A breath-taking landscape, shaped by the warmth of the Gulf Stream, characterises Cornwall in the South West of England. Beautiful gardens, romantic fishing villages and mighty castles alternate along the picturesque coast. Cornwall’s boutique hotels are as unique and charming as the countryside itself, inviting you to take a romantic break as well as to explore the rich regional history.
Boutique Hotels in Cornwall on the rugged coast of England
Cornwall’s colourful artist colony St. Ives
Wonderful white sandy beaches and turquoise blue water: around St. Ives in Cornwall the Celtic Sea shimmers in all imaginable shades of blue, just like in the Caribbean. Many of the boutique hotels combine Cornwall’s maritime charm with stylish modern design. In St. Ives not only can you watch seals, dolphins and giant sharks, but also relax on award-winning beaches. St Ives has a long history as Cornwall’s main fishing port and still offers a wide range of elegant seafood restaurants and typical English pubs in the harbour. St. Ives is best known for its many artists who are inspired by the rugged Cornish coast: In the Leach Pottery Museum, for example, the pottery of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada is on display.
Magnificent castles and manor houses in England’s southwest
Guests of Cornwall’s boutique hotels can walk in the footsteps of the legendary King Arthur, who is said to have been born here, on the ruins of Tintagel Castle. On a peninsula opposite the village of Tintagel in the north of Cornwall, the remains of the mighty 13th century castle still sit on the cliffs. Near the fishing village of Padstow, however, the magnificent Prideaux Place mansion can be seen from afar. Highlights of the one-hour guided tours through the popular setting of the Rosamunde Pilcher films are the 6,000 historical books in the library and the 400-year-old stucco ceiling of the music room.
The fragrant gardens of Cornwall
The special climate in Cornwall, created by the warm Gulf Stream, allows many exotic plants to flourish in the southwest of England. The locals like to cultivate these in magnificent gardens, such as Trebah Gardens, which look back on hundreds of years of history. The magnolia trees, camellias and 100-year-old rhododendrons are in full bloom in spring, while the flowering sequoia is Trebah’s biggest attraction in summer. Nature-loving guests of Cornwall’s boutique hotels will find 2 million plants from different climates under the futuristic-looking domes of the Eden Project. The botanical garden near Bodelva is run in a very resource-friendly way and aims to educate visitors about sustainability and nature conservation.
The beautiful Cornish Coast
The Cornish Coast is full of great beaches and hidden coves, making Cornwall the historic home of British surf culture, with the expansive beach at Polzeath its capital. However, there are so many others to choose from. Visit Bude, with its stretching sand dunes and famous tidal swimming pool right on the beach, perfect for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing in summer.
Fishing villages in Cornwall
Alternatively, stop at any of Cornwall’s old and characterful fishing villages, exploring their ancient cobbled streets, interesting pubs and stores. In towns like Padstow, local skippers can take you out to sea, allowing you to fish like a local. Wherever you visit, you’ll be sure to find fantastic Cornish boutique hotels to make your stay memorable.
Good to know
Cornwall is a real destination of longing even for the British: surrounded on three sides by water and warmed by the Gulf Stream, Cornwall has a very mild climate all year round. While 20-25°C in summer attract holidaymakers to the beaches, autumn and spring are ideal for hiking. Nevertheless, the weather in the southwest of England likes to be moody. Therefore, an umbrella should always be in your luggage.