On the southwest coast of the UK, lies one of the most popular holiday destinations in England. Cornwall with its stunning sandy beaches, breathtaking sea cliffs and pretty villages, is an ideal staycation destination, to feel like you are abroad. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a holiday with the whole family or an adventure trip, Cornwall has it all.
If you are looking for a self-catering rental, you’ve come to the right place. Luckily for you, I have put together a list of amazing Cornwall cottages by the sea with stunning views across the ocean.
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Top Cornwall cottages by the sea
If you are looking for a romantic place to stay right next to the beach, this luxury beach chalet is your place. Laburnham is situated right on the frontline of Tregonhawke Cliff giving you uninterrupted views and complete privacy. You can easily walk to the sandy beach where you can go for a swim or surfing.
This place is pretty special, it was listed as one of the world’s most spectacular rooms with a view by About Time Magazine in 2019.
This secluded one-bedroom lodge is dog-friendly Airbnb and you can bring up to 2 dongs.
Location: Whitsand Bay
Price: From £345
Guest review: 5-star holiday and 6 stars for location. An incredible and stunning place, the best view ever - we miss it already. Paul, the owner, is very helpful and generous, with lovely welcome gifts, fresh flowers and friendly support. Peaceful and magic recovery. Couldn't be better!' Susanne, July 2022
Trevilley with spectacular panoramic sea views
This amazing detached seaside house is located in Mousehole, one of the prettiest towns in Cornwall. It is just a two-minute walk from the picturesque Mousehole with its two sandy beaches.
Staying in this apartment means you have access to the centre and the beaches on foot. You can also go for a walk on the Cornish South West Coast path. This is a great place for thoes who are looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and unwind.
Price: £210 per night
Guest review: “House is truly beautiful, with stunning panoramic views looking over the town & sea. It’s big & light and has everything one needs with a big conservatory, lovely to sit in if the weather turns to just observe outside. Lovely mature garden set over 3 levels with table/chairs to enable outdoor eating too.
The beds are very comfortable. We only used 2 of the 3 bedrooms. Everything you need is there from loads of crockery, and glasses, to spices, plus a coffee machine. Cooking is easy in the spacious kitchen with a big porch which is so useful to put coats/boots etc.
Our son proposed to his girlfriend whilst there making it even more special.
Only downside is it is tricky parking there and if you’re lucky might find a space on the hill.” Judi, June 2022.
Amazing sea views cottage, large terrace & lush gardens
Located in lush sub-tropical Cot Valley, this charming cottage looks like the most family-friendly place to stay in Cornwall. There is plenty of outdoor furniture on the terrace, where you have incredible sea views. In the garden, you can find a running stream and hidden corners to explore.
A 10-minute stroll takes you to the outstanding Porth Nanven beach, perfect for a morning dip or an evening BBQ. St Just town is also just a 15-minute walk away, where you can find pubs, cafes and galleries.
Price: From £220 per night
Guest review: “Beautiful, cosy cottage in an unbelievably beautiful location. Really enjoyed our time here and enjoyed exploring the surrounding area. Could not recommend enough!”. Caitriona, August 2020
Adance House is a lovely four-bedroom property situated just above Sennen Cove. Offering a modern comfort stay with a spectacular seaside location. On a warm sunny day, you can dine on the beautiful private balcony and enjoy the incredible views. If you don’t feel like eating outside, you can still admire the views from the full-length windows in the dining area.
Location: Sennen Cove
Price: From £142 per night
Location: Sennen Cove
Price: From £345 per night
Guest review: “We loved the property and the view. The beds were very comfy and spacious. The downstairs is well laid out and the view from the conservatory/dining room was breathtaking. The kitchen and utility room were well laid out and functional. Both of the bathrooms had showers and were very good for bathing or showering with plenty of hot water. Generally, the house was very well equipped, with lots of things to entertain. The wi-fi works well in all parts of the house and is 20MB download speed.” Paul, May 2022.
Cosy Cottage on the Edge of Portwrinkle Beach
If you are looking to stay in a traditional and cosy cottage in Cornwall, this little cottage is the perfect place. It was originally an old fisherman's shed, but it has been furnished and redecorated to a very high standard.
This one-bedroom cottage sits right on the edge of Portwrinkle Beach offering a romantic and relaxing stay. Its location is great for watching sunsets and unwinding. It is a perfect place for a romantic retreat.
Price: From £130 per night
Pet: yes but at a fee of £20 per stay
Guest Review: “Once you stay here you will never want to leave… cottage was beautiful and tranquil and more than what we had expected. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a peaceful getaway. Great location for exploring or just watching the sunsets. Will definitely be back!” Linda, August 2022.
Luxury Cornwall cottages by the sea
Seaside Fairy Tale Swiss Chalet The Best Sea Views
I love how cool this seaview holiday cottage looks. It is like a treehouse looking out over the sea. This 5-bedroom Swiss Chalet sits on the crest of Looe Hill above Seaton Beach offering one of the most spectacular panoramic sea views in Cornwall. Just a 3-minute stroll takes you to the beach, but if you are up to a longer walk you can follow the coastal path in both directions to either Looe or Portwrinkle.
This holiday home is dog-friendly and close to the beach, so you are welcome to bring your dogs, bikes and surfboards.
Location: Seaton in Cornwall
Price: From £367 per night
Guest review: “We wanted a rental property that ticked boxes for ages ranging from 11-72 to celebrate my father's belated 70th birthday.
Treglisson did not disappoint. Perfect location, Seaton and Downderry have a few bars and shops and for restaurants, fresh fish and supermarkets Looe and Liskeard are within easy reach.
We had to pinch ourselves as the views from the house were simply beautiful, although the hills in the area are not for the fainthearted! Our hosts ensured we were happy throughout our stay and left a welcoming hamper with fresh scones, eggs and other local produce which we all enjoyed, even treats for the dogs!” Melani, May 2022.
Luxury Beachfront Chalet with Breathtaking Views
If you are looking for a peaceful and unique place in Cornwall, this luxury beachfront chalet is your place. It is well-equipped and has underfloor heating throughout and a log burner for comfort.
This three-bedroom home with a large and luxurious open-plan living space is an ideal place for families. You are just a short distance away from the sandy beaches and St Ives Bay.
Location: Gwinear, West of Cornwall
Price: From £350 per night
Guest Review: “What a fabulous beach chalet in the most amazing location. We had a lovely family holiday here and made full use of the beach and local surfing school. The views and sunsets from the chalet were spectacular. Also a good location for St Erf station - a 15-minute drive away with train access to St Ives.” Pamela, July 2022.
The Penthouse Fistral Beach
Now, this is what I'd call a dream holiday home. It is affordable, modern, and with ocean views. This lovely and bright 3-bedroom Airbnb is laid out over the third floor of a luxury development in Newquay. The open plan living area with its full-length windows offers fantastic views over the Fistral beach and the sea. Here is where I could sit for hours without getting bored. To watch the beautiful sunset you can head to the furnished terrace or walk a few minutes to the beach.
You can cook delicious meals in the well-equipped kitchen or dine at close-by restaurants in Newquay town. There are also some surfing schools around as Newquay is one of the top surfing hot spots in the UK.
Location: Fistral Beach in Newquay
Price: From £250 per night
Guest review: “Had a fantastic stay at Phil’s penthouse apartment. Had fantastic views of both the beach and the sea! Lovely restaurants in walking distance. Bonus having underfloor heating at this time of year! Great sound system if you want to sit down with hot chocolate and a Christmas movie. Will definitely be returning soon” Ayesha, December 2020.
Scallop Cottage in Cornwall
Located just a short stroll from Mylor’s beautiful marina, you will find this cornish cottage offering stunning sea views. Scallop Cottage is an ideal place for a family or a group of friends who are looking for a coastal holiday. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
You can dine outside in your private backyard and enjoy watching the boats of the marina bobbing with the tide of the waves. If the weather is not good, you can enjoy sweeping views through the large windows in the living room. You are also only a short walk from eateries, cafes and bars.
Price: From £206 per night
Pet: Yes (up to two dogs)
Idleour Cottage with Stunning Sea Views
This lovely five-star cottage in Cornwall is situated in a wonderful position on the cliff-top above Whitsand Bay. You will have stunning uninterrupted views across the sea because of its unique location.
Just a short walk down the steep path takes you to Whitsand beach, where you can go for a swim. This property is just a short drive from Plymouth, where you find plenty of fun things to do and places to eat.
Location: Whitsand Bay
Price: From £150 per night
Guest Review: “We had the most wonderful week at Idleour. The place was absolutely spotless, welcoming and well presented. The views are just breathtaking and although the walk up and down from Idleour is not easy, it is absolutely worth it! I can't say one bad word about it. The flowers, cookies and wine when we arrived were a lovely touch and very much appreciated. There is everything you could possibly need on the property from towels to dishwasher tablets! We will 100% be booking again. Recommended!!” Samantha, August 2022.
Cornwall cottages by the sea with hot tub
A Slice of Hevva Cake
If you are looking for a unique and elegant cottage by the sea in Cornwall with a hot tub, this luxury cornish home has it all. Attention to detail can be seen in every corner of this home, with only natural products used for cleaning, and even the bed linens are made from 100% natural materials.
This 5-star self-catering luxury coastal home has been featured in June 2021's issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine. The beach is only a four-minute walk away from the property. You can also walk to the harbour town of St Mawes.
Location: St Mawes
Price: From £2230 per night
This cottage in the southeast of Cornwall is an ideal place for couples who are looking for a break from the chaos of modern life to enjoy the Cornish seaside. This Stunning detached beach lodge is beautifully decorated and the fireplace in the living room creates a warm and rustic vibe.
It sits in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Tregonhawke Cliff, overlooking the sea. You can soak into the hot hub and enjoy the view. There are various walking paths around the cottage, make sure you have the right footwear with you.
Location: Whitsand Bay
Price: From £250 per night
Guest Review: “We had an excellent holiday. The Lodge and views were spectacular and very private. Very clean and well equipped. A nearby restaurant appeared to be closed for most of the season. Large vehicles may not be able to park directly outside the property.” David, June 2022.
Cornish Breeze with a Hot Tub
Looking for an Airbnb in Cornwall with an unbeatable sea view? This luxury two-bedroom with sea views allows you to relax and unwind. It sits just a few-minute walk from the beautiful Praa Sands beach. This property is well equipped and has what you need from a self-catering holiday home. You can also cook your meal on the barbecue on the terrace.
Here you can go hiking along the South West Coast Path and then later in the evening soak in your private hot tub and enjoy the views of the sea. During the summer you can go sunbathing
Location: Praa Sands
Price: From £285 per night
Pet: Yes but at a fee of £40 per stay
Skylark View in Cornwall with Hot Tub
This stylish cottage in the south of Cornwall is an ideal holiday home for small families or a group of friends. It is located in the heart of the Rame Peninsula on Cornwall’s south coast offering amazing panoramic views from Whitsand Bay in the west over the surrounding countryside and round to Plymouth in the east.
Skylark View can be a great place to explore the beautiful county of Cornwall. You can go for a walk or do other activities during the day and later in the afternoon you can enjoy the private outdoor hot tub on the decking area
Location: Millbrook, Whitsand Bay
Price: From £100 per night
Guest Review: Great location and fabulous views from a very well-equipped lodge. Some outdoor areas in need of some TLC but doesn't detract from the overall experience here. The onsite restaurant/bar is best avoided but there are plenty of really good restaurants within walking distance or at most a short 5min drive away.” James, July 2022.
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