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.

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.

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.

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.

Enjoy your West Country holiday on the South Cornwall coast with a stay at 16 Brunel Quays in Lostwithiel. Transformed from a Victorian railway building on the banks of the River Fowey into a waterside holiday cottage of timeless grace and beauty, it blends original features and modern furnishings.

Large, fully equipped self-catering 'upside down' converted granite barn in fabulous farm setting. Sleeps 6 easily but warm and cosy enough for 2. Open fire. Private Hot tub on furnished patio with BBQ and lawn. Located above Lamorna Cove between Penzance and Land's End in Cornwall. Pets welcome.

Boasting a Visit England 4 Star rating, Tresquare is a gorgeous coastal cottage set among rolling green hills in Boscastle, Cornwall. The pet-friendly property features its own private south-facing garden with stunning views as well as a serene sunroom, an open fire and understated sophistication.

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.

Experience traditional Cornwall with a visit to Lostwithiel - a beautiful town that has retained much of its old worldly charm. Set in an architect designed house, Isambard's Retreat is a wonderful pet-friendly three bed property sleeping six with parking and an enclosed garden.

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.

The balcony at No.1 Quay Court with views over Newquay and the ocean beyond and the interior of this large 4-bedroom holiday cottage in Newquay are equally impressive. With modern furnishings and appliances, this stylish holiday cottage offers guests and their pets a perfect Cornish coast getaway.

9 Glendorgal is a thoroughly modern coastal cottage boasting fantastic sea views and proximity to the beaches and attractions of Newquay, Cornwall. The light and airy cottage welcomes pets and families to a wonderful seaside location with a sun-drenched balcony, ample grounds and a blissful breeze.

Wheal Rose, one of three delightful coastal cottages that make up the Charnwood Stables property near Mount Hawke, Cornwall, offers wheelchair access for guests requiring an accommodation, as well as two en-suite first-floor bedrooms, expansive views of the Cornish countryside, & wooden floors.

Coxswain’s Cottage nestles in Downalong, a jumble of fishermen’s cottages above the beach in St.Ives. This immaculately furnished cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms and has private access to the beach below. You’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere else in St. Ives so impeccably furnished.

Ploughman’s Cottage is a charming converted rural cottage set among the grounds of Tremaine Green Country Cottages near Pelynt in Cornwall. The pet-friendly cottage offers an open fire, a games room and play area, a tennis court and putting green, farm animals plus proximity to the coast.

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.

Derow is a gorgeous eco cottage located within The Park in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. Just moments from the coast, the family cottage boasts subtle chic and light-filled spaces as well as ample outdoor relaxation areas and access to an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a café and children’s play area.

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.

Willow Cottage sleeps 4, with an open fire and private patio. This beautifully furnished Cornwall holiday cottage is located in the pretty medieval town of Lostwithiel, in the Fowey River Valley, near glorious South Cornwall sandy beaches, Lanhydrock House and Gardens and the local farmers’ market.

Merlins Cottage is a luxury cottage near Tintagel having spectacular sea views from its gardens and an interior with an open fire and contemporary design features. The pet-friendly cottage enjoys expansive views across Port Isaac Bay from its secluded position in the Cornish hamlet of Trevellick.

Offering gorgeous views of the Cornish countryside, Lanerick is a sophisticated coastal cottage located near the ocean in Newquay. Just moments from Mawgan Porth, the modern cottage at The Park resort boasts peaceful gardens, generous outdoor entertaining areas, an open fire and a hot tub.

Morvoren provides a beautiful place for families to enjoy an escape by the seaside in Cornwall. The eco-friendly cottage at The Park in Newquay is just moments from the ocean and offers beautiful gardens, a joyful interior, modern comforts, green design and access to swimming pools and a café.

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.