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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Portwrinkle, South East Coast

L30055

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£445 - £1065
per week
From £334 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • 15% off all available April and May weeks
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.25 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles
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Mousehole, West Coast

GWYLAN

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£680 - £1411
per week
From £510 for a 3-night stay
  • 10% off all available April and May weeks
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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Mousehole, West Coast

PPRESS

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£470 - £935
per week
From £353 for a 3-night stay
  • 15% off all 2019 holidays booked before 30th April
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.03 miles
  • Pub 0.06 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Padstow Town, North Coast

P00628

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£1226 - £2919
per week
From £920 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Stylish and contemporary Edwardian property in prime Padstow location, with stunning estuary views and large kitchen/diner; complete with AGA.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.4 miles

Bude, North Coast

CIDE2

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£289 - £687
per week
From £217 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Nestled in idyllic countryside near the seaside town of Bude, Cider Cottage enjoys fabulous views and home from home comforts. Set in the Tamar Valley, on the Devon/Cornwall border, it provides a truly peaceful getaway.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 10.7 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Looe, South East Coast

L00064

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£273 - £649
per week
From £205 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Swallow is a stunning converted barn that has been tastefully refurbished to provide excellent self-catering accommodation.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 6.5 miles
  • Pub 3 miles

Fowey, South East Coast

P00650

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£340 - £808
per week
From £255 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • This lovely, bright apartment is conveniently situated a short walk into Fowey town centre and offers views to the river and the Bodinnick Ferry from the open-plan living room.
  • 3 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.9 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles

St Ives, West Coast

BARN27

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£264 - £678
per week
From £198 for a 3-night stay
  • Boasting magnificent views of the harbour from it's cosy window seat, Flat 2 Barnoon Terrace is a quietly located apartment in a prime position just a short stroll from the shops, restaurants and beaches of St Ives.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Ives, West Coast

CASA

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£657 - £1566
per week
From £493 for a 3-night stay
  • Set just moments away from coastal walks along the stunning Porthmeor Beach, Casa Del Mia benefits from onsite parking and is ideal for exploring the local area.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Padstow Town, North Coast

P00550

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£517 - £1230
per week
From £388 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Fantastic property, ideally located just a 5-minute walk to Padstow harbour and all the restaurants, shops and galleries the town has to offer. Lovely enclosed sun-trap patio garden, perfect for al fresco dining.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.8 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

St Ives, West Coast

LOOKCV

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£411 - £1023
per week
From £308 for a 3-night stay
  • With a view over Porthmeor Bay, this comfortably furnished apartment has fantastic views of the maritime area outside and is ideal for those looking for rest and relaxation.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Penzance, West Coast

P00522

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£278 - £550
per week
From £209 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Pretty former artist's studio tucked away off the famous Georgian Chapel Street with views of the marina in Penzance and easy walking distance to all the local facilities.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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