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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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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Great takeaway food
Very warm welcome. Made to feel at home and a very friendly atmosphere.
Been a regular visitor since the restaurant opened, every year in fact. Best place for relaxing atmosphere,fine food and a sense of occasion. Best way to end a week in Polperro. Good value and a great chef/owner.
Excellent on both visits, good ingredients well cooked and presented
Enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch here, food cooked and presented nicely. Friendly and efficient service too. Highly recommend.
Had a really good Sunday lunch here. Food nicely cooked & presented. Friendly and attentive service would highly recommend.
We enjoyed a delicious meal at Michelle's and it was a real treat to take our well behaved dog into a restaurant. Staff and customers all very friendly - altogether a memorable evening.
Great food, fantastic staff well worth a visit you won't be Dissapointed but book early as gets fully booked.
Delicious food and friendly helpful staff. It's a good idea to book a table. We were lucky enough to get a table on spec on Thursday and booked for Friday right after!
Best food in polperro :)
Just had dinner here tonight. Food off the chart fabulous. Michele is an amazing Chef
Had two lovely fish meals here and would recommend to anyone who enjoys fish as Michelle's husband is the fisherman so a good selection of very fresh fish and lovely friendly staff
we loved this place! the food was excellent. We went to a number of excellent places in cornwall (fifteen, rick steins plus several local places) and this was by far the best. The food was 'home cooking' style but beautifully down using superb ingredients, the portions were huge (too big!) and the service very friendly and welcoming. Whats more, it was just on the door step. I would say this is a must visit for anyone going to polperro.
Excellent food and very good lady owner. Top marks.
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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No desserts? I understand the comment in the menu but I prefer a main and a dessert. I am afraid there was no where on a Sunday night in March for me to go elsewhere and buy even an ice cream. I may have stayed and spent another £10 at least if I could have had a dessert and a coffee. The food I had was fine.
Lovely food, brilliant, welcoming people! Thank you
Lovely pub. Excellent service and food. Very friendly staff.
Lovely bar staff and fabulous beer garden, really nice pub
Great service, great food, well kept beer and great views from the terrace.
Fantastic place a little chem of a cottage we have been coming for 19 yrs and will still be coming in another 19 yrs.
Fantastic food and wonderful views from the beer garden.
Food superb,like the informal atmosphere,and not to far to crawl back to accommodation.
Great pub with amazing food and a warm welcome from all the staff. Definitely worth a visit if you're in polperro
The Three Pilchards is my favourite Cornish pub. In good weather, the roof terrace has lovely views over Polperro and must be recommended. In winter, the log burning fire is a brilliant comforter. The beer and food are excellent. On my most recent visit to Cornwall I had lunch there on two days. On the first day I had game pie with roasted root vegetables including beetroot, carrot and parsnip. The pie was a proper, free standing, shortcrust pie - not a small dish with a puff pastry crust. It was brilliant. On the second visit, I had crab bisque to warm me up followed by crab salad. Polperro is a clear choice for seafood. The owners, staff and pub dog are friendly and welcoming. The pub itself is dog friendly. I don’t think I’d visit the area without calling in at the Three Pilchards at least once.
Great food and lovely people. Nice pub garden looking out over the village.
Really lovely atmosphere in the pub. Staff very nice a friendly and we enjoyed our meal. Would recommend to anybody
Lovely food, visited a couple of times over a week... great service, nicely kept ales and lots of effort for local and Cornish drinks including ales, guns and rum... friendly staff... and Jake the dog was great !
Great people, Great food
Disappointed in the Pilchards. Food was expensive and staff a bit off hand. Used to be great but seems to have changed hands.
We highly recommend The Three Pilchards as "The place to eat and drink"...beautifully prepared dishes...the seafood was absolutely delicious. Fish Pie was 5*. The outdoor area was great to sit in and very dog friendly. Staff all so welcoming and hardworking. Fabulous!
We couldn't leave Polperro without eating at 'The Three Pilchards', whose name alone conjures up the impression of a very old, quaint smuggling pub, (which is exactly what it is). The fact they serve a fantastic fish pie and fresh seafood dishes in a comfortable, friendly environment was a bonus ... but don't expect a dessert - (not that you'd be able to manage one).
Loved this pub on our first visit and definitely weren’t disappointed second time round. Fantastic food, staff and service we went in everyday, would definitely recommend as a must when visiting Polperro
Superb food!! Best food we had in polperro.
Another one of Polperro's gems, great seafood, excellent ale and superb service, thanks to all.
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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Lovely beach and even when it was busy didn't feel overcrowded
Really good! Good sand and sea. Activities for the kids too. Difficult to get to cos no parking nearby.
Looe beach and seafront is cleaned every day (in season?) and looks good. A joy to sit and watch the sea and people passing by.
Lovely sandy beach. No dogs allowed but there is a small cove at the far end which allows dogs to enjoy their holiday too with a dip in The English Channel.
You cannot fail to love Looe beach, early morning, during the day or for and evening stroll. A super clean 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.
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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One of the many dog friendly beaches we visited lovely coastal walks to Talland Bay the nature reserve island is very interesting great refreshments available and not forgetting the free parking available all day which is very useful.
Great beach. Good view of looe island. Loads of shells to collect. Lots of dog walkers tho!
An interesting beach, but beware the incoming tide !
Really nice beach and walk
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.
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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Great beach pet friendly beach with rock pools etc for the dogs to explore
Brilliant. Bit seaweedy. Wear beach shoes incase of weever fish stings.
An interesting beach at low tide and lovely views.
Lovely beach,beautiful walk from Polperro. Dogs requested to be kept on leads (which I suppose is preferable to a ban!). Families seem to use this beach alot.
The coastal walk from Polperro to Talland Bay is outstanding. As both are scenic, (and Talland Bay benefits from an excellent cafe and free toilets), it makes for an excellent morning or afternoon trip in good weather.