Short Breaks in Cornwall

A rugged rural landscape fringed by a staggeringly scenic coastline: Cornwall presents outdoor living at its finest. Together with a range of things to see and do – from fine dining in celebrity chef restaurants to festivals, world-renowned cultural attractions, historic sites and family-centred fun – it is the perfect place for some downtime amongst dreamy surrounds. Whether you’re weekending, spending a short holiday or planning an extended stay, there’s something spectacular to suit all time frames and type of visitor.

Cornwall’s array of top destinations especially lend themselves to shorter style breaks, as every town has a series of nearby attractions and sights of interest to see, with the must-sees never impossibly far away. Newquay is home to surfing hub Fistral Beach and presents a range of other adrenalised action. Watergate Bay’s Extreme Academy offers everything from surfing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) to waveskiing, while Lusty Glaze’s activity and climbing centre presents jet ski adventures, zip wiring, abseiling and beach dodgeball.

Alternatively, couples can kick back at quieter locations like Bedruthan Steps, take long coastal walks around the dramatic headlands, or tuck into top-notch cuisine courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. Similarly, Padstow’s plethora of charms sees the traditional fishing village proffer beaches for families, quiet coves for couples, Rick Steins’ restaurants for foodies and a wealth of inland activities and attractions. Still on the coast, St Ives is a quaint seaside village of varying scenes – from eating and drinking delights like the Seafood Café to surfing, shopping and sailing expeditions. Then there’s acclaimed art at Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum, along with a staggering amount of artists’ studios and galleries.

The far western end of Cornwall redefines wild beauty: gorse-covered granite outcrops crawl toward tropical blue ocean while mines and megaliths signpost mythological moorlands interspersed with lush gardens and woodlands. Cross the cobbled causeway to Mount’s Bay’s iconic St Michael’s Mount, take in a show at the magnificent Minack Theatre, venture to the end of the world at Land’s End and spend a day at a seemingly endless variety of coves, beaches and dramatic cliffscapes in-between.

The highlights surrounding South Cornwall’s main resorts can be explored in a matter of days. Stand at the country’s most southerly point and try spotting basking sharks at The Lizard, and spend the rest of the day dipping in the ocean at Kynance or Mullion Coves, eating homemade ice cream at Roskilly’s Farm and exploring the winding creeks and wooded valleys of Helford River. Stay in Falmouth for maritime-themed fun and enjoy a range of adrenalised activities – or simply sunbathe – on its beautiful series of beaches for a magnetic mix of action and relaxation. Alternatively, eat and shop your way round the famous waterfront town or decamp to nearby Truro or St Mawes to experience Cornwall’s only cityscape and fabulous yachting society.

Cornwall’s South East peninsula provides visitors with oodles to do and see, which can easily be packed into short stays. Traditional fishing villages like Mevagissey, Fowey, Looe and Polperro lend themselves to an array of attractions - from their own unique sections of coastline, coves and beaches to Cornwall’s world-renowned landmarks like Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and World Heritage Site (WHS) mining heritage. Whether weekending, day tripping or half terming – Cornwall provides the perfect place for any type of wish-you-were-here escape.


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Looe, South East Coast

L00095

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£235 - £573
per week
From £176 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • No WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Breward / St Tudy, Mid Cornwall

P00376

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£350 - £710
per week
From £263 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Ben's Barn is a spacious 4* gold cottage for two that is located in Trenarlett Farm near St Tudy.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 9 miles
  • Pub 1.7 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Ives, West Coast

SALT3

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£390 - £1001
per week
From £293 for a 3-night stay
  • This spacious 1 bedroom apartment is an inviting bolthole for couples looking to enjoy a relaxing getaway and take advantage of stunning beaches and local shops, bars and restaurants.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

St Ives, West Coast

PC464B

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£332 - £705
per week
From £249 for a 3-night stay
  • A pet friendly, well maintained ground floor apartment on Draycott Terrace, St Ives. Close to Porthminster Beach and provides linen and wi-fi, sleeping 2.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Looe, South East Coast

L30006

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£350 - £760
per week
From £263 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • This spacious and grand 1 bedroom apartment on the ground floor offers all the comforts of home. With views of Looe Bay and your own patio with table and chairs, it is the perfect place to relax.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Fowey, South East Coast

C30APS

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£330 - £802
per week
From £248 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • You don't get more waterside than this! Chandlers offers great views of the harbour and passing boats. Fowey's centre with all its shops and restaurants is just a few hundred yards away.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 0.5 miles

St Ives, West Coast

PC716A

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£335 - £699
per week
From £251 for a 3-night stay
  • A second floor apartment, with balcony and harbour views, above the Rum & Crab Shack. Sleeps 2, provides wi-fi and linen.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Mousehole, West Coast

MOLLYM

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£319 - £727
per week
From £239 for a 3-night stay
  • Lovingly refurbished and tucked away just two minutes from Mousehole and its the harbour, beach, pub, shops and restaurants, Molly Muppet is cosy bolthole for two or hideaway for one.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Merryn, North Coast

P00485

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£250 - £598
per week
From £188 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Tucked away in a quite location but convenient to all the local amenities St Merryn has to offer. Only a 5 minute walk to The Cornish Arms and a short drive to several glorious local beaches.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 1.8 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles

Little Petherick, North Coast

P00440

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£232 - £554
per week
From £174 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Gwels Efan Barn is a delightful 4* property with lovely countryside views, located in a truly rural location within a 15 minute drive of Padstow.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 4.5 miles

Fowey, South East Coast

CBOWS

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£303 - £722
per week
From £227 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • First floor apartment situated in the heart of Fowey, views of the river can be enjoyed from the bedroom, lounge/kitchen/diner.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.7 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

St Ives, West Coast

CWN31

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£357 - £881
per week
From £268 for a 3-night stay
  • A contemporarily decorated apartment with its own parking space and superb views over the local coastal attractions such as Porthminster Beach and Godrevy Lighthouse.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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