Cottages and holidays in Cornwall this Christmas

With just over a month away from Christmas, the craziness of planning dinner, buying presents, wrapping presents, inviting guests and decorating the tree begins all over again.

Imagine waking up to a beachfront apartment or country cottage on your Cornwall vacation, with food delivered to the door and decorations already hung.

All the worries are eliminated, letting you enjoy the holiday season with your family.

Read more: Santa’s Caves to visit in Cornwall this year

For tourists, the attraction of renting somewhere in Cornwall for the Christmas holidays is the opportunity to explore the quaint village markets and the twinkling lights of the harbor town. For the locals, why not stay somewhere new to you, for a hassle-free festive time with the sea on your doorstep, ready for that Christmas or Boxing Day swim.

So, for those who want to make Christmas a little different this year, here is a list of Cornwall chalets and apartments to stay during Christmas time.




The Crow’s Nest – Porthleven

Capacity: 2

Dates: December 21 – December 27

Animals: No

Price: £ 112 per night

This newly renovated cottage sits in a spectacular position overlooking the beach and offers stunning views of Mount’s Bay. The spacious south-facing veranda is the perfect place to take full advantage of the warm winter sun with a mulled wine in hand.

The twin-bed property is ideal for a romantic Christmas retreat, with the sights and sounds of the sea available directly from the bedroom.

Around the Cornish coast, townspeople and townspeople congregate on beaches and harbors on Christmas Day, whatever the weather, and bathe in the sea. And Porthleven is no exception. If you head to the harbor at high tide, you’ll find an intrepid group diving and swimming across the width of the harbor.

Fortunately, the Ship Inn, Porthleven, usually opens early for a brandy after swimming!

Available here.




Riverside Rest, Falmouth

Capacity: 5

Dates: December 23 – December 30

Animals: Yes

Price: £ 135 per night

Just steps from the banks of the River Penryn, Riverside Rest is a beautiful ground floor apartment providing an elegant base for discovering the true Cornish delicacies at Christmas.

The large dining room table is a magical place to meet up with loved ones for Christmas dinner, lovingly prepared by the chef of the group in the contemporary kitchen.

Full to the brim, you can make yourself comfortable in the welcoming living room and watch a festive movie while staying warm by the electric fire.

There is plenty to do in bustling Falmouth at Christmas, from hot chocolates (with extra marshmallows) at the local cafes to Christmas drinks at the pub.

While not yet confirmed for this year, the annual tradition of taking to the streets on Christmas Eve to listen to the melodic sounds of the Falmouth Community Choir is not to be missed.

Available here.




2 Green Court, St Ives

Accommodation capacity: 4

Dates: December 23 – December 30

Animals: No

Price: £ 78 per night

This well furnished property is light and airy, welcoming friends and families to enjoy a merry and bright Christmas.

Close to town, harbor, beaches and countryside, 2 Green Court is the perfect place to enjoy and explore all that St Ives has to offer.

Porthmeor Beach is a short walk away, a beautiful safe beach popular with surfers and swimmers where people from all over gather on Boxing Day for the annual hangover cure.

Whether in a swimsuit, wetsuit or even Santa Claus outfit, jump into the Cornish Sea and activate all the endorphins. The Incredible Mermaid of St Ives will usually make an appearance too!

Available here.




Seacroft, Polruan

Capacity: 8

Dates: December 22 – December 28

Animals: One

Price: £ 147 per night

Situated in an ideal waterfront location in Polruan, the inverted level Seacroft offers family groups and friends the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful coastal area. With views of the estuary and harbor from all main rooms, this home is all about the waterfront position.

The large property has four bedrooms, making it ideal for extended families – with excited kids waiting for Santa to visit – to spend their Christmas together.

Seacroft occupies the top two floors of an imposing house set back from the water with shared access across the lawn to all of the steps leading down to the river. A flat mooring is available for those who wish to rent a small boat on the break on site or put a kayak in the water to take advantage of the maritime location.

Right on your doorstep is Fowey, only a short ferry ride away, the harbor town will be lit up with Christmas lights to fill you with joy.

Available here.




16 Cannery Row, Hayle

Capacity: 6

Dates: December 20 – December 29

Animals: One

Price: £ 286 per night

16 Cannery Row is located on the contemporary North Quay development in Hayle, directly on the beautiful Hayle Estuary waterfront and just steps from the three mile expanse of golden sand beach.

Although a little more expensive than the others, the stunning interiors and breathtaking views of the estuary make this the luxury Christmas property we all dream of.

If you are looking to extend the indulgence, why not have your Christmas dinner prepared for you. A short distance away in Carbis Bay, Walter’s on The Beach Restaurant offers a 7 course Christmas Day tasting menu that has been perfectly curated and stocked with delicious local produce.

Available here.




The corner, the mouse hole

Accommodation capacity: 2

Dates: December 22 – December 29

Animals: No

Price: £ 95 per night

Located in the picturesque village of Mousehole, The Nook is a perfect hideaway for a trip to Cornwall.

With exposed brickwork and beams, the original features of the Nook offer an abundance of character, with its modern appliances blending tradition and modernity. Snuggle up in front of the TV to escape the cold nights in this cozy little corner.

When it comes to Christmas lights, you won’t do better than Mousehole Harbor Lights. The wharf and surrounding cottages are adorned with a very unique and detailed display of lights.

Available here.




Rosecare Round House, Boscastle

Accommodation capacity: 2

Dates: December 22 – December 29

Animals: Yes

Price: £ 91 per night

This cottage is located just 5 miles from the pretty fishing port of Boscastle and a short drive from some of the sandy beaches for which Cornwall is famous.

Entering this property will make you feel far away from the outside world, with its muted tones, chic Scandinavian style and cozy wood-burning stove.

Much like this house, Boscastle is peaceful all year round, but especially at Christmas, making it an idyllic place for a quiet couples retreat, full of winter walks and hot meals.

Available here.




18 Dunes, Perranporth

Capacity: 6

Dates: December 21 – December 28

Animals: No

Price: £ 245 per night

18 Dunes is a stunning first floor apartment in the brand new The Dunes development in Perranporth, located directly on the beach 10 meters from the sand.

The gorgeous interiors match the equally stunning seascapes that are the foundation of the living room, making it the ultimate Christmas getaway on the beach.

With colorful streets dotted with quirky shops, if you need to do some last minute shopping (or just want to browse) Perranporth has a lot to offer in terms of easy entertainment.

The central position on the north Cornish coast also makes it an ideal base for going further afield. A short drive will take you to Truro where you can book to see Cinderella’s pantomime in the newly refurbished Hall for Cornwall.

Available here.

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