There are few places in the UK that can compete with Cornwall for dramatic coastal views and unspoiled countryside. You will also find it has other qualities that make it ideal for a luxury holiday, including high-quality accommodation and some great places to eat.
As the county attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, you may want to steer clear of the main resorts for your break. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent country cottages in Cornwall that are close to towns and beaches for when you want to do something, but also isolated enough for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Choose a holiday home on the outskirts of Camelford and you will be ideally situated to see the best Cornwall has to offer. Not only will you be close to the quaint market town, you will also be within easy travelling distance of the beaches of North Cornwall and the rugged beauty of Bodmin Moor.
Select a cottage close to Fowey for your break in Cornwall and you will have access to a bustling town that boasts beautiful Georgian architecture, independent shops and a variety of pubs and restaurants that serve dishes made from local produce. Take a boat trip around the harbour to get a better look at the port's attractions or go walking in the nearby countryside to enjoy some of the scenery that inspired novelist and former Fowey resident Daphne Du Maurier.
This beautiful old town on the banks of the River Camel estuary is famed for its upmarket boutiques, independent shops and restaurants, so is the perfect spot for a relaxing few days away. It is also ideal if you wish to get active during your break, as Wadebridge is only a few miles from the surfing beaches on the county's Atlantic coast and is on the Camel Trail, a network of paths that takes in moorland, woods and clifftops.
This pretty little village in between Bude and Boscastle is a great choice for a quiet break by the sea. It has a wonderful beach in a sheltered cove that is deserted most of the time, along with some clifftop walks that will give you superb views over the local area. Crackington Haven also has all the facilities you will need for a holiday, including a family-friendly pub, bistro and tea room.
Hayle was once an important town in the region's copper industry - something recognised by its inclusion as part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape on the UNESCO World Heritage List - but is now a quiet holiday destination. It is surrounded by rugged countryside perfect for walking and is also close to the golden sand beaches of St Ives Bay.