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Magical Cornwall For Your Holiday Home

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Cornwall is magical.  There are plenty of beautiful areas in the UK, but none that has this exact enchanted quality.  You sense it the moment you cross the River Tamar and immediately know you are in another country where anything could happen.

So where better to rent your holiday cottage?  There is no answer to this.  The question you have to ask is, “Where in Cornwall do I rent my holiday cottage?”

If you’re a stranger to Cornwall, perhaps you have only heard about Rick Stein’s fish restaurant, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.  All of these are well worth a visit, but there’s infinitely more to Cornwall than that.  Cornwall is the land of “special” holidays – so what kind of “special” holiday do you want?

If it’s a beach you are looking for, choose a cottage near the north coast of Cornwall and it won’t be just the ordinary bucket-and-spade holiday you find.  This is the land of myth and legend.  Just after crossing the border you come to Tintagel, steeped in the myths of King Arthur.  You can walk along the cliff path to Trebarwith Strand in time for lunch at Port William, one of the most spectacular and dramatic pubs in England, right out on the headland.

Further west you come to Rock which provides an unforgettable stay – you can charter a boat and spend a blissful holiday by, on and in the water.  This is one of the most stunning locations in a stunning county, with golden, white sandy beaches and sensational views across to Padstow.  There are a wealth of holiday cottages here, but you’ll have to pay – and book early as there’s lots of competition, including from the rich and famous!  Continuing westward, you find Bedruthan Steps, with its awesome series of rocks reputed to be the stepping stones of a giant.  And so it continues all the way to the west, past the enchanting St Ives, loved by artists for its perfection, and the mysterious Zennor with its field formations suggesting prehistoric occupation.

If it’s a sailing holiday that attracts you, try Falmouth in the south for some of the best sailing in the country.  The Fal estuary or the creeks of the Helford River with their deep blue water are unmatched anywhere for beauty – and still that special magical quality.  It’s easy to sail further afield – east to Fowey and St Mawes, west to the Isles of Scilly.  Round every headland you encounter delightful surprises, like St Just in Roseland, with its tiny church and its church grounds full of lush semi-tropical vegetation, stretching down to the sea.  The choice of holiday cottages in and around Falmouth is almost unlimited – grand houses in their own grounds, complexes with their own pools, bewitching little whitewashed cottages, charming townhouses on the quaint streets of Falmouth, overlooking the estuary.

It would spoil the magic of Cornwall to describe every little nook and cranny.  But however many times you go back, you still find more special little corners to discover.  This would be a good year to start your journey of discovery.  But book your holiday cottage early – they don’t stay empty for long.