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Planning a Cornwall escape?

Then head for these five stunning parts of this corker of a county, all with gorgeous rental properties nearby.

The fact that it takes at least eight hours to get to Cornwall (without factoring in rubbish traffic) from Norfolk makes a trip to the southernmost tip of Muddy counties, let’s be honest, a bit of a schlep. But there’s something about the light in Cornwall, the beaches, the vast skies and timelessness that replenishes the energy tank. If you’re thinking about where to head for your hols, whether it’s a short break with friends or a proper summer family stay-cay, here are five beautiful scenic parts of Cornwall for you to get out and about it and explore, all with stunning properties nearby. Ready, steady… relax.

Harlyn Bay

Image: Visit Cornwall

Harlyn Bay, on the North West coast, is one of the best family-friendly beaches in Cornwall and is dog-friendly all year round. The golden sandy beach and safe waters are perfect for children, and there are loads of little coves for them to explore. Harlyn is one of the Seven Bays (including the better-known Constantine Bay and *cough* Booby’s Bay – oh come on, that’s funny!) so it’s ideal for walkers hoping to trample the coast path, and Rick Stein’s pub The Cornish Arms is just around the corner in St Merryn. There’s decent swell for keen surfers too – and Harlyn Bay Surf School are always on hand for coaching.


The Hideaways are made up of three separate properties – Wolf Rock (above), Longships and Lizard which each sleep six guests or up to 18 if booked together for large group get-togethers. They all share similar beachy interiors and have upside-down designs so the living areas are upstairs and ideal for socialising.


Gorran Haven, South West Cornwall

If you’re looking for the quieter side of Cornwall, you’ll love the little fishing village of Gorran Haven on the South West coast. Its calm, clear waters are lovely for early morning paddle boarding with the family or a twilight swim before bed and the village boasts two of the safest swimming beaches in Cornwall. There’s a dog-friendly beach (dogs on leads), a pub, a beach shop and great links onto the South West Coast Path if you climb up behind the village and out towards Portmellon, Mevagissey, Pentewan and beyond.



Beachcombers sits right above the beach in Gorran Haven and has steps which lead from the garden straight onto the sand. It sleeps eight and is dog-friendly, with all the authentic charm of a traditional fisherman’s cottage.


Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall

Ideal for fresh seafood, dog-friendly walks and days at the spa, you can’t go wrong with Mawgan Porth, found mid way between Padstow and Newquay on the rugged north Cornish coast. Good foodie options at Catch and St Mawgan Tea Room, and spa lovers can kick back at either the Bedruthan and The Scarlet with sea-view hot tubs and onsite restaurants for making a day of it.



Tamarisk sleeps eight guests just around the corner from Bedruthan, and is an easy walk from the huge sandy beach. There’s a large garden to occupy little ones, and a decked terrace area with sea glimpses.


Looe and Ilha View, South Cornwall

Looe is a great destination for family beach holidays. The streets of this coastal village are lined with quintessentially Cornish shops, from fudge pantries and book stores to indie shops and tourist trinkets. There are also plenty of great restaurants like The Old Sail Loft, The Sea Kitchen and The Sardine Factory which showcase the best local seafood. Children will love crabbing by the harbour, while dogs can stretch their legs on the pooch-friendly Hannafore Beach.



Ilha View (above) sits moments away from Hannafore Beach in West Looe and sleeps eight.  There’s a sea-view hot tub at the top of the tiered garden, a modern open plan kitchen and is also available to book alongside the neighbouring Oceans Edge (also sleeping 8) for a bigger party.


Mousehole, South West Cornwall

Located way down west between Land’s End and Penzance, Mousehole is a charming fishing village that’s bursting with culture. It’s characterised by its harbour and the Christmas Mousehole Harbour Lights switch-on (now into their 57th year). Get out on the water and learn to kite surf or kayak with Ocean High, or walk across the ancient cobbled walkway to visit the iconic St Michael’s Mount. For foodies, try 2 Fore Street but also keep an eye out for The Old Coastguard – it’s due to reopen this month (Jan 2020) following a fire earlier in the summer.



The Mouse House overlooks the sea and sleeps up to eight. It’s perfectly placed for exploring the galleries and shops in the heart of the town – they’re a not-very-straining five minute walk away!


Polzeath, North Cornwall

Cornwall is all about the water, and Polzeath, about 6 miles north east of Wadebridge on the Atlantic coast, has a particularly thriving surf scene, shared with dolphins and seals – try George’s Surf School who specialise in personalised coaching. Cornish Rock Tors are also brilliant for kayaking, coasteering, cliff jumping and guided open water swimming if you’re looking for water-based pursuits. For food and drink, there are gazillions of options – start your search with The Oyster Catcher, The Waterfront and The Cracking Crab. There are plenty of great coastal walks that begin, end or pass through Polzeath too, so it’s a lovely way to explore surrounding areas like Pentire Point and The Rumps, Lundy Bay, Port Isaac, Port Quin and Rock. Wine lovers will be in their element, with Camel Valley and Trevibban Mill vineyards both less than half an hour away – perfect for a day trip.



Doyden sleeps 8-9 guests and looks out across Polzeath’s golden sandy beach. It’s dog and family-friendly and there’s a lovely open plan living space that leads straight out onto the balcony.

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