10 Stylish Stays By The Cornish Sea
Whether you’re planning a luxe escape in Cornwall or fancy a peek into some of the county’s most sought-after holiday homes, read on for a little seaside property inspiration.
BEST FOR COUPLES:
A chic little cabin with massive views, The Edge is set in a cliff top location looking down towards Whitsand Bay and the nearby coastline. This cedar-clad eco-lodge is inspired by Cornish beach huts but a whole lot more luxurious, with stylish interiors and a perfect dolphin-spotting deck, complete with a hot tub and a path that leads directly to the beach below.
Mousehole was famously named ‘the prettiest village in England’ by Dylan Thomas and it’s a firm Muddy favourite. This stylishly rustic harbourside cottage – a former net loft – is the perfect romantic bolthole from which to explore it. Cladded walls, white washed floorboards and serene neutral interiors are a refined take on coastal style. Stroll around the village, stop into the many galleries and definitely book a table for dinner at The Old Coastguard.
BEST FOR FAMILIES/LARGE GROUPS:
Fairfax, Rock (Sleeps 12)
Rock is a waterside village on the Camel Estuary, in an especially charmed part of Cornwall. It’s popular for good reason and is perfect for families, with various beaches, restaurants and beautiful coastal walks on its doorstep. This spacious, modern house is minutes from the beach and is perfectly set up for large groups with great social spaces and a large enclosed garden. Nathan Outlaw’s pub The Mariner’s is just down the road and Padstow, with all its foodie delights, is a ferry ride away.
Polpier & Penpol, Mevagissey (Sleeps up to 24)
For a wedding, party or big-old family reunion, you’d be pushed to find a lovelier location than this beautiful estate overlooking Mevagissey. The larger house, Polpier was designed in 1892 by Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail and has been luxuriously restored, with spacious, comfortable bedrooms and multiple, stylish shared spaces, including a large lounge room, with a Bose cinema system and a fabulous airy kitchen. Outside, you’ll be wowed by the beautiful terraced gardens, heated pool, tennis court and outdoor dining area. The more modern Penpol (which sleeps 10) can be rented separately or as part of the entire estate.
BEST FOR THE BEACH:
The Old Bakery, Summerleaze Beach, Bude (Sleeps 8)
A modern beach house with cool design accents, The Old Bakery is less than 350 metres from beautiful Summerleaze Beach and a short stroll to Bude’s restaurants, cafes and boutiques. A reverse layout makes the most of the gorgeous views across the dunes to the sea, which are even more impressive from the secluded roof terrace. The light-filled open plan living space is really stylish and sociable, which makes it great for groups or families. And there’s every mod con you could hope for… washing machine, tumble dryer, two fridges (plenty of space for vino), under-floor heating, log burner, Nespresso machine and a snug-style TV and games room.
Trethvor, Fistral Beach, Newquay (Sleeps 7)
Perched above one of Cornwall’s most popular surf beaches and a walk (at low tide) from Crantock, another corker, Trethvor is perfectly placed for beach adventures. It’s a light and airy, villa-style property arranged over three floors, with a wrap-around terrace and spectacular sea views. The modern coastal interiors create a laidback feel and in addition to all the mod cons, there’s a telescope, so guests can even enjoy the view by night. Popular gastropub The Lewinnick Lodge is a walk away as is Rick Stein’s Restaurant, for some seriously good fish and chips.
BEST QUIRKY STAYS:
For a proper edge-of-the-world escape, you can’t beat a lighthouse and this one is situated at the most southerly point of the Roseland Peninsula. The accommodation couldn’t be more private, reached via a steep path leading down to the rocks from the headland and car park (worth considering when you’re packing). There is an observation room with large windows that are perfect for watching the waves and two cosy bedrooms, complete with ear plugs for occasions when the fog warning sounds. And if you fancy rejoining society at any point, the gorgeous villages of St Mawes and Portscatho are a short drive away.
The Studio at Orchard Flower Farm (Sleeps 2)
A former artist’s studio, Patrick Heron and Grayson Perry are one-time residents of this secluded countryside cabin. The setting is romantic and picturesque, enough to inspire the least creative of souls, with floor to ceiling windows that make the most of the surrounding landscape. This wood and glass hideaway has an open-plan kitchen and living space downstairs and bedroom and en-suite upstairs, so you can enjoy the views whilst snuggled up in bed. Though the location is rural, the sea in just ten minutes walk away in Penzance, where you can soak up some more arty culture at the Newlyn Gallery and Exchange, sample the amazing eggs benedict at The Front Room and enjoy some delicious local seafood at The Shore.
Reflection, Portwrinkle (Sleeps 8)
The house where I live, in my Cornish dreams, Reflection is an architect-designed stunner with panoramic sea views. Floor-to-ceiling sliding windows wrap around the front of the house, looking out onto the lounger-strewn deck and garden. Inside you’ll find light and spacious interiors, with more pleasing curved lines and cool contemporary furnishings. You’re 20 metres from the South West Coast path and a short drive from the pretty fishing villages of Polperro and Looe. This is a properly luxurious Cornish retreat!
Pednolver, St Ives (Sleeps 10)
Even the children’s rooms are super-chic at this elegant, period town house in St Ives. Pednolver has been renovated to the highest standards, combining comfort and design in its contemporary interiors, with carefully selected artwork and accessories in every room. Great for families or small groups of adults holidaying together, there are five bedrooms and three spa-like bathrooms, beautiful living spaces, a cinema room and private parking for four cars.