Best couples retreats and romantic getaways in Cornwall this spring

A romantic mini-break is perfect for spending some quality time together and with the gloomy weather expected to last a while, many lovebirds are feeling in the mood for a couples getaway this spring.

But the good news is that you don’t necessarily need Paris, Rome or New York when Cornwall is full of beautiful couple-worthy places that put the places you see in the movies to shame and don’t require days of planning. .

Think stylish moorland retreats, beautiful scenery for scenic walks and charming towns with cozy pubs to while away a few hours.

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Here we’ve rounded up some of our top picks of Cornwall’s most romantic destinations. For more planning, check out our list of the best romantic hotels and restaurants in Cornwall for couples.


Walkers pass through Boscastle on a hot day

Boscastle is an unspoiled sanctuary where independent shops thrive.

The long, narrow valley descends to a steep, rocky entrance to the raging sea and there is no place like this.

Our favorite parts have to be the Valency Valley, a beautiful woodland area that makes a perfect secluded peaceful retreat just along the river on the outskirts and of course the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

It’s actually separated into two – the Upper Town, the Old Road residential area, and the Port, which is the scenic area that hundreds of thousands of people know.

Top city is often overlooked. This is where most of the community lives and has a school, pub and GP practice.

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor at sunset
Bodmin Moor at sunset

Like something straight out of an Emily Brontë novel, Bodmin Moor is a secluded, dark heather-covered moorland still grazed by ponies and wildlife, but bisected by the main A30 road.

It is also one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nearby are Cornwall’s two highest peaks, Rough Tor and the slightly taller Brown Willy, which reaches a height of 420 meters (1,377 feet) above sea level.

Over a hundred Bronze Age hut circles have been excavated on the slopes of Rough Tor, along with a Neolithic Tor enclosure and the foundations of a medieval chapel.

The wild, windswept ‘high moor’ is also home to Cornwall’s tallest church, located in the village of St Breward, the starting point of the Camel Trail.

It is also close to many other places of interest, including Rillaton Barrow, Hurlers Stone Circles, Daniel Gumb’s Cave and The Cheesewring – a striking wind-eroded formation of circular granite rocks with a fascinating history. It is also close to Siblyback Lakes.


The view of the Botallack mine during sunset

Botallack on the rugged Atlantic coast has been transformed over the years by tin and copper mining, with the famous Crowns machine houses clinging to the base of the cliffs.

Probably one of the most photographed places in Cornwall, the ruins of the engine rooms stand against the stark seabed just meters below, battered by the sea but still standing.

More recently Botallack has been experiencing something of a tourist boom, almost entirely due to the filming of Poldark in recent years. In the television series, motor houses were featured extensively, replacing Wheal Leisure and Grambler in the series.


The tranquility of Lerryn, captured at sunset on an autumn afternoon.
The tranquility of Lerryn, captured at sunset on an autumn afternoon.

On the east bank of the River Fowey, Lerryn is the prettiest little village just south-east of Lostwithiel. Small but mighty, it straddles two parishes and the river is actually tidal to the village with passable steps at low water levels.

There are some great walks around Lerryn which take you through woods and farmland and the 16th century village pub is just lovely.

You can also sample some local scrumpy around Lerryn with two local cider farms – Penpol Farm and Haye Farm – and there’s a century-old abandoned amusement park deep in the woods – inspired by one of oldest and most popular amusement parks in the world.

Kingsand and Cawsand

Cawsand is one of the twin villages of the Rame Peninsula
Cawsand is one of the twin villages of the Rame Peninsula

The twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand nestle between wooded hills and Plymouth Sound on the Rame Peninsula, sometimes called Cornwall’s Forgotten Corner.

Once a haven for smugglers, they’re now great places to visit for anyone who loves beautiful scenery, great food and a good dose of history and culture – and doesn’t fancy traveling the depths of west Cornwall.


View of the harbor from Portloe cottages on a hot summer day in August.
View of the harbor from Portloe cottages on a hot summer day in August.

Described as a jewel in the crown of the Roseland Peninsula, the small fishing village of Portloe makes an ideal base for exploring one of the most spectacular sections of Cornwall, which is also relatively peaceful as far as Cornwall is concerned.

Surrounded by spectacular scenery, the village retains much of its old world charm as its steep valleys have driven its development over the years.

mouse hole

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Mousehole is one of Cornwall’s most picturesque fishing villages

Now, this one is no stranger to praise, but we couldn’t make a list without including the beloved Mousehole now, could we.

A hundred years ago Mousehole was a bustling harbour, crowded with local fishing boats landing sardines and every year in early November wooden beams are laid across the narrow entrance to the harbour, to protect the village of the worst winter gales.

Even so, waves can still be seen crashing against the harbor wall at high tide – and Mousehole is equally stunning in every season with thousands of people flocking here at Christmas to catch a glimpse of the array of lights.


Landscape view of King Charles Castle on the descent to Cromwell's Castle between Bryer and Tresco on the Isles of Scilly
Landscape view of King Charles Castle on the descent to Cromwell’s Castle between Bryer and Tresco on the Isles of Scilly

Tresco is the private Isle of Scilly, and that feeling of exclusivity extends to the sophisticated cafes, art gallery and spa.

But for many visitors, Tresco is best defined by the Abbey Garden – its famous 19and century garden and is home to some 20,000 subtropical plants.

Like everywhere on the Isles of Scilly, Tresco also has its share of beaches, vistas and secluded spots perfect for a romantic getaway.

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