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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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50.499288, -4.488773

Offering a lovely mix of modern conveniences with traditional charm, this welcoming dog-friendly cottage provides a good central base for exploring Cornwall's many attractions. Sitting in a rural position on the edge of Bodmin Moor amongst a small farming community close to St Cleer, the cottage has easy access to both the moor and the north and south coasts.

Weekly guide price:
£410 to £995
Short breaks from £58 per night

5+2  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.652816, -4.606784

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.  Short breaks, min 3 nights available.  

Weekly guide price:
£546 to £1599

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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


Last Minute Offer:Sat, 1st Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £799"Week £799.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"
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:Sun, 19th May 2024 for 3 nights, £199"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


Last Minute Offer:Fri, 19th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £875"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

50.182411, -5.417231

This charming cottage is in Hayle on the beautiful Cornish coast. Though only 300 metres from the town centre, it is peaceful and private thanks to its secluded position. In addition to being within walking distance of beaches and the South West Coastal Path, guests are within easy reach of favourite attractions like Land's End and the Minack Theatre. This cottage is ideal for couples but also perfect for families who appreciate the high standard of accommodation and sunny courtyard garden.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £995
Short breaks from £165 per night

3  |   2  |   No  |   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

50.358684, -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

50.522944, -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

50.402487, -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:
£1550 to £2450

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (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

50.217242, -5.486188

You'll be the envy of your friends when they hear you're staying at Gull Rock, so why not bring them with you! This large seafront holiday home is across the road from Porthmeor Beach and within a short stroll of St Ives many fantastic shops, galleries, and eateries. It sleeps 12 people in six bedrooms, four of which are ensuite, and suits families and friends. The location is incredible with guests having easy access to the beach, South West Coast Path and some of Cornwall's favourite attractions including Land's End and the Eden Project. 

Weekly guide price:
£3450 to £5470

12  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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 £4150

11+2  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.544059, -4.978481

A dog-friendly holiday home situated in the heart of the quaint Cornish village of Trevone just 100 metres from the beautiful sandy beach. Perfect for a family holiday and ideal for those who enjoy walking with the South West Coastal Path on the doorstep and the many attractions of North Cornwall including Padstow close by.

Weekly guide price:
£1150 to £1700

4+2  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

50.017772, -5.096644

There's nothing like a sea view to relax your soul and revive your spirits. Tideswell at Coverack Headland is a superb Lizard Peninsula holiday home overlooking Mears Beach, steps from the South West Coast Path and the sand. It has uninterrupted ocean views from the living room, kitchen/diner and master bedroom, and the patio garden. A 15-minute walk along the coastal footpath takes you to the charming fishing village of Coverack with a village shop and pub. Helston is around half an hour's drive, while places like Truro, St Ives, St Michael's Mount and Falmouth are all less than an hour away. The ground-floor apartment is beautifully decorated and accommodates five people in two bedrooms, with pets welcome by arrangement. Tideswell is perfect for couples or families. 

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1325

2-5  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.349500, -4.740021

Tregrehan is a truly enchanting holiday retreat offering a choice of five self-catering cottages on Cornwall's South West coast between the ancient harbour town of Fowey and the Cornish village of Charlestown. With plenty of attractions and gardens (including the Eden Project) nearby, as well as fabulous beaches, there are plenty of great days out.

Weekly guide price:
£780 to £1120
Short breaks from £111 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 6 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.349500, -4.740021

An enchanting holiday retreat located between the coastal town of Fowey and the harbourside village of Charlestown on the South Coast of Cornwall. A perfect place to relax or visit the many attractions of the area and gardens (including the Eden Project) nearby.

Weekly guide price:
£860 to £1730
Short breaks from £165 per night

7  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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.

Cornwall Inspiration