The 10 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.

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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 10 Best B&Bs in Cornwall

The Best B&Bs in Cornwall for getting away from it all

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.


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, and rooms start from around £100 per night. 45mins from Polzeath Beach.

Pendragon Country House will also suit those looking for a country escape. Situated amid the stunning North Cornwall landscape and just six miles from the sea. Interiors are traditional with four poster beds, and squashy leather sofas. A perfect base for walkers with loads of paths close by.

Pendragon Country House

The B&Bs in Cornwall with the best views

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.

trevose harbour house
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.

Pebble House

The Most Romantic B&Bs in Cornwall

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.

The Old Rectory

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.

Ednovean Farm
Nearwater in pretty St Mawes is another good bet for couples. There are just three smart, nautically themed rooms and for a truly special day out, get the owner to take you sailing!


The Best Value B&Bs in Cornwall

The Artist Residence in Penzance offers chic, colourful accommodation in the heart of Penzance. Plus there's a cottage and apartments which are perfect for larger groups or families. Doubles start from just £75 per night.

Artists Residence

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.

Treverbyn House

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the 10 best B&Bs in Cornwall might suit you?

The 10 Best B&Bs in Cornwall

  • Ennys St Hilary, Cornwall 4 rooms from £105

    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
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    Recommended by  -  Frommers

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

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  • Botelet Liskeard (South Cornwall) 4 rooms from £100

    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.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Pendragon Country House Camelford, Cornwall 7 rooms from £95

    Birdwatching  -  This area of Cornwall offers some of the most exciting birding in the UK during migration, particularly in the autumn.
    Great walks  -  The perfect base for walking sections of the Coastal Path or moorland area.
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant has an award winning Executive Chef, Mr Paul Bray
    Views  -  Beautiful views of the North Cornwall countryside
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

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  • Trevose Harbour House St Ives (West Cornwall) 6 rooms from £165

    Sights nearby  -  For art lovers the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden are worth a visit.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip to Seal Island where you can spot seals, dolphins and much more.
    Great walks  -  To the Lizard Peninsula and the Kynance Cove makes for an excellent day out.
    Surfing  -  Nearby Porthmeor Beach is where surfers go to hang ten.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    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. See More

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  • Pebble House Mevagissey, Cornwall 4 rooms from £165

    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
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    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. See More

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  • The Old Rectory, Cornwall Boscastle, Cornwall 4 rooms from £105

    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.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

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  • Ednovean Farm Cornwall 3 rooms from £95

    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

    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. See More

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  • Nearwater St Mawes (South Cornwall) 3 rooms from £90

    Value chic  -  Doubles from only £90 per night
    Surfing  -  Surfing at many nearby beaches
    Fishing  -  Makerel Fishing nearby
    Sailing  -  Sailing schools nearby
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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! See More

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  • Artist Residence Cornwall 19 rooms from £149

    Active Holiday  -  Don your wetsuit and hit the waves, followed by a blustery coastal walk, bike ride and back for a hearty nights sleep
    Foodies  -  Nearby cookery schools offer foraging courses, and the town is peppered with lovely organic meat and produce shops
    Sights nearby  -  Fairytale island castle of St Michael’s Mount
    Surfing  -  At Sennen Cove where everything can be hired
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    Unique rooms with eclectic art collection on display, flat screen TVs; en-suites have free standing tubs and eco-friendly products. The Clubhouse - rustic lounge and bar serving all day food and drinks. Walking distance to buzzy cafes and pubs. Chic, colourful and authentic. See More

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  • Treverbyn House Padstow, Cornwall 3 rooms from £135

    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.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    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. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Tuesday, 30th June 2020