Where to stay in Cornwall for amazing sea views

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Posted by Kate W on 2nd June 2021

Where to stay in Cornwall for amazing sea views

Discover our beautiful cottages with sea views scattered along Cornwall’s renowned coastline and start planning your next retreat to the South West. 

If you love to be beside the sea during your holidays, Cornwall is the place to visit. With incredible far-reaching stretches of sand, excellent surf to catch and delicious waterside eateries and attractions, you could easily spend your entire trip right on the coast.

Begin your search for the perfect coastal holiday cottage by browsing through this blog or scour our full collection of incredible seaside cottages in Cornwall. We have beachfront cottages for a romantic retreat, family-friendly seafront cottages and large getaways for you to look through.

Coastal cottages in Cornwall

Quaint towns and villages sit on the edge of the county between top quality beaches and impressive cliffs which can be explored via the South West Coast Path.

For more ideas while planning your next coastal break, take a look at our blog full of beaches you wouldn’t believe are in Cornwall or, if you enjoy surfing during your trips to the South West, read our surfing holidays guide.

Soak up the sea air, watch waves crash against the rocky shore, and dine high above soft sand beaches on your next break to the Cornish coast. Read on to discover where to stay in Cornwall for amazing sea views.


Spinnaker in Polruan

Spinnaker, Polruan

Sleeps 7 and 2 dogs  

A beautiful reverse-level coastal cottage in Cornwall, Spinnaker is perfect for a group getaway with views across the fantastic Fowey Estuary to the town of Fowey beyond.

Hop aboard the ferry to venture across the estuary or travel further afield on a trip to the iconic Eden Project or to explore The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

A serene conservatory area plus a terrace ensures there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of those incredible views.

What our guests have to say:

'Views looked incredible and we weren't disappointed. Plenty of living space to accommodate a larger group. The bedrooms are a good size with cupboard space. The property is at the top of the walk down into Polruan harbour. The walk down might be manageable for those who can't walk that far, but walking back up is hard work! – Vikki 

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Kennack Heights on the Lizard

Kennack Heights - Kennack Sands, Lizard

Sleeps 4

Escape to an elegant penthouse apartment for a truly memorable seaside getaway in Cornwall. These coastal views at Kennack Heights encompass the scenic beach of Kennack Sands and immense sea beyond.

Families and couples will adore the cliff-top walks and excellent views throughout the area, not to mention the many secret beaches that hide along this scenic stretch of coastline which is just waiting to be discovered.

The coastal apartment itself is beautifully styled with an electric fire, quirky touches of colour, and stylish furniture providing a wonderful space for your Cornwall holiday home.

What our guests have to say:

Kennack Heights was all we'd hoped for and perfect for our family holiday. Clean, stylish and cosy. Even though we didn't have great weather it didn't matter as we loved watching the stormy waves at Kennack Sands from the window over hot tea in the gorgeous living area instead! The kitchen appliances made it feel like a real home-from-home and our en-suite shower was heavenly. We'll definitely be back. – Jess 

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The Bay Cawsand

The Bay Overlooking Cawsand Beach, Cawsand

Sleeps 6

A beautifully elegant coastal apartment with décor that reflects the seaside location, The Bay Overlooking Cawsand Beach is a true favourite due to its excellent terrace that can be enjoyed from inside the cosy lounge/kitchen/diner.

It’s a few steps down to the quiet and pretty Cawsand Beach and you can glance out of your window if you want to check the tide is out before you go. Sit out and enjoy drinks on the terrace or shut yourselves away from the world by closing those floor-to-ceiling French doors before cosying up on the sofa.

This part of Cornwall is beautifully remote, giving you that true escapism feeling, yet you can still visit the bustling city of Plymouth for an exciting day out during your time down here if you wish – it’s just a ferry ride away!

What our guests have to say:

The apartment is fantastic with an amazing view over the sea - would highly recommend. The welcome cream tea was a lovely touch! - Michelle

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Trebarfoote

Trebarfoote, Polruan

Sleeps 6

This fantastic view over the Fowey Estuary and across to the pretty town of Fowey itself will ensure you always have a tranquil place in your holiday cottage to unwind.

Take lunch out onto the terrace at Trebarfoote for al fresco dining or enjoy a nightcap beneath the stars in this excellent location.

While staying here, wander the streets of Polruan or hop aboard the ferry across to Fowey and explore the tiny winding streets and independent shops scattered throughout this scenic seaside destination.

What our guests have to say:

Absolutely delightful cottage and place to stay: gorgeous, friendly village and surrounds. After the challenge of the drive into Polruan and Trebarfoote, it really made you feel that you had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. – Julie

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Trehayle

Trehayle, Bude

Sleeps 4 and 2 dogs

Lounging in a hot tub must be one of the top ways to enjoy a beautiful coastal view! Grab the bubbly and sink into the tub while the sun glints off the sea on a lazy afternoon or the stars shine overhead when night falls at Trehayle.

There’s no need to dip into the private sunken hot tub to enjoy the view, simply take your lunch out on the terrace for al fresco dining. Inside, the seaside cottage is warm and welcoming, offering up a comfortable space where you can unwind after busy days out and about.

When you do venture out, ensure you visit one of Bude’s excellent beaches for swimming, surfing or lying on the sand. Dine out in Bude and explore the shops throughout the pretty town centre too.

What our guests have to say:

'Well, what can we say? This has been by far the best holiday, everything about Trehayle has been amazing, stunning house with stunning views, really really luxurious! Us and the dog have loved every minute! We celebrated my birthday and got engaged whilst here and it couldn't have been a more perfect place to do it. We will certainly be returning in the future! - Gemma 

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Praa View

Praa View, Praa Sands

Sleeps 6

This fantastic loft-style penthouse offers a beautiful Praa Sands view, a renowned beach on Cornwall’s exquisite coast!

Enjoy morning walks down to the beach every day of your holiday from Praa View. It’s the perfect place for building sandcastles, splashing through the sea and dining in pubs and cafes.

If you’re searching for more adventure, head west to Marazion and cross the causeway to St Michael’s Mount, an iconic Cornwall destination – just remember to keep an eye on tide times as the causeway is covered when the tide rises, but you can always enjoy a boat ride back.

What our guests have to say:

Praa Sands is a wonderful location in which to take a holiday in the west of Cornwall. The views of the sea from the penthouse apartment are stunning, whatever the weather. The beach is a short walk from this spacious apartment, which has a superbly well-equipped kitchen. Beautiful walks can be taken along the South West Coast Path in either direction from Praa Sands. – Alison 

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Petra 2 Marazion

Petra 2, Marazion

Sleeps 2

Instead of staying down the coast from Marazion, why not stay in this romantic Cornish coastal cottage right opposite the beautiful castle?

Walk from Petra 2, a seafront cottage apartment straight across the causeway to explore the scenic island which includes gardens and a pub, before returning for a relaxed evening in this pretty, quaint holiday escape.

There are cafes and shops in the surrounding area and the apartment itself is wonderfully kitted out with a four-poster bed, stylish seating and a wonderful bay window taking in that superb view.

What our guests have to say:

'This is the best property we have ever stayed in. Spacious and comfortable with the most amazing view of Mount's Bay from the bay window. Parking (considering its location) was no problem. It's not the quietest of locations, but we didn't book this property for seclusion so we were completely happy being in the centre of Marazion.' – Mark 

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The Pink House Bude

The Pink House, Bude

Sleeps 16 and 2 dogs 

Celebrate a special occasion or simply escape with a group of friends to this fantastic coastal cottage in Cornwall with the sea right on your doorstep. Sit out in your private terrace for a BBQ, unwind with a glass of bubbly in hand at The Pink House.

You can find pubs and shops a walk away in town so you never have to venture far during your stay here. Bude's famed sandy beaches of Crooklets Beach and Summerleaze are both within half a mile of the property, and Widemouth Bay is a 3.5-mile drive. 

Gather everyone together in the cosy lounge for stories and nibbles after the day is done, where a large corner sofa provides plenty of space to get together. 

What our guests have to say:

'The property is incredibly spacious and its location is perfect. The wet room for storing boards and wetsuits includes a hot shower. I've stayed in many places in Bude and this house is the best equipped and situated for a beach holiday at Crooklets Beach, with Summerleaze and Bude town centre within a few minutes' walk.' – David

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Laburnham Whitsand Bay

Laburnham, Whitsand Bay

Sleeps 2 and 2 dogs

A wonderful stretch of beach lies directly below this coastal cottage offering up a scenic environment so beautiful that the film ‘Turner’ was filmed along this stretch of sand, and the writer Rosamunde Pilcher based many of her books in this area. Laburnham offers a dreamy destination that shows off the very best of this beautiful coastline. 

Make your escape to this beach cottage in Cornwall as a couple, perhaps with two pups in tow, for a romantic escape in a peaceful setting. Experience true quietude during your getaway here as this is a relatively undisturbed area, while the more popular beaches of Cawsand and Kingsand are both a walk away.

Colourful touches and clever design give the cottage itself a wonderful character that reflects the fantastic seaside surroundings of this beachfront cottage.

What our guests have to say:

'A stunning place. We are sailors and this lovely cottage comes very close to the feeling of a yacht but on ground. The view, solitude and nature are fantastic. And it creates peace and tranquillity. The host Paul helped us with everything, even borrowing a pot to boil our lobster in. He is very nice and reacts very fast to any questions. The cottage is lovely, very convenient and well equipped but not exceptional as is. It is the host, view and location that will make us come back.' – Niki 

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Sunnycliff

Sunnycliff - Downderry, Downderry

Sleeps 4 and 3 dogs

A hidden gem down on the South Cornwall coast complete with greenery, patio, stylish outdoor seating and glass-fronted terraces, this Cornish coastal cottage is all about that view.

You can lounge outside in the warm sunshine at Sunnycliff or, during chilly weather, duck inside this cosy getaway and enjoy a warm and welcoming environment from which to watch the sea waves crash and the stars sparkle at night.

While staying here, you’ll be midway between dog-friendly Downderry Beach and Seaton Beach, both offering pretty stretches of sand for you and your canine companions to enjoy long walks and for children to enjoy rock pooling and exploring.

What our guests have to say:

'Incredible!! The house was perfect! The views are simply breathtaking and the house was immaculate! If you want a getaway from city life and make memories to last a lifetime this house is the one to stay in! The sunsets were mind-blowing!! We will definitely be back. Thank you to the owners for letting us rent their incredible home! X' - Brook-Leah

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Villa Surfside

Villa Surfside, Hayle

Sleeps 6 and 4 dogs

With an absolutely stunning location, pretty enclosed garden and room for four dogs, Villa Surfside is a unique beach cottage that would make for a fantastic seaside holiday.

Hayle Beach lies directly in front of this cottage and The Towans long wide stretch of sandy beach is nearby too where you can surf, swim or get up to a whole range of other water sports. St Ives is a drive around the bay and can be seen from the cottage – you are perfectly placed here for quiet and relaxation or for busy days full of adventure.

Dogs will love the long walks along the South West Coast Path available and there are plenty of cosy pubs and cafes locally where you can refuel after exploring the beautiful area.

What our guests have to say:

'A lovely place to stay with the most awesome views of the beach, sea and St Ives across the bay. There is a large garden for dogs to run around in the sun, a private driveway and a pub just a stone's throw away which again gives great views of the sand, sea and St Ives. It is the second year running that we have stayed at Villa Surfside and we look forward to returning again next year!' – Simon 

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These are some of our top holiday cottages with waterside views but we have many more wonderful holiday cottages by the sea that haven’t got a mention! 

Discover more incredible retreats with sea views by browsing our full collection of waterside cottages in Cornwall. 

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For even more incredible places to stay in this stunning county, see our blog listing a few of our favourite Cornwall cottages to stay in, from pet-friendly retreats to cottages with hot tubs.

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