Destination guide

Get cosy in Cornwall

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

Castles, sea creatures and tin mines

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.

Activities

Cornwall is a sea lover's delight

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!

Weather

Cornwall's always a treat

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.

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.

Where to stay around Cornwall?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 10,229 holiday lettings near Cornwall. From 3,877 Cottages to 3,994 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Cornwall is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Cornwall?

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

  • Saint Ives: 1,799 holiday homes
  • Newquay: 3,088 holiday homes
  • Padstow: 1,631 holiday homes
  • Looe: 1,659 holiday homes
  • Bude: 760 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in 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 Cornwall?

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

  • Saint Ives: 1,799 holiday lettings
  • Newquay: 3,088 holiday lettings
  • Padstow: 1,631 holiday lettings
  • Looe: 1,659 holiday lettings
  • Bude: 760 holiday lettings

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Cornwall?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Cornwall are:

  • St Mawgan Airport (NQY): 3,722 self catering accommodations
  • Penzance Heliport Airport (PZE): 2,807 self catering accommodations
  • Land's End / St. Just Airport (LEQ): 2,062 self catering accommodations

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

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

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

  • Fistral Beach: 3,510 holiday rentals
  • Watergate Bay: 3,923 holiday rentals
  • St Ives Harbour: 3,177 holiday rentals
  • Eden Project: 4,947 holiday rentals
  • Kynance Cove: 2,268 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cornwall listed on HomeAway 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.

Explore destinations around Cornwall

Saint Ives
1,799 holiday rentals
Newquay
3,088 holiday rentals
Padstow
1,631 holiday rentals
Looe
1,659 holiday rentals
Bude
760 holiday rentals
Port Isaac
1,876 holiday rentals
Falmouth
1,105 holiday rentals
Fowey
1,818 holiday rentals
Perranporth
1,208 holiday rentals
Penzance
1,683 holiday rentals
Polzeath
1,579 holiday rentals
Carbis Bay
1,622 holiday rentals
Polperro
1,561 holiday rentals
Mevagissey
827 holiday rentals
Saint Merryn
2,085 holiday rentals
Porthleven
1,091 holiday rentals
Hayle
1,854 holiday rentals
Mousehole
1,630 holiday rentals
Rock
1,465 holiday rentals
Crantock
1,564 holiday rentals