Location is everything and when it comes to spectacular scenery, a self catering cottage in Cornwall is hard to beat. Think picturesque countryside peppered with sleepy hamlets and a coastline to take your breath away. Add a wonderfully mild climate and award-winning attractions, little wonder it ranks as one of the UK's top holiday destinations.
Imagine vast curves of soft, sugary sands - ideal for families with buckets and spades and surfing those long, rolling waves. The coastal path promises invigorating walks and amazing views. Picturesque fishing villages ooze charm and atmosphere, with quaint old inns rubbing shoulders with trendy bars and cosmopolitan restaurants. And culinary delights certainly abound from celebrity dining with Stein and Oliver, to lip-smacking fish and chips and the humble and ever so crumbly Cornish pasty.
Charming Holiday Cottages to Rent in Cornwall
Expect an arty crowd at the Tate St. Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum, with its unique sculptures using natural materials. Green fingered folk and lovers of nature will adore the mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan and award-winning Eden Project - a great day out for all the family! And don't miss a trip to St. Michael's Mount, a sub-tropical island paradise topped with a fairytale castle. There's something for everyone when you book one of our cottages in Cornwall.
Please find below holiday cottages in Cornwall. Here you will find self-catering cottages along the coast of Cornwall and throughout the county, including in Padstow, St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay and many other Cornish towns and villages.
Cornwall lies at the most westerly point of the British Isles and has a relatively mild climate, thanks to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. Home to superb golden beaches, tumbling surf, fine dining, first class tourist attractions, excellent Cornish cottage accommodation and a fair smattering of historical, literary and mythical connections, it is a beguiling destination for a beach or country cottage holiday whatever the time of year.
The Best Places To Stay In Cornwall
Cornwall holiday rentals for everyone! Our holiday lets in Cornwall include tiny fishermen's cottages, studio apartments and big, family-sized houses, many with fantastic sea views. Some have hot tubs (for romance), some have swimming pools (for endless fun), others warmly welcome pets (so the whole family can come) - indeed, our range of Cornish accommodation is second to none. Location-wise, our holiday rentals in Cornwall are scattered about some of the county's most idyllic spots. Along the coast and close to amazing beaches, in bustling fishing villages and fashionable seaside resorts, along winding lanes deep in the countryside - no doubt a place just right for you! Browse our full list of holiday accommodation in Cornwall below, or refine your search and check live availability using the map below. In no time at all, you could be enjoying a break in one of our fabulous Cornwall holiday lets!Our hand picked collection of Cornish cottages and holiday homes are located in the most popular areas, such as Newquay, with its excellent beaches, surfing and family-friendly activities, Falmouth, with its sixteenth century castle, golden sands and stunning gardens and the city of Truro, as well as quieter spots for a Cornwall cottage retreat, near to pretty fishing villages such as Mevagissey, Perranporth, Port Isaac and Polperro. We also have Cornwall cottages tucked away inland, in areas such as Camelford and Launceston, giving easy access to beautiful Bodmin Moor.
A Cornwall cottage holiday is the ideal way to experience all that this historic and beautiful region has to offer. Discover it at your own pace, combining days at the beach with visits to the hidden interior. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the coastline around mythical Tintagel Castle and delve deep into the world of Arthurian legend, or simply stretch out on the sands at the many popular bathing beaches such as Hayle, Gwithian and Falmouth or around Bude, in the north of the county. Track down the impossibly pretty fishing villages of Mevagissey, Polperro, Port Isaac and Perranporth, enjoying time at the golden sands before a leisurely lunch in a local seafood restaurant or quayside bar. Make the journey to iconic Land's End, visit St. Michael's Mount near Penzance, discover the hidden beauty of the Penwith, Roseland, Rame or Lizard peninsulas or head inland to really get away from it all, and uncover the quiet, awe-inspiring beauty of Bodmin Moor.
Discover Cornwall's Rich Heritage
There is artistic heritage in abundance for those seeking a little culture on their Cornwall cottage break. The Tate and Barbara Hepworth Museum, plus a host of smaller galleries and workshops, can be enjoyed in and around St. Ives; follow the arts and crafts trail around neighbouring St. Agnes or pick up the local literary connections of famous local authors such as Thomas Hardy and Daphné du Maurier. Or why not experience Shakespeare in a cliff-top setting at the open air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno near Penzance.
Those seeking an active holiday may wish to tackle a section of the famous South West Coastal path, with stunning sea views and exhilarating cliff top walking, the inland Saint's Way from Padstow or perhaps part of the Camel Trail, by bike to Bodmin Moor, and discover the inland beauty so often overlooked by those on a Cornwall cottage holiday. Book in for a surfing lesson at Fistral Beach in Newquay; try coasteering, horse-riding, deep-sea or even shark fishing around Looe. Maybe a gentle round or two of golf on one of Cornwall's many fine courses is more your thing. If so, you'll be well catered for with some fine courses, including those at Lostwithiel, St Austell or Bude's lovely cliff-top links course.
Great Activities In Cornwall For Families
Families on a Cornwall cottage holiday are well catered for with a host of things to see and do away from the lure of the beaches. Spend a day at the Eden Project near St. Austell and explore its futuristic biomes, or take in Newquay's Zoo, Marine Aquarium or Steam Railway or check out Active-8 Cornwall for a whole host of outdoor activities in the area. Cornwall is blessed with many fine historic homes, such as Lanhydrock, Pencarrow and stunning Mount Edgecumbe on the Rame peninsula, and many of these country mansions have developed woodland walks, themed trails and adventure playgrounds on their estates to keep younger visitors entertained.
Cornwall is also the greenest of counties, with an abundance of breathtaking gardens. Sub-tropical Trebah near Falmouth, Trevarno near Helston and The Lost Gardens of Heligan near pretty Mevagissey are three of the most famous jewels in Cornwall's horticultural crown, but there are many more stunning gardens to be enjoyed throughout the county. There are play parks, farm parks, steam and nostalgia railways, such as the Bodmin & Wenford and the Lappa Valley Railway in Newquay, adventure centres and theme parks, heritage centres, museums and ancient towns and villages to be visited.
First Class Food In Cornwall's Finest Restaurants
Of course, fine dining comes naturally in this part of the world, with the freshest of the local catch served at tables up and down the county each day. Food lovers will find a Padstow cottage stay a particularly rewarding experience. Home to Rick Stein's cookery school, Padstow has a high concentration of world renowned dining establishments and eateries. Meanwhile, stunning Watergate Bay is home to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall. But there's no need to spend a fortune at a celebrity chef's restaurant, for along the length and breadth of Cornwall, from Bude on the Devon border to the Rame peninsula in the east, there is always fine regional produce and mouth-watering seafood to be relished.
Whether you're looking for a romantic cottage for two, a stylish beach-side cottage, a large cottage for a group of friends or a quiet, rural property, rest assured there is a Sykes Cornwall cottage waiting for you.