With just over a month until Christmas, the madness of planning the dinner, buying the presents, wrapping the presents, inviting the guests and decorating the tree is starting all over again.
Imagine waking up in a beachfront apartment or countryside cottage on your Cornwall holidays, with food delivered to the door and decorations already hung.
All the worry is taken away, leaving you to enjoy the festive season with your family.
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For tourists, the pull of renting somewhere in Cornwall for the Christmas break is the chance to explore the quaint village markets and twinkling harbour-town lights. For locals why not stay somewhere new to you, for a hassle-free festive period with the sea at your doorstep ready for that Christmas or Boxing Day swim.
So for those wanting to do Christmas a little different this year, here is a list of cottages and apartments in Cornwall to stay in over the Christmas period.
The Crow’s Nest – Porthleven
Dates: December 21 – December 27
Price: £112 per night
This newly refurbished cottage sits in a spectacular position overlooking the beach and takes in a sweeping view of Mount’s Bay. The spacious south-facing veranda is the perfect spot to take full advantage of the warm winter sun with a mulled wine in hand.
The two-bed property is ideal for a romantic Christmas retreat, with the sights and sounds of the sea available right from the bedroom.
Around the coast of Cornwall, people in towns and villages gather on beaches and harbours on Christmas day, no matter what the weather, and take a dip in the sea. And Porthleven is no exception. If you head down to the harbour at high tide you will find an intrepid bunch diving in and swimming the width of the harbour.
Luckily The Ship Inn, Porthleven, usually opens early for a post swim brandy!
Riverside Rest, Falmouth
Dates: December 23 – December 30
Price: £135 per night
Just a stone’s throw away from the banks of the Penryn River, Riverside Rest is a beautiful ground-floor apartment offering a stylish base from which to discover the true delights of Cornwall at Christmas.
The large dining room table is a magical place to gather with loved ones for Christmas dinner, lovingly prepared by the chef of the group in the contemporary kitchen.
Full to the brim, you can cosy up in the inviting living room and watch a festive flick whilst staying warm by the electric fire.
There’s plenty to do in the bustling town of Falmouth at Christmas, from hot chocolates (with extra marshmallows) in local cafes to Christmas drinks in the pub.
Although it has not yet been confirmed for this year, the annual tradition of taking to the streets at Christmas Eve to listen to the melodic sounds of Falmouth Community Choir is not to be missed.
2 Green Court, St Ives
Dates: December 23 – December 30
Price: £78 per night
This well- furnished property is light and airy, welcoming friends and families to enjoy a merry and bright Christmas.
Within easy reach of the town, harbour, beaches and the countryside, 2 Green Court is the perfect location to enjoy and explore all that St Ives has to offer.
Porthmeor Beach is just a short walk away, a beautiful safe beach popular with surfers and swimmers alike where people from all over gather on Boxing Day for the annual hangover cure.
Whether it’s in a swimming costume, wetsuit or even a Santa outfit, jump into the brisk Cornish sea and activate all the endorphins. The amazing St Ives Mermaid will usually make an appearance too!
Dates: December 22 – December 28
Price: £147 per night
Set in a perfect waterside location in Polruan is the reverse-level Seacroft offering family groups and friends the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful coastal area. With estuary and harbour views from all the main rooms, this house is all about the waterfront position.
The large property has four bedrooms making it ideal for extended families – with excited kids waiting for their visit from Santa – to spend their Christmas together.
Seacroft occupies the upper two floors of an imposing house set back from the water with a shared access across the lawn to the set of steps leading down to the river. A frape mooring is available for those wanting to hire a small boat over the break locally or put a kayak in the water to enjoy the maritime location.
Right on your doorstep is Fowey, just a short ferry trip away the port town will be aglow with Christmas lights to fill you with cheer.
16 Cannery Row, Hayle
Dates: December 20 – December 29
Price: £286 per night
16 Cannery Row is located on the contemporary North Quay development in Hayle, sitting directly on the beautiful waterfront of Hayle estuary and just a short walk from the three-mile expanse of golden sandy beach.
Although a little more expensive than the rest, the stunning interiors and uninterrupted views of the estuary make this the luxury Christmas property we all dream of.
If you’re looking to extend the indulgence, why not have your Christmas dinner prepared for you. Just a short distance away at Carbis Bay, Walter’s on The Beach restaurant is offering a 7-course Christmas Day tasting menu that has been perfectly curated and filled with delicious local produce.
The Nook, Mousehole
Dates: December 22 – December 29
Price: £95 per night
Set in the scenic village of Mousehole, The Nook is a perfect hideout for a trip to Cornwall.
With exposed brick and beams, The Nook’s original features provide an abundance of character, with its modern appliances merging tradition with a more modern feel. Cuddle up in front of the TV as you escape the cold nights in this cosy little spot.
As far as Christmas lights go you won’t do much better then the Mousehole Harbour Lights. The quayside and surrounding cottages are adorned with an entirely unique and detailed lights display.
Rosecare Round House, Boscastle
Dates: December 22 – December 29
Price: £91 per night
This cottage is located just 5 miles from the pretty fishing harbour at Boscastle and is a short drive from some of the sandy beaches for which Cornwall is famed.
Entering this property, you will feel far-removed from the outside world, with its muted tones, chic Scandinavian styling and cosy wood burner.
Much like this house, Boscastle is peaceful all year round but especially so in Christmas making it idyllic for a tranquil couples retreat, full of winter walks and warming meals.
18 Dunes, Perranporth
Dates: December 21 – December 28
Price: £245 per night
18 Dunes is a stunning first floor apartment on the brand new development The Dunes in Perranporth, located directly on the beach 10 meters from the sand.
The beautiful interiors match the equally as stunning seascapes that backdrop the living area, making it the ultimate Christmas-on-the-beach getaway.
With colourful streets dotted with quirky boutiques, if you need to do some last minute shopping (or just fancy a browse) Perranporth has plenty to offer in the way of easy entertainment.
The central position on the North Cornwall coast also make’s it a great base for heading further afield. A short car journey will take you to Truro where you could book in to see the Cinderella pantomime at the newly-refurbished Hall for Cornwall.
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