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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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50.514049, -4.981343

Detached 2 bedroom bungalow (sleeping 4) on St Merryn Park near Padstow, with off road parking and a spacious, enclosed back garden. Dogs are welcome. On-site amenities include a bar/restaurant and a small convenience store. A short drive away are numerous beaches and coastal walks in the area know as Seven Bays. The bungalow is ideally located for exploring the North Cornwall area and its many attractions. The nearby village of St Merryn has 2 pubs, restaurants and takeaways. 

Weekly guide price:
£520 to £1050

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Penrose

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 19th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £699"End terrace modern cottage,sleeps 4,2 bedrooms+bathrooms,private parking,near coastpath,valley walks,pub.children welcome"
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

The Old Dairy

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 13th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £355Save £90"peaceful cosy groundfloor cottage,sleeps 2,, scenic valley coastpath walks,beaches"
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

Tresquare

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 13th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £1150Save £40"Spacious detached dormer bungalow, 3 bedrooms sleeps 8,petsand children welcome,large garden,off road parking,walking distance village,pub, shops,harbour,coastpath,walks,beach nearby"
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

50.387143, -4.760413

The Retreat is a detached holiday cottage in a peaceful position in the small hamlet of Treskilling in Cornwall within easy reach (just five miles) of the South Coast. Ideal for walking, cycling, golf, riding, going to the beach or visiting Cornwall's many attractions like the nearby world famous Eden Project (two miles away).

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £1395

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

Primrose

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 6th Jul 2024 for 6 nights, £900"Or 5 nights £800. With cosy underfloor heating in a peaceful countryside setting"
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

50.349500, -4.740021

The Mews is one of five lovely holiday homes located at Tregrehan, equidistant from the historic Cornish village of Charlestown and the popular harbour town of Fowey on the beautiful South Coast of Cornwall. An abundance of attractions within easy reach including fabulous beaches, gardens and of course the world famous Eden Project.

Weekly guide price:
£520 to £590

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.652816, -4.606784

WE NOW TAKE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD AS WELL AS BY BANK TRANSFER AND CHEQUE An impressive English oak framed holiday lodge with a riverside garden that perfectly combines traditional charm with modern conveniences to provide a high standard of self-catering. Located close to the many beautiful beaches and attractions of North Cornwall, the lodge is within easy driving distance of Boscastle, Tintagel and Bodmin Moor and a great base for a family holiday exploring this beautiful part of the South West.  Shorter stay enquiries welcome, minimum 3 nights  

Weekly guide price:
£498 to £1450

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (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 £1040
Short breaks from £126 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Highwood

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 22nd Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £890Save £100"Enjoy a last minute one week break on the Cornish coast path near Looe with sea views"
50.361045, -4.439938

Highwood is on the South West Coastal Path, in an elevated position above Looe and enjoying far-reaching views of Looe Island and Looe Bay. The beaches at Plaidy and Millendreath are only a five-minute walk from the cottage, with Polperro, Fowey, and Polkerris all within easy reach. The cottage can sleep up to six people in three bedrooms, with the owners having focused on the little touches that make this lovely holiday retreat feel like a relaxing home-away-from-home at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £1450

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

The Old Rectory

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 15th Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £570Save £65"10% off in June offer. Short breaks available - please enquire. Couples stay in a two bedroom apartment for £500"
50.383754, -4.560464

The collection of self-catering apartments at The Old Rectory makes it ideal for a holiday for everyone from couples to large groups of family or friends. Its location on the edge of Lanreath village is private and peaceful, yet only 100 metres from the village shop and two miles from the Jubilee Inn at Pelynt. The beaches at Looe and Polperro are ten minutes away, while favourite attractions like the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Monkey Sanctuary are all easily accessible by car. An outdoor swimming pool is available from May to the end of August.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £925
Short breaks from £95 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.522944, -4.991922

St Merryn lies at the heart of the Seven Bays area on the north coast of Cornwall. With seven glorious beaches within a few minutes drive and the bustling harbour town of Padstow just two miles away, with shops and several restaurants, including those of renown chefs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth. The vibrant village of St Merryn is a five minute walk away, here you will find all the day to day facilities needed for a successful holiday. An ideal base for enjoying the beaches, surfing, south west coast path and all the attractions and places of interest that Cornwall has to offer. The house offers comfortable luxury, a great place to get together with family and friends, whether it be over a long lunch or formal dinner with a private chef around the dining table, relaxing in the covered hot tub or fun filled evenings in the games room, Tre Aneth is the perfect spot to create cherished memories.

Weekly guide price:
£2000 to £5600

10  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.787882, -4.495612

Situated in a tranquil location, Budds Barns provides comfortable self contained holiday accommodation that is within easy reach of the North Cornwall coastline and its many attractions including the glorious beaches of Widemouth Bay and Bude. An ideal base for relaxing and exploring North Cornwall and Devon with their stunning coastline, countryside and abundance of other attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1190
Short breaks from £90 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.787882, -4.495612

Located in a haven of tranquility and close to the popular seaside resorts of Widemouth Bay and Bude, Budds Barns offers comfortable self-catering accommodation from which to explore North Cornwall's stunning coastline and its many other attractions, as well as neighbouring Devon. Perfect for relaxing, walking and exploring.

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £850
Short breaks from £81 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.270360, -4.785139

Beautifully located, this traditional holiday cottage enjoys a prime position overlooking Mevagissey's picturesque harbour in South Cornwall. Pubs, restaurants and shops on the doorstep, beautiful beaches and coastal walks locally and an abundance of attractions for day trips out. Take the ferry to Fowey, lace up your walking boots and explore the coastal path, hire a boat and explore the surrounding waters or just relax by the sea.

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £1200
Short breaks from £110 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   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

50.685966, -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

50.052243, -5.090212

Priory Cottage provides a welcoming self-catering retreat perfectly placed on the east side of the picturesque Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. A stunning area offering lovely beaches, dramatic cliff walks and the romantic Helford River - a haven for wildlife and water sports.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £895

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.147167, -5.429050

Cherry Blossom Barn is a beautifully converted self catering cottage for 4 guests, situated in stunning West Cornwall countryside near Hayle and Marazion and within easy access to both the North and South Coasts.   Tucked away with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, the barn has two bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining and living area and bathroom with shower.  There is plenty of outside space with a garden and adjoining field for guests to relax, play or walk the dog and not forgetting to watch the sunset!  The barn is conveniently located only 4 miles from beaches and a 5 minute drive to St Erth train station where the branch line travels regularly to St Ives.  So whether you want to relax or explore, Cherry Blossom Barn offers the best of both worlds, the perfect base for a Cornish holiday!

Weekly guide price:
£525 to £1000
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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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