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Daymer Bay near Rock on the Camel Estuary, North Cornwall
Daymer Bay near Rock on the Camel Estuary, North Cornwall

Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

Cornwall is well known for its glorious beaches and stunning scenery, but this famous region is more than just a pretty face. Many of its towns and villages have an intriguing history with tales of smugglers, myths and legends.

Attractions are plentiful, including those with world-famous statuses, such as The Eden Project, the Minack Theatre and Tate St Ives. So whether you are looking for family fun, an activity holiday or a romantic break by the sea, Cornwall has plenty of attractions, adventures and, of course, Cornwall holiday cottages, to fill your days, come rain or shine.

Where is Cornwall?

Located in the far southwest of the UK, Cornwall's impressive landscape provides an ideal setting for enjoying a whole host of outdoor activities, from walking along the spectacular coastal paths to the thrill of kite surfing along the sands.

With over four hundred miles of stunning coastline, there are water sports to enjoy and beautiful beaches blessed with clear waters for lazy holidays. Read more

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Tresquare

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 for 7 nights, £595"3-4 nights £499. Spacious detached dormer bungalow, 3 bedrooms sleeps 8,petsand children welcome,large garden,off road parking,open fire,CH,walking distance village,pub, shops,harbour,coastpath,walks"
50.690954, -4.680840

On the North Cornish coastline, this spacious holiday home is located apx 200 yards from the coastal path, the picturesque harbour and the village of Boscastle with its pubs, shops and tea rooms. A beautiful part of North Cornwall for a self-catering holiday by the sea with an abundance of attractions, lovely beaches and fabulous walking. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£489 to £1599
Short breaks from £150 per night

8  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

The Old Dairy

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 for 7 nights, £265"3 nights £160, peaceful cosy groundfloor cottage,sleeps 2,CH, scenic valley coastpath walks"
50.684018, -4.692922

The Old Dairy is located on the outskirts of the beautiful fishing village of Boscastle on Cornwall's North Coast. With the coastal path just a mile away and excellent village amenities (including a choice of places to eat) just a pleasant stroll through the famous Valency Valley (a mile and a half) this is a perfect holiday destination for walkers and beach lovers. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£249 to £495
Short breaks from £50 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

Penrose

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 for 6 nights, £275"3 nights £199,end terrace modern cottage,sleeps 4,2 bedrooms+bathrooms,private parking,near coastpath,valley walks,pub."
50.684236, -4.695974

On Cornwall's stunning north coast, this welcoming holiday home enjoys a perfect position for walkers on the South West Coastal Path and strollable distance to the picturesque harbour and quaint village of Boscastle with its pubs, shops and tea rooms. A beautiful part of North Cornwall for a self-catering holiday by the sea. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£310 to £975
Short breaks from £70 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

50.378407, -5.115256

A characterful old holiday cottage dating back four hundred years with an impressive large inglenook fireplace housing a log burning stove in the peaceful village of Cubert, North Cornwall. Walking distance of three beaches (Crantock, Polly Joke and Holywell Bay) and pubs/restaurants in the village for a meal out. Just four miles from Newquay and a great self-catering base for exploring Cornwall's many attractions or enjoying a lazy beach holiday. Tourist board rating: 3 Star

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1799

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 3 Star

50.358684, -4.672639

An Eco-friendly holiday rental located in a rural position just three miles from the popular sailing town of Fowey and near to Polkerris beach. Close by to wonderful beaches, good restaurants, coastal walks and all the attractions of South Cornwall. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £1000

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

50.358684, -4.672639

Primrose is a traditional barn conversion offering stylish self-catering accommodation for up to six guests. Enjoying a rural position amongst Cornish countryside, this stylish holiday cottage is only three miles from the popular pubs, restaurants, shops and attractions of Fowey and close to Polkerris beach. Enjoy lazy days with the sand between your toes, fabulous coastal walks and easy access to the many attractions of South Cornwall. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1500

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

50.082343, -5.194523

This picturesque and well maintained family owned property, sits above the peaceful shores of the Mawgan Creek.  Its stunning and exclusive view is simply outstanding and all in AONB. An idyllic choice for either a couple or a family accommodating up to four adults with two children. Explore the peaceful creeks in 'Peggy', visit the local beaches and coves, shop, pub with restaurant all nearby.

Weekly guide price:
£760 to £2095
Short breaks from £120 per night

6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.507038, -5.016138

Porthcothan Mill Cottage is a gorgeous luxury cottage dating back to 1597. Perfect for romantic getaways and family escapes alike, this is an ideal home for both short and longer breaks. It has 3 double bedrooms, and is set in a stunning large garden, just 5 minutes walk across a meadow to the beach at Porthcothan Bay, near to Padstow, north Cornwall. Located in a beautiful valley, the cottage has a range of character features, and has been thoughtfully furnished with a mix of modern, and vintage furniture.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £2300

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.128353, -5.389695

Hideaway Barn is a secret escape close to stunning Cornish beaches that include Praa Sands. The two-bedroom cottage comfortably sleeps up to four people and is child and pet friendly. It is about 20-minutes from both Penzance and St Ives, making it easy to access some of Cornwall's most popular attractions including St Michael's Mount, the Minack Theatre and the Tate Gallery. There are beautiful walks in the area including one from the cottage leading over Godolphin Hill to Godolphin House and around the South West Coast Path. It's a gorgeous place for a holiday in all seasons, and with short breaks possible outside of summer, you can escape for a long weekend or a lovely long break.

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £1200
Short breaks from £55 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.343151, -4.660409

Situated on the outskirts of the popular coastal town of Fowey, this delightful cottage provides a great base for a relaxing summer holiday by the sea or a cosy winter break where you can enjoy invigorating coastal walks and evenings by the fire. Lovely beaches, an abundance of attractions and plenty of places in Fowey for a meal out - all the right ingredients for a holiday! *Follow us on Instagram - bryonycottage.fowey*

Weekly guide price:
£560 to £865

3  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.455777, -4.995141

Old Lanvean Cottage, is tucked away in the unspoilt pretty Cornish village of St Mawgan close to the sea at Mawgan Porth for a morning dip. This award winning fairy tale grade 2 listed early 18th century thatched cottage is a 'surf and turf' retreat and is located in North Cornwall near to Padstow and Newquay. Perfect for a romantic break or family escape Old Lanvean cottage is perfect for short and longer breaks. With two gorgeous double bedrooms, cosy living space and a fully equipped kitchen, you'll have everything you need for up to four people. There's also a gorgeous enclosed garden to relax, and ideal if you have dogs.

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1625

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.175926, -5.306137

Luxuriate in the peace and tranquility of the West Cornish countryside in Phoenix Cottage. Set in extensive secure grounds of some five acres, there is lots of space for children and dogs to run around and play, yet it's cosy enough for couples to enjoy. Phoenix Cottage is a few minutes' walk from the centre of Praze-an-Beeble with its popular family-friendly pub, the St Aubyn Arms, and Philps Bakery where you can buy arguably the best pasties in Cornwall. St Ives and Porthleven are within a 15-minute drive, while Penzance and Falmouth are only another 10 or 15 minutes further. All of West Cornwall's beaches and attractions are well within an hour of Phoenix Cottage which means you can visit fantastic places like the Minack Theatre, Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project without having to spend all day in the car to get there. Phoenix Cottage's owners have taken care to make sure the cottage has everything you could want for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Weekly guide price:
£665 to £1495
Short breaks from £95 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Sunday

50.545017, -4.911778

A traditional Cornish self-catering holiday cottage located in the highly desirable village of Rock with a beautiful sandy beach just 400 yards away and a Michelin starred restaurant within walking distance. The perfect seaside destination and possibly one of Cornwall's most popular and beautiful!

Weekly guide price:
£1200 to £1700

4+2  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.349500, -4.740021

Tregrehan is an enchanting holiday retreat with five holiday cottages located on the South Coast of Cornwall between the ancient town of Fowey and the harbour village of Charlestown. With plenty of attractions and gardens nearby (including the Eden Project), there are no shortage of places to visit and wonderful beaches for lazy days.

Weekly guide price:
£612 to £1020
Short breaks from £126 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.540738, -4.939893

A newly built ‘fisherman’s style’ holiday cottage with parking in an exceptionally enviable position a stone's throw from the bustling quayside in the heart of Padstow, North Cornwall. Great pubs, restaurants and miles of glorious sandy beach to relax and unwind, swim or enjoy water sports. Superb coastal walking and good cycling with the Camel Trail starting in Padstow, taking you past Bodmin and beyond.

Weekly guide price:
£1150 to £1700

4+2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.402487, -5.111422

Fancy staying in a thatched holiday cottage by the coast? Ship Inn Farmhouse is a gorgeous Grade II listed property in Crantock, less than 500 metres from the sand, cafes and a pub serving food if you don't feel like using the self-catering facilities. It sleeps eight people in four bedrooms and is great for families and friends. Guests love the original features updated with modern comforts and its proximity to the beach. Newquay is only two miles from the door, and you're within walking distance of the South West Coast Path. 

Weekly guide price:
£1700 to £2450

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.685966, -4.693488

Historic Boscastle is one of the most beautiful villages on the coast of North Cornwall. Norwood is a charming Victorian holiday cottage a short walk from the natural harbour, South West Coast Path, Museum of Witchcraft, a village shop, cafes and two pubs. It is ideal for couples or friends as it has two ensuite bedrooms, good self-catering amenities, and off-street parking. There is lots to do, from surfing at Crackington Haven to looking for Merlin's ghost at Tintagel and exploring the beautiful gardens and country houses in the surrounding area. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1100
Short breaks from £140 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.213109, -5.483845

With its beautiful beaches, mild weather and friendly community, St Ives should be on everyone's favourite holiday destination list. Bay Watch House is ideal for extended families or groups of friends because it is spacious and centrally located. The elegant Edwardian villa provides large group accommodation for up to 13 people in comfort, with beaches, pubs, shops, cafes and galleries all within walking distance. You can see the beach, headland and island from all of the rooms at the front of the house, and it is also close to top Cornwall attractions including St Michael's Mount, the Minack Theatre and The Eden Project.

Weekly guide price:
£2000 to £4050

11+2  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.539280, -4.423346

Large and welcoming, Jupiter Lodge is perfect for getting together with friends and families and is surrounded by glorious undulating Cornish Countryside on the edge of Bodmin Moor near the little village of Upton Cross. A dramatic playground for outdoor activities and great self-catering base centrally located, for exploring Cornwall's many attractions.

Weekly price:
£1385 all year

8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.199391, -5.505945

You can enjoy the best of the Cornish coast and countryside at Bramble Cottage. This gorgeous self-catering holiday home is just over a mile from St Ives Harbour and Beach and within a short drive of beaches like Porthgwidden and Porthmeor. The cottage is spacious enough to easily sleep up to six people in three bedrooms, but its cosy charm also makes it feel welcoming for couples. The large secure garden has distant sea views and is very child and dog-friendly; and with fantastic footpaths along the lane from the cottage, it's a great choice for guests who don't want to spend their entire holiday stuck in the car.

Weekly guide price:
£896 to £2095
Short breaks from £128 per night

6  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Cornwall Cottages

Where to Stay in Cornwall

Many of Cornwall's fascinating towns and quaint fishing villages are rich in history and date back hundreds of years. Their narrow cobbled winding streets and tiny alleyways are home to unique boutiques, craft shops and art galleries, providing visitors with plenty of shopping to do.

One of the most popular places to stay in Cornwall is Newquay, where visitors can find a laid-back atmosphere on the many sandy beaches and a lively vibe in the town during the evening. Newquay is also a surfers haven, as the rolling Atlantic swell creates some of the best waves in the UK. Many self-catering properties are made for surfers, with storage for boards and wetsuit cleaning facilities. If this is important to you, make sure you ask the owner what your Cornish cottage includes before you book!

If you seek less hustle and bustle and more of the great outdoors, perhaps Padstow is the place for you? The picture-perfect town offers some of the best food in Cornwall alongside a pretty harbour, perfect for taking a break to enjoy a Cornish Pasty. Pick one of the Cornish cottages within walking distance to the famous Rick Stein restaurant for a night to remember.

For those who want to be in a buzzing Cornish coastal town, St Ives won’t disappoint. The famous town has many excellent restaurants, bars, pubs and shops, so there is always something to do when visiting the area. In addition, many stunning holiday cottages line the coastline, providing spectacular views out to sea.

Anyone seeking a picturesque fishing village on Cornwall’s coast should go to Mousehole, where visitors can embrace its charming seaside town with its traditional cottages, an old-world atmosphere and rich history.

Cornwall Holidays & Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in Cornwall, you can find all the information you need for your trip.

For more tips, check out our complete guide to South West England.

When to Visit Cornwall

Cornwall's impressive beaches and rugged coastline are its main attractions. With sandy shores, large swells, crystal clear water, excellent rock pools and pretty coastal paths, the impressive southern county is complimented further by offering some of the best weather in the UK, with warm, sunny summers and milder than average winters.

The summer months attract plenty of visitors to the many Cornish coastal towns when the temperatures start to reach a pleasant 19°C. Surfers make their way to the beaches, boards under arms, ready to enjoy the warmer sea and impressive waves. Holiday cottages with hot tubs and swimming pools are particularly popular in summer.

In the spring, the Cornish landscape bursts into life with colourful daffodils popping up all over the region and bright bluebells littering the coastal paths. A visit in autumn changes the scenery to a golden hue as the leaves start to fall and scatter across the county, and the waves start to crash into the shore with more ferocity as the wilder weather sweeps the sea.

Winter in Cornwall is often warmer than the northern regions in the UK but can become wet and wilder compared to the calmer summer months. However, tranquillity settles over the county in winter as the beaches are quiet and the coastal paths free from the usual tourists, creating a serene atmosphere for all who visit at this time. Plus, Cornwall holiday cottages come in to their own at this time of year, as you can make the most of log burners and cosy blankets.

What to Do in Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the country's best places for a seaside getaway and has excellent summer weather, attracting outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy great coastal walks, climbing, surfing, bodyboarding, and beach lounging.

The region also has plenty of options for family days out (including many things to do on a rainy day).

Cornwall is excellent for those seeking relaxation whilst indulging in great food and quiet time. Its beautiful serene landscape provides the perfect setting for wildlife watching, painting, photography and lazy beach days.

Whether you have a night out in lively Newquay or enjoy a day swimming in the sea and building castles in the sand, our self-catering guide for South Cornwall offers plenty of options.

How to Travel to Cornwall

If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below shows an average distance from the town of St Ives, so you know what to expect when choosing to get to the holiday cottages by car.

London: 305 miles
Birmingham: 267 miles
Glasgow: 553 miles
Liverpool: 362 miles
Bristol: 199 miles
Manchester: 350 miles
Leeds: 390 miles
Edinburgh: 556 miles
Newcastle: 479 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to Cornwall; with its excellent public transport, you can journey by train or plane from many major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on. This also gives you a great opportunity to pick up supplies and groceries before arriving at your self-catering accommodation.

Learn More About the Region

Cornwall has a lively art scene thanks to its spectacular, dramatic landscape that has inspired many artists and provided the backdrop for many films and television programmes.

Cornwall is perfect for a cottage holiday or short break at any time of the year with a climate of its own. Winters are short, spring starts early, and even in the depths of winter, Cornwall is an ideal place to escape, with world-class restaurants, huge beaches, quiet roads and crisp, clean air.

Cornwall Holiday FAQs

  • Which part of Cornwall is the best for holiday accommodation?

There are many unique places to stay in Cornwall, all aiming to meet the varying needs of holidaymakers.

Bude is great for families with its dog-friendly beaches and Crooklets Beach, which displays a laid-back setting, perfect for the kids to play without the busy crowds. Falmouth is great for those seeking a trip to Cornwall full of history; the National Maritime Museum is excellent for experiencing the sea's influence in Falmouth. Finally, Newquay provides the perfect setting for all sea lovers, especially surfers; the impressive swells display some of the best surfing conditions in the UK.

With so many places and Cornwall holiday cottages to choose from, it is hard to narrow it down to the best in the region, as the beautiful county of Cornwall has something for everyone; you just need to pick the right place for you.

  • Why is Cornwall famous?

Cornwall’s extraordinary landscape, stunning beaches and lush countryside make it like nowhere else in the UK. Its excellent climate makes for comfortable days on the sandy shores, swimming, building castles or walking along the coastal paths, all whilst surrounded by stunning views out to sea.

  • Is Cornwall expensive?

Cornwall continues to increase in popularity, which has naturally increased the cost of holiday accommodation here as tourism continues to grow. However, places like Penzance will offer a more affordable trip to Cornwall for those on more of a budget.

It is worth bearing in mind that most people feel that the attractions, scenery, weather and multiple activities available in Cornwall make it worth the slightly higher price tag.

  • Which is the prettiest town in Cornwall?

St Ives is renowned for being one of the prettiest towns in Cornwall, due to its charming and scenic setting that provides breathtaking coastal views and narrow winding streets filled with craft shops and great cafes.

Polperro is another of Cornwall’s pretty towns; the harbour sits surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants with steep steps that take you through the narrow streets, providing spectacular views of the coast.

There are many more beautiful towns to visit in Cornwall, all of which offer unique scenery. So whether you are looking for a vibrant town like Newquay or a foodie’s heaven like Padstow, you will find it all when exploring the region.

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