Finding the right spot for your holiday can make all the difference between a trip you won’t forget, and one that’ll get your bags packing! The Cornish coastline is a hidden gem tucked away in the corner of the UK, and with infinite sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and local cuisine caught as fresh as they come, why turn anywhere else?
But more importantly, where you end up laying your head each night after days of exploring the Cornish Coast Path, wandering around the rugged seaside towns and taking in the rustic beauty of wild moorland will set you up for the days to come.
We understand that the best hotel in Cornwall for you should feel like a home away from home, and make you feel in safe hands as soon as you step through its doors! You want to eat well and sleep well wherever you end up, so we’ve rounded up a selection of the finest boutique hotels and B&Bs across the Cornish coastline, in some of the most charming seaside towns and idyllic coastal resorts.
This boutique hideaway is the ideal base if you want to explore the beautifully rugged North Cornwall coast. Situated in the coastal town of Rock, this cliffside retreat is set back on the hillside with stunning estuary views, just a stone’s throw away from gorgeous sandy beaches.
With beautiful gardens to explore, a spa with an outdoor heated pool, and the popular St Enodoc golf course just minutes away, you’ll also be guaranteed to have your days filled without having to venture too far!
This quaint hotel sits on the clifftops of the the sublime Pentire Headland, with stunning Atlantic views through floor-to-ceiling windows all around. With the Cornwall Coast Path right at your doorstep, and the hub of seaside town Newquay bustling with daily escapades, switching off in one of the luxury boutique suites will be quite the treat!
Indulge in style at the hotel’s cliff-side brasserie-style restaurant, boasting fresh Cornish produce and an ocean-side terrace – the perfect place to watch the sun set over the sea as you enjoy jaw-dropping views with fine wines and fresh catches.
Located in the charming coastal town of Port Isaac, as seen as the iconic backdrop to the hit TV series Doc Martin, this home-from-home hotel invites you for a stay at a slower pace of living, sitting in a beautifully secluded cove in Port Gaverne. With antique furnishings, this building offers style and character, with cosy touches to make it feel like home.
With the two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant offering ultra-fresh dishes created from local seasonal bounty, the hotel beach café, and the traditional old bar stocking a wide range of proper ale, your days spent here will be a time to sit back and relax, Cornish style!
This beach-fronted hotel on the West Cornwall coast could not sit at a more panoramic view of the ocean if it tried! If you’re an adventurous bunch, this one’s for you – The Godolphin hotel provides a gateway to the iconic Cornish landmark of St Michael’s Mount, with a plethora of water-based activities on offer, including sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.
With a two-storey dining area leading onto a balcony upstairs and a terrace downstairs with breath-taking views, this is a fabulous spot to take in the golden Cornish sunsets.
This waterfront boutique hotel sits among the stunning beaches, picturesque white-washed cottages and classic harbours of the Roseland Peninsula – just waiting to be explored. With a state-of-the-art hidden private cinema and the Upper Deck restaurant within hotel grounds, this stay offers a vibrant spot for indulgent living.
Guests can enjoy a range of dining options, including the Upper Deck restaurant, Pizza Takeaway and The Lower Deck Bar. The Upper Deck shares a lively, informal ambience with local produce, seafood and small plates to wet the palette, whereas the Lower Deck Bar offers a more classic cocktail vibe to the evening.
Situated on a stretch of coastline on the stunning Roseland Peninsula, this hotel is just a stone’s throw from the South West Coastal Path, just outside the fishing village of Portscatho.
The Rosevine offers beautiful studio apartments and boutique suites with stunning sea views to lounge in after exploring the surrounding area, with a heated indoor swimming pool, table tennis on the lawn, subtropical gardens and in-room massages available.
This eccentric hotel brings quirky comfort to a cosy stay, at a perfect base to explore the West coast of Cornwall, just five minutes from the beach and ideally located for venturing to the local town and beyond.
With vintage-rustic furnishings and contemporary colourful artworks from British galleries, this spot feels like a home! The hotel has a café and bar serving a wholesome menu of Cornish produce, while outside you’ll find a terrace garden with a Shack bar serving frozen margaritas and lobster rolls during the Summer, and a comfy lounge and log burner for guests during the colder months.
Unwind in luxury by open log-burner fires, sinking down into one of the many deluxe stand-alone bathtubs at The Sandy Duck hotel. With a selection of books waiting to be read in the cosy sitting room on arrival, you will sure get the royal treatment here. Don’t hold back from the bespoke service either – you can pre-order drinks in ice buckets straight to your suite!
Set between the beaches and the charming town of Falmouth on the South Cornish coast, this hotel sits a short walk from an array of independent boutiques, bars and eateries.
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Situated just a few minutes’ from Mullion cove’s historic harbour, and with direct access to the South West Coast Path, this hotel provides an idyllic spot for exploring the Lizard Peninsula, boasting sea views from every angle.
After a day filled with exploring, relax in the hotel’s various communal spaces, from spa treatments at the eco-spa, to the newly renovated Glenbervie Bistro and award-winning Atlantic View Restaurant – and with a palm-fringed terrace boasting far-reaching views and a backdrop of sea vistas, this haven will immerse you into its landscape.
Set in a cliff-top among seven acres of stunning gardens, and home to its very own private beach, this chic hotel provides a dreamy backdrop for your retreat. Guests are invited to enjoy modern French and European dishes created by head chef Olly Pierrepont, who uses some of the best locally sourced seasonal ingredients Cornwall has to offer, accompanied by fine wines and stunning sea vistas – a true field-to-fork dining experience!
Ease into relaxation and take in the beauty of your surroundings on your stay here. With it’s seven acres of cliff-top grounds overlooking Gerrans Bay, and spectacular views of the sea and its private beach, it’s fair to say Cornwall-meets-the-Caribbean at this dreamy beachside retreat.
With opulent suites right at the water’s edge, this harbour-facing getaway offers a picture-perfect escape. With a whole world to explore right on your doorstep, The Greenbank is ideally positioned for exploring the South West Coastal Path, as well as the cobbled streets of Falmouth, peppered with independent boutiques, eateries, galleries and antiques.
With a freshly refurbished restaurant, bar and lounge area, and prime access to The Working Boat pub, guests are welcomed with warmth here. The quay and private pontoons are also used by receiving guests by boat, and there’s a range of water sports activities available in the daytime for any seafaring adventurers!
Nestled on the water’s edge and surrounded by the glorious Roseland Peninsula, The Lugger offers an oasis in the middle of nowhere, providing a calm and tranquil setting for a romantic getaway or restorative escape, whatever the season!
With sea vistas from the restaurant, bar and terrace, guests can unwind to the sound of gently lapping waves, breathe in the sea air, and enjoy the exceptional service the hotel offers – with nothing being too much to ask of the affable team.
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This adults-only B&B provides a refined base for exploring this stretch of the Cornish coast. Masterfully transformed into a boutique-style country house retreat, Trewornan boasts heritage features, offering a well-stocked honesty bar in the large sitting room, a whisky bar in the low-lit snug and eight acres of garden to explore – without the kids!
The retreat sits within striking distance of some of North Cornwall’s prettiest towns and villages including Rock, Padstow and Port Isaac, and is within minutes from some beautiful beaches, famous golf courses and acclaimed restaurants to explore.
Located in the quaint village of Saint Tudy, this Cornish countryside pub offers a homey stay in an exquisitely renovated 17th-century inn, combining heritage features with modern furnishings and inspired by the local countryside to give a cosy village feel.
There are endless options right at your doorstep to visit the coast, or embrace the wild moorland, and four simply styled en-suite rooms to reside, converted from a derelict barn adjacent to the pub. This much-loved eatery provides a charming inland retreat for a Cornish escape, designed for you to enjoy rustic cuisine, real Ales and fine wines.
This Victorian boutique hotel provides a comfortable stay on the dramatic North Cornwall coast, home to sandy beaches, the Cornish Coast Path and National Trust properties. The hotel encourages guests to enjoy the surrounding area, with activities ranging from cycle rides, surf lessons and fishing trips to gin and beer tastings and delicious picnics.
When you’re not adventuring along to coast, the harbour-facing bar and terrace restaurant offers relaxed dining and the ideal spot to take in your surroundings, with chef Mark Aldred heading up the kitchen. Menus brim with fresh Cornish produce and unpretentious seasonal dishes with an emphasis on fish and seafood.
Boasting stylish, comfortable rooms, a well-stocked honesty pantry and easy access to all that Padstow has to offer, it’s a wonder why you’d ever leave this 18th-century townhouse – owned by Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth himself!
All guestrooms, playfully named after traditional British sweets, offer complimentary teas and ground coffee, alongside a well-stocked minibar and bathrooms designed for indulgence. You must take advantage of the innovative Kitchen-Pantry on your stay, offering indulgent treats, savoury snacks and light bites, alongside an impressive gin, whisky and wine collection. In the evenings, enjoy a private dining experience of creative menus, fusing fashionable ingredients with familiar, comforting dishes.
Once a seamen’s mission, this boutique townhouse has become a luxurious waterside bolthole – without losing any of its 19th century charm. Sit back after exploring the local bustling harbour town and enjoy the hotel’s restaurant, terrace, and lobby-bar area, or kick back on one of the fireside sofas, designed for relaxation, before sipping cocktails on the terrace leading to the water’s edge, with staggering views towards the wooded banks of Pont Pill Creek and out to sea.
In the evenings, indulge in freshly prepared seafood, locally reared meats and vegetarian dishes; head chef Richard Massey’s seasonal menu uses native ingredients such as Fowey river mussels, local scallops, West Country beef and Cornish cheeses, for a relaxed, contemporary dining experience.
18. The Beach, Bude
The Beach at Bude sits above Summerleaze Beach on the North Cornwall coast, just a two-minute stroll through the dunes to the beach, and the South West Coastal Path a stone’s throw away to explore. With just 16 rooms, the hotel offers a genuine escape from the hustle and bustle, allowing guests to sink into a little luxury while being treated to stunning sea views.
Enjoy locally curated dishes on The Terrace, or sip cocktails at the bar with a striking design inspired by a private members’ club in Media City, Manchester, providing a superb focal point for lounging guests.
Overlooking one of the most famous surfing spots in the UK, Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa offers a prime position on the North Cornwall coast, where you can find an array of independent eateries, pubs, bars, boutiques and cafes just a stones throw away.
Enjoy the light-filled Dune restaurant, lounge and Bay bar leading to an outside decked area, offering the ideal space to relax over a sundowner whilst watching the surf. There is also a fitness suite and fitness room, hosting 20 classes a week, ranging from yoga to boxercise and beach-fit.
With acres of beautifully manicured gardens and spectacular estuary views, the Grade II listed Fowey Hall is a great option for those looking for an active break. Offering a swimming pool and a hot tub for guests, along with the beach a 15-minute stroll away (with sailing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing all available), there are plenty of family-friendly activities on offer here.
Expect luxury treatment throughout your stay, and ensconce yourself in front of a roaring fire, settle on the Victorian terrace to soak up estuary views or explore the beautiful gardens, whilst enjoying an exemplary service from friendly staff who make you feel at ease the moment you set foot through the door.
Everything at this stylish home-from-home directs your gaze out to the water, with sea view rooms, white décor and terraces and a restaurant that offers vistas of the harbour as appealing as the fresh seafood on offer. The perfect south coast retreat for all seasons, take the chance to unwind in front of an open fire in their boutique-style lounge during winter months or harbour-gaze over cocktails on the sun-drenched terrace throughout the summer.
Explore the charming fishing village of St Mawes, on the Roseland Peninsular, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and enjoy day trips and activities on land or sea. You can walk the coastal path, cycle along the many trails or take one of the daily ferries across to Falmouth, Truro or St Anthony’s Head.
With superb sea views and sub-tropical gardens, St Michael’s Resort is one of Cornwall’s best coastal properties. The retreat boasts an indoor pool, the region’s largest hydra-pool, a well-equipped gym and a stunning sun deck – all positioned right next to Gyllyngvase beach. Enjoy dishes crafted with seasonal Cornish produce direct from local farmers and fishermen, and dine in luxury with the choice of 2 hotel restaurants here.
Wellbeing will be at the heart of your stay, with the chance to experience the hotel’s exclusive health club, offering a state-of-the-art gym, 17m-swimming pool, hydra pool, Finnish sauna, steam-room, ‘experience’ showers, fitness-and-spin studio and a terrace for open-air workouts. And if that’s not enough, they also offer four private tennis-courts for fitness-fanatic guests.
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