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10 Best Places To Stay in Cornwall for a Unique Trip

Looking for the best places to stay in Cornwall? Here are my top tips for Cornwall accommodation to make sure you have the best trip…

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Found on the southwest coast of England, Cornwall is naturally picturesque and so one of the most popular places to go on holiday in England. Last year, just before I found out I was pregnant, I spent a week driving around Cornwall to reminisce about the years of holidays spent there as a child.

Obviously I loved it as a kid, but now all grown up I can appreciate the stunning coastlines, beautiful landscapes and sandy beaches with clear blue waters. I also loved the quirky towns, fisherman’s villages and rich history. Cornwall is perfectly placed to host visitors and guests, in fact, the hardest part will be choosing from all of the fabulous places to stay in Cornwall when it comes to your trip. 

To help you decide on the best places to stay in Cornwall here is a list of some of the finest accommodation down there.

Hotels in Cornwall

Best places to stay in Cornwall

  1. Where to stay in Cornwall; by the sea.
  2. The best places to stay in Cornwall off the beaten track. 
  3. The best places to stay in Cornwall with hot tubs
  4. Accommodation in Cornwall with something for everyone. 

Best places to stay in Cornwall by the sea

One thing Cornwall is renowned for is being home to some of England’s most beautiful beaches and no visit to Cornwall is complete without a Cornish pasty on the beach. These hotels have primed themselves to be next to some of the best beaches in Cornwall making them perfect for beach lovers or those who love an ocean view. 

1. The Residence at Bolenna 

This colourful hotel not only sounds like it should be in a Latin American town but looks like it too. The rooms and communal areas are bursting with bright colours that decorate quaint English furniture, giving it that British charm but with a vibrant twist.

The best places to stay in Cornwall, The Residence at Bolenna

You are just 0.7 miles from the famous Perranporth Beach at The Residence at Bolenna and can take advantage of mountain views from your room. Set in a traditional stone building you can enjoy local food in the restaurant, or sit and relax in the bar or garden with free WiFi. If you want a quaint stay full of quirks and Cornish charm this is one of the best places to stay in Cornwall.

Check out this vibrant stay and rates at booking.com 

2. The Newquay Beach Hotel 

If you want the beach by day and non-stop entertainment by night then The Newquay Beach Hotel is one of the best hotels in Cornwall for you. Newquay is renowned for being the best area to stay in Cornwall for nightlife and this hotel can give you that all the while being just 50 yards from Tolcarne Beach.

The Newquay Beach Hotel, best places to stay in Cornwall near the beac

This glamorous hotel offers plush rooms with room service and stunning sea-facing rooms. You can wine and dine in the luxurious bar and restaurant or sit out on the terrace overlooking the sea. There’s also a playroom for the younger guests. This hotel is perfect for those who want to enjoy a contemporary stay right in the centre of the action. 

You can view this hotel at booking.com

3. The Lugger Hotel 

This bespoke hotel is one of the best places to stay in Cornwall if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the unique Cornish charm. The Lugger Hotel is a seldom-seen 17th-Century inn in the fishing village of Portloe.

The Luggar hotel, best coastal stay in Cornwall.

Set in a picturesque cove in a tiny harbour you can enjoy fresh seafood and local produce at the 2 AA-Rosette awarded restaurant or sit on the sunny terrace overlooking the harbour. Rooms are set over three buildings and come complete with luxurious en suites. 

View the rooms and rates at booking.com 

Best places to stay in Cornwall off the beaten track

One of the great things about visiting England’s southwest coast is that there are plenty of unique and cool places to stay in Cornwall. Here are some of the best places to stay in Cornwall for a truly unique visit off the beaten track. 

4. Atlantic Surf Pods 

For this unique Cornwall accommodation think hobbit houses set amongst rolling British countryside in a secluded enclave. The Atlantic Surf Pods offer a quiet and peaceful retreat on Cornwall’s northeast coastline in Bude.

Cool places to stay in Cornwall, Atlantic Surf Pods

Stay here and you’re just a mile away from some of the best beaches in Cornwall for surfing. You can enjoy an eco-friendly stay in one of the bright and airy eco-cabins or the onsite treehouse. The units are set in stunning 26-acre farmland and benefit from a small kitchenette, WiFi and en suite. What is more, they are one of the best places to stay in Cornwall for the eco-conscious traveller.

Check out this unique stay at booking.com

5. The Old Signal House 

If you’re looking for a secluded coastal Cornwall stay, The Old Signal House is perfect. Set on a scenic coastal path with the best ocean views in Cornwall this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property is perfect for those looking for more space.

The best places to stay in Cornwall The Old Signal House

The immaculate house is fully equipped, maintained to a high standard and boasts a sunny terrace, private garden and WiFi. What’s more, you’re nearby to neighbouring Looe and just a one minute walk from the beach. Plymouth and Salcombe are also easily reached within a short drive. 

View the availability and rates at booking.com

6. Tregenna Castle Resort

This aptly named resort is set in Tregenna Castle and surrounded by lush gardens and picture-perfect landscaping on 72 acres of private ground. The magnificent building overlooks St Ives and the Cornish coast and is just a 6-minute walk from the beach.

Tregenna Castle, unique stays in Cornwall

As a guest, you can eat in one of the two restaurants, and enjoy a heated indoor pool, a seasonally heated outdoor pool and a golf course. Accommodation at this unique hotel includes fully equipped rooms and apartments. This, coupled with the location and activities on offer makes the Treganna Castle Resort one of the best hotels in Cornwall and one of the best places to stay in Cornwall for families and couples alike. 

View this Cornish hotel at booking.com

Where to stay in Cornwall with a hot tub

When deciding on a British stay, hot tubs are a common ‘must have’ on the destination list. With changeable weather, you can always rely on a hot tub to help you enjoying the fresh Cornish sea air and keep you warm and relaxed at the same time.

7. 3 Salt, St Ives

3 Salts, hot tub stays in Cornwall

3 Salt is a private 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment just half a mile from Porthmeor Beach in St Ives. The apartment is fully equipped and benefits from free private parking, WiFi, garden views and that all-important hot tub. This well-maintained apartment is a booking.com favourite receiving consistently high reviews, earning its spot as one of the best places to stay in Cornwall. 

Book your stay at booking.com 

8. Nori’s Nest Shepherds Hut Croft Hooper

If you’re looking for cool places to stay in Cornwall with private hot tubs then it does not get much cooler than this traditional shepherds hut. Nori’s Nest is situated between Marazion and St Ives and is just 1.5 miles from Marazion Beach, and St Micheal’s Mount.

Nuri's Nest, best places to stay in Cornwall

This 1 bedroom holiday home is one of the best places to stay in Cornwall for couples looking to go back to basics in the secluded Cornish countryside. There’s no cooker but an outdoor open BBQ and plenty of open space, with compact internal living. That said, guests can enjoy the modern comforts of parking, stove, fridge, WiFi and, of course, hot tub. 

Complete your booking at booking.com 

If you are looking for more than just a private hot tub and want to indulge in full spa facilities then Fistral Beach Adult Only Hotel And Spa is one of the best hotels in Cornwall for adults looking to relax and unwind but with full amenities on the doorstep.

You can book your stay at booking.com

The best places to stay in Cornwall for everyone

Finally, if you are looking for the best places to holiday in Cornwall that offer up something for couples, families and guests of all ages then these are the best hotels in Cornwall for you.

9. St Michaels Resort

Just a 15-minute walk from the popular town and harbour of Falmouth (commonly voted one of the best places to visit in Cornwall) and opposite Gyllyngvase Beach is St Michaels Resort.

St Michaels Resort, best hotels in Cornwall.

A 4-star hotel that boasts an award-winning restaurant, luxury spa, health club, and spin studio. There’s plenty to do both on and off-site and this hotel promises to offer a Cornwall stay you won’t forget.

Book your stay at booking.com

10. China Fleet Country Club 

China fleet country club, best places to stay in Cornwall

If you’re looking for a more budget friendly option to St Michael’s Resort then the China Fleet Country Club is for you. It shares many of the same amenities and some extras, including a golf course, adventure golf and tennis courts. Set in 182 acres of Cornish countryside, the country club offers spacious fully equipped apartments, perfect for those who need a little more space. 

View rates and availability at booking.com

Best places to stay in Cornwall

See, lots of great places to stay in Cornwall for you. Which one do you like the sound of most?

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