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Beach and sea view cottages in Cornwall

Nothing is more therapeutic than the sound of waves gently crashing upon the shoreline or the sight of the sun rising above the seascape.

Whether you’d like to be on the beach itself or atop grassy cliffs with a sensational sea view, these coastal cottages are the perfect antidote to get away from it all. Plus, each retreat has been carefully restored to preserve its special historic character.

Beach cottages

The exterior of Durgan Quay and Beach Cottages, Cornwall

Durgan Beach Cottage, Falmouth 

It's hard to imagine a position more perfect for a holiday. This delightful coastal cottage, with dormer windows in its slate roof, is right above the beach and only a few metres from the water's edge. Sleeps 3.

The exterior at Carolina Cottage, Port Quin, Port Issac, Cornwall

Carolina Cellar, Port Quin 

Tucked into the small inlet of Port Quin, this former pilchard cellar perches on the edge of a shingle beach with aquamarine water. It's also on the passageway to the South West Coast Path, so don't forget your walking boots. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of The Old School House, Durgan, Falmouth, Cornwall

Durgan Old School House, Falmouth 

Make the beach your playground in this former Victorian school. It looks out over the Helford River and stands just above the beach on Durgan's historic quay where tin used to be shipped. Sleeps 4.

Guy's Cottage, Cornwall

Guy's Cottage, Port Quin 

Hear the seagulls squawk and savour the smell of salty sea air when you stay at this beachfront cottage. A former fisherman's nook, Guy's is located in the small hamlet of Port Quin and boasts views of the sea and headlands from its rooms. Sleeps 6.

The exterior of Penarvon Cabin, Cornwall

Penarvon Cabin, Helston 

This romantic wooden cabin perches amongst trees on a low bluff above Penarvon Cove, on the outskirts of Helford village. Below you, the waters of the Helford lap at the shore and birds feed on the incoming tide. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of Gwendra Dairy Cottage, Cornwall

Gwendra Dairy Cottage, Roseland 

Tucked into the low cliffs of an old farming hamlet and perching above a long sandy beach is Dairy Cottage of Gwendra. A combination of cliffs, creeks, estuaries, headlands, woods and beaches make this part of Cornwall a captivating place to stay. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of The White Cottage, Cornwall

The White Cottage, Port Gaverne 

Metres from the beach is this former fish cellar cottage with original slate floors and low doorways. When the tide is low, Port Gaverne's beach is a rock-pooling haven. At high tide it transforms into a diver's paradise. Sleeps 6.

The exterior of The Old Farmhouse, Cornwall

The Old Farmhouse, Polzeath 

The Old Farmhouse is a tastefully furnished, coastal cottage in a wonderful rural setting. Just a 10-minute walk down the bridleway will lead you to the sandy beach of Pentireglaze and a 5-minute drive will land you at the surfing beach, Polzeath. Sleeps 5.

Sea view cottages

The exterior of Gwendra Wartha, Roseland, Cornwall

Gwendra Wartha, Roseland 

Set above an old farming hamlet ('wartha' is Cornish for 'higher'), this coastal cottage has uninterrupted sea views across Gerrans Bay from almost every room. Just a short walk from this former farmhouse is a sandy beach perfect for paddling. Sleeps 3.

The exterior of Harbour View, Boscastle, Cornwall

Harbour View, Boscastle 

In terms of location alone, Harbour View is hard to beat. Standing at the head of the harbour, this fine old Cornish cottage looks down on the historic quayside in one direction and up to the village centre in the other. Sleeps 5.

Doyden Castle on the Port Quin headland, overlooking the sea, Cornwall

Doyden Castle, Port Quin 

This Gothic stone building is the closest thing you can get to living in a castle and feeling like king or queen. It stands high on the cliffs at Port Quin so you can watch the sea from your window. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of Wireless Cottage, Helston, Cornwall

Wireless Cottage, Helston 

Embrace the dreamy isolation of this cliff-side retreat. Open sea views reach as far as the Lizard Lighthouse to the west and Falmouth Bay to the west.

The exterior and garden of West House, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall

Lansallos West House, Looe 

Wake up to views of lush fields with grazing ponies and the sea in the distance. This attractive slate-hung farmhouse sits in a tiny hamlet close to the secluded Lansallos Cove.

The exterior of Bar Lodge, Penrose, Helston, Cornwall

Bar Lodge, Helston 

Perched just above Loe Bar, Bar Lodge has panoramic views of the Lizard to the south and Land's End peninsula to the west.

The exterior of Ruan, Cadgwith, The Lizzard, Cornwall

Ruan, Helston 

This little sanctuary provides all-encompassing views of the rugged Cadgwith Cove. As mesmerising in the summer as they are in the winter - watch the waves crash against the cliffs from the conservatory.

The exterior of Count House Cottage, Botallack, Cornwall

Count House Cottage, Botallack 

This cosy, coastal cottage for two sits close to the dramatic cliffs of West Cornwall, with amazing views over the turbulent Atlantic Ocean. The garden offers protection from the on shore summer breeze and the sitting room, with its log-burning stove, is perfect after those bracing winter walks.

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

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