Best B&Bs in Cornwall

Cornwall’s beautiful coastline, ripe for walking and just admiring, and unique, and friendly, culture are the perfect setting for a B&B break. Sure, there are some amazing hotels in Cornwall, but more often than not a B&B is a bit more intimate, a bit more friendly and a bit more peaceful. And our Guru’s recommendations for the best B&Bs in Cornwall are all of these and more.

The list of the best B&Bs in Cornwall includes an arty escape in St Ives, a boutique bolthole in Bude, an adults-only guesthouse in Mevagissey and a peaceful palatial house in Padstow. Plus more charmers than available weekends!

The Best B&Bs in Cornwall

The Best B&Bs in Cornwall to Relax

If you appreciate beautiful, peaceful surroundings then Ennys, the Georgian estate, turned four bedroom B&B is perfect for you. There’s also a grass tennis court and a heated pool in the gardens, which also have a glass yoga studio. And they do an afternoon tea or cakes in the vast farmhouse kitchen.

Gurnard's Head Hotel in Zennor is a charming Cornish Inn surrounded by breathtaking countryside. There are seven traditional rooms, plus the gastropub, and a simple, characterful welcome, which makes this a very popular inn for walkers and those who want to escape.

The Best B&Bs in Cornwall with a View

Trevose Harbour House in arty St. Ives is a stunning, nautical inspired B&B with wonderful views of the Cornish coastline and six individually designed rooms. There’s a snug and honesty bar downstairs and the all-organic breakfasts are legendary.

Sitting high on the cliffs above Mevagissey, Pebble House has panoramic views over Mevagissey Bay. It also has six spacious rooms and suites in a contemporary style with luxurious finishes. They even have a drying room for your muddy boots to help retain the luxurious feel.

Woodlands Country House in Padstow has eight brightly coloured, antique-filled bedrooms, plus a delightful terrace and garden. The breakfast is a feast and the views are excellent!

The Best B&Bs in Cornwall for Romance

In Boscastle, on the northern Cornish coast, The Old Rectory is about as historically romantic as you can get - this is where Thomas Hardy met his wife. Obviously it wasn’t a B&B then, but these days the four tranquil, romantic rooms in pale hues, the manicured gardens and beautifully cooked meals, hark back to the days when it was a country house.

Ednovean Farm is an adults only B&B by Penzance, with just three rooms, decorated in the French country style. It’s just a short stroll from the beach and several award winning restaurants.

The Best B&Bs in Cornwall for Great Value

Botelet is a charming, off-the-beaten-track farmhouse B&B with a collection of self catering cottages and yurts surrounding the main house. There’s old world charm, but it’s also comfortable and cosy. Plus the breakfasts are quite indulgent, even though rooms start from around £55 per night. 45mins from Polzeath Beach.

Treverbyn House is a beautiful property with three B&B rooms just a short stroll from Padstow Harbour. The property has been under the same ownership for 20 years and a lot of care is taken over the decor and the service. And there’s an excellent Full English. Starting from £75 per night.

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The Best B&Bs in Cornwall

  • The Old Rectory

    Boscastle, Cornwall

    Where Thomas Hardy met his wife, now a welcoming B&B. Secluded, tranquil and romantic- the traditional rooms feature, large sash windows and delicately patterned curtains. Lovely walks and a charming walled veggie garden. Beautifully cooked cornish food. Ideal for a typically British country stay.

    4 rooms from $109
    Eco break  -  Dedicated to sustainablity- where possible produce comes from the gardens and farm and power comes from their solar panels.
    Country Escape  -  A stunning Cornish country house with chickens roaming the garden and fantastic walks from the property.
    Great walks  -  Grab a packed lunch from the hotel and set out to explore the rugged coastal landscape just five minutes away.
    Surfing  -  The nearest surf beach is Crackington Haven, a ten minute drive away.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
  • Gurnard's Head Hotel

    Zennor, Cornwall

    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.

    7 rooms from $148
    Exclusive offer  -  The Winter Escape
    Restaurant  -  Excellent locally sourced food
    Great walks  -  Take part in the interesting and informative foraging walks with Caroline Arkley.
    Surfing  -  Sennen Cove is the best known beach in the area, and very popular with surfers.
    Views  -  Sweeping coastal views
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Pebble House

    Mevagissey, Cornwall

    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.

    6 rooms from $154
    Views  -  Panoramic views over Mevagissey Bay
    Sights nearby  -  Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligon are both close by, plus country houses and much nore
    Great walks  -  The coastal path is on your doorstep and there is a drying room for muddy boots and clothes!
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only property
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • Ennys

    St Hilary, Cornwall

    Historic Georgian estate providing a gateway to local activities and a fine B&B as a base.

    4 rooms from $135
    Surfing  -  Surf lessons available via Globalboarders
    Yoga  -  Group classes and yoga weekends
    Garden  -  Beautiful landscaped garden
    Kayaking  -  kayaking, creek canoeing, wild swimming, stand-up paddleboarding available
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Woodlands Country House

    Padstow, Cornwall

    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.

    8 rooms from $126
    Surfing  -  Cornwall has the best surf beaches in the country and Waves Surf School provides lessons for all abilities.
    Sights nearby  -  The Eden Project is a must visit for the family and horticultural enthusiasts alike.
    Sailing  -  There are daily boats to the pretty seaside town of Rock.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Treverbyn House

    Padstow, Cornwall

    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.

    3 rooms from $96
    Surfing  -  Cornwall has the best surf beaches in the country. Harlyn Surf School caters for beginners and improvers.
    Local markets  -  Padstow Harbour, a traditional fishing town, is worth a wander.
    Sailing  -  Daily boat trips run from Padstow to Rock.
    Full of character
  • Botelet

    Liskeard, Cornwall

    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.

    4 rooms from $71
    Country Escape  -  A converted family farm in a beautiful corner of the UK- drink in the pure air, explore the farm and walk the wooded valley.
    Total relaxation  -  You're sure to sleep well after long walks, therapeutic massages in the treatment room, and toasting evenings by the fire.
    Surfing  -  Surf on Polzeath beach 45 mins from the hotel. Equipment and lessons are available on the beach
    Great walks  -  Wander across the fields at Botelet and explore the woodlands in a beautiful circular walk.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Ednovean Farm


    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.

    3 rooms from $122
    Sights nearby  -  Trewidden, Trengwaiton, Godolphin House are just a short drive away
    Great walks  -  Along the Prussia coast
    Sailing  -  Boat trips depart daily
    Restrictions on children  -  Over sixteens only
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

Written by  Kat Parr Mackintosh, posted Wednesday, 13th July
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