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North Cornwall Holiday Cottages
The following rental companies provide a wide range of North Cornwall cottage properties and self catering holiday homes. They are situated all over North Cornwall with many situated on its impressive coast. For the latest news about reductions and deals, see their websites.
Cottages 4 You
- Over 350 North Cornwall holiday cottages
all well graded and situated in places like Wadebridge, Portreath and Padstow. Seven day bookings start at £300 for a range of their properties - discounts are offered for two and four people with 20% reductions in certain cases.
- More than 150 North Cornwall cottages
from Holiday Rentals. The vast majority are of the traditional stone-built variety but there's also a selection of modern luxury cottages. Rates start at £200 for short break stays during low-season.
- About 90 North Cornwall self catering cottages situated throughout the region in locations such as Port Isaac, Launceston and Portreath. Most are classic in style and include fisherman's cottages, converted farm houses and terraced stone cottages.
- Around 50 holiday cottages in North Cornwall, situated both on the coast and further inland. Like the other companies, most of their selection consists of traditional cottages. Pets are allowed for many of them with booking rates ranging between £175 and £370.
North Cornwall is one of the most picturesque regions of South West England. Roughly one third of its countryside is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and consists of a dramatic, windswept coastline, steep headlands and unspoilt river estuaries.
Cliff side walks and coastal paths offer dramatic views
of the Atlantic as it meets the majestic Cornish cliffs, while small fishing villages pepper the impressive coastline, hidden away in sandy coves. This region is picture postcard Cornwall. There is a tangible feeling of seclusion in North Cornwall, which is slightly lacking in the popular resorts found to the county's south.
The desolate but romantic Bodmin Moor
, stretching out over the north west of Cornwall, is largely untouched and features the peaks of Brown Willy and Rough Tor, both which stand at over 1000ft. Tintagel, rumoured to be the birthplace of King Arthur is a notable historical site and is steeped in Arthurian legend - the remains of the castle stand precariously on the cliff's edge.
There are no large towns found in North Cornwall which helps the region to maintain an air of seclusion and remoteness. This is a land of fishing villages, wooded valleys and charming market towns. Information about North Cornwall visitor attractions follows below.
North Cornwall visitor attractions
This section contains information about places of interest in North Cornwall, such as historical sites and popular visitor attractions. Entry prices, opening times and locational details are provided along with a selection of links.
Crealy Adventure Park
is located in Tredinnick
and is one of the South West's major theme parks. Attractions include an adventure zone and a large collection of rides and high-adrenalin roller-coasters, such as the Tidal Wave Log Flume - opening hours are 10am - 6pm and admission prices are between £6 and £14. Infants are admitted free.
Petrol heads should try the Go Karting Centre
near Padstow which features 70mph pro karts and two circuits - there is also a selection of junior carts for younger racers, aged 3 and over. Tickets are £4 for children, £22 for adults and it's open from 9.30am - 6pm. The Launceston Steam Railway
is also worth visiting and runs from Launceston to Newmills. Steam locomotives travel the two-mile line six times a day and afford some wonderful views of the Cornish countryside. Fares are between £5 and £9.
Food and drink
The 18th century Quarryman Inn
in Wadebridge is situated close to the Camel Trail, an old disused railway line. Local Cornish ales are served as well as wholesome pub food - a curry night is held on the first Tuesday of every month. The thatched Smugglers Den Inn
, Newquay, is another delightful country pub that features a family room and large garden. Visitors can choose from an excellent selection of beers and ales and the imaginative pub menu includes dishes such as partridge and local beef.
For fine dining see the Metropole in Padstow
. It affords some impressive sea-views and serves modern British cuisine such as crab and shrimp tian. Families and children are welcome and there's also a kid's menu. The Castle Restaurant
in Bude is also a top eatery and was recently awarded an AA rosette for its food, which is served in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. It also has an extensive wine list to compliment its top-notch cuisine.
History and Culture
Tintagel Castle is one of North Cornwall's most impressive historical landmarks. It was built in the 13th century and has a strong association with King Arthur
, who is said to be have been born on Tintagel Island. Merlin's Cave can be found below the castle which is only accessible at low tide.
For more details about King Arthur, visit the Arthurian Centre
at Slaughterbridge. It features an exhibition which includes paintings and related texts, a 6th century stone with Latin inscriptions and a secret garden, unearthed in 2005. Opening times are 10-5pm and tickets are £3. The Jamaica Inn
, Launceston is another major attraction and tells the story of smugglers and pirates who once inhabited the local shores. The Inn inspired Daphne Du Maurier's famous book by the same name.