Discover Unique and Beautiful Holiday Rentals in Cornwall

Enjoy sea, sand and sunsets galore in Cornwall
Enjoy sea, sand and sunsets galore in Cornwall | © Loop Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Cornwall is one of the most visited regions in the UK, with clean, turquoise waters, beaches such as Whitesands Bay and a large, hip surfing community in Newquay, plus reliably warm weather – by British standards, anyway. As well as being an English county, it’s a region with its own language, which is enjoying a revival. Snap a selfie at the famous Land’s End, or escape the crowds on the granite moorlands in Bodmin. Here are the best holiday rentals to choose in the region – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Charming barn conversion with wood burner near Looe


Charming Barn Conversion Near Looe
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Don’t let its location between Looe and Liskeard fool you – this charming barn conversion is the cosy, rural escape you’ve been dreaming of. The cottage has everything you need for a peaceful, pleasant stay with no stresses. The fireplace will keep you warm, and the deep soaking tub in the bathroom will float your worries away. Let your mind and feet wander in the garden as the surrounding silence and fresh air provide the rejuvenation you need.

2. Spring Water Barn


Breakfast on the terrace at Spring Water Barn
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The deep soaking tub, the tranquil garden, the cosy fireplace – all you’ll need for a perfect stay in the Spring Water Barn is a perfect cup of tea, which is available at the on-site cafe. The twin beds are comfortable, but you’ll be spending much of your time outdoors. Whether that’s for a dip in the swimming pool, lunch in the garden or a stroll around the stunning landscape is up to you.

3. Fisherman's Cottage


Cosy lounge with log burner at Fishermans Cottage
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You’ll reel in the relaxation you’ve longed for at Fisherman’s Cottage. This holiday rental in Falmouth is across the street from the Penryn River and a short walk to the ferry, beach and marina. You can dine on fresh seafood at the waterside restaurants or cook your own fresh catch in your kitchen. If you’re looking for conversation and camaraderie, try some fish and chips over a pint at the pub.

4. Fistral Beach Apartment 5


Double bed overlooking the ocean at Fistral Beach – Apartment 5
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Hoping to hit the links on your holiday? This beachy apartment will tee you up for an ace of a stay. It’s located right between Fistral Beach and Newquay Golf Club, so you’ll hardly have a reason to stay indoors. Rest your legs in the comfortable king-size bed and review your green notes over coffee in your kitchen. When your round comes in under par, head to the Red Lion for a celebratory pint.

5. Itchingstone Cottage


Itchingstone Cottage in the sunshine with colourful front garden
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Been itching to get away? Itchingstone Cottage is a worthy retreat. This cosy cottage is the getaway you’ve been looking for, though the complimentary wifi and flat-screen TV will keep you tethered to society. The luxury cottage is outfitted from wall to wall with everything you need: instant coffee and fresh teabags, a full kitchen and a relaxing den with a wood-burning fireplace. You’re only 15 minutes from Tintagel Castle here, too.

6. Falmouth Self-Catering Lodges


Falmouth Self Catering Lodges in a row each with an outdoor hot tob
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You’ll have no trouble settling into these Falmouth self-catering two- and three-bedroom lodges, but you may have difficulty choosing exactly how you’ll relax. The furnished balconies and patios are fantastic from sunup to sundown, while the on-site swimming pool and nearby beach will keep you lounging happily all day. Our suggestion? Enjoy your holiday rental to the max with a massage at the spa.

7. Trewhiddle Villa 29


Trewhiddle Villa 29 - uniquely shaped house on a quiet lane
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This one-bedroom St Austell holiday home is pet-friendly and sleeps seven. Pack up a few snacks from the kitchen, lace up your hiking boots, give the leash a little length and head off. Hiking at the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are within a 15-minute drive. You can reward your walk with a stop at the St Austell Brewery, only 2km (1mi) from your villa.

8. Trewhiddle Villa 20


Light double room overlooking green meadow at Trewhiddle Villa 20
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Get the family together for some quality time at this St Austell villa, a pet-friendly holiday home that allows you to bring even the four-legged family members away with you. Cook up your favourite family dinners in the full kitchen and play board games on the furnished patio. The Eden Project botanical gardens make a great day trip.

9. Luxury five-star cottage near the Cornish coast

Cottages, Luxury

Traditional white washed Luxury 5-star Cottage Near The Cornish Coast
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Call the Bonython Estate your home for the week at this luxury holiday cottage. A kitchen, separate dining area and living room with fireplace are just the creature comforts you need for a laid-back stay. Popular points of interest such as St Michael’s Mount, Lizard Point and Mullion Cove are just a short drive away. Comfortable sunloungers are even closer, in the sun-kissed garden just outside your cottage door.

10. Waterside Cornwall

Eco Hotel, Lodge

Waterside Cornwall - A triangle-shaped lodge in a forest
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The historic parish of Bodmin is near enough smack-bang in the middle of Cornwall, surrounded by rivers, hills and woodland. Just a little bit further into that wild space is Waterside, a collection of eco-lodges that wouldn’t look out of place in Costa Rica. Each cabin sleeps between four and eight, and each one features a log-burning fire, a soaking tub in the master and a big kitchen. The small lake from which the site gets its name is a perfect place to relax, and the spot also boasts an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness centre, a footgolf course and a concierge desk.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Callum Davies.

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