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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Mousehole, West Coast

LIFEBO

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£440 - £1406
per week
From £330 for a 3-night stay
  • The Lifeboat House is set in the heart of Mousehole with breathtaking views across Mount's Bay and beautifully decorated throughout.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Ives, West Coast

P00576

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£399 - £950
per week
From £299 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Set within the cobbled streets of Downalong in the centre of St Ives, Horseshoe offers contemporary open plan living just moments from the harbour, beach and Tate museum.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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Penzance, West Coast

SONGPZ

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£395 - £1095
per week
From £296 for a 3-night stay
  • 15% off weeks commencing 27th April and 4th May were £560 now £476
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Looe, South East Coast

L30053

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£450 - £944
per week
From £338 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A hidden gem tucked away from the busy main street but just steps from the beach and restaurants. Set across 3 floors, a characterful old cottage in the heart of it all.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Padstow Town, North Coast

P00730

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£250 - £595
per week
From £188 for a 3-night stay
  • Happy Days is a wonderfully located cottage for a couple wanting to be nearby to the vibrant array of shops, restaurants and alfresco waterside dining in Padstow, while still being treated to countryside views.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 1.5 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Bude, North Coast

TREW2

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£319 - £760
per week
From £239 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Cosy, welcoming cottage with open fire, private courtyard and communal children’s play area. Set in the beautiful Tamar Valley - tranquil countryside near the coast and within easy reach of the area’s attractions.
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 10.7 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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Newquay, North Coast

P00709

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£995 - £2995
per week
From £746 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • An immaculately presented and well equipped spacious four bedroomed family home situated moments from Newquay's famous Lusty Glaze beach. A mixture of classical styling and contemporary finishes result in a stunning Cornish coastal retreat.
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Games room
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Porthleven, South Coast

SHAMBR

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£375 - £1172
per week
From £281 for a 3-night stay
  • Lovely light and airy rooms, great views and close to the vibrant centre of Porthleven. There is a woodburner for those cooler evenings, great facilities and 3 bedrooms with pets also welcome.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.4 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
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Padstow Town, North Coast

P00735

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£450 - £795
per week
From £338 for a 3-night stay
  • Enjoy complete luxury in this contemporary apartment in the heart of Padstow. Surrounded by an abundance of amazing restaurants and shops, with its own secret garden and summer house to enjoy.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles
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Portreath, West Coast

P00712

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£1050 - £3250
per week
From £788 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • A beautiful 5 bedroom barn conversion with hot tub, situated in a rural setting only one mile from the popular harbour town of Portreath on the North coast.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 1 mile

St Merryn, North Coast

P00131

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£341 - £756
per week
From £256 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Trevelgue benefits from the facilities on St Merryn Park which includes a bar serving food, shop, tennis courts and children's play area (seasonal opening times apply).
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Tennis court
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Merryn, North Coast

P00551

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£265 - £630
per week
From £199 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A great base for a family holiday - onsite children's play area, designated barbecue area, small shop and bar and only a 10 minute drive to St Merryn’s 7 bays.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 2.4 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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