A much-loved holiday destination on England’s south-western tip, Cornwall offers the perfect setting for getaways with family and friends. Discover unspoilt beaches, picture-perfect harbours and buzzy nightlife – and fuel your adventures with traditional Cornish pasties and creamy vanilla fudge. Whether you fancy a weekend break in the county’s surf capital of Newquay or prefer to soak up the artistic charms of St. Ives, independent holiday lets in Cornwall offer a home base that’s as comfortable as it is convenient. Dive in to find out what types of Cornish holiday lets await – and some of the most popular places to find them. 

Cheap Cornish holiday lets

Hands down one of the best places to enjoy a bargain break in Cornwall, Newquay is chock-full of cheap Cornish holiday lets. It also happens to be home to Fistral Beach, an iconic, west-facing stretch of sand that’s known for its exceptional surf. Elsewhere, you’ll find brownie points come easy at family-friendly attractions like Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium, while for the grown-ups, Newquay’s vibrant nightlife is difficult to beat. Accommodation options for cheap breaks in Newquay include apartments and studios with sea views, though this sassy surf town is also a great place to find cheap holiday cottages in Cornwall.

Dog-friendly holiday cottages

If you’re bringing a furry friend along for your Cornish escape, the fishing village of Port Isaac is a great place to look for pet-friendly holiday lets in Cornwall. Located on the county’s north coast, the village boasts a postcard-like scene courtesy of its white-washed holiday homes and bustling, boat-filled harbour. For pup, there’s a cute shingle beach for games of fetch and shallow waters for impromptu paddles. Pet-friendly pads in Port Isaac include everything from modern, beachfront chalets to age-old, stone-built cottages.

Looe holiday lets with hot tubs

When a little relaxation is on the agenda, cottages with hot tubs in Cornwall fit the bill. These gorgeous holiday lets can be found all over Cornwall, though favourite picks include holiday cottages in Looe – a popular seaside town with a busy port and some of the county’s best seafood restaurants and fish and chip shops. If you can drag yourself away from the relaxing bubbles of the hot tub, you’ll also find Looe a convenient base for visits to the nearby Eden Project, as well as ideally situated for scenic walks along the South West Coastal Path.

Cornwall cottages to rent by the sea

With much of Cornwall blessed with a coastline, finding Cornwall cottages to rent by the sea is a proverbial piece of cake. A favourite destination is that of Falmouth on the county’s south coast – a town known for its stunning beaches and brilliant family attractions. Endless sea views come courtesy of tranquil strolls along the nearby Roseland Heritage Coast and Lizard Peninsula, the latter serving up the chance for water sports enthusiasts to dive among the shipwrecks near the Manacles.

Family-friendly holiday lets in Cornwall

Life-guarded beaches, fun activity trails and plenty of delicious Cornish ice cream make St. Ives a favourite spot for family-friendly holiday lets in Cornwall. A top choice of accommodation is traditional cottages – ideal for everything from baby’s 1st holiday to getaways with the in-laws – and often coming complete with buckets and spades for the kids and perhaps even a hot tub for the adults. And when everyone’s up and about, highlights around town for all ages include the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden and boat trips to nearby Seal Island.

Luxury holiday rentals in Cornwall

A pretty seaside town on Cornwall’s south coast, Penzance boasts one of the UK’s mildest climates – evidenced by the town’s swaying palm trees and lush subtropical plants. Luxury holiday lets in Penzance include cottages, townhouses and deluxe apartments, many within strolling distance of the harbour and counting sweeping views across to the National Trust’s St. Michael’s Mount among their highlights. Around town, attractions include the richly decorated Egyptian House and the whimsical Tanglewood Wild Garden.