A holiday cottage in Torpoint offers easy access to the beaches of south Cornwall and a historic town centre to explore. Surrounded by undeveloped countryside on the Rame Peninsula, this welcoming community looks across the sweeping Tamar estuary towards the city of Plymouth. With its independent shops, cosy pubs and history of liquor smuggling, Torpoint is an atmospheric base for self-catering holidays in Cornwall. While many villages and towns on the south Cornwall coast have been developed for tourism, Torpoint remains quiet and distinctively Cornish, with many residents still speaking the county’s ancient language. There’s no better way to get to know the locals than with a pint of ale at one of the town’s pubs. A good place to start is the Wilcove Inn, with views across the Tamar and a reputation for serving good food, prepared with fresh ingredients from the surrounding fields.

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In the maze of narrow streets near the ferry terminal, you’ll find cafes, bars and restaurants. Look out for Cornish Farm Produce for excellent meat and cheese from neigbouring farms. Torpoint has a number of striking historic landmarks, including a graceful church and Sparrow Park, which apparently got its name by virtue of being one of the country’s smallest parks. On the town’s outskirts, you’ll find a lovely stretch of water known as St John’s Lake, where walking and swimming are popular. The old marina, Ballast Pound, is next to Torpoint’s sailing club, which holds regular races during the summer months.

Torpoint holiday cottages are a great choice if you want to explore the spectacular coasts of south Cornwall and Devon. To the west, the villages of Cawsand and Kingsand are not to be missed, with pastel-coloured cottages, lovely sand and shingle beaches and an ancient harbour to explore. Nearby, Mount Edgcumbe Park has stunning gardens, woods, follies, temples and a magnificent Tudor house.