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.

131 cottages found 131 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.

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.

Located in the quiet hamlet of Treviades, The Farmhouse Cottage is just five miles from Falmouth, in a central yet secluded location. It provides the perfect base for a holiday spent exploring Cornwall, and with four bedrooms and plenty of extras, it works equally well as a relaxing family getaway.

Trencreek Farmhouse is a superbly-appointed detached Grade II listed farmhouse set on seven acres of woodland near Tregony a short drive from the Cornish coast. The pet-friendly cottage offers beautiful views, a woodburning stove and contemporary fittings drawn together with subtle refinement.

Enjoy countryside living just a short drive from the pretty coastal village of Padstow. Sleeping four guests, this quirky pet-friendly cottage can be found in a rural setting in St Columb and even has its own paddock.

The Vean is a large Georgian country house nestled among woodland and boasting refinement and luxury as well as abundant grounds, an open fire and proximity to St Austell. The luxury holiday cottage on Caerhays Estate is ideal for special occasions and is just moments from the coastline of Cornwall.

Nestled on the grounds of the magnificent Bonython Estate just south of Helston in Cornwall sits Mews Cottage, a delightful child-friendly cottage renovated to a five-star standard that comfortably accommodates up to six guests, with private courtyard and three bedrooms, two with en-suite shower.

Pendeen is a large coastal holiday rental in Cornwall sleeping up to 9 with spectacular river views across the estuary towards Falmouth. Located in sought-after Flushing village. this luxury holiday home offers memorable holidays for groups of friends and families. Pets Welcome.

Bonython Farmhouse is a large luxury cottage on Bonython Estate which boasts one of ‘The Great Gardens of Cornwall’ including a hidden valley and lakes. The pet-friendly cottage near Helston and the ocean boasts woodburning stoves plus a perfect blend of rural charm and modern design.

Savour the country & the coast at The Old Barn, a Grade II listed conversion in Looe, Cornwall, which sits on a working farm surrounded by lush green fields. Rural character abounds in this stone-built cottage, which boasts an open fire, two sitting rooms, beams and wood panelling plus modern style.

Tregadjack Barn is a small and private, secluded cottage with two beautiful gardens near the town of Helston, Cornwall, offering beautiful long views along the rolling tree-covered countryside to the sea at Mounts Bay, The two-bedroom, pet-friendly oasis welcomes guests with a homemade fish pie!

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.

Moonraker is a stunning 5 Star waterside apartment located just half a mile from the centre of Falmouth. It sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, parking, and shared use of the private slipway.

A stunning detached reverse level new home offering outstanding finish and style with spacious 5 bedroom accommodation. Situated in a slightly elevated location with fine sea and coastal views from the front across and up the coast to Godrevy Lighthouse and as far as St Agnes Head on a clear day.

Cosy Cottage offers compact, yet comfortable accommodation for couples on holiday in the West Country, a delightful romantic country cottage situated on the edge of Dobwalls in Cornwall. It features a lovely double bedroom, modern kitchen, and a small garden with rural views.

The Watch House is located right on the waterfront in the heart if Falmouth, with the most amazing 180 degree views across all of Falmouth Harbour. It sleeps up to 8 guests with reserved parking, and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Nobby’s combines the coast with the country. The pet-friendly coast and country cottage in is situated on East Thorne Farm in the North Cornwall countryside near Bude. This comfortable cottage offers families a an adventure playground, an indoor games room, spa, a campfire and lovely rural walks.

The Blue House is a traditional Cornish fisherman's cottage in the pretty waterside village of Flushing near Falmouth. It has been recently renovated throughout to a high 5 Star standard. It sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, with 2 luxury bathrooms, a new kitchen and a large lounge/diner. Pets are welcome.

Langdon near the village of Jacobstow, a romantic cottage near the Cornish coast featuring open-plan living space, contemporary kitchen, wood-burning stove, rear lawned garden, and cosy double bedroom.

This lovely home is set within a beautiful gated woodland just ten minutes drive from Truro. With wonderful on site facilities including a swimming pool, restaurant, fitness suite and spa pool this property also welcomes pets, so is ideal if you love taking your four-legged friends on holiday too.

3 miles from the North Cornwall coast at Perranporth, Trelydarth is a large Cornish holiday cottage set in a secluded rural location sleeping 12 guests in the village of Penhallow. Pets welcome.

Wootton Gray enjoys enviable ocean views from many vantage points and sits just moments from the beaches and attractions of Mousehole in Cornwall. The sophisticated coastal cottage offers light and airy spaces, a furnished lawned garden, contemporary design features and a wood-burning stove.

Mineshop Holiday Cottages are located in the heart of the stunning Mineshop Valley, a short walk through the fields and woodland to the beach at Crackington Haven near Bude in North Cornwall. Set in a secluded and tranquil spot, its the perfect getaway for families, couples and dog owners.

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.