Cornwall is England’s most coastal county and with nearly 300 miles of coastline, it’s not hard to see why. Rugged coastlines, fresh sea air and unrivalled sea views are just a few of the things that encourage people to the coast.
If you fancy staying within reach of the coastline, we’ve selected our top 10 properties right on the coast…
1. Cove Cottage
Situated in the National Trust grounds of Priest’s Cove, the wild rugged peninsula on the west coast, Cove Cottage is about as coastal as you can get! Positioned right next to the coast path, guests staying here can enjoy a coastal stroll or a long ramble whenever they please. Sleeping four, this property also has parking, so you can leave the car and head off on your adventures by foot, or explore further afield for the day. There’s also a fantastic terraced area overlooking the cove, perfect for those balmy evenings, and a wood burner for cosier winter nights. The local area is steeped in mining history and much of the local landscape has been recently used in the filming of BBC’s Poldark.
2. Chy Ryn, Sennen
Chy Ryn commands the furthest westerly position in Sennen Cove. Set in two acres of gardens it offers a rugged solitude, yet is just moments from the amenities at Sennen Cove. With direct access onto the South West Coast Path from the bottom of the driveway, keen walkers will love the location of this property. Spacious and comfortable, this large home sleeps ten, with sea views form most of the rooms. With parking for several cars, there’s plenty of space for everyone, making your stay that bit easier. The wood burner adds a homely touch on those cooler evenings.
3. Heatherlands, Porthcurno
Perched above Porth Chapel Cove, and with a nearby path adjoining the South West Coast Path, Heatherlands really is all about location location location. Enjoy views of the rugged coastline and endless sea from almost every room. Sleeping six, Heatherlands has the benefit of a cliff side garden (where it would be easy to pass away many hours taking in the views), parking and a wood burner (perfect for those wintery evenings). From the property, enjoy walks along the coast to the Minack Theatre and Porthcurno beach in one direction, and Land’s End in the other direction.
4. Bonny Bank, Praa Sands
Positioned on the south coast above Praa Sands beach, Bonny Bank is nestled in its own tranquil space on this beautiful coastline. With breath-taking views from the terraced area and many of the rooms, guests can enjoy the coastal position without even leaving the property. If you fancy exploring the area, it’s just a short walk to the beach and the South West Coast Path. Sleeping six, it’s the ideal getaway for friends, families and their four-legged friends. Bonny Bank also benefits from parking, a large garden and a wood burner.
5. The Beach House, Hayle
Located in a commanding position overlooking Hayle beach, The Beach House has direct access to the coastal path and beach through its private Mediterranean-inspired gardens. Finished to an incredibly high standard, the gem of this property is the fantastic top floor open plan living area with an apex framed window and balcony offering uninterrupted views across to St Ives. This modern reverse level property sleeps six and has the added benefit of parking for up to four cars, behind electric security gates. In addition, two of the three bedrooms offer access out onto the beautiful gardens and terraced area.
6. Hawkes Point Cottage, Carbis Bay
Set in an enviable position overlooking Carbis Bay and out towards Godrevy Lighthouse, Hawkes Point Cottage offers awe-inspiring views from most rooms. With such incredible scenery on offer from the house, it might be hard to tear yourself away, but if you fancy a walk along the coastal path, there’s nearby access to the South West Coast Path which leads all the way to St Ives (and beyond). Hawkes Point Cottage sleeps eight and offers parking and a garden for the family to enjoy.
7. St Breca, Prussia Cove
St Breca, which is Cornish for ‘unique’, truly is a wonderfully unique property. Set just back from the coastline, the property boasts a large veranda, where you can relax and take in the mesmerising views across the coast. Inside, the property has a large open plan, beamed living area, complete with an open fire. With the South West Coast Path virtually on your doorstep, it’s easy to make the most of the stunning coastline. This incredible holiday home sleeps four with the benefit of parking, gardens, and of course, sea views.
8. Pencarrow, Mevagissey
Perched right above Mevagissey Harbour, Pencarrow is an impressive property offering views across Fowey estuary and along the coastline. From Mevagissey, guests can walk the South West Coast Path in one direction to Charlestown, the historic harbour used in the filming of BBC’s Poldark, and in the other direction to the smaller village of Gorran haven. This tastefully decorated apartment sleeps four and offers communal outdoor areas from which to enjoy the views, and a private parking space.
9. Gunvor Cottage, Coverack
Gunvor Cottage offers a coastal experience with a difference, located in the quaint village of Coverack it’s unlike the properties above, this beautiful thatched cottage has the best of both worlds – it’s right on the coast, and it’s part of a village. The South West Coast Path leads directly through the old fishing village of Coverack, so if you stay at this impressively restored cottage, you’ll be perfectly located for some coastal rambling. On return to the village, enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants, the village pub, or cook up a feast in the fantastic, modern kitchen. Gunvor Cottage sleeps four, with sea views from the front-facing windows, a wood burner and parking.
10. 22 Horizons, Newquay
Perched above the town with beautiful views of the north coast and the Atlantic Ocean, 22 Horizons is just a five minute walk to the beach! Relax on the balcony and enjoy the views across the coast and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks. Newquay's fantastic selection of shops, bars and restaurants are within walking distance and the property has access to a communal swimming pool and gym. 22 Horizons sleeps four and is perfect for the family at any time of year.
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