Situated along an enviable stretch of Atlantic coastline, North Cornwall is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, surfers, and beach goers. Filled with picturesque beaches, sandy bays and dramatic cliffs, the beauty of North Cornwall is only rivalled by its cultural offerings. Driving along the scenic winding roads of this small slice of paradise, visitors will discover castles, charming villages, and plenty of cosy pubs serving authentic Cornish cuisine. With everything that North Cornwall has to offer, it should come as no surprise that it is a favourite holiday destination for couples, families with children, and outdoor adventurers.
HomeAway has an impressive selection of holiday cottages in North Cornwall where guests will feel right at home. Most cottages have two to three bedrooms and come fully furnished with everything guests could possibly need for their stay. In North Cornwall, amenities such as easy beach access, ocean views, and Wi-Fi are commonplace. Prices for these rentals vary, but start at as little as £30 per night, making North Cornwall holiday cottages affordable for all budget ranges.
-Beaches: There are dozens of excellent beaches to choose from when staying in a North Cornwall holiday cottage. Polzeath Beach, located at the mouth of the River Camel, stretches over 1,500 feet and is popular with surfers and families alike. Crantock Beach, near the cottages of popular holiday town Newquay, is another broad beach where visitors can enjoy swimming or dog walking. In addition to these great beaches, there are a number of smaller bays and coves dotting the North Cornwall coastline that can be discovered by driving or walking along the coast.
-Watersports: North Cornwall is famous for its surfing beaches. Some of the best in the area are located near the lovely accommodation of seaside village Bude. The breaks in this region are suitable for beginners as well as experts. Duckpool, Sandymouth, and Crooklets in particular are excellent for surfing. Polzeath is another good area for surfing as well as windsurfing. Lessons and equipment hire are available from both Bude and Polzeath.
-Food and drink: Cornwall boasts a strong culinary heritage and guests staying in North Cornwall holiday cottages will have plenty of opportunities to sample local delicacies. Fish pies and Cornish pasties are both must-tries. Cornwall is also well known for its high-quality dairy products, including a wide selection of cheeses, fudge, and clotted cream.
-Outdoor attractions: Walking, cycling and horse riding are all popular outdoor activities in North Cornwall. There are numerous paths that allow visitors to explore the region. The Camel Trail, which is a cycling path up the River Camel, is quite popular. North Cornwall also lies along the 630-mile South West Coast Path, which carves its way through hidden coves and cliff-top ridges.
-Family activities: Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park in Tredinnick is a must-visit for families with young children. Combining rides with opportunities for animal encounters, the adventure park is a great place to spend the afternoon. Animals lovers can head to the Newquay Zoo or the Blue Reef Aquarium, both located in Newquay. Other top family attractions in North Cornwall include the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, and Dairyland Farm World.
Sunny North Cornwall enjoys lovely weather in the summer. July and August are the warmest months with high temperatures near 20°C and well over ten hours of sunshine per day. Autumn and winter are chilly, but are still well suited for walking, cycling, and other outdoor excursions. Rain is more common in the winter than in the summer.
Though smaller villages and towns can be quite remote, North Cornwall is well connected from a transport perspective. Newquay is one of the largest towns in the area and has a rail station in addition to an airport that receives flights from throughout the UK. From Newquay, it’s possible to hire a car and make the short drive to the numerous locations of holiday cottages in North Cornwall.