20 of the Most Charming Character Holiday Cottages

When you imagine a Cornish holiday cottage the chances are you picture the whitewashed cottages that cling to the hillsides of our picture postcard fishing villages, or sturdy granite farm buildings that look like they were built to survive anything the weather can throw at them. Think exposed beams, kitchens with flagstone floors and an Aga along with original stone fireplaces.

Character cottages really come into their own during the winter months. What could be more romantic than a stone cottage with a roaring open fire or woodburner as the wind and rain beat against the windows. That said many of our more traditional country properties come with fantastic gardens in which you can make the most of the summer weather.

Of course, for a home to have character doesn't mean it has to be too small to swing a pilchard in. Amongst our selected properties we have some grand old Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian vicarages and period townhouses, all offering a high level of refinement and all the creature comforts.

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Character Cottages & Charming Holiday Homes

  • Higher Thorne Cottage

    From £625.00
    Sleeps 8 | 4 bedrooms

    A fantastic four bedroomed detached farmhouse with a large garden, spectacular countryside views and plenty of walks from the door.
    This pet friendly, detached, stone farmhouse is surrounded by...

  • Hillside

    From £639.00
    Port Isaac
    Sleeps 9 | 4 bedrooms

    A great family holiday base ideally situated to visit the many attractions that Cornwall has to offer, including The Eden Project.
    This spacious, detached, dog-friendly holiday cottage is set...

  • The Old Vicarage

    From £2959.00
    Sleeps 12 | 6 bedrooms

    This large detached, stunning, period house offers accommodation for families and friends for that special occasion and is close to St Ives town and harbour.
    Step to entrance.
    Ground Floor:...

  • Birdcage Cottage

    From £396.00
    Sleeps 5 | 2 bedrooms

    A bright, homely cottage just a short stroll from the beach.
    Set in the pretty village of Kingsand, Birdcage Cottage is perfect for those of you keen to experience ’real’ Cornwall. After a day...

  • Inglenook Cottage

    From £553.00
    Sleeps 4 | 2 bedrooms

    A delightful cottage in a peaceful village setting.
    Inglenook Cottage is a beautiful two-bedroom property situated at the top of the peaceful and idyllic area of Crumplehorn in Polperro. Within...

  • Chy Rond

    From £639.00
    St Austell
    Sleeps 7 | 4 bedrooms

    This barn conversion lies close to many beaches and cycle trails, making it the perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a great area to explore.
    This spacious barn conversion lies in a...

  • Haven Cottage

    From £385.00
    Port Isaac
    Sleeps 4 | 2 bedrooms

    An exceptionally pretty fisherman’s cottage which appeared as Doc Martins house in the TV production, is tucked down quaint Squeeze Belly Alley, just 50 yards from the seafront.
    This is an...

  • Green Man Cottage

    From £315.00
    Sleeps 3 | 2 bedrooms

    Visit all that Cornwall has to offer from this Grade II listed property, which is ideal for a small family.
    Green Man Cottage is the perfect holiday retreat, ideal for couples or a small family...

  • Treburthick House

    From £1729.00
    St Austell
    Sleeps 15 | 8 bedrooms

    After a busy day exploring all the attractions of Cornwall, relax and enjoy the sea views from the 1-acre garden.
    With panoramic views along the beautiful Cornish coastline and down into St...

  • St Mary's House

    From £495.00
    Sleeps 7 | 4 bedrooms

    This Grade II listed property, with original features, is just a short walk from the centre of Penzance and its many attractions.
    St Mary’s House is an elegant Grade II listed Regency-style...

  • The Old Vicarage

    From £1029.00
    Sleeps 11 | 5 bedrooms

    This wonderful Georgian property is full of history and offers the perfect base for families to explore south Cornwall. Perfect for families or couples looking for a charming retreat in the heart...

  • East End Cottage

    From £489.00
    St Keverne
    Sleeps 6 | 4 bedrooms

    Only 100 yards from the beach, with coastal walks and quiet coves, Seal Sanctuary, Roskilly’s Ice Cream Parlour and Flambards all nearby.
    This charming detached cottage is situated just 100...

  • Corner Cottage

    From £299.00
    Sleeps 4 | 2 bedrooms
    Although you will be cosy and comfortable in Corner Cottage, Mousehole’s Cornish charm is sure to coax you and your family out.
    Nestling amongst Mousehole’s charming cluster of...
  • The Apple Store

    From £279.00
    St Austell
    Sleeps 4 | 2 bedrooms

    Deep in the Cornish countryside, yet close to the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan, Truro is nearby with river trips to Falmouth.
    This 19th century, semi-detached holiday cottage lies...

  • Leatside

    From £415.00
    Port Isaac
    Sleeps 4 | 2 bedrooms

    Port Isaac’s picturesque harbour is a few yards away from this traditional fisherman’s cottage, The Eden Project and Blue Reef Aquarium are easily reached. Tucked down a narrow lane, just a few...

  • The Fradgan

    From £841.00
    Sleeps 8 | 4 bedrooms

    Enjoy a family holiday in Cornwall with easy access to all the West Country has to offer with beaches, moor and more.
    This charming, historical building in the heart of the coastal village of...

  • Tides Reach

    From £509.00
    Port Isaac
    Sleeps 7 | 3 bedrooms

    A great location for children situated right next to the beach, or perfect for a romantic stroll as a couple, Tides Reach is in a stunning seafront position.
    Step out of the door right on to...

  • Manor House

    From £1079.00
    Sleeps 10 | 5 bedrooms
    Beautiful expanses of sands at both Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay are within 3 miles of this charming old manor house, full of character and boasting many original features in its spacious...
  • Lower Trembath

    From £1039.00
    Sleeps 10 | 5 bedrooms

    Lower Trembath is perfect for family gatherings, special occasions or those looking for a relaxing and tranquil setting. This delightful, detached, period Cornish farmhouse has been renovated and...

  • Dolphin Cottage

    From £385.00
    Sleeps 4 | 1 bedrooms

    Ideal for couples or a small family, this end terraced cottage is right on the sea front.
    Dolphin Cottage is a delightful, end of terrace, three-storey property, perched directly above the...