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10 rural retreats in Cornwall

Imagine waking up after a blissful night’s sleep, to the gentle sound of birds singing in a tranquil rural setting. You enjoy your morning cuppa with far-reaching countryside views, head out to explore the spectacular scenery and return to your secluded retreat to relax with your loved ones in a peaceful setting. Read on to discover 10 fantastic rural retreats in Cornwall for your next staycation. 

Snug Barn, Mid Cornwall

Snug Barn is a cosy place to return to after days spent exploring the surrounding countryside. Start your morning with a delicious breakfast on the veranda, enjoying amazing views across rolling hills and farmland. This beautiful rural retreat sleeps 6 (plus 2 dogs) and is perfectly positioned for exploring both coasts. So whether you head south to Mevagissey, north to Newquay, or simply explore the idyllic landscape surrounding the property, you’ll love returning to Snug Barn every day. Enjoy the views outdoors until the sun goes down and then retreat inside to enjoy a cosy evening by the woodburner.

The Barn at Alsia Mill, Sennen

Escape to a cosy bolthole for two at The Barn at Alsia Mill, a gorgeous barn conversion nestled in private gardens in the Alsia Mill estate. This hidden gem is full of character, retaining many of its original features, with comfy interiors and a cosy woodburner to snuggle up next to in the evening. The Barn is just a short drive from Sennen, a gorgeous sandy beach that’s great for surfing and sunset watching. The surrounding countryside is simply stunning, perfect for romantic walks together, or for exploring with your four legged friend. The Barn welcomes one dog and has its own lawned garden area. 

Pump Cottage, West Cornwall

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life at Pump Cottage, a converted chapel situated in a peaceful rural hamlet. This charming cottage is perfect for family holidays, with room for 6 people and one pooch. Perfectly positioned for exploring the picturesque West Cornwall countryside, beach days and surfing at Sennen, and coastal walks along Mount's Bay towards Penzance, Pump Cottage is a fantastic countryside escape. Wherever your day’s adventures take you, you’ll love returning to this cosy cottage for evenings by the fire.

Little Prospect, Hayle

Nestled in delightful countryside just outside the coastal town of Hayle, Little Prospect is ideally placed for exploring this scenic part of the county. Sleeping up to 3 people and 3 dogs, this remote retreat is perfect for wellie-boot rambles through idyllic scenery, plus it’s just a short drive from the glorious sandy beaches of St Ives Bay. Enjoy the evening sun from Little Prospect, where you can fire up the barbecue, enjoy dinner al-fresco, and treat yourselves to a glass of bubbly in the hot tub, in a peaceful rural setting. Later on, head indoors and plot the next day’s adventures whilst snuggled up by the woodburner. 

Carne Farm Studio, Rural St Ives

Carne Farm Studio is a converted stable which has been lovingly restored to create a charming country retreat. Sleeping 4, this rustic rural retreat welcomes one dog, and has a shower just inside the entrance for rinsing off sandy or muddy paws and boots. Ramble across the countryside and along the coastal path with your canine companion or head to the beach for a surf, before returning to your country kitchen to rustle up a delicious feast to enjoy with picture-postcard views. Finish off the evening with a movie and a glass of wine beside the woodburner. 

Quicks Cottage, Rural St Ives

Get away from it all at Quicks Cottage, located on the rugged West Penwith moors in rural St Ives. Enjoy far reaching views across the dramatic landscape and out to sea from this characterful property, or head out to explore the surrounding countryside and coastline, discovering secret coves along the way. Sleeping 4, plus two dogs, this rural escape is situated in a sparsely populated area of Cornwall, offering a peaceful home from home to relax and unwind. The vibrant town of St Ives is just a ten minute drive, whilst nearby Zennor has a lovely traditional Cornish pub called the Tinner’s Arms. Spend your evenings watching the sun go down with a drink, or cuddling up by the woodburner. 

The Cowshed, Helston

If you’re looking for a real rural escape, you can’t beat staying in a gorgeous converted cowshed, surrounded by pasture land and fantastic scenery. The Cowshed is a charming traditional holiday home which suits a family of four. There’s plenty of space for children to play in the pretty garden, and grown-ups can relax in the sunny conservatory with a coffee or a glass of wine, overlooking the garden. You’ll be spoilt for choice with beautiful places to explore, including bluebell woods, country lanes and unspoilt scenery, with the pretty harbour town of Porthleven and beautiful beaches just a short drive away. 

The Tractor Barn, Hayle

Imagine throwing open the doors to your spacious holiday home and looking out over mesmerising countryside views, including your own private lake. The Tractor Barn is a lovingly restored barn conversion, nestled amongst five acres of enchanting meadow and woodland. The property sleeps 4, plus 2 dogs, with plenty of space for everyone to relax in the open plan 60ft living space, with a woodburner, vaulted ceilings and traditional farmhouse kitchen. Explore the surrounding countryside or take a day trip to one of the stunning beaches nearby, before returning to The Tractor Barn for a magical evening under the stars. 

St Breca, Prussia Cove

Enjoy wonderful evenings on the sheltered terrace with breathtaking countryside views at St Breca. This extraordinary rural retreat sleeps 4 and has been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, with stunning interiors and comfy bedrooms. A ten minute walk will take you to the atmospheric Prussia Cove, once a notorious smuggling cove. After a busy day exploring the coastal path or swimming in the sea, head back to St Breca for a barbecue and watch the sun slowly fade as you keep warm by the firepit. 

Songbirds, Bude

On the outskirts of Bude, there’s a secret retreat surrounded by magnificent rolling countryside. Songbirds is a stunning barn conversion set in pretty secluded gardens, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walk through beautiful fields and woodland and you’ll reach Milook Haven beach, great for surfing, beach games and picnics. After a busy day exploring, you can return to Songbirds for a family feast, cooked on the BBQ or in the pizza oven and watch the sun go down over the idyllic landscape. Enjoy a drink by the firepit, underneath the stars, before heading inside for a blissful night’s sleep in tranquil surroundings. 

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