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 meal times, 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.

229 cottages found 229 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.

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16th-23rd Aug

Talland Croft Cottage Listing
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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.

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17th-24th Aug

Berwyn Cottage Listing
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Berwyn is a large stylish pet friendly Victorian house situated in the charming Cornish, coastal village of Crantock. It has 5 bedrooms and sleeps 10 people. The interior has been tastefully designed to provide, comfortable rooms, ideal for a large family holiday.

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.

There’s probably no better place to spend a family holiday on the West Cornwall coast than Una Argentum 71 in St. Ives, a luxury eco lodge where your family can avail itself of the onsite heated pool, spa, and fitness studio or explore nearby Carbis Bay Beach. Pets welcome.

A gorgeous cottage sits nestled in a densely wooded valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers couples an idyllic getaway. Coachman’s is a truly romantic Cornish coastal cottage featuring bundles of character, an open fire, a mezzanine bedroom and tranquillity near Tintagel.

Cosy relaxation for two awaits in West Cornwall at Una Aurum 56 on the Una St Ives resort. If you want a romantic holiday, the Una Aurum 56 lodge at Una St Ives resort is ready for you. From an indoor pool to a full spa to an onsite restaurant, the lodge and resort await to welcome you.

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.

A luxurious family and baby-friendly coastal holiday cottage in a secluded rural Cornish village location in St Mawgan. It is a short drive to the coast and beautiful bathing and surfing beaches. Bryher Cottage sleeps 5 guests (+ cots) in 3 bedrooms.

For a luxury cottage holiday for two in Cornwall, Badgers Hollow will appeal to all those seeking a beautifully presented rural retreat on the South Cornwall coast with gorgeous country views a few minutes walk from the Fowey Estuary.

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.

Rich with amenities, Una Argentum 63 on the Una St Ives resort in Cornwall is the ideal family seaside getaway. This modern, stylish, and accessible escape gives you access to relaxing, luxurious resort facilities including an indoor pool, spa, and restaurant.

Perched in a stunning hill-top location, Harbour Heights looks down over the historic Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey's harbour and pier. Beyond it are sweeping sea views across Mevagissey Bay through the windows and sunny terrace of this superb 3-bedroom coastal holiday cottage.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

A luxury holiday cottage in St. Ives, Windwards is a large and spacious property overlooking the beach at Carbis Bay. This elegantly furnished and well-equipped Cornish holiday home sleeps 9 guests in 5 bedrooms. Facilities include a hot tub, games room and sauna. Stunning sea views!

Tucked away on the hillsides overlooking Pentewan beach, Coachman’s Cottage in Cornwall is a coastal cottage, with two-bedrooms, ample living spaces and flooded with natural light in a woodland setting between Mevagissey and St Austell.

Watermark on the grounds of The beachside Glendorgal Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, comfortably sleeps five in this reverse-level mid-terrace home. Stay in this dog and child-friendly cottage and use the hotel’s amenities including private access to secluded Porth Beach, ideal for a family holiday.

Designed for a family getaway, Una Argentum 61 is a dog-friendly luxury eco-lodge in Cornwall ready for you and yours to enjoy some serious relaxation. Here on the grounds of Una St Ives, in Carbis Bay enjoy an indoor pool, spa, restaurant, and modern, relaxing comfort.

Wheal Hart is a stunning rural cottage offering rural tranquillity and proximity to the gorgeous Cornish coastline. Situated among rolling green hills near St Newlyn East, the barn conversion retains much of its original character and has large gardens ideal for entertaining and enjoying the views.

What could be more romantic than getting back to nature with a break in a traditional yurt Brae sits on The Park in Newquay, a resort close to the north Cornwall coast, that offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle.

Tamarind is a large four-bedroom holiday cottage in Cornwall that sleeps up to 10 visitors who will adore the spectacular sea views across Whitsand Bay all year round from any of the 3 terraces within its landscaped gardens above the English Channel.

Petite Maison is a detached coastal cottage on the bank of the River Pol in Polperro, one of Cornwall's prettiest fishing villages. Designed in a French romantic style and tastefully furnished to a high standard the cottage lies a short stroll from a sandy beach and coastal walks. Pets welcome.

Overlooking picturesque green pastures, this cottage provides well-presented and attractive accommodation for up to four people, with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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.