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Destination guide

See the moors and beaches from a North Cornwall lodge

Filled with rugged beaches and charming fishing villages, North Cornwall is a lovely destination for luxury cottages in Cornwall. From the party town of Newquay to the culinary culture of Padstow and the spectacular surf breaks on the water that stretches between, there's no limit to the experiences you can have in North Cornwall. If you're bringing the family, you can enjoy kite flying on the beach, charming rides on steam railways and thrilling theme parks, as well as lounge days by the sea. For adults, there's fine dining, high-end shopping and many museums and galleries to explore during your retreat. With luxury cottages in Cornwall, you'll have endless options for how to spend your time.

 
History

Heritage attractions near North Cornwall holiday homes

The rich history and culture of North Cornwall are celebrated in various heritage sites and museums throughout the area. Holiday homes put you in reach of such historic sites as the Bodmin Moor, an ancient granite moorland that’s rumoured to be connected to the Arthurian legend, and the Pendennis Castle, a coastal castle built on a hilltop by Henry VIII. The Trerice House and Gardens, an intimate Elizabethan manor and Cornish architectural gem on a tranquil landscape, and Cotehehe, a Tudor house with formal gardens overlooking the river and a vast orchard, are also must-visit attractions.

Things to do

Things to do near North Cornwall holiday homes

North Cornwall offers an array of destinations to suit every type of traveller. Holiday homes can be found near sites like the Eden Project, an eco-park with artificial biomes filled with plants from all over the world, and the Lost Gardens Heligan, a renowned estate with Victorian gardens and an abundance of wildlife. The Minack Theatre, an open-air amphitheatre carved into the cliffs, has regular productions of high-profile performances and sweeping views of the sea. You could also explore the Tintagel Castle, a legendary castle on a rugged cliffside that was the supposed birthplace of King Arthur.

Outdoor activities

Must-try activities near North Cornwall holiday homes

From walking and cycling to water sports and surf academies, North Cornwall is a natural playground for adventurers. Walking, hiking, horseback riding and biking showcase the diversity of the landscape and its windswept moors and coastal clifftop walks, while the crystal-blue sea is perfect for big-wave surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling. Holiday homes are available in both countryside and coastal areas, allowing you to take advantage of a variety of outdoor adventures.

Beaches

Best beaches near North Cornwall holiday cottages

The iconic sandy beaches and intimate, sheltered coves in North Cornwall provide everything from respite by the sea to water adventure. Holiday homes can be found near Polzeath Beach, a popular surf beach with slow-breaking, consistent waves and soft sand, and Hawkers Cove Beach, a sandy beach with low tides near the mouth of the Camel Estuary and its native wildlife. Bedruthan Steps Beach, a golden, sandy beach with steep steps cut into the cliff, is a popular destination for water sports and hikers. You could also visit Duckpool Beach, a wild and romantic cove with a small beach and beautiful waters, and Watergate Bay beach, a golden-sand beach with the perfect wind and waves for surfing and wind sports.

Family friendly

Family fun near North Cornwall holiday homes

North Cornwall is a fun-filled area for families and children. Holiday homes can be found near kid-friendly locations like the Vale of Avalon and Arthurian Centre, a family-friendly heritage site that explores the myths and legends of King Arthur and his knights, and the Milky Way Adventure Park, a theme park with exciting thrill rides, soft play and entertainment. Pirate’s Quest, a kid-focused attraction with costumed buccaneers, storytelling and adventure, and Old Macdonalds Farm, a family-owned farm attraction in the rolling countryside with animal rides and farm exhibits, are sure to please.

How many holiday rentals are available around North Cornwall?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,322 holiday lettings around North Cornwall. From 2,892 cottages to 1,370 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North Cornwall?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in North Cornwall. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Newquay: 2,898 holiday homes
  • Devon: 8,132 holiday homes
  • Looe: 1,784 holiday homes
  • Bideford: 1,954 holiday homes
  • Port Isaac: 1,682 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in North Cornwall! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North Cornwall?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in North Cornwall with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Newquay: 2,898 holiday lettings
  • Looe: 1,784 holiday lettings
  • Bideford: 1,954 holiday lettings
  • Port Isaac: 1,682 holiday lettings
  • Fowey: 1,621 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in North Cornwall?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in North Cornwall. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Polzeath Beach: 3,155 holiday rentals
  • Fistral Beach: 3,798 holiday rentals
  • Croyde Bay Beach: 2,026 holiday rentals
  • Widemouth Bay: 1,644 holiday rentals
  • North Cornwall Museum: 3,032 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Cornwall listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.