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10 Self-Catering Houses for a Special Christmas in Cornwall

See a twinkling harbour light up, sip on mulled wine in front of a crackling fire and embrace the elements with a winter walk on Christmas morning. Whether you are looking for a cosy bolthole for two, or a large family holiday home with all the trimmings, we have properties available for a Christmas to remember.

See 10 festive properties below now with 20% off a five or seven night break.

Ivy Cottage, Watergate Bay, sleeps 10

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Ivy Cottage is a Grade II listed house, located just a two-minute drive from Watergate Bay in north Cornwall. Sleeping 10 guests, it is the perfect celebration for your Christmas 2019 holiday. Put your feet up after a day of exploring in front of the crackling fire and enjoy the original features including wooden floor boards, wooden ceilings, exposed stone work and a comfortable window seat looking out to the front garden.

The kids can take their pick of 5 beautifully designed bedrooms over two floors, while Mum soaks in the bubbly free standing claw foot bath.

On Christmas Day, guests can enjoy drinks in Watergate Bay’s brand new bar – Watchful Mary 12-4.

Find out more about Ivy Cottage.

Ferrypoint, Rock, sleeps 6

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With picture-perfect views over the estuary, Ferrypoint is a firm favourite for those wanting to explore the best of both in Rock and Padstow, north Cornwall. The ferry picks visitors up just a few footsteps down the road, taking you to the twinkling harbour of Padstow. Dine at an abundance of top restaurants including The Mariners a five-minute walk away.

Ferrypoint is a three bedroom waterside apartment sleeping six guests. Its generous living room comes with a large corner sofa big enough for all, leather Swedish Ekornes swivel chair, orange designer egg chair, large Coach House coffee table and a 66-inch wall mounted Smart television for those all important Christmas films.

Find out more about Ferrypoint.

7 Mawgan Bay View, Mawgan Porth, sleeps 6

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Brand new to the Beach Retreats growing portfolio, 7 Mawgan Bay View sits just a few hundred metres from the family favourite Mawgan Porth beach. The house is perfect for entertaining with its super sized corner sofa, spacious kitchen with a double over and large dining table for all. Walk to the Merrymoor Inn for a lunchtime tipple on Christmas Day before heading home to tuck into your delicious Christmas supper.

Don your walking boots and walk off your food with a ramble along the South West Coast Path to Watergate Bay in one direction and the legendary Bedruthan Steps in the other.

Find out more about 7 Mawgan Bay View.

30 Dunes, Perranporth, sleeps 4

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With just a few steps between you and the beach, The Dunes Development is is perfectly positioned for exploring the best of north Cornwall’s coast. You’ll have private access to the beach in front and can jump straight onto the coast path and head to St Agnes and Porthtowan. Dine at Perranporth’s newest restaurant The Summerhouse.

30 Dunes is lovingly furnished throughout with some stunning artwork from Whistlefish Gallery. Both bedrooms and the open plan living space are furnished to the highest standard, ensuring you’ll wake up Christmas morning feeling relaxed after a good nights sleep.

Find out more about 30 Dunes.

The Penthouse at Coast, Porth beach, sleeps 8

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Live the high life this Christmas and wake up just a few paces from Porth beach, situated between Newquay and Watergate Bay. The large open plan living space offers breathtaking ocean views with a large wrap around balcony if you can brave the elements with a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine. The Penthouse at Coast has four bedrooms big enough for all with beautiful and bright interiors with a luxurious finish.

Head to The Mermaid Inn for a festive drink Christmas Day or walk the coast path to Watchful Mary in Watergate Bay.

Find out more about The Penthouse at Coast.

The Village Eco Lodges, Watergate Bay, sleeps 5

Book a 7 night Christmas stay and arrive to a decorated Christmas tree and bespoke luxury festive hamper.

Choose from a wide selection of our eco lodes this Christmas for a truly memorable stay. The Village development is just a 2-minute walk to the golden sands of Watergate Bay and its collection of restaurants including The Beach Hut and Wax Watergate Bay who have a special Christmas lunch offer running throughout December. Guests will also be a stone’s throw from Watchful Mary, a brand new continental style-bar located on the sea wall. Stop off here Christmas Day between 12-4 for a cocktail or glass of fizz after your blustery morning walk.

Our remaining lodges sleeps 5 guests.

Find out more about The Village.

Cove Cottage, Sennen, sleeps 6

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Oozing with traditional fisherman’s cottage charm, Cove Cottage is perfect for a romantic escape to the coast. It has been beautifully restored to offer great modern comfort whilst retaining immense period character with slate floors, deep window seats, exposed stonework and a huge fireplace. While Sennen beach is just a few yards down the road, the picture-perfect St Ives is a short drive away where you are sure to find plenty of festive cheer in the abundance of restaurants and bars on the water’s edge.

Find out more about Cove Cottage.

 12 Pearl, Fistral beach, sleeps 4

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Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Newquay this Christmas as you sleep just moments away from the world renowned Fistral beach. Storm watch from the comfort of your own sofa while sipping on something bubbly as you celebrate the festive period. The town’s shops, restaurants and pubs are just a 10 minute walk away. Head to the Red Lion for a cosy bar, complete with a roaring fire and delicious pub grub. Rick Stein’s Fistral and The Fish House are just a minute’s walk in the opposite direction.

12 Pearl is a contemporary apartment with a stylish open plan living space. There are two spacious bedrooms making it ideal for a small family or couples.

Find out more about 12 Pearl.

Sandy Toes, Porthtowan, sleeps 4

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A contemporary apartment just a few paces from the beach, meaning you’ll wake up to the sound of crashing waves on Christmas morning. Sandy Toes has calming interiors throughout with breathtaking views over the beach below and the Atlantic rollers. Porthtowan sits at the foot of high cliffs on north Cornwall’s rugged coast. The village has a lovely relaxed, off-the-beaten-path feel, with a very pretty sandy beach backed by cliffs. There’s a handful of cafes, pubs and restaurants, plus surf hire and lessons and great walks to neighbouring beaches along the coast path to keep you busy.

Find out more about Sandy Toes.

9 White Lodge, Mawgan Porth, sleeps 7

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Last but by no means least, we have 9 White Lodge set in a prime position overlooking Mawgan Porth. The apartment is newly interior designed with sumptuous beds, large corner sofa and a comfortable dining area. Choose from an abundance of restaurants on Boxing Day including The Merrymoor Inn.

Padstow and the famous 7 bays are just a short drive away, while Bedruthan and Watergate Bay can be reached along the coast path.

Find out more about 9 White Lodge.

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Padstow Christmas Festival

Embrace the festive season with a trip to Padstow’s annual Christmas Festival


See this Cornish fishing village come alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and festive fun. Padstow Christmas Festival returns Thursday 5 to Sunday 9 December 2019. Book your winter or christmas break online or call our team on 01637 861 005.

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The free-to-attend spectacle has grown into one of the largest food festivals in Cornwall, with 45,000 visitors expected across the four days.

This year sees 65 separate cookery demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses happening across two stages, with culinary names from Rick Stien, Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw and James Martin confirmed to attend.

If that’s got you hungry then there will be over 100 festival pop-up food stalls running alongside Padstow’s many restaurants.

But it’s not all about the food.

The popular Christmas market will also be open from midday Thursday with stalls featuring arts, crafts, food and drink producers from across the south west. Padstow’s shops and galleries will be open for extended hours offering special discounts throughout the four days.

Yuletide entertainment thoughout the weekend includes the arrival of Santa on his horse drawn Victorian bus, a spectacular fireworks display, live music, carol concerts and a lantern parade. Join hundreds of festival-goers for Santa’s Fun Run in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. Runners dressed as Father Christmas will be accompanied by cycling Santa’s who will arrive by bike along the Camel Trail.

Chef Paul Ainsworth says: “Padstow is a very special place and Christmas is a very special time. I urge everyone to add this to their ‘one of life’s experiences’ list as it’s something that I promise you will fall in love with, and give you the Christmas spirit that little bit earlier.”

A full schedule of events can be found on the website.

Book your winter or christmas break online or call our team on 01637 861 005.

Autumnal Stays in Cornwall

Autumnal Escapes

As we begin to fall into autumn and ponder how summer seemed to slip by so quickly, we showcase some of our favourite properties perfect for taking a step back and enjoying the slower pace of life. Throw on a chunky knit and ramble along a quiet beach. Forage along the berry-studded hedgerows. Sip on something bubbly beneath the starriest night sky imaginable.

Wychwood Lodge, sleeps 8, Bude

For a holiday home like no other, Wychwood Lodge is an outstanding detached house, set within an acre of glorious gardens, accessed along a private driveway in the village of Poughill, 1.5 miles outside of Bude. Surrounded by gorgeous woodland you’ll no doubt enjoy exploring the gardens as the golden leaves crunch beneath you. Relax in the outdoor hot tub, leave the kids to play in the children’s games room or ramble along the south west coast path past Bude’s fantastic selection of beaches.

Find out more about Wychwood Lodge.


The Penthouse at Coast, sleeps 8, Porth

Wake up on the beach and enjoy a crisp autumnal walk from your doorstep. The Penthouse at Coast oozes with luxury with its large balcony, four bedrooms and contemporary open plan living area. Grab your kayaks and paddleboard along the family-friendly beach. Dine at one of Newquay’s fantastic restaurants offering the best of our local ingredients or catch one of north Cornwall’s show stopping sunsets from the sofa.

Find out more about The Penthouse at Coast.


Leeward House, sleeps 7, St Agnes

If there was a house designed for autumn it would be Leeward House in St Agnes. Set in woodlands just above Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes, Leeward House delivers contemporary living on the coast. It’s a serene location, surrounded by tranquil woodland, away from the tourists, but close to inspiring coastal walks and St. Agnes village. Walk to nearby Chapel Porth and Wheal Coates mine where you’ll be blown away by a display of autumnal colours

Find out more about Leeward House.


Samphire Cottage, sleeps 4, Widemouth Bay

Nestled in a quiet area just a five minute drive from Widemouth Bay, Samphire Cottage boasts uninterrupted views over rolling hills, a pretty walk down to Millook beach and an incredible sense of space in the garden and beyond. Get cosy in front of the grand open fire, play an autumnal game of hide and seek in the garden, enjoy a bracing walk along the shoreline at Widemouth Bay.

Find out more about Samphire Cottage.


3 The Bay, sleeps six, Cawsand

Brand new to the Beach Retreats portfolio, 3 The Bay is a contemporary, interior designed apart sleeping six guests above Cawsand beach in south east Cornwall. Perfect for adventurous souls, the south west coast path is on its doorstep leading guests to nearby Looe, Whitsand Bay and its closest neighbour Kingsand. Get cosy in front of a fire in one of the many traditional Cornish pubs or watch the wild swimmers brave the water on their morning swim.

Find out more about 3 The Bay.


7 Whitehouses, sleeps 8, Watergate Bay

Sip on steaming hot cocoa at The Beach Hut, pull on your wellies ready for a rockpooling adventure and ramble along the south west coast path to Bedruthan Steps full of legend and history. 7 Whitehouse is a three bedroom, first floor apartment to sleep up to eight people. It comes with two private balconies with sea views and has a cosy living area perfect for cosy nights in.

Find out more about 7 Whitehouse.


30 Dunes, sleeps 4, Perranporth

Chuck on your chunky knit and dine alfreso at 30 Dunes, perfectly positioned directly opposite Perranporth beach in Cornwall. This brand new apartment is part of The Dunes collection and is a beautifully furnished ground floor apartment with contemporary interiors to the highest standard using local artwork from Whistlefish Gallery. Indulge in a hot chocolate at the Summer House restaurant next door, watch the surfers ride the waves at sunset or enjoy a romantic walk along the clifftops.

Find out more about 30 Dunes.


Chi Lowen, sleeps 10, Fistral

When staying at Fistral you#ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cosy pubs, seafood restaurants and clifftop walks. Chi Lowen sleeps up to 10 guests and is just a five minute walk from the world famous Fistral beach. Dine alfresco in the garden or take in the ever changing ocean views from the first floor open plan living and dining area.

Find out more about Chi Lowen.


The Penthouse 4 The Bay, sleeps 8, Cawsand

Swing open the balcony doors and breathe in the salty Cornish air at The Penthouse 4 The Bay. New to the Beach Retreats portfolio, this stunning apart over two floors boasts a large private terrace, stunning bedrooms with modern Velux windows that open up into a mini roof terrace and is located directly on Cawsand beach. Let four-legged friends wag their tails on the beach below and soak up the autumn sunshine as you discover nearby villages and towns.

Take the 3D tour and look around.

Find out more about 4 The Bay.

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South West Coast Path Membership Pack

Join us in October and receive a complimentary South West Coast Path Association Membership pack to enjoy during your visit…

If you’re visiting in October and booked your holiday after 20th August 2019, you are eligible to receive a complimentary South West Coast Path Association Membership pack or a Love Louie doggy pack for your four-legged friend.

With over 250 miles of coastal trail to explore in Cornwall alone, The South West Coast Path is one of the most spectacular walking destinations in the UK. Whether you use it to walk the dog, have family picnics, to escape on holiday for some fresh sea air or enjoy it as a serious walker, becoming a member is one of the best ways you can help to protect and champion the South West Coast Path. As well as being the ultimate source of support and inspiration for exploring the Coast Path, your membership goes a long way to helping care for all 630 miles of England’s longest National Trail for everyone to enjoy, now and in the future.

What does the pack include?

    • The latest edition of the Complete Guide to the South West Coast Path


    • Two issues of ‘Trailblazing’ magazine– in spring and autumn


    • Monthly e-newsletters – full of the latest news and stories about the Path


    • Car sticker


    • Discounts at the Coast Path online shop – great for walking essentials and gifts


    • 15% off Cotswold Outdoor in store and online, 15% off Runderwear online, 15% off Sunday Afternoon Hats online and 10% off in store at Go Outdoors South West stores


    • Solo walking networks for women and men – e-mail or call the office to sign up


    • An invite to our Annual General Meeting


    • Free completers certificate and badge when you finish the Path!


    • RRP £25.80

Take in the UK’s finest coastal scenery with some tempting cafes to stop off at and refuel. It is the perfect mix of tangled hair, invigorating walks and hot chocolate stops this autumn.

This is the second year Beach Retreats are supporting the South West Coast Path and all it has to offer. Last year you may remember us visiting a record 47 beaches in Cornwall on the summer solstice (longest day of the year) to raise money for the coast path. You can read about our journey here.

Terms and Conditions

    • Your contact details will be shared with the South West Coast Path Association in order to fulfil your new membership.


    • The South West Coast Path will deliver your membership pack to your home within 10 working days.


    • No cash alternative.


    • Only available for new bookings that depart in October 2019.


    • Only available for new bookings that are made after 20 August 2019.


    • Offer is non transferable if your booking is cancelled or postponed.


Love Loui Gift Boxes for pets

Join us on the beach in October with your four legged friend and receive a complimentary goody bag for them on arrival.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Love Louie to offer new guests that depart between 1-31 October a complimentary gift box for their fury friend (on new bookings only made after 20 August 2019) or a South West Coast Path Membership. This wonderful gift includes the following:

Love Louie are a small family business based in the South West, they started their boxes when their toy obsessed Dachshund Louie would get bored easily when he could quickly destroy toys bought in pet shops and became uninterested in the usual treats. They then created a monthly subscription service where new goody boxes for dogs would be delivered to subscriber homes each month.

Love Louie provide the highest quality toys and treats because our beloved pets really do deserve it. They guarantee savings on the RRP and the best part is they are the only company in the UK to donate 15% of all sales to an animal charity of your choice. As well as having rescue dogs of their own and helping their local rescue centre for many years, in the past year alone Love Louie has raised over £4000 for Animal charities all over the world and managed to prevent their local Animal Rescue from having to close its doors.

All the items in the box have been researched, chosen for their high quality and have been tested by their own pets before even being considered for inclusion in the Love Louie boxes. Louie personally loves testing the durability of the toys! Each box will contain a minimum of 6 items. This will be a variety of toys, treats and accessories, all boxes will be suitable for various dietary requirements. Treats are wheat free, grain free, dairy free and low fat.

Find out more about Love Louie.

dog with gift box


For more inspiration on things to see and do in Cornwall check out our dog-friendly blog.

Terms & Conditions

    • One Love Louie box per booking


    • Box contents may vary and may not be as the picture shown.


    • No cash alternative available.


    • Only available for new bookings that depart between 1-31 October 2019.


    • Only available for new bookings that are made after 20 August 2019.


    • Pets are to be supervised at all times with all items supplied.


    • Beach Retreats and Love Louie LTD will except no responsibility for damages caused and any product defect should be reported to the manufacturer directly.


    • Please follow safety guidance and advice which can be found on each individual item.


    • • Offer is non transferable if your booking is cancelled or postponed.




The almighty boom. The brackish smell. The exhilarating power. Spurting geysers of foam; lines of huge waves stacked up to the horizon; wind whipping your face. The humbling sense of insignificance… Nothing beats the raw elemental thrill and timeless romance of witnessing huge thundering seas crashing relentlessly onto Cornwall’s dramatic coastline.

Storm watching can be fun and exciting but it’s vital to put your safety first. The winter weather can bring high winds and huge waves, so it’s important to keep a safe distance. Storms in Cornwall can be highly dangerous, so check tide times, be cautious and don’t take any risks.

Whether it’s hurricanes tracking north from the Gulf of Mexico or intense winter storms raging off Newfoundland, October to February sees some colossal swells build and travel unhindered for thousands of miles across the Atlantic before slamming into our cliffs, beaches and sea walls. As long as you’re wrapped up warm and perched in a safe vantage point, storm watching has to be one of Cornwall’s most enthralling winter pastimes.



Arguably the daddy of Cornish storm watching spots, this historic fishing village sits on an exposed stretch of southwest facing coastline – and takes the full force of howling southwesterly storms straight on the chin. Porthleven is the pin-up of the Cornish storm watching scene: photographs of monstrous waves breaking over the church on the pier and mountains of backwash slapping back from its cliffs frequently adorn the national newspapers and news channels when a big sou’wester rolls in. Truly has to be seen to be believed.


The Cribbar, Newquay

Just off the end of Towan headland, the Cribbar reef is a big wave surfing spot of near-mythical proportions. It rarely breaks, but when it does the waves can be over 30ft high. It’s difficult to judge the scale of these huge walls of water until you see a surfer dwarfed by their towering faces. Recent years have seen a number of hardy surfers using jet-skis to tow in to these watery beasts – and the atmosphere amongst spectators on the headland is something else.


Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth

The dramatic rock stacks at Bedruthan beach, Mawgan Porth, stand testament to the power of the waves that have carved out their impressive, jagged forms over the millennia. Standing atop Carnewas cliffs and watching foaming seas pounding these outcrops on a stormy day is sure to blast out every last cobweb.


Blowhole, Porth

Cross the narrow footbridge onto Porth Island, at the tip of Trevelgue Head, and if you’re lucky you’ll see one of Cornwall’s finest blowholes spouting explosively. It’s at its most impressive around mid tide, and can be spectacular when there’s a big swell (please be careful crossing the bridge, mind!). The remains of a prehistoric settlement and windswept, panoramic views give the place a forlorn allure.


Trevose Head

Lurching out into the Atlantic just west of Padstow, this exposed promontory commands panoramic views towards Newquay to the south and the Camel estuary to the northeast. At the far tip sits a gleaming white lighthouse, perched above gigantic cliffs of grey granite that rise sheer from the sea to a height of over 150 feet. This solitary spot is a breathtaking place to witness nature’s incredible power as winter storms smash into the cliffs below.

Paw-some Beach Holidays

With beaches for bounding along, some 500 miles of coast path for waggy-tailed walks and plenty of paw-friendly pubs and attractions, why leave your four-legged friends at home when you visit Cornwall?

Hayley Spurway and Ziggy the dog reveal some of their favourite destinations on the doorstep of our dog-friendly holiday lets. View all of our dog-friendly properties.

TREBARWITH STRAND, nr Tintagel Caves

When the tide ebbs Trebarwith Strand beach is a gem for families and dogs alike. As the tide floods in to reach the foot of the rugged cliffs, you can either retire to the dog-friendly Port William Inn, or take a walk over the cliff-tops towards Tintagel and clap your eyes on eye-popping scenery, historic quarries and the sea-lashed ruins of Tintagel Castle.

MAWGAN PORTH, North Cornwall

A sandy runway flanked by dramatic cliffs and exposed to the full force of the Atlantic swells, Mawgan Porth beach is a year-round beauty for windswept beach walks, rock-pooling and dipping paws in the surf. When they’ve had enough of chasing balls and sea gulls, follow the wooded valley inland to Retorrick Mill, for a wood-fired feast in a dog-friendly, bohemian setting.

HOLYWELL BAY, nr Newquay

With giant sand dunes for tumbling down, a stream to paddle in and frothy Atlantic waves pounding the shore, Holywell Bay is an idyllic playground in every season. Backed by wildflower meadows, miles of heathland, and offering stunning coast path walks to hound-friendly coves in both directions, this is dog-walking territory at its best.


While bucket and spade brigades descend upon neighbouring Carbis Bay and Hayle Towans, Porthkidney Sands remains untouched by the masses, reserving its dune-backed beauty for a handful of dog walkers and their energetic companions. No wonder the locals have dubbed it ‘Happy Dog Beach’.

TRELISSICK, nr Falmouth

The National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens are home to miles of footpaths zigzagging through 300 acres of parkland and woodland nudging the River Fal. Opt for a half-hour stroll or four-mile walking route, pausing to play fetch on a sheltered beach and finishing up at the Crofters Café, where dog biscuits and water bowls will be waiting.


Nothing beats an invigorating stomp along the South West Coast Path with pit stops at dog-friendly pubs. Set out from the 13th-century Tinner’s Arms in Zennor and discover mermaids’ coves and the remains of an Iron Age castle on route to The Gurnard’s Head, an ends-of-the-earth type of place where you can kick off your walking boots and chill out with the dog at your feet.


If you’re looking for a dog-friendly day out with a dash of art and culture, hounds on leads are welcome to explore Tremenheere’s sub-tropical landscapes peppered with art installations inspired by nature. Bound beneath towering canopies, climb grassy knolls and gaze out over Mounts Bay, before tucking into homemade cake and Cornish produce at the Lime Tree Café.


Wild, remote and gob-smackingly beautiful, Gwynver is paradise for bona fide beach lovers and their four-legged pals. Fortunately, a thigh-burning flight of steps between the car park and beach deters anyone who isn’t serious about setting foot on the coarse white sands and scrambling over wave-hewn granite boulders to dip their toes and paws into the Caribbean-blue sea.

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7 Beachside Houses for Summer

The Meadow at Whitsand Bay looks out over the sea

Join us on the Cornish coast this summer…

Swap your shoes for sandals and make the most of summer with a last minute self-catering holiday by the sea. From large celebration houses to cosy clifftop cabins, Beach Retreats has a fantastic selection of seaside boltholes for all.

For family celebrations

Seamist, Watergate Bay

Bring all the generations together for a memorable family holiday to Watergate Bay, in north Cornwall. Join the beachgoers with a family surf lesson, kite flying, sandcastle building and more, on the beach just a 2-minute drive away. Instagram-worthy bars and restaurants nearby include Zacry’s, the bar on the sea wall – Watchful Mary and The Beach Hut (great for cocktails).

Seamist sleeps 16 guests and is the largest house in the Beach Retreats portfolio. Interior designed throughout the house has a striking contemporary design and a remarkable sense of light. The house provides guests with two living rooms, a cinema room, beautiful dining room, spacious garden and plenty of outside furniture for those all important sundowners.

Find out more about Seamist.

For rockpooling

Pendeen, Widemouth Bay

Stay in Widemouth Bay and you’ll be greeted to hundreds of rockpools with fascinating creatures just waiting to be discovered. For the more energetic nearby water sports include surfing, kayaking and coasteering with Outdoor Adventure.

Pendeen is one of six luxury eco houses positioned directly on Widemouth Bay beach with awe-inspiring sea views from its balcony. Bude and its array of shops, restaurants and beaches are just a short drive. We recommend a visit to The Deck and Life’s A Beach – two fabulous beachside cafes.

Find out more about Pendeen, Widemouth Bay.

For a romantic escape

Toms Cottage, Porthleven

Walk hand-in-hand along the harbour wall, leave footsteps in untouched golden sand and dine at one of Cornwall’s most popular eateries. Porthleven in west Cornwall is the perfect base for a romantic holiday with your loved one, exploring its secret coves, magnificent gardens and tiny fishing villages dotted along the coast.

Tom’s Cottage is just a two-minute walk from the historic harbour and its shops, cafes, pub, restaurants and beach, but if you would like to explore further afield then Penzance, Marazion, Hayle, Minack Theatre and Land’s End are just a short drive away.

Find out more about Toms Cottage, Porthleven.

For families

Skyline, Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth is a haven for families with its fascinating rockpools, shallow stream at low tide and sheltered cove backed by high rugged cliffs. The South West Coast Path runs either side so guests can adventure by foot to nearby Watergate Bay and Bedruthan Steps.

Skyline sleeps 14 guests in six bedrooms and combines contemporary coastal living with boutique interiors to create a space perfect for self-catering family holidays. Leave the kids to entertain themselves in the large garden or games room, while the adults enjoy some alfresco dining on the balcony as the sun sets over the horizon.

Skyline, Mawgan Porth

Find out more about Skyline, Mawgan Porth.

For unique interiors

Lobster Pot, Porthcothan

As seen in Coast Magazine Lobster Pot is a cosy cabin made for two, set off the beaten track, offering a unique and romantic hideaway for couples. It’s perfect position gives guests the choice of 11 beaches within easy reach, with its closest being Porthcothan just a mile away. Enjoy a day out at nearby Padstow and dig into some fish & chips on the harbour wall. Walk the coast path to Trevone or Constantine bay. Discover Cornwall on two wheels as your cycle the famous Camel Trail.

Lobster Pot sleeps two and was beautifully designed by owner and local artist Susie Rae. Susie has carefully up-cycled coastal materials creating a rustic and contemporary twist to her design. Guests can relax on the fairy light lit decking with a BBQ and glass of something bubbly before retiring to the bedroom with its sumptuous super king size bed and its 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.

Find out more about Lobster Pot in Porthcothan.

For peace and quiet

The Meadow, Whitsand Bay

For an ‘away from it all’ feeling and to avoid the crowds, visit South East Cornwall, also known as Cornwall’s ‘forgotten corner’. Here you can stroll along 3 miles of golden sand, walk the coast path to Rame Head, discover nearby Looe, Cawsand and Kingsand or take on a family surf lesson with Adventure Bay Surf School.

At The Meadow you’ll wake up to the sound of the Atlantic Ocean as you watch the waves roll in from the comfort of your sofa or private decking. This cosy cabin sleeps four guests and is just 200 metres from Whitsand Bay. Nearby restaurants include The Vault and The View, with the Blue Plate Restaurant and Waves further afield in Downderry.

The Meadow at Whitsand Bay looks out over the sea

Find out more about The Meadow, Whitsand Bay.

For the explorers

Seaside House, Port Isaac

Walk in the footsteps of ITV’s Doc Martin and explore the famous fishing village of Port Isaac. Walk the coast path past the Doc’s house, dine at the UK’s number one eatery Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and sit at the harbour wall watching the boats glide in and out of the harbour.

Seaside House sleeps six guests and is just a five-minute walk to the harbour, shops, restaurants and cafes. The three tiered garden is perfect for families with its summer house, seating area for alfresco dining and sea view from the top. Guests will enjoy the brand new kitchen with its modern design and glass roof, luxurious interiors and spacious bedrooms. Dogs are welcome at Seaside House.

Find out more about Seaside House, Port Isaac.

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Family beach cafes in Cornwall

It’s not just ice cream and Cornish pasties on the menu between surf sessions and building sandcastles. These family-friendly beach cafés and restaurants serve up the likes of smoothies, superfoods, share platters and seafood beside the waves. 

Kota Kai, Porthleven

In view of the fishing boats bobbing in the harbour, and just footsteps from Porthleven’s sandy beach, at Kota Kai you can kickback for coffee and cocktails in the lounge, pop in for a leisurely brunch or sit down for a slap-up dinner. Chef Jude Kereama, star of the Great British Menu, is renowned for his signature Asian-fused dishes using the finest ingredients from land and sea. With an innovative children’s’ menu and a family room where kids can hangout playing table football and other games, at Kota Kai he’s created a relaxed family environment where you can enjoy some of the best food in Cornwall.

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Life’s a beach, Summerleaze Beach, Bude

Beach café by day and sophisticated seafood restaurant by night, Life’s Beach – or L.A.B. – has become somewhat of a local foodie star over the last two decades. You can’t sit much closer to the shoreline at Summerleaze; in fact, at high tide you can watch the surfers glide past as you enjoy sundowners and seafood. Whether you pick a classic fish dish, Cuban sandwich or Detroit dog from the menu, rest assured you’ll be tucking into the freshest ingredients from local suppliers, while soaking up gob-smacking sea views. Here, life really is a beach.

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Porthgwidden Beach Cafe, The Island, St Ives

Little sister to this seaside town’s famous Porthminster Café, the Porthgwidden is a more relaxed and intimate affair – but with the same delicious cuisine and stunning beachfront location. Sit on a beachside bench with an Italian coffee and cake while the kids build sandcastles, or head to the upper deck and take a seat inside for some of the Med- and Asian-style seafood and a crisp glass of Sauvignon. Whichever you choose, enjoy a side order of stunning views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse.

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Catch, Mawgan Porth

There’s nothing like padding straight off the beach and sinking into a comfy surfside sofa or stylish seaside restaurant to refuel and relax. At Catch you can drop your surfboard by the door and bask on the terrace with a coffee or cold beer, or grab a table for a seafood feast. From classic British breakfasts and simple sandwiches, to post-surf feasts and seafood specialities, this beach-house bar and grill is a family favourite from sun-up to sundown.

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Poldhu Beach Cafe, Poldhu Cove

Bang on the family Mecca of Poldhu Cove, this buzzing little beach café serves breakfast baps, finger-licking lunches and Poldhutastic hot chocolates 363 days of the year. Whether you’ve been riding the waves with the surf school next door, hunting for treasure on nearby Dollar Cove or creating sand sculptures on the beach, it’s the perfect pit stop for rumbling tums. Every Friday in summer enjoy stone-baked pizzas served with Cornish cider or a glass of bubbly, while listening to live music on the beachside deck.

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The Cornish Culture Club

Whether you’re into music, food, literature, sailing or surfing, soak up some Cornish culture at some of the region’s finest festivals…

With an array of festivals to suit all types and tastes, Cornwall loves any excuse to celebrate its rich maritime, foodie and literary roots. Dance with your feet in the sand, learn to cook Cornish cuisine like the master chefs, and rub shoulders with the literati. Here are some of our favourite events in 2019.

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Porthleven Food Festival, Porthleven

26-28 April

Porthleven’s annual food festival kicks off the holiday season with a mighty three-day feast of food, music and entertainment beside the harbour. There’s something for everyone – from chef demos, food and beer matching, street food and family entertainment, to late-night live music rocking the Shipyard Stage.

Fowey Festival of Literature of Arts

10-18 May

The annual Fowey Festival was launched in honour of the region’s most famous author, Daphne du Maurier, and her legacy is still very much at the core of this celebration of words, art and music. As well as readings from some of the region’s finest authors, enjoy creative workshops, art and literature trails, secret gardens and live music from classical to jazz.

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Porthilly Spirit, Trefresa Farm

24-26 May

In its inaugural year, this intimate festival promises to be a feast for your senses, celebrating everything that is unique to Cornwall. Think wild cookery, outdoor adventures, artisan produce, seasonal feasting, music, workshops and wellbeing. And you don’t have to pitch a tent and brave the die-hard festival lifestyle – simply stay in a stylish Beach Retreat nearby.

Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge

6-8 June

Marking the onset of summer proper, Royal Cornwall showcases the country and farming lifestyle at the heart of the county. Here you can witness award-winning cattle, equestrian events and dancing tractors, alongside foodie bounty and the finest Cornish crafts.

Eden Sessions, St Austell

20 June – 3 July

With a backdrop to its world-famous biomes, The Eden Project has a reputation as one of the most unique live music venues in the county. This year the Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher, Kylie Minogue and The Chemical Brothers are amongst the headliners, and all tickets daytime entry to explore this tropical paradise.

Port Eliot Festival, St German’s

25-28 July

Chefs, literati and comedians come together with rock stars and DJ’s for a full-throttle party in a sprawling estate on the banks of the River Tamar. Cornwall’s quirkiest and most creative festival combines arts, music, adventures and food in a stunning venue where you can dine on local seafood by day and have a knees-up to Lily Allen by night.


Boardmasters, Watergate Bay and Fistral

7-11 August

This world-famous surf and music festival is one of the coolest dates in the Cornish festival calendar. By day international surf pros battle it out to be king of the waves, while in the evening big-name bands hit the stages overlooking Watergate Bay. With Florence + the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan and Rudimental amongst the names, this year promises to be the biggest party yet.

Falmouth week, Falmouth

9-18 August

You don’t have to like boats to make the most of this spectacular week that started out as a local sailing regatta in 1837. There’s plenty for landlubbers and maritime fans, as the whole town hits party-mode for a week of sailing competitions, street parades, family entertainment and live music.

Newquay Fish Festival, Newquay Harbour

13-15 September

Any trip to Newquay should include a seafood feast and trip to the historic harbour to see the fishermen landing fresh catch. If you’re here in September, celebrate the area’s fishing heritage and enjoy street bands, seafood cooking demos and, of course, plenty of fresh fish dishes to sample.

Padstow Christmas Festival, Padstow

5-8 December

Lit up by fairy lights on the edge of Padstow’s pretty harbour, Padstow’s Christmas Festival is a veritable Christmassy outing for the whole family. Not only can you get your hands on Cornwall’s finest artisan foodstuffs and witness chef demos from the region’s greats such as Stein, Outlaw and Ainsworth, you can blitz your Christmas shopping at stalls showcasing the handmade arts, textiles, toys and trinkets.

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