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Cornwall cottages

Mark and David's verdict:

Spend a day walking the coastal paths of Cornwall and you might wonder why Brits ever travel abroad. The undulating hills, the secret sandy coves, the miles of beach and the soaring cliffs are as fine as you'll see anywhere. With excellent local restaurants and superb self-catering cottages, this is one of the finest UK holiday destinations.

Recommended tour operator: Classic Cottages

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Classic Cottages says

The best way to experience the unique landscape and character of Cornwall is to rent a place of your own. Buy locally-sourced food from the markets, drink in the local pubs and pull on a pair of walking shoes to discover some of the UK’s most glorious coastal paths.

  • Choice of locations
  • Lovely places to stay
  • Superb beaches

There are dozens of places worth exploring. On the dramatic north coast, we recommend a visit to the castle ruins at Tintagel before heading towards Boscastle to discover a ruined village and Bronze Age carvings.

The far west of Cornwall feels a million miles from the rest of Britain. You’ll find primordial moorland, ancient standing stones and remains of Iron Age villages. When the sun shines, the sea turns a dazzling shade of turquoise.

Head to St Ives for the art galleries and restaurant scene, or stock up on pasties and hike along the coastal path for wonderful views across Falmouth Bay. To spot local wildlife such as deer, otter and badger, visit Idless Woods near Truro.

With locations from cliffs to coves to countryside, Classic Cottages has sought out a choice of almost 500 Cornwall cottages. Whether you are looking for a waterfront apartment, a fisherman’s cottage or a chocolate-box thatched cottage, we can help you find your perfect Cornish escape.

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