5 harbourside cottages in Cornwall
Cornwall is filled to the brim with pretty harbours just waiting to be explored...
Visit Cornwall's coastline and you'll find yourself at one of its picturesque harbours. Some more hidden than others, each are unique with something different and exciting to offer its visitors. Below we give you five self-catering properties that are located in fabulous harbourside villages with some inside information on the area.
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This cosy Grade II former fishermen's cottage sleeps four and is perfectly located in the heart of Mousehole, just a few steps away from the harbour, shops, galleries and restaurants. Guests are welcomed with a wealth of original features including beamed ceilings, a granite hearth, flagstone flooring and a stained glass window, with a contemporary twist.
Perch on the harbour wall with a picnic, spend the day on the beach as the tide goes out, or watch the fishermen's boats bobbing on the horizon. Guests staying in Mousehole will find an abundance of things to see and do during their stay.
Walk to the harbour in 70 metres.
Oozing Cornish charm and tradition, Porthleven is a coastal village in west Cornwall boasting a pretty harbour and sandy beach beside it. Small fishing boats land their daily catch in Porthleven, where plenty is sold to Porthleven cafes, restaurants and the award winning Quayside fishmongers.
Tom's Cottage is a renovated 18th century fisherman's cottage located just a short walk from the harbour. Sleeping two guests, we recommend this cosy cottage to those wanting a romantic break with their loved one, as well as those that see themselves as foodies. Restaurants nearby include Rick Stein's Porthleven, Amelie's, Kota Kai and The Hideaway - ranked highly on TripAdvisor.
Walk to the harbour in 750 metres.
Boscastle is the very definition of North Cornish beauty; steep cliffs, an ancient, picturesque harbour and a cluster of gorgeous cottages interspersed with little cafes and shops. The pace of life in this pretty village is blissfully relaxed - the toughest decision of the day is what flavour ice cream to choose. If you need some serious downtime to recharge the batteries, Boscastle is a great choice.
And so is Harbourside Cottage. This romantic retreat has been thoughtfully renovated to retain lots of period features, including the wood burning stove, deep slate-lined window recesses and original beams. Set well back from the road, it's a peaceful hideaway just a 300 metre potter to Boscastle’s ancient harbour, where the river meets the ocean.
Walk to the harbour in 300 metres.
Boasting clear waters on a sunny day, narrow winding streets and white washed fisherman’s houses, it's no wonder this location is used year after year for ITV's Doc Martin series. In a day, stroll down to the harbour and watch the daily catch of crab and lobster be hauled in, enjoy an afternoon tipple at the Red Lion with its picture perfect views, or dine at the UK's No1 Restaurant, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. Sounds good right?
At the end of your day, put your feet up and unwind at Jasmine Cottage. Sleeping four guests, this pretty Cottage offers a tranquil haven to enjoy the views, yet close to the bustling fishing port. The light-filled open plan living space comes with original beams, Cornish sash windows and flagstone floors. Outside guests can make use of the garden patio with its BBQ, fire pit and seating area, great for some Cornish alfresco dining.
Walk to the harbour in 200 metres.
Just because we love Mousehole so much, here's another. Pilot's Cottage built approximately 175 years ago for an old fisherman, has been carefully renovated preserving original features with a contemporary twist. Sleeping five guests and accepting pets, it's perfect for those wanting to experience a true Cornish setting.
Light the fire for a cosy night in during the winter months, step outside onto the cobbled street that leads you to the restaurants, cafes and galleries or enjoy a paddle in the water as the boats bob beside you. We recommend a Cornish cream tea at the Rock Pool Cafe.
Walk to the harbour in 60 metres.