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.

256 cottages found 256 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.

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.

The ultimate family holiday home, Sea View House is a spectacular contemporary property in a prime Newquay location, with unbeatable panoramic views of the golden coasts and Cornish landscapes. The luxury three-bedroom home is a perfect family-friendly seaside holiday home. Pets welcome.

The Old Shippon Cottage sleeps up to 6 in 3 bedrooms in the stunning Valley at Mineshop, pet friendly cottage with Wi-Fi in a peaceful location within walking distance to the beach at Crackington Haven and just a short drive from the coastal resorts of Bude, Tintagel and Widemouth Bay.

Kingsley House, with its sleek, modernized décor, is the ideal home base for your next holiday on the waterfront. Explore the picturesque Newquay and Cornwall's dramatic North Atlantic coast at your leisure for an added fun factor, and don't forget to bring your dog!

A beautiful, contemporary pet-friendly cottage for six in a fantastic countryside location in West Cornwall. Close to St Ives and Porthleven this home is set within 36 acres of flower meadows and woodland and offers three spacious en-suite bedrooms and a private, enclosed garden.

With an indoor heated swimming pool and games room, Bluebell Cottage is a large holiday home near Bude sleeping up to 10 guests in an idyllic rural setting on the North Cornwall coast. Enjoy walking in our private woodland and meet and help feed our small menagerie of animals.

Pennard is a spacious coastal cottage in South Tehidy, Cornwall, which welcomes groups and their pets to a detached bungalow with ample gardens, moments from Portreath. The spacious grounds offer multiple entertaining and relaxation areas, while the interior promises understated sophistication.

The Kosel is a stylish, spacious seaside retreat in Mawgan Porth. It sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. This pet friendly lodge is located on The Park, a popular resort with facilities such as a indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna and a giant trampoline. The lodge has its own parking, private terrace.

Enjoy quiet Cornish countryside and vibrant coastal living with a stay at Trescowthick Barn in the quaint village of St. Newlyn East, Cornwall, a large child-friendly cottage featuring five cosy bedrooms, Jacuzzi bath, garage with pool table and table football, and large enclosed courtyard.

Wide soft-sand beaches and rolling countryside surround Longbeak View, a luxurious coastal cottage near Bude in Cornwall. The pet-friendly cottage also offers water views plus a lovely spacious garden, an open fire, a sun-filled conservatory and an interior boasting eco-friendly features and style.

Once Mevagissey’s first bank, this large, luxury Grade II listed cottage now accommodates up to 10 people within six bedrooms spread across three floors. The well-appointed interior of this pet-friendly coastal cottage spoils guests with inner-city chic in a delightful rural location.

Black Moon is an opulent romantic cottage perched above Bamaluz Beach in St Ives, Cornwall, with its own trap door & plush secret cave. Waves crash against the cottage which boasts superb sea views and an interior featuring exposed stone walls and the height of luxury, as well as a private balcony.

Sundowners is an atmospheric, listed terrace situated in the preservation area of Calstock in Cornwall. The rural cottage offers a wood burner and a delightful garden. The interior promises character and colour. Sundowners sits near the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and beaches.

Lyndale Cottage successfully blends coastal décor with rustic charm and contemporary design features and possesses a truly unique master bedroom. The Grade II listed coastal cottage in Kingsand, Cornwall, boasts a delightful courtyard as well as an open fire and many contemporary comforts.

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.