Along the dazzling Cornish coastline lies the bustling, historic town of St Austell. Within an easy drive of Bodmin and Bodmin Moor to the north and a short drive to beautiful beaches to the south coast, St Austell is an excellent place to rent a Cornish holiday cottage for time away either with the kids or with a small group of adventure-loving, good friends. Here you will find the world renowned Eden Project, with its huge and vibrant collection of exotic plants – definitely not one to be missed! Popular High Street brand shops can be found in St Austell, interspersed between quirky independent shops, which are perfect for finding a unique souvenir. Of course, beer buffs will already be aware that this town is home to the famous St Austell brewery, and the many pubs along the streets boast its delicious and refreshing creations. For a somewhat different experience, embark on a peaceful woodland walk before retiring to the Clearing Spa, which is sure to leave you feeling blissfully pampered and elated.
The Vean is a large Georgian country house nestled among woodland and boasting refinement and luxury as well as abundant grounds, an open fire and proximity to St Austell. The luxury holiday cottage on Caerhays Estate is ideal for special occasions and is just moments from the coastline of Cornwall.
Amidst the Cornish countryside, one finds Chapel Green, a large countryside cottage in the former mining village of Polgooth featuring a swimming pool, gym, sun deck, and five cosy bedrooms to comfortably house groups of up to 10 looking to holiday in the splendour of St. Austell Bay. Pets welcome.
- Carbis Bay
- Crackington Haven
- Harlyn Bay
- Mawgan Porth
- Praa Sands
- St Agnes
- St Columb Major
- St. Ives
- St. Just
- St. Mawgan
- St. Minver
St Austell lies at the heart of Daphne Du Maurier territory. Lovers of her novels will enjoy discovering the many local locations used in her novels, such as Menabilly on Gribben Head, which became Manderley Gribbin Head stands, whilst Kilmarth, the 'House on The Strand' house can be seen on the Par to Fowey road. Further north on the far side of Bodmin Moor and still welcoming visitors is the Jamacia Inn. For beach lovers, there are eight South Cornwall beaches a short distance from St, Austell are Polkeris, Porthpean, Duporth, Charlestown, Pentewan, Carlyon Bay, Polstreath and Polgaver. Between them they offer a mix of safe places to bathe, indulge in watersports or just to relax on the sands.
Away from the beach, visit Charlestown Harbour where a number of tall sailing ships are berthed (and which is frequently used as a location for historical films) or enjoy a Quayside ice cream watching the boat life in the bustling fishing harbour of Mevagissey.
As a whole, Cornwall has a rich historical background, and St Austell is no exception. The China Clay Country Park offers up lots of information and facts about people who used to live in the area years ago. Pair this with a kid’s play area and a beautiful trail – a whole 26 acres long – and you have got yourself a most idyllic day out. For more history fun, the Market House back in town also acts as a brewery museum – wonderful for those previously mentioned beer buffs! Visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which make a stunning show of 19th century style botanical gardens. Similarly, the Caerhays Castle promises to provide a stunning afternoon stroll, while the Ozzell Bowl – fitted with a play area, arcades, pool tables and more – provides somewhat more modern entertainment for kids and adults alike. Whether planning to explore the moors, China Clay country or just play on the beaches, St Austell is a great place to find a holiday cottage at any time of year to do all this and more.