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When I think of Cornwall, it conjures up romantic images of dramatic coastlines, beautiful golden sandy beaches, captivating fishing harbours, picturesque villages and cobbled streets tumbling down into pretty harbours. Located on the far South West of England, with a coastline that wraps around for almost 300 miles, Cornwall is home to one of the UK’s most westerly points, Land’s End. The unspoilt and uncrowded Isles of Scilly are a short flight or ferry crossing away and from here you can witness the spectacular views of England’s dramatic southwest coastline.

To the North of Cornwall, there are a swathe of enormous golden beaches, popular with surfers for their outstanding natural surf. Pretty coves and villages scatter the coastline making for memorable holidays by the seaside. Spectacular estuaries to the South are fed by rivers from the moorlands and Cornwall’s mild climate gives home to its many beautiful parks and gardens. Smugglers coves, quaint fishing ports and beautiful sandy beaches are dotted along the coastline in abundance.

As well as its beautiful beaches and coastal retreats, Cornwall has a rich industrial history. Old engine houses and ruins of Cornish copper and tin mines are spread across the landscape and have recently been awarded World Heritage Site status. Spectacular coastal trails provide walkers with miles of gentle strolls and if you are looking for a more challenging hike, why not visit Bodmin Moor, located to the North East of the county. And if that isn’t enough adventure for you, there are an abundance of attractions to visit including the Iconic St Michael’s Mount, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tate St Ives and the ever popular Eden Project.

No visit to Cornwall would be complete without sampling the culinary delights of a delicious Cornish pasty and a clotted cream tea! And for the foodies among us, top chefs have helped to put the region well and truly on the gourmet map with a food scene that rivals even that of London.

Visitors to Cornwall have described it as like having a love affair, bewitched by its timeless beauty and with a passion that lasts a life time. And to help you kick-start your romance, we have selected 10 of the best holiday cottages close to the beautiful Cornish beaches….this is where making memories really start………

Nanplough Country House

With its striking stone exterior, Nanplough House is the epitome of luxury and relaxation. Set in a 23 acre site with working smallholding, this is one of five spectacular country houses on the estate. You will be overwhelmed by the sheer elegance and splendour of this property. All six bedrooms are exquisitely decorated, with outstanding views of the Cornish countryside. Relax with a glass of fizz in the master bedroom’s free standing bath and watch the sun set on the horizon. Vaulted ceilings and exposed stone walls add to the traditional style of this property whilst the woodburner creates a warm and cosy ambience, ideal for relaxing with friends or family after a busy day exploring.

Prepare to be wowed by the extensive grounds, with its shared outdoor heated pool and hot tub, this country retreat will be a real hit with families and couples alike. While away summer days relaxing on the patio whilst the little ones amuse themselves on the outdoor play equipment and get to know the resident sheep, chicken and horses.

If you can pull yourselves away from this idyllic retreat, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to explore within a short drive of the house. Steeped in Martine history, this mesmerising part of the Lizard Peninsula is close to the popular Mullion and Poldhu coves and the quaint fishing village of Porthleven. The superb coastline of the South West Coast Path is easily accessed from here and makes up the longest National Trail in the UK. The heritage, wildlife and scenery is truly inspirational so make sure you take your camera!

Poltair Woodcocks Roost

This exquisite property is a perfect combination of luxury and style. Poltair Woodcocks Retreat is a special little jewel in Cornwall’s crown and is the perfect sanctuary for a relaxing Cornish getaway. The inverted layout of this property, with the living space on the first floor, means that the lounge has spectacular views across the garden. Make yourself comfy in the hammock chair or sink into the giant beanbag and let yourself soak up views of the magnificent Cornish landscape from your very own country retreat. Open up the floor to ceiling glass doors, breathe in the fresh country air and enjoy a morning coffee on the balcony, overlooking the beautiful pond.

Each of the five bedrooms exude luxury and are stunningly decorated with the master bedroom boasting a king size bed and French doors that open up onto a secluded terrace. No luxury property would be complete without that sort after hot tub and for that added touch of extravagance, Poltair Woodcocks Retreat has its very own BBQ lodge. Seating up to 16 people, this is the perfect location for a sociable evening with friends or family.

This stunning property is a short drive from the spectacular Godrevy beach on Cornwall’s North coast. From buckets and spades on sunny summer afternoons, to classic Cornish splendour on a stormy winter’s day, Godrevy offers the ultimate outdoor experience. The picturesque town of St Ives is also a short drive away. With its many art galleries (including one of the world’s four Tate Galleries) and ancient pubs and top notch eateries, you can easily while away the hours wandering around the pretty streets and harbour area.

Blue Bay

Spectacular sea views, swim spa, steam room, basement cinema…..what’s not to love about the amazing Blue Bay cottage? Nestled on the stunning North Cornish coast, close to the South West Coast Path and within walking distance to the beautiful Perranporth beach, this luxurious property is a must have for all those wanting to experience the very best of Cornish living.

From the moment you enter Blue Bay, you will be captivated by its stylish interiors and exquisite attention to detail. It’s modern yet welcoming open plan living/dining/kitchen area is perfect for friends or a family get together. Or for the more romantic residents, why not cosy up on the balcony under the twinkling Cornish stars with a glass of something bubbly.

This reverse level property has four sumptuous bedrooms on the first floor and sleeps up to eight people. The Master suite has doors leading out into the garden and that all important swim spa. And if you are searching for tad more relaxation, try a session in the steam room followed up with a film of your choice in the state of the art, home cinema room.

A short stroll from Blue Bay and you will be in the seaside town of Perranporth itself. Here you can immerse yourself in the beautiful three mile stretch of golden sandy beach, clear waters and spectacular cliff top walks. Perhaps take a swim in the natural tidal pool at Chapel Rock or enjoy a glass of fine Cornish Ale in the ‘Watering Hole’ beach bar.

Riviere House

If you are searching for traditional Cornish charm, look no further that Riviere House. Its exposed beams, original fireplaces and slate floors are enchanting. Surrounded by 140 acres of glorious farmland, this spacious property is perfectly positioned for exploring the North and South Cornish coast. A short car journey will take you to the golden sands of Hayle, an outstanding beach, superb for sun seekers and surfers alike. Venture slightly further afield and you will stumble across the pretty fishing villages of Newlyn and Mousehole. Have a mooch along the harbour and indulge yourself in the old world charm of the narrow streets, shops and galleries.

After the hustle and bustle of a day’s exploring, return home to your luxurious farmhouse. Enjoy a soak in the private hot tub or challenge your friends to a game of pool in the dedicated games room. With three dining areas to choose from, you can opt for a relaxed sociable supper in the superbly equipped traditional kitchen, or a more formal soiree in the sumptuously oak panelled dining room. If alfresco dining is more up your street, there is a BBQ lodge with window seating and sauna – just perfect for parties.

Retire to one of the five beautifully decorated light and airy bedrooms, each with its own TV for those lazy mornings. Spacious and full of homely charisma, this luxurious property is ideal for large families or parties celebrating a special occasion.

Hill House

Enter the delightful Hill House and take a step back in time to the 19th century. Originally built for a Master Mariner and lovingly restored, this idyllic property is located in the heart of Polran’s conservation area. Commanding an outstanding hillside position, you cannot fail to be overwhelmed by the stunning views of the estuary and the river Fowey, making this the perfect coastal retreat for any time of the year.

With its stylish yet homely interior, this is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Lounge on the comfortable leather sofas, cosy up in front of the wood burner on chilly evenings and watch a film on the Smart TV/DVD or just sit back and enjoy the ever-changing views over the water to Fowey. The kitchen with its adjoining dining area, is the perfect place to cook and chat. The large lantern roof, positioned above the dining table, floods the room with light and for those who fancy al fresco dining, there are patio doors leading out into a secluded seating area. The four bedrooms are a mix of king size, doubles and twins, all beautifully furnished with an endearing nautical touch.

Polruan itself is an ancient fishing village with a strong boat building heritage. Clinging to the hillside, and surrounded on three sides by water, the village is a maze of narrow streets alleys and flights of steps winding between the cottages. With just a couple of pubs, a cafe and local shop, Polruan has retained its unspoilt charm. If you are looking for more exclusive eateries and shops, take the short passenger ferry trip across to Fowey. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the town hangs off the west side of the Fowey estuary where the large, deep water harbour is a magnet for sailing fans.

Lower Ossington

Situated on the North Cornish coast, Lower Ossington is a luxurious holiday home set within a peaceful 60 acre countryside retreat. Close to the picturesque town of Bude, it’s the perfect base for discovering all the treasures of Cornwall.
This five bedroom property sleeps up to ten guests and is an ideal family getaway. Fully rebuilt in 2007, the décor is simply divine. Relax in one of the two comfortable lounges, one with French doors leading out into the extensive gardens.

There is an elegant and spacious kitchen complete with granite worktops, integrated appliances and an oil fired Aga, perfect for preparing a family meal. A real feature of this property is the delightful conservatory which takes full advantage of the views. Its Gothic style windows and seating for ten, makes it ideal for a big occasion.

Outside you will find a delightful patio area with garden furniture, a hot tub and gas BBQ, an ideal space for unwinding at the end of the day. A play area including wooden playhouse, trampoline and swings will keep the children entertained for hours and our four legged friends will love the large enclosed garden. If you can tear yourself away from the house, the rugged North Cornwall coast with its outstanding beaches and pretty coves, is just waiting to be discovered. Many an hour can be spent pottering around the picture postcard fishing villages of Boscastle and Port Isaac, with their winding streets and white washed cottages, this area of Cornwall will truly steal your heart.

8 Ocean View

Perfectly positioned at the top of the village of Polruan, 8 Ocean View provides spacious and breathtakingly stylish accommodation with far reaching sea and village views. Located on the North Cornwall coast, this property is a short downhill stroll to the village shop, café and bakery. What better way to start your day than by eating freshly baked croissants on your own private glass fronted balcony, making the most of the peace and tranquillity that this sought after location has to offer?

Whether settling in for a film night in the large lounge complete with stunning views of the coast, whipping up a family feast in the gorgeous open-plan kitchen and dining area, or pulling open the bi-folding doors into the garden and enjoying a glass of something chilled in the outdoor living area, 8 Ocean View will ensure you do it in style.

The four bedrooms are beautifully decorated with the master bedroom opening up onto a balcony with coastal views across to Lantic Bay. Heading outside, there is a spacious decked area with garden furniture and decking where you can enjoy a spot of al fresco dining on those warm summer evenings. This stylish property is sure to capture your imagination, this home from home is so relaxing you won’t ever want to leave!

Poltair Holday Retreat

This stylish single storey luxurious retreat is part of a three property complex just outside the town of Hayle, North Cornwall. Furnished beautifully throughout, this gated property has all the equipment you could ask for in a lavish, relaxing break with a large family or group of friends. Sink into the hot tub, have movie nights in front of the cinema screen, get competitive with a game of pool and let the little ones let off steam in the outdoor play area.

This light and spacious retreat, exudes countryside luxe from every room. You will fall in love with Poltair Holiday Retreat’s rustic charm, from the exposed stone and wood burner to the plush furnishings and high spec finish. The six bedrooms are all beautifully decorated and offer accommodation for up to twelve guests. After a busy day, sink into the free-standing bath before heading into bed. The open-plan living area is a gorgeous space, perfect for toasting, hosting and relaxing and for those who enjoy a spot of al fresco dining, the BBQ lodge is a unique addition – gather around, wrap yourselves in the fur throws and toast marshmallows.

A short drive from the retreat are the golden sands of Gwithian, popular with surfers and bathers alike. Common seals are a regular sight near the beach and the area is a breeding ground for colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills and cormorants. Famous for its pirates, the local port of Penzance is well worth a visit. With its mild climate, subtropical plants and spectacular views across to St Michael’s Mount, you will truly know that you have arrived somewhere special.

Old Farmhouse Week Orchard

Dating back over 400 years, the Old Farmhouse Week Orchard is still part of a working family farm, close to the popular North Cornwall town of Bude. Now completely renovated and restored, this property retains plenty of charm and period character throughout. Traditional inglenook fireplaces with wood burning stoves and exposed beams combine perfectly with the modern and luxurious addition of a games room and large contemporary kitchen.

The five bedrooms are beautifully decorated and for those seeking a little privacy, the separate annexe with king size bed, shower room, vaulted ceiling and French doors leading into the enclosed garden, offers just that.

The enclosed garden to the front of the main farmhouse is a suntrap and perfect for sitting with a long cool drink after a day’s exploring. The beautifully decked area in the garden to the rear of the property, is home to the most amazing sunken hot tub and conservatory/reading area which has a sauna overlooking the orchard where blossom trees and lambs can be seen at certain times of the year.

If you do fancy leaving the idyllic surroundings of the Old Farmhouse, why not venture out to the seaside town of Bude. From here the golden sands of Summerleaze beach stretch along the north coast around to Widemouth Bay, a popular spot for families and surfers. Take a dip in Bude’s unique tidal sea pool or grab some fish and chips and take a stroll along the coastal path, taking a moment or two to appreciate the jewel in the crown that is Cornwall.

Tainui

This Cornish cottage exudes luxury and you will be nothing but wowed by the opulence of Tainui. This property is simply first class with its antique artwork and stunning furnishings for that added luxury feel. One hundred yards from the water’s edge at Polruan and peacefully located within close proximity to gorgeous beaches and local Cornish Inns, this property is ideally suited to two families sharing.

The tranquil snug lounge is perfect for relaxing. Sink into sumptuous sofas and cosy up in front of the welcoming wood burner. The open plan kitchen/lounge/diner is adorned with quality furnishings that compliment this impressive coastal residence. The four king size boutique bedrooms are beautifully presented with impressive sleigh and wrought iron style beds. This property also features a games room complete with pool table.

Outside there is an enclosed garden and cedar clad hot tub and BBQ. Enjoy your morning coffee on the stunning patio area before heading out for a day of adventure visiting the many coves and small villages that hug the South Cornish coastline, from Kingsands and Cawsands sand and shingle beaches to the beauty of Charlestown’s unspoilt grade II listed harbour, made famous in the Poldark TV series.

With its many staggeringly striking features and perfect setting, Tainui truly is unique and is a must have vacation that really does have to be experienced to be believed.

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