First-class beaches and rural charm have quickly made Cornwall the UK’s go-to summer destination – and as the local towns begin to bulge, having your own luxury home is a handy way to avoid the crowds. To help you find the coolest places on the Cornish coast we’ve got together with Cornish Traditional Cottages to offer you their most prized property at a 20% discount! A gigantic grade II-listed beachside house and the setting for Richard Curtis’ 2013 blockbuster movie “About Time”. Simply enter ‘Cool Places’ in their comments box when you make the booking to get yourself this great deal. We packed our buckets and spades, slipped on some sunglasses and headed to the coast to check out the mighty Porthpean House, taking in a few smaller cottages along the way. (To get your 20% discount just type in the phrase COOL PLACES" in the comments box when you book)
Just south of St Austell, sandwiched between a golf course and a sandy beach, this period house is a wonderfully spacious retreat. Ideal for parties or a big family get together, Porthpean House easily sleeps 14, with ample parking space and endless large rooms, most of which have beautiful sea views. The interior is light and open, while wonderful features like the Broadwood grand piano or chiming grandfather clock complete its classic look. At the end of an active day you can slope back to the luxury of a cosy smoking room, its walls lined with ancient books, or flop into a double bed in one of the 8 well-furnished bedrooms. Outside, the 10-acre garden (yes, 10 acres!) features a lawn that extends down to a rough path which is the house’s charming private passage to Porthpean beach – a safe place for swimming in the sea.
Despite the secluded feel, the house is far from isolated, and within a few miles radius you’ll find some of Cornwall’s top attractions. Charlestown, an unspoilt port where old fashioned square-riggers are still moored, is just over a mile away and peppered with good pubs, restaurants and cafes. You can even walk there from the house following a section of the famous South West Coast Path, Britain’s longest way marked footpath, which goes right past Porthpean beach. Further afield, Fowey is an 8-mile trip, a beautifully located riverside town, it is as quintessentially Cornish as you’ll find, and the place to go to eat the freshest seafood with spectacular views. The Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan are perfect for budding gardeners, while Polkerris beach should also be on the agenda for anyone interested in watersports. For further information, more photos and to book this property go to Cornish Traditional Cottages.
If you’re looking on the South Cornwall coast but don’t quite have the crowd for Porthpean House, then Clarendon house is a waterfront gem sleeping up to 6 people. Situated in the heart of Fowey, this Georgian town house has just been renovated and now offers a revitalized home with direct access to the water and spectacular views across the river Fowey. Wake each morning to watch trawlers chug upriver with crates of freshly caught seafood. For further information, more photos and to book this property go to Cornish Traditional Cottages.
Also sleeping 6, this former gate house to the Charles Rashleigh Estate at Duporth is a stone's throw from several good beaches. While retaining many of its original features, the lodge is now a comfortable family house with three bedrooms and a surprisingly spacious downstairs complete with outdoor patio. This is a more modestly sized property that acts as a great base for exploring South Cornwall. For further information, more photos and to book this property go to Cornish Traditional Cottages.
There are few better views to wake up to than a lush green slope dropping into the open sea beyond and for those who dream of their very own seaside home this is probably the next best thing. The house itself is simple yet comfortable, while the location is the real winning feature. A short walk down the hill takes you to the sandy beach and quaint harbour of Gorran Haven, an unspoilt cove situated at the most eastern point of the Roseland Peninsula. For further information, more photos and to book this property go to Cornish Traditional Cottages.