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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. 

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 Millook Haven beach, a popular surf spot. 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.

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. 

Wisdom Lodge, Mid Cornwall

Wisdom Lodge

Wisdom Lodge is situated in the heart of stunning and unspoilt Cornish countryside. This converted lodge is for those who want to escape from daily life. For those dreamy summer days, set up a picnic blanket and enjoy lunches under the willow tree, or immerse yourself in a book while swinging in the hammock, as you breathe in the fresh air. On cold evenings soak in your bubbling hot tub, and then wander back inside to light the custom made woodburner and cosy up on the sofa gazing out to the stars.

The Shepherd's Hut at Bluebell Down Farm, Morvah

Harmonious and snug, The Sheperd's Hut is the perfect retreat away from the rest of the world. It's an ideal hideaway for up to two people to relax, rest and sleep with a comfortable double bed, which has a pull-out table underneath to enjoy a lazy dinner and a bottle of bubbles. This delightful shepherd's hut looks out over the fields and working farm, with natural pastures of plants such as wild carrot, bluebells and chicory, and beyond down to the sea. As well as interesting places to visit locally, there is plenty of scope for walking and cycling or alternatively, just sit on the steps of the hut and take in the views, the birds and the wildlife around. On a clear night, stargazing is a must. 

Holding House Cottage, Rural St Ives

Holding House Cottage

Up a country lane, you come to a small characterful hamlet where you will find charming Holding House Cottage, a wonderfully converted stable. The cottage is surrounded by beautiful countryside for you to explore. There are plentiful walks right on the doorstep and being set at the base of Trencrom Hill it is a short walk away from some of the most dramatic views in Cornwall stretching across from St Michaels Mount in the south to miles of golden sands at Gwithian in the north. You can also bring two dogs who will love running around the countryside.

Treverven Cottage, West Cornwall

Treverven Cottage

Treverven Cottage exudes all the warmth of a traditional Cornish country cottage, there's no excuse not to embrace the great outdoors here - especially with the fabulous coastal walks that are right on your doorstep. This rural cottage sits amidst a verdant garden overflowing with life. In spring, watch as the wildflower woods transform into a sea of bluebells, and in summer, pick herbs from the garden. It's a short drive to Pedn Vounder beach, the best beach in the world, and you don't have to trust us on that, Condé Nast Traveller agrees.

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. 

Boskennal Barn, West Cornwall

Rekindle childhood memories and leave all grown-up responsibilities behind by swapping busy city life for a rushing river and starry sky at the enchanted Boskennal Barn. Sitting amidst a well-tended garden and wild woodlands, a real rural retreat awaits you at this beautiful barn conversion. Discover the delights of Cornwall's coastal villages by day, before heading back home where Boskennal Barn sleeps four guests with the master bedroom enjoying a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden.

St Breca, Prussia Cove

Enjoy wonderful evenings on the sheltered terrace with breathtaking countryside and sea 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. 

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