Category: Romantic

Six retreats for Valentine’s Day in Cornwall

We know how important uninterrupted, quality time with your loved one is. We also know how difficult this can be, with day-to-day life often getting in the way. This Valentine’s, escape from it all and make time for one another on the expansive Cornish coast. We have the key to your secluded retreat moments from the shoreline, where you can have the space you need to be together. Here’s our pick of six retreats perfect for a Valentine’s getaway.

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Glenfeadon Castle, Portreath – sleeps two

This unique and cosy converted folly is the dream retreat for two. Hidden amongst trees and shrubbery sits an adorable courtyard, featuring a firepit for cosy evenings and an outdoor roll-top bath for romantic al-fresco bathing. Head out on long, bracing walks along the coast path towards Porthtowan and Chapel Porth, before snuggling up on the sofa back at your retreat for an evening in.

Fancy staying in Portreath? Check out our other Portreath holiday retreats.

Starboard, Falmouth – sleeps four

If you’re looking for something modern and sleek, this sophisticated fourth floor apartment overlooking the picturesque Gyllyngvase beach is perfect for you. Gaze out towards the bobbing boats from the water-facing windows and enjoy spectacular sea views from the wide balcony. Step out of your door and explore the buzzing town of Falmouth, or simply take the 30 second walk to the beach and relax.

Harbourside Cottage, Boscastle – sleeps two

Enjoy a romantic weekend in a town rich in mysticism and folklore at Harbourside Cottage in Boscastle, famous for its tales of witchcraft, fairies and piskies. Take gentle strolls through secluded woodland, towards Pentargon waterfall and St Nectan’s Glen. If you are looking for a peaceful setting with a touch of magic, then Boscastle is the place for you.

Pilots Cottage, Mousehole – sleeps four

Slow mornings beckon lazy lie ins, before your morning coffee stroll. At Pilots Cottage, a cosy fisherman’s cottage, time is yours to spend however you like. Because when you’re just 60 metres from Mousehole’s harbour and sandy beach, what’s the rush? Pilots Cottage comes complete with a log burner for romantic evenings in.

Samphire Cottage, Widemouth Bay – sleeps four

Make your time together count at Samphire Cottage, a beautiful rural cottage tucked away in the Bude countryside. If you’re looking for uninterrupted time ‘away from it all’, this is the place for you. With wildflower planted gardens and views across the rolling hills to the ocean in the distance, hand-in-hand coastal walks await.

Cove Cottage, Sennen – sleeps six

Sennen Cove is seeped in romance, with a wide, sandy beach, tiny art galleries and traditional pubs serving comforting home cooked meals and fresh fish. This cottage, set in the heart of the town, is perfectly styled to maximise comfort and cosiness whilst still having a contemporary edge. It sleeps six, meaning you can still enjoy a romantic Valentine’s getaway with the kids in tow.

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Where to Stay in Cornwall for Couples?

Are you looking for a couples’ getaway to the coastline? Cornwall is a great place for holidaying with your loved one, with its romantic villages, swathes of sandy beach and pastel-hued sunsets. But with over 300 beaches to choose from, where is the best place to stay for your visit? We’ve come up with a guide of where to stay in Cornwall for couples, meaning the two of you can carve out a special place on the Cornish coast.

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Fistral is one of the most famous Cornish beaches, and for good reason. Here you’ll find dramatic sunsets and crashing surf, ideal for evenings spent walking along the shoreline and enjoying a chilled drink on the sand. For your date night, head to The Fish House for delectable seafood with a sea view, recently featured in the Michelin Guide. The surrounding area of Newquay is also home to an array of bars and restaurants, including the Lewinnick Lodge on Pentire Headland.

We have a variety of couples retreats in Fistral, including modern apartments for two with sea views. Find a retreat in Fistral.


For rugged Cornish beauty and an abundance of nature, head to the north Cornish estuary town of Hayle. Situated just along the coast from St Ives and Carbis Bay, you can catch the five-minute scenic train ride along the cliff’s edge and soak up spectacular vistas. Back in Hayle, enjoy three miles of golden sand, rolling dunes, amber sunsets and various nature trails populated with all kinds of wildlife.

Thought about staying in St Ives? Have a look at our luxury St Ives holiday properties. Just a short drive away from Hayle.

Our retreats in Hayle include the Cannery Row houses, a selection of romantic, glass fronted wharf houses directly on the riverfront. Browse our retreats in Hayle.


Falmouth is where culture, art, great food and marina life meet. This vibrant town is full of quirky shops, wine bars and restaurants, alongside five sheltered beaches and a glamorous marina perfect for evening boat trips. Sail masts bobbing on the water, the breeze in your hair and a glass of something bubbly in your hand… what’s more romantic than that?

Our retreats in Falmouth include The Liner, a selection of impressive and contemporary apartments which look directly onto Gyllyngvase beach. Find a retreat in Falmouth.

Whitsand Bay

For something more secluded, Whitsand Bay is a must-visit spot. It’s a place that must be seen to be believed, consisting of romantic cabins which are dotted right on the face of a dramatic clifftop landscape. Here, you’ll feel that it’s just the two of you, gazing out at the panoramic horizon. Situated on the South coast, Whitsand Bay is bathed in golden light at sunrise, and is worth the early morning start to see it.

Stay in one of our clifftop cabins at Whitsand Bay and let the sparks fly. Browse them here.


Last but not least, Bude is a perfect couples getaway location. Spend the day walking the South West Coast Path, exploring secluded coves and picnicking on clifftops, before immersing yourself in the beach’s very own sea pool for an evening dip. With just the right balance of quiet coastline and a colourful town with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop, Bude is a great all-rounder location for your couples’ holiday to Cornwall.

Our retreats in Bude include the glamorous Bol-Y-Maer apartments which sit just moments from the salty shores of Crooklet’s beach. Find a Bude retreat here.

Discover six romantic retreats for Valentine’s Day in Cornwall, offering luxurious accommodations and stunning coastal settings for an unforgettable getaway.

5 Romantic Cottages in Cornwall

Walk hand in hand along dramatic beaches and write your names in the sand.

Cornwall is filled to the brim with romance, no matter what time of year. Its white sand beaches, fiery sunsets and a magical coastline, provide you with all the ingredients for a romantic break with your loved one. Below we give you 5 beachside properties that are sure to get you feeling the love this Valentine’s Day.

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Lobster Pot, Porthcothan

A cosy cabin made for two, Lobster Pot is set off the beaten track, offering a unique and romantic hideaway for couples. You will truly unwind at this tranquil retreat, with its large wood burner for cosy nights in, twinkling fairy lights on the decking and its stunning coastal interior.

Porthcothan beach is one of Cornwall’s secret bays, providing an ‘away from it all’ feeling for you and your loved one. Pack up a picnic and spend the day in the sun, or if you’re feeling more active, walk the coast path to the picturesque Padstow harbour, where you’ll find an abundance of cafes, shops and restaurants including the popular Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and Paul Ainsworth at No6.

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The Shell Seeker, Mousehole

Perfectly placed in the heart of Mousehole in west Cornwall, The Shell Seeker is a Grade II former fishermen’s cottage with a beautiful interior design over three floors. Oozing with romance and relaxation with its crackling log fire and beautiful roll top bath, The Shell Seeker boasts original features including beamed ceilings, a granite hearth, flagstone flooring and stained glass window, all with a contemporary twist.

While out and about, guests can perch on the harbour wall with a picnic, spend the day on the beach, or watch the fishermen’s boats bobbing on the horizon. Mousehole’s cobbled narrow streets and yellow lichened fishermen’s houses huddle together, making this a stunning location to visit.

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Bijou, Rock

If you’re looking for a room with a view then this retreat will spoil you. With its windows pointing out across pretty Camel Estuary, Bijou is the perfect place to sit back and relax, watching boats and paddle boarders on the Padstow waters from the comfort of your own bespoke apartment. Its prime position in the centre of Rock and its spectacular sea views from every room, make this the perfect retreat for couples.

Known for its array of sophisticated eateries, Rock is home to No.1 Rock Road, Nathan Outlaw’s Mariner’s Rock, Rock Inn, Rock Sailing Club, The Dining Club and the very popular Blue Tomato located directly next door. The quaint fishing village of Padstow offers Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Paul Ainsworth’s No 6 or Rojano’s in the square.

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Harbourside Cottage, Boscastle

Cuddle-up together in a cosy fisherman’s cottage, nestled between two headlands in the heart of Boscastle in Cornwall. Harbourside Cottage sleeps 2 guests with lovely views of the river and the headland towards the sea. Thoughtfully renovated to retain lots of period features, the cottage boasts a wood burning stove, deep slate-lined window recesses and original beams.

For a romantic stroll, wander along the riverside towards the historic harbour where the river meets the ocean and watch the waves roll in. Mesmerised by the beauty of the harbour, explore the ancient museum of witchcraft and magic and become spellbound by stories and exhibitions.

Find out more about Harbourside Cottage.


32 Dunes, Perranporth

32 Dunes sleeps 2 and is just 10 metres from the golden sands of Perranporth beach on Cornwall’s rugged north coast. Enjoy the large patio and superb sea views while you dine alfresco, walk the coast path to St Agnes and Wheal Coates Mine or enjoy a candlelit dinner at The Summer House while watching the sun go down.

Other Perranporth restaurants include the Watering Hole located directly on the beach itself, Del Mar Italian and Alcatraz which we hear is great for cocktails.

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Alternatively, check out our other holiday lets in Perranporth.

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Love is in the (sea) air

Cosy-up to the roaring sound of the Atlantic Ocean with these romantic beach-side boltholes for two.

With long, sandy beaches, rugged coastline and charming fishing villages, Cornwall is the perfect destination for a couple’s escape. Summer brings lazy days, sunset beach strolls and alfresco dining under star-filled skies. Whereas, winter grey clouds mean wrapping up warm, curling-up and watching the storms in front of a roaring log fire.

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Cliffside, Whitsand Bay

The ultimate couple’s hideaway. Discover the perfect spot to steal a kiss, catch a sunset and watch the stars twinkle in the Cornish night sky.

Hunker down in this cosy cabin, located on the cliffs above Whitsand Bay. Perfect for escaping the stresses of everyday life, our guests love nothing more than watching the waves crash below, whilst snuggled-up on the sofa. Open the glass bi-folding doors and step out into the open-air to look up at the stars over the Rame Peninsula.

Table for two: Enjoy a romantic meal at The View with spectacular sights of Whitsand Bay. Only a 15-minute walk from Cliffside.

Harbourside Cottage, Boscastle

Experience a cosy hygge holiday for two.

Harbourside Cottage, Boscastle

Cuddle-up together in a cosy fisherman’s cottage, nestled between two headlands in the heart of Boscastle in Cornwall. Wander along the riverside towards the historic harbour where the river meets the ocean and watch the waves roll in. Mesmerised by the beauty of the harbour, explore the ancient museum of witchcraft and magic and become spellbound by stories and exhibitions.

Table for two: Discover the cosy Riverside restaurant serving traditional food. A five-minute walk from Harbourside Cottage.

No.3 The Beach, Porthtowan

Enjoy uninterrupted views across Porthtowan beach and out to sea.

No 3 The Beach, Porthtowan

Stay off-the-beaten-track with a beach-side apartment tucked away on the clifftop. A perfect spot for a couple’s getaway, No.3 The Beach offers spectacular views with a chance to catch a Cornish sunset over the horizon. Wake-up to the sound of the waves and feel the sand between your toes as you walk along the beach.

Table for two: Watch the shadows lengthen on the beach as you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at Blue Bar. A five-minute walk from the apartment across the beach.

Toms Cottage, Porthleven

A cosy fisherman’s cottage built for two.

Tucked away from the main road, nestled among a row of cottages, rests a charming bolthole perfect for a Valentine’s getaway. Sleep below an apex ceiling with exposed beams and listen to the distant sound of waves crash against the harbour wall. Wrap-up warm and explore the cobbled streets to find hidden cafes and restaurants.

Table for two: Porthleven is the perfect destination to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with a variety of eateries dotted along the harbour. Foodie couples will love dining at the new Rick Stein restaurant, Kota, The Square and Amelies.

White Horses, Perranporth

Get cosy in front of a crackling fire for a romantic evening in Perranporth.

White Horses, Perranporth

Perfect for a romantic getaway with your loved one, White Horses sleeps 2 and is just a 15 minute stroll from the golden sands of Perranporth beach in Cornwall. Enjoy the large garden, alfresco dining (you might need a hot water bottle and blanket for the winter months), sea views and a gorgeous rural setting, with rolling hills.

Table for two: Serving delicious locally caught seafood for both lunch and dinner, we recommend a visit to The Summerhouse just a few minutes away from White Horses.

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8 Romantic Locations to Pop the Question

Proposals in Cornwall

White sand beaches, fiery sunsets and a magical coastline, Cornwall has all the ingredients for a romantic proposal this Valentine’s Day.

With it being one of the most important questions you’ll ever ask, we’ve hand-picked eight inspiring locations perfect for a romantic Cornish proposal.

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St Michael’s Mount


Offering not just one, but multiple places to drop down on one knee, St Michael’s Mount in west Cornwall is our number one spot. Pop the question on the causeway, in the subtropical gardens, inside the medieval chapel or on the castle terrace. A family home since the 17th century, the castle holds mementos, memories and moments of magic at every turn. Will you create your own proposal memory here? Learn more about St Michael’s Mount.


St Nectans Glen


Surrounded by ivy clad trees, beautiful waterfalls and what is said to be Cornish piskies, fairies and spirits, St Nectans Glen is another romantic location, perfect for whispering those all-important words. Whilst you are serenaded by the wonderful sound of bird song, choose from three waterfalls, our personal favourite is St Nectans Kieve, where the river Trevillet has created a magnificent 60-foot waterfall and has punched a hole through the original kieve (basin). The water now cascades into a beautiful valley.


Minack Theatre


Moving back down to west Cornwall, our next romantic location is the stunning Minack Theatre. Carved into the cliffs and offering visitors a panoramic view over Porthcurno Bay, this is the perfect setting for your romantic evening. Steal a kiss under the stars as you watch an evening performance, cuddle up with a blanket and pop open a bottle of bubbly.


Watergate Bay


With a two mile stretch of golden sand, Watergate Bay leaves plenty of room for the enviable and creative ‘Will you marry me’ sand proposal. Get up early as the tide leaves untouched wet sand, carve your message and head back before she notices (you may need a little help with this one). After the big ‘Yes’ head to The Beach Hut for a glass of bubbly and a bite to eat.


Lost Gardens of Heligan

St Austell

The mystery of what was once a long-lost garden after WW1, hidden by bramble and ivy, makes The Lost Gardens of Heligan a unique and picturesque setting. With over 200 acres to discover, you’re not short of places to pop the question. We recommend either a visit to the pleasure gardens, filled with romantic structures and hidden pathways, or a stroll past the sleeping mud maid, which beautifully changes throughout the season.


Kynance Cove

Lizard Peninsula

If you are lucky enough to catch one of Kynance Cove’s fiery sunsets, then you are in for a treat…and the perfect proposal. Walk hand-in-hand along the rocky coast path, explore the secret coves as the tide flows out, then climb up to the headland where the views of the stunning scenery will not disappoint. For a more intimate proposal, visit Kynance in the Autumn/Winter months and early evenings before the sun sets.


Bedruthan Steps

Near Mawgan Porth

It was once thought that a giant named Bedruthan used these iconic rock stacks as a short cut across the bay. Now it is one of the most photographed locations in Cornwall and we can see why. No matter what the weather, the coastal path provides breathtaking views and plenty of places for you to feel alone for your fairy-tale moment.


Eden Project

St Austell

Dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by some, the famous Eden Project is a dramatic global garden, housed in tropical biomes the size of 30 football pitches. Head to the steamy Rain Forest Biome or feel closer to home in the Mediterranean Biome. If you really want to impress, then the Eden team are on hand to help. Enjoy exclusive access to the Canopy Walkway, a photographer to capture the moment, a delicious tapas board and champagne in the restaurant to celebrate.

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