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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Carbis Bay, West Coast

ASHCT

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£372 - £927
per week
From £279 for a 3-night stay
  • Ashcroft is perfect for a relaxing self-catering holiday in beautiful countryside yet also close to the beach and shops of Carbis Bay. Large gardens and parking.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Carbis Bay, West Coast

PC1006

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£447 - £933
per week
From £335 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Just 500 yards from the stunning Carbis Bay beach, this beautiful ground floor apartment provides WiFi, a parking space and linen and towels. St Ives is just a few minutes' drive.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.6 miles

St Columb, Mid Cornwall

P00555

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£253 - £509
per week
From £190 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Melody Cottage offers peace and tranquillity in a beautiful country setting but within striking distance of beaches and a choice of bustling market towns and local villages.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 6.9 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Porthleven, South Coast

TRENAN

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£455 - £950
per week
From £341 for a 3-night stay
  • With countryside views from the raised patio and the beach just a short walk away this little granite cottage has it all. The woodburner makes for cosy evenings, separate dining room and pet friendly.
  • 4 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Fowey, South East Coast

P00489

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£352 - £839
per week
From £264 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Contemporary, stylish and comfortable, this apartment is a great base from which to explore the south Cornish coast.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 2.4 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Truro, Mid Cornwall

P00636

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£350 - £833
per week
From £263 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Pippbrook is a lovely, detached bungalow set in its own grounds with accommodation all on one level. Pippbrook is ideally located for exploring both the north and south coasts of Cornwall.
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 7 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Breward / St Tudy, Mid Cornwall

P00663

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£218 - £520
per week
From £164 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Enjoy luxury lie ins in this cottage for two on the edge of Bodmin Moor. With panoramic countryside views, you will be sure to get lost in your thoughts and come away feeling completely revived.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 9 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Open fire or woodburner

Padstow Town, North Coast

P00422

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£387 - £879
per week
From £290 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Lowen Cottage is a sunny little 4* property in Padstow with countryside views, only a 10 minute walk to the harbour and within a short drive to several beaches.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 1 mile

St Ives, West Coast

NICC41

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£489 - £1191
per week
From £367 for a 3-night stay
  • Set over 2 floors, this property benefits from onsite parking making exploring St Ives easy and wonderful views for enjoying sunny summer evenings.
  • 4 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.5 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
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Trevone Bay, North Coast

P00003

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£840 - £2300
per week
From £630 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Weeks commencing 26th April, 10th and 17th May were £1,130 NOW £961 per week
  • 10 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Ives, West Coast

BARN67

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£255 - £636
per week
From £191 for a 3-night stay
  • Bijou apartment on the first floor of a popular terrace overlooking St Ives Bay. Enjoy the views from the communal seating area or a short stroll will take you to the town, harbour and beaches. Great base.
  • 3 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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