Last but not least, the final instalment of our month-long series of guides to Cornwall will focus on some of the more unusual accommodation options available to those visiting the region. If you’ve been following the series, you will, no doubt, know by now what you want to see, where you want to go and which activities you plan to participate it when you arrive for your coastal break, but have you picked somewhere suitably special to stay?
While you are holidaying in Cornwall, make sure your accommodation is as spectacular as your surroundings and as intriguing as the local history, myths and legends.
Of course, if you’re travelling with your caravan, that’s completely fine by us too (we’re sure you’re delighted to hear!)
For those of you without your own personal home-from-home, here are some less-than-traditional places to stay during your Cornish escape.
Unusual holiday accommodation in Cornwall
Even if you’re not a fan of camping or caravanning, you may well love glamping. Wigwams, yurts, gypsy caravans, massive bell tents with all mod-cons… It’s a far cry from pitching a tent on some soggy ground on a windy day, and it allows you to get that bit closer to nature. When you’re staying somewhere as picturesque as Cornwall, you’re bound to appreciate that.
Canopy and Stars is an excellent place to start when looking for glamping accommodation in Cornwall (or elsewhere), with potential holiday homes including the Wild-de-go grass-roofed boat, a zeppelin-esque suspended tree pod and all manner of weird and wonderful options suitable for romantic getaways, family adventures and everything in between.
Outlandish Holidays also have an impressive number of extraordinary Cornish accommodation on their books, including gypsy wagons, a tree house and a fairy-tale cabin. If you’re not convinced about glamping, how about one of these stunning cottages?
We’re not sure they come more unusual than a genuine smuggler’s inn. Due to the extensive coastline, and southern location, Cornwall was once rife with smugglers and a motley crew of travellers making their way into England from overseas. The Jamaica Inn at Bodmin Moor has hosted countless numbers of these travellers and is now a popular tourist destination. There’s a Smugglers Museum exhibiting various aspects of the inn’s history, twenty en-suite bedrooms for modern-day weary explorers and, allegedly, it’s very own haunting spirits too.
This working beef farm offers farmhouse holidays, enabling families to experience actual farming life. Suitable for families with younger children, the hands-on farming experience is bound to make for a holiday to remember. The accommodation includes specially-designed child-sized beds and cots, plenty of toys and a dressing up box to engage active imaginations. We’re sure the fact they’re on a farm and getting stuck in will be more than enough to keep your cherubs entertained, however.
Beachspoke have four amazing holiday cottages in Cornwall – three in St Ives and one in Mousehole. Whether you choose Black Moon, Moon Shadow, Blue Moon or Harbour Moon, you’ll enjoy unique accommodation in an unbeatable location. How do you choose which one?
How does a star-shaped fortress on the Isles of Scilly sound to you? It sounds pretty fantastic to us, and we’re sure you’ll agree once you’ve learned more about Star Castle. The 38 bedrooms are split between the original 16th century castle and some spacious country cottages located within the grounds. There’s also an indoor pool, tennis court, golf and a dedicated boatman to help with getting to and from the island.
It’s not unusual in the same sense as restored railway carriages, tree houses and floating pods are, but the Egyptian House in Penzance certainly gets noticed. The house has to be seen to be believed and, once you do, you’ll understand why it attracts so much attention. Luckily for those who fall in love with it, the interior has been transformed into three holiday apartments, each as stunning as the next.
This is perhaps the epitome of unique accommodation – we’re not sure that it comes more wonderful than a holiday home perched on its own island and accessible via private suspension footbridge. In low tides, you can even walk across from the beach to avail of the delicious food available in the nearby shops and restaurants. We can’t do this house justice in a few lines – have a look at the details and experience the awe for yourself.