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.
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, updated, and comfortable Cornish cottage with a hot tub in a tranquil wooded setting, With a stylish plan offering room for six, this pet-friendly lodge near the River Tamar, No.50 Valley Lodge has everything a family or friends need for a relaxing rural holiday near Callington.
High View is a modern rural cottage lying just moments from the coast. Perched on a hill above Port Isaac, the Cornish holiday home features an upside-down design to capture the superb views of the countryside. Light, airy spaces and a large picture window embrace the outdoors and invite relaxation.
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.
A beautiful seaside cottage nestled in a quiet nook a few steps from the water in the pretty, lively harbour town of Fowey, Cornwall. Furnished to exceptional standards of style and comfort The Sea Swallow sleeps up to 5 plus cot. Your well behaved dog is very welcome to join you on holiday.
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.
Above Towan @8 Quay Court is a luxurious and modern seaside holiday home in Newquay offering families a fantastic Cornish getaway. The large 4-bedroom property is decorated with distinction and the private, furnished balcony boasts enviable coastal views of Newquay and the setting sun.
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.
5 The Towans promises stunning views to St Merryn and the remainder of Cornwall from its first-floor balcony and open-plan living space. The luxurious coastal cottage also offers ample outdoor spaces and an open fire, all within walking distance of Constantine Bay, ta beach to surf, swim and play.
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.
Just a short distance from Marazion and Penzance, this beautiful cottage is set within the grounds of Ennys Farm in the West Cornwall countryside. Luxuriously furnished and offering two spacious bedrooms, the property also offers a seasonal heated swimming pool as well as a tennis court.
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 delightful cottage for two set in the West Cornwall countryside, this former barn has been beautifully restored and offers a quirky open-plan design and gallery bedroom. Set within beautiful grounds it's within easy reach of St Michael’s Mount and Penzance, and even has a tennis court and pool!
In the far west of Cornwall, Una Stannum 73 is a large luxury lodge offering self-catering holidays in an exclusive development sleeping 8 guests for holidays and short breaks. Guests have access to an indoor heated swimming pool, stat-of-the-art gym, sauna and even an on-site cafe.
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.
A quiet and pretty spacious Cornish cottage perfect for a peaceful break from all the city hustle. Positioned near Torpoint in the village of Kingsland, this beautiful coastal property is comfortable and private. Its facilities have all you and your family need for a weekend break or longer holiday.
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.
- Canworthy Water
- Carbis Bay
- Crackington Haven
- Harlyn Bay
- Mawgan Porth
- Praa Sands
- St Agnes
- St Austell
- St Columb Major
- St. Ives
- St. Just
- St. Mawgan
- St. Minver
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.