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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Constantine Bay, North Coast

P00375

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£346 - £824
per week
From £260 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Sandhills 9 is a charming 3* apartment which boasts delightful sea views, within 350 yards of Constantine Bay, ideal for those who want a great beach holiday.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles

St Ives, West Coast

QUAYST

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£357 - £864
per week
From £268 for a 3-night stay
  • This romantic bolthole offers captivating views across the bright blue harbour and is ideally place for discovering a wonderful St Ives experience.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Fowey River, South East Coast

P00722

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£595 - £1600
per week
From £446 for a 3-night stay
  • An attractive timber-clad house built with ecology, space and natural daylight in mind. Set just 5 miles inland and offering discounted rates for parties of 4 or less.
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Ives, West Coast

WATCH

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£507 - £1239
per week
From £380 for a 3-night stay
  • With stunning views across the harbour, Watch House is central to everything in St Ives. You'll be the envy of all your friends with these seaside views and centrally positioned location.
  • 7 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Ives, West Coast

BCHC2

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£390 - £981
per week
From £293 for a 3-night stay
  • Charming reverse-level home suitable for a small family and just minutes from Porthgwidden, Harbour and Porthmeor beaches. Enjoy the wonderful sea views or take the chance to explore the town of St Ives.
  • 3 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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St Merryn, North Coast

P00233

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£436 - £1039
per week
From £327 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • 15% off all available April weeks and short breaks
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 1.5 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Looe, South East Coast

L10082

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£380 - £904
per week
From £285 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A fantastic property in an elevated position with outstanding panoramic views
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.6 miles

St Ives, West Coast

FERN41

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£390 - £981
per week
From £293 for a 3-night stay
  • This well equipped apartment boasts fantastic views across the local coastline of St Ives and is close to the town center for those wanting to explore the many shops, bar and restaurants available.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Portwrinkle, South East Coast

L30056

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£300 - £650
per week
From £225 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Surrounded by vineyards, woodland and access to a private lake, this pet friendly barn conversion is the perfect choice for a couple looking for peace and tranquillity.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Ives, West Coast

IDLE

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£438 - £1065
per week
From £329 for a 3-night stay
  • Quaint former fishermans cottage located on a tiny cobbled street just yards from the Harbour and beach. Impressive views from the double bedroom to Godrevy Lighthouse and close to the local shops and restaurants.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Portreath, West Coast

PC054

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£380 - £768
per week
From £285 for a 3-night stay
  • The Moorings is a modern harbours edge property, close to the family beach and local shops of Portreath. Sleeps 6, wi-fi and parking.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

St Ives, West Coast

KILLA

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£372 - £927
per week
From £279 for a 3-night stay
  • With the beautiful beaches of Porthgwidden and Porthmeor only a short walk away, this character property is ideal for a family holiday ready to explore St Ives and all it has to offer.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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