquay.

Panoramic ocean views stretch before Verity Cottage, a sophisticated coastal cottage within Trevose Head Lighthouse. The coast of Cornwall lies either side of the cottage, which boasts outdoor entertaining spaces, contemporary comfort, light and airy design and the chance to get away from it all.

Ben’s Beach House is a sleek coastal cottage with gorgeous views of the beach in Portreath, Cornwall. The pet-friendly cottage lies steps from the beach and boasts an open-plan design and pastel hues, plus furnished balconies, light and airy spaces, contemporary styling, a log fire and a sea breeze.

This beautiful apartment is the perfect escape for two in Newquay. With wonderful views over the Pentire Headland you'll be welcomed by a bright and contemporary interior and a furnished balcony from which to enjoy the spectacular sea views.

Anchor Warehouse in Falmouth is a beautiful grade II listed building, transformed to create a luxurious self-catering loft style Cornish retreat with every conceivable luxury. Sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, it is located at the head of the Penryn River and enjoys views across the wharf

The Old Coach House is a thoroughly modern rural cottage set in the heart of Cornwall. The pet-friendly whitewashed cottage in Roche is ideally situated for exploration of the countryside and the coast and boasts exposed beams and contemporary design features, as well as a pleasant sunny courtyard.

A newly refurbished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment finished to a high standard with views across the water. The stunning riverside location means that there will always be something out of the window to occupy your attention. WiFi to keep in touch with your friends back home, and reserved parking.

A beautifully restored, refurbished barn less than ten minutes' walk from Lanhdrock Estate. Original features add to the charm of this home which includes a wood burning stove and spacious open plan living. The Barn is perfect for families or friends and welcomes two pets so is ideal for dog owners.

Poppy Cottage is a beautifully presented fisherman’s cottage in the heart of Flushing village with a lovely courtyard garden. Fully renovated to a high standard, this traditional 18th Century house retains plenty of original features and has the added benefit of a reserved parking space on the quay.

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.

9 Porth Meor Villas offers self-catering accommodation in an award-winning Newquay Holiday Apartment overlooking Porth Beach and the outdoor heated swimming pool. No.9 sleeps 6 guests in 2 (double and twin) bedrooms (both en suite) 3 minutes-walk from the beach. Available all year round.

Inland, the countryside ranges from steep wooded valleys and deep green lanes to the rugged Bodmin Moor's wide spaces. Here too, those booking a holiday cottage will find plenty of attractions to fill their days, such as the magnificent Eden Project, built in an old china clay pit near St. Austell. It seems that each little fishing village has its own unique visitor attraction; in Boscastle for example, The Witchcraft Museum houses the largest collection of witch-related artifacts in the world.

Throughout Cornwall, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained from young to old, even on the wettest of days. Superb theme parks such as Flambards near Helston or Crealy Adventure Park and the magnificent Eden Project, all there for your entertainment, education and pleasure.

For history lovers, Cornwall is happily over-endowed with stately homes open to the public. Examples include Trerice near Newquay, a fine National Trust managed Elizabethan Manor, Lanhydrock House near Bodmin and Mount Edgcumbe (home of the National Camelia Collection) at Torpoint are just three examples of Cornwall's historic houses open to the public.

Visitors to Cornwall in search of a holiday cottage are spoiled for choice. Every resort, town and village will have a choice of cottages, barn conversions or seaside apartments in old dockside buildings. Because there are so many cottages - and partly because Cornwall is such a creative County, the standards of holiday lets in Cornwall are reassuringly and comfortably high. Cornwall is a county that gives a warm and exciting welcome to all its visitors.