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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Trevone Bay, North Coast

P00255

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£529 - £1260
per week
From £397 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Bryn Cottage is a delightful bungalow which benefits from lovely countryside views and only a 15 minute walk from the beautiful bay of Trevone near Padstow.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.9 miles
  • Pub 0.4 miles

St Ives, West Coast

PC464B

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£332 - £691
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

Little Petherick, North Coast

P00104

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£601 - £1431
per week
From £451 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Honeywood is a spacious 4* log home, located in Little Petherick near Padstow. This property offers 33% off for 4 and 50% off for 2 people at certain times.
  • 8 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 3 miles

Penzance, West Coast

CARTHE

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£322 - £734
per week
From £242 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Sitting just three miles from Penzance, Carthew Mill cottage is perfect for families with pets with an open plan living room and kitchen with wood burner, as well as local walks, shops and pubs.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Pub 3 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Bodmin Moor, Mid Cornwall

P00438

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£288 - £685
per week
From £216 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • The Hayloft is a lovely 4* gold barn conversion with a beautiful enclosed patio garden and woodburning stove in the rural location of Dunmere. A stone's throw from the Camel Trail and with its own bike storage shed.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 12 miles
  • Pub 0.4 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
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Mevagissey, South East Coast

P00471

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£439 - £1045
per week
From £329 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • W/c 20th April was £648 NOW £551
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 4 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Bude, North Coast

N2112

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£284 - £631
per week
From £213 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Cosy, well-equipped cottage, full of character with a beamed ceiling, picnic table and barbecue. The picturesque, rural setting near the River Tamar is perfect to explore local walks and enjoy a truly peaceful holiday.
  • 5 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Games room
  • Beach 10.7 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Marazion, West Coast

CHYMER

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£439 - £1097
per week
From £329 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Chy Merthen is a spacious well-equipped property which enjoys fabulous views of St Michael's Mount and Mount's Bay. Private parking, outside space and walking distance from Marazion village centre.
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Padstow Town, North Coast

P00595

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£1777 - £4090
per week
From £1,333 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • Court House is a Grade ll listed building providing an exquisite place for entertaining and relaxing in the heart of Padstow. Pet friendly.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.8 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Mawgan, North Coast

TREMBL

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£435 - £1035
per week
From £326 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Only a short drive away from Mawgan Porth's sandy beach. This comfortable detached, barn conversion is all on one level, has a lovely sunny decked area with countryside views.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 2.9 miles
  • Pub 1.4 miles

Little Petherick, North Coast

P00223

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£214 - £510
per week
From £161 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Any 3 night stay from 1st November until 21st December ONLY £120 (excludes festive and school holidays as set by Cornish Horizons)
  • Week commencing 23rd April - 10% off the full week and short breaks
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Looe, South East Coast

L30048

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£1209 - £2879
per week
From £907 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A stunning country house finished to an excellent standard with many original features, a luxury kitchen and bathrooms and plenty of outside space for family fun.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 4 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Games room
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
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