One of the premiere tourist attractions within the UK, Cornwall attracts a wealth of Brits and international visitors alike.
A charming county with a slow paced lifestyle and laid back atmosphere, tourists flock here to relax, to soak up the sun (it has the most in Britain!), and to enjoy and explore some of the UK’s finest natural attractions and outdoor activity scenes.
Cornwall combines beautiful surf spots, gorgeous gardens, cliff top walks and beautiful weather. It offers visitors the chance to take a stroll along the beach, indulge in a bit of wave watching, and then head back to a tradition pub to enjoy a pint with friends beside a glowing log fire.
You will obviously need somewhere to stay while on vacation, and one of the most popular types of accommodation here are cottages. However there are many cottages throughout Cornwall, and choosing one can be a daunting task. So we’ve put together some tips for finding your perfect stay.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Cottage in Cornwall
Assess your needs
What kind of cottage do you need? There are different types of cottages each set to meet different needs. For instance, if you have a large family and a pet, you may need a larger cottage with more room and that allows animals.
Do you prefer a cottage close to the beach? How many rooms do you want? What kind of view do you want? Which features are you looking for? Do you need an apartment, a townhouse or a country mansion?
Look for a cottage that meets your needs. Whether you want to holiday in Penzance, Falmouth, Newquay, Padstow, St. Ives, Looe, St. Austell or Bude, there are cottages for everyone, so don’t just book one blindly.
Cornwall is a great destination for dog lovers, with great walks and many of the beaches welcoming pets. Many cottages allow pets, but make sure you check this before you make a booking.
Ask a Referral From a Friend or Family
Because Cornwall has many cottages, it may be difficult to make a decision on the right one. But Cornwall is such a popular UK holiday, that chances are you have friends or family who can recommend something for you.
These are the best type of referrals, because unlike reviews you find online, you know you can trust their opinion. And they’ll likely know whether or not it will suit your needs and what you’re looking for. Which saves quite a lot of time from researching online!
While travel agents are a great source of information, and there’s something wildly spontaneous about just rocking up and seeing what you can find, your search for a cottage is easier if you check online.
There are many websites listing cottages in Cornwall, so do your research to compare between location, key features, and price. These will make it easier to find the cottage and make a decision on the right one.
Check Customer Reviews and Ratings
As much as it can be time-consuming, going through reviews by other customers who have used a cottage can help you to find a cottage that will not only meet your needs but have the kind of service that you desire.
It’s very important to actually read people’s reviews thoroughly, instead of skimming past and only paying attention to the ratings / stars. For instance, someone might rate their stay a 1 / 5, because it was too quiet and not close enough to the action. But that might be exactly what you’re looking for.
And likewise in reverse – someone’s 5 star rating might be based off having access to facilities you don’t need or care for. So it’s important that you take the time to actually read reviews to figure out if it’s the right cottage for you.
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