The Best Airbnbs in Cornwall, UK

Find your perfect coastal retreat in Cornwall
Find your perfect coastal retreat in Cornwall | © Westend61 / Getty Images
Photo of Lauren Williams
Freelance Travel Journalist10 September 2020

Cornwall has embraced Airbnb culture like nowhere else. Handmade treehouses offer coastal living, lakeside converted shipping containers hide away from the world and gorgeous Georgian houses let you holiday in complete and utter luxury. There’s a place to stay for all tastes in the Royal Duchy.

Riverside Cabin

Homestay, Apartment
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Courtesy of Kay / Airbnb

Why book a hotel when you can snooze in a handmade bed, carved from the woodland outside, while surrounded by trickling rivers and birdsong? The Riverside Cabin is beautifully crafted by hand – it is outdoor living at its best. Outside is a fire pit for al fresco dining, a stream to paddle in and woodlands to explore. Peace and quiet are of the highest importance here.

About this place:

Countryside, Relaxed, Unusual, Cosy

Appleloft

Homestay, Apartment
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Courtesy of Margaret / Airbnb

This airy and quirky studio overlooking the Tamar Valley and Latchley is country cottage chic meets barn conversion. This old apple press is a cosy and perfectly furnished hideaway from the world, offering luxury in miniature and perfectly placed for exploring both Devon and Cornwall.

Shaka’s House

Homestay, Apartment
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Courtesy of Holly and Josh / Airbnb

This quirky and perfectly furnished converted shipping container just outside of St Ives is a wonderfully serene home from home for any Cornish visit. Guests are welcomed with Cornish goodies and a bottle of bubbles, and the cosy interior is full of interesting pieces and well-designed items.

The Light-House

Homestay, Apartment
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Courtesy of Janette / Airbnb

This stunning, breezy apartment, which opens out onto the sea, has uninterrupted views of Cawsand Bay from the balcony and a roll-top bath and lounge. There are loads of lovely little personal touches in every room, and the views are so good that you’d be forgiven for not bothering to leave. Village life in the twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand is as village life should be, and there are several pubs all within walking distance.

Coastal Studio

Homestay, Apartment
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Courtesy of James / Airbnb

There’s little better than staring out to sea, and at this lovely little self-contained studio you can do just that for as many hours as you please. The Coastal Studio isn’t a place of decadence and luxury, but it is a place to enjoy Mother Nature at her best; storms and perfect sunsets are beautiful in equal measure here. That said, everything you could possibly need is provided – sea views from the bed included.

Free Range Escapes Bluebell Shepherds Hut

Cabin, Short-term Rental
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Courtesy of Gosel / Airbnb
The sweetest little getaway spot, this adorable bolthole is a repurposed shepherd’s hut with homely decor. Gorgeously cosy, there is a wood-burning fireplace should you need to warm up in autumn and winter, alongside a hot tub just outside the door that’s perfect for stargazing. On the enormous 20-acre (8ha) property, you’ll also find woodland to explore and a freshwater lake where you can swim, fish or boat. Should the saltwater call your name, however, you’re just a hop, skip and a jump from the divine beaches of North Cornwall.

About this place:

Boutique, Cosy, Great Location, Rural, Countryside, Relaxed, Remote

Stunning Sea Views from the Apartment by the Beach

Apartment, Short-term Rental
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Courtesy of Beth / Airbnb
This apartment, set above Perranporth Beach, has spectacular views over the golden sands. An enormous terrace offers a bird’s-eye view of the beach, so you can spend your days watching the tide come and go from the privacy of your own space. When you do decide to swim, you can be down at the water’s edge in minutes. Sleeping just two, this is the ultimate romantic getaway.

Detached Beach House with Large Beachfront Garden

Guesthouse, Villa, Short-term Rental
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Courtesy of Emma / Airbnb
Live out all your best Poldark dreams with a stay at this gorgeous beach house, set just above Porthgwarra where parts of the TV show were filmed. It sleeps two, and even during the summer high season you’ll often have the cove to yourself, as most visitors head to bigger and more easily accessible spots. Take your morning coffee to the chairs at the bottom of the garden to watch the sun come up above the cove, and swap a sit-down dinner for a magical picnic on the sands.
These recommendations were updated on September 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.