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At Sykes, we embrace the original, and our portfolio of unique and quirky places to stay in Cornwall is a great example of this.

From little to large, rural to coastal, chapel to log cabin, there’s something to suit all tastes and personalities. Cornwall in particular offers a huge range of characterful, quirky places to stay to ensure a holiday you won’t forget in a hurry.

Discover 7 unique and quirky places to stay in Cornwall…

1. Star House, Marazion – Picturesque views across St Michael’s Mount

Star House

This tastefully decorated property is perched in an enviable location, overlooking St Michael’s Mount, in Marazion. Fully appreciate your spectacular surroundings by dining alfresco on the balcony, one of the property’s standout features, offering a truly unforgettable view.

Enjoy the contemporary decor, the beautiful freestanding bathtub and charming, open-plan living area complete with cosy log burner. The real gem of this property is its location; explore Cornwall’s oldest town and one of its most famous monuments, St Michael’s Mount, from your doorstep. A unique property in an unimissable area of Cornwall.

2. Orchard, Burlawn near Wadebridge – Secluded Shepherd’s Hut


This quaint shepherd’s hut can be found tucked away amidst 410 acres of farmland in the hamlet of Burlawn, just outside of Wadebridge. This romantic getaway is complete with its own hot tub and is the ideal secluded retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Offering studio-style accommodation, the cosy layout of this property, complete with woodburning stove, add to the romantic ambience. There is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy; stroll through the acres of farmland that surround you, just 20 minutes of walking will take you to the Camel Trail, where you can enjoy an unforgettable scenic walk towards Padstow.

The market town of Wadebridge is ideally placed alongside the River Camel in North Cornwall and is great for exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area. For a change of pace, the thriving town of Newquay is just 16 miles away, home to some of Cornwall’s best beaches. A unique, charming shepherd’s hut in an idyllic location.

3. The Tea House, Ludgvan – Lily Pond Lodge

The Tea House

This picturesque lodge overlooks a lily pond and proudly stands amongst 4 acres of gardens, offering an idyllic rural retreat in the Ludgvan region of Cornwall. The property was converted from the owner’s original artist’s studio and is filled with outstanding features, like its beautiful exposed wooden beams and large, open decking area, complete with double doors that open up to allow in plenty of light.

There’s a picnic table and granite bench overlooking the lily pond, perfect for a picnic with a view. This property is ideal for a couple looking for a picturesque, quaint getaway. The property is in a great location, between Penzance and St Ives, so there are plenty of excellent day out opportunities, beaches, eateries and attractions to chose from nearby.

4. Cedar Lodge, Carbis Bay – Stylish Coastal Homestay

Cedar Lodge

This stylish and unique lodge sits in an elevated position, with nearby Carbis Bay acting as a magnificent backdrop, just one mile in the distance.

This contemporary property is filled with natural light, from the large windows and bi-fold doors that open up onto a large sun deck that looks out onto St Ives Bay and provides the perfect spot for dining alfresco or catching some Cornwall sunshine. There is even a barbecue to rustle up some delicious meals on a summer’s day.

Enjoy the sea views on offer to you, as well as views of Gwithian and Godfrey Lighthouse in the distance; at this property, you can expect to enjoy a picture-perfect view from every window. This visually appealing property offers unique accommodation in a picturesque Cornish location.

5. Chapel Pod, Callington – Log Cabin with a Difference


Escape to the rural heaven of East Cornwall with your other half at this unique, romantic wooden pod. With the Tamar Valley AONB and Dartmoor National Park right on the doorstep of this unusual Cornwall cottage, along with the idyllic South Cornwall coast, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and about among natural beauty.

The chapel-like front door floods this quirky studio accommodation with natural light, which combines with the light and airy interior to create a perfect relaxing hideaway. On a sunny day, throw open the doors and take a seat on the glorious patio and soak up the Cornish sun – the perfectly quirky place to stay in Cornwall for couples.

6. The Abbey, Penzance – Grade II Listed, Grandeur Property

The Abbey

This Grade II listed property is one of Cornwall’s most important listed buildings, dating back to 1660. This grand property is complete with its own walled garden, courtyard and spectacular interior, filled with delightful period features.

Set over three floors, and with seven bedrooms sleeping up to 14 people, you can gather large groups of family or friends to appreciate this immaculate property and the surrounding area of Penzance.

Lounge in the mezzanine drawing room, complete with roaring fire and large wall of books, dine at the enormous oak-panelled dining table, and appreciate your view from the floor-to-ceiling arched windows. Outside, the property is surrounded by rare sub-tropical flora and fauna, and its private walled garden is the perfect spot to sit out and enjoy a delicious cream tea or even a spot of fizz.

7. Beggars Roost, Penhallow – Glorious Chapel Conversion

Beggars Roost

Beggars Roost is a delightful former chapel, that has been converted into a unique holiday home, just outside of Perranporth in Cornwall. In a lovely secluded, rural location, you are within short distance of some of Cornwall’s best beaches, meaning you truly get the best of both worlds at this quirky property.

The exterior of the property showcases many of its former features, and the interior of the property is full of character. Arched windows fill the rooms with light and the immaculately presented kitchen is a real highlight. The cosy sitting room comes with its own log burner and the mezzanine master bedroom complete with Velux windows offers plenty of light and space.

The property enjoys wonderful countryside views, and unusually adjoins a historic graveyard, which acts as a haven for a lot of wildlife. This truly is a uniquely wonderful property in a unique Cornish location.

For more quirky and unusual places to stay in Cornwall, view our full range of cottages in Cornwall and for more holiday inspiration, take a look through our Cornwall Places to Stay Guide.

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