Our guide to South Cornwall holiday cottages

South Cornwall, a secluded and beautiful part of the West Country, is the perfect retreat at any time of year. The area’s isolated stretches of coastline are strewn with charming whitewashed villages reminiscent of times passed. Discover the truth behind the mysterious legends and ancient sites that give South Cornwall its fascinating character. Visitors to Cornwall will be treated to dramatic scenery, from wooded valleys to jagged cliffs, as the setting for their holiday.

South Cornwall’s stunning resorts include Looe and Polperro, Fowey and St Austell. Many of its destinations are former fishing villages, which have come to rely on tourism as the industry has dwindled – so visitors are sure to receive a warm welcome, and the good news is that there are still plenty of fishermen to supply the local restaurants with fresh seafood!

There’s one harbour town that may just look familiar if you’ve been watching the BBC’s Poldark, and that’s Charlestown. With a harbour packed with tall ships all year round, this resort’s found itself at the heart of the Poldark whirlwind thanks to its role as the setting for the series’ town scenes. So, if you were hoping to get that “I’m in Poldark country” photo during your time in South Cornwall, this is a good place to start.

Things to do in South Cornwall

Some of the best loved locations for South Cornwall holidays include the beautiful Rame Peninsula, the fascinating Eden Project - and the Looe Valley and Tamar Valley are great for walking with their coastal and wooded scenery. For keen walkers, the South West Coast Path trails through South Cornwall, and you’ll discover some of the path’s most dramatic stretches just waiting for you to pull on your walking boots and discover them.

The area’s mild weather makes golf a popular pastime, and many of the courses include stunning views of the surrounding scenery so you can enjoy the setting while you practice your swing. Speaking of that mild climate – if there’s one thing to do in Newquay that should be compulsory, it’s got to be visiting some of those fishing towns and their picturesque harbours. Whether you head for Fowey – the town that inspired the Wind in the Willows tales – or the traditional Polperro, you’ll be able to slow down to that laidback pace of life and experience real Cornwall.  

Places to eat in South Cornwall

One of the best things about a South Cornwall holiday is all that yummy fresh food you’ll find right on your doorstep. Whether you’re into seafood, local produce or pub grub with a view, you’ll find everything from cosy pubs with roaring fires to those fine dining favourites.

If you find yourself in the friendly coastal town of Looe, make sure you show your face in the Ancient Mariner Bistro. With a family feel and a cosy atmosphere, this blue-fronted eatery serves up good food that has visitors to the area returning time and again while they’re nearby. Over in St Austell, you’ll find Austells serves that foodie experience for those of you keen to dine somewhere special during your time in Cornwall. Perfect for a laidback Sunday lunch, this restaurant has a reputation for its fantastic food (and we have it on very good authority that the Sunday lunches are something pretty special…).

And then there’s the Eden Project…home to the Med Kitchen, Cornwall’s best-loved attraction’s the perfect place to sample the tastes and flavours of the region during a day out. There’s no need to book, so just pop in and choose from the Mediterranean menu.

Sunny Spice

You know when you discover a little local restaurant during your holiday that just makes it extra special? You know, that restaurant where you’re welcomed like an old friend and jotting the recipes down in your napkin between courses…well, if you stay anywhere near Fowey that’s Sunny Spice. The team are passionate about bringing the flavours of India to Cornwall,...

The Plough

Set in a period building and surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside, The Plough provides a wonderful place to stop and enjoy a scrumptious meal and local ale after a busy day exploring the local area. The pub has been beautifully refurbished in a charming, shabby-chic style, and once inside you’ll be warmly greeted by the friendly staff. You’ll be spoilt...
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