Guide to What Cornwall Offers for Cottage Holidays

St Ives, CornwallThinking of taking a break in Cornwall for the first time?  If so, Country Cottages Online’s guide to Cornwall can help offer you some inspiration and ideas on what this part of the South West of England has to offer.  One of Britain’s most popular areas for holidays, Cornwall has lots to offer holidaymakers and this part of England is particularly sought after for summer breaks and family holidays.  Renting a holiday home can be a great way to experience this part of England in home from home style accommodation.

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Discover the Best of Cornwall, Cornwall’s Top Attractions for Holidays include

•    A stunning coastline including unspoilt beaches and coves

•    Poldark Country (discover the part of Cornwall associated with the TV hit series of Poldark.

•    Cornwall's unspoilt countryside including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

•    The Eden Project and beautiful gardens


Cornwall's stunning coastline including unspoilt beaches and coves Penzance Beach, Cornwall

Whether you love a bit of action and are looking to enjoy surfing or bodyboarding on holiday or want to take it easy chilling out on the beach whilst soaking up the sun’s rays, Cornwall has something for all tastes.


Poldark Country (discover the part of Cornwall associated with the TV hit series of Poldark. 

The hit TV series of Poldark has many swooning, not only for the handsome main character of Poldark played by Aidan Turner, but also for the stunning beaches, villages and towns featured in the episodes.  Notable places to visit within Poldark Country include the fascinating Botallack mines where you can learn more about Cornwall’s rich mining history.  Read our Guide on Poldark Country to find out more about discovering this beautiful area of Cornwall.


Cornwall's unspoilt countryside including Areas of Outstanding Natural BeautyBodmin Moor in Poldark Country

Almost a third of Cornwall is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Some of the scenic areas included in this AONB include the Hartland Heritage Coast, the Trevose Head Peninsula, the Lizard Peninsula, Bodmin Moor and the Camel Estuary.  Each of these areas is known for its stunning countryside which in some cases extends all the way to the coast.

Bodmin Moor deserves special mention as this is one of Cornwall's best known areas of countryside and is known for its bleak windswept moorlands, clad with heather and granite rocks.  Wild ponies are also known to grace this landscape. Bodmin Moor is home to some fascinating places including Rough Tor, Brown Willy and standing stones such as the Trippet Stones and Stripple Stones Henge.  There are many walking trails and pathways to help you explore Bodmin Moor including the Copper Trail which takes visitors around the moorland.

Whether for walking, cycling, hiking, horse riding or wildlife watching, Cornwall's countryside is well worth exploring on a cottage break.


The Eden Project and beautiful gardens Eden Project, Cornwall

Cornwall’s Eden Project

The Eden Project in Cornwall has got to be one of the county’s best known attractions and some people are absolutely fascinated by the biospheres.  Immerse yourself in plants and nature with a visit to the Eden Project, all under cover, so you can enjoy a great day out come rain or shine!  Experience the different biomes which include the rainforest biome (the largest indoor rainforest in the world) and the Mediterranean Biome with its olive trees, cacti and citrus fruits.  There are outdoor gardens to explore too at this fascinating place close to St Austell.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Located within the Roseland Heritage Coast, close to Mevagissey are the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan. These gardens are home to farmlands, wildlife rich areas and woodland areas.  The woodland areas are undoubtedly the most famous and home to various renowned sculptures including the Giant’s Head, the Mud Maid with its earth mother vibe and the Grey Lady. 


St Michaels on Mount Gardens

St Michaels Mount near Marazion in Cornwall is worth a visit on its own, for a day trip to this island, where you can look back to the shores of Cornwall.  The whole place has quite a magical unique feel.  Little known though is that St Michaels on the Mount is also home to some beautiful gardens, which are a real joy to discover.  The gardens are layered, in terraces and home to some exotic succulents, and plants you would not usually associate with England.  What’s more, you can enjoy the backdrop of stunning sea views as you explore the gardens too!

Whether you enjoy being by the coast and visiting quaint fishing villages, reconnecting with nature in the countryside or visiting tourist attractions, Cornwall has it all.  Whether you opt to rent a Cornish cottage by the sea or in the countryside, and whether you opt for a 5 star luxury cottage or a cheap budget rental, we hope you have your best holiday yet.


Page last reviewed on 12 October 2023
by Yvonne Dean

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