15 of the best holiday cottages in Cornwall

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One of the best ways to get under the skin of this salty corner of the UK is to take over a cottage and live like a local. These are our favourite cottages, holiday houses and manors in Cornwall, whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat with a sea view or a mansion with space for the whole crew.

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    UKIYO, COVERACK

    Drive on for about half an hour and you’ll head straight into the sea at Lizard Point – the most southerly spot on mainland Britain. The long journey to sweet little cliffside village Coverack is worth it, not only to experience its time-capsule shops and restaurants, kooky nearby Terence Coventry Sculpture Park and salty air, but for Ukiyo, one of the finest modern houses in the UK.

    Originally a blocky Sixties family home, the building has been entirely revamped, with all but the upstairs floorboards torn apart, replaced and reworked. Now it’s an arresting, open-plan and eco-friendly ode to the view before it, designed to enable guests to stare out thoughtfully from almost every corner – including the bath and walk-in shower. Filled with locally crafted furniture and quirky artifacts (a coffee table shaped like an alligator, Bulgarian milking stools), it has personality in spades while remaining pared back and airy. Plus it feels like home – albeit in your wildest dreams.

    Step through a sliding door to the palm-tree-lined side garden, framed by romantic pampas grass swaying in the sea breeze, to dip into the cedar hot tub or curl up on a chair in front of the firepit, keeping watch for dolphins, seals and swooping birds on the horizon. Becky Lucas

    Address: Ukiyo, Sunny Corner, Coverack, Cornwall


    Telephone: +44 1637 881183


    Price: From £1,450 per three nights (sleeps four)


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    Smugglers Lane, Penzance

    Set in the backroads of West Cornwall, this 200-year-old stone cottage with a traditional slate roof is just big enough for two. It’s part of a trio of properties perched on Middle Colenso Farm overseen by journalist-turned-yoga-teacher Christen Pears. Wonderfully overgrown tropical plants hide the private courtyard with its own fire-pit and barbecue from the other cottages, creating a sense of proper seclusion. Inside, things are more stripped-back Scandi than seaside schmaltz: there’s mid-century furniture, exposed stone walls and lots of natural light in the living room, as well as a clever kitchen for whipping up breakfast in bed. The Wi-Fi doesn’t stretch to the cosy bedroom at the other end of the one-storey building, enforcing a late-night digital detox that leaves you feeling seriously well-rested.

    Smugglers Lane is set high up in the hills, and mornings are often misty. Drive under the clouds to nearby sunny beaches – Prussia Cove is a real pirate’s bay with rocky steps leading down to a sheltered shore where locals brave the brisk waves, while Praa Sands is a long golden expanse perfect for beach games and body-boarding. Quirky Penzance is also less than 20 minutes away – book dinner at the superb Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn, then take a brisk walk along the seafront to the cool Artist Residence in town for cocktails.

    Address: Middle Colenso Farm, Middle Colenso, Penzance TR20 9JB


    Price: From £74 a night, (sleeps two)


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    The Limit, Hollywell Bay

    Just a couple of miles south of Newquay – but a million miles away from its raucous atmosphere – is Holywell, a village whose main charms are a 13th-century thatched pub, the Treguth Inn, and Holywell Bay beach, backed by huge dunes. At the end of the village is The Limit, which was rescued from brambly overgrowth and renovated by local couple Rebecca and Steve Peck.

    Accommodation is in two 1930s clapboard beach huts – one for living in, the other for sleeping. Painted in pretty pastel colours, they have just enough space for two people and a refreshing lack of hi-tech wizardry. The huts are linked by a lovely deck with a hot tub and a fire pit overlooking the dunes.

    The area’s wildlife makes it a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and there are binoculars on hand if you fancy twitching. You have to go outside to get from one hut to the other, so inclement weather might put paid to cups of tea in bed; but the quirkiness and secluded setting are a major part of The Limit’s appeal.

    Address: The Limit, Hollywell Bay


    Price: From £1,395 per week, £1,095 per short break (sleeps two)


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    Treverra Farm Cottage, Rock

    Treverra Farm Cottage is a beautifully restored, 18th-century farmhouse in 14 acres just outside Rock, the destination of choice for young royals. Owner Liz Berman, who alongside her husband Charlie honed her hospitality skills running six gorgeous chalets in Verbier, has a keen eye for interior design. Swedish antiques and vintage furnishings give the house its charm (the networked Crestron music system, TVs, Sky boxes, Wii console and iPod docks are unobtrusively located). The sisal rugs, striped curtains and antique toys would look perfectly at home in a glossy interiors magazine, but that’s not to say there are any airs and graces.

    The on-site chef will rustle up dishes to leave in the fridge for your arrival, or discuss menus for a more formal dinner party. She invites guests to wander round the vegetable patch, and you’ll see her around as you lounge by the circular infinity pool or work off lunch on the tennis court. The beach at Porthilly Cove is a 10-minute walk away. Also close by is the two-Michelin-starred Nathan Outlaw restaurant and the less formal Sharp’s brewery.

    Address: Treverra Farm Cottage, Wadebridge, PL27 6JY


    Price: From £2,000 per week (sleeps eight in three bedrooms and a children’s room)


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    Camel Quarry House, Padstow

    The farm track that leads to Camel Quarry House is an unlikely introduction to this stylishly minimalist retreat – a crisp cube with a wood-and-glass box on top, in the beautifully stark surroundings of a former quarry. The house was built by artist Emma Cooper-Key on the site of a beloved 17th-century property that was destroyed by fire. She had no intention of recreating what stood there before, although the old slate was incorporated into the new building. The simple white walls and concrete floors have a soothing feel; the place is unadorned, says Cooper-Key, so as not to detract from the amazing views of the Camel Estuary (for clarification: not home to any actual camels).

    Outside, there are landscaped gardens (with a hot tub) from which a path leads to the Camel Trail. This 18-mile route, great for walks and bike rides, meanders along a disused railway line between Bodmin and the coast. The beach in front of the house is shingly and a bit muddy, which makes for excellent low-tide shrimping; for a proper sandy beach, it’s a 10-minute cycle up the trail to Padstow, where Rick Stein’s empire of fish restaurants is as big a draw as the lovely Hawker’s Cove on the far side of town.

    Address: Camel Quarry House, North Cornwall, PL27 7HZ


    Price: From £3,000 per week (sleeps 16 in six bedrooms)


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    The Shipwreck, Whitsand Bay

    Set on the cliffside near the 17th-century fishing village of Portwrinkle, this cabin is more resurrection than ruin, entirely fashioned from wood recovered from Kodima, an actual shipwreck that sailed her last into nearby Whitsands Bay. Now the home is a masterclass in maximising space. A puzzle of pocket doors and loft cupboards; an old-fashioned trunk serving as a coffee table; a TV that swings between rooms; and a squeezed-in window seat for gazing out to sea.

    What pulls everything together, like the buttons on a sailor’s trousers, is the nautical theme. Spot illustrations of sails throughout the centuries on walls and the odd shell or message in a bottle on shelves. There’s just no escaping the sea here – its repetitive chorus fills your eyes, ears, lungs, bones.

    Read the full review in our guide to the best holiday homes in the UK

    Address: The Shipwreck, Portwrinkle, Whitsand Bay


    Price: From £1,195 for a three-night long weekend (sleeps two adults and two children)


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    The Village, Watergate Bay

    Watergate Bay is justly renowned for its beachside hotel, both of which are packed for much of the year. Until recently, there’s been a lack of decent self-catering accommodation in the immediate vicinity, but a couple of smart new developments are putting that right. They are mainly aimed at those who want to avail themselves of the multiple activities at the Extreme Academy, which offers water sports in the bay, without having to forgo creature comforts.

    The best, most exclusive place to stay is The Village, a collection of eight apartments on the hill above the hotel. It is run by the Cornish company Beach Retreats, and the basics are all the same – balconies, high-spec finishes and eco-friendly features such as sedum roofs and air-source heat pumps – but individual owners have added personal touches. Privacy is less of an issue than you might think given the proximity of your neighbours; each apartment feels a bit like a spacious modern hotel suite, but without the hotel.

    Address: The Village, Watergate Bay, Newquay, TR8


    Price: From £680 per week (sleeps four or five in each two-bedroom apartment)


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    Compass House, St Ives

    Not many places combine coast and culture with the aplomb of St Ives. The best thing about staying here is that, after ticking off sights such as the Tate, you have time to enjoy the town’s other charms – eating freshly caught crab, exploring artists’ studios among the cobbled streets – when the day-trippers have gone. The beaches are among the UK’s best, and on a sunny day the turquoise water can look like the Caribbean.

    Compass House is the only property actually on Porthminster beach. The Edwardian weatherboard villa is pristine and light-filled, with a veranda encased in glass so you can play lord of the manor whatever the weather. All the usual amenities are here, but the views are the star attraction. Being situated directly above the famous Porthminster Beach Café means you can people-watch from your garden and run down for sustenance as soon as you spot a free table on its terrace. You can’t park outside the house (parking is up the road in the station car park), but that’s a small price to pay for being able to step from the front gate straight onto the sand.

    Address: Compass House, Primrose Valley, St Ives, TR26 2ED


    Price: From £1,035 per week (sleeps six in three bedrooms)


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    Restormel Manor, Fowey Valley

    This perfectly proportioned manor is where the Prince of Wales sets up camp when he comes to the Duchy and the setting is suitably majestic. The ruins of Restormel castle are a short scramble away and the River Fowey rushes past the back door. Subtle regal reminders are everywhere – including the old black-and-white pictures of the royal family at work and play.

    The house sleeps 18 but is cleverly divided into three wings that can be opened up as required. There’s wafty organic linen curtains, pretty floral sofas and antiques mixed with a spot of Oka. The Prince’s organic ethos is firmly in place, too, with compost bins and a wood-chip burner that also heats the indoor pool. Plus, some of Cornwall’s best beaches are nearby.

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    Address: Restormel Manor, Lostwithiel, PL22 0HN


    Price: From £600 per week (sleeps five)


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    Trevone Farm, Padstow

    Designed by Jill Stein (business partner and ex-wife of the King of Padstow, Rick), this cluster of four stone-and-glass cottages overlooks the sweeping cliffs of Trevone Bay. Jill has nailed what you need at a Cornish holiday house: toasty warm flagstone floors for little feet chilled by paddling in the Atlantic and enough wine glasses to have the whole village round for drinks.

    The coastal-themed interiors have nautical stripes, sackcloth cushions and fishy artwork. And fish is what it’s all about here: two miles down the road is the Padstow Seafood School where budding cooks can try their hand at getting live lobster from the tank to the plate. Or leave it to the professionals and book in for supper at The Seafood Restaurant.

    Read the full review in our guide to the best holiday cottages in the UK

    Address: Trevone Farm, Trevone Road, Padstow, PL28 8QN


    Price: From £540 for a three-night weekend (sleeps eight)


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    Little Polgarron, Trevose

    This is so close to North Cornwall’s foamy Atlantic coast that only sleeping on the sand will get you nearer. Set above the gloriously named Booby’s Bay, this place is all about the sea. The house is a vast affair: swathed in glass and with huge timbered gables, it’s cleverly angled so every room can watch the water. Inside, all is unfussy, elemental and on a giant scale. Upstairs, raftered bedrooms are furnished with deckchair colours, bleached wood and funky tree-trunk stools.

    Spend your time sampling the beaches, rock-pooling at Trevone, hiking and browsing the in-house library. Eat in nearby Padstow and Rock (best book ahead) or summon a private chef to the shiny Gaggenau kitchen.

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    Address: Little Polgarron, Booby’s Bay, Padstow, PL28 8SH


    Price: From £4,300 for a three-night weekend (sleeps 10)


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    Barford House, Poundstock

    This quirky beach house is a few steps from the shell-strewn beach of Wanson Mouth, on the north Cornwall coast. It’s all nooks and crannies: step from one room to another through a Narnia-esque wardrobe with an open back, climb a stepladder to a mezzanine bed and watch the waves roll to shore through a mini brass porthole, or head to the lawned garden where the bottom of an abandoned fishing boat – a former art installation – has been turned into a children’s playhouse.

    With its own bar, pool table, vintage arcade games and a thumping sound-and-light system, it’s a kickstarter for off-the-cuff parties. Recover the morning after with a sweat in the sauna, a bracing dunk with the cold-water bucket shower, or a decent massage with one of the local therapists.The design feels urban, masculine, moody. Repurposed 1960s Parisian streetlamps hang in the atrium, while the kitchen and living room have elegant copper-clad walls and deep-smoked oak flooring. Or head to the wood-fired hot tub outside to watch the stars come out.

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    Address: Barford House, Poundstock, EX23 0DF


    Price: From £2,014 for three nights (sleeps 16)


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    Hillside Stone Cottage, Portloe

    Sitting above the waves of Portloe, about 20 minutes from pretty St Mawes, this cream beach house has great views of the water and rolling hills. Inside, all is soothing, nautical whites and blues, with flagstone floors and a wood burner for out-of-season stays. There’s a big dining table for group suppers and a cute breakfast room overlooking the slate roofs of neighbouring houses.

    Address: Hillside Stone Cottage, Portloe


    Price: From £90 a night (sleeps six)


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    Siren, Coverack Cove

    This traditional thatch cottage is packed with vintage finds that make the interiors more bohemian than beachy. Velvet sofas are the colour of sea foam, Sixties artworks are displayed on the dappled walls and a cosy window seat looks out across the sea. Plus there are miles of coastal paths to explore nearby.

    Address: Siren, Coverack Cove


    Price: From £950 a week (sleeps two)


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    The Old School House, Falmouth

    Once a Victorian school built right on the beach, this 19th-century stone cottage is set within walled gardens that sit just above the sand and are overseen by the National Trust. There are traditional wooden beams and panelling giving the house plenty of character, and the bedrooms and kitchens are done out in soothing clotted-cream hues.

    Address: The Old School House, Durgan, Falmouth, TR11 5JU


    Price: From £384 a night (sleeps four)


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    A desk at Siren in Coverack Cove

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    The exterior of Siren

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    The living area at Camel Quarry House, with views of the ocean

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    Camel Quarry House’s outside seating area, overlooking Padstow

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    Compass House in St Ives

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    A bedroom at The Limit

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    The Limit in Hollywell Bay

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    Treverra Farm Cottage in Rock

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    Interior details at Treverra Farm Cottage

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    A bathroom at Treverra Farm Cottage