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At the farthermost reaches of England's West Country, with its scintillating coastlines, astonishing beaches, huge skies, bucket-and-spade seaside villages, wild moorland, secret valleys and deep, high-sided lanes it is one of the most memorable English holiday destinations. The best places to stay in Cornwall can be found in the more popular haunts like St Ives and Padstow, but a large number are popping up in less touristy destinations and off the beaten track country spots.
Cornwall's north coast is known for its big waves, beloved of surfers and offers 60 miles of dramatic Atlantic Heritage Coast from Bude to Bedruthan – cliffs, coves, market towns, farmsteads and atmospheric Bodmin Moor.
Our favourite properties among the best places to stay in Cornwall are hotels which are either dramatically sited on the coast or lost in countryside, many of them reflecting the region’s chic image while still providing endless summer fun for families; others are cosy old favourites. For those wanting a holiday cottage or apartment we recommend our online partner, booking.com.
The south coast boasts sparkling seas, hidden coves, tropical gardens, working ports, charming harbour towns plus some of the best places to stay in Cornwall. Many rooms are booked up early in the summer tourist season so early booking is definitely advisable, but its always worth trying for something more last minute.
Along the coast at Mousehole is The Old Coastguard with its pleasing mix of palm trees and open fires. The emphasis is on fun in the huge bar, the restaurant and in the big garden leading to the sea. Everything is pretty laid back - a vibe that is almost unanimous amongst our choice of the best places to stay in Cornwall.
Moving round to the West Coast and the best places to stay in Cornwall just keep coming.
The north coast has become a bit of a cliché in recent years. Teenagers going wild in Newquay....West London moving en masse to Rock and Padstow for August...etc, etc. However if you look hard enough, some of the best places to stay in Cornwall manage to avoid all that and offer unpretentious, quality accommodation to suit tastes and budgets across the board.
The wilder North coast of Cornwall is where the surf beaches are and the popular holiday spot of Rock, home to the St Enodoc Hotel. It pulls off being both stylish and child friendly which has endeared it to the well-heeled families who flock to this part of Cornwall for beach holidays every year. One Michelin-starred restaurant and a seafood and grill reastaurant overseen by the same chef. A buzzy family paradise.
Charming off-the-beaten track farmhouse B+B. Self catering cottages and yurts in a stunning location. Beautifully renovated interiors keep all the old world charm whilst providing top notch comfort. Cosy yurts give a wild camping feel. Indulgent breakfasts are offered. A great escape.
Eclectic B&B. Unique rooms have mural works by local artists, flat screen TVs; en-suites have free standing tubs and eco-friendly products. Breakfast room-come-gallery has recycled furniture and plenty of art. Walking distance to buzzy cafes and pubs. Chic, colourful and authentic.
Where Thomas Hardy met his wife, now a welcoming B&B. Secluded, tranquil and romantic. Traditional styled rooms with light hues, large sash windows and delicately patterned curtains. Manicured gardens and kitchen garden. Beautifully cooked cornish food. Ideal for a typically British country stay.
One of Cornwall's newest hotels offers modern, fashionable rooms in a relaxed, surfer-inspired beach environment. Rooms available to suit couples and families. Hotel restaurant offers locally caught seafood and other hearty fare. Ideal for beach-loving people who fancy something a bit different.
Under the same ownership for over 20 years, Treverbyn House is a well oiled machine. With just three rooms, each individually decorated with exposed wood floors, antique furnishings, fireplaces and impressive views. A famous Full English is served. The property is a short walk from Padstow Harbour.
St Austell, Cornwall
Traditional meets woodland contemporary at The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate. Large bedrooms are tastefully designed and the spa is top notch. If you prefer to self-cater they can offer 5 star Woodland Homes with all the hotel benefits.
Recently renovated, family run beachside hotel on the unspoilt Cornish coast with beautiful views and modern, well-equipped rooms. The restaurant and bar offer local Cornish dishes and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Suited for families and couples alike due to excellence of staff and location.
St Mawes (South Cornwall)
Luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation in St Mawes, a stone's throw from the beach. Three gorgeous bedrooms with a nautical feel and a cosy lounge area with fireplace. Plus an inviting flower filled garden for sitting out. You can even book a day's sailing with the owner!
Glorious hotel set in 2 acres of sub tropical gardens just two minutes from the beach. Stunning interiors feature sleigh beds, funky fabrics and bedrooms have a New England Beach House vibe. Award winning fine dining or more relaxed Brasserie. Perfect family friendly beach-chic retreat!
A lovely B&B located in the stunning North Cornwall countryside, only 6 miles from the sea. Relax in the cosy sitting room and enjoy a board game or good book in front of a roaring open fire. Bedrooms feature antique furnishings and luxuriously comfortable mattresses for the perfect night's sleep.
The beach is but a short stroll from this coastal haven. Each of the three rooms are decorated in a French country style. The B&B's small capacity allows for an intimate, romantic atmosphere (and it's adults only). No lunch or dinner but award winning restaurants are close by.
Charismatic owners, Hugo and Pippa, ensure that guests have an unforgettable stay. Breakfast is a veritable feast and Hugo's granola is sold throughout Padstow. Antique filled, brightly coloured rooms and bathrooms are Victorian in decor and proportions. There is a delightful terrace and garden.
St Hilary, Cornwall
Historic Georgian estate providing a gateway to local activities and a fine B&B as a base.
Beautifully simple rooms attached to Rick Stein's renowned restaurant. Splashes of blue's and white give a Cornish flourish. Friendly and well trained staff are a pleasure. The restaurant hardly needs an introduction. The perfect weekend escape.
A charming Cornish Inn surrounded by breathtaking countryside. A magnet for walkers, the traditional rooms are designed to afford every comfort to these weary travelers. An informal coastal gastropub serves up the best local ingredients, cooked to perfection. Simple, characterful and homely.
Family friendly hotel in an incredible setting with a fabulous sandy beach a stone's throw away. Breathtaking sea views can be enjoyed from the comfort of lovely, airy, bright bedrooms. Indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and gym combined with the sea air means you can't help but feel rejuvenated.
An airy, stylish and family friendly seaside hotel near great surfing and walking. Offers a Cowshed spa, two pools and good deals off season.
Contemporary adults only guesthouse with views to die for on the cliffs above Mevagissey. Spacious rooms and suites with contemporary interiors and luxury fittings as standard. A relaxed, grown up spot for a romantic seaside break with a home from home vibe accompanied by top notch service.
Revamped B&B, now a boutique bolthole by the sea, overlooking the beach. Spacious airy rooms, a business centre and sun terrace keep all ages happy.
Nr Penzance, Cornwall
Soothing contemporary haven overlooking St Michael’s Mount, in a stunning position, with great sunsets in an uncrowded area.
Fun, laid back hotel with good food and spectacular views out to sea. Rough edges, simple rooms, very hospitable.
Elegance and understated style make up this romantic Arts and Crafts coastal boutique - a home away from home. Standing on the cliffs, the sea breeze makes for a blowy Cornish escape. Comfortable rooms decked with paintings and log fires. Enjoy locally sourced food at the wood paneled restaurant.
Newquay (North Cornwall)
Wake up to views of the rugged Cornish coastline. Simple yet stylish, modern rooms decorated in light palettes with modern bathroom suites to match. The beach is quite literally on your doorstep. Enjoy dinner and a drink out on the breezy terrace.This hotel is like a breath of fresh sea air.
St. Ives (West Cornwall)
A sophisticated seaside hotel, the ideal place to relax and take in the sea air. Light, airy contemporary decor with a Mediterranean feel. Afternoon tea is served on the decked terrace, where you can enjoy spectacular views across St Ives Bay.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Fantastic spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from a family-friendly hotel. Modern interiors throughout with the comfortable rooms capturing the beach views. Herring Restaurant is Cornish throughout using locally sourced ingredients. Relax by one of the two pools, or at the spa.
St. Ives (West Cornwall)
As refreshing as the Cornish coastline you can see from your window this nautical inspired B&B is simply stunning. Six individually designed bedrooms ooze style with colour palettes to match the sky and surf of St Ives. The downstairs snug offers an honesty bar & breakfast is totally organic.
Small country house hotel overlooking the south Cornish coast, kitted out for families, with pool and spa - so beware if you have none in tow.
St. Ives (West Cornwall)
Glamourous and discreet 5 room boutique hotel in buzzy St Ives. A tranquil spot with sweeping views. Large airy rooms and suites with neutral tones and splashes or pastel colours. Informal dining based on Cornish produce. Excellent and personal service. Perfectly achieved laid backed luxury.
St Mawes, Cornwall
Seaside boutique hotel, attracting the younger crowd, with a perfect position right on the harbour wall in St Mawes. Up to the moment design and wonderful restaurant with the freshest fishy ingredients.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Relaxing, purpose-designed eco-friendly hotel overlooking Mawgan Porth beach, for fabulous sunsets. No children.
Near Portscatho, Cornwall
Sitting in privates acres, this chic and intimate hotel overlooks stunning Gerrans Bay. Light, marine inspired rooms are the perfect example of comfort meets plush. A Michelin Star at the restaurant makes dining a spoiling yet casual affair, matched by a fine wine list. A dream Cornish location.
Charming beachside hotel with views of Camel Estuary. Modern, breezy rooms are chic and comfortable. The lively restaurant serves healthy, modern dishes. Vibrant and cosy, with top marks for stunning location and warmth of service.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Overlooking one of Cornwall's superb surfing beaches, Watergate Bay Hotel is a prime, retro beachside getaway. Chic rooms are decorated in contrasting palettes of greys, yellows and blues. The Living Space boasts panoramic glass walls whilst Zacry's restaurant serves up locally sourced cuisine.
Boutique luxury in the heart of Fowey with ample amounts of sea air, estuary views and contemporary charm. Crisp, minimalist rooms are breezy and comfortable. The restaurant serves an inventive menu of local seafood delights. An ideal spot for a romantic mini break away from city life.
St Mawes, Cornwall
Stylish, laid back coastal hotel resting over St Mawes with views of the great blue. Marine inspired rooms are cosy, comfortable and plush. Seafood and local produce make up the innovative menu. Ideal for a romantic weekend, a family getaway and adventure enthusiasts with sailing, walks and more.