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Why buy a holiday let in Cornwall?

Cornwall is well-known as being one of the most beautiful regions of England, the UK and even further. Its unique climate, golden beaches, quirky independent pubs and shops and activities for all tastes and interests make it one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations.

We can see that the many attractions of the region are reflected in its booking numbers, as Cornwall is our 2nd-biggest area for bookings throughout the UK, with only North Wales driving more.

With overseas travel still being relatively uncertain for UK holidaymakers, now is the perfect time to buy a holiday let – so why not choose one of the best places in the UK to buy a holiday let? With sunny seaside towns, quaint fishing villages and characterful market towns to choose from, read on to discover the best places in Cornwall to buy a holiday home.


Where are the best places to buy a holiday home in Cornwall?

We have used booking rates and revenue data from properties signed up with Sykes Holiday Cottages to give each place in Cornwall a score out of 10 on how successful holiday lets in the area are, with 10 being the best. This provided us with a list of the top 10 places to buy a holiday home in Cornwall.

Read on to discover where you should look at buying a holiday let to give yourself the best chance of being a successful owner:

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1. Whitsand Bay

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According to the booking and revenue performance of properties signed up with Sykes Holiday Cottages, Whitsand Bay is the best place to buy a holiday home in Cornwall – and who could argue? With miles of golden sands, picturesque headland and easy access to many of the South West’s finest attractions, Whitsand Bay is one of the gems in the crown of the South Cornwall coast.

Buying a holiday home at Whitsand Bay would give holidaymakers a base from which to explore what the South West Coast is all about; endless amounts of glorious beaches and scenic walking routes home to some of the UK’s most renowned water sports. Keen explorers can follow Whitsand Bay west to reach the quaint seaside town of Looe, or head inland to uncover luscious countryside.


2. Bodmin

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Bodmin is one of the best places to buy a holiday home in Cornwall due to its excellent location in the heart of Cornwall. Walking country surrounds this historic town, with the scenic Bodmin Moor also close by for keen ramblers. Bodmin itself serves as a perfect base for exploring this magnificent region, with various traditional inns and coffee shops to fuel guests up for an adventure, or help them unwind at the end of the day.

Slightly further afield, buying a holiday home in Bodmin means that you have easy access to both the North and South Cornwall coasts, leaving you spoiled for choice with sleepy seaside villages. lively towns and jaw-dropping scenery at your fingertips.


3. Newquay

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It is no surprise that, according to our data, Newquay is one of the best places to buy a holiday let in Cornwall. Newquay offers everything that Cornwall is famous for, all within walking distance. With its range of golden sandy beaches, well-known food scene and attractions for everybody to enjoy, it’s an excellent place to buy a holiday home.

While buying a holiday home in the centre of Newquay may be one of the more expensive options in Cornwall, it is the perfect base to explore from, as everything you need is on your doorstep. If people wished to venture further afield, Newquay rests fairly centrally along the North Cornwall coast, with seemingly endless opportunities to make the most of.


4. Penryn

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Penryn is in a superb spot for exploring Cornwall, and offers a little bit of everything – this is what makes it one of the top locations for a Cornwall holiday home. Use this quiet coastal town as a charming base for exploring the bustling Falmouth just a stone’s throw away, where you can browse art galleries and museums, not to mention the majestic Pendennis Castle overlooking the remarkable coastline.

The wonders of South West Cornwall beckon from here, from the natural beauty of the Lizard Heritage Coast to traditional old towns dotted with charming independent shops and eateries. For guests that are looking for a relaxing base within reach of a world of opportunity.


5. Penzance

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If you’re considering buying a holiday home in Cornwall, then Penzance has to be right up there in the list of options. Penzance being one of Cornwall’s best-performing towns for bookings and revenue is backed up by its quirky seaside charm and unrivalled coastal views.

Some of Cornwall’s most popular attractions rest within easy reach of Penzance, not least the world-famous Land’s End and the iconic St. Michael’s Mount, which could be seen from your window should you choose the right property! Whether its glistening sands and enthralling water sports, or characterful towns and awe-inspiring walking country that you’re looking for, Penzance is a remarkable place to buy a holiday home in Cornwall.


6. Newlyn

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If you’d like to buy a holiday home within a calmer location, yet within a short distance of Cornwall’s lively coastal activity, then Newlyn could be the place for you. Tucked away from the bustling harbour town of Penzance, Newlyn has its own choice of independent shops and eateries, which make for an ideal base for exploring this action-packed area of Cornwall.

Buying a holiday home in Newlyn makes you perfectly placed for experiencing this mesmeric stretch of the South West Coast Path, with both the North and South Cornwall coasts within easy reach.


7. St. Austell

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St Austell is one of few non-coastal towns deemed as being one of the best places to buy a holiday home in Cornwall according to our statistics – what it lacks in sea views and sandy beaches, it more than makes up for in pubs and eateries dotted throughout streets wrapped in compelling history.

A scattering of South Cornwall gems rest just a short journey from St Austel, all offering something different for holidaymakers to enjoy; Fowey, Polperro, Looe and Mevagissey are among the most popular. St Austell is a superb town from which to Explore Southern Cornwall.


8. Lizard Peninsula

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The Lizard Heritage Coast marks the southernmost point of the United Kingdom, but the journey is worth every single mile. The white, sandy beaches and dramatic headland views are what make this area of Cornwall a desirable spot to buy a holiday home.

There’s plenty of towns and villages in the Lizard Peninsula area ideal for basing a holiday let, allowing you to explore magnificent natural sights such as Kynance Cove, Trebah Garden and Lizard Point. If you’re looking to base your holiday home away from the hustle and bustle, the Lizard Peninsula is a marvellous spot.


9. St. Ives

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Perhaps Cornwall’s most popular tourist spot, St Ives offers something for all types of holidaymaker; water sports on picturesque beaches, museums, art galleries, first-class restaurants and quaint independent shops are just some of what this place has to offer.

For those that are looking to base their holiday in one spot and not travel around too much, a holiday home in St Ives would be the perfect purchase. For those looking to venture further afield will be spoilt for choice with the plentiful beaches, attractions, walking routes and more.


10. Truro

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Truro is widely regarded as the capital of Cornwall, being the area’s county town and only city. Resting on the banks of the Truro River and boasting historic streets lined with impressive architecture and attractions and amenities aplenty, Truro is an excellent location to buy a holiday let.

Truro rests in the very heart of Cornwall, with its seemingly infinite amount of walking routes, sparkling sands, historic towns and sleepy fishing villages at your fingertips – a terrific location for buying a holiday home.


Let Sykes help you find the perfect holiday let for you

Sykes offers a bespoke service for those that are looking to buy a holiday let, and can help you every step of the way. Use the knowledge and experience of our team, who can tell you the best places to buy and are able to match you with the property that suits you.

Get in touch with our property experts today for advice and guidance tailored to you to help make you a successful holiday let owner.


Let your property with Sykes and earn up to £125,000 per year*

  • Join over 15,000 holiday properties already working with Sykes Cottages
  • We welcome over 26 million web visitors a year
  • Many of our owners achieve more than 45 bookings a year
  • We specialise in turning your holiday property into a profitable year-round income for you

*Based on a 7 bedroom property in the Lake District with bookings between October 2017 to September 2018.

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