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Holiday homes in Cornwall

If you’re on the hunt for Cornwall cottages then you’ll find a fantastic choice at HomeAway. Cornwall’s mild climate, beautiful coastline and attractive green countryside make it a destination that appeals to visitors of all ages. Holiday homes in Cornwall tend to be traditional stone buildings, with stunning period features such as fireplaces and working Agas. You may be looking for accommodation on the coast, close to one of Cornwall’s stunning beaches, or perhaps you’d prefer a cosy cottage surrounded by idyllic countryside; you’ll find it easy to browse the rentals and pin-point the locations that best suit your plans. We also provide information on the guest facilities, for instance, internet access is provided by many of the apartments we have on offer.

Things to do in Cornwall

  • Coast - Cornwall is proud of its beaches, many of which are truly spectacular. Six of the beaches meet Blue Flag standards and one of the most beautiful can be found at Porthmeor in St Ives; a large expanse of pristine golden sand and a great spot for surfing. The town of Newquay, also on the Atlantic coast, is famed for its surfing conditions and brilliant beaches.
  • Scenic walks - Many visitors head for Cornwall to experience the spectacular coastline, which can be admired along the South West Coast Path, offering countless spots of immense natural beauty. The Lizard peninsula, with its craggy cliffs, is a real highlight and the picturesque route of the River Camel, among many others.
  • Visitor attractions - One of Cornwall’s most famous attractions is the Eden Project, an ecological site established to coincide with the millennium, with thousands of different plant species housed inside huge domes. St Ives is home to a Tate branch, where there’s a collection of modern art, while for kids there’s Newquay Zoo and Crealy Adventure Park.
  • History - Steeped in myth and legend, Cornwall is a destination with tons of historical interest. Tintagel Castle is one of the premier attractions, the ruins of which stand on a headland and date back as far as Roman times in places. There are also numerous manor houses and prehistoric sites to seek out, like the Tudor Trerice House and Gardens.
  • Boat trips - Cornwall is one of the best locations in the UK for observing marine life, and there are a number of companies that offer trips to see dolphins, basking sharks and seals. Fishing is also popular, with wrecks and reefs providing habitats for a wealth of species off different coast.

Weather in Cornwall

When on your holiday at a cottage in Cornwall you’ll most likely experience mild weather whenever you visit. There’s more annual sunshine and temperatures are milder here than in any other part of the UK. In winter, daily highs commonly get into double figures and only rarely slip below freezing, even in December. Spring and autumn weather is a little warmer, with highs in the mid and upper teens. Summers are usually moderate here, and temperatures tend to get up to the 20-degree mark in July and August.

Travelling to Cornwall

You can reach your Holiday homes in Cornwall from the main airport there, which is Newquay (NQY); it has connections to a number of cities in the UK, with the most flown route to and from London Gatwick (LGW). Cornwall is unique in the sense that it doesn’t have any motorways running through it; rather a network of smaller A roads. The Duchy has good rail connections, both town by town and to the rest of the country. There are 12 trains daily between Plymouth and London Paddington, eight of which run all the way through to Penzance towards the western tip of Cornwall.


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                                                                                                      Exceptional views from a beautiful house

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                                                                                                      We were a party of ten, with seven of the group being Portuguese, who had never experienced Cornwall before. The first sight of the location and those incredible views of the coastline blew everyone away, simply breath taking! The layout of the house was perfect for our purpose and was clean and beautifully furnished. It didn't take long to sort ourselves into rooms and enjoy a gin and tonic before sunset. The week was spent with a balance between trips out to various tourist spots, eg: Minack Theatre, Lands End, Fish & Chips in St Ives, The Eden Project, the ferry from Falmouth to St Mawes for lunch at The Idle Rocks and lazing around the house, walking the coastal path into Maenporth Beach for lunch at The Cove and more G&T's! Out of all the trips The Eden Project stood out as a great experience and The Idle Rocks is a real treat. We had some fantastic meals and ten people around the kitchen table, with five different conversations going on, is what makes for a brilliant holiday atmosphere. We would certainly recommend this property in the knowledge that it would be hard not to have a superb holiday.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Absolutely amazing!!

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                                                                                                      Beautiful cottage, it's like home to home. Lots of perks, dishwasher, washing machine, tumblr dryer, WIFI. The sofa and beds are comfortable. The shower is a power shower!! 👍𣐽򐈀 one extra special perk for us was dogs are welcome! Location is perfect! You are approximately 15-45 mins away from all beaches around Cornwall and all the amazing attractions. The cottage is directly opposite a beautiful pub with great staff, food, and atmosphere! Highly highly recommend!!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      A Fishy Tale!

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                                                                                                      This was our second visit to Fisherman's Cottage (the first being in June 2015) and after a pretty horrid journey, due to weather and road works, we were only too happy to stumble over the thresh-hold of this lovely property and settle down to a fish pie in the delightful kitchen! On both occasions the cottage has been clean and tidy, the bedrooms made up with clean, fresh linen and the bonus of hand and bath towels in the upstairs bathroom and downstairs loo are very welcome. The kitchen is really well kitted out, with dishes, plates and cutlery etc for every culinary need! There is a washing machine/dryer and dishwashing machine, which makes life very easy when you are on holiday. The deck is a suntrap, especially in the afternoons, and we were lucky enough to be able to sit out and make use of it. St Mawes is a pretty little harbour village with some lovely walks close by. We took the Place ferry over to Place and enjoyed a picnic at St Anthonys Head. One can also walk further to Port Scatho and find the Hidden Hut - on this occasion we drove as the weather was not particularly good on the day we chose to go. The Idle Rocks is very handy to walk down to and enjoy a G&T on the terrace looking out at the sea, as is the St Mawes Hotel. We also enjoyed a splendid meal at the Watch Tower - well worth a visit as it was absolutely delicious and service was first class. Scrummy bread and croissants can be bought daily at the bakery on the Quay - the croissants are particularly edible! We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at Fisherman's Cottage, am sure it will not be our last! Thank you to Danny for letting us stay in his lovely cottage, which is an absolute delight.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016