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Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

The Lighthouse at the Lizard Peninsula sits on top of craggy cliffs under a brooding dark blue sky, with Bumble Rock and the Lions Den. © Joe Cornish

Cornwall holiday cottages from the National Trust will leave you infatuated with the West Coast and our charming Cornish cottages have a contagious effect at drawing people back over and over again. Cornwall holiday cottages are lovely in every way imaginable! 

Holiday cottages in Cornwall are magnetising and the magnificent locations are what we pride ourselves on, with cottages in Penzance, the Lizard, Falmouth, Truro and more. 

For a long time, Cornwall has been a hugely popular holiday destination and people from all over the country flock here to enjoy the wonderful west coast all year round. It has a gloriously warm climate and a delightfully diverse landscape, ranging from vast open fields of green and yellow to beckoning cliffsides overlooking the Channel.

The National Trust have over 100 unique Cornwall holiday cottages. We are positive that we have a holiday cottage to suit everybody!

What would a holiday be without a trip to the seaside? Cornwall is famed for its heavenly beaches and is home to some of Britain’s finest, with long stretches of golden sands, vibrant lagoons and remote bays hidden away, see Cornwall as a special haven. For the beach lovers looking to stay on the Cornish Coast, we have holiday cottages in the beautiful village of Boscastle and near Cornwall’s only city Truro.

The coast and beaches are what make Cornwall spectacular. With an array of coastal holiday cottages, accompanied by dazzling sea views and plenty of beach walks, Cornwall really is for the lovers of the British seaside.

Cornwall is also famous for its mature houses and grand old gardens. Lanhydrock in Bodmin is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home which mimics an enchanting and almost royal character. A stay at Cutmadoc would put you right in the centre of the estate, with views over Lanhydrock's historic parkland with room for 6 people.

Trerice is an exquisite Elizabethan manor house with luxurious interiors and delightful garden at Kestle Mill, near the popular surfer’s paradise of Newquay. A stay in the West Wing is a unique holiday cottage experience and the Trust take a huge amount of delight in delivering one of a kind and novel holiday experiences. Staying in the historic house itself, the West Wing is a cosy cottage for 2 people, with views spanning across the immaculately kept garden and surrounding countryside, which is perfect to for spending hours exploring its vast terrain.

Click here to see more of what the National Trust have to offer in the Southwest.

The Trust know you love pets and love to bring them on your travels. We have plenty of dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall and the walks on the Cornish Coast can be enjoyed by you, as well as by man’s best friend. Lower Pentire Barn sits right on the edge of Carminowe Creek, the eastern arm of Loe Pool with access to wonderful dog walks. The dreamy house on the hillside has its own tranquil gardens and the views at sunset are spellbinding; you’ll be waking up just to see them all over again!

Quay Cottage also sits on the water’s edge and comes complete with private gardens and wonderful views. Not far up is the Fal Estuary, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for a stroll around on any afternoon.

Cornwall has Celtic roots and history deeply ingrained throughout. If it’s history you are seeking, then the Trust have an abundance of restored and listed properties that are perfect for anyone wishing to become immersed in the real Cornwall. Does anything say 'historical' as much as a medieval-esque escape? Cornwall is home to countless castles and Celtic ruins, perfectly housed by the rich Cornish landscape. The Water Tower in Truro is the epitome of a historic cottage and mimics a Rapunzel tower and its impressive circular interior provides an added twist to a generic square structure.  

Don't forget your walking boots! With over 100 holiday cottages scattered all over Cornwall, you are never far from a good walk. The cornish coast and countryside gallantly boast many great walking trails. West Cornwall is home to Cornwall’s largest natural freshwater lake, Penrose. Enclosed in a plethora of woodland, the lake has a pleasant tranquil atmosphere which is perfect for strolling around.

The Lizard coastal walk is very impressive and encompasses bellowing seaside views, superior clifftops and plenty of rare wildflowers. West Cornwall also holds the most westerly point on mainland England. Part of the Penwith Peninsula, Land’s End presents the illusion of being on the edge of the world and it is an extravagant spot to take some immense holiday photos!

You can see all of our walks here.

Why Choose A National Trust Cottage in Cornwall?

All of our Cornish holiday cottages are on or very close to land managed by the Trust and you will enjoy the space to relax in truly unbelievable locations – from looking out over a rugged coastline and watching deer roam across your front garden, to stepping out your front door onto tree-lined vistas and perfectly manicured gardens.

Every time you stay with us the proceeds goes directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes for everyone to enjoy. Your contribution is invaluable in helping the National Trust continue to protect and grow these special places.

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The Trust are exceedingly proud of our guest feedback and know that people love to keep returning to their special cottage and enjoy its pleasure time and time again. Many of our properties get booked very early for busy periods so click here to find your next holiday destination.

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