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 can still be found), 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 amongst the best in the world. 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 in a small self-hire boat from many of the 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 or from Falmouth across the estuary to St Mawes.

246 cottages found 246 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.

A secluded retreat with spectacular views down the valley towards Fowey, Cornwall and the sea. Located just over a mile from Fowey, it is a unique coastal cottage for couples in the grounds of an old watermill with parking, garden and barbeque area. Pets 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.

A spacious, modern villa just four miles from Padstow with private parking and an enclosed garden. Sleeping six, it's a fantastic choice as a family holiday home for anyone looking to enjoy some of the best beaches and attractions in North Cornwall.

From this charming lodge’s relaxing open plan and restful master bedroom to the glorious indoor pool, full-service spa, and resort restaurant, anything you could want in a holiday is right here. Una Aurum 57 on the Una St Ives resort in Cornwall is a perfect coastal holiday retreat for two.

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.

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.

Urban chic and gorgeous views distinguish 3 Broadmeadows, a wonderfully-appointed luxury cottage in the Cornish town of Wadebridge, which boasts a delightful courtyard and ultra-modern comforts. Situated near Camel Estuary, the rural cottage promises sophistication and a relaxing holiday.

Watch Cornish fishing trawlers unload their catch from through the windows of this superb waterside apartment in St. Ives. The Poop Deck is a modern family-friendly coastal holiday let in Cornwall that sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

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.

Indulge yourself in this contemporary, child-friendly eco holiday lodge in St Ives above Carbis Bay in West Cornwall. Full use of outstanding resort facilities including heated indoor pool, spa, and restaurant await you at Una Argentum 62. Pets welcome.

Tucked away in Trevone, a tiny Cornish village just outside Padstow, The Old Cabbage Patch is a large, luxurious holiday cottage a short walk to a popular family beach. Sleeping 10 in 4 bedrooms (all en-suite) and beautifully furnished, where better for large families to holiday than here!

4 The Towans is a unique New England style lodge in The Towans resort in St Merryn, Cornwall. Situated just moments from Constantine Bay, the pet-friendly cottage offers sophistication, light and airy spaces, with unique wooden panelling, extremely generous balconies and the guarantee of relaxation.

Just minutes from Carbis Bay, Una Argentum 59, a luxury Cornish eco-lodge provides the ideal base camp for families to enjoy their holiday in St. Ives, Cornwall, with spacious accommodation sleeping 4 and amenities including an indoor pool to suit everyone.

Wheal Rose is a romantic cottage tucked away in the hills near St Newlyn East in Cornwall. The rural cottage boasts exposed beams and a delightful garden as well as modern comforts and proximity to the Cornish coast. Relax, connect, unwind and sample the delights of this wonderful county.

For a memorable Cornish glamping experience, book the Brae Yurt at The Park in Mawgan Porth near Newquay provides peace, comfort and a hot tub for couples amongst serene countryside between rolling hills and the scenic Atlantic coast.

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.

Guests at Quay House in Newquay enjoy private access down a set of step to Porth Beach. This large waterfront holiday let with superb sea views sleeps 8.

Gorgeous views, a fresh sea breeze and a delightful interior welcome guests to 1 The Towans, a New England style coastal cottage near St Merryn in Cornwall. The pet-friendly cottage spoils guests with a dual aspect deck as well as unique wooden panelling, contemporary design features and modernity.

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.

Waters Edge is the perfect name for this Portreath getaway only steps away from a delightful harbour and sandy beach. With room for five, modern furnishings, and ocean views, this is the perfect destination for ocean lovers. Hiking, golf, and outdoor sports are also nearby.

Fun for all the family, the traditional Mongolian styling within Penryn, a luxury and colourful eco-friendly yurt complete with use of swimming pool and hot tub in North Cornwall countryside close to the coast at Mawgan Porth near Newquay. Sleeps 4.

Honeysuckle Cottage at Woodlands Manor Farm is a romantic rural hideaway for couples on the North Cornwall coast near Bude. It is set within 37 acres of idyllic countryside and has the benefit of access to a shared large indoor heated swimming pool and woodland walks.

Inland, the country side ranges from steep wooded valleys and deep green lanes to the wide spaces of rugged Bodmin Moor. 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 Whitchcraft Museum houses the largest collection of witchcraft 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 Adverture Park and the magnificent Eden Project re 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, Lanhrdrock 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.