Where to Stay in Cornwall for Couples: A Quick Guide
Looking to take a UK staycation with your better half? Head down to celtic Cornwall for a romantic couples getaway.
Cornwall, or Kernow as the locals call it, is located right on the southwestern tip of England. Beautiful beaches, picturesque harbours and 300 miles of rugged Atlantic coastline are a familiar sight. Idyllic coves, quaint villages and a superb choice of restaurants await, making Cornwall an attractive place to stay for couples. Seeking a romantic getaway in the UK? Stroll hand in hand as you walk across sandy beaches. Head over to Lands End, mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point, for breathtaking Atlantic ocean views as far as the eye can see. Delve into some of England’s finest seafood in excellent Cornish restaurants. Ramble across the South West Coast Path and keep a lookout for wildlife. Whether you want surfing in Newquay, fishing in St Ives or fine dining in Padstow, there are plenty of things to see and do in Cornwall.
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At the heart of West Cornwall, Penzance is a delightful market town brimming with shops, restaurants and beaches. Once a small fishing village, Penzance is now a popular seaside resort and was recently named ‘the greatest town in the UK’ at the annual 2020 Urbanism Awards (who knew?). Great Western Railways provide frequent train services between Penzance and St Ives, so access between the two couldn’t be easier. Facing the tidal island of St Michael’s Mount, which is a tourist destination in its own right, Penzance is also home to the only promenade in Cornwall. The unusual Egyptian House, a Grade I listed building from 1835, is worth a visit, or take a wander along Marazion Beach. If you’re able to brave the salty sea water, take a dip in Jubilee Pool, one of the few remaining Art Deco Lido’s in the country.
A former fishing village and one of the regions’s most visited resorts, St Ives often wins where to stay in Cornwall for couples. Its cobbled streets and sea front location make it a great choice for couples. Situated north of Penzance, the foodies amongst you will adore its eclectic gastro scene. You’ll find seafood restaurants and bistro pubs showcasing delicious seasonal bites to tantalise your tastebuds. Unleash your inner child at the harbourfront amusement arcade, or chomp on creamy Cornish fudge whilst overlooking the sea. The famous Tate Gallery is just a stone's throw away from St Ives Harbour Beach, as is one of the oldest inns in Cornwall, The Sloop. Built in the 1300s and perched right on the Wharf with magnificent harbour views, be sure to tick this historic inn off your Cornish bucket list.
Northern Cornwall’s top foodie destination, the quaint harbour town of Padstow has become something of a culinary sensation in recent years. Who do we have to thank for that? Celebrity chefs of course. A host of them have opened up their own eateries, most notably Rick Stein with The Seafood Restaurant, which we recommend you visit. Aside from fine dining, Padstow also runs plenty of events and festivals, making it an ideal place to stay in Cornwall for couples. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you and your beloved can follow the South West Coast Path to enjoy scenic walks. Prefer to plonk yourself down with a good book and a sea view? Simply pick one of the seven nearby golden beaches to while away the hours, with or without your partner.
St Minver Lowlands
Bounded by the Camel Estuary and made up of a cluster of small parish villages including Rock, Polzeath and Trebetherick, the St Minver Lowlands offer tranquil places to stay in Cornwall. A little less busy than some of the other Cornish neighbourhoods we’ve mentioned here, Polzeath is surely one of our favourites. It’s a secluded spot which boasts pretty beaches and excellent surfing opportunities. Rock, right on the Camel Estuary, is also worth a visit if you’re into watersports or golfing. Both of these charming villages are great choices for
unfriendly couples who fancy a break away from the crowds.
St Minver Highlands
Backing onto Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the St Minver Highlands are less well known than some of the parishes that make up the St Minver Lowlands. Our picks include St Minver, New Polzeath and The Rumps. Never heard of them before? Don’t fret; these tiny villages are perfect for couples seeking tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of Cornwall’s lively tourist traps. The Rumps are our favourite: basaltic rock in the shape of twin-headland points at the corner of Pentire Head. Happy to drive a little further afield? The likes of Tintagel Castle and the Eden Project are just 30-40 minutes away, if you want to sightsee.