Ready or not, the countdown to Christmas is on. So, if you haven’t booked your holiday cottage in Cornwall in time for Santa’s visit, it’s time to get a festive shuffle on. Whether you want to spend the Yuletide break in a cosy cottage for two, a big beach house for family and friends, or a boutique bolthole where your dog can come too, we’ve still got availability for Christmas on the coast in or near Padstow. To inspire your visit, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best Christmas cottages in Cornwall for a festive break.
Best for: Sea Views
Watersports enthusiasts, beach lovers, swimmers, hikers and cyclists will love this unique property teetering on the edge of a dreamy white cove on the edge of Padstow. Tip-toe down the slipway of the former lifeboat station and straight into the sea for a bracing Christmas dip, fly a kite in the briny breeze, wander the coast path into Padstow or around Trevose Head to the lighthouse, and eat Christmas dinner with sublime sea views – as close to the ocean as you can get without getting your feet sandy or wet. Of all the Christmas cottages in Cornwall, this one may well have the best view for Yuletide festivities.
Best for: Christmas Walks
Pack your walking boots and step out for bracing Christmas walks in the countryside and coast, from your luxury abode tucked in a quaint Cornish village close to Padstow. Whether you hit the Camel Trail, the Saint’s Way or the South West Coast Path, come home and kick off your boots to warm up beside the log burner. Nestled on the edge of the Camel Estuary, you don’t even have to brave the elements to soak up the sublime scenery – the reverse living set-up means you can watch the tide ebb and flow from dawn to dusk, without even leaving the comfort of the sofa.
Best for: Christmas Lights
Gaze out over Padstow Harbour under the spell of twinkly Christmas lights from your private, light-flooded apartment in the heart of town. People watch from the snug window nooks, feel pampered in your designer interior and wake up to the gulls’ call on Christmas morning. There’s something magical about holidaying in Padstow in the festive season. Slip down into the lively streets at your leisure, dipping into the delights of the restaurants, boat trips and beach walks, to wrap up the perfect Christmas in Cornwall.
Best for: Large Family Gatherings
Sleeps 12 + 2
Commandeer a former chapel in the heart of Padstow’s old town, where the extended family can come together for a luxury Christmas in Cornwall. Scour the town’s delis for ingredients to conjure up a royal feast in the high-spec kitchen, settle down beside the log burner for port and charades, and slumber in the window seats where you can gaze out to sparkling estuary views. This must be one of the best Christmas cottages in Cornwall for large families.
Best for: Active Families
Sleeps 5 + 1
If you’re a high-octane family that needs some space to let off steam and dive into lots of festive activities, you’ll love this private home just a hop, skip and jump from the hustle and bustle of Padstow town. Embrace the elements on a walk across the countryside to the twinkling harbour, cycle the Camel Trail, hit the surf or ride a simulated wave at the nearby Flowrider. Back in your stunning family home, the kids can enjoy the stunning garden space, while you cook up a Christmas feast or soak up the winter rays in your conservatory.
Best for: Cosy Couple’s Christmas
Sleeps 4 + 1 dog
Slip into your freestanding bath, curl up beside the woodburner, laze in a king-size bed, and sip wine or coffee in your romantic courtyard. Couples will feel utterly pampered in this spacious, swanky abode that’s just footsteps from Padstow’s harbour and beaches. Muster yourselves to leave the comfort of your private retreat and step out to all the festive trimmings of the twinkly harbour, candle-lit restaurants, bracing beach walks, gift-filled boutiques and beautiful scenery.
Best for: A Dog-Friendly Christmas
Sleeps 6 + 1 dog
Looking for that special seaside abode where your dog can join in the Christmas celebrations? You and your four-legged friend will love the coastal and countryside rambles on the doorstep of this gorgeous log cabin. Being close to the coast-to-coast pilgrimage of The Saint’s Way, you can lace up your hiking boots and explore rural Cornwall or stomp to the shoreline and feel the rosy glow from the brisk saltwater breeze. Wherever you wander, return to this Canadian-style A-frame cabin, hunker beside the fire, get cosy within timber-clad walls, and plan your next hike over a festive feast.
Best for: Dramatic Winter Sunsets
Sleeps 11 + 2
Swap Christmas films for the drama of fiery sunsets that turn the sky the scarlet hues of the front door of this large family pile sandwiched between the coast and countryside. After a festive feast around the farmhouse table, retire to the first-floor living room, where your gaze is bound to be distracted from Christmas games by the mesmerising sunsets and panoramic sea views. This luxury property is the ideal place to stay for a relaxing Christmas break by the sea.
Best for: Indoor/ Outdoor Socialising
Hang your stockings by the fireplace of this magnificent, three-storey Victorian property standing proud over Padstow’s Old Town. Behind its slate façade awaits a host of traditional features including beamed ceilings, a log burner and a designer kitchen for conjuring up your festive feast. However, the highlight is the stunning views and socialising space, with a wonderful indoor/ outdoor living area spilling out onto a south-facing terrace.
Boasting a twinkly harbour town littered with boutiques and restaurants, alongside wild coastal walks, dramatic beaches and rolling countryside, Padstow is the perfect Christmas destination. Choose from one of the above holiday homes, or browse our full collection of Christmas cottages in Cornwall and book your festive getaway by the sea.
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