Village B&Bs, eco hotels, grand luxury hotels on the beach - hotels in Cornwall will fit every taste and budget ... Read more
Most Cornwall hotels tend to be locally owned rather than chains, although you will find a growing number of budget chain hotels in the county. There are also many boutique-style properties and eco-hotels springing up here and there, so there's a good choice that's certain to fit your preference and budget.
Hotels tend to be centred on the beach resorts and towns, although you can find many great B&Bs in the countryside. There's plenty of self-catering accommodation of all types, from cosy flats to cottages suitable for large families and groups. Nowhere in the county is beyond reach with a car once you're there but it's worth looking for accommodation near the places and activities you're particularly looking forward to.
If it's a beach holiday you're looking for then Cornwall may be the perfect location. You can take your pick from a huge range of Blue Flag beaches on which to sunbathe, build sandcastles or perhaps try your hand at surfing. Falmouth, for instance, is a bustling university town with a great deal of charm. It has some lovely beaches, good surfing, delicious cream teas and plenty to occupy the whole family.
For those planning a surfing holiday, choosing accommodation near one of the popular surf beaches is a great idea. The scenery is particularly lovely and the conditions on many beaches are some of the best in Europe. Whitsand Bay, for example, has four miles of beaches, is suitable for beginners and intermediate-level surfers, and the challenges change with the weather. Another good place for surfers to stay might be St Austell. It's near several extremely popular surfing beaches and also has plenty to offer family or group members who prefer not to surf. Located on the Cornish Riviera, this small town is beautiful and charming. The St Austell brewery supplies good local ale to the area and the rest of the country. There's a good range of both standard high-street chains and fascinating independent shops. Don't forget to get out and about and visit the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan while you're nearby. Both are fascinating days out.
St Ives, too, is a good location to consider if you want a beach or fishing holiday. It's perhaps best known for the riddle, "As I was going to St Ives... ", but it also contains one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall, dating from around 1312. It was the site of the first National Lifeboat Institution boathouse and is a mecca for artists. It's a delightful town with plenty to offer. Other good town locations include: Wadebridge, a beautiful 14th-century market town with many historical points of interest; the fishing port of Looe, with its annual carnival and attractive harbour; Fowey, which has some fascinating traditional stories of being visited by St Joseph and the infant Jesus; and Bude, which offers indoor and outdoor sports, a theme park and isn't far from Lundy Island.
Newquay, about halfway down the west coast of the county, is a prime spot for getting to the rest of Cornwall, so hotels here are a good idea if you'd like to see as much of the county as possible. It's also a lovely location in itself. Good for surfing and other water sports, it also has nine sandy beaches, a boating lake and hosts the popular 'Run to the Sun' event each May.