Cornwall

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Cornwall is famed for its fantastic beaches, old industrial heartland and simply stunning countryside and coastline. Unsurprisingly outdoor living dominates in the county where Britain's longest stretch of continuous coastline runs right around the edge of it, making it the perfect UK holiday destination for beach lovers, surfers, walkers, cyclists, dog owners and anyone who enjoys getting outside to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

About Cornwall

Located in the most Southwestern part of the United Kingdom, Cornwall is famed for its fantastic beaches, old industrial heartland and simply stunning countryside and coastline. Outdoor living dominates the county, which boasts the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain (Cornwall's coast runs from the northern tip of its border with Devon all the way around the county, ending at the southern tip of the same border!)

Its 300 beaches make Cornwall the perfect destination for water sports enthusiasts, so why not book a surf lesson whilst enjoying a holiday in Cornwall cottages? Or simply lie back and watch the locals carve up waves, reaping the benefits of some of the longest summers and mildest climates in Britain. Both the North Cornwall and South Cornwall coasts have every type of beach you could want, from long, sandy stretches to dramatic, pebbled affairs with roaring waves.

In recent years, art and gastronomy have appeared at the forefront of what Cornish life is all about. Creative souls can seek inspiration from the county's stunning countryside and blissful solitude, art lovers will find some of the best art galleries in England, and foodies can revel in the delicious local produce from land and sea, as well as getting involved with the range of local festivals which celebrate this huge part of the culture of Cornwall.

 

 

Most recently, the BBC's production of Poldark has thrown the county under the spotlight, further showcasing its spectacular scenery. So much so in fact, that Visit Cornwall produced the following video to celebrate the star locations featured in the series.

For nature lovers, there are plenty of ways to embrace the rugged coastline which is home to many species of seabird. Coastal walks are hugely popular and can be found all across the county, whilst the family-friendly beaches are loved by holidaymakers across the world. The endless rolling countryside of East Cornwall, along with the famous Bodmin moor, provides the perfect place for long walks, ideal for those whose perfect holiday would not be complete without the dog, and don't worry, we have a great range of dog-friendly cottages too.

An altogether different kind of nature can be found at the Eden Project, Cornwall's collection of world-famous biomes which contain over 100,000 plants from different climates around the world. The tropics of the Malaysian jungle can be discovered just a few miles from some of the lovely holiday cottages in Cornwall, something which is unique to the UK. There are plenty more attractions to discover in the county, from the mystical castle of King Arthur at Tintagel to the family-friendly theme park Flambards; there is history, fun and plenty of adventure to make days out great in Cornwall.

Anyone with a love of history will find plenty to explore; Cornwall has a veritable treasure trove of ancient places to discover. From the iconic ruined copper and tin mines and mysterious Neolithic sites to castles and traditional market towns, Cornwall has plenty to offer the swathes of people looking for a fantastic holiday in the UK.

With so much to see and do, our Cornwall holiday cottages offer the perfect home-from-home for families, groups, couples and their pets; everything and everyone needed for a perfect holiday.

South Cornwall

The beautiful and ancient coastal region of South Cornwall offers a unique mixture of stunning sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages, dramatic coastline and breath-taking attractions to create the most popular holiday destination anywhere in the UK. The rolling countryside and the South West Coastal Path provide hundreds of miles of magnificent walks and many of the beaches in the region are dog-friendly for either part or all of the year.
 

North Cornwall

Stretching along the Atlantic coast this beautiful and dramatic region has so much to offer. With wide expanses of beaches, ancient monuments, quaint harbour towns and villages, incredible seafood and world-renowned surfing and water sports, a stay in a North Cornwall holiday cottage will perfectly position you to explore this fabulous holiday destination.

East Cornwall

A beautiful and unspoilt area, teaming with wildlife, the rolling countryside and waterways of East Cornwall are a haven for walkers, boating enthusiasts and anglers. Meanwhile the region's vibrant villages and bustling market towns offer a wealth of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as some incredible historic houses, public gardens and a rich agricultural history.

West Cornwall

England's most westerly frontier reaches out into the Atlantic before succombing to the ocean at the aptly named Land's End. This wild peninsula is home to wonderful stretches of golden sand, historic mining villages, picturesque fishing towns and one of the world's most beautiful open-air theatres. A day-trip to the Isles of Scilly is also a must for anyone who has already come this far.


iWalk Cornwall

iWalk Cornwall

With more than 200 walks created between two and ten miles long, iWalk Cornwall is a carefully-crafted circular walks and a guided mobile app and website providing detailed walking routes, directions, photos and information to inspire you to explore the best of Cornwall while you’re on holiday. It’s easy to use, and essentially a private tour guide on your phone, describing when and what to do next while out and about, and giving you information about the local area as you walk around the route. The app is a social enterprise run on charitable principles, and the idea is to give you a fuss free way of exploring this beautiful part of the world.

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South West Coast Path, Cornwall

South West Coast Path, Cornwall

Meandering around the South West coast of England is a whopping 630 miles of incredible scenery, ripe for exploring on a dedicated footpath. As the longest National Trail in the UK, the South West Coast Path runs from Minehead in Somerset, along the Devon and Cornwall coast, and all the way to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Sections of the path make for delightful afternoon strolls, or you can be more adventurous and head out on a longer mission. It’s a wonderful way to explore the heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery in Cornwall and the South West, bringing you up close and personal with the natural beauty of the area.

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Walking in Cornwall

Providing a series of free walks across the UK, including Cornwall, Walking in England has a dedicated section for our wonderful corner of the West Country, with maps to print and download to explore the area on foot. One of the main reasons people come to visit this part of the world is because of the beautiful natural scenery, so while you’re here it’s a good idea to get out the walking boots and set off on a hearty jaunt. Bring your map, because a lack of mobile signal is one of the things we like the most in Cornwall, and take it all in because it’s even better in reality than it is in the pictures.

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Camel Trail

Camel Trail

Perfect for cycling, the Camel Trail is an 18-mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level, multi-use trail that you can use to explore the Cornish countryside. The track brings back to life a disused railway line that runs between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin and Padstow. It's ideal for bicycles, wheelchair users, horse riders and walkers, and is broken down into three main sections set up to around six miles each, which is probably more manageable than the total 18 miles, on an average day at least! It's free to use, bike hire is available at Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wendfordbridge and toilets are in situ along the trail and in Padstow town centre.

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Magic Wood

Magic Wood

The Magic Wood Climbing Centre combines sport and tradition by offering bouldering, top-roping and lead climbing at a wall that’s designed to suit all ages and abilities. At Woodlands Farm in Liskeard, the facility is open from Tuesday to Sunday – from 2pm on weekdays, and in the mornings as well as afternoons at the weekends. Prices start at £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children, with family and annual passes also available. Private coaching is available and there are small charges for equipment hire as well, so keep that in mind before you visit!

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The Seafood Restaurant

The Seafood Restaurant

Opened by Rick Stein and Jill Stein in 1975, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is famous for establishing an international reputation for the very freshest fish and shellfish, often landed on our doorstep. Head chef, Stephane Delourme and his team create simple seafood dishes with classic flavours using Rick’s recipes.

The Seafood Restaurant  Riverside, Padstow PL28 8BY (T: 01841 532700)

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The Buccaneer

Discover traditional dishes in this warm, classically English pub. From the seafood to the wines, meats and ales, you will taste some of the best produce Cornwall has to offer. Take away fish and chips are available.

The Buccaneer, Fore St, Polperro PL13 2QR (Tel: 01503 272699)

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Couch's Great House

Enjoy an artfully prepared, modern British evening meal in this sophisticated restaurant. All ingredients are locally sourced where possible.

Couch's Great House Saxon Bridge, Big Green, Polperro, Looe PL13 2QT (Tel: 01503 272554)

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Michelle's Restaurant

A local and visitor hotspot, this restaurant creates an intimate, cosy ambience combined with tasty dishes and great service.

Michelle's Restaurant, Little Green, Looe PL13 2RF (Tel: 01503 272459)

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The Three Pilchards

The oldest pub in Polperro, full of historic charm with a hillside garden overlooking the village.  Here you will be served hearty homemade meals including fresh seafood, along with a range of well-kept wines, beers and lagers.

The Three Pilchards, The Quay, Looe PL13 2QZ (Tel: 01503 272233)

 

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Looe Beach

In East Looe, the beach sits directly in front of the old town, sheltered by the Banjo Pier and overlooked from the east by the hillside of Mount Ararat.  A good family beach that has something for everyone, at low tide the sandy location is safe for swimming although it’s recommended you steer clear of the river mouth beyond the pier.  The beach backs on to a seafront walkway which runs its length all the way to Second Beach to the east, where it tends to be less busy and it’s good for snorkeling.  As it’s in the centre of the town there are lots of facilities and cafes nearby, but in the summer it’s a very popular spot and parking can be tricky, with traffic prohibited during these months, so be prepared for a bit of a walk.

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Plaidy Beach

A small and pleasant grey sand beach with rocks exposed at low tide, Plaidy Beach is simply a nice place to visit and take in the scenery.  There aren’t any facilities, and there’s no parking nearby so it’s one to reach on foot.  There’s a slipway to the beach, but you will have to access it by walking along the coast path, parking at Millendreath or Looe and it’s worth keeping in mind that it’s quite steep from both directions.  Millendreath is closer and the walk should take around 20 minutes.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, so it’s a charming place to take them for a walk while you’re in the area.

 

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Hannafore Beach

Half a mile west of Looe, stretching along the coast, Hannafore Beach is a sandy, shingle bay with a rocky reef and views of St George’s Island.  At low tide it’s brimming with rock pools, making it fun and games for the whole family to enjoy, and it’s a wonderful sun trap in summer months thanks to its south east facing position.  Because of its location over the river, the beach never really becomes too busy, but equally there aren’t any facilities nearby.  It’s popular with dog walkers as it’s amongst the few dog-friendly beaches in the area, and having explored you can extend your excursion to a stroll along the promenade or a potter around the coast path to the wonderfully scenic Talland Bay.  There is roadside parking along the sea front above the beach, but it can be difficult to find a space.  Alternatively, there is a large car park in West Looe, around 10 minutes away on foot.

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Millendreath Beach

Millendreath Beach is a south facing beach at the foot of a wooded valley, in a sheltered cove with soft sand and lots of rock pools to explore at low tide.  It’s connected to other nearby beaches by the South West Coast Path.  Dogs aren’t allowed on this beach at any time of the year, and there is a reasonably sized car park a few minutes walk away.  The beach is popular with families on holiday in Cornwall, and most of the surrounding area is occupied by a holiday park, so there are lot of facilities open to the public.

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Talland Bay

A small, quiet beach between Looe and Polperro, Talland Bay actually comprises two beaches, one of which has sand both at low and high tide and is good for swimming all the time, while the other is less sandy and is easiest to swim from at high tide.  There is a ramp for launching boats from the main beach and there are lots of small coves and tidal pools to swim in as well, so it’s a delightful area to explore in the water.  Parking is limited, but there is a small, free car park by the beach and paid parking at The Beach Café, all of which provide easy access to the sand.  Thanks to the nearby café, visitors can also benefit from the accompanying facilities, on-site shop, and tuck into Roskillys Cornish Ice-Cream as well.

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