Where to stay in Cornwall by Sawday's

Cornwall’s spectacular coast and moorland stretch out west in a ragged, narrow peninsula where the taste of the sea is always in the air. The beautiful beaches and Coast Path have drawn people for years, but Cornwall has hidden depths and a proud culture that rewards the slow traveller with even more.

You’ll find traditions of storytelling and song, from bands playing sea shanties on The Platt at Port Isaac to the dramatic cliffside setting of the Minack Theatre. There’s superb seafood, from famous restaurants to scallops served in paper cups on harbour walls. Seal colonies gather in hidden coves, Bodmin Moor is a haven for birdlife and huge basking sharks graze past Penzance.

When we look for new additions to our collection of hotels, B&Bs and self catering cottages in Cornwall, we look for those that help you find that genuine connection to the area and the people. There are buildings preserved from Cornwall’s mining past, old townhouses that have watched the harbour for centuries and country cottages that welcome you to timeless villages. From towering cliffs above the white beaches of Sennen to the craggy landscapes of Zennor and the gentle riverbanks of the Helford, it’s the county’s diversity that keeps us coming back.

Places to stay in Cornwall

Choose from large self-catering cottages with coastal views, friendly bed and breakfasts in the country, smart hotels in lovely fishing villages, and inns with a great community feel.

Our favourite holidays in Cornwall

Self-catering holiday cottages where your dog can come along on holiday with you. Some of the places within this collection will provide treats on arrival, others will offer dog hampers, blankets, walking guides and much more.

How about waking up, pulling back the curtains and seeing crystal blue waters from your window? All places within this collection will give you an unrivalled beach retreat in beautiful Cornwall.

Find your perfect hideaway for two in Cornwall, for the ultimate romantic break. Escape the city and head off on coastal walks, explore fishing villages and come back to your cottage for supper, wine and board games.

Why we love Cornwall

  • The food, from slightly odd traditions like Stargazy pie, to sharp Yarg cheeses, famous pasties (locals swear by Philps), great beer and superbly fresh seafood
  • The hike to Hawk’s Tor in Bodmin Moor and the beach at Trebarwith Strand, that both fit into the same day out
  • A thriving culture and arts scene with travelling theatre and innumerable galleries
  • The distinct sound of the Cornish accent drives home the county’s sense of identity.

Great things to do in Cornwall

  • Head to Port Isaac on a Friday night and if they aren’t out on the road, Fisherman’s Friends might be singing traditional sea shanties on the waterfront
  • Keep an eye on the sea by Penzance from May to October to encounter enormous basking sharks on their annual migration
  • Explore the characters and history of Cornwall, from the poet’s refuge of Hawker’s Hut, to the Telegraph Museum and the moody ruins of the once-lucrative tin mines
  • Follow trails down from the cliff paths to hidden coves you’ll have almost to yourself.

Where to stay in Cornwall

This beautiful area of the UK is known for its wild and rugged coastline, the South West coastal path, sweeping golden beaches and pretty art towns. Choose from our most popular destinations to find your perfect place.

More Cornwall holiday inspiration

Our guide to Cornwall: our most popular destination in the UK, offering everything from golden sandy beaches and historic coves to coastal walks and delicious food spots.

This our guide to some of the best hidden gems in Britain’s favourite coastal destination, as well as family-friendly Blue Flag beaches and Dog-Friendly beaches.

Our top tips for all the best things to do in Cornwall: places to explore, walk, surf and eat. Many of these tips have been provided by our Bristol team, who spend many of their summer weekends in the region.

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