Cornwall is the perfect place in the UK for a wellness getaway. Whether you want a staycation before travelling overseas again, a workcation while you have the flexibility to work remotely, or simply a special post-pandemic retreat, the dramatic coastal scenery and fresh sea air provide everything you need. Ready to treat yourself? In this guide, we compile some of the best luxury Cornwall cottages to make your trip an unforgettable one. From coastal spots with a sea view to remote country cottages, these are among the most unique stays in Cornwall.
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How we choose these luxury Cornwall cottages
Cornwall is more than just a holiday and remote working destination for us – it has a special place in our lives. My ancestral roots date back for centuries in Cornwall, and with family still living there I visit several times every year. I’ve been lucky enough to explore this beautiful county widely, and so I’ve learned a lot over the years about the best locations and places to stay.
So, how exactly did we choose these cottages? At Career Gappers we are an affiliate partner of Plum Guide, which is not only a booking platform but also a benchmark for luxury vacation homes and short-term rentals. All of the properties it features have been vetted for outstanding quality.
All of the luxury Cornwall cottages we list here are featured on Plum Guide, and one of them even made the shortlist for its 2020 Home of the Year.
We trawled through dozens and dozens of unique stays in Cornwall to find 15 of the very best. On top of the benchmarking already done by Plum Guide, these were the criteria we had in mind when researching our selections:
- Outstanding comfort
- Beautiful furnishings
- Unusual features that add value and character
- We are particularly partial to a good old-fashioned wood burner!
- Impressive outdoor space, whether gardens or a balcony
- A sea view is always a bonus, but we’ve also included some remote countryside retreats
- We also look out for good working facilities, such as a dedicated space and good wifi (check out our guide to workcations for more inspiration on remote working holidays)
So, without further ado, here’s what we found…
Luxury Cornwall cottages with a sea view
The first handful of our selections have one wonderful thing in common. They are all seaside settings and come with spectacular views of the ocean.
1. The Mount | view of St Michael’s Mount
📍 Marazion, Penzance · 3 bedrooms · 6 guests · outdoor dining · games room
St Michael’s Mount is one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks, rising magnificently above the sea opposite Marazion Beach. It can only be accessed by foot when the tide is low, but its unmistakeable shape always looms as a dominating feature on the ocean skyline.
The Mount is a gorgeous seaside cottage in Marazion that offers a prime view of St Michael’s Mount from its balcony. On warm summer evenings you can enjoy al fresco dining in the garden setting while looking out on this famous scenery, before relaxing inside by the wood burner or hitting up the games room.
There is lots to do around the area, too. Historic Penzance is a short distance around the coast, with its quirky shops, museums, seafront promenade and characterful places to eat. Many of Cornwall’s most stunning coves and beaches are a short drive away.View and book on Plum Guide
2. Wide Eyes | Victorian homestay in a charming sailing port
📍 Fowey · 3 bedrooms · 6 guests · sea view balcony · log fire
Fowey is a cosy medieval harbour town and sailing community that sits on Cornwall’s picturesque south coast. Its cobbled streets and narrow alleyways are interspersed with colourful Georgian buildings, cafés and bistros.
Wide Eyes sits overlooking the pretty harbour with a premium balcony view. This amazing property was a runner-up in Plum Guide’s home of the year 2020, beating thousands of properties worldwide to make the shortlist.
Set in a Victorian building, the interior furnishings are stunning. This is the perfect indulgent base for a relaxing Cornish getaway.View and book on Plum Guide
3. Zareba | Porthminster Beach vistas
📍 St Ives · 3 bedrooms · 6 guests · 2 kitchens · fireplace
St Ives is one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside towns. Home to a branch of the Tate, it is famed for its creativity, which will you will find in abundance in its many independent shops and art galleries. It is also resplendent with a choice of sandy beaches around the harbour.
Plum Guide has many featured properties in St Ives, and Zareba is our pick of them, located right next to the beautiful grounds of Tregenna Castle. You can look out over Porthminster Beach and across to Harbour Sand from the balcony dining table and bedroom above. Touches of luxury include a freestanding bathtub, a cosy fireplace and two fabulous kitchens.
This is a great spot for exploring St Ives by foot or venturing further along the coast. Nearby Carbis Bay is lovely too, and further up the coast Gwythian Towans is one of our favourite beaches.View and book on Plum Guide
4. Dune Buggy | sunsets on the beach
📍 Perranporth · 3 bedrooms · 6 guests · private balcony · coastal hiking
Perranporth offers a quieter alternative to Newquay on Cornwall’s north coast, just a few miles away. Its huge sandy beach is one of Cornwall’s best, and the town is full of independent eateries and shops. There is also a vibrant programme of events and festivals around the calendar.
Dune Buggy is an apartment in the very heart of Perranporth, looking out onto the beach, and complete with its own private beach-view balcony. A short walk brings you right out onto the sand, which stretches for three miles along the coast.
With the beach at Perranporth facing west, this place couldn’t be better positioned for a spectacular Cornish sunset.View and book on Plum Guide
5. Harbour Dreaming | balcony on the beachfront
📍 Porthleven · 3 bedrooms · 6 guests · sea view dining · wood burner
Porthleven is one of Cornwall’s traditional fishing towns. It’s a popular choice for foodies with an excellent repertoire of seafood restaurants. Lizard Point, the southernmost place in the UK, is a short drive (or a few hours’ hike) down the coast.
Perched over the very seafront, Harbour Dreaming has a premium setting in Porthleven. Its wide balcony overlooks the beach and pier, while the dining table inside gazes out onto the sea, with a prime positioning for sunsets. Blue-and-white furnishings and decorations add to the marine feel.
Take your car and explore the south of Cornwall or just set up here for a mindful break, with days on the beach and evenings by the fireside.View and book on Plum Guide
Remote cottages in Cornwall for wellness getaways
In the next section we focus our selections on rural and isolated locations. The following remote cottages in Cornwall are ideal stays for escaping to some peace and quiet with luxurious surroundings.
6. Bedtime Story | rural getaway near Land’s End
📍 Porthcurno · 3 bedrooms · 5 guests · fireplace · on the coastal path
The Penwith peninsula that occupies the tip of Cornwall is where you will find some of the county’s most dramatic and remote scenery. Most famous is Land’s End, but the coastline that wraps around this region is full of hidden gems.
Bedtime Story is tucked away near the edge of the peninsula, surrounded by green countryside and just a stone’s throw from the coast. Land’s End is a 90-minute hike along the coastal path, while even closer in the other direction is Porthcurno, frequently hailed as one of the best beaches in the UK.
The property itself resembles a traditional Cornish countryside cottage in a sparsely populated village. Bring a book and put your feet up by the fireside.View and book on Plum Guide
7. Musician’s Escape | bohemian hideaway for two
📍 Crackington Haven · 1 bedrooms · 2 guests · piano · wood burner
This converted barn hidden away in the woodlands makes for an amazing quiet retreat for a couple. Musician’s Escape is rustic and airy with a creative touch, complete with a piano and impressive music collection. It even has a superking-sized bed and a sauna too.
While close to the coast, it also has the feel of being in the middle of nowhere. The nearest beach and pub are a few miles away in the village of Crackington Haven, and there are no shops within close walking distance. Remote is the word.
Have dinner outside on the picnic bench to the sound of waves in the distance, while looking out onto the open countryside.View and book on Plum Guide
8. Clotted Cream | 17th century cottage by the cliffs
📍 Crackington Haven · 4 bedrooms · 6 guests · dramatic scenery · wood-burning stove
A little closer to the coast near Crackington Haven, Clotted Cream is set among bleak-but-beautiful countryside by the dramatic Cornish clifftops. Rolling fields stretch out into the distance, and you can watch cows grazing through the windows in the living room.
This luxury cottage dates back to the 17th century, with its historic feel maintained with wooden beam and brick fireplace features. One of the most rugged sections of the Cornwall coastal path is a short distance away.
Here in the wilderness the wifi is a bit sketchy at times, and so this quaint old cottage is more suited to a completely disconnected getaway than a workcation.View and book on Plum Guide
9. Kindred Souls | stable yard sanctuary
📍 Boconnoc · 2 bedrooms · 4 guests · wood-burning stove · tennis court and games room
Lostwithiel might sound like something out of a Tolkien novel, but it’s actually a charming Cornish town in the woodland valleys of the River Fowey. Four miles into the countryside from here is the wooded village of Boconnoc, with a population fewer than a hundred people.
This is the setting for Kindred Souls, a gorgeous remote stable-yard cottage complete with access to a tennis court and games room. The rich oak-beam features are complemented by bold and bright furnishings, and comfy sofas that you can sink into by the wood-burning stove.
While the setting is delightfully remote, there is plenty to do around the area too. The tropical gardens of the Eden Project are just a few miles away, and the sailing town of Fowey is nearby on the coast.View and book on Plum Guide
10. Wild Heather | colourful country cottage
📍 Bude · 2 bedrooms · 4 guests · large garden and patio · wood burner
One of Plum Guide’s most highly rated luxury Cornwall cottages, Wild Heather is situated among tranquil countryside. While it’s only a couple of miles inland from the seaside resort town of Bude, it feels so secluded it could be a million miles away.
The cottage has ample green gardens with an outdoor dining space. A barbecue is among the amenities provided, ideal for those light summer evenings soaking up the seaside breezes that blow in from the coast.
Inside, the decor is striking, with brilliant-white walls augmented by brightly coloured furnishings and wooden ceiling beams. And, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a wood burner!View and book on Plum Guide
Unique stays in Cornwall with character
Our final few selections are unique stays in Cornwall that we picked out because of their particular quirks. Read on and discover private beach pathways, romantic wooden cabins. stargazing potential and more.
11. Amid The Orchards | stone barn and flora gardens
📍 Newquay · 2 bedrooms · 4 guests · garden loungers and table · walking distance to beach
If you like beautifully cultivated gardens, then Amid The Orchards will be right up your street. Located inland between Newquay and Perranporth, this cottage features gorgeous orchard gardens with an array of flowers and plant life, and an outdoor dining setting on the patio.
Set in a renovated stone barn, the interior is bright and airy while retaining its original wooden beam features. It’s lovely, but you’ll probably want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the incredible gardens!
Just a few paces away, The Smuggler’s Den Inn serves excellent pub food set in a 16th-century thatched cottage.View and book on Plum Guide
12. Dune Cottage | private path to the beach
📍 Newquay · 3 bedrooms · 6 guests · four-poster bed · hot tub
Mawgan Porth is an award-winning beach set between breathtaking rocky cliffs a few miles up the coast from Newquay. At Dune Cottage you can experience this setting in the most intimate way possible – with your own private pathway leading down to the beach!
In case you need any more encouragement, the cottage comes with a raft of other special features too. Not only is there a freestanding outdoor bathtub, but also a hot tub on the deck. This stretch of coast faces west, so you can dine outdoors in the evening against a sunset backdrop.
Each of the three bedrooms has its own charm, with one featuring a white-curtained four-poster bed. Indeed, white is the colour of choice throughout the interior, enhancing the natural sunlit brightness that pours in through the windows.View and book on Plum Guide
13. Bay and Burner | open-plan haven on the coast
📍 Padstow · 3 bedrooms · 6 guests · sea view patio · wood burner
Padstow is famed for its gastronomy, with Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant numbering among its many renowned eateries. It is also positioned along one of the most striking sections of Cornwall’s coastline, featuring the towering Bedruthan Steps, which almost reminded us of the Twelve Apostles on Australia’s Great Ocean Road.
Just around the headland on Portcothan Bay, Bay and Burner makes the perfect base for exploring the area, ten minutes’ walk from the beach. With its spacious open-plan living area and ample seating, this place lends itself really well to a sociable getaway for a group of friends.
On the outdoor patio area you can enjoy drinks with a sea view, or gather round the wood burner inside later in the evening. There’s a piano too if you have any musical entertainers in your group.View and book on Plum Guide
14. A New Belonging | romantic getaway in a wooden cabin
📍 St Kew · 1 bedrooms · 2 guests · private deck · mezzanine bedroom
Looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary for a couple’s getaway? This secluded wooden cabin makes for a ridiculously romantic escape.
A New Belonging is your own private hut in rural north Cornwall, by the sleepy village of St Kew. The self-contained living area has a wood-burning stove, compact kitchen, stacked bookshelves, and a spiral staircase leads up to the mezzanine bedroom. Outside you have a private deck with a table and chairs for two, and hammocks for afternoon naps and reading.
If you want to reemerge to civilisation at any point, there is a welcoming inn next door in a 15th-century building. Nearby, you can take a short road trip up one of most unspoiled stretches of Cornish coastline, taking in the likes of Port Isaac, Tintagel Castle and Boscastle.View and book on Plum Guide
15. Stargaze | renovated barn in a dark sky discovery site
📍 Bodmin · 2 bedrooms · 4 guests · barbecue · wood-burning stove
We round off our collection of luxury Cornwall cottages with something special for the stargazers and astrophotography enthusiasts out there. Standing on the edge of Bodmin Moor, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to receive International Dark Sky Landscape status, this cottage is perfectly poised to witness some of Cornwall’s incredible night skies.
The aptly named Stargaze is set in a renovated barn. The spacious interior is designed for comfort with a homely touch, its plush sofas huddled around a wood-burning stove. Outside, views of the Camel Valley stretch into the distance.
Positioned on the midpoint of the Cornish peninsula, it’s a half-our drive or so to either the north or south coast. Then, after a day’s exploring, relax with a glass of wine under a spectacular starry night sky.View and book on Plum Guide
Find more luxury Cornwall cottages
Still not found what you’re looking for? Browse Plum Guide to find dozens of the best luxury Cornwall cottages across the county.
We will be producing more content on Cornwall in summer 2021, when we plan to travel there again. So, watch this space for more inspiration!