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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St Ives, West Coast

BPB17

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£507 - £1239
per week
From £380 for a 3-night stay
  • Barnaloft is set in a prime St Ives location with astonishing views across Porthmeor and its stunning beaches. An ideal location for evening drinks or simply enjoying beautiful sunsets.
  • 4 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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Newlyn, West Coast

ABCORC

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£873 - £2395
per week
From £655 for a 3-night stay
  • 15% off week commencing 26th April was £1,202 now £1,022
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
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St Breward / St Tudy, Mid Cornwall

P00377

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£346 - £824
per week
From £260 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • 10% off all available weeks until the end of October 2019
  • 15% off any fortnightly booking until end of October 2019
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 7.8 miles
  • Pub 1.2 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Ives, West Coast

ATLAN5

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£627 - £1503
per week
From £470 for a 3-night stay
  • A spacious Victorian terrace ideally suited for a family or friends get-together. Located high above St Ives harbour it is just minutes from the vibrant town centre with magnificent views and outdoor space.
  • 7 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Ives, West Coast

BAIL06

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£459 - £1137
per week
From £344 for a 3-night stay
  • Historic Sea Captains cottage, full of character and quietly situated between Fore Street and Porthmeor Square just moments from the bustling harbour, shops and the sandy beaches of Porthgwidden and Porthmeor.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Ives, West Coast

TREHAY

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£540 - £1317
per week
From £405 for a 3-night stay
  • Parking is available for two cars at Coastguard Cottages which overlook the famous town of St Ives, just a short walk to the centre, harbor and the beaches. The views from the apartment are unrivaled.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

St Ives, West Coast

BPB02

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£801 - £1998
per week
From £601 for a 3-night stay
  • A modern, light and airy apartment overlooking the fabulous surfing beach at Porthmeor. With the bonus of private parking and a balcony to take in the beautiful sunsets enjoy time with the family at this great location.
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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Mevagissey, South East Coast

P00699

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£1050 - £2500
per week
From £788 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A wonderful house near the beach ideal for families or friends. Portmellon Cove has a free slipway for launching small boats and kayaks and, positioned on the coast path, it's a great place to enjoy wonderful walks.
  • 8 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Padstow Town, North Coast

P00455

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£539 - £1283
per week
From £404 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Samphire House has recently been refurbished to a high standard with a lovely enclosed patio and terraced garden to the rear, within a 5 minute walk from Padstow Harbour.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.8 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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Portreath, West Coast

PC705

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£380 - £791
per week
From £285 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Week commencing 20th April was £522 NOW £422
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 2.8 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles

St Ives, West Coast

BELM10

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£288 - £708
per week
From £216 for a 3-night stay
  • A modern apartment in a quiet location overlooking the turquoise seas of Porthmeor Bay. The lively town centre of St Ives is within a short walk and there is the bonus of parking. Suitable for two adults.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

St Ives, West Coast

NIC12

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£708 - £1725
per week
From £531 for a 3-night stay
  • This attractive property overs wonderful views over Porthmeor Beach and is part of the well-presented St Nicholas complex – a popular destination for exploring the local area.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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