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The best cosy cottages in Cornwall

Characterful self-catering stays, all rated by VisitEngland

Cornwall cottage getaways

With its beautiful beaches, rugged terrain and feeling of being quite unlike anywhere else in the UK, it’s easy to see why Cornwall proves so popular with those looking for a seaside escape.

And there’s no shortage of choice if you’re wanting the flexibility of self-catering accommodation – especially when it comes to holiday cottages. From romantic stays for two to properties that can accommodate the whole family (dogs included), here are ten VisitEngland-rated cottages for an unforgettable Cornish holiday.

Five-star cottages


The Headland Cottages, Newquay

Perched on a private cliff-top, just yards from Fistral beach. Guests can use the hotel's facilities including the award-winning Headland Spa.

28 Althea Cottage, Padstow

A great location for exploring the town, or you could just take the time to enjoy a relaxing break on the tucked-away patio. The perfect place for a quiet escape.

Kymaurah Cottages, Penzance

Overlooking stunning Lamorna Cove with its sandy coves and majestic sea views, you'll find three lovely holiday cottages. Honey Hedge, The Dovecote and Lamorna View; all stylish and comfortable, close to woodland paths.

Sara’s Cottage, Truro

This ground-level cottage enjoys a wonderfully peaceful setting while also being just a ten-minute drive from Truro. The cottage sleeps up to six and has three bathrooms – its level access and wide doorways make it very accessible for less mobile visitors.

Four-star cottages


Badgers Sett Holiday Cottages, Draynes

Badgers Sett Holiday Cottages are ideally located within easy reach of Cornwall’s popular attractions and offer a welcoming, characterful, and well-equipped environment for a getaway. Rosemary Cottage sleeps two, while dog-friendly Lavender and Thyme Cottages both sleep four.

Tredethick Farm Cottages, Lostwithiel

These eight authentic stone farm cottages are perfect for holidaying with a young family. Get involved with feeding the animals (pony riding is also available) and collect freshly-laid eggs for a delicious breakfast. There’s plenty for adults too – the Hot Tub Garden is particularly blissful.

Court Farm, Marhamchurch

Family-run for four generations, Court Farm offers a selection of self-catering accommodation just a stone’s throw from Bude. Choose between traditional cottages, converted bars and more contemporary options, and make the most of the top-class facilities, which include an indoor heated pool, tennis court and play area.

Harbourside Cottage, Padstow

Nestled in the heart of Padstow Old Town, this traditional cottage is just 20 metres from the harbour’s edge and its superb collection of restaurant, inns and shops. Inside is just as lovely – relax in the beamed-ceilinged lounge and turn up the cosiness with the wood-burner effect fire.

Lobster House, Padstow

Just a short stroll from the harbour, aptly-named Lobster House is arranged across three floors and boasts several gorgeous features. The exposed Cornish stone wall adds to the feeling of authenticity, while estuary views can be enjoyed from the first floor and light-filled attic bedroom.

Porthmeor Cottages, Porthmeor

With far-reaching views to sea and stunning sunsets, Porthmeor Cottages make a fabulous setting for those looking for a hideaway. Eliza’s Croft sleeps four while Clippity Clop – originally the farm’s stallion house – sleeps two. Both have warming wood burning stoves and retain many of the charming original features.

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