The village of Praa Sands lies on the south coast of Cornwall, between Helston and Penzance. Once a centre for mining in the region, it is now a laid-back resort with a long, sandy beach backed by glorious countryside. Holiday cottages in Praa Sands are located within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, famous for its towering cliffs, sweeping estuaries, hidden coves and mysterious moors. The beach has a number of fascinating geological features, including a 1,300-year-old peat bed of the decaying forest. Just inland from the beach, Pengersick Castle dates back to the 16th century and is a favourite among ghost hunters who believe it contains Britain’s most haunted bedroom.

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From your holiday cottage in Praa Sands, the beach will be a stroll away. Stretching for roughly a mile between Hoe Point and Rinsey Head, it is a glorious spot for sunbathing, swimming and building sandcastles. Praa Sands is also a popular surf sport, particularly when large storms make the north coast too dangerous. Pop into the surf shop for advice on the best time to catch a few waves or equipment hire.

In the village centre overlooking the shore, there is a post office, a general store and The Sandbar, an excellent bar and restaurant with good food and stunning views along the coast. Self-catering holidays in Praa Sands are popular among visitors who want to explore the western tip of the Cornish peninsula. Directly to the village’s east, the Lizard Heritage Coast is home to secluded beaches and a dramatic stretch of the Southwest Coast Path. The historic port of Penzance and the pretty villages of Marazion, Mousehole and Newlyn lie to the west. And a short drive northward, St Ives is a lively town with a busy harbour and a maze of narrow streets packed with art galleries.