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

  • East End Cottage

    From £359.00
    Only 100 yards from the beach, with coastal walks and quiet coves, Seal Sanctuary, Roskilly’s Ice Cream Parlour and Flambards all nearby.
  • Lower Trembath

    From £1205.00
    Newlyn
    Sleeps 10 | 5 bedrooms

    Lower Trembath is perfect for family gatherings, special occasions or those looking for a relaxing and tranquil setting.

  • Dolphin Cottage

    From £359.00
    Mevagissey
    Sleeps 4 | 1 bedrooms

    Ideal for couples or a small family, this end terraced cottage is right on the sea front.

  • Hillside

    From £999.00
    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.

  • Treburthick House

    From £1745.00
    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.

  • St Mary's House

    From £465.00
    Penzance
    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.

  • Chy Rond

    From £465.00
    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.

  • The Old Vicarage

    From £1015.00
    Helford
    Sleeps 11 | 5 bedrooms

    This wonderful Georgian property is full of history and offers the perfect base for families to explore south Cornwall.

  • The Apple Store

    From £245.00
    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.

  • Haven Cottage

    From £435.00
    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.

  • Leatside

    From £375.00
  • Higher Thorne Cottage

    From £469.00
    Bodmin
    Sleeps 8 | 4 bedrooms

    A fantastic four bedroomed detached farmhouse with a large garden, spectacular countryside views and plenty of walks from the door.

  • Green Man Cottage

    From £349.00
    Mousehole
    Sleeps 3 | 2 bedrooms

    Visit all that Cornwall has to offer from this Grade II listed property, which is ideal for a small family.