Best places to stay in Cornwall

Cornwall is somewhere we’ve always wanted to visit, but never quite got to. With all the time we’ve spent in the UK, we always seem to hit London and head north, or just make it as far south as the Isle of Wight or Brighton. So we rounded up some local experts to share their favourite places to stay in Cornwall.

St Ives

Lowenna Pascoe, Marketing Manager, Late Lettings
After travelling the world and visiting some of the most talked-about destinations, it’s safe to say that St Ives will always be my number one hot spot for relaxing with beautiful views, great people and some really delicious food. You could say that you will find this in any of the seaside towns in Cornwall, but St Ives offers something different and unique which can’t be found anywhere else.

There’s some funky art work along with young artists in every direction and I love nothing more than sitting outside with a cream tea and people watching for hours on end. If you’re lucky enough to spend some time here then I suggest you add the Tate Gallery to the top of your to do list, stopping off at Pengenna Restaurant for a tasty Cornish treat.


St Ives. Photo credit – James on Flickr

I highly recommend if you want the full Cornish experience, to stay in one of the colourful fishermen’s cottages hidden down the old cobbled streets. Many have the original wooden beams and log fire places with amazing sea views.


Jill Landeryou, Owner, Latitude 50
I would have to choose Rock. Rock’s singular reputation and unique appeal stem from its sheltered, southerly aspect and its sheer number of high-end restaurants, bars and shops.

Although there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Rock itself, it’s also extremely well placed for all kinds of exploration. On the water, you can fish, sail, kayak, canoe or take sealife safaris to see the area’s rich marine life close up.

It’s also handily-placed for the safe and flat Camel Trail for cyclists (along which, among other destinations, you’ll find the award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard), and also for St Enodoc golf course, one of the south west’s finest links; and – a further treat for lovers of gastronomic excellence – it’s a short water-taxi trip across the bay to Padstow, home of celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth.


Rockpool at Daymer Bay – photo credit Lenoz

Apart from its unique geography, it offers very easy access to four neighbouring and phenomenal locations: Padstow, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Port Isaac, make this a desired holiday hub as it is very easy to dip in and out of the related neighbourhoods depending on one’s inclinations: a gastronomic trip to Padstow; a crabbing trip or day at the rock pools and beach at Daymer; a day’s surfing or bodyboarding at Polzeath Beach; a trip to rediscover Doc Martin’s home to listen to the Fishermen’s Friends singing down on the Platt…


Emily Franklin, Director, Country View Cottages
A visit to Falmouth is one of my all-time favourites as no matter what time of year you visit, there’s always plenty to see and do. The town is steeped in a rich maritime heritage and is home to Falmouth College of Arts which gives it a real creative buzz.

The streets are lined with quirky coffee shops, interesting galleries, and artisanal bread shops; and of course a Cornish holiday would not be complete without a portion of fish and chips. My favourite are from Rick Steins on the Maritime Square where you can tuck in and watch the world go by.


Mmmmmm, fish and chips! Photo from Jack on Flickr

Most of the best things to do involve the water: you can catch the ferry boat up river to visit magical towns like St Mawes or hire a boat of your own for a trip down the river Helford, stopping off at a pub or two along the way or for the more adventurous pop on a wetsuit and go kayaking!

Sounds like we have our next trip to the UK sorted… Where else would you recommend?

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5 Responses to “Best places to stay in Cornwall”

  1. botakilmu May 22, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    What a great places and nice photoshot! After reading this post I can’t wait for next holiday. Sure I will choose Cornwall for my next trip. Thank you for you info.

    • Craig and Linda May 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it! We’re looking forward to getting there too, now!

  2. Clemi Hardie May 23, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Great post with some real insider insight into the local area!

  3. Travel Man May 24, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    I love the pictures and the descriptions. I think Rock would be on my list of places to travel the next time I’m in UK!

  4. Rob May 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Falmouth is a great place to visit. I went a few years back with family and had a blast!

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