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.
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.
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.
Palmer’s Lodge induces romance with its charming exterior, cosy, contemporary open plan layout and fresh flowers and bottle of wine upon arrival. The one-bedroom romantic cottage lies on the outskirts of Elgoskerry, surrounded by lush green meadows and beautiful beaches for which Cornwall is famed.
Number 1 The Pier is a 2 bedroom Cornish luxury holiday apartment situated in a brand new development on the Prince of Wales Pier in the heart of Falmouth. This stunning duplex apartment for 2-4 guests enjoys waterside views, a large terrace, WiFi and an allocated parking space.
Bishop Rock is a cosy seaside cottage located within Lizard Lighthouse which boasts panoramic views over the ocean from atop the cliffs. The unique property near Lizard Village promises modern comforts and subtle décor as well as direct access to this wonderful stretch of the Cornish coast.
Sunset View is an award-winning coastal cottage boasting views of the ocean in Porth, Cornwall. The sophisticated pet-friendly cottage enjoys true coastal chic and an elevated position and offers a hot tub, an open fire, outdoor entertaining spaces, an upside-down design and proximity to the beach.
Bishop Rock is a former Cornish lighthouse keeper’s cottage located within the Lizard Lighthouse grounds boasting panoramic ocean views from its clifftop location. The unique much modernized comfortable property near Helston provides direct access to this wonderful stretch of the Cornish coast.
This luxury Cornish seaside cottage spoils guests with its sublime blend of old-world charm and contemporary chic. The three-bedroom converted barn boasts boutique standard finishes, an alfresco dining area, hot tub, open fire, modern fittings and stunning views of St Just and the Cornish coast.
Based in the small North Cornwall coastal village of Bossiney, The Round House a semi-detached dog-friendly holiday cottage, overlooking the beautiful land of North Cornwall. Close to Tintagel, The Round House is in a prime location for enjoying the sandy Cornish beaches, for a fun family getaway.
Millstream is a Tintagel holiday cottage set in the picturesque St. Nectan’s Glen along the North Cornwall coast. This romantic rural retreat for two in a one-time corn mill retains its character, with quaint arched door and sofa that converts into full-size double bed.
Perched atop West Pentire headland, Cormorant enjoys uninterrupted ocean views and a short walk to the beach. The pet-friendly cottage in Crantock, Cornwall boasts beautiful gardens, a sun-trap conservatory and open fire, as well as an open-plan design with contemporary elegance and a sea breeze.
Lookout is a luxury seaside cottage in North Cornwall designed with one feature in mind: The view. The ocean stretches before your eyes from the living areas and gardens of this cottage in Downderry on the Cornish coast. It has an open fire, contemporary chic and is a short stroll to a sandy beach.
Lucy’s Beach House enjoys wonderful views of Portreath from its three balconies. The pet-friendly cottage in Cornwall offers sophistication and light and airy spaces right on top of the beach, as well as a sea breeze, urban chic, outdoor dining areas, an outdoor shower and a cosy wood-burning stove.
Argus Cottage is a special coastal cottage set inside Pendeen Lighthouse atop the cliffs of Pendeen. The pet-friendly cottage boasts stunning ocean views and an abundance of wildlife, as well as a generous furnished garden, contemporary design features, a sea breeze and access to the Cornwall coast.
Mill Cottage is a delightful two-bedroom property nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers families an idyllic getaway in the village of St Nectan’s Glen. The coastal cottage near Tintagel boasts gorgeous gardens with a babbling stream and is surrounded by trees.
It is said that the view makes the holiday, and where better for families to discover this, than at Glintings, a Polperro holiday cottage. Sitting comfortably on a sunny hillside location, this spacious, pet friendly cottage in Cornwall sleeps 6 and offers superb views over the village and harbour.
Palm Lodge, perfect for couples seeking a coastal getaway from the bustle of everyday life, lies just steps from the mile-long sandy beach in the resort village of Praa Sands, Cornwall, a romantic cottage featuring palm tree mural, en-suite double bedroom, and patio with sun-loungers.
Amidst the Cornish countryside, one finds Chapel Green, a large countryside cottage in the former mining village of Polgooth featuring a swimming pool, gym, sun deck, and five cosy bedrooms to comfortably house groups of up to 10 looking to holiday in the splendour of St. Austell Bay. Pets welcome.
With one of the best views in Newquay this stylish apartment is a fantastic place to make the most of a break on this popular stretch of Cornish coastline. With Fistral Beach on its doorstep and the coast path just metres away, adventure and relaxation can be enjoyed in equal measure.
4 Faraway Fields is a delightful romantic cottage boasting modern interiors and seclusion. The nicely-appointed hilltop cottage on the outskirts of Dobwalls in Cornwall features a hot tub and offers wonderful rural views of the sunset, especially from the sky deck with a glass in hand.
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
Spectacular views of Treyarnon Bay greet guests at Trewalder, a stunning coastal cottage on the Cornish coast. The pet-friendly cottage sits above the beautiful beach and the gorgeous gardens catch the sea breeze, while the interior boasts ample windows, contemporary elegance and a wood burner.
Rockridge House near Porthcurno is a perfect location for group getaways and offers ocean views from its multiple outdoor entertaining areas. The pet-friendly Cornish cottage offers spacious modern rooms as well as a sun-drenched conservatory and is moments from beautiful sandy beaches.
- Crackington Haven
- Harlyn Bay
- Mawgan Porth
- Praa Sands
- St Agnes
- St Austell
- St Columb Major
- St. Ives
- St. Just
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.