Where to Stay Cornwall

Headland House St Ives

Set in an Edwardian house overlooking the picturesque Carbis Bay, this boutique B&B has views out to sea and an outdoor seating area for sundown drinks. Each bedroom is bright and breezy, with whitewood finishes and plush beds. Bespoke touches range from local artwork to the ‘snug lounge’ where you can relax with a book in leather chairs bathed in candlelight. In the morning, enjoy a delicious home-cooked breakfast and come evening, choose crisp wines and sweet sherries from their honesty bar.

The Scarlet Hotel Newquay

This eco-friendly but luxurious hotel hugs the clifftop overlooking Mawgan Porth Beach and the waters of the North Atlantic. The adults-only retreat celebrates its surroundings in all their glory, with floor-to-ceiling windows at every turn, an outdoor pool and wooden hot tubs straddling the edge of the hill.

The lavish spa features cutting-edge treatments like 90-minute seaweed wraps and copper tub bathing, with complimentary yoga classes every morning. The hotel is a stone’s throw from the beach, but with this much to do inside, you might find it tough to leave. Try out the glowing living room/library complete with an open fireplace and shelves of books. Or the sun-trapping cloister garden, where guests are encouraged to wear dressing gowns. (If we must…)

The Scarlet welcomes dogs, as does the beach below, and has five dog-friendly rooms. If you are visiting pet-free, take your pick of the hotel’s plusher rooms, from ‘just right’ to ‘indulgent’. All are spaciously open-plan, with underfloor heating and views of the dramatic outdoors. The largest suites are kitted out with free-standing baths, open showers and work areas. After a three- course breakfast of freshly baked bread, eggs Florentine, fresh juice and delicious coffee, take the hour-long walk along the cliff edge to beautiful Watergate Bay.

St. Moritz Hotel Padstow

Around a 30-minute drive from Padstow centre, this Art Deco building has a stunning selection of rooms, all fitted with furnishings in breezy shades of white and blue. A lavish reception area leads upstairs to an elegant bar and restaurant with a menu that changes daily. Wander across the manicured lawns to the hotel’s whimsical pastel-striped beach huts where you can store all your seaside essentials. Don’t miss the lavish Cowshed spa. Nestle down for treatments tried and tested in Somerset’s Babington House, or take a dip in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Safari Cornwall Port Isaac

If tents and lighter fluid aren’t your thing, luxury camping offers an altogether more appealing option. Two grey-blue shepherd’s huts look out over an enclosed garden, a wooden hot tub, an outdoor kitchen area and a scattering of apple trees. The concept was inspired by the five years owner Kayna and her husband spent living in Kenya, staying in places just like this (only with a few more venomous snakes). This little pocket of self-catered peace is close to Padstow, Port Isaac and hundreds of miles of coastal footpaths.

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  • Great Brightor Farm
    St Kew Highway
    Waderbridge
    PL30 3DR

The Old Quay House Fowey

Every one of this boutique hotel’s 11 bedrooms is unique, and the view has something of the French Riviera about it; the hazy blue water ripples with cool-blue sailing boats, while at night the lights of tiny Polruan village twinkle from the other side of the river. The hotel’s glowing waterfront restaurant has excellent food crafted from local, seasonal produce. It opens out onto a wooden deck where, in the evening, you can pull up a chair with a blanket and a glass of wine to watch rowers glide across the dusky waters.

Polpier House Mevagissey

If you’re venturing to Cornwall in a group, Polpier House in the old coastal town of Mevagissey will make you very happy. The surrounding beaches and winding seafront pathways make for bracing days out, but really, you won’t want to leave the building. With eight super-king bedrooms, a living room with a crackling fireplace, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a home cinema, snooker and tennis tables and soaring views of the ocean, this is a place to drink in every minute with friends, family and a few bottles of wine. There’s even a ‘disco hall’ with its own DJ booth. Need we say any more?

Sands Studio

Centrally located in the reputable Downalong area of St Ives, these two mid-century studios crafted by the talented duo Angela and Olivier Noverraz deserve serious recognition. Combining romance with a quirky edge, they are aptly positioned in between the rugged coastline of the Moorish peninsular and the fudge-lined cobbled streets. Brightly lit rooms with floor-to-ceiling views of Porthgwidden Bay are decorated with Ercol furnishings and local artwork. The vibrant, gold palette exudes the warmth of Navajo country with a Scandinavian edge. Their sister studio, Samphire Studio is equally appealing.

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  • Beach Court
    Porthgwidden
    St Ives
    TR26 1PL

Headland House

The Scarlet Hotel

St Moritz Hotel

Safari Cornwall

The Old Quay House

Polpier House

Sands Studio

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