The unique culture and remote setting of this enchanting county make Cornwall cottage holidays excellent for those who are ready to get away from it all and experience a slower pace of life. There's loads to keep you entertained while on vacation in Cornwall, you will never be lost for exciting and creative things to do. So whether you're a keen surfer wanting to catch some of the famed waves here, or if you are more into strolling through the magnificent Cornish rural landscape, we will have a Cornwall cottage that best suits you. Our vacation rentals in Cornwall are placed right in the heart of all this natural beauty. There is no doubt that after one trip to this enchanting corner of England you will be returning again and again to discover more of what Cornwall has to offer.
Cornwall's history has connections to the sea with shipwrecks and smugglers well known symbols of the area. It is additionally a land filled with myths and legends, even claiming a renowned Celtic character specific to this corner of England which encourages return visits from visitors year after year to our self-catering Cornish cottages.
One of Cornwall's most attractive features is its coastline. The region's untouched, lengthy coastline makes it home to hundreds of sandy resorts and coves excellent for cottage holidays by the sea in Cornwall. With some of the most beautiful waterfronts in the country a day by the sea is what holiday properties in Cornwall were made for with its clear waters and picture perfect scenery. Visitors have their pick of sea shores, and can match their preferred tourist attractions and individual needs to one of Cornwall's varied sea-side areas.
Cornwall is still full of unusual traditions. These include its folk music, Furry Dance and Mummers Plays. Sports specific to the local area are also still hugely popular in Cornwall with Cornish wrestling and hurling being magnificent spectator sports. These can be seen at St Ives or St Columb Major. Cornwall's wealth of tradition and history is vividly reflected in its mining museums, award winning gardens and nature parks.
A holiday in a self-catering Cornwall holiday property poses the sublime excuse to try the famed Cornish pasty which is available in every bakery of the region. Saffron cake, another Cornish treat, should also be sampled whilst in the area. Originally just an Easter cake it is now available all year round, and comes from a classic Cornish recipe.
The area has been a cottage holiday destination for generations with guests visiting the peninsula, knowing that whatever their preferences they will not be disappointed. Staying in a vacation holiday home will set your family getaway in the midst of medieval idyllic locations, shimmering coastline and lively tourist resorts. Many of the holiday rental properties to choose from on WebCottages are within easy access of the sea and beaches. These can become crowded during the summer months but a small amount of adventuring and exploring can lead you to tiny, deserted coves which are scattered along the coastline. Cornwall is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite places in the whole of England, due to its pleasing coastlines, amazing cliffs and magnificent rural landscape.
Known as Kernow in the local Cornish dialect, Cornwall is blessed with striking wild terrain, both inland with its wild moorland and by the seaside with its varied, and impressive coastline littered with beautiful angling and mining communities. The area is well known as one of the best places in Britain for surfing so those adventurous enough may want to join in with the variety of surfing competitions that are frequently held throughout the summer months. Surfers can thank Cornwall's climate for the great surf that they can find as the area has the mildest climate in the UK with the shortest winters. With spring coming early and autumn lingering, the coastlines do get sharp winds especially along the north coast coming from the Atlantic.
Cornwall's craggy coast can be explored from the seaside path, which winds and undulates around the entire Cornish coastline. St Michaels Mount is an island for around twenty hours a day, but during low tide you can wander across the causeway from near Penzance. Once on the island, there is plenty to see and if you are interested in myths and legends then Cornwall's Tintagel Castle is the rumoured birthplace of the legendary King Arthur and well worth a visit.
As mainland Britain's most westerly point, Land's End presents a gratifying day out favoured by a large number of visitors during Cornwall holidays. Visitors have the opportunity to be pictured with the world-famous signpost and find gifts for those back home in the closeby shops whilst also enjoying a number of museums and attractions.
Cornwall has plenty to offer for all the family with scores of family tourist attractions to choose from including Newquay Zoo, Crealy Adventure Park, Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre, Blue Reef Aquarium and Cornish Rock Tors. The picture perfect buildings, cafes and Cornish bistros require some time to be appreciated, and there are a number of Cornish legends neighbouring the castle and the chapel made by Edward the Confessor in 1044. The sailing and surfing here are notable, and rock climbing on sea-side cliffs is quickly becoming a popular new activity.
The Eden Project, near St Austell, is a charming example of nature and tourism operational together, providing a good day out for anybody staying at one of our remarkable nearby holiday cottages. Significantly larger than any conservatory you will have seen before, it was designed as a showcase for global bio-diversity and of man's dependence on plant life. The Eden Project makes for an original day out with its enormous gardens, rainforest and biomes. The Eden Project gives something to see no matter what the season and as it is constantly growing, will likely provide something new in follow-up trips for those who have been before.
Many of Cornwall's disused mines are visible and open to the public. The mining view is exciting, and a visit to the Cambourne School of Mines is well worth the time, as it will give you an insight into the UNESCO World Heritage accredited mining scenery.
If you are looking for something a little more wild then Bodmin Moor lies at the heart of Cornwall. The moor's untouched, uneven beauty and masses of nature mean that there are lots on offer to interest the whole family.
It is a colourful, cosmopolitan community with tons to entertain the entire family with; there are outstanding sandy sea fronts, often with conditions brilliant for surfing, amusement parks, retail therapy, a zoo and lots of brilliant Cornish eating places and taverns. The evenings come alive during the summer months, when the seasides empty, and there is accommodation to suit everyone's tastes, from self-catering vacation holiday homes in Newquay to luxury apartments in Padstow. In the summer it has an active sea port and all the authentic offerings essential for a good Cornish break. If it is not a summer break that you are looking for then rather than merely hibernating for winter, this small city bursts into life with a show of amazing Christmas lights, attracting guests from all over the world. View Padstow cottages and Port Isaac cottages.
North Cornwall and Bude in particular are trendy areas. It has pleasant neighbourhoods such as Padstow, which was made renowned for its fish eateries and breathtaking sea port. For those who can't sit still there are tons of cycle paths to plump for in North Cornwall and they can be a good way to take in the region. The countryside, such as Falmouth and Cawsand, are more popular for those who want a laidback family holiday. These include Polperro sea front, Whitsand Bay and Mevagissey, all of which are sandy and family-welcoming too. Our South Cornwall self-catering properties include self catering properties in St Austell and Liskeard. View Polperro holiday cottages.
One very popular destination is St Ives which has its own Tate - Tate St Ives. Our St Ives self catering properties are wonderfully situated meaning that you can investigate a seemingly endless supply of galleries, fisherman's rental cottages and shops. Near to St Ives we additionally have rental cottages in Hayle Bay, giving three miles of golden sands. View our range of St Ives cottages.
Moving further south, at the heart of Mounts Bay is the old market village of Marazion. Offering clean and safe sandy coastlines, shops and eateries galore, Marazion is even blessed with the beautiful St Michaels Mount. Where you can watch as the island becomes part of the land as the tide disappears to uncover a causeway.
Truro is positioned strategically in the heart of the region, so a Cornish self catering cottage here offers marvellous access to see the entire region meaning that all of the attractions can easily be driven to.
For those who surf then Portreath is well visited with surfers and body boarders. Surrounded by beautiful cliffs that overlook a bay full of original shops and cafes it is a great spot for those looking for a coastal holiday cottage.
Tintagel is a magnificent place to visit for those that want to stay at the heart of the myths and legends of King Arthur. Tintagel is said to be the birth place of King Arthur and linked to the Knights of the Round Table.
With its sense of freedom and tranquillity you can enjoy a relaxing stay in a holiday rental property and with over 400 miles of coastline, you can find some hidden gems of places to stay. We have a variety of cottages for you to choose from. Many of our self catering accommodations have a range of facilities with some being very rustic with open fires whilst others are more modern with hot tubs or swimming pools. So why not have a look at the properties we have to offer and enjoy a holiday of your choice at any time of year.
If you're looking for a dog friendly cottage holiday, Cornwall is well worth considering. We can provide a range of pet friendly holiday rental cottages, and there will be no shortage of places to take your family pet once on your visit. A large number of Cornwall's beaches welcome dogs all year round.
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