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THE CORNWALL HANDBOOK

Our handbook is full of great ideas on things to see and places to go.

Luxury sea view cottages in Cornwall

Renowned for its pristine beaches, cerulean waters, charming harbours populated by colourful boats and rugged coastal paths, the Cornish peninsula makes for an idyllic destination for a seaside holiday in the UK. Whether you visit in the winter to watch the powerful breakers crashing against the cliffs, or in the summer to paddle in the aquamarine waters, the lure of the Cornish sea proves irresistible to many. We have chosen five luxury sea view cottages in Cornwall to inspire your next coastal getaway…

A local’s guide to Boscastle

Nestled in the crook of a steep valley at the confluence of three rivers, Boscastle is an unspoilt fishing village on the dramatic North Cornwall coast. The historic, natural harbour sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep flower-clad cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages with higgledy-piggledy rooftops, gently trickling streams and a collection of shops and tearooms – it’s impossibly photogenic.

Discover the best restaurants in Cornwall

Cornwall is full of interesting places to eat but unless you’re a local, how do you tell the difference between those that are out to make fast money with inferior fare and those that apply their cooking skills for the love of the craft? Here’s a small guide featuring some of our favourite restaurants across Cornwall – eateries which could really enhance your holiday and give you a gastronomic experience to remember.

A local's guide to Bodmin

A popular holiday spot due to its endless walking and cycling possibilities across Bodmin Moor and The Tamar Valley, Bodmin is the perfect choice for a stay in Cornwall.

A local’s guide to Crackington Haven

What makes the tiny coastal village of Crackington Haven so special? It might be the remarkable views, the unique geology, or the tasty food down at the beachfront cafe.

A local’s guide to Polzeath

Tucked away behind a headland off the Camel River Estuary is Polzeath, a beautiful lesser-known surfing village and beach. Under 2 miles from the affluent village of Rock, this secluded spot is a great choice for a couple’s break away from the crowds and for those that would like to learn how to surf.

Brilliant holiday parks in Cornwall

What’s on your feature wish list for the perfect holiday park? For some of us it’s staying in a property that is within walking distance of a beach, others would choose parks that are suitable for young children, welcome dogs, or have superb facilities like pubs, shops, and a launderette.  Whatever your choice, we have compiled a list of some holiday parks in Cornwall, according to your particular preferences.

Where to see the stars in Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the best holiday destinations in the UK for night sky watching whether or not you know your Frying Pan from your Cassiopeia. Every living thing on Earth must have gazed up at the night sky in quiet wonderment at least once.

Wildlife watching in Cornwall

With miles upon miles of unspoilt coastline and range of diverse habitats, Cornwall is one of the best places in the British Isles to see marine mammals, sharks and seabirds from the land and sea. But with dozens of places around Cornwall’s coast where you can spot wildlife in action, where are the best locations to get up close and personal with the giants from the deep, or the best time of year to go birdwatching or seal spotting?

A Christmas brainteaser

Can you find the missing turkeys in our Christmas party scene? Most people take between three and four minutes to locate the precious poultry, so be sure to pay close attention and you just might be able to solve the puzzle in a quick time!

A local’s guide to Mevagissey

A sleepy fishing village on the Cornish coast, Mevagissey is a peaceful retreat with a host of surprising attractions and things to do in the local area. The coast is lined with sandy beaches, quaint walks criss-cross the region and The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a must-visit during your holiday to Cornwall. Once you've investigated this beautiful village, take a look through our excellent selection of holiday cottages to find the perfect place to stay during your trip. It's a wonderful location and people return year-on-year because of the peaceful vibe, just right when you are looking for a holiday escape.

Best places in Cornwall to go in winter

A trip down to the South West out of season is not as unusual as you may think. In fact, contrary to popular belief, a lot of places stay open all year round – after all, the locals still need entertaining! The pros for venturing to Cornwall far outweigh the cons, and even if the weather is chilly, it’s (on average) warmer than anywhere else in England! Here's why you should visit this winter...
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