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South Cornwall Holiday Cottages

A holiday cottage in South Cornwell offers a fantastic holiday for all tastes and requirements of the discerning holidaymaker. South Cornwall boasts beautiful valleys leading down to the sea, sleepy fishing villages and beautiful beaches, which are warm, as opposed to the North Coast of Cornwall, as they are sheltered from the Atlantic. This enables the South of Cornwall, known as the Cornish 'Riviera', to offer a milder climate with sandy beaches, sheltered coves and historic harbours.

Daphne Du Maurier sought much of her inspiration for her books from the winding coast, smugglers' coves and traditional hamlets.

Places to go

Cotehele Quay is part of the National Trust, and also offers a watermill, art gallery, tea rooms and a maritime museum. Calstock was always a small riverside port back to Saxon times, but in more recent history, it became a very busy and important port with the dawn of industrialisation and mining during the mid 19th.Century. There is a railway line (Tamar Valley Line to Plymouth) which goes across a very impressive viaduct constructed in 1908.

Gunnislake is small village in the Tamar Valley, which also grew to accommodate the increasing industrialisation and mining. In Gunnislake is the Tamar Valley Donkey Park, which is open from Easter to October, an ideal day trip if you are renting holiday accommodation in Cornwall in these times. This includes a range of animals, with which you can interact by feeding, petting or even riding, an adventure playground, nature trail, shop and café. Another attraction to visit on your holiday cottage holiday in Cornwall is not far away from Gunnislake, in Morwellham Quay, and is the Victorian Living Museum and Visitor Centre. Here you can dress up in Victorian Costume or experience life underground in the copper mine.

Fowey is another small traditional town, which offers much for the day visitor on a holiday cottage break in Cornwall, including a museum, aquarium, boat hire and river trips from Town Quay, and numerous places to eat and drink.

Charlestown has a cobbled harbour with a Shipwreck and Heritage Centre and some magnificent square-rigger tall ships which you can board.

Looe boasts plenty of fresh seafood in the harbour and winding lanes with colourful cottages. From here you can board a shark fishing expedition, a traditional Cornish Lugger for a coastal sail, or you can visit the bird sanctuary on Looe Island.

Historic sites

Restormel Castle in Lostwithiel offers fantastic views over some of Cornwall's most beautiful scenery. Lostwithiel also has charming antique shops.


Cotehele is famed for its beautiful woodland walks and many people walk there from Calstock and get the ferry back (check that the ferry is running, and remember the ferry sets sail with the tides, not a timetable).

Fowey offers a variety of beautiful walks, such as one near the Readymoney Cove and a beautiful sandy beach, ideal for a day out from your holiday cottage in Cornwall.

The Gunnislake Village Trail offers walks of varying difficulty, but they all incorporate beautiful scenery and historic sights.

So, for an idyllic holiday in a holiday cottage, visit the South of Cornwall.