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Visit Cornwall, a picturesque county in southwest England

Surrounded by water to the north, west, and south and bordered by the county of Devon to the east, Cornwall is a bit more isolated than many other parts of the United Kingdom . That isolation, however, has in no part affected the richness of Cornwall's history throughout the ages.

Cornwall wasn't inhabited until after the end of the last Ice Age. However, a culture very quickly began to thrive and Cornwall was interconnected with other nearby places in Europe through maritime trade, including Ireland , France, Portugal and Spain. Relics of this period still remain and can be visited today.

Cornwall was also once populated by Celtic people, in this case by the Britons. The language of the Britons later developed into a number of languages, including Cornish. Over the centuries the language began to die out, but it has seen a revival in the last few decades and is considered an integral part of local history and culture. In fact, the language now has protected status in Europe, and more and more people speak it.

In contrast with other parts of the United Kingdom, there is not much evidence of Roman rule in Cornwall. What little there is suggests that the Romans were never able to gain much of a toehold in the area, which is unique given the vastness of Roman reach and power throughout the life of the republic and subsequent empire.

Eventually, Cornwall became more and more integrated with the rest of the island, at least in terms of government. However, throughout its long history Cornwall has always maintained its own independent sense of identity and culture, and that is precisely what makes Cornwall such an interesting place to spend your next holiday with family and friends.

Cornish cuisine

Food in Cornwall has long been one of its many attractions, and it's something the friendly locals are quite passionate about. Given that Cornwall is surrounded by water on the north, south, and west, it comes as no surprise that fish play a large role in Cornish cuisine. One popular dish is called Stargazy pie, most notable for the fish heads sticking out of the pie, almost as if they were gazing up at the stars.

Fish pies are not the only type of savoury pies for which Cornwall is known. There is a special type of Squab pie in Cornwall, filled with mutton and apples in contrast to a tradition Squab pie filled with pigeon. But rest assured, Cornwall's take on the pie will have you asking the chef for the recipe after just a few bites.

Cornwall is also famous for its clotted cream, which is in turn used to make local products such as Cornish fudge and a local version of ice cream. It's also important to know that clotted cream is protected by EU law, and the only place it is allowed to be made is in Cornwall. If you like authenticity, then that's exactly what you'll get during your stay in southwest England.

Where to go in Cornwall: the cites and sites

Of course, when it comes time to book one of our family-friendly Cornwall cottages, it is important to have an idea of what you want to do during your holiday. Here we provide a brief overview of just some of the places you may want to visit. This list, however, is by no means exhaustive; use it as a starting point for your search as you dig deeper into your holiday preparations.

Truro As the regional capital, Truro is technically the only city in Cornwall and is a great place to rent one of our Cornwall cottages. During your holiday in Truro be sure to check out Truro Cathedral, a structure that dominates the skyline. Beer lovers should check out Skinner's Brewery, while a trip to the Royal Cornwall Museum is an educational experience for the entire family. Take a stroll through Poppy Cottage Garden, or set sail on a boat tour to get a view of the city from the sea.

Newquay This charming location on the north coast of Cornwall is the perfect place for relaxation. Have breakfast in one of our cottages in Newquay, then take the kids fishing at White Acres Holiday Park. Discover the wondrous world of aviation at the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre. In Newquay, you can sing 'Old Macdonald" with your children before taking them to see animals at a place literally called Old Macdonald's Farm. If you are feeling adventurous, go on a Pirate Quest to learn more about pirates in Cornwall. You can book one of our cottages in Newquay, or spend your time on the countryside near Newquay, which makes places like Old Macdonald's Farm a bit more easily accessible.

Land's End If you've reached Land's End, then you can't go farther west in England. The craggy coast of Land's End is simply stunning, the perfect combination of a majestic view and the invigorating scent of the sea air. What's more, booking a cottage near Land's End is ideal for hikers, as this is either the starting or ending point of walks with John o'Groats across England to Scotland.

Tintagel The famed King Arthur has been associated with Tintagel and Castle Tintagel for almost a millennium, making it a must see for those who enjoying seeing things of legend transform into reality before their eyes. Delve into the legends of King Arthur as you take in the view from the castle and enjoy a walk around the picturesque countryside. You may even be within walking distance in some of our cottages near the castle property.

St. Ives This beautiful beach city is a fantastic place for some fun in the sun and culture. A cottage on the beach allows you to step in and swim in the sea any time you want, while one of our cottages in the town centre makes the Tate St Ives museum more accessible. The town also boasts parks, a wide variety of museums, and the Godrevy Lighthouse. Surfing is also a popular reason to book a holiday cottage in St. Ives.

Eden Project If you're looking for a family-friendly educational experience during your holiday your stay in one of our Cornwall cottages, your search stops here: the Eden Project is just what the doctor ordered. Here you can spend the day learning about plants, alternative energy sources, and many more things about the environment and the work being done to preserve it. This, without a doubt, will be a highlight of your holiday.

Fowey Our offers of Cornwall cottages in Fowey are ideal for those who want to get out in nature. The Fowey Estuary is a wonderful place to walk around, while a hike to St. Catherine's Castle offers a marvellous view. For days when you don't want to be outside, consider taking the kids to the Fowey Aquarium.

The benefits of Cornwall cottages during your holiday

Without a doubt, staying in Cornwall cottages on your holiday is an excellent choice for several reasons. One of the most important reasons is that Cornwall cottages mean you are staying in your own private home, transforming your holiday accommodation into your home away from home, something nearly impossible when you book a room in a hotel.

Yet another enticing reason to book one of our many Cornwall cottages is that they can help you save even more on your trip. Instead of eating out all the time, you can instead opt to head to the local market before returning to your cottage to prepare your meal in the comfort of your own private kitchen. This fact alone allows you to spend a fraction of what you would spend if you had to eat out all the time.

But the benefits of our Cornwall cottages go beyond simply saving money. Our cottages and holiday houses are spread across Cornwall--from north to south, east to west--and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. You are sure to find exactly what you're looking for in just the place you want to be. Whether you want a cottage with a view of the sea or across the bay, a home directly on the coast where you can step out and swim, a family-friendly cottage or house in the city, a quaint countryside home with several bedrooms, or anything in between, our diverse selection will provide you with numerous suitable options to choose from.

With enough bedrooms to accommodate your entire family, all the amenities you are accustomed to having in your own home, and the extras such as a view of an inland bay, an attached garden, etc., our cottages are just what the doctor ordered to ensure a memorable holiday. Search through our offers for our family-friendly Cornwall cottages today and start packing for a holiday you will remember for decades to come!

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Property was lovely, but sometimes difficult to park.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Great location . easy walk to the harbour. Cottage was warm and cosy and well fitted out.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Peaceful

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      If you want peace and quiet look no further. Richard is a very good, attentive host but only when you need him. The rest of the time he blends into the background, working on the farm. The Mill has been very tastefully restored with very good quality fixtures and fittings. Lovely comfy bed, which to me, with arthritis in my spine, is very important. Loved the log burner, lit it twice, took me back to my childhood. As someone else has said, the roads are a bit tricky in places, a lot of single track, twisty roads. Can thoroughly recommend the Mill and the owners.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      A real gem in Helford River

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      As a family we have been visiting Helford River for many years, either by boat, or more recently to stay in one of the many cottages in the village. April Cottage is a real gem of a find and perfect for our annual family get together. The house is very well appointed, with plenty of space (indoors and out). Its advertised as a 3 bed property, however, there is actually a 4th box room which was perfect for our 2yr old. All the bedrooms are furnished with luxury duvets and bedding and the living area and kitchen is great for entertaining / cooking / relaxing. Its an excellent base to explore the many beaches, coves and villages that SW Cornwall has to offer. Kynance, Cadgwith Cove (and the Cadgwith Inn), The Minnack Theatre and nearby Mousehole are definitely worth a visit. The Shipwrights pub in the village does a good curry night on a Tues and the Ship Inn at Mawgan is also a must for food - or if you prefer a quiet night in, then stock up on lovely fresh fish from Newlyn market (if that's your thing!). A big thanks to Tutte for her helpfulness throughout the booking process. We had a memorable holiday in your lovely home and we will definitely be returning (hopefully next year). Thanks Matt Trace and the Christie Family
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016