You and Me, Babe. 10 Boutique Cornwall Breaks for Couples

Posted on 3rd Mar 2023. In , , , ,

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So, you’ve decided on Cornwall for your couples’ break. Sweet. Kernow (as the Cornish call it) has some of the country’s most paradisiacal beaches, along with a ruggedly handsome coastline that can take your breath away in an instant.

Here, on this glorious tip of England, you can watch dolphins play offshore, stroll for hours along the South West Coast Path, explore the dramatic landscapes of Poldark’s Cornwall or sink into each others arms in one of Cornwall’s centuries-old inns. 

Romantic retreats in Cornwall are, naturally, in plentiful supply: from gorgeous Cornish hotels with sea-view rooms to luxury Cornish glamping. If, however, you’d prefer something more private than a hotel and less ‘rural’ than a glamping stay, then there are some fabulous self-catering cottages and apartments on offer.

We’ve found 10 gorgeous couples’ weekend stays ideal for your mini-moon, anniversary or much-needed elopement from the daily drag. Including a dreamy chapel conversion and a blissful ocean-side apartment. Ready, set, run: Cornwall is calling.


This article has been sponsored by our partner Aspects Holidays. All properties have been carefully selected based on their location, unique character, and suitability for couples. We may earn an affiliate commission if you book anything via the links below.


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | West Cornwall | No.1

The Blue Place, Newlyn

Sleeps 2 | Sea Views | Parking | Cottage 

Long Weekend From £330.50

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing: The Blue Place is a slick, modern reverse-level cottage with a nautical vibe, perfectly pitched for water-loving couples and it’s only moments from Newlyn’s famous harbour. Upstairs, ocean views flood into the open-plan loft lounge and kitchen, giving you magnificent panoramic views of Mount’s Bay. Outside, on the wooden deck, you can watch the vast skies change colour and the boats bob in the little harbour below. Downstairs there’s a king-size bed to roll around in (ahem) and an ensuite bathroom for sharing a shower after a long, lazy lie-in.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: The Blue Place is made for two with all the space you need cuddle up together but not feel cramped. Extras include towelling dressing gowns to spare your blushes, a welcome basket with local breakfast treats, and a bottle of prosecco to pop if you’ve had a long drive.

The Loveable Location: Newlyn is Cornwall’s fishing heart, with catches landing daily in the harbour and fishmongers serving the freshest seafood you’ll try. The old town is steeped in history and the old pier dates from the Middle Ages. Newlyn is also a great base for exploring West Cornwall, with Penzance and Mousehole within walking distance and the insanely romantic Minack Theatre less than 30 minutes by car. The Blue Place is a short walk from Newlyn village on a b-road with an off-road parking bonus. For those who don’t drive, there’s a regular bus service and Penzance train station is just 5 minutes away.

The Downsides: The parking is a bit tight if you have a large car and some couples have mentioned that you can hear road noise. Although, as they also point out, this didn’t put them off their stay – and they’d be happy to return.

Add a Romantic Experience: Seal and dolphin watching experience for two, setting sail from Penzance.


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | West Cornwall | No. 2

The Lugger, St. Ives

Sleeps 2 | Apartment | Dog Friendly

Long Weekend From £364.80

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing: With its daisy-fresh interiors, exposed stonework and tucked away spot in lovely St. Ives, The Lugger is a romantic ground-floor bolthole that’s easy to fall for. Inside, it’s button-cute and self-contained; so you have everything you need in one neat space. There’s a combined living room and kitchen, both of which are contemporarily dressed and extremely well-equipped. The light-filled double bedroom sits behind a sliding door (so you can close it off and cuddle up watching the Smart TV) and there’s an ice-white shower room for washing off sandy toes (or paws).

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: The Lugger is a deliberately cute cottage conversion (with original charm and character) just right for lovebugs who want something snug and cosy with easy access to the galleries, restaurants, shops and beaches of St. Ives. Best of all, there’s an allocated car parking space a short walk away, which is rare in bustling St. Ives.

The Loveable Location: Tucked away in the historic Downalong area of St. Ives which sits between Porthmeor Beach and the harbour. Dog-friendly Porthgwidden beach is a seagull hop away where you’ll find a beach bar, restaurant and take away cafe – ideal for early dog walks (you may even see seals). Whilst the rest of St Ives is on your doorstep.

The Downsides: This sweet apartment sits on the ground floor of a converted cottage, with another apartment above you. On occasion you may hear other guests coming and going.

Add a Romantic Experience: Tarquin’s Gin Distilling Masterclass for Two, St.Ives.


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | West Cornwall | No. 3

Tranquility, Carbis Bay

Sleeps 2 | Cottage | Hot Tub

Long Weekend From £364.80

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing: The clue is in the name: Tranquility. A one bedroom, peaceful cottage that comes with dreamy Cornish views and Scandi-inspired interiors where your spirit can chill out to the max. Inside, the rooms are large and immaculate. Sprawl on the soft sofa in front of the TV with the log burner crackling. Cook up a romantic meal for two in the gorgeous airy kitchen. Or slink into the hot tub just outside where you can soak up the rural views towards Carbis Bay or simply gaze into one another’s eyes over a glass of bubbles. Hubba hubba.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: Not only do you get a hot tub – you get a hot tub with stunning views and countryside seclusion. You also get glorious walks starting outside your door, so if you want to stroll to St. Ives hand-in-hand or pedal along the coast together, you can. What’s more, the owners are no strangers to hosting honeymooners at Tranquility, so know how to make your couples’ stay extra personal if you need them to. Oh, and be sure to say hello to the two goats, Zennor and Dillon, who love to be fussed over.

The Loveable Location: Tranquility sits in a sweet spot on top of a hill: far enough away from Carbis Bay and St Ives so you’re free from the hub-bub yet close enough to reach both on foot.

The Downsides: Nope, none to report.

Add a Romantic Experience: Make your own Wedding Ring Experience, Cornwall


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | West Cornwall | No. 4

The Chapel Gallery, Penzance

Sleeps 4 | Chapel Conversion | Dog Friendly

Long Weekend From £875.50

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing: The Chapel Gallery is a luxuriously appointed, designer-slick chapel conversion just a five-minute stroll from the sea. Can we get an amen? The single-storey, open plan, space is accessorised with vintage objects and contemporary Cornish artwork and the high ceilings and pared-back interiors fill with heavenly light. There’s ample room for two couples to stay thanks to two gorgeous bedrooms, both with stay-in-bed swagger and divine detailing. The Master Bedroom has a large ensuite with a tub to soak in and the second bedroom is a high-end restful space where you can sleep peacefully in one another’s arms. There’s also a high-end kitchen when you want to cook up a feast and an on-point dining area for enjoying Cornish fare and a glass of English wine.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: The Chapel Gallery’s exacting interiors are perfect when you’re looking to treat your other half to a rock star couples’ break to Cornwall that’s only a short drive from many of Cornwall’s top attractions. Plus, if you don’t drive, Penzance train station is within walking distance and there’s a regular bus too – perfect for days out.

The Loveable Location: Set back from Penzance town centre, in a quiet residential street yet close to a chip shop and pub to quench your thirst and huger. The rest of Penzance – including the Jubilee Pool and sea front – is easily walkable from The Chapel Gallery. Penzance itself is the UK’s most westerly town and has been a popular resort since the Napoleonic wars. Today, it has a lively community, year-round events and festivals and, best of all, boasts warmer temperatures than elsewhere in Cornwall. Hence the sub-tropical plants that grow in Morrab Gardens and in the gardens on St. Michael’s Mount.

The Downsides: Nope, none to report.

Add a Romantic Experience: Cornwall Hidden Gems Treasure Hunt


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | North Cornwall | No. 5

Towan Penthouse, Newquay

Sleeps 4 | Sea Views | Apartment

Long Weekend From £521.50

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing:  For wrap-around sea views, it doesn’t get much better than Towan Penthouse. This modern two-bedroom apartment overlooks stunning Towan Beach in Newquay, giving you a front row seat for watching the surfers at play or Atlantic roll in. Open the glass doors, step onto your private balcony and fill your lungs with the salty air. When you can peel yourself away from the views, a super-stylish apartment awaits, boasting an airy open-plan living room (with the tech you need for chilling) and spotless kitchen (with the top-notch equipment you need for easy self-catering). The two bedrooms are bright and light with a ocean-blue minimalist theme, and there’s a family bathroom as well as an ensuite off the master bedroom.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: If you both love being at the centre of things, this Cornish apartment comes up trumps. All Newquay’s restaurants, bars and amenities are within walking distance, and Fistral Beach is only 15 mins away on foot (superb if you fancy a spot of surfing or bodyboarding). Plus, the ever-changing activity on Towan Beach means you’ll never tire of the people watching.

The Loveable Location: Newquay is one of Cornwall’s liveliest towns, loved by couples, families and, of course, surfers. Which is not surprising seeing as it is boarded by 7 miles of beaches. Towan Penthouse sits on the sea front in prime position at the top of a contemporary set of serviced apartments, just a few metres behind the main Newquay thoroughfare.

The Downsides: Due to its central location you should expect a little noise from holiday makers and the nearby restaurants.

Add a Romantic Experience: Taster Surf Lesson for Two at Newquay Surf School


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | North Cornwall | No. 6

Little Pudnors Cottage, Bude

Sleeps 2 | Nearby Pub | Dog Friendly

Long Weekend From £307.40

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing:  Little Pudnor’s Cottage is a delightful one-level nook, ideal for love birds who want a secluded base for long, lazy lie-ins before heading out to explore Bude’s treasures. Immaculate on the outside, with a gorgeous garden that your pooch will love and a thatched open-sided summer house for sundowners and fresh air feasts. And faultless on the inside, with a combi-kitchen/living room that comes with farmhouse vibes and is gorgeously decorated in spring colours. There’s a toasty bedroom with a king-size bed, a stylish shower room and parking just outside on the gravel drive so you won’t have to lug your bags very far.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: Couples are made to feel welcome thanks to the generous, friendly owners who’ve added thoughtful touches to make your stay special. There are complimentary robes and slippers as well as fresh scones and clotted cream waiting when you arrive. Plus, there’s a super pub a few hundreds yards away. We’ll drink to that.

The Loveable Location: You’ll find Pudnors Cottage in the heart of the village of Poughill, just a mile from the town centre of Bude. The village is charming: St Olaf’s ancient church is worth a look and the local pub is just a few steps along the road, serving home cooked meals, local ales and ciders. Just under two miles away is Northcott Mouth, whilst Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches are approximately one mile away.

The Downsides: Nope, none to report.

Add a Romantic Experience: Stand-up Paddle Boarding down Bude Canal


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | North Cornwall | No. 7

The Coop, Bude

Sleeps 2 | Converted Barn | Hot Tub | Dog Friendly

Long Weekend From £373.90

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing:  Get set to nest and rest at The Coop – a splendidly converted barn that’s sits on the edge of the family’s farm near the village of Whitstone. It’s hard to believe this Cornish romantic retreat was a working barn once upon a time; the owners have given it a magnificent 21st-century makeover leaving behind spacious, airy rooms that are flooded with natural light. You sleep in a bright, modish bedroom with a spotless ensuite. Your living area adjoins the kitchen making a neat little combi package for cosy evenings in cooking dinner together before catching a movie or star gazing in the hot tub, which is just outside on the private deck.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: The Coop is loaded with couple-friendly extras, including throws for snuggling under, dressing gowns and a complimentary cream tea set-up. The owners are on-hand if you need anything (like directions to the nearby pub, The Stumble Inn) and if you do bring your fur baby there are even treats to keep them happy, too.

The Loveable Location: The Coop nestles near the village of Whitstone, about halfway between Bude (around 7 miles away) and Launceston. The village has a convenience shop which sells local produce, ideal for any forgotten items or a morning paper. The Saxon village of Week St Mary is just two miles from The Coop and Widemouth Bay beach is just five miles on the coast.

The Downsides: The garden is shared with a similar property next door, which could be an issue if you both bring a dog.

Add a Romantic Experience: Taster Surfer Lesson Bude


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | South Cornwall | No. 8

Corner House Loft, Mevagissey

Sleeps 2 | Apartment | Dog Friendly

Long Weekend From £514

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing:  Corner House Loft is a sensational apartment that looks like its just sashayed off the pages of an interior’s magazine. Strikingly designed with exposed brickwork, egg-white walls, thick timber beams and high-end finishes, such as the bespoke oak and glass stairs, it’s everything the most stylish couple need for an unforgettable break in Cornwall. Expect a palatial, open plan living room with two huge sofas for slouching on, a foxy bedroom with a super-king bed, a colourful kitchen and wait until you see the ensuite wet room, with its free standing bath and floor laid with pennies. To top it off, Corner House Loft is a just moments away from Mevagissey’s lovely harbour.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: The Smart TV, Bluetooth sound bar, LED fireplace, and you can adjust the temperature of the shower or bath remotely – we mean, come on: this Cornish hideaway has really got it going on. In fact, it’s so nice, you may spend most of your minimoon indoors just enjoying each other’s company. To tempt you out, however, guests get complimentary return ticket on the Mevagissey ferry over to Fowey (one of our favourite Cornish short break destinations) – you may get lucky and spot dolphins on the way.

The Loveable Location: Corner House Loft perches amongst the ribboning streets of Mevagissey, surrounded by places to eat and shop, on the south coast of Cornwall. There’s an ice-cream shop moments away and a pub at the end of the road. We recommend mooching down to the harbour. Whilst you’re there, make sure you pop to the hut on the harbour wall to buy some fresh fish for dinner.

The Downsides: You won’t find a garden at Corner House Loft; but there is an outdoor seating area with limited space – Aspects Holidays have tried to make the spot nice so you’ve somewhere to enjoy a cuppa on sunnier days.

Add a Romantic Experience: Guided Distillery Tour with Tutored Tasting for Two at Colwith Farm Distillery (tried and tested by us; we LOVED it. Just remember to get a taxi home).


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | South Cornwall | No. 9

The Lookout, Mevagissey

Sleeps 4 | Apartment | Sea View

Long Weekend From £564.30

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing: From every room in The Lookout you can see the ocean as it rises and falls. It’s mesmerising – plus, you can often see dolphins jumping out at sea. Of course, this is only one of the reasons to choose The Lookout. The other reasons stack up nicely, too: it’s a spotlessly clean and immaculately presented apartment for your Cornwall break as a couple. All the rooms are bright and dressed with stylish furnishings, from bespoke artwork to comfy sofas. Best of all, there’s a decked terrace with a rattan table and comfy chairs where you can use the binoculars provided to drink in the stunning views after a day exploring.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: Go as two couples and you’ve plenty of space to enjoy yourselves without feeling on top of one another.  Go with just your other half for a special occasion and this Cornish gem won’t let you down. The personal touches (such as the welcome basket) make it feel special and the location is enviable.

The Loveable Location: The Lookout sits above Mevagissey on Polkirt Hill taking full advantage of its cliff-top location: Portmellion beach is just around the corner and Mevagissey is down the hill and easy to walk to (although it is a hilly walk back up, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes).

The Downsides: The Lookout is accessed via three short flights of stairs (32 steps in total), therefore it may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.

Add a Romantic Experience: Bodmin Jail Entry Ticket & Dark Walk Tour


 

Couples’ Breaks Cornwall | North Cornwall | No. 10

Tree Fern Barn, Pentewan

Sleeps 4 | Barn Conversion 

Long Weekend From £505.75

Prices: get latest availability and prices 

Oh, Hello Sweet Thing: Tree Fern Barn knows how to make a fabulous first impression. This fantastic one-storey retreat is a subtropical paradise of a place with striking botanical inspired interiors. There’s ample room for four of you to enjoy a joint couple’s break here, without ever getting in each other’s way. The two bedrooms – a king and a double – are gorgeous, rich with patterns and luxed-up soft furnishings. Relax and get cosy on cooler evenings in the handsome sitting room, where you can light the woodburner and team-flop onto the chesterfield sofas.

Why it’s Perfect For Couples: We all need a little together time from the stresses and strains – and Tree Fern Barn delivers just that. Set in extensive grounds, with streams, orchard trees, farm animals and plenty of countryside to explore, here you can unwind fully with your other half. Oh, and the owners leave you a wicked Cornish tea to start your break.

The Loveable Location: Set in the village of Sticker, a short drive away from St Austell. For those who like to cycle, you can hire bikes at Pentewan and follow the trail along the river. Or take the coastal path to the Mevagissey. When you return after a day of activities, you can enjoy a tipple at the local pub, The Polgooth Inn. The Eden Project is only 20 mins away too.

The Downsides: Ideally, you need a car to get to Tree Fern Barn and the mobile signal is limited.

Add a Romantic Experience: Private Poldark Tour with Pick-Up


 

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