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 are still around), 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 among the world's best. 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 by small self-hire boat from many 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. Take another ferry across the estuary from Falmouth to St Mawes.

130 cottages found 130 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 character Cornish holiday cottage on the North Cornwall coast near Perranporth, Wishing Well Cottage, situated close to beaches at Perranporth, offers impeccably presented accommodation. The two-bedroom residence has been renovated to an incredibly high standard.

For a truly quirky holiday home with stunning ocean views, stay at Lizard Lighthouse on the Southern-most tip of mainland Britain. This large Cornwall holiday cottage near Helston stands in a remote cliff top location with spectacular coastal walks.

Byron's Retreat is a wonderful 2 bedroom apartment furnished to a high standard in an unrivalled position looking out over Port Pendennis Marina with the most amazing views across the harbour and onwards out to sea.

The Sand Dunes in the seaside village of Crantock, Cornwall, offers the perfect holiday escape along the South West coast, a child-friendly coastal cottage featuring downstairs under-floor heating, an enclosed garden with a patio, and two bedrooms that comfortably sleep four guests.

Huge Cornish house on the banks of the River sleeping up to 10 in 5 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms. Facilities include Media room, Wi-Fi and parking. One well behaved dog is welcome. The beach and watersports centre is just a minutes walk away.

A coastal and pet-friendly Cornish cottage, An Kres is a pretty and stylish seaside holiday home for two. Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in the pretty fishing village of Mevagissey, An Kres is a modern, ground floor cottage providing peace and quiet just a short stroll from Mevagissey harbour.

Kenrose Cottage near Falmouth is a traditional Cornish fisherman's cottage sleeping 6, refurbished to an exceptional 5-star standard. We set out to create something special, a real luxury, dog-friendly home from home with everything you could wish for to make your holiday very special.

A log-burning fire crackles in Cranny, a cosy rural holiday cottage near Bude at East Thorne Farm. This pet-friendly holiday cottage in North Cornwall is surrounded by countryside and includes a beautiful garden, adventure playground, spa, indoor games room and proximity to the sea.

Beachcombers is a lovely coastal cottage in Newquay with a pool just moments from the sands of Porth Beach in Cornwall. Pastel hues and modern facilities feature in the cottage which includes generous open-plan living space. Beachcombers is ideal for a coastal family holiday.

Pelorus Cottage promises spectacular ocean views from its position within Trevose Head Lighthouse. Nestled between Harlyn and Constantine Bays, the special coastal cottage promises seclusion and modernity as well as outdoor spaces and a sea breeze. Enjoy a unique getaway on the Cornish coast.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inland, the countryside ranges from steep wooded valleys and deep green lanes to the rugged Bodmin Moor's wide spaces. 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 Witchcraft Museum houses the largest collection of witch-related 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 Adventure Park and the magnificent Eden Project, all 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, Lanhydrock 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.