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Self catering holiday cottages in Kingsand

Gentle waves lap onto shingle shores at this hidden Cornish gem.

Kingsand sits on the Rame Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is the perfect place for birdwatching on coastal ambles. This former fishing and smuggling village is known for its narrow, cottage lined streets and three secluded beaches. The iconic Clocktower overlooks Girt beach, a small shingle bay. On the other side you will find the main beach, slightly wider and sandier, which backs onto the Cleave. A short walk out of the village will take you to the rockpool dotted Sandways beach. Or, if you are feeling energetic, the high cliffs and stretching sands of Whitsand Bay are just over five miles away along the South West Coast Path.

It is rare to hear about Kingsand without mention of its neighbouring twin village of Cawsand, but things weren't always this way. Up until the mid-1800s the two villages were actually in different counties, their boundary marked by a small stream. Sitting side by side, head to the neigbouring area, where you will find the Cawsand Ferry chugging across the Cornwall-Devon border to Plymouth. Listen to the clang of anchors and the squawk of seagulls on route to Plymouth’s city centre, abundant with cafes, pubs and shops. 

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Kingsand has an array of cosy cafes and beachfront eateries, perfect for a bite after a long coastal walk. Try The Halfway House Inn for a hearty dinner or The Old Bakery for a delicious light bite. Walk further afield to The Bay restaurant, directly opposite Cawsand for a romantic evening meal.


Kingsand beach is dog friendly all year round.


At Kingsand access to both south and north parts of the beach are via short a slope followed by 6 steps, not suitable for wheel chairs. The beach is not lifeguarded, but lifeguards are on duty at nearby Cawsand beach in the summer months. At Cawsand there is a short slipway which is suitable for wheel chair and push chairs.

Kingsand has a 120 space car park and public toilets.