Though Cornwall is renowned as a destination for summer holidays, visiting the county outside of the sunny months can be rewarding in so many other ways. If the weather is bad it doesn’t mean the end to your holiday!
For many, the prospect of a storm is enthralling, the strangely calming nature that comes from watching the powerful waves crash upon the shore (at a safe distance). The placement of many of our properties, right on the coast, means that, come stormy weather, guests can embrace the wild weather from the comfort of their holiday cottage.
The Carlton Penthouse
The Penzance promenade is well-known as a destination for storm watchers, with high tides and crashing waves; those daring enough brave the elements. However, what could be better than watching the waves crash against the promenade than from the comfort of your holiday home? The Carlton Penthouse resides opposite the promenade, with spectacular views across Mount's Bay and towards St Michael’s Mount. Imagine, snuggling up on the sofa, gazing out at the tumbling waves and sea spray, hot drink in hand…
Perched on the edge of Priest’s Cove, Cove Cottage offers unrivalled views out across the Atlantic Ocean. With a sweeping rugged coastline on the doorstep, come stormy weather, the views from the A-frame window are uncompromised. Switch off the TV, take a seat on the sofa and gaze out at the waves breaking upon the rocky edge. If you’re feeling brave enough, throw open the patio doors and let in the sound of the sea crashing upon the shore.
The most westerly property in Sennen, Chy Ryn, commands views unlike any other in the village, stretching from Sennen Cove around to Cape Cornwall, when stormy weather hits, Chy Ryn is unbeaten as a storm watching destination. With several large windows to enjoy the views from, you can keep an eye on the storms from the comfort of your bed, while enjoying a cuppa in the arm chair, cooking up a feast, or, if you dare, from the decking outside (please take care if the weather is especially bad).
Towan Penthouse, Onshore Apartments
Perched just above Towan Beach, Towan Penthouse offers spectacular sea views. When stormy weather approaches, waves can be seen lapping against the island. With large patio doors, the views can be enjoyed from the kitchen, dining and lounge area. There’s no need to brave the unpleasant weather, pour yourself a glass of wine and relax on the sumptuous sofa, enjoying the large waves from inside your holiday home. If, however, you wish to feel the power of the waves, throw open the patio doors and step out onto the patio, you’ll have a bird’s eye view.
St Clements Cottage
With its garden backing directly onto the pebbly beach below, St Clements Cottage has, arguably, one of the closest positions to the sea possible. As told through the story of The Mousehole Cat, come winter, storms frequent Mousehole. Therefore, if you’re seeking a winter holiday home where you can enjoy the sound of the sea, this quaint cottage would be ideal. Throw open the sash windows, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves tumbling against the pebbles. Come stormier weather, cosy up in front of the woodburner, and admire the power of the storm from the comfort of your holiday home. And, if you’re daring enough, and it’s safe to do so, head into the garden, where you may even feel the sea spray against your face.
Situated overlooking Coverack harbour, Gunvor Cottage is a traditional thatched cottage named after a ship that wrecked just south-west of Coverack in 1912. The owner of the cottage at the time took in the crew, who miraculously survived, and so the house was named after the ship. With storms in its history, what better place to experience a stormy stay than here? With a fusion of traditional and modern décor, you’ll feel truly at home and comfortable at Gunvor Cottage, relax in front of the woodburner, while watching the waves crash against the harbour through the sash window.
Nestled right alongside the coastal path at Lamorna cove, Piran Cottage is in an enviable location overlooking the harbour. When stormy weather hits the harbour, you’ll be able to watch from the comfort of Piran Cottage, warm and cosy, fire lit and food cooking in the Aga. Alternatively, wrap up warm and brave a coastal walk, watching the crashing waves form a safe distance, before returning to the warmth of the cottage.
Chy An Leddra
With spectacular views of St Michael’s Mount, Chy An Leddra offers views unlike any other. Boasting uninterrupted views of the mount from the living area, the kitchen and two of the bedrooms, along with a large patio outside, you’ll struggle to take your eyes of the amazing seascape. If the weather worsens during your stay, this need not disrupt your views, instead you’ll witness the impressive power of the waves lapping against the mount and the shore. Stand out on the patio and you may even feel the sea spray against your face!
With expansive windows stretching across the entire living area, Rosevear offers incredible views of Sennen cove. Relax together in the light and spacious living area, with a cinematic view across Sennen Cove and the Atlantic Ocean. There’s no need to brave the elements when you have your own private viewing space. As Sennen Cove gets particularly blustery, with large waves crashing along the coastline, you’ll be in for a real treat if bad weather approaches during your stay. You’ll even be able to enjoy the sights through the patio doors from the master bedroom.
Known as a go-to location for storm-watching, Porthleven is famous for its colossal waves in stormy weather. So, if you’re seeking a winter holiday where you can embrace the winter weather, Porthleven would be perfect; picture rainy beach walks, drinks in the local pubs, and wave watching from the harbour. Rock House is located just a short stroll from the harbour front, and offers sea glimpses. After a day exploring the village return to Rock House, light the woodburner, cook up a feast, and relax in the large bath.
If you fancy staying in a holiday cottage by the sea, check out all our properties with sea views >