Destination guide

Explore Cornwall from holiday lettings

Surfers, walkers, beachcombers and families in search of a classic UK break all flock to Cornwall. Jutting out from the far-flung edge of England, it's hailed as one of the most beautiful counties there is. The south coast is a land of wide sands and rocky bays that can look positively Mediterranean when the sun shines. The north coast feels the brunt of the Atlantic, with windswept beaches that conjure rollers spraying sea salt into the air. Cornwall holiday rentals often hide in homey cottages and traditional fishing villages, forever cranking up the cosy factor and country charm.

Things to do

Attractions near your Cornish holiday rental

Cornwall's not just salt, sea and sand, mind you. It's also steeped in tin mining heritage and brimming with family attractions. Take the kids along to the immersive Flambards Victorian Village – which also features twirling rollercoasters and log flumes – or take them underground at Geevor Tin Mine to see how miners lived and worked. Wildlife lovers might prefer the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek on the beautiful Lizard peninsula, where rescued adults and pups splash in the pools. Budding military historians will love Henry VIII's Pendennis Castle, found soaring above the sea near Falmouth.


What to do near holiday homes in Cornwall

Cornwall's encompassed by the sea. The Atlantic Ocean washes one side and the English Channel buffets the other. Beaches and cliff walks are everywhere. Surfers can always find a fat left-to-righter to carve over along the northern beaches out of towns like Newquay and St Ives. Cornwall holiday rentals can be found in some seriously charming little spots. From Padstow to boat-bobbing Porthleven, they are packed with fishing cottages and acclaimed seafood restaurants. Find yourself surrounded by proper Cornish fare, such as pasties, or try a scone cream tea with clotted cream ¬ – in Cornwall, you put the jam on first!


Climate for your stay in Cornish holiday homes

Cornwall holiday rentals usually start filling up around May, which is when the warmer weather hits and when the hedges suddenly burst into floral colour. Things get super busy in the school holiday months of July and August – it's also the season with the most sun and least rain, so high time to hit the beach. However, those in the know opt for September, when the roads are far quieter and the sea is at its warmest. In winter, you can bag cosy pads in wave-splashed fishing villages, enjoying bracing walks along the cliffs and evenings by a crackling fire.

Natural features

Sea on sides in Cornwall

While the rolling countryside of central Cornwall is certainly beautiful – think green fields and undulating hills – there's really nothing quite like the coast. Great stretches of the county's 400-mile-long shoreline are protected in national parks or areas of outstanding natural beauty. There's Penwith Heritage Coast in the southwest, encompassing Land's End and its pebble bays and steep cliffs. There's Gwithian Towans, where spectacular lengths of white-gold sand host surfing swells aplenty. There's wild Trevose Head, where blustery gales roll in from the ocean. Seals,puffins, dolphins, basking sharks and porpoises all inhabit the waters, so keep those eyes peeled.


Best beaches near holiday lettings in Cornwall

The tranquil beaches in Cornwall are one of its biggest draws. Holiday homes can be found near stunning beach locales like Fistral Beach, a sandy beach with dunes, cliffs and rough breaks for surfing, and Kynance Cove, a cove with soft-sand beaches and dramatic rock formations. You could also spend time at Gyllyngvase, a lively beach with a town backdrop and calm waters.

How to get there

Transport to and around Cornwall

The nearest airport is in Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), located 7.9 mi (12.8 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Roche Station, Bugle Station and Luxulyan Station are the main stations in the area.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat in holiday homes in Cornwall

Cornwall has a peaceful atmosphere and array of idyllic locations to enjoy a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near places like Eden Project, an eco park with artificial biomes with global plant life, and the Lost Gardens Heligan, a restored Victorian estate with acres of lush gardens, wildlife and a tea room. You could also explore Tintagel Castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur with clifftop sea views, castle ruins and a cafe.

How many holiday rentals are available around Cornwall?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 9,201 holiday lettings around Cornwall. From 4,799 cottages to 4,799 cabins, 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.

Can I rent a seaside property in Cornwall?

Nothing comes close to a little sand between your toes and sea breeze on your skin. It's time to rally your pals for some spirited beach action. HomeAway has 3,299 holiday homes by the beach. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Fortunately, HomeAway has a bunch of other options, including:

  • 2,248 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 2,092 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,517 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Cornwall?

Bid farewell to standard, cookie-cutter hotel-chain rooms. Our house holiday rentals offer a personal touch — and all the space you could possibly need! There are 3,833 houses currently available on HomeAway. Prices begin at £35 per night. Or maybe you'd rather pick one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 3,489 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £31 per night.
  • Apartment: 1,314 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £39 per night.
  • Barn: 449 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £53 per night.

Can I stay in Cornwall in a large group?

There's nothing quite like catching up with old work friends or spending time with your family in a marvellous new location. And the best thing, HomeAway has places big enough for everyone. The top choice for big groups here are house holiday rentals, and we have 864 currently listed. The lodging options that can cater to large groups here include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we have 2,237 holiday rentals suited to that size. Spend a night from just £47.
  • If you've got 8 in your party, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 813 rental properties perfect. Prices start at £47 a night.
  • Organising a trip away with a group of 5? We offer 735 holiday rentals that will meet your needs. Prices start from £53 per night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can take your uncle, your grandpa and all your besties to Cornwall.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Cornwall?

HomeAway is here to help you enjoy quality time with the ones you love. With a great range of thrifty holiday rentals, it won't be difficult to find a fabulous den to house you all comfortably. When it comes to seeking out an amazing deal, your first port of call should be Falmouth. Here, HomeAway has 774 holiday rentals at an average price of £142 per night. Another 1,327 HomeAway holiday rentals are on offer in or around Fowey. With an average price of £155 per night, you're sure to get a deal worth boasting to your friends about.

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