Selection of Holiday rentals in Cornwall
Luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall
Compare thousands of cottages in Cornwall to rent for the ultimate holiday getaway to South West England. This treasured part of the UK is wrapped in some of the most interesting elements of Celtic history which are still visible to this day, and is home to the distinctive Cornish culture and ethnic origin. You will be delighted by our Cornwall cottages to rent by the sea which overlook the Celtic Sea and the English Channel. This region is home to the iconic Lizard Peninsula that has been a source of artistic inspiration for decades, and Bodmin Moor, both of which are sure to enchant you during your holiday. From here, you can catch a ferry to the subtropical archipelago of the Isles of Scilly which we would highly recommend. Visit Land’s End, the furthest official point of the UK, admire the incredible coastal scenery that dominates the landscape, learn about luscious botanicals in the Eden Project or the Lost Gardens of Heligan or soak in the mysteries of the Cornish language and traditions. All of this alongside being home to the mildest and sunniest climate of the UK makes renting holiday accommodation in Cornwall a very pleasant trip away. It is home to a range of watersports for which many people flock here annually, whether that be for the Boardmasters Festival in Newquay, or sailing regattas along the coastline. Cornwall is a holiday favourite and guaranteed fun for all of the family. We know there’s plenty to choose from, and not enough time and money to do so, and that is why we make your trip as easy as possible by searching all of the most suitable beach cottages in Cornwall for you and present them all on one screen in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is tell us the dates that you’d like to travel and how many people you’ll be travelling with, and we’ll take care of the rest in finding you the perfect holiday homes to rent in Cornwall.
Best places to stay in Cornwall
Cornwall features some of the most stunning coastlines across the UK, and some of the oldest towns in the country. Many of the towns and villages have Old English and Cornish names and with a bit of help, you are sure to find the one that best suits you for your holiday houses in Cornwall, your family and friends depending on what you want to get out of your trip.
- Penzance: An iconic port town in the western part of the region, with typical Victorian promenades and arcades that give this nostalgic spot its undeniable seaside charm. We have excellent homes to rent in Cornwall that overlook the magnificent Mount’s Bay and have close proximity to some wonderful white sandy beaches from our holiday cottages in West Cornwall. You may recognise it for its pirates, and are sure to be blown away by its surprising sub-tropical element, as it is adorned with palm trees. Booking Cornwall accommodation here means that you will be close to St Michael’s Mount, and can access the Isles of Scilly by ferry.
- St Ives: Arrive into this utopian town by the train from St Erth, and spot the multi-coloured fishing boats that so perfectly encapsulate the harbour’s charm located in the west of Cornwall. Originally an artistic hub during the 1920s and 30s for the likes of Henry Moore and JMW Turner, the town still retains its sense of independent character with many interesting shops, art galleries and exhibitions held year-round. The beaches such as Porthmeor and Porthgwidden are golden and decorated with luscious vegetation and you can relive inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘To the Lighthouse’. You will love one of the bungalows to rent in Cornwall in this town; its name precedes it and there are lots of cafes, world-class restaurants and pubs for you to enjoy.
- Truro: On the south coast is the small city of Truro, the only one of its kind in the region. This is the spot for commerce and shopping facilities, and is home to some of the most innovative independent businesses around. It is particularly famous for its stunning architecture such as the Truro Cathedral which takes up the skyline with its gothic spires. You will be lost for hours with the sheer volume of trendy cafes, ice creameries, book shops and boutiques. A private rent in Cornwall here is great if you want all of the urban facilities nearby in a bustling and vibrant environment.
- Falmouth: The legacy of this town precedes with its reputation for world-class watersports such as rowing, diving, sailing and kayaking thanks to its position of the stunning Fal River. It regularly hosts the Falmouth Regatta and has an interesting maritime heritage. It has many boat trips available from the pier and is a great spot if you’re looking for beachfront cottages in Cornwall. that is family friendly. As with many of the major towns in Cornwall, there is also a vibrant buzz here in terms of art and contemporary culture. The four beaches here are famous for their watersports offering and you will be located next to the world’s third largest deep-water harbour. We have some of the best cottages in Falmouth right here.
- St Just in Penwith: A charming town overlooking the Celtic Sea that is home to the Lafrowda festival, a local community and arts festival in July. It is the nearest to the popular point of Land’s End, and is flanked by incredible coastlines either time. Once the centre of the tin mining industry, it is now dominated by the chimneys of former engine houses across the skyline and is a great spot for your cottages to let in Cornwall.
- Padstow: Dominated by natural beauty, this fishing port town has taken on a trendy transcendence and is now one of the most cosmopolitan and up-and-coming areas of the region. It is probably most famous for being the site of celebrity chef Rick Stein’s restaurant and is a popular spot for holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall.
- Bude: This is a popular place for surfing along the likes of Widemouth Bay and Crackington Haven and many people choose Bude for its selection of North Cornwall cottages. It is perfect for families with many calm beaches and rock pools, and from certain cliffs you can catch breathtaking views across the South Wales. It has been popular as a seaside resort since the Victorian times.
- Fowey: A small port town that is bustling, full of life and characterised by the interesting fourteenth century blockhouses. It is an important site for the mooring of leisure boats. You can take ferries here to some beautiful villages such as Mevagissey and Polruan with an array of Cornish country cottages.
- Looe: One of the top spots for farm cottages in Cornwall if you enjoy walking and hiking, as some of the best routes are located nearby. It has all of the facilities of a fishing port, with excellent quayside restaurants for fish and chips and more. It is also equipped with safe sandy beaches with rock pools for kids.
- Bodmin: One of the oldest towns in the region that is steeped in local history. It is the original site of the Cornish Rebellion in 1497, and is now great for walking due to its central location. This is a good site for luxury lodges in Cornwall located slightly inland. It is also where you can find cheap holiday cottages in Cornwall.
- Newquay: High upon the Atlantic cliffs is this famous seaside town. It has a laid-back sleepiness to it that is typical of the surfing towns here. Great for families, it is a contemporary spot with incredible coastal scenery and close proximity to many beaches. If you’re looking for the largest selection of nightlife, this is the spot for your holiday cottages in Cornwall by the sea. It is also famous for the Boardmasters surfing championships. Find the best cottages to rent in Newquay here.
Eden Project and other points of interest in Cornwall
- Lanhydrock: Forming part of the National Trust, this is a late Victorian country house near Bodmin that is great for exploring with the family or admiring the gardens. Here there are a range of trails to enjoy throughout its wooded parkland from your self catering accommodation in Cornwall.
- Eden Project: The world’s largest indoor rainforest and is most recognisable by the adjoining domes that mimic a natural biome with thousands of plant species. One simulates a Mediterranean environment, and the other a rainforest. A great choice would be to stay in one our many boutique cottages in Cornwall near the Eden Project.
- St Michael’s Mount: You are sure to fall in love with the iconic view of this tidal island overlooking the town of Marazion. In Cornish, it translates to ‘Karrek Loos yn Koos’ which means ‘hoar rock in woodland. Remains of the trees on the island date back to 1700 BC, and this tidal island shares the same characteristics of those in Normandy, France. We can help you find Cornwall rentals with a view over this incredible vista.
- Tresco Abbey Garden: The Isles of Scilly are located just southwest of the Cornish peninsula, and its subtropical climate is perfectly exemplified by these 17 acre gardens. Here you can admire thousands of exotic botany, and the famous Valhalla Museum which showcases various shipwrecked figureheads.
- Tate St Ives: This gallery belongs to the Tate family that has similar sites in both Liverpool and London. What makes this one unique however, is the view that it has overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the town of St Ives. It showcases a range of modern British artists that have some link to the St Ives area, and shows regular exhibitions about the history of art and culture in the area.
- Kynance Cove: One of the most recognisable and gorgeous parts of coastline on the South West. It became popular in the Victorian era and was a source of literary inspiration for the likes of Tennyson.
- Trelissick: Also part of the National Trust, this garden forms part of Cornwall’s AONB, and is near Truro. It has a collection of subtropical plants and is a tranquil day out.
- Tintagel Castle: Perched high above on Cornwall’s northern coastline, it is found between Bude and Padstow. You may recognise its name in conjunction with the legend of King Arthur, which only adds to its mythical aura. For years, it has been the source of literary inspiration for the likes of Wordsworth and many more, and is sure to enchant you while you stay in one of our cottages to let in Cornwall.
- Godolphin: One of the area’s best kept secrets. This is a Tudor and Stuart mansion with some of the best kept gardens in the region. It is made up of over 600 acres, and houses many archaeological remains, woodlands, antique farm wagons and more.
- St Nectan’s Glen: In Cornish, this is known as the ‘Glynn Nathan’ which translates to the ‘deep wooded valley of Nathan’. Located near Tintagel in the north of the region, this region is home to the famous St Nectan’s Kieve, which is a sixty foot waterfall which is thought to be one of the UK’s most spiritual sites, and is adorned with vibrant green moss and interesting flora.
- Lost Gardens of Heligan: In Cornish they are known as the Lowarth Helygen which translates to ‘willow tree garden’. Found her Mevagissey, these are one of the most recognisable botanical gardens in the UK. There are various designs which will tower over you; colossal camellias, giant rhododendrons, and two botanical figures called the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head.
- Rame Head: One of the most iconic peninsulas across the coastline, overlooking the English Channel. A great stop off during a hike along the cliffs to take in the views.
- Botallack: Famous for the Crowns engine houses that cling to the sides of the cliffs. Here you can relive the film location of BBC’s Poldark, and is a perfect area for a coastal walk.
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What to eat in Cornwall
Cornwall has a strong gastronomic heritage, of which it is renowned worldwide and has been replicated in various regions outside of the UK. The most famous is probably the Cornish pasty, which are also colloquially known as ‘oggies’. This is a baked pastry with an uncooked filling such as meat and vegetables in a flat shortcrust pastry. We recommend that you try one with beef, sliced potato, turnip and onion which is the most traditional. It is certainly seen to be the national dish and brings in a lot of revenue for the Cornish culinary sector. With the sea on three sides of land, there is a lot of fresh seafood and fertile ground for you to enjoy during your stay in one of the best luxury Cornish cottages. Other famous dishes include the pie, such as the stargazy pie which is typically made with pilchards harvested in the harbours of the region, or the squab pie, which is made with onions, apples and mutton. This West Country dish, despite its name, is a must try in an old pub in Cornwall washed down with its many craft ales, stouts and ‘Spingo’, a collection of sweet Cornish bitters brewed uniquely at the Blue Anchor Inn, in Helston. This region is probably most famous for its dairy export, for which it is famous worldwide and brings in a lot of revenue. It is now impossible to think of the likes of fudge, cream tea, and clotted cream without the association with Cornwall which perfectly demonstrates its popularity. The most famous clotted cream comes from the Rodda’s creamery and is the ultimate accompaniment for a scone. You must venture to one of the tasty ice creameries and try the local produce, too. It does not stop there. Cornwall is famous for its cheeses such as the Cornish Blue. The most famous desserts from the region include the heavy ‘hevva’ cakes, and the saffron cake; both of which are particularly delicious. You have plenty to get your teeth into here during your stay in a beach house in Cornwall!