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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Padstow Town, North Coast

P00550

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£517 - £1230
per week
From £388 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Fantastic property, ideally located just a 5-minute walk to Padstow harbour and all the restaurants, shops and galleries the town has to offer. Lovely enclosed sun-trap patio garden, perfect for al fresco dining.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.8 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

St Merryn, North Coast

P00689

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£368 - £875
per week
From £276 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Open plan, exquisite bungalow in a quiet and peaceful cul-de-sac on St Merryn holiday park. A shirt drive to the famous seven bays sandy beaches and 10 minute drive to Padstow.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Tennis court
  • Beach 2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

St Ives, West Coast

COTSP

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£411 - £1023
per week
From £308 for a 3-night stay
  • A cosy flat tucked in a pedestrian courtyard, this property is a short walk to the local shops, bars and restaurants in the popular town of St Ives. The harbour is also very nearby to enjoy watching the world go by.
  • 3 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Mevagissey, South East Coast

P00684

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£250 - £595
per week
From £188 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Stunning converted hayloft with original features, countryside views and cosy kitchen. 6 miles from the coast and a perfect base to explore Cornwall.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 6 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
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West Coast

LIFEBO

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£540 - £1406
per week
From £405 for a 3-night stay
  • The Lifeboat House is set in the heart of Mousehole with breathtaking views across Mounts Bay and beautifully decorated throughout.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Porthleven, South Coast

WILLSP

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£481 - £1202
per week
From £361 for a 3-night stay
  • A beautifully furnished retreat tucked away in the heart of Porthleven, just a short walk to the restaurants and picturesque harbour. Open plan throughout with a contemporary style, two bedrooms, enclosed courtyard.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.25 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Mousehole, West Coast

KEMYEL

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£722 - £1803
per week
From £542 for a 3-night stay
  • Set in a half-acre of gardens, with its own stream and a revolving summer house, Kemyel Mill is a former mill that has been refurbished to a high standard, making it a wonderful holiday retreat.
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 1.5 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Mousehole, West Coast

LOVLAN

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£586 - £1462
per week
From £440 for a 3-night stay
  • Set into the hill above Mousehole, Love Lane cottage is a light and airy property with views over the harbour and the whole of Mount's Bay to St Michael's Mount.
  • 4 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Looe, South East Coast

L30041

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£520 - £1004
per week
From £390 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A stunning 2 bed apartment with magnificient views from the balcony and just moments from the bustling town centre, the long sandy beach and the South West Coast Path.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Penzance, West Coast

SONGPZ

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£395 - £1095
per week
From £296 for a 3-night stay
  • 10% off weeks commencing 13th and 20th April
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

St Ives, West Coast

LYON04

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£540 - £1317
per week
From £405 for a 3-night stay
  • Situated on the first floor this apartment has a great view towards Hayle Towans and the harbour area, it also has secure storage for beach items as well as a whirlpool bath and other home comforts.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

St Ives, West Coast

P00568

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£420 - £950
per week
From £315 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A second floor apartment on the harbour front of St Ives, above the Rum and Crab Shack. Sleeps 4. wi-fi and linen and towels (except beach towels) provided.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.03 miles
  • Pub 0.02 miles
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