Staycation staple of UK sunseekers, Cornwall’s many attractions are no secret: glorious rural landscapes, breathtaking coastal scenery, stretches of golden beach and the traditional Cornish cream tea. Add them all together and you get something approaching pure holiday joy. And with the recent boost in visitors courtesy of the BBC’s Poldark series, everyone wants a piece of the Cornish coastline. That’s why we decided to showcase the best places to stay in Cornwall!
From fisherman’s cottages to converted barns, we’ve rounded up some Cornwall’s finest holiday homes available to book on Holiday Lettings. Take a stroll on a nearby clifftop and you might even bump into Aidan Turner between takes. We can dream…
“Truly amazing in every way – the perfect cottage!”
Sandals Cottage is tucked away on Fish Street, a charming shoelace of a street that winds its way down towards Harbour Beach in Downalong, St Ives. Formerly a fisherman’s cottage, it’s been recently renovated with the sort of cheery beachside charm that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Long established as one of the best places to stay in Cornwall, St Ives’ artistic heritage will have you wanting to stay longer.
“Outstanding! Cockleshell has the wow factor.”
If ever a window framed a postcard image, it’s here in Cockleshell Cottage, Marazion. This stunning rental property has panoramic windows that open out onto the beach and the breathtaking sight of St Michael’s Mount. The cottage sleeps two, so it’s the perfect retreat for a romantic holiday or weekend away.
“In a different league…”
This barn conversion has a really sociable feel to it, with spacious living areas and little touches that make it really special. One guest said “this is the best thought out and well equipped cottage we have stayed in during 10 years of UK holidays – an exceptional property in a wonderful part of the world.” Can’t argue with feedback like that.
From its nautical name to the thoughtful maritime touches, Captains Cottage sings with the sound of the sea. It’s located in Looe and in easy distance of Polperro, Fowey, and other highlights of Cornwall’s holiday scene. The accommodation here is spacious, full of character, and a wonderful escape from the rat race. There’s a farm shop just down the lane, too: perfect for stocking up on fresh local produce.
“Wow! Stunning! This place is an absolute gem.”
The upside-down living space in this stunning Marhamchurch home makes its views the star of the show. Upstairs, you’ll find a spacious and contemporary living area complete with roomy kitchen to cook up a hearty meal after a day spent at the nearby beach. With balconies at either side of the house, you can watch the sunrise and sunset: both are equally spectacular. Bude appears twice on this list, so you can definitely tell it’s one of the best places to stay in Cornwall.
“Best kept secret – a totally magical place!”
Perched on the cliffs at Whitsand Bay, not too far from Looe, you’ll find the beautifully named Windwhistle Chalet. With nothing to interrupt the sea views here, you can see for literally miles down the coast from Rame Head to Portwrinkle. Open the double doors and drink in the views or grab your board and hit the swell for a surf.
“Breathtaking views as well as beautiful rooms.”
Located not too far from Padstow, this beautiful apartment is a stone’s throw from the beautiful rugged beach at Trevone and ideally situated for walks along the coastal paths. Homely yet stylish decor adds the perfect finishing touch of luxury. And the views? They down as well as a bacon sandwich at breakfast time.
Basking Shark certainly has a memorable name. But that’s not the only aspect of this beautiful holiday home you’ll remember long after you leave. The location is simply exquisite; right on the beach where heart-stoppingly azure blue waters meet the stretch of golden sugar sands. And the cottage itself? As cute as a button with cosy underfloor heating and charming decor. Sleeping just two, it’s an ideal retreat for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.