South Cornwall, from the river Tamar on the border with Devon to the Lizard peninsula and the southernmost point of England, is Cornwall at its most gentle and lovely. Self-catering cottage holidays here are an escape from the hurly burly, a place for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Inland, unspoilt hilly farmland and deep valleys slope down to broad wooded rivers. Drifting down the Tamar in a canoe is a particularly peaceful way to explore the old quays, mine chimneys and boatyards, once bustling with tin and copper mining activity and now claimed by nature. And then our holiday cottages on farms and traditional Cornish cottages on river banks are the perfect place to return to after ‘messing about in boats’, perhaps relaxing with a glass of something chilled in your creekside holiday cottage garden whilst you watch the fascinating array of birdlife return to roost.
For gardens on a grander scale, self-catering cottage holidays in south Cornwall have lots to offer. Plants that grow nowhere else in England thrive in the region’s mild climate – discover Caerhays, Trelissick, Trebah, Glendurgan and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, particularly between March and June when the rhododendron, camellia and magnolia are marvellous. The Eden Project with its iconic domes should definitely be on the itinerary of any cottage holiday in south Cornwall, whilst on a very different scale, St Just-in-Roseland’s luxuriant churchyard with its giant Gunnera and ancient tombstones sloping down to a silent creek is unforgettable.
Of course, the best known attraction of self-catering holidays in south Cornwall is the region’s stunning coastline of sandy bays, cliffs and estuaries. Generally less wild than the north coast, the beaches here have something for everyone. Surfers and divers ride the waves on long sandy stretches such as Whitsand Bay, whilst sheltered cove villages such as Kingsand, Polperro and Fowey offer the double appeal of a sandy beach and rock pools for little ones to investigate. And don’t forget to pack your walking boots, particularly if you’re holidaying with your four-legged friend in one of our many dog-friendly holiday cottages – the South West Coast Path will guide you the length of the Cornish coastline, with particularly breathtaking views down to a limpid turquoise sea around The Lizard peninsula and a well deserved Cornish cream tea at England’s southernmost point.