Cottages In Cornwall – Captivating Cornwall
“Well I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”. No, not in the Catskills or North Carolina US, but one of the most captivating counties in the UK. And, one of the most popular types of accommodation chosen by visitors are cottages in Cornwall.
There are so many diverse adjectives to describe Cornwall that it’s hard to know where to begin. Charming, outstanding, marvellous and delightful are just a few of the words that spring to mind when you think about Cornwall.
There are spectacular blue flag beaches where children of all ages can potter around beach combing or clamber over the craggy rocks. The older kids can take part in exciting water sports and activities go hand in hand with the restful charm of old fishing harbours and the wilderness that is Bodmin Moor.
This beautiful region is literally littered with castles and ancient monuments where history lovers can drink in the significant heritage of the land. And, hikers and ramblers have miles of fantastic walking trails to choose from where they can explore the wildlife, landscapes and delightful old villages where you can still enjoy an old fashioned Cornish tea.
Enclosed by the Irish Sea, the English Channel and the border with Devon, Cornwall is one of the best loved holiday destinations in the UK.
The coastlines of Cornwall are very different in character. The northern coastline which includes resorts like St Ives and Boscastle is rugged and far wilder than the southern coast. Stunning sheer high cliffs are interspersed with golden beaches and this makes North Cornwall a holiday destination that attracts people back year on year.
In the south of the county you can see a more sheltered coastline and this area is known as the Cornish Riviera. There are less rocks and more long sandy stretches of beach making the south an ideal holiday choice for families with younger children.
The interior of the county has vast stretches of spectacular moorlands and large farms where wooded valleys and rushing streams combine with heathlands where many species of flowers and plants thrive throughout the year.
With a warm temperate climate that includes lots of sunshine (an average of 7.6 hours per day in July), it is no wonder that the region continues to draw summer visitors in their millions. As you might expect, at the heart of the county, there are many self catering cottages in Cornwall.
In spite of the distance of Cornwall from the major cities in the UK, there is a wide choice of travel methods to get there. Cornwall has two airports with good connections to cities in the North and the M5 motorway from the Midlands means you can get to the extreme south of Cornwall within four and a half hours.
There are daily rail services with overnight sleeper trains from all parts of the UK so it doesn’t matter if you live in London or the distant North East, you will be able to get yourself and your family to this exceptional holiday destination. And, it is so worth it!
Whether you want to catch a wave at Fistral Beach or take your whole family to enjoy the Eden Project, a trip to Cornwall will give you lasting memories of one of the most remarkable and attractive holiday destinations in the UK.
The sheer beauty of some of the self catering cottages in Cornwall will take your breath away. You might want to enjoy the delights of a quiet friendly village or prefer a more remote location on a farm. Whatever your choice you can find all you want in the array of self catering cottages in Cornwall.
Owned and run by Neil and Theresa Dennett, the Talehay Holiday Cottages near to Looe on the south coast of Cornwall are part of a Grade 2 listed farmhouse. A quiet country lane leads to the stone cottages that are situated around a large courtyard. The nearby open countryside and gardens where you can enjoy barbecues and picnics makes this an ideal location for families with children.
Talehay is open all the year round and as well as providing stunning traditional accommodation, the cottages have all the modern amenities you could wish for. These include free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, washer dryer and a flat screen TV. These wonderful cottages in Cornwall also have central heating so no matter when you choose to visit you will always be warm, comfortable and feel at home.
Pets are welcome at Talehay (maximum of two dogs) so there is no need to leave your well loved companions at home or to pay for expensive boarding kennels. The cottages in Cornwall are around 9 miles from the famous Eden Project and there is very easy access to the coast which is just three miles away. Also nearby are golf, riding, cycle trails and of course, spectacular walks in the surrounding countryside and coastline.
The cottages at Talehay will sleep between two and five people and the owners will be happy to provide details about seasonal weekly rental prices when you contact them by email or phone.
Seashells is a traditional one bedroom detached cottage which lies within a few yards of the Helford River. The accommodation sleeps two and there is a combined open plan living space, dining room and kitchen which features a wood burner for the winter months as well as underfloor heating.
New to the the rental market, this superb cottage has a separate bedroom with king size bed and a large walk in shower in the bathroom. You can park your car next to the cottage which also includes a delightful terrace where you can sit in the sun and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast. Other amenities are free WiFi and a flat screen TV with freesat, DVDs and a range of board games.
Only 50 metres from the beach at Helford Passage, Seashells is one of the most attractive country cottages in Cornwall. There are several blue flag beaches close to the cottage and Lizard Point is just 11 miles away.
Visitors to Seashells also have easy access to some of the most beautiful attractions in Cornwall and these include St Michael’s Mount, The Isles Of Scilly and the Dartmoor National Park. Rental prices start from £375 per week in low season rising to £600 per week at the height of the summer months. If you are looking for tradition combined with modern amenities and a delightful village atmosphere, this is one of the self catering cottages in Cornwall that will fulfil your every need.
A luxury cottage situated in a small hamlet near to the outstanding natural beauty of the North Cornish coastline, Meadowview is exceptional accommodation that features traditional polished slate floors with double glazed windows and every modern amenity you could want.
A safe children’s play area, private sauna and not one, but two private gardens where you can sit and relax after a hard day sightseeing in the magnificent area that surrounds the cottage.
You can barbecue and after enjoying your meal can sit back and watch all your favourite programmes on a huge 50″ TV that has Sky. The cottage will sleep six people and has two bedrooms, each of which has its own TV.
The terrace overlooks a huge garden and if you need some supplementary help you can order housekeeping services. Nearby attractions feature the awesome and rugged Bodmin Moor with miles of trails to explore and you will be just a 10 minute drive from the beach and the pretty country towns where there are ample shops for supplies.
Lying only 60 minutes drive from the M5 motorway, this cottage in Cornwall is just superb. Being a one off accommodation there are no shared facilities and you can rent the cottage from between £495 to £1,990 per week depending upon the season. The owner, Debbie Potts, will give you a friendly welcome and can help you with advice about the surrounding attractions which include the stunning Tamar Valley, the coastal village of Boscastle and Tintagel (famous for King Arthur and Camelot).
It is difficult to list all of the wonderful attractions that Cornwall has to offer. There is the traditional appeal of beaches, landscapes and seascapes as well as some of the most notable and well known places such as Fistral Beach, Tintagel and Land’s End. However, there are other more secret attractions on offer in this exceptional holiday region.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one such place and until twenty five years ago it really was lost in a tangle of weeds and overgrown plants. Now one of the finest gardens in the UK and visited by thousands of people each year, Heligan really is a secret garden (with a secret garden door in a limestone wall) and is a paradise for romantics, gardeners and children who can run around and explore this historic place. Try out the rope bridge walk which takes you on a trip with many remarkable surprises along the way.
Go to the Lost Gardens at Easter and take part in an egg hunt or go along on the wild food hunt, an event that is featured most months of the year. Historical garden tours are on offer throughout the year and you can enjoy splendid food while you listen to some of the stories about this lovely secret place.
No travel blog about Cornwall would be complete without mentioning the Eden Project. This unique attraction was opened in 2001 and took some two and half years to construct. The project consists of several geodesic biome domes in which you can discover both Tropical and Mediterranean plants, trees and flowers as well as exploring the outside area where there are tea plants and sunflowers. The outdoor area also includes some plant species that are only local to Cornwall.
An art exhibition at the Eden Project boasts sculptures made from a variety of materials (The Driftwood horse by Heather Jansch) including household rubbish and outside there are some amazing sculptures made from soil.
The Eden Sessions is a series of concerts that have taken place at the project since 2002. Famous artists who have performed there are Snow Patrol, The Verve, The Kaiser Chiefs and in 2016 the venue hosted a retro event headlined by Tom Jones and Lionel Richie. The 2017 calendar so far has a line up that includes Van Morrison, Madness and Bryan Adams.
Whether you want to enjoy some folk music, brass bands or some Celtic sounds, Cornwall can offer you a host of events featuring music from all genres.
The strong culinary heritage of the country means that fresh fish is always on offer at some of the best restaurants in the UK. Both Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver had restaurants in Cornwall and let’s not forget one of the most popular culinary delights the Cornish Pasty.
Add to that either some local beer or one of the many local ciders or wines that are produced in Cornwall and you have the perfect lunch time snack.
The north and south coasts of Cornwall offer some of the most stunning landscapes and seascapes in the UK.
If you have never paid a visit to Cornwall, why not make this year the one when you discover all the sights and attractions of this most delightful part of the UK.
Blog written by Patricia Roach