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Sea view cottages in Cornwall

The terrace at Bar Lodge, Penrose, Helston, Cornwall © Mike Henton

The terrace at Bar Lodge, Penrose, Helston, Cornwall © Mike Henton

For many of us, a holiday in Cornwall is a holiday by the sea. The north coast looks out into the Atlantic Ocean and Celtic Sea whilst the south coast, often known as the "Cornish Riviera" offers more secluded bays on the English Channel.

What better place to rent a cottage with a sea view?

To help choose, we've put together a small collection of Cornwall cottages with sea views or beautiful estuary views.

Here are our suggestions:

Doyden Castle, Port Quin, Cornwall -  Doyden Castle is the closest thing you can get to living in a castle. Situated high on the cliffs at Port Quin with far-reaching views out across the Atlantic.

Bar Lodge, Penrose, Helston, Cornwall - Perched just above Loe Bar, with far-reaching sea views - from the high cliffs of the Lizard to the south, right around to the Land's End peninsula in the distant west - and with Loe Pool and its woodlands just behind, you are spoilt for scenery.

Wireless Cottage, Helston, Cornwall - This old Cornish Cottage is perched in dramatic isolation above the beautiful curve of Housel Bay, on the edge of Lizard village and close to Lizard Point itself.

West House, Looe, Cornwall - This striking and handsome slate-hung farmhouse has been converted into two sizeable cottages, both with far-reaching views over the fields towards the sea, with Dodman Point in the distance. Stunning coastal scenery, Lansallos Cove and the other little beaches on Lantivet Bay are all a short walk away.  

Overhaven, Polzeath, Cornwall - Overhaven is a spacious and comfortably furnished cottage in a rural Cornwall setting. Just a 10-minute stroll down the bridleway to Pentireglaze beach or a 5-minute drive to the fabulous surfing beach at Polzeath.

Ruan, Cadgwith, Helston, Cornwall - With views over Cadgwith Cove, that are as mesmerising in the summer as they are spectacular in the winter, Ruan and Inglewidden Vean are two of three adjoining cottages that sit on the cliffs above Cadgwith.

Gwendra Wartha, Truro, Cornwall - Set above an old farming hamlet (‘wartha’ is Cornish for ‘higher’), this cottage has uninterrupted sea views and across Gerrans Bay from all its rooms. This cottage sleeps three with sea views from most rooms.

Count House Cottage Botallack, nr. St. Just Cornwall - This cosy cottage for two sits close to the dramatic cliffs of West Cornwall with amazing views over the turbulent Atlantic Ocean. You can relax in the garden over a drink, protected from the on shore breezes or take up the more exposed position and be rewarded by the spectacular seascape.

Harbour View, Boscastle, Cornwall -  In terms of location alone, Harbour View is hard to beat. Standing at the head of the harbour, this fine old Cornish cottage looks down on the historic quayside in one direction and up to the village centre in the other.

Lower Pentire Barn, Helston, Cornwall - With a dreamy position right on the edge of Carminowe Creek, the eastern arm of Loe Pool, Pentire Farm looks out over the still, shimmering water, with the distant rumble of the waves breaking on Loe Bar beyond.

A few more cottage suggestions that are close to the sea.

Not strictly a sea view but at Quay Cottage in Truro , you can experience the thrill of living right on the water’s edge in this handsome Cornwall  cottage with views across King Harry Quay and down towards the Fal Estuary.

If you want to be close to the sea but without that sea view, then try Triggabrowne Cottage at Lanteglos-by-Fowey. A short walk from the cottage takes you to Pencarrow Head with its stunning coastal view which is the jewel of this uncrowded part of Cornwall. The unspoilt beauty of Lantic Bay awaits those who are willing to make the steep descent to the beach.

These Cornish sea view cottages are just a small selection of our own Cornwall cottages. Follow the link to find out more about our cottages in Cornwall or discover more about the National Trust Holidays.

Our selection

  • Aerial view of Wireless Cottage, Housel Bay, The Lizard, Cornwall

    Wireless Cottage

    Helston , Cornwall

    Historic Grade II listed Wireless Station, dating back to 1900 in fantastic cliff-top location.

  • The exterior of West House, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall © Mike Henton

    West House

    Looe , Cornwall

    A large attached farmhouse with glorious cliff and sea views.

  • The exterior of Bar Lodge, Penrose, Helston, Cornwall © Mike Henton

    Bar Lodge

    Helston , Cornwall

    Distinctive house standing in splendid isolation overlooking Mount's Bay.

  • Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall © Mike Henton

    Doyden Castle

    Port Quin , Cornwall

    Castellated cliff top folly in spectacular position on headland.

  • Exterior frontage of Overhaven, Cornwall © Mike Henton


    Polzeath , Cornwall

    A spacious cottage with magnificent sea views.

  • Exterior aerial view of Ruan, Cadgwith, The Lizard, Cornwall


    Helston , Cornwall

    End of three adjoining cliff top cottages, wonderful sea views.