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Make a holiday cottage or holiday rental home in Sennen, Cornwall your home away from home

Sennen is situated on the southwest tip of Cornwall close to Whitesand Bay. It has its own lifeboat station and lighthouse and is one mile northeast of Lands End. The cliffs at Pedn-men-du headland, a popular climbing location, shelter the cove at Sennen, which is popular with families and surfers in equal measure. At low tide the beach becomes one with Gwynver beach and the coastal path, availiable to walk at both high and low tide, offers some spectacular coastal views.

Places to holiday in Sennen

Places like the Cot Valley, Porthgwarra, Kenidjack are famous for birdwatching. Renting self-catering accommodation or a cottage in Sennen is one of the best ways to watch birds without being restricted to the timescales demanded by guesthouses and hotels. St Just (Lands End) Airfield, which lies between Sennen and St Just, is a birdwatchers delight and is known for the rare waders such as the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Dotteral which call the area home. It is best to view the field from the road that runs to Nanquido or the track to Brea Vean where there is a small pull in, as access to the airfield in prohibited.

There are many holiday cottages close to Sennen Cove harbour where a small fleet of pleasure and commercial fishing boats operate. The harbour is popular with diving groups especially at times when easterly winds make diving at Mount's Bay difficult. There are several stories (myths) about the cove, such as reports of mermaid, the Sennen Whooper and the Irish Lady. Penrose in the Penberth Valley was home of the seventeenth century smuggler and the farmhouse at Brea is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The present church dates back to the thirteenth century but there has been a religious building on the land since the sixth century.

Many of the names of cottages in Sennen relate to the nature of the area with names like Mariners and Wayfarers, Longships Watch, Captains View and even the gallery housing sculpture, photography, pottery and paintings is called the Round House and Capstan Gallery.

Things to do in Sennen

If you want to sample the local cuisine then the Beach Restaurant is the perfect place to go from self catering Sennen accommodation. The restaurant has its own licensed fishing boat to catch seasonal Pollack, Mackerel and Lobster and it is taken straight from the boat, cooked and served at the table. This restaurant has the Gold Chef's award for supporting safer, healthier food in Cornwall. The restaurant is part of a beach complex that also includes a surf hire facility, the Chapel Idne Surf Shop, beach café and a terrace where you can relax and enjoy the panoramic views of Cape Cornwall.

If you want a day off from the beach, fishing, birdwatching or exploring Sennen for your self catering Cornish cottage then you can fly by helicopter (Sky Bus) to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance (St Just) airport. The flight takes you over the scenic route towards the stunning archipelagos of the Isles of Scilly.

The Land's End riding centre at Trevescan offers a trekking experience along the coastline, farm rides and even a trip to one of Sennen's hospitable pubs for a delicious meal. Other attractions in the area include the Minack Theatre, Drift Reservoir, St Michael's Mount and Geevor Tin Mine. There are also several lovely Cornish gardens to visit.

Weather in Sennen

The climate in Sennen is mild, as the sea is warmed by the Gulf Stream. Even when the national forecast predicts cloud over the area, the prevailing wind will often move warm moist air to the high ground and leave the coast clear and sunny.

Travel to Sennen

Several budge airlines fly to Newquay Airport (NQY) from Glasgow (GLA), Birmingham (BHX), Gatwick (LGW) and Stanstead (STN) and the main line railway route from London Paddington ends at Penzance, only eight miles from Sennen cottages, as do National Express coaches. First buses operate in the area.

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                                                                                                    Cute and cosy cottage

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    My husband and I stayed here in early September and loved it. The cottage felt so comfortable right from the moment we walked in the door. It's well furnished and equipped, with everything we needed in the kitchen to cater for ourselves. The décor was bright and colourful, with lots of interesting and quirky artwork. The south facing garden is also lovely. The location of the cottage, just a 10 minute walk from the village, is great. St Just is a lively village, with a butcher, a baker (no candlestick maker!), lots of other shops, cafes, gift shops/art galleries, and four pubs. The Star Inn has a folk music session on Monday nights and we ate dinner at the Kings Arms one night - excellent. It's only a mile and a bit walk out to Cape Cornwall or Botallack tin mine, and the open-top bus that goes to Land's End or St Ives stops just a few metres down the lane from the cottage, so it's easy to get to places without having to drive. The owner, Ali, was very helpful with advice when I contacted her with questions before our stay. We would definitely recommend this property.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    Clean, compact & beautifully situated.

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    A great location. A very clean and well equipped cottage, just a 1 mile drive or a twenty minute walk across five fields into St Just town centre. Esther, the owner was very welcoming and friendly.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    A luxurious retreat

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                                                                                                    New Forge is a stunning build with unique interior design. We wont ever forget it. It has a rustic homely feel which contrasts with big light and unbelievable height and space. There are floor to ceiling books. Sensory lights. Attention to detail made our stay luxurious: wine and homemade chilli relish on arrival, a quirky rock in the lush grassy garden where I perched with a glass of sauvignon and we watched the sea mist ghost in at dawn from under the master bedroom's duvet where the window doors open to let the early sea chill inside. We managed to catch an astonishing rainbow plus sunsets of blood red every evening. Kelvin was warm and gregarious, quick to respond to any queries and his love of all things Cornish was infectious. My son felt very at ease grilling him about every item in New Forge including the charming outdoor shed. A stand out beach for us was Gwenver. It was ours for an entire morning during our stay. A willowy sea fog weaved right down to the receding tide and still water rock pools shone deep and quartz clear: the children went hunting for sea things then we watched the giant waves rip up a majestic white fuss against the cliff face. It was a magical and deeply therapeutic experience. We can't recommend New Forge and Myn Tea, its neighbouring property (where we also stayed for a week) highly enough.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016