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.
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.
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.
Elm Terrace welcomes families and pets to a gorgeous coastal cottage located in the sought-after town of Mevagissey, Cornwall. The seaside property boasts ocean views and a sleek modern interior encased in an original stone façade. A small garden completes the attractions of this hill-top property.
Set within the Wheal Dream resort just a few miles from the South Cornwall coast, this quirky lodge has beautiful countryside views and loads of charm. Ideally placed for exploring the area's nearby Cornish harbours and sandy beaches, you'll also find a restaurant, bar and golf course on site.
Orchid, a luxurious cottage on the Woodland Retreat near Wadebridge, Cornwall, offers groups of up to six spacious accommodation in the South West, with private terrace, wall-mounted electric fireplace, and first-floor master bedroom featuring an en-suite sauna and double walk-in shower.
The Garden Apartment is a small and romantic cottage for couples with sea views on the spectacular North Cornwall coast between Tintagel and Bossiney Cove. Features a wood burner, TV, double bedroom, and fitted kitchen. Close to great beaches, and stunning seaside scenery. Pets welcome.
Situated on the most beautiful street in St Ives is Juliot, a romantic cottage bedecked in luxury. Featuring exposed beams, stone walls and contemporary comforts, the pet-friendly cottage has earned a Visit England 5 Star and Gold rating and sits in a delightful seaside town in wonderful Cornwall.
Ash Lodge promises luxury and adventure in a pet-friendly cottage moments from the coast. Situated in St Columb, Cornwall, the cottage blends modernity with rural charm and boasts multiple entertaining spaces, vast grounds, pitch and putt golf, a large water park, tennis court and swimming pool.
Cornish seaside towns like St Ives are arguably some of the prettiest in the world, so when you discover a home that is within easy reach of the town but also has an exceptional view over the turquoise waters of Carbis Bay, you’ve found a real gem. Read more!
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.
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.
- Canworthy Water
- Carbis Bay
- Crackington Haven
- Harlyn Bay
- Lamorna Cove
- Mawgan Porth
- Praa Sands
- St Agnes
- St Austell
- St Columb Major
- St. Ives
- St. Just
- St. Mawgan
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.