If you want to unwind in an ancient Cornish village, just a five-minute drive from the coast, a holiday cottage in St Mawgan could be exactly what you’re looking for. This tiny community on the rugged north coast of Cornwall lies on the banks of the gentle River Menalhyl, two miles from the sandy beach of Mawgan Porth. Whether you want to spend your break surfing, hiking the Southwest Coast Path or exploring idyllic fishing villages, self-catering holidays in St Mawgan are will meet your criteria.

In the pretty village centre, a church, school, shop and tearoom are surrounded by fields and woods. There’s an excellent pub, the Falcon Inn, which has a reputation for serving delicious meals, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. St Mawgan is also home to the Japanese Garden, an oasis of tranquility with water gardens, bamboo groves and a Zen viewing house.

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St Mawgan holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring the north Cornwall coast. A short drive north from the village will bring you to Mawgan Porth, a small resort overlooking a dramatic beach, which is known for its excellent surfing conditions. Low tide reveals caves and rockpools, where crabs and starfish can be discovered. You’ll also find a couple of surf shops, cafes and a grocery which sells a brilliant selection of Cornish produce. The Southwest Coast Path runs through Mawgan Porth, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic and the chance to see dolphins and seals.

A 15-minute drive west from St Mawgan is Newquay, a colourful resort with renowned surfing beaches and a lively nightlife. There’s also a range of family-friendly attractions, including an aquarium, go-karting and bowling. Heading east from St Mawgan, the coast is more remote, with towering cliffs, rocky coves and beautiful Constantine Bay, just east of the port of Padstow.