Cornish holiday Cottages – our favourites
A Cornish cottage holiday is an archetypal UK holiday – with good reason. Beautiful cottages, stunning countryside, amazing beaches and coastline, quaint Cornish seaside towns and fabulous food. In part, its charm lies in its remoteness- seemingly cut off from the rest of the UK – but getting there is an effort that is repaid several times over by this diverse county of staggering beauty.
Check out some of our favourite cottages below, each with a top tip for exploring their region and at the bottom of the post some information on making your way to Cornwall.
Old Barn Tregonetha, Saint Columb (sleeps 5)
An eco-friendly conversion with a huge sitting room on the first floor – perfect for nights around the fire (or the baby grand piano) and high quality fittings throughout.
Day out: Lost gardens of Heligan – https://www.heligan.com – offer a fascinating glimpse into the past, with a contemporary belief in conservation and awareness of the natural world.
Old Pear Tree Barn, Newquay (sleeps 4)
Another converted barn, Old Pear tree is a beautifully designed contemporary space that retains its lovely original features. One thing we love is that there’s a great pub just down the road in case you don’t want to use the fab kitchen every night.
Day out: The seaside town of Newquay with its enormous range of things to do – from zoos to aquariums, beaches to museums – is just half an hour away.
Okel Tor Mines, Tamar Valley (sleep 2)
These two lovely cottages are super popular all year round and with their amazing setting and quirky cottage design, it’s easy to see why. Tucked away without being too remote, they’re perfect for restoring or exploring.
Day out: The location means you could spend a day simply walking the woods and tracks nearby, but jump in the car and you’re quickly out on Dartmoor with its wild beauty and fantastic walking routes.
Manor Cottage, Liskeard (sleeps 5)
Part of the Tamlyn family’s Botelet estate, Manor Cottage is a superb Cornish family holiday cottage. The interiors are charming and traditional and there’s lots to do at Botelet itself, including yoga and wellness activities, plus a breakfast club where you can meet locals and other travellers.
Day out: You’re spoilt for choice here, and we’re torn between saying Looe or Fowey as both are beautiful Cornish seaside towns. Of course you could do both in a day as they’re so close.. but we suggest taking it slower and enjoying Cornwall’s more relaxed pace of life.
On the same estate there’s also Cowslip Cottage for five.
Tredethick Farm Cottages (sleep 4 – 6)
The definition of child and toddler friendly holiday accommodation. These beautifully converted farm buildings also come with farm animals to feed, play areas, swimming pool, farm-themed balance bike track… the list goes on. Each cottage is kitted out with children in mind, but without forgetting the importance of adult time, with cozy living rooms, terraces and a spa.
Day out: check out the Farm’s choice of great things to do close by https://tredethick.com/explore-area/20-minutes-door/
Abbey Stables, Penzance (sleeps 2)
A romantic escape for two in the heart of vibrant Penzance, Abbey Stables is a true hidden gem. Cosy and private, it’s the ideal base for doing as much or as little as you want.
Day out: Honestly, being in the town centre of Penzance you’re unlikely to run out of things to do. Art Deco swimming pools, stunning beaches and amazing food – including the restaurant at Further Afield’s Artist Residence Cornwall – are all walkable.
Trelugas Cottage, Nr Looe (sleeps 5)
The joy of a holiday at Treworgey Farm is that you get to stay in your beautiful cottage, but should you be holidaying with children there’s a whole host of things designed for them (and to give you some space if you fancy it). Outside of school holidays it’s an ideal adult haven, complete with pool and sauna.
Day out: Head up to Bodmin Moor to explore its rugged landscape including the beautiful Golitha Falls (https://www.cornwalls.co.uk/attractions/golitha-falls.htm)
Road: Whilst there’s no motorway in the whole of the county, the road system – whilst busy in the summer – is designed to flow you via the A30 in Exeter and the A38 from Plymouth. Just leave plenty of time
Rail: There are links across the county, but the main lines to Cornwall can bring you from London, Birmingham and Bristol. If you fancy having a car when you get there then many of the key station towns also have car hire offices.
Air: Newquay airport has connections to the large airports in the UK, plus some to other European hubs.