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.

236 cottages found 236 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.

A wonderful seaside holiday awaits at Morryb, a coastal cottage in The Park resort near Newquay. The pet-friendly cottage rewards guests with modernity, sophistication plus lovely views, ample grounds, proximity to the Cornish coast and a multitude of activities. Don’t forget the buckets and spades.

3 miles from the North Cornwall coast at Perranporth, Trelydarth is a large Cornish holiday cottage set in a secluded rural location sleeping 12 guests in the village of Penhallow. Pets welcome.

Sandymouth, Gwelva Hills promises families a holiday in luxury. The sophisticated coastal cottage is situated on Wooda Farm, near Bude, and places guests near the beaches and the hills of Cornwall. The cottage offers open-plan spaces, an open fire, gorgeous views, urban chic and on-site facilities.

Blue Bay of Marazion lies in a rural location close to the coast between Penzance and St.Michaels Mount. This superbly furnished holiday cottage in West Cornwall sleeps 5 and welcomes pets.

Mineshop Holiday Cottages are located in the heart of the stunning Mineshop Valley, a short walk through the fields and woodland to the beach at Crackington Haven near Bude in North Cornwall. Set in a secluded and tranquil spot, its the perfect getaway for families, couples and dog owners.

A refurbished traditional cottage on Cornwall's west coast. Set in the iconic harbour village of Porthleven, the area has become famous for storm-watching enthusiasts where the ocean has been known to put on a few dramatic displays during the colder seasons.

Cedar Lodge provides families with a relaxing yet action-packed holiday. The pet-friendly, large cottage in St Columb, Cornwall is situated in Retallack Resort which offers a water park, pitch and putt golf, swimming pool and tennis court and expansive gardens – within reach of sandy beaches.

Wella is a luxurious coastal cottage on the most photographed street in St Ives, and the cottage is itself worthy of a photoshoot. Decorated with exposed beams and contemporary style, the 5 Star rated cottage promises relaxation with its open-plan spaces, green credentials and enviable location.

Situated on 11 acres of unspoilt grounds, Polmear Barn is a sophisticated rural cottage boasting touches of luxury and ample grounds. The pet-friendly cottage in Tregoodwell offers views of the Cornish countryside as well as a wood burner, oak floors, exposed beams and easy access to the coast.

Cider Press Cottage provides holiday guests, the best of both worlds near the seaside town of Torpoint, Cornwall, a coastal cottage in a rural setting, featuring excellent furnishings and beautiful character with original beams and features walls, open plan living area and king master with en-suite.

Stunning water views greet guests at Harbour View, a modern coastal cottage enjoying absolute water frontage at Wilcove in Torpoint, Cornwall. The sea breeze and natural light caress the luxurious cottage, who enjoy proximity to beaches, tranquillity, sophisticated décor and an open fire.

Treat yourself to a luxury stay in Newquay. This modern mews house has been designed with complete comfort in mind, with designer furnishings and stylish touches throughout. Within walking distance from the beach it also has a fab outdoor area, surfboard storage and private parking.

Godrevy enjoys unrivalled views from its location atop the cliffs on the southernmost point of mainland Britain. The pet-friendly, seaside cottage in the Lizard Lighthouse offers modern comforts and spectacular views plus access to coastal walking paths and the beautiful beaches of Cornwall.

Iris cottage in St Ives earned its Visit England 5 Star Gold ratings through a combination of luxury and location, plus a blend of charm and style. The coastal cottage boasts contemporary chic as well as exposed beams and a galley kitchen, open-plan living and access to the wonders of Cornwall.

The search for your dream waterside retreat is over! Navas Nook is a picture perfect creekside cottage located in the pretty village of Port Navas. Newly renovated, this 5 Star village house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is just a few steps from the slipway and the Helford River.

Portland Cottage is a welcoming coastal cottage situated a short stroll from the harbour and beaches of Mousehole in Cornwall. The pet-friendly cottage promises space and comfort as well as a garden which catches the sun and the sea breeze. Enjoy a memorable family holiday with the sand underfoot.

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.

Primrose is a traditional rural cottage with a pool nestled in the grounds of Woodland Retreat in Cornwall. The luxury, coastal cottage near Wadebridge in North Cornwall boasts period furnishings, tasteful finishes, tranquillity and a private sauna hot tub, gym, tennis courts and beautiful walks.

Once a Medieval fortified mansion, Crocadon Farm offers high quality self-catering accommodation near Saltash in Cornwall opposite the renowned St Mellion Golf and Country Club. This large, beautiful and pet friendly holiday cottage in Cornwall sleeps 14 in comfort and style.

Longships boasts spectacular views over the ocean from its position within Lizard Lighthouse near Lizard Village in Cornwall. The two-bedroom seaside cottage offers modern comforts, subtle decorations and ample grounds for children and pets to explore on a truly unique coastal holiday.

Cutting-edge design and enviable views distinguish this luxury coastal cottage in Millbrook. Balconies with lake views, a furnished garden, big corner sofas and a cinema room invite relaxation, while the Cornwall coast waits to be explored just moments from this ultra-stylish 3-bedroom cottage.

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.