Enchantingly pretty Cornwall is a timeless region that boasts an individual character as well as an array of idyllic hamlets and a renowned coastline. The county is overflowing with thatched villages, historic landmarks and vast stretches of untouched scenery, meaning that holiday cottages in Cornwall are appealing at any time of the year. During your stay you can decide the pace of your break, making it as relaxing or energetic as you wish. There are many different ways of exploring the notorious scenery of the county, as Cornwall is home to a variety of different bridleways, cycle lanes and footpaths to choose from. A stay in a holiday cottage in Cornwall always provides plenty of opportunities for discovering more about the distinctive culture, fascinating history and breathtaking beauty of the region.
Holiday cottages in Cornwall are extremely popular due to its stunning coastline. Visitors have a choice of over 300 beaches thanks to the location of the county at the southernmost point of England. This means that no matter where holiday cottages in Cornwall are located, they will never be more than 16 miles away from the coast. If you are looking for long stretches of clean, sandy beaches head to Whipsiderry Beach or Carbis Bay. The Blue Flag awarded beaches of Porthmeor Beach and Porthtowan Beach are also highly recommendable. Meanwhile surfers staying in holiday cottages in Cornwall often enjoy the waves off Newquay, Hayle and Sennen Cove.
One of Cornwall's most famous attractions - St Michael's Mount lies off the dramatic coast. The small craggy island is home to a variety of historical landmarks and natural attractions, making it the ideal day out whilst in a holiday cottage in Cornwall. The main attraction is the island's medieval castle which features its own church, Garrison and living quarters. A sub-tropical garden clings to the steep granite landscape surrounding the castle, with a variety of exotic flora from South Africa, Mexico and the Canary Islands. During your time on the island you can enjoy some refreshments at the Island Café, which offers spectacular views. St Michael's Mount can be reached by foot over a causeway which begins at the village of Marazion during low tides or by boat during other periods.
Back on the mainland you will find many other historical attractions during your holiday. Cottages in Cornwall are perfectly located for learning more about one of England's most legendary figures – King Arthur. Visit Tintagel Castle which is believed to have been his home and see if you can make out the profile of Arthur in the cliff face of Castle Island. Another historical highlight of the region is the phenomenal Minack Theatre which was carved out of the surrounding cliffs in 1931. The open air theatre offers you the chance to have the unique experience of watching a play against the backdrop of the North Atlantic. There are also many local museums scattered throughout the county, detailing the region's local history.
The diverse landscape of Cornwall makes it the ideal place for wildlife watching and enjoying many outdoor activities whilst staying at a holiday cottage in Cornwall. There are several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the county, including the inspirational Lizard Peninsula. The rugged area benefits from one of the warmest climate's in England, which means that a variety of sub tropical plants grow there. During a visit to the area you may also spot Bronze Age settlements and medieval ruins. Another popular attraction for nature lovers staying inholiday cottages in Cornwall is the Eden Project. Thousands of plants from all over the world are housed in giant Rainforest, Mediterranean and Garden Biomes, which visitors can walk through. The Eden Project can be enjoyed throughout the year, no matter the weather, making it an ideal day out.
The many wildlife attractions accessible from holiday cottages in Cornwall include animal sanctuaries, aquariums and zoos. At the National Seal Sanctuary, on the Helford Estuary in the village of Gweek, visitors can learn how to feed baby pups using plastic models and watch seals in their natural environment from underwater observatories. For a variety of sea life head to the Blue Reef Aquarium in the surfers paradise of Newquay where you can see stingrays, puffer fish, starfish and corals. Finally Newquay Zoo, which is home to 130 different species, is an excellent place that is accessible from many holiday cottages in Cornwall. The wide variety of animals at the zoo includes African Lion, Red Panda, Black Swan and Brazilian Tapir. During selected periods visitors to the zoo may see young offspring of a variety of species.