Published: 11.08.2023

Guide to the Lizard Peninsula for Cottage Holidays

Kynance Cove CornwallWhat Does Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula Have to Offer?

Considered by some to be one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall, the Lizard Peninsula in the very south of Cornwall is a true treasure.  With a wild and unspoilt quality, the rugged Lizard peninsula is likely to appeal to those who prefer to discover a less commercialised quieter part of Cornwall.  Truly lush and with windy lanes and rich in wildlife, the Lizard Peninsula is a wonder for keen wildlife watchers and nature lovers alike.



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What the Lizard Peninsula Offers on Cottage Breaks

So what is there to discover in the Lizard Peninsula?  Quaint coastal villages, unspoilt countryside and coves are just some of the wonderful sights that await you along the Lizard.  Plus, currently most parts of the Lizard Peninsula doesn’t usually attract the hordes of tourists that can be found elsewhere in Cornwall, but shh don’t tell everyone about this wonderful enclave in Cornwall and enjoy the peace and tranquillity whilst you can!



Gems to Discover on a Self-Catering Holiday on the Lizard Peninsula:

• The Lizard’s Quaint Coastal Villages

• Unspoilt Coves along the Lizard

• Experiences to Enjoy in the Lizard



The Lizard’s Quaint Coastal Villages

Some of the prettiest and most fascinating villages in the Lizard to stay in or visit during a cottage break include:

Cadgwith, Cornwall Cadgwith; this pretty seaside village with its quaint thatched cottages and harbour is a real Cornish gem.  Unspoilt and incredibly charming, there is a café where you can get a tea or coffee, as well as seafood on sale. Retaining its culture and uncommercialized feel, the beach isn’t much to write home about but the beauty of this little fishing village is hard to surpass and it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a walk, a relaxing coffee or a pub lunch.

Coverack Cornwall• Coverack; another lovely Lizard coastal village, Coverack has a really pretty harbour with ample seating so you can sit and watch the activity.  There’s also a fish and chip shop in the village, as well as a pub and a quaint little café where you can sit out and enjoy views over the bay, plus a pub.  Steps lead down to a big pebble beach with wonderfully clear waters, ideal for rockpooling.  Due to the sheltered location of the beach, some people choose to swim or paddle here.

• Mullion; the Lizard’s largest village, Mullion lies inland not far from the coast and with its windy street and good choice of shops, cafes and eateries has lots to appeal to visitors.  Close by is lovely Mullion Cove.


Unspoilt Coves along the Lizard Coastline:

• Kynance Cove BeachThe National Trust’s Kynance Cove is truly stunning.  This beautiful cove has recently sprung to fame, having featured heavily in the wonderful BBC TV Series Poldark.  Kynance Cove is an absolute gem with impressive rock formations, lots of shelter and golden sands and is a favourite with body-boarders.  There’s also a café there too where you can sit out and enjoy fantastic views over the bay. 

Unfortunately, by virtue of its Poldark fame, Kynance Cove is now no well-kept secret and unless you arrive early, finding a space to park in the National Trust car park in summertime is unlikely.  Some people park on the main road (parking on the roads on National Trust land) that lead to the cove is not permitted and then walk down to the cove but arriving early and getting a space in the car park is advisable where possible as otherwise you’re in for quite a long walk!
  • Mullion Historic HarbourMullion Cove; truly quaint, aside from a lodge development on the outskirts of the village, Mullion Cove retains much of its character and appeal.  The harbour has a historical feel and the sea caves that lead off of it fuel the imagination of both young and old.  There is a traditional tea shop at Mullion Cove and the cafés car park offers the best value for money.

Experiences to Enjoy in the Lizard:

  • Visit Roskilly’s Farm, popular for its ice cream parlour, choose from a variety of delicious flavours and enjoy relishing the taste in the pretty courtyard garden.  Ample parking is available and for younger visitors there’s a chance to visit the animals too!
  • Walk the South West Coastal Path; one of the very best ways to discover some of the Lizard Peninsula’s finest scenery is by walking along the coastal path, remember to bring good walking shoes and your camera!
  • Get up close to nature at the Seal Sanctuary (situated inland just within the Lizard Peninsula).  This sanctuary focuses on rescuing seals and seal pups before releasing them back in to the wild, this is a fantastic organisation and a great cause so give them a visit to support them and to get a good look at these wonderful creatures.  As well as seals, you may be lucky enough to see otters or penguins too!
All in all, if you’re looking to holiday in a more tranquil part of Cornwall, a self-catering break in the Lizard could be perfect for you.  We hope Country Cottages Online has inspired you with the variety and choice of things to see and do on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula. 

Whatever you choose to do on holiday in the Lizard Peninsula, we're confident you'll have a super time!

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