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.

230 cottages found 230 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.

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.

Relax with family or friends in this large country house by the sea overlooking Polperro in Cornwall. This spacious 4-bedroom house with 4 bathrooms sleeps 8 guests has panoramic sea views from its windows and covered terrace and, rare for Polperro, has off-street parking for 2 cars,

Seclusion and charm await couples at Kellywyk, a romantic cottage in Pillaton, Cornwall. The stone-built cottage promises a delightful escape with its gorgeous gardens, sophisticated interior, light-filled spaces and peace and quiet. Add access to resort facilities and nearby beautiful countryside.

Barn Owl is a traditional Cornish Holiday Cottage with beautiful rural views on the South Coast of Cornwall near Looe within walking distance of the South West Coast Path. Barn Owl sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms - perfect for a family holiday or short break.

Escape to the Cornish countryside and enjoy rural views from this luxury detached home near Porthleven. Spacious bedrooms and a designer interior make this the ideal home and you'll find a wonderful restaurant as well as football golf, and a children's play area on the Wheal Dream resort site.

Cherry at Woodland Retreat pampers guests with refined luxury in a rural cottage in Wadebridge. Surrounded by the Cornish countryside, the peaceful cottage offers contemporary elegance, multiple private outdoor entertaining areas, an indoor swimming pool and gym and access to wonderful Cornwall.

Charming converted Cornish barn sleeping 6 on quiet working farm in an idyllic coastal setting between Penzance and Land?s End. Fully equipped self-catering. Private Hot Tub on furnished patio. Pets welcome.

A refurbished traditional seaside cottage on the coast at Marazion. Enjoy stylish decor and open-plan living with marvellous views from the property's elevated private patio; you'll even find an enclosed courtyard garden - the perfect place to sip a morning coffee or to simply relax.

Blue Moon fully justifies its claim as the most luxurious and romantic holiday cottages for couples in St. Ives. This dog-friendly coastal cottage in the heart of this Cornish resort oozes sophistication, style and comfort and, with underfloor heating, it’s also perfect for out of season holidays.

Kernewek treats families and their pets to a coastal and rural holiday in an eco-friendly cottage at The Park, in Mawgan Porth. Beautiful gardens promise space to play and the joyfully designed cottage offers access to swimming pools, a café and beautiful beaches along the Cornish coastline.

Overlooking Mounts Bay and the harbour, The Abbey is a historic luxury holiday cottage in Penzance. This large and pet friendly Cornwall holiday property sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms, and everywhere, exudes style and quality. Perfect for luxurious seaside holidays with family or friends all year round.

Morhogh is a thoroughly modern coastal cottage just moments from Mawgan Porth in Cornwall. Set on The Park resort near Newquay, the cottage offers a sun-drenched garden, spacious open-plan rooms and access to a swimming pool and other facilities. Enjoy a relaxing or action-packed family holiday.

Located right on the waterfront overlooking Falmouth Harbour with amazing views from most rooms and the huge terrace, Nightingale House provides you with an unrivalled location from which to enjoy your Cornish holiday. It has 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, off-road parking for 2 cars and WiFi.

Lavender Woodland Retreat in Wadebridge, Cornwall, brings luxury to a perfect family vacation. The contemporary pet-friendly rural cottage boasts ornate touches and modern comforts as well as contemporary décor, a swimming pool, private garden, balconies, expansive rooms and proximity to the coast.

My View is a large, detached Cornish holiday house with an indoor heated swimming pool offering luxury self-catering holidays in Cawsand. It sleeps 11 guests in 6 bedrooms (4 ensuite). This family friendly Cornwall holiday home overlooks Cawsand Beach with amazing sea views across Plymouth Sound.

Headland House offers guests spectacular ocean views and sunsets on the north Cornwall coast in a quiet location yet within walking distance of Newquay's famous beaches. This luxury Cornish holiday cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

Found along the old London-to-Penzance coaching road, The Wedge in the tranquil village of Mitchell, near Newquay in Cornwall, sits in the heart of the West Country. This three-bedroom countryside cottage features a fitted kitchen with breakfast bar, two sitting areas, and large AGA.

Magnolia is a luxurious cottage in the Woodland Retreat complex in Wadebridge, Cornwall, which treats visitors to a private hot tub and contemporary comforts as well as shared facilities such as a swimming pool and tennis courts. Surrounded by woodland, this pet-friendly cottage promises seclusion.

Lovely single storey converted 2-bedroom holiday barn on a quiet working farm with stunning views from the living room across Lamorna valley in Cornwall between Penzance and Land's End. Fully equipped self-catering, set in its own grounds with outdoor Hot Tub. Pet friendly.

Located in the quiet hamlet of Treviades, The Farmhouse Cottage is just five miles from Falmouth, in a central yet secluded location. It provides the perfect base for a holiday spent exploring Cornwall, and with four bedrooms and plenty of extras, it works equally well as a relaxing family getaway.

A spacious, updated, and comfortable Cornish cottage with a hot tub in a tranquil wooded setting, With a stylish plan offering room for six, this pet-friendly lodge near the River Tamar, No.50 Valley Lodge has everything a family or friends need for a relaxing rural holiday near Callington.

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.