View overlooking Port Isaac

Getting lost can be great fun and the perfect way to explore Cornwall’s hidden treasures.  You never know what you’ll find and where you’ll end up.

Discovering a beautiful village on a drive through the countryside and then struggling to find it again is quite common in Cornwall. With our winding country roads, steep hedges and hidden shortcuts surprises lay around every corner.

Here is a list of what we believe to be some of the prettiest villages in Cornwall to help point you in the right direction.  Suggestions came from everyone in the Cornish Traditional Cottages offices.  Next time you are visiting Cornwall you can stay in one of our fantastic cottages and take a day or two out to explore them. 
St Mawgan

St Mawgan

Close to Newquay airport but hidden in a stunning valley St Mawgan has to be one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall.  The village shop offers home cooked pasties and a wide range of delicious goods for you to enjoy.  Paddle your feet on a warm summer’s day in the beautiful trickling ford. Rather unusually a bonsai nursery is situated here as well which is well worth a visit.
Walk beside the River Menalhyl which flows through a shady woodland walkway.  Remember your wellingtons though as it can get a bit muddy.  Full waterproofs may also be a good idea if your dog enjoys the water as much as mine.  The summer months bring this walk to life with the area blooming in wildflowers and the scent of wild garlic strong in the air.

Visit the Falcon Inn for a pint of delicious real ale, some good food and a friendly Cornish welcome.  With a large beer garden in beautiful surroundings this is the perfect retreat to sit and relax in.

Have a look at some of the lovely cottages in the St Mawgan area we have available

Kingsnad, Rame Peninsula, South Cornwall

Kingsand & Cawsand

Still retaining their traditional character the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand situated on the Rame Peninsula are popular with tourists.  They are untouched by time with a fascinating smuggling and fishing past.

Colour washed old cottages line the streets, with pubs, restaurants, and shops catering for your every need.  The villages are set in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and frequently win the Best Kept Village award.

The residents of these quiet unspoilt fishing village’s have a reputation of offering warm welcomes to visitors.  Adjacent to the area are two family friendly beaches with great rock pools to explore.

If you’re looking to stay on the beautiful South coast of Cornwall we have cottages in Kingsand and Cawsand available.


Mevagissey Harbour


Browse in the galleries, craft and gift shops whilst wandering through the narrow streets of the magical and tranquil Mevagissey. This traditional 14th-century Cornish fishing village will awaken your senses.

Enjoy some fish and chips whilst watching the pleasure craft and fishing boats mingle together in the still working busy harbour.  Take a sightseeing trip out to sea or try your hand at fishing.

Set in a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and situated on the eastern side of the Roseland there is a wide choice of beaches and stunning secluded coves nearby.  Take a stroll along the cliff tops and fill your lungs with crisp clean Cornish air and admire the breathtaking scenery before heading back to your cottage in Mevagissey.

An area steeped in maritime history, we have some lovely cottages in the Mevagissey area


Port Isaac

Port Isaac is currently well known as being the filming location for the hit series Doc Martin.  The area is frequently chosen as a location for Film and TV due to the authentic look and feel of old Cornwall.

The village is situated in a narrow sheltered valley with white washed houses clinging to the steep hillsides.  The old centre consists of 18th and 19th century cottages with winding narrow alleyways between the shops, houses and restaurants.

Fisherman still set off daily from the harbour heading out to sea as they have done for hundreds of years.  Supplying the local restaurants and café’s with fresh fish and seafood on their return.

Staying in a cottage in the Port Isaac area offers visitors the chance to explore the dramatic North coast.


Fowey Estuary, South Cornwall


The picture postcard village of Fowey is steeped with a maritime history that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Situated at the mouth of the River Fowey the village has grown over the years and now stretches for about a mile along the river bank

The area remains a working harbour and is in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.  Rows of pastel-coloured terraced houses sit along the steep hillsides looking over the bay.  The village has a large selection of galleries, shops, and restaurants to entertain all ages and types.

Check out the selection of cottages in the Fowey areawe have available.

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