Short Breaks in Cornwall

A rugged rural landscape fringed by a staggeringly scenic coastline: Cornwall presents outdoor living at its finest. Together with a range of things to see and do – from fine dining in celebrity chef restaurants to festivals, world-renowned cultural attractions, historic sites and family-centred fun – it is the perfect place for some downtime amongst dreamy surrounds. Whether you’re weekending, spending a short holiday or planning an extended stay, there’s something spectacular to suit all time frames and type of visitor.

Cornwall’s array of top destinations especially lend themselves to shorter style breaks, as every town has a series of nearby attractions and sights of interest to see, with the must-sees never impossibly far away. Newquay is home to surfing hub Fistral Beach and presents a range of other adrenalised action. Watergate Bay’s Extreme Academy offers everything from surfing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) to waveskiing, while Lusty Glaze’s activity and climbing centre presents jet ski adventures, zip wiring, abseiling and beach dodgeball.

Alternatively, couples can kick back at quieter locations like Bedruthan Steps, take long coastal walks around the dramatic headlands, or tuck into top-notch cuisine courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. Similarly, Padstow’s plethora of charms sees the traditional fishing village proffer beaches for families, quiet coves for couples, Rick Steins’ restaurants for foodies and a wealth of inland activities and attractions. Still on the coast, St Ives is a quaint seaside village of varying scenes – from eating and drinking delights like the Seafood Café to surfing, shopping and sailing expeditions. Then there’s acclaimed art at Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum, along with a staggering amount of artists’ studios and galleries.

The far western end of Cornwall redefines wild beauty: gorse-covered granite outcrops crawl toward tropical blue ocean while mines and megaliths signpost mythological moorlands interspersed with lush gardens and woodlands. Cross the cobbled causeway to Mount’s Bay’s iconic St Michael’s Mount, take in a show at the magnificent Minack Theatre, venture to the end of the world at Land’s End and spend a day at a seemingly endless variety of coves, beaches and dramatic cliffscapes in-between.

The highlights surrounding South Cornwall’s main resorts can be explored in a matter of days. Stand at the country’s most southerly point and try spotting basking sharks at The Lizard, and spend the rest of the day dipping in the ocean at Kynance or Mullion Coves, eating homemade ice cream at Roskilly’s Farm and exploring the winding creeks and wooded valleys of Helford River. Stay in Falmouth for maritime-themed fun and enjoy a range of adrenalised activities – or simply sunbathe – on its beautiful series of beaches for a magnetic mix of action and relaxation. Alternatively, eat and shop your way round the famous waterfront town or decamp to nearby Truro or St Mawes to experience Cornwall’s only cityscape and fabulous yachting society.

Cornwall’s South East peninsula provides visitors with oodles to do and see, which can easily be packed into short stays. Traditional fishing villages like Mevagissey, Fowey, Looe and Polperro lend themselves to an array of attractions - from their own unique sections of coastline, coves and beaches to Cornwall’s world-renowned landmarks like Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and World Heritage Site (WHS) mining heritage. Whether weekending, day tripping or half terming – Cornwall provides the perfect place for any type of wish-you-were-here escape.


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Little Petherick, North Coast

P00223

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£250 - £556
per week
From £197 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offerAny 3 night stay from 1st November until 21st December ONLY £120 (excludes festive and school holidays as set by Cornish Horizons)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

St Ives, West Coast

WROCK2

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£324 - £758
per week
From £252 for a 3-night stay
  • Perfect for a couple to get away from it all, this modern apartment with sea views is ideally located in central St Ives, just a 7-minute walk to the beach, and is equipped with everything you could need to enjoy your holiday.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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Mousehole, West Coast

PPRESS

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£506 - £971
per week
From £389 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Special offer10% off all available September 2019 holidays
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
15% Off!

Penzance, West Coast

CARTHE

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£358 - £785
per week
From £278 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Special offer15% off all available weeks commencing before 31st March 2020
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 3 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Pub 3 miles

St Ives, West Coast

SEACFT

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£324 - £758
per week
From £252 for a 3-night stay
  • Seacroft is an attractive bolthole set against a backdrop of lush palm trees and tranquil blue seas, resting just a short stroll from the centre of St Ives and the popular Porthmeor Beach.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.4 miles

St Ives, West Coast

CHER1

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£300 - £714
per week
From £234 for a 3-night stay
  • Centrally located and close to the harbour and beach, the modernly decorated Cheriton House offers an ideal location for a couple to explore all the options that are available in the local area.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Mousehole, West Coast

SEATHR

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£359 - £723
per week
From £278 for a 3-night stay
  • Close to the harbour, beach and other delights of Mousehole, Sea Thrift is a lovely place for 2 people to enjoy time together. Cosy lounge with woodburner, spacious bedroom and a well-equipped kitchen.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Ives, West Coast

DECKE

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£342 - £804
per week
From £266 for a 3-night stay
  • Stylish loft style apartment centrally located in the Market Place and with the bonus of a roof terrace. Wonderful views across the Bay to Hayle Towans, the West pier and Harbour.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Ives, West Coast

CWN31

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£393 - £917
per week
From £304 for a 3-night stay
  • A contemporarily decorated apartment with its own parking space and superb views over the local coastal attractions such as Porthminster Beach and Godrevy Lighthouse.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Looe, South East Coast

L30057

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£356 - £626
per week
From £276 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • The Trefanny Inn is the perfect rural retreat for two in a beautifully finished pet friendly cottage in a tiny hamlet near Looe.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 3 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 2 miles

St Ives, West Coast

CHER3

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£291 - £672
per week
From £227 for a 3-night stay
  • Only a short stroll to the harbour, this quaint apartment is perfect for those who would like a base to use while exploring the harbour and beaches in St Ives, as well as other areas a little further out.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

St Ives, West Coast

CLVCAP

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£408 - £982
per week
From £315 for a 3-night stay
  • In an elevated area of St Ives, this newly built bungalow has a private patio and a private parking space offering an ideal location to explore the town or further out.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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