5 Perfect Places To Take A Cottage Break In Cornwall

When I was young enough to still be wearing neon flowery leggings, summer holidays meant one thing – making our way from one side of England to the other, to spend a week by the sea, in the heart of nature and exploring some of the UK’s most underrated landscapes.

My mum grew up in Devonshire, with Cornish heritage – which meant we spent plenty of my childhood holidays exploring the beautiful South West of England. As I grew older and the allure of further-flung adventures began to call, though, my visits became less frequent. And by the time I’d hit my twenties, I hadn’t been back to the places that defined my childhood travel experiences for a while.

I link so many good memories to the area – and the more research I do, the more I’m keen to go back as an adult. With plenty of cosy Cornwall cottages to stay in, I can just imagine this being the perfect place for a long weekend away in the UK– be it with family, friends or as a couple. Although it’s a bit out of the way and getting there might take a little while, it’s worth it for the peace, tranquility and laid-back vibes you’ll get when you’re there!

Five of the best towns and villages in Cornwall

Bodmin

Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, UKPhoto: Matthew Jessop and Visit Cornwall

An ideal place to base yourself if you’re looking to explore the North Cornwall natural sights! The nearby Bodmin Moor is perfect for taking a walk around to experience the quintessential Cornish moors experience. At the top of the town, you’ll find Bodmin Beacon, and the woodland and meadow surrounding it has been declared a Local Nature Reserve. For something on the more ‘human’ side of nature, pay a visit to the long-closed Bodmin Jail, which was the first prison in the country to have cells instead of shared accommodation.

Newquay

Newquay Beach in Cornwall, UKPhoto: Dune Dreams Photography & Visit Cornwall

Probably the most recognisable name on the list, Newquay is known for being a surfer’s paradise. Newquay Bay is a gorgeous stretch of water, home to the annual Boardmasters surfing and music festival in August. And if you want to have a go yourself, you can learn with a pro!  

Boscastle

Boscastle in Cornwall, UKPhoto: Matthew Jessop and Visit Cornwall

Boscastle is a small port town, with a natural harbour and beautiful surroundings that easily rival some of Europe’s prettiest coastlines. It’s a great place to appreciate the Cornish shoreline – a boat trip from Boscastle is a great way to see it all from a different angle. And if you like tourist attractions a bit weird and wonderful, make sure you check out The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (somewhere I REALLY want to go!).

Truro

Truro in Cornwall, UK

Cornwall’s only official city, the historical market town of Truro is Cornwall’s main shopping destination. If you like your nights a little spooky, you’ll be able to hear plenty of historical stories spanning from old-fashioned rogues to supernatural goings-on. Its central location makes Truro a solid base for exploring the rest of Cornwall, from the Roseland Heritage Coast to the South and the quaint villages to the north and west.

Penzance

Penzance Harbour in Cornwall, UKPhoto: Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

Yeppp. Like the pirates. Although there’s more to this town than being the setting of a pretty famous opera. One of the furthest west towns before you hit the Penwith Heritage Coast area, it takes a bit of work to get here – but it’s worth the effort. Explore the pretty harbour and make your way around this quiet, peaceful bit of countryside. Ancient sites and relics surround Penzance, dating back to the likes of the Iron Age.

Where would you stay on a cottage break in Cornwall?

*Post written in collaboration with Cornish Horizons

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