Set on the edge of South West England, the county of Cornwall is the perfect place for a unique holiday all year round. With its own tropical islands, ruggedly beautiful beaches, mouthwatering food, and a thriving arts and culture scene, it's hardly any wonder that Cornwall is consistently voted the best British holiday destination year after year. Whether you're planning a family getaway on the beach, a romantic retreat in the woodlands, or an adventurous weekend of mountain biking and trekking with friends, don't be surprised if Cornwall exceeds all your expectations.

Pamper yourself in luxury Cornwall cottages with pools

Legend has it that King Arthur was born in the castle of Tintagel in North Cornwall; the cave below is said to be haunted by the magician Merlin. You needn't be royalty nor have to stay in a castle to have a luxurious holiday here though. There are plenty of Cornwall cottages with pools throughout the region to suit the needs of both small and large groups, whether for last-minute holidays or longer escapes. Many have heated swimming pools indoors or outdoors as well as amenities like hot tubs and game rooms, adding an extra layer of leisure to your stay.

Holiday homes for family getaways in the North Cornwall

Absolutely breathtaking natural scenery is one of the hallmarks of North Cornwall. Spanning more than 40 miles from Bude to Perranporth, the Atlantic coast is peppered with wide swaths of sandy beaches, stunning bays and dramatic cliffs. Many luxury cottages here boast splendid views of the sea and are just steps away from the beach. Stay in Padstow and ride the waves in Treyarnon Bay, immerse yourself in the art galleries and Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, or go crabbing on the beaches of Summerleaze and Crooklets in the coastal resort of Bude.

Comfy holiday lettings in scenic South West Cornwall

South West Cornwall is a lovely place for a luxurious city break for the whole family. The charming village of Porthleven is home to a 19th-century harbour where you can watch fishing boats unload their daily catch – it also makes the ideal base for exploring Land's End and the Lizard Peninsula. Or book a South West Cornwall cottage with a pool in Saint Ives, a favourite haunt of artists because of its golden beaches, lush greenery and extraordinary light. Absorb the local flavour in the old part of town – called Downlong – where fishermen's cottages line the narrow, cobbled streets.

Explore South East Cornwall's charms from your holiday home

Though South East Cornwall is also popular with visitors of all ages, there's a good number of secluded areas that are perfect for romantic getaways. You'll find scenic walking trails, beautiful woodland and acres of open parkland on the Rame Peninsula, as well as charming villages like Cawsand and Kingsand that are blessed with spectacular views of Plymouth Sound. Book a South East Cornwall cottage with a pool in Looe and go crabbing with the kids along the harbour wall. The fishing village of Polperro is close by, where a popular music and arts festival is held every year to welcome the summer.

Marvel at unspoilt nature in Bodmin Moor

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Site of Special Scientific Importance, Dark Skies Status – these are some of the acclaims that Bodmin Moor has received. Untamed and remote, it's the epitome of rugged beauty. This is where you'll find Brown Willy and Rough Tor, Cornwall's tallest peaks, magnificent Bronze Age and Neolithic structures, and steep walking and biking trails in the valley of Cardinham Woods. Holiday lettings here will put you within easy reach of Siblyback Lake, a prime destination for inland water sports like kayaking, windsurfing and rainbow trout fishing.

Roseland Peninsula

Pristine beaches that hardly ever get overcrowded even in summer, scenic woodlands, historic structures and quaint towns and villages are just some of the charms of the Roseland Peninsula. Cornwall cottages with swimming pools can be found aplenty here and are great bases for exploring fascinating landmarks like the formidable St. Mawes Castle that was built during the reign of Henry VII to defend against a French invasion. St. Just's Church in the village of St. Just in Roseland is another must-see. Dating from the 13th century, it's been described as one of England's most beautiful churches.