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Surfing in Cornwall

Find a place to stay near some of the best surfing spots in Cornwall.

Polzeath, North Cornwall

Located on the northern coast, Polzeath's gentle waves make it ideal for beginners. Low tide reveals a vast stretch of golden sand which, by sunset in the height of summer, turns into a real surfer's hangout.

The exterior of Overhaven and The Old Farmhouse, Polzeath, Cornwall


Three-bedroom Overhaven is just a five-minute drive to Polzeath. For a more relaxing beach day, try Pentireglaze which is only a 10-minute walk.

The exterior of Pentireglaze West and East Cottages, Cornwall

Pentireglaze West Cottage 

This pretty Victorian cottage overlooks open countryside and out towards the sea. Polzeath beach is only a 10 minute walk away.

The exterior of The Old Farmhouse, Cornwall

The Old Farmhouse 

If you have a large surfing group, you could stay in this cottage which adjoins Overhaven. It has three bedrooms and is only a five minute drive to Polzeath.

Porthleven, West Cornwall

Porthleven's powerful swells are not for beginners. The right-hand reef break produces fast, deep channel waves. To the left there's a smaller reef break producing less powerful waves. If these are too daunting, head nearby Praa Sands, which handles smaller swells in the right conditions.

The exterior and garden at Whitstone Cottage, Penrose, Helston, Cornwall

Whitstone Cottage 

This traditional cob and stone cottage is less than a five-minute drive to Porthleven. Plus it's close to the Penrose estate, so there are lots of woodland walks to explore.

The exterior of Bar Lodge, Penrose, Helston, Cornwall

Bar Lodge 

Perching just above Loe Bar with far-reaching sea views, Bar Lodge is a dreamy place to stay. When surf's up, Porthleven can be driven to in five minutes and Praa sands in 15.

The exterior of Debigna Lower Pentire Barn, Cornwall

Degibna Lower Pentire Barn 

One-bedroom Lower Pentire Barn is ideal for a surfing couple. It sits on the edge of Carminowe Creek and Porthleven is a pleasant two-mile walk along the sands.

Constantine Bay, North Cornwall

The northern coastline of Cornwall, close to Padstow, is made up of lots of small bays, making it perfect for mini-surfers. For the biggest swells though, head to Constantine Bay where waves break left and right in mid and high tides. If the surf is inconsistent here, you're guaranteed better swells in surfer's paradise Newquay, which is only a 30-minute drive.

The exterior of Skipper's Cabin, Cornwall

Skipper's Cabin 

This former shepherd's hut sits at the head of a secluded valley running down to Porth Mear Cove. The nearest beach is Porthcothan, but if there's no surf here try Constantine Bay which is only a 10-minute drive.

The exterior of Porth Mear Cottage, near Padstow, Cornwall

Porth Mear Cottage 

Two-bedroom Porth Mear Cottage, is ideal for families who want to surf in the nearby bays. Porthcothan is its nearest beach, but surfing hotspot, Newquay, is only a 30-minute drive.

The exterior of Trescore, nr Padstow, Cornwall


Adjoining Porth Mear Cottage is this two-bedroom converted farmhouse. It's exceptionally cosy inside, with a log-burning fire and wooden ceilings.

Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall

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