Wild coastline, wave-lashed beaches and secret coves – Cornwall is a destination made for lovers. From cosy cottages beside the sea, to intimate coastal apartments and holiday homes for couples, we’ve got a range of self-catering accommodation perfect for a romantic retreat. So if you want to woo your loved one with some time for two, here’s some of our favourite accommodation for couples in Cornwall…
[updated January 2023]
Cosy up in this romantic Cornish nook in pretty Port Isaac, which was once a fisherman’s net loft. With charming features such as exposed oak beams, slate floors and plenty of space to relax, you’ll be tempted to stay in and enjoy breakfast in bed, curl up on the corner sofa and cook up romantic feasts in your couple’s bolthole. But take time for hand-in-hand strolls to the quayside, enjoy cliff top views over the harbour and dine out on fresh fish in some of Cornwall’s best seafood restaurants such as Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.
Perfectly proportioned for two, this cosy cottage in the heart of Padstow is made for cuddling up on the sofa, lazy breakfasts in bed, and waterside walks beside the harbour. Once owned by novelist Patricia Tyrell it oozes all the romance of a writer’s pad. There’s a courtyard for morning coffee, a window seat to soak up the views, and an open-plan living space made for rustling up special dinners before relaxing in the lounge.
Watch the waves dance across the bay from your balcony, feel the sun on your back as you bask in the bay window, and watch the sunset over the sea as you sink into the sofa together. Step out into the beauty of Trevone bay and pad across the sands, dip in the sea pool or explore the coast path. Then come home to your perfect pad for two by the beach in North Cornwall.
This ground-floor apartment overlooking the estuary is made for couples who love the outdoors and want to soak up the dreamy Cornish lifestyle together. Leap out of bed and wake up with a coffee while watching the wildlife along the River Camel. Wander along the Camel Trail to foodie Padstow or a romantic vineyard, ride on the ferry to Rock, or try out water sports from wakeboarding to surfing. Then come home to sundowners on the terrace and snuggle up in your traditional farm apartment.
Wake up to fresh sea air and the call of the gulls, watch the sailing boats come and go from the window, and sip on a twilight nightcap in your window seat. Perched right above the harbour, Gulland is the perfect bolthole from where you can stroll head hand-in-hand along the water’s edge, slip out for a Michelin-star meal and hideaway after a day immersed in the stunning coastal scenery of Padstow and its surroundings.
Facing Padstow across the Camel Estuary, Rock is a sublime location for couples to kick back and enjoy panoramic views across the water. Fling open the patio doors and breathe in the sea air, watch boats bobbing to and fro from your open plan lounge and diner, and bask in the sunlight that floods your apartment. With the beach on your doorstep, this stylish setting is ideal for couples to relax, roam along the coast path to Daymer Bay or hop on the Black Tor ferry to Padstow.
A few miles from Padstow, Mawgan Porth is the perfect destination for couples looking to relax a pebble’s throw from Cornwall’s rugged coastline. Wake up and stretch out on the patio, laze to your heart’s content in your stylish apartment, then stroll to the wild, Atlantic-lashed sands of Mawgan Porth beach. Here you can hit the waves, seek out the waterfall and picnic in the dunes.
Lie in under the beams of your loft-style bedroom, or hop out of bed for coffee and pastries by the harbour. This luxury couples apartment in the heart of Padstow is perched seconds from the quayside, ensuring you can hide away with everything this waterside town has to offer at your fingertips. So head out and explore, or stay in and catch rays in your courtyard garden and cook a feast in your cool kitchen.
Stay in together and watch the changing hues of the sea and sky from sunrise to sunset, or step out on the harbour front and immerse yourself in Padstow’s chic coastal life. Bag a table in a fancy restaurant and dine on the ocean’s bounty, get a blast of briny air on a walk to the edge of wild, sea-lashed promontory, or hire some bikes for a romantic cycle ride along the enchanting Camel Trail.
Curl up beside the log fire in a Grade II listed cottage oozing with romance and character. If you can tear yourself away from your pretty abode, step out in the heart of Port Isaac to bob down to the harbour, dine on exquisite local seafood, explore the setting of TV series Doc Martin and dip into the village inn for a pint of local ale.
Soak up the maritime vibes and buzzing atmosphere of Padstow every time you fling open your patio door. Nestled at the water’s edge in the heart of Padstow, you can wake up and watch the fishing fleet head out into the big blue, breathe in the energy of the harbour town at your feet, or hideaway and gaze out to eye-popping ocean views.
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