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.

115 cottages found 115 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.

Treat yourself to a luxury stay in Newquay. This modern mews house has been designed with complete comfort in mind, with designer furnishings and stylish touches throughout. Within walking distance from the beach it also has a fab outdoor area, surfboard storage and private parking.

Godrevy enjoys unrivalled views from its location atop the cliffs on the southernmost point of mainland Britain. The pet-friendly, seaside cottage in the Lizard Lighthouse offers modern comforts and spectacular views plus access to coastal walking paths and the beautiful beaches of Cornwall.

A beautiful newly refurbished family-friendly home in the heart of Flushing village with open plan living to sleep up to 8 guests in comfort. Dogs are welcome, and the spacious sun-trap garden is a real bonus!

Jam First is a gorgeous stone-built romantic cottage in the lovely locale of Trethawle, Cornwall. The pet-friendly cottage for two possesses a subtle luxurious style, exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, wood burner and a pleasant suntrap courtyard. Explore the Cornish coast and countryside in style.

Iris cottage in St Ives earned its Visit England 5 Star Gold ratings through a combination of luxury and location, plus a blend of charm and style. The coastal cottage boasts contemporary chic as well as exposed beams and a galley kitchen, open-plan living and access to the wonders of Cornwall.

Longships boasts spectacular views over the ocean from its position within Lizard Lighthouse near Lizard Village in Cornwall. The two-bedroom seaside cottage offers modern comforts, subtle decorations and ample grounds for children and pets to explore on a truly unique coastal holiday.

Cutting-edge design and enviable views distinguish this luxury coastal cottage in Millbrook. Balconies with lake views, a furnished garden, big corner sofas and a cinema room invite relaxation, while the Cornwall coast waits to be explored just moments from this ultra-stylish 3-bedroom cottage.

The Crag is a truly unique secluded, seaside cottage near Housel Bay near Helston with spectacular ocean views from its cliff top position. It offers an open fire, luxury fittings, an expansive patio, space for children, artistic design features and access to sandy beaches on the Cornish coastline.

7 Harlyn Cottages is a beautifully furnished, modern, holiday home at Harlyn Bay near Padstow in North Cornwall. Within a short walk of a white sandy beach for surfing and rock-pooling, this family friendly holiday cottage sleeps 6 and welcomes pets.

Captains House, a large holiday cottage in Marazion, enjoys direct, uninterrupted views across crystal clear water to St Michael’s Mount. This luxury waterfront Cornish coast cottage is immaculately presented and enjoys direct access to a sandy beach. Sleeps 10.

Barn Cottage, a truly romantic getaway, is a stone-built Cornish cottage in Dobwells near Liskeard in South East Cornwall. The cosy rural retreat features contemporary fittings paired with traditional features as well as a four-poster bed and beautiful rural views of the hills and valley beyond.

Rosevean House is a grand coastal cottage in the UNESCO World Heritage village of St Agnes. The pet-friendly cottage is just moments from the Cornish coast and offers luxury and style, as well as generous grounds with multiple entertaining areas, plus a games room, cinema room and a log fire.

Cornish Clotted Cream is a beautiful rural cottage with whitewashed stone walls and spacious grounds in Trethawle, Cornwall. The pet-friendly cottage boasts a large lawned garden and delightful sitting-out area, as well as a well-appointed interior with wooden floors, open-plan design & wood burner.

Set in a gorgeous countryside location near Holywell Bay just six miles west of Newquay, this beautifully restored eco home is perfect for four and accept two dogs. Tastefully furnished with a spacious living area, two luxurious bedrooms and fantastic rural views, it is the ideal family retreat.

Salty Sea Dog lies just a few steps from the beach in Trebarwith Strand and the ground-floor, pet-friendly beach apartment in North Cornwall lives up to its name combining joyful beach-themed décor with refinement and modern comfort plus views of the beautiful Cornish coastline. Sleeps 4.

Miller’s House is a stone-built miller’s residence restored with modern comforts providing a restful haven for families and pets near Tintagel in St Nectan’s Glen. This rural cottage in North Cornwall is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and a babbling stream in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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.

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

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.