2014 Cornwall summer holidays - Beach holidays in Cornwall

Treat yourself this summer to a beautiful break in Cornwall

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Cornwall summer holidays

When it comes to summer holidays in the UK, few destinations match those in Cornwall. The area's uniquely mild climate and magnificent landscapes ensure you'll enjoy fun-filled activities, whilst wonderful attractions will keep everyone entertained. You can spend a weekend on the beach sunbathing and swimming, surfing on gentle waves or sailing in Camel Estuary; or spend a week in the country, strolling through luscious hills dotted with ancient ruins, castles and gardens.

All in all, UK summer holidays just don't get much better than this.

Of course, when you choose Cornwall summer holidays you'll want comfortable and convenient accommodation. That's where HomeAway comes in, with hundreds of beautiful holiday rentals. Fancy an apartment near the Cornish Coast or a cosy cottage along the Camel Trail? With properties to suit every budget, need and desire, it's safe to say we've got Cornwall accommodation covered.


2014 summer destinations in Cornwall


   

Lizard Peninsula Lizard Peninsula

When summer rolls round in Cornwall, few destinations can beat the UK's most southerly promontory, Lizard Peninsula. There are literally dozens of idyllic coves and beaches here, just perfect for relaxing in the balmy British sunshine. Mullion Cove is located on the west coast, and boasts a picturesque harbour and secluded, sandy beach; Coverack, meanwhile, is a quaint fishing village to the east, and boasts a lovely pebble beach with shallow rock pools. Whether you stay in the village of Porthleven or Kuggar, Lizard Peninsula's an ideal destination for Cornwall summer holidays.

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North Cornwall North Cornwall

North Cornwall is famous for its vast stretches of golden sand, pummelled by the enormous Atlantic rollers - in truth, there are few places on earth so perfectly suited to surfing. But don't let that fool you: North Cornwall's a playground for all manner of extreme sports, from rock climbing and coasteering to zapcat racing and scuba diving. Of course, there's plenty besides, including the charming fishing port of Padstow. Located at the head of the Camel River Estuary, it's a beautifully scenic destination for Cornwall summer holidays. Oh, and connoisseurs of food will be equally delighted - it's home to Rick Stein's award-winning restaurant.

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Newquay & St Austell Newquay & St Austell

What better way to spend Cornwall summer holidays than in the UK's favourite seaside town? Newquay's every bit a postcard-perfect destination, perched on the Atlantic Cliffs and overlooking seven miles of golden sands. But what to do other than spend time on the beach? Well, if you can drag yourself away, Newquay has stately homes and children's parks to visit, as well an aquarium and zoo to explore. St Austell, meanwhile, dates back to the 13th century, and provides the perfect base for whose visiting the Eden Project.

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St Ives Area St Ives Area

St Ives is located to the south-west of Cornwall, and is one of its most attractive towns. Surrounded by golden beaches and lush vegetation, its uniquely warm climate makes it a paradisiacal destination for Cornwall summer breaks. Artists certainly think so, having been drawn to the St Ives area for centuries in a bid to capture its natural beauty, whether in paintings, sculptures or ceramics. This can be seen in the wealth of museums and galleries in the town, particularly Tate St Ives, which celebrates contemporary and modern art from around the globe.

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Truro & Falmouth Truro & Falmouth

You'll find Truro and Falmouth to the south-east of Cornwall, where impressive architectural feats meet Cornish culture at its finest. Truro's elegant houses lie alongside an outstanding Gothic cathedral, showcasing the finest Victorian stained glass in the UK. The city also boasts the Royal Cornwall Museum, where you'll trace Cornish life from prehistory to the industrial era. Falmouth is one of Cornwall's most important maritime towns, and sailing is still a popular activity around its harbour. Surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Falmouth's a great destination for Cornwall summer holidays.

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Cornwall's towns and villages are hugely popular during summer, so you're likely to find crowds around major tourist attractions. There are a myriad of ways to get away from the bustle, but few better solutions than booking private accommodation. You could opt for a secluded cottage with its very own garden or terrace, or find an apartment just steps from a sheltered cove. Of course, you could also book accommodation at the heart of the action, and enjoy some of Cornwall's biggest summer events!

Wherever you'd like to stay, HomeAway can provide the perfect property. With hundreds of holiday rentals reaching every corner of Cornwall, you're guaranteed to find something to suit both you and your family. So why wait? Treat yourself to Cornwall holidays this summer with the help of HomeAway.

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The Queach Z45, traditional, stone and slate cottage with stunning sea views

150 yards up from Mousehole’s bustling little centre of shops, pubs, cafés and pretty harbour is The Queach, a very traditional, stone and slate cottage with stunning right-out-to-sea views. A few granite steps and a pretty bit of front garden rai...

Clovelly Cottage Z47, granite cottage with fine long views out to sea

A mile inland from Mousehole by hedgerow lane is the hamlet of Sheffield (cluster of sturdy granite cottages surrounded by farmland), perched high looking seaward. Recently discovered artefacts reveal this area has been inhabited since Mesolithic ...

The Old Watch Tower Z44, comfortable detached house with spectacular views

100 yards from Pendeen lighthouse, with spectacular views down the coast and right out to sea, The Old Watch Tower has been restored, spruced up and made into a comfortable detached house with a difference. Its sturdy frame has been a landmark sin...

Venwyn Manor Z442, single-storey, stone-built cottage, well-decorated

1½ miles inland from both Carbis Bay and St Ives but peacefully in farmland, a single-storey, stone-built cottage, semi-detached from the owners’ house. Plenty of space outside; own patio and garden area looking on large courtyard with fishpond an...

Lamorna Studio Z432, ground-floor apartment, brilliant for a car-less holiday

In the historic heart of St Ives, a short walk from Porthgwidden and Porthmeor beaches and from the harbour, a ground-floor apartment for two, once the pilchard cellar of an early 19th cent. fisherman’s house. Neatly renovated; small, but an excel...
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