Luxury Cornwall Cottages based in North Cornwall : a first class holiday destination
Luxury Cornwall cottages with a host of activities for all the family – just minutes from the door
Our luxury Cornwall cottages are no more than a few minutes drive from the coast, moors and forestry. In fact North Cornwall has a magical mystical charm that seduces all who visit. More than anything it’s stunning natural beauty is the key to this area’s growing popularity.
Our beautiful rugged coastline watches over the Atlantic Ocean for over 70 miles (112.65 km). Tall soaring cliffs that have wrapped themselves around beautiful sandy coves, fishing harbours, towns and villages protecting them from the sea, suddenly give way to vast open, mile wide, stretches of fabulous sandy beaches great for surfing, swimming, kite surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, sea angling….
In little fishing harbours along the coast like Port Isaac and Boscastle, you will find local fishermen landing their daily catch of fresh fish and seafood, practicing gig racing and providing trips out to sea for your enjoyment.
Things to do and see near our luxury Cornwall cottages…
For Gourmets: We have both Michelin star and celebrity restaurants: Nathan Outlaw’s 2-star Michelin restaurant at Port Isaac, his Seafood & Grill Restaurant at St Enodoc Hotel. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Langmans Restaurant, Callington.. See our FAQs
The famous Camel Valley Vineyard produces world class wines. Just 35 minutes away. In 2011 Camel Valley was awarded the International Sparkling Rosé Trophy at Bollicine del Mondo for the second year in a row, for its Pinot Rosé 2009. See our FAQs
Delicious local restaurant and pub food: Our local pub; The Wilsey Down at Hallworthy (4mins drive) – food served daily (plus takeaway and dog friendly). The Cobweb Inn, Boscastle, The King’s Head, Five Lanes, The Bay View Inn & Elements Restaurant, Widemouth Bay, The Brendon Arms & Life’s a Beach Restaurant Bude. For more suggestions …See our FAQs
Top class golf courses attract golfers from all over the UK and overseas: St Mellion, Lanhydrock, Bude, St. Enodoc, Launceston, Trevose, Bowood (Camelford), Holsworthy, Roserrow Golf and Country Club, Okehampton, Trethorne….See our FAQs
Dramatic cliff tops provide great coastal foot paths for walkers; you may need more than a week to walk the whole of the North Cornwall coastal paths… See our FAQs for more information and visit the I Walk Cornwall website
Surfing and wind surfing waters; Internationally renowned, the breakers here are some of the best in the UK: Sandymouth Bay, Widemouth Bay, Crackington Haven, Polzeath, Crooklets (Bude), Trebarwith Strand… Research all to do with surfing in North Cornwall on the Surfing Sumo website. Also, The Big Blue Surf School, Bude
Skateboard at The Unit Skate Park, Launceston PL15 7PF 12.6 miles (20 minutes) which has a 7,500 sq ft skating area and is Cornwall’s first indoor skate park. There is also a viewing lounge. Tel: 0843 523 5995 See our FAQs page
Swim, paddle, build sand castles at our hide-away coves and long sandy beaches: Crooklets at Bude, Widemouth Bay, Sandymouth, Duckpool, Crackington Haven, Port Quin, Port Gaverne, Trebarwith Strand, Tregardock, Polzeath, Daymer Bay, Rock……
Coastal activities include: sea fishing/angling, surfing, kite surfing, coasteering, scuba diving, rock climbing, kayaking… See our FAQs page
Trethorne Leisure Park, Kennards House, PL15 8QE Tel: 01566 86324 9.4 miles (12 mins). 18-hole golf course, restaurant, bar, indoor and outdoor activities including a 8 lane computerised ten-pin bowling and feeding the animals. Very popular.
The Tamar Otter Park, North Petherwin, Launceston PL15 8GW Tel: 01566 785646. 8 miles (12 mins) British and Asian Short Clawed otters and a variety of other animals including Fallow Deer in a woodland enclosure await you. A really lovely day out.
The Tamar Trails. Enjoy adventure and discovery with tree surfing and jumping, zip-wire, canoe the Tamar, archery, cycling all available at The Tamar Trails, Woodlands, Gulworthy, Tavistock, PL19 8JE T: 01822 833409. 25 miles (40 mins) see our Blog for more details
Cycling/Mountain Biking/Multi Use Trails. Cycle the North Cornwall Bike Trail from the door step, explore the Camel Trail (multi Use Trail) along the Camel estuary and through woodlands, or visit a specialist Trails Centre. See our Mountain Biking page for details.
Horse Riding over the moors is a great experience. One which can be enjoyed from the stables at Launceston, Boscastle, St Breward, Davidstow……See our FAQs page for more details
Inland Walking: Just a few miles inland North Cornwall discover the captivating wilderness of Bodmin Moor with great walking trails within 15 minutes from our North Cornwall holiday cottages. See our FAQs for more information and visit the I Walk Cornwall website
Ancient Monuments: Bodmin Moor is home to many prehistoric remains, Bronze age standing stones, huge granite burial chambers, Celtic crosses and holy wells….See our FAQs for more information.
Designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Trelash providing beautiful lush valleys and woods to meander and staggering coastal paths to explore. See our FAQs page. Two favourite short walks:
St Nectans Glen, Trethevy, Tintagel, PL34 0HL Tel: 01840 779538 8.6 miles (15 mins) Walk to a Waterfall & Hermitage through ancient woodland along a river bank. Rare plants make it a Site of Special Scientific Interest
Rocky Valley, Bossiney, Tintagel, PL34 0BB 9 miles (16 mins). A beautiful valley carved by Trevillet River. Slate canyon walls tower over 70ft above you. Early Bronze Age (1800-1400 BC) rock carvings.
Photographers and artists love our inspiring rugged cliffs, spectacular dramatic coastline and dramatic moorlands. We have many galleries, artists and artisans in North Cornwall.
World Heritage mining sites (tin and copper) are scattered throughout Cornwall; some derelict, others open to visit. Visit The South Phoenix mine engine house at Minions: Minions Heritage Centre. Minions, Liskeard PL14 5LL 19 miles (35 mins)
The Delabole slate quarry, Pengelly, Delabole, Cornwall PL33 9AZ
Tel: 01840 212242 . The quarry is only 15 minutes away. It is one of the largest quarries in the UK and has run continuously since the 15th century making it the oldest working slate quarry in England.
For steam railway enthusiasts or families looking for a fun day, the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time can be found at the Launceston Steam Railway Tel: 01566 775665 or the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Tel: 01208 73555
North Cornwall Castles: Enjoy FREE ENTRY to the Launceston Castle built by the Normans. Launceston was once the Capital of the Cornwall. 20 minutes away. Also visit the mystical and legendary King Arthur’s Castle at Tintagel 23 minutes away.
The Cornwall at War Museum located on an old WW2 airfield at Davidstow. 5 miles (6 minutes) The museum provides a rich history, depicting the importance of the base during the Second World War. FREE entry. Nottles Park, Davidstow, Camelford, PL32 9YF
The Southgate Arch Gallery. Now the only remaining medieval gateway in Launceston, the Southgate Arch exhibits stained glass, paintings and textiles. Southgate Street, Launceston, PI15 7DP T: 13 miles (20 mins) Southgate Arch Gallery
The Rebel Cinema, Treskinnick Cross, Poundstock, EX23 0DT A lovely little cinema, reasonably priced, easy to find. Reminiscent of how cinema’s used to be! Two screens. 7.7 miles (14 mins) Tel: 01288 361442
Seventh Wave Gallery 25 Belle Vue, Bude, EX23 8JL 13 miles Lynne and Martyn Holehouse exhibit not only Lynne’s art but also that of other local Cornwall (and Devon) artists. Tel: 01288 356935
Hidden Valley Discovery Park, Tredidon, Launceston PL15 8JS 11.5 miles 20 minutes. Fun for all the family: the Forbidden Mansion, Indiana Trail…… Porterswick Light Railway, Restaurant and Landscaped Gardens. Open to 30th September Tel: 01566 86463
National Trust properties and sites of interest within easy driving distance from our luxury Cornwall cottages:
- Lanhydrock House, Bodmin PL30 5AD Late Victorian country house and gardens. A beautiful house well worth a visit. 25 miles (40 minutes) T: 01208 265950 Lanhydrock House
- The Old Post Office, Fore St, Tintagel, PL34 0DB A fabulous medieval building and cottage garden. T: 01840 770024 10 miles (17 minutes) The Old Post Office Tintagel
- Lawrence House Museum 9 Castle St, Launceston, PL15 8BA Built in 1753 this beautiful Georgian town house is home to a museum spread over three floors reputed to be one of the best in the country. A Great venue for a rainy day. T: 01566 773277 13 miles (20 minutes) Lawrence House Museum FREE ENTRY
- Cotehele Mill, St Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TA T: 01579 350606 Working mill and workshops 28 miles (45 minutes) Cotehele Mill
- Cotehele House, Quay and Gardens St Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TA A Tudor house with superb collections, garden, quay and estate perched high above the River Tamar. Beautifully decorated house – well worth a tour. 28 miles (45 minutes) T: 01579 351346 Cotehele House
- Lydford Gorge, Lydford, Okehampton EX20 4BH T: 01822 820441 The deepest gorge in the South West, with a spectacular 30m waterfall. Excellent bird spotting. 25 miles (40 minutes) Lydford Gorge
- Boscastle’s Elizabethan Quay PL35 0HD The quay sits below impressive steep cliffs. Enjoy the quaint stone-built cottages, shops and tea-rooms. 6 miles (10 minutes) Boscastle Quay
- Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Okehampton EX20 2NW Finch Foundry is the only remaining water/belt driven forge in the UK that can still be seen operating. At it’s peak over 150 years ago, 25 men were employed here producing over 400 agricultural implements every day, each piece was sharpened by hand by one of the apprentices; they had to lay on their bellies to sharpen the implements. And this is where the saying “Keep your nose to the grind stone” originates from. Amazing uh? Tel: 01837 840046 33.8 miles (36 mins A30) – a good place to stop off on your way home? Finch Foundry
- Port Quin, Nr. Port Isaac Today, Port Quin Porth Gwynn, meaning white cove) is a near-deserted cove with a rugged natural harbour. Although calm and serene on a peaceful summer’s day, Port Quin is subject to savage storms in winter. In the nineteenth century one such storm wiped out the entire fishing fleet, causing the women to abandon their homes, which fell into ruin and disrepair. Only four houses remain today, all of which are National Trust owned. There is a small car park in the cove, which can also be accessed via a very steep stretch of coast path from Port Isaac, a couple of miles away. 33 min (17.8 mi) via B3314 Port Quin
- Rocky Valley Bossiney, near Tintagel, PL34 0BB 9 miles (16 mins). A beautiful valley carved by Trevillet River. Slate canyon walls tower over 70 feet above the river below. Along the path to the sea are early Bronze Age (1800-1400 BC) rock carvings. One of my favourite walks Rocky Valley
English Heritage Sites of Interest close to our Luxury Cornwall Cottages
- Tintagel Castle Castle Rd, Tintagel, Cornwall PL34 0HE 10 miles (17 minutes) Tel: 01840 770328 Built in the 13th Century, Tintagel Castle is a medieval fortification located on the peninsula of Tintagel Island, adjacent to the village of Tintagel in Cornwall, England, in the United Kingdom. Check the website before going, for mobility access. Tintagel Castle
- Launceston Castle, Castle Lodge, Launceston, PL15 7DR 13 miles (20 minutes) Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, unusual in that during rebuilding one tower was constructed with the remains of the older. Launceston Castle
- Trethevy Quoit Off the B3254, Nr Darite, St Cleer, Cornwall PL14 5JY 14.20 miles (20 mins) This well-preserved and impressive Neolithic ‘dolmen’ burial chamber stands 2.7 metres (8.9 ft) high. There are five standing stones, surmounted by a huge capstone. Trethevy Quoit
- Hurlers Stone Circles Minions, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5LE 12.63 miles (15mins) Three fine late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles arranged in a line, a grouping unique in England. Hurlers Stone Circles
Last but not Least our very own Local Ancient Hill Fort:
5. Warbstow Bury Not the best known of Cornwall’s ancient monuments as is it well off the beaten track (just a couple of miles from Trelash). It is popular with families and dog walkers, some guests have even been known to walk there and back from our luxury Cornwall cottages
Directions: On the way to Warbstow village (PL15 8UP), midway down the hill on the left. Distance: 1.6 miles – 4 mins drive, 32 mins walk depending on fitness!
Website: Warbstow Bury