There’s nothing better than a traditional British seaside break, is there? And where better to head off on your sunny staycation than to the county of Cornwall? Boasting a number of coastal villages and towns, and over 300 beaches (you read that right!) Cornwall offers everything you want and more from a seaside trip. It’s not just about beaches though as this little slice of heaven is also home to incredible countryside and is fast becoming a world food destination.
So whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat in the countryside, a family adventure for all ages or a chilled-out break by the beach, we guarantee Cornwall will please. Plus, we’ve got a huge selection of cottages and luxury accommodation just waiting for you.
Choose from stylish abodes in the North Coast and cute pads in the south – featuring all the mod cons plus a few luxuries like hot tubs, swimming pools, private bars and games rooms. We’ve got dog-friendly accommodation so everyone can tag along too. At Staycations UK, we really do have something for everyone.
Set in an idyllic quiet location in a peaceful rural valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is this traditional stone detached barn conversion.
From £90 pppn | Sleeps 8
Admire the gorgeous open tread staircase as you step inside this lavish abode and discover a warm and restful sitting room where you can cosy up to friends on the stylish grey sofas in front of the striking woodburning stove, and discuss your upcoming adventures exploring the true delights of Cornwall.
From £60 pppn | Sleeps 10
This luxury lakeside lodge is set on the exceptional spa and water sports resort Retallack, with its year-round indoor pool and numerous other sports on the spot․ I
From £55 pppn | Sleeps 10
Quite simply one of St Ives finest and most luxurious holiday homes set overlooking Porthmeor beach, the Atlantic ocean and the stunning north Cornwall coast.
From £95 pppn | Sleeps 10
Exquisite and eco-friendly holiday homes set in an ideal position within the beautiful village of Sennen. Each designed to a high standard with stylish bespoke interiors and a well-presented garden with exotic plants, a sociable bar area, hot tub and outdoor seating.
From £120 pppn | Sleeps 6
Westaway has it all … panoramic sea views, a short walk to the beach and amenities of Portreath, superbly appointed accommodation, and a soothing hot tub on the decked balcony.
From £62 pppn | Sleeps 6
Relax at this stunning house in the heart of St Agnes on the North Cornish Coast. The hot tub, beautiful landscaped gardens and ample parking, are all you could want for your well-earned holiday.
From £65 pppn | Sleeps 8
Nestled in a tranquil setting within the grounds of the Caerhays Estate and close to St Austell, sits The Vean, a beautifully restored Georgian country house with views over Caerhays Castle Gardens.
From £57 pppn | Sleeps 16
The Summerhouse has been beautifully furnished and is in immaculate condition throughout. With large amounts of space and roomy accommodation, this beautiful holiday home is perfect for groups and families, or those looking to relax in style.
From £60 pppn | Sleeps 12
Rosevean House is a spectacular property on the North Coast of Cornwall believed to have been built for the Captain of the Mines, a real rarity in the heart of St Agnes.
From £108 pppn | Sleeps 12
Penhayle is a large, detached house in a magnificent lakeside position with wonderful views across the valley to the golf course. The property has been beautifully furnished in a farmhouse style and comfortably accommodates ten to twelve guests in very large bedrooms.
From £34 pppn | Sleeps 12
With panoramic views of St Michael’s Mount, this is an ideal choice for families. The house has five bedrooms, an electric gated drive, walled garden and sun terrace. Guests have easy access to the beach without crossing any roads.
From £65 pppn | Sleeps 10
A handsome, Victorian house, lovingly renovated to provide exceptional accommodation, situated right in the heart of the picturesque village of St Agnes and only 15 minutes’ walk to the beach.
From £56 pppn | Sleeps 10
This contemporary coastal retreat is the perfect place for enjoying a seaside holiday with friends and family. With wonderful sea views, stylish interior and modern furnishings, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable stay in this popular part of Cornwall.
From £33 pppn | Sleeps 10
Superbly situated overlooking Portreath’s golden sandy beach, with wonderful sea views and three balconies, Lucy’s Beach House is an exceptional four-storey townhouse with all the amenities of Portreath right on your doorstep.
From £87 pppn | Sleeps 8
Superbly situated overlooking Portreath’s golden sandy beach, with wonderful sea views and three balconies, Ben’s Beach House is an exceptional four-storey townhouse with all the amenities of Portreath right on your doorstep.
From £85 pppn | Sleeps 8
21 Silvershells is a stunning, contemporary property, furnished to a very high standard and ideal for families with children, just a short walk down to the quaint fishing harbour of Port Isaac.
From £55 pppn | Sleeps 8
LUXURY & UNIQUE
Situated in a very private, tranquil setting of 20 acres near Sithney, Helston, this is an enchanting granite property, elegantly furnished with antiques. Nearby is the pretty harbour of Porthleven with a host of excellent restaurants and pubs.
From £66 pppn | Sleeps 4
This comfortable cottage offers sea views. You may be lucky enough to spot seals on the rocks below the lighthouse headland, as well as a variety of seabirds.
From £45 pppn | Sleeps 3
Miss Fishers is a charming two bedroom cottage less than five minutes walk from the centre of Port Isaac, where the iconic “Doc Martin” is filmed. This beautifully renovated holiday home boasts a shepherds hut, wood burning stove and a fire pit.
From £44 pppn | Sleeps 4
An idyllic bolthole for two, The Sail Loft is a charming Grade II listed property in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac (the filming location of television series “Doc Martin’s” Port Wenn), one of the most appealing fishing villages on the north coast of Cornwall.
From £115 pppn | Sleeps 2
Best towns for a staycation in Cornwall
These are the most popular towns in Cornwall guaranteed to impress every age and taste.
Best for: A cultural break for all the family
As one of the most popular towns in Cornwall, St Ives and its gorgeous North West Coast is home to surfing beaches, art galleries, incredible foodie destinations and more. In fact, a weekend definitely isn’t long enough to explore everything that this area has to offer. Whether your dream staycation involves sitting back on the sands of Bamaluz Beach or perusing exhibitions at the Tate St Ives, one thing’s for sure, no-one will be bored here.
Best for: Getting out in the great outdoors
If putting your hiking boots on and heading out on an exploration with your furry friend is your idea of a great holiday, then Bodmin will impress. Think rolling valleys, quaint English towns and lots of nature. Here, you’ll also find the Camel Trail, a popular track with cyclists and walkers that offers the best sights in the region. And if you’d rather sit back and take in all of those views, the Bodmin and Wenford Railway offers an incredible steam train journey through the town and its surrounding areas.
Best for: A traditional British staycation
As one of the oldest towns in Cornwall, Marazion can be found by Mount’s Bay. Here, you’ve got a choice between two beaches and lots of bars and cafes to refuel in. There’s also plenty of independent shops to peruse and lots of galleries each showcasing local artists and their crafts. And if it’s watersports you’re after, you won’t be bored with a variety of kitesurfing, paddleboarding and kayaking on offer.
Best for: Family-friendly activities to keep your days full
Heading away with all the family? Want a few activities that all ages can get involved in, and enjoy? Liskeard is a small town in Cornwall’s South East and is a great base for a family holiday. Choose from horse-riding, zip-lining and go-karting. For something a little slower paced, you’ve got to explore the Liskeard Heritage Trail which will take you along the local landmarks. There’s also a scenic train journey that heads to the nearby fishing port of Looe – and its bars, restaurants and shops.
Best for: Seeing the Eden Project – and more!
A popular market town, only a few miles from the coast, St Austell has a lot to offer. Home to lots of activities – both on water and dry ground – and close to many nearby attractions including the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project, a trip here is great for all ages, budgets and tastes.
Best for: A UK staycation that feels like its abroad
Taking inspiration from being so close to the sea, Falmouth truly does offer you everything you could want from an international seaside resort – right here in the UK. Renowned for its deep natural harbour and beaches, there’s plenty of activities to keep you occupied and lots of coastal restaurants and bars to choose from. As well as this, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall makes for a great interactive day out.
Best coastal walks in Cornwall
What better way to explore Cornwall and all it has to offer than with one of these coastal walks…
Location: St Ives
Walk length: Just over a mile
The Carbis Bay walk is ideal for those who want a gentle coast path stroll. Following the old railway line, it provides incredible views across St Ives and its beaches. Along the route, you’ll pass a medieval chapel, a fisherman’s lookout hut, and a number of shipwrecks along the coast. There’s also a few bars and cafes along the way, ideal for a midway refreshment.
Blisland to Lavethan Wood
Walk length: Just under three miles
Explore the local woodlands, meadows and natural streams in the Blisland to Lavethan Wood walk. Equally impressive in the morning or afternoon, this trail begins at The Blisland Inn, which is also a fantastic place to return to and refuel at after your journey! The route is relatively flat meaning that the whole family can enjoy it, and it’s just 10 minutes from Bodmin.
Walk length: Just under six miles
Looking for a walk with breathtaking views of the cornish coast? Perhaps you want to get that picture-perfect shot with stunning sea views? Either way, the Perranuthnoe Circular walk should be top of your list. The route takes you along a scenic trail pass dunes, quiet lanes, and footpaths. It’s also circular meaning you end up in Marazion – close to its bars, cafes and restaurants.
Golitha Falls and Siblyback Lake
Walk length: Six miles
The Golitha Falls and Siblyback Lake walk is a circular route that explores the Golitha Falls nature reserve and Siblyback Lake. Dogs are allowed here but be sure to keep them on a lead as you adventure through enchanting woodlands and rapids before heading towards the serene lakeside. With views like this, why not make a day of it and pack a picnic to enjoy midwalk?
Wheal Martyn to Sky Spur
Location: St Austell
Walk length: Two miles
St Austell is home to the Clay Trails – a series of traffic-free routes that follow the northern and western edges of the town. One of the most popular routes is the Wheal Martyn to Sky Spur – a short yet challenging walk that follows woodland paths. The views from Sky Spur are also some of the best around, so be sure to pick a clear day!
Falmouth and Pendennis Head
Walk length: Just over five miles
The circular Falmouth and Pendennis Head walk explores the incredible harbour town of Falmouth – which didn’t exist until Sir Walter Raleigh said building a port town by the biggest natural harbour in Europe would be a good idea. One of the best things about this route is that there’s plenty of pit-stops along the way and the views are second to none.
Must-see places in Cornwall
Whatever your age, budget or group size, you’re sure to find something to do in Cornwall – and these must-see places are a great starting point. Although it’s not mentioned in the list, don’t forget to check out St Michael’s Mount, which is one of our must-see places in the whole of the UK!
Best for: Seeing the real beauty of the world
The Eden Project is renowned all over the world for its environmental conservation, sustainability and inspiring educational opportunities. It houses the world’s largest indoor rainforest as well as a Mediterranean climate ideal for growing plants of all habitats. Learn about the secrets of the rainforest, discover the nature that hides there and taste local food in the on-site cafe.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Best for: Getting those picture-perfect moments
As one of the most popular botanical gardens in England, The Lost Gardens of Heligan prove that gardens really can be a work of art. Unveiled in 1992, after being overgrown with brambles, today the 200 acres offer inspiring views and green-fingered projects. Dogs are allowed too but they must be kept on a lead.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
Best for: A family day out
You might think that a cider farm is just for grown-ups, but here kids can go off on a tractor ride around 100 acres of farmland and get up close and personal with the animals. Meanwhile, adults can learn about the cider-making process – and, of course, taste the good old stuff. The on-site restaurant also serves Traditional Cornish Tea that everyone can savour.
Best for: A traditional beach day
Looking for somewhere along the coast that’s not as busy as the famous beaches of St Ives and Newquay? Readymoney Cove is a sheltered and stunning sandy beach close to Fowey. Explore the rock pools, splash in the calm waters and take in the views of St Catherine’s Castle which sits opposite the bay. In quieter months, it’s a dog-friendly beach too.
The Castle Bude
Best for: A fascinating day out for all ages
Cornwall’s history is rich and colourful, and The Castle Bude is a fantastic place to start if you want to learn more about its past. Often described as a cultural activity hub for Cornwall, The Castle Bude now houses an art gallery, heritage centre, coffee shop and plenty of interactive activities for all ages to play along with.
Best for: A relaxing day to kick back and enjoy
Jubilee Pool in Penzance is one of the few surviving lidos left in the UK. For this reason, it does get busy though so if the weather forecast looks good you’ll probably want to get there early. Pack a picnic lunch, take a few pool games and, of course, don’t forget your sun cream.
Best pubs in Cornwall
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have a drink at lunch, before dinner or late at night, these Cornish pubs open their doors for everyone.
Location: St Ives
This cosy yet quirky pub serves a delicious menu of Cornish cream teas and real ales. Just a short drive from St Ives, it dates back to 1832 and has been a firm favourite of tourists and locals alike. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be pleased to know their main menu features dishes like pork belly and scallops all washed down with some local wine.
Not only is this a pub but also a fully-functioning bookshop! Boasting a great atmosphere, incredible food and drink, and even better stories, it’s no wonder it was voted as Britain’s coolest pub in 2017 by The Times. If you’re looking for somewhere a little different, to enjoy a drink or two, this is the place to go.
The Golden Lion
Location: Port Isaac
Built in the 18th century, this pub is packed with charm and history. It overlooks Port Isaac’s incredible bay making it a fantastic place to watch the sunset – or winter storms that this area is known for. If the weather is on your side though, the terrace is one of the best places in the house to head to. On the menu, you’ll find cask ales and golden fish and chips.
Old Custom House
A pub, B&B and restaurant all in one, Old Custom House is known for its quality service and great food. Choose from freshly ground coffee to local shellfish platters, and take your pick from the stylish bar. With a position as good as this in Padstow’s harbour though, it gets booked up fast so it’s wise to call ahead.
The Blue Peter Inn
Situated on Polperro’s harbour wall, the Blue Peter Inn serves up great beer, food, views and live music. In fact, they’re big supporters of the local music scene and always have an event in the calendar. If you’re going to be in the local area, you should definitely check out what’s planned for while you’re there.
This award-winning 16th century inn is one of the oldest around and has been completely renovated in recent years. While still containing its historic features, today it’s a modern and fine Cornish pub. It’s a big hit with the locals and serves up freshly caught fish and delicious pub grub.
Best places to eat in Cornwall
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and more – foodies in Cornwall won’t be disappointed with this delicious range of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Porthminster Beach Cafe
Just a short walk from St Ives, Porthminster Beach Cafe sits on a prime location overlooking the sea. Famous for its freshly caught fish dishes, it’s the go-to place for those in the know. Its decor is equally impressive with art deco vibes and high ceilings. Porthminster itself is also a great escape for the crowds that are attracted to St Ives in the peak season months.
Serving delicious American street food with dishes like buttermilk chicken, beef brisket and pulled pork, Hubbox brings a little taste of New York to Cornwall. Situated in a 19th century Grade II listed chapel, it really does have the wow factor. And, once inside, that wow factor doesn’t stop there.
Burgers & Fish
There’s no better place to go after a day exploring the local area. This friendly and relaxed restaurant is ideal after a day on the golden sandy beach and serves up tasty burgers and drinks. All of their pickles and preserves are homemade, and no matter how much you ask, they won’t let you in on their secret recipe…
Rick Stein, Fistral
Anyone who’s into their food will know that Rick Stein’s restaurant in Cornwall is the place to be. During the day, enjoy grilled fish and burgers. And come night, marvel at the Indian and Thai-inspired cuisine that’s on offer. Again, all the sauces and preserves are completely homemade here and the friendly service is another reason you’ll be coming back for more.
The Cornish Barn
Venture into Penzance’s backstreets and you’ll find The Cornish Barn – a fun and lively terrace and beer garden that offers everything from breakfast to evening meals. Its reputation is spreading around Cornwall, and for good reason too. It’s bold, loud and vibrant and the food is definitely worth talking about too.
Cribbs Caribbean Cafe & Bar
What do you get when you mix Cornwall with the Caribbean? A cafe and beach bar that’s packed with soul and flavour. Boasting a menu of curried jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish to name a few, and a wide range of rum cocktails, this place is the ideal dinner time retreat for those looking for a true holiday vibe. Open until late, it’s also a great place to head for a few evening drinks.
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