Imagine waking up to the meditative sound of waves gently lapping on the shoreline, throwing open the curtains to see the sun glistening on the ocean in front of you. Starting your day with a barefoot wander along powder-soft sands and dipping your toes in crystal-clear waters as white-sailed yachts glide across the horizon. Then as day turns into night, imagine tucking into freshly caught fish and seafood while sipping a glass of wine and watching the sunset. Nothing is more therapeutic than a holiday by the sea.
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.
Here are five of our finest luxury sea view cottages in Cornwall to inspire your next coastal getaway. Take a look at our full range of luxury cottages in Cornwall by the sea for even more seaside inspiration.
Luxury Cornwall cottages by the sea
Idleour, Whitsand Bay
Proudly perched on the cliff face with a bird’s eye view over Whitsand Bay, Idleour promises panoramic coastal vistas and flawless sunsets in Cornwall’s ‘forgotten corner’. In the summer, throw open the floor-to-ceiling glass doors which run the length of the living area, and allow the cabin to fill the air with salty ocean breezes. In the winter, curl up with a book in front of the roaring log burner while the azure views turn to moody skies.
Awash with cool blues and fresh whites mimicking the breakers below, the cabin is adorned with nautical details and contemporary touches, designed with relaxation and escapism in mind. Outside, the front deck is the perfect location for ice-cold sundowners, keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins leaping above the crest of the waves. And with a rugged cliff track running straight from the front door to the golden sands of the beach below, a refreshing dip in the surf is only a short stroll away.
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Blue Bay, Perranporth
Perfectly positioned to offer sensational views across the sweeping sands and sparkling waters of Perranporth, Blue Bay sets the standard for luxury cottages in Cornwall. Look forward to lazy mornings gazing out to sea with a leisurely breakfast of pastries on the decking, followed by long days of sand-in-toes fun. Balmy summer evenings can be spent watching the sun dip below the ocean from the soothing hot tub while the BBQ sizzles with the freshest catch of the day.
Whether watching the wild crashing waves from the lounge balcony, dozing in the midsummer sun in the garden or cosying up by the warmth of the wood burner during winter storms, days at this luxury coastal retreat are easily spent. For a touch of added indulgence, a cinema room provides the comfiest of places to kick back and relax with the latest blockbuster.
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Boasting awe-inspiring views along the River Fowey and out to sea, this luxurious hideaway in Polruan will captivate and delight. In the crisp, winter months, cosy up by the warmth of the log fire while the wind whips up a frenzy on the surf and in summer, slide open the floor-to-ceiling doors and let the salty air wash through the cottage.
A sumptuous Scandi-style interior provides a cosy space in which to sit back and watch the boats bob between the blue of the sea and sky. After an invigorating morning stroll along the South West Coast Path, afternoons are best spent tucking into cream teas on the glass-fronted balcony, or wildlife spotting whilst listening to the wheeling gulls calling to each other overhead. Offering a composed retreat of calm, this is the perfect abode for all the family to enjoy some blissful downtime.
Stay at Trebarfoote
Kennack Heights, Lizard
Wake up to infinite views of sea and sky at this indulgent penthouse apartment on the Lizard. A stylish space for complete relaxation, fling wide the impressive bi-folding doors and let the fresh sea air work its magic. With Kennack Sands beach just a short amble away, there really is no need to venture too far and the ever-changing scenery guarantees a truly magical stay in all weathers.
From days filled with building sandcastles, riding the Cornish waves and exploring the South West Coast Path, to evenings curled up watching movies, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Inside, you’ll be seduced by luxury with an abundance of light, space and harmonious coastal hues. Drink in the breathtaking sunsets all from the comfort of the open-plan living area - the spectacular apex window beautifully frames the unrivalled ocean vistas.
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The Lighthouse, Bude
Bright, fresh and overlooking the glittering ocean, The Lighthouse in Bude is an idyllic haven to return to whether you've spent your day rock pooling, fishing for crabs or paddleboarding. Luxurious additions such as a toasty wood burner, an ultra-modern kitchen and balconies make this bountiful seaside retreat one which you'll be excited to write home about.
Drawing inspiration from the grand Victorian houses and colourful beach huts in the local area, the effortlessly stylish interiors boast all the mod cons you could ever need. On warm days, the main balcony is the perfect spot for sunshine breakfasts and moonlit suppers, while in the winter months, the unique low-profile window in the dining area offers a place to storm watch with a steaming mug of homemade cocoa.
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8 Chy An Eglos, St Ives
Bright and airy with outstanding views across St Ives bay and harbour, 8 Chy An Eglos is a wonderful sea view apartment to enjoy a holiday in St Ives. Relax in luxury after a busy day exploring the iconic galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants of St Ives. Surfers will love the access to the local beaches with nearby Porthmeor Beach just half a mile away, while the quieter Godrevy Beach also has some great waves.
If you don't fancy surfing then head to Porthminster Beach and try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Bathe in natural light in this lovely space, whip up a storm in the chic kitchen, relax around the dining table and enjoy the incredible views. Take a look at our full collection of St Ives cottages for even more coastal inspiration.
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Stay coastal in Cornwall
Curated for lovers of golden sands, spectacular vistas and that unmistakable salty sea breeze, our Cornwall cottages by the sea epitomise coastal living. Browse our full collection of luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall and make your next getaway a memorable one.
Luxury Cornwall cottages by the sea
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For more Cornish holiday inspiration, have a read of our ‘Things to do in Cornwall’ guide or if you’re bringing the dog with you, our guide to the ‘Best dog-friendly Cornwall beaches’. Not forgetting, ‘The best places for a Cornish cream tea’!
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