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10 harbourside retreats in Cornwall

If you’re dreaming about escaping from it all to a peaceful waterside setting, we have some beautiful properties to inspire you. Kick back, relax and let us fill you with wanderlust with ten stunning harbourside cottages and apartments in Cornwall…

Harbour Rest, Mevagissey

Harbour Rest, Mevagissey

Enjoy harbour views from virtually every room at Harbour Rest (sleeps 4) which is just a stone’s throw from Mevagissey harbour. Let your worries sail away as you watch the ebb and flow of the tide and the boats bobbing up and down. Harbour Rest is the perfect place to have a break from the daily stresses of life in a peaceful and picturesque setting. There’s plenty to keep you busy in Mevagissey, including shops, pubs and a museum, plus beautiful beaches such as Pentewan and Gorran Haven, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are all just a short drive away. 

Apartment 1, The Strand, Padstow

Apartment 1, The Strand, Padstow

Escape to a fantastic harbourside retreat in Padstow, perfect for a family holiday by the sea. Apartment 1, The Strand, (sleeps 4) is a gorgeous two bedroom apartment located in a Grade II listed building, perched right on the edge of the harbour with spectacular views. Padstow has everything you need for a memorable family holiday, including a selection of boat trips, shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants and a beautiful sandy beach. Return to the comfy apartment in the evening and watch the sun go down over the harbour. 

3 St Bridgets House, St Ives

With unrivalled views of St Ives harbour, 3 St Bridgets House (sleeps 2) offers the perfect setting for a romantic getaway by the sea. Wake up to incredible views each day, watching boats sail in and out of the harbour and the rise and fall of the tide. Just a short stroll will take you to St Ives’ beautiful beaches and fantastic selection of shops, bars and restaurants. The property welcomes one dog, and St Ives is surrounded by spectacular coastal paths for wagging tails to explore, plus many of the local pubs are dog-friendly. 3 St Bridgets House is a lovely coastal retreat at any time of year.

Sea View Cottage, Falmouth

Sea View Cottage, Falmouth

Overlooking the beautiful River Fal, Sea View Cottage sleeps up to six people. Enjoy breathtaking views from the open plan living area, the double bedrooms and the balcony, watching boats sail in and out of the harbour. This harbourside property is tucked away in a quiet location, but just a few minutes’ walk will take you to Falmouth’s shops and restaurants. Explore the surrounding coastline with your four legged friends (up to 3 dogs welcome) or take a boat trip across to the stunning village of St Mawes.

Harbour Pride, Newlyn

A lovingly restored pilchard press, Harbour Pride (sleeps 6) has been featured in The Sunday Times ‘The 50 Best Cottages in Britain’. Nestled right on the Old Harbour Wall at Newlyn, this three storey family home has been designed with comfort in mind and boasts spectacular views of the working harbour and Mount’s Bay. With two courtyard bedrooms offering complete seclusion, Harbour Pride is perfect for families with older children who want their own space, as well as supplying a retreat for artists and writers alike. Within walking distance of Mousehole and Penzance, Harbour Pride is perfectly positioned to explore the local area.

Castle Cottage, Port Isaac

Castle Cottage, Port Isaac

These picture-postcard views are so good that they were used as the filming location for Doc Martin. Set slightly back from the harbour but still close to it, Castle Cottage sleeps 4 and is situated right in the heart of Port Isaac, ideal for making the most of everything this vibrant fishing village has to offer. Explore the winding cobbled streets, the sandy beach and coastal paths, and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the lovely harbourside restaurants. Return to this charming 18th Century cottage to snuggle up by the woodburner and indulge in the tranquil surroundings.

1 Seagull House, St Ives

A beautifully finished two bedroom apartment, 1 Seagull House (sleeps 4) occupies an envy-inducing position on the sought after wharfside. With mesmerising panoramic views across the harbour and Porthminster beach from the living area and double bedroom, you can enjoy spectacular sunrises or sunsets, or while away the hours people watching. Just a few steps from your front door you’ll find the harbour where you can relax on its golden sands or paddle in the turquoise sea. Being so central, you also have an excellent array of shops and restaurants close by, to spend time browsing or dining out. 

Poldark Cottage, Mousehole

Step just a few paces from the front door of Poldark Cottage, and you’ll be right at the edge of Mousehole harbour. This traditional 18th Century Cornish cottage is located right in the heart of the charming fishing village of Mousehole, perfect for exploring the quaint narrow streets and ducking in and out of the gift shops, galleries, cosy pubs and cafes. Sleeping 6, this characterful dog-friendly cottage is perfect for a relaxing family getaway. The open plan living area has a beautiful open fire for cosy evenings in together. 

1 Harbour House, St Ives

Throw open the doors of the open plan living area to enjoy mesmerising harbour views and the refreshing coastal breeze. 1 Harbour House sleeps 4 and is situated right next to Harbour beach, with pretty views across the harbour towards Porthmeor Beach. After a day exploring St Ives’ harbourside, cobbled streets and gorgeous sandy beaches, return to 1 Harbour House to enjoy a drink with unrivalled harbour views. The apartment has a bright and contemporary coastal themed décor with a colour changing mood lighting system in both of the double bedrooms. 1 Harbour House has everything you need for a luxury seaside getaway.

St Clements, Mousehole

Situated right on the water’s edge, St Clements (sleeps 4) benefits from 180 degree views of the harbour. This luxurious harbourside penthouse is on the top floor of a Grade II listed building, with stylish and contemporary interiors. Wake up to idyllic views every morning, watching boats sail in and out of the harbour as you enjoy your breakfast. Spend the day exploring Mousehole’s narrow streets, boutique shops, galleries and cosy pubs, or walking the coastal path. Return to St Clements in the evening to watch a film in the comfy open plan living area, or indulge in a bubble bath in the gorgeous roll top, claw foot freestanding tub.

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