Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

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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. With so much variety and versatility, it's little wonder Cornwall ranks as one of the UK's top holiday destinations.

Charming holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall

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 and a fair smattering of historical, literary and mythical connections, it is a beguiling destination for a beach holiday or country cottage holiday.

Our holiday lets in Cornwall include tiny fishermen's cottages, studio apartments and large cottages for gatherings amongst friends and family, many with fantastic sea views. Some cottages have hot tubs, some have swimming pools and others are pet-friendly, meaning the whole family can come along.

Our hand-picked collection of Cornish cottages and holiday homes are located in the most popular areas, including Newquay, St Ives and Bude, with their excellent beaches, surfing and family-friendly activities, as well as Falmouth, with its sixteenth century castle, golden sands and stunning gardens, the city of Truro and the quieter holiday cottage destinations, including Mevagissey, Perranporth, Mullion and Polperro. We also have Cornwall cottages tucked away inland in areas such as Camelford and Launceston, giving easy access to beautiful Bodmin Moor. Take a look at our Inspire Me pages to help you decide where to stay in Cornwall.

Great activities in Cornwall for everyone

Cornwall is the greenest of counties, with an abundance of breath-taking gardens, including Sub-tropical Trebah near Falmouth, Trevarno near Helston and The Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey. Cornwall is also blessed with many fine historic homes, such as National-Trust-owned Lanhydrock, Cotehele and Antony House, and many of these country mansions have developed woodland walks, themed trails and adventure playgrounds to keep younger visitors entertained.

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.

Those seeking an active holiday may wish to tackle a section of the famous South West Coast Path, with stunning sea views and exhilarating cliff top walking, the inland Saint's Way from Padstow or perhaps take on part of the Camel Trail by bike towards Bodmin Moor, and discover the inland beauty so often overlooked by those on a Cornwall cottage holiday. Find more scenic walking routes in Cornwall on our Inspire Me pages.

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.