Where to stay in Cornwall?

Hello! I am planning a week in Cornwall for April! I am looking for a lovely cottage/house to rent and wondering which areas people recommend? We are super foodie and looking to explore the coast whilst eating and drinking everything! House/areas/restaurants tips please all welcome xx


I would definitely go as close to Padstow as you can if you love food. It’s easy to get the boat over to Rock (The Mariners is a must) but also much more going on in Padstow in the evenings. Rather than staying in Padstow itself, we often stay 10 mins away around St Merryn, Constantine Bay and Harlyn where there are beautiful coastal walks. Have a look on Air BnB around those areas or take a look at Atlanta in Trevone Bay or even The Pig at Harlyn if you’d consider a hotel. We find parking easier and much more outdoor space in the villages. Eating wise, visit Prawn on the Lawn, Barnaby’s, the Golden Lion for good pub food, Duchy Grub and the Lobster Shack at the Pig if it’s open. Coombeshead Farm is a bit further away but meant to be amazing farm to table dining. Hope that helps slightly!

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Hi, we love Carbis Bay close to St Ives. It’s a long journey down but well worth it. We’ve been every year for the last 10! It’s a short scenic walk from there to St Ives with plenty of places to eat and drink. Lovely beaches too.

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If you’re looking at St Ives, I highly recommend this lovely little 2 bedroom cottage - https://www.littlehousestives.co.uk/

Hi I live in Looe where we have several excellent fish/ seafood restaurants. I have a Studio on Airbnb that may suit you?
A great base to explore from!

Hello, we’ve just finished a special little hide-out in a relatively unexplored part of Cornwall near the Camel Valley (it reminds me loads of rural France, hence the name Fleur de Grog). It’s within easy reach of foodie spots near Padstow and Rock, a vineyard, both coastlines, and bustling towns and is super quiet away from the holidaying hoards. Oh and we’ve just finished a little sauna. Please check it out; it’s a real labour of love, and we’re excited for people to come and stay. Thank you… https://www.instagram.com/fleur_de_grog/

St Ives - very foodie - Porthminster Beach Cafe and Porthmeor Cafe are both beachfront. One Fish Street, Source Kitchen, Gurnards Head is a stunning 10 min drive out of St Ives. Ugly Butterfly in Carbis Bay (walkable from St Ives or short taxi ride) is a treat. Silco Bar and Kitchen on the hrobour is lovely. Head over to Penzance (20 min drive) for Loaf bakery, Jubilee Pool Cafe and 45 Queen Street for fab food and drinks (the rose gin cocktails are delish). We go all the time. The beaches are fine quartz sand and clear turquoise sea. Porthminster Beach has a gin bar with food and head over to Gwithian if you want to try surfing and the Kabyn Cafe on the beach which does amazing takeaway food and drinks.

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Bude is beautiful. We have stayed there since I was a child and I take my children there. Easy to get to places such as Port Isaac and Padstow and Boscastle along the coast. Nice selection of food establishments and shops.

We have stayed at Wooda Farm in Bude since I was a child - it is a lovely, clean family run site with a cosy cocktail bar/restaurant on site and 2 stunning cottages on site with sea/countryside views.

Sennen Cove is so stunning and you can explore amazing nearby beaches of Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder amongst others (this far west part of Cornwall, known as Penwith has granite rock so the sea is the clearest water of anywhere in Cornwall!) You can easily get to St Ives from here too - taking the coastal train from St Erth is so picturesque and gets you straight into the heart of St Ives.

Really recommend these holiday homes: https://www.vrbo.com/en-gb/p413733 https://www.vrbo.com/en-gb/p10033824

There is an amazing foodie scene in nearby Penzance and Newlyn - really recommend Argoe (https://www.argoenewlyn.co.uk/), Mackarel Sky (https://mackerelskycafe.co.uk/) and the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn. In Penzance, Barbican Bistro is superb (https://www.barbicanbistro.com/home/moment-y2fghv ) and 45 Queen Street is great with lots of lovely boutique shops for clothes and gifts nearby

There are lots of lovely restaurants in Fowey too, and St Mawes is very pretty, especially if you prefer the sailing side of Cornwall, rather than the surfer side.

Carbis bay in st ives literally looks like you are in the carribbean and it is so lovely definitely visit there. And go to charlestown this restaurant called rebellion roast house has the best sunday roast and charlestown bay has lovely views aswell

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