35 best Airbnbs in Cornwall: Gorgeous cabins, cottages and more

Last updated on March 8, 2024

Best Airbnbs in Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the most gorgeous places for a holiday in the UK. Even in the winter, it’s wild and atmospheric, and in the summer, on a sunny day, it’s simply paradisical, up there with the best of Europe’s beaches.

We’re currently planning a UK road trip there, so I’ve been doing lots of research into the best of Airbnb Cornwall. This is my pick of the most unique, characterful and stylish Airbnbs in Cornwall. From traditional cottages to quirky treehouses and shepherd’s huts, there are options to suit every style and budget. It’s Cornwall Airbnb at its best.

We also have a guide to Cornwall’s best luxury family hotels, including the lush Watergate Bay. And if you’re travelling with your family, here’s our guide to the best things to do in Cornwall with kids.

We also have more Airbnbs guides for places around the world, including Devon Airbnbs, Lake District Airbnbs, the best of UK Airbnbs and more.

And don’t miss our guide with 17 Airbnb tips for finding the perfect place to stay.

Map of the best Airbnbs in Cornwall

Best of Cornwall Airbnb: The 35 best Airbnbs in Cornwall

Riverside Cabin, Constantine

This charming rustic retreat is a perfect Cornish getaway, entirely hand built from the woodland that surrounds it. It’s an ideal place to connect with nature, enjoying the sounds of the fire, stream and trees. There’s a compost loo and outdoor hot-water shower. It’s just 15 minutes from Falmouth with great access to creeks, cliffs and beaches.

What the guests say: “The cabin is a fabulous space. We are a family of 4 that wanted a simple escape to unwind and get in the mood for Christmas. No TV, just board games for entertainment, books aplenty for quiet by time. Log burner for cosying up. There is good WiFi so our teenager didn’t feel disconnected from the world. Local information was great. We explored the Helford passage and Falmouth. Can highly recommend Boo Koo’s, the Ferry Boat Inn and Slice Pizza.”

Airbnb listing: Riverside Cabin, Cornwall

Price: From £105 per night

Sleeps: 4 people (1 bedroom)

Shakas House, St Ives

Here’s the obligatory tiny house on the Bridges and Balloons Airbnb edit. Shakas House in rural St Ives is a converted shipping container, complete with a full kithen, open-plan living area, double bedroom and bathroom. The wood burning stove keeps things cosy and there’s a large terrace for warm summer nights. One thing to note is that it’s close to the B Road in an out of St Ives, so you will hear cars passing. Definitely one of the best of Airbnb St Ives, Cornwall.

What the guests say: “Holly and Josh really went above and beyond with this place. A quirky, relaxing and cosy space, perfect for our staycation! It has everything you need and we absolutely loved the decor. We really appreciated the personal touch that went into making sure we had the best stay possible.

In addition, Holly and Josh are very friendly hosts and were very quick to respond. The container is completely separate and guests can expect total privacy. Thank you so much Holly and Josh!”

Airbnb listing: Shakas House, St.Ives

Price: From £102 per night

Sleeps:  4 people ( 1 bedroom, 1 sofabed)

Romantic cabin, Whitsand Bay

The clifftop cabin has outstanding sea views that can be enjoyed from your own private deck. It overlooks the sweeping Whitsand Bay and is close the pretty villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. The interiors are cosy with a quirky, retro edge. And you can walk down to the beach from the cabin (path not suitable for young children). One of the best Cornwall Airbnb by the beach.

What the guests say: “This beautiful cabin set on the side of the cornish coast is absolutely breathtaking. We spent a few nights here to get away from our busy city lives and we couldn’t have wished for anything better. Elevated over the rocks and beaches, the cabin provides the ultimate way to switch off, unwind and explore the surrounding areas with ease.

The cabin comes with all the amenities to make the stay comfortable and there is plenty to see and do within walking distance. Couldn’t recommend this enough!”

Online listing: Romantic cabin, Whitsand Bay

Price: From £99 per night

Sleeps:  3 people (2 bedrooms)

Inn on the Shore, Downderry

It’s all about the view, framed by a striking triangular window, at this cheerful studio loft apartment, just 200 metres from the beach. It’s a small but well-designed space with a full high-spec kitchen and cute living area that takes full advantage of the sweeping view.

What the guests say: “Absolutely loved our stay at Jame’s place. It is the perfect relaxing retreat with the most incredible views (even in bad weather). We would 100% come back and have already recommended to lots of friends and family.”

Online listing: Inn on the Shore

Price: From £70 per night

Sleeps:  2 people ( 1 bedroom)

Leti, Newquay

Leti is one of six hotel-standard suites on Goonwinnow Farm in Newquay. The suites vary in size, with Leti sleeping two. There’s a games room on site for all guests to use

What the guests say: “Leti combines the rustic charm of rural living with sleek, modern convenience. With a kitchen and a wood-burner, it has everything you need to hole up on a wintry day, while in the warmer months you’ll have outdoor dining spaces and endless exploring to do in the seven acres of surrounding gardens and fields.”

Online listing: Leti, Newquay

Price: From £229 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 bedroom)

Trematon Castle Lodge, Forder Creek

Your chance to stay in the grounds of an actual castle! Trematon Lodge is a newly renovated Tudor lodge set in what The Times has named the most romantic garden in Cornwall, and part of the beautiful Trematon Castle estate.

It’s stepped in nature and history and has lots of opportunities for walking in its nine acres of woodland, swimming in the pool or tidal estuary, or visiting the nearby beaches. The cottage sleeps four, with one bedroom and a sofabed in the living area.

What the guests say: “The Lodge at Trematon Castle is an exceptional place to stay – full of character and comfort, perfect for privacy and romance, and ancient history on your doorstep! Don’t expect the boring “luxurious perfection” you may get in new-builds. The cosy old Lodge has plenty of space over three floors (bathroom on lower ground floor, kitchen/diner and sitting room in the middle, bedroom on upper floor) with a few stairs in between.

Fascinating decor appropriate to its age, a lovely claw-footed bath for two, a good-sized double-aspect kitchen-diner looking out onto grazing fields and castle walls, and a beautiful sitting room with log-burner. Joel gave us a very knowledgeable private tour of the castle grounds, and we were amazed to be able to wander the castle alone.”

Airbnb listing: Trematon Castle Lodge

Price: From £150 per night

Sleeps:  people ( bed)

Cornwall Secret Cabin, Portholland

This charming rustic cabin overlooks the village of Portholland. Set in a private garden, with a sea view on one side and wooded valley on the other, it’s a perfect secluded retreat. Nearby attractions include Eden Project and Heligan Gardens. The private decking is a lovely spot for al fresco dining or star watching.

What the guests say: “The cabin is a must! It’s more beautiful than the pictures. We were blown away. We loved it. Perfect little hideaway hidden in the hills. Views were breathtaking. We will defiantly be coming back.

Airbnb listing: Cornwall Secret Cabin

Price: From £58 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 bed)

Hillside Stone Cottage, Portloe

A gorgeous coastal escape in this revitalised historical cottage. The house showcases original architectural features, tasteful uses of colour, quaint country-style furnishings and decor, and an outdoor patio with panoramic views.

What the guests say: “A stunning cottage with the most beautiful views. Clean and comfy and excellent value. We will definitely be back.

Online listing: Hillside Stone Cottage with Ocean View Garden

Price: From £125 per night

Sleeps:  6 people (3 beds)

The Pilchard Press, Mevagissey Village Harbourside

Set in a Grade II listed building, this accessible ground-floor cottage is a charming place to stay on the Mevagissey Village Harbourside. With stylish design touches and a luxury bathroom, all behind a striking hot pink door. A free parking permit for the local carpark (two minutes from the apartment) is provided.

What the guests say: “Our stay with Ross and Daniel was exceptional. Superb accommodation, right on the harbour. Stylish room which was warm amd inviting. Bathroom was decorated like a high end hotel and the bedroom with luxurious looking furnishings. You must stay here. Hosts went out there way to make the stay the absolute best. Best place we have ever stayed at on Airbnb. 10 out of 10”

Airbnb listing: The Pilchard Press

Price: From £95 per night

Sleeps:  2 people (1 bedroom)

Tinners’ Retreat

This unique stay is beautifully put together with all kinds of fun and luxurious touches, including a hobbit stove and copper sink with hand-made taps. Even the towel warmer is hand-crafted. The garden oven is ideal for pizzas and there’s a bbq for summer nights too.

What the guests say: “Tinner’s retreat is worth more than 5 stars! It is such a glorious location, there was a sense of tranquility to the place and it was just simply idyllic. Randall and Annie are such wonderful hosts and we were even gifted glorious homemade treats. Their thoughtfulness and kindness was second to none.

The place was simply beautiful, the bed was extremely comfy, the underfloor heating was a major bonus (especially given the colder nights) and the log fire made the place feel so incredibly cosy. I very much would recommend this place to family and friends. Thank you for such a wonderful stay!”

Airbnb listing: Tinners’ Retreat

Price: From £70 per night

Sleeps:  2 people (1 bed)

Scandinavian Lodge with hot tub, Carharrack

This stunning, three double-bedroom Finnish Lodge nestles into the side of Carn Marth Hill, a World Heritage Site. From the huge triple glazed Cathedral windows, there are far reaching views across the rural landscape of mid-Cornwall. There’s also a pool and a hot tub with the same gorgeous views. And don’t forget to say hi to the three on-site alpacas!

What the guests say: “Caroline greeted us on arrival -so did the alpacas who came running up the paddock to see us. Chalet was spotlessly clean and very well equipped, very comfy beds and nice bathrooms. Lovely cream tea set up for us, delicious homemade scones. Hot tub was heated up for us on on arrival, we sat in the tub sipping prosecco watching the alpacas graze and took in the beautiful views, we will definitely look to book again.”

Airbnb listing: Scandinavian Lodge

Price: From £200 per night

Sleeps: 6 people ( 3 bedrooms)

Trecombe Lodge

A beautiful and contemporary Sweedish-inspired lodge in a magical woodland and lakeside setting. With one double bedroom, a cozy mezzanine sleeping area for children and a sofa bed, the lodge can sleep up to six people.

There is a compact yet beautiful handmade kitchen, toilet and shower room, underfloor heating and log burner. And for the icing on the cake, there’s a stunning log-fired contemporary Swedish hot bath on the large decking area outside

What the guests say: “Beautiful Swedish inspired lodge overlooking a peaceful and tranquil lake. Lovely place for relaxing and taking things easy. Within a short drive of lovely Falmouth which has a great selection of shops, places to eat and beaches. The place was warm and snug (we visited in January) and was very comfortable.

Very simple and stylish it had everything you need. The kitchen was well equipped and although small had enough space for us to cook a decent meal. Super place, would definitely recommend.”

Online listing: Trecombe Lodge

Price: From £127 per night

Sleeps:  6 people (1 bedroom, 1 sofa bed, 2 floor mattresses in mezzanine)

Pengelly Retreat, Leedstown

The Sail House at Pengelly Retreat is a luxury ensuite double yurt with underfloor heating and a log burner. It overlooks a wild swimming lake, and is a stunning, tranquil location, surrounded by nature. Pengelly Retreat is also home to the Boat House, an architect designed, fully insulated, house right on the water’s edge. You can rent both for an extra special group holiday.

What the guests say: “A truly magical stay – we cannot thank Ruth & Jim enough! Pengelly Retreat is perfectly located to be able to access all of the beautiful parts of Cornwall within a short drive. It really is a ‘retreat’. We loved the peaceful, magical, zen vibe – from the beautiful gardens to the thoughtful little touches throughout the accommodation.

Ruth & Jim have created a sense of luxury with things like beautiful free-standing baths and underfloor heating, which is hard to find if you’re after more of an ‘outdoorsy’ sort of stay! We really didn’t want to leave and we’re already talking about our next trip where we hope to hire the Sail House and the Boat House with my parents. If I could sum up our stay in one word it would be ‘WOW’ – you must go! Thank you!”

Airbnb listing: The Sail House Yurt, Pengelly Retreat

Price: From £81 per night

Sleeps:  2 people ( 1 bedroom)

The Boat House Cornwall
The Boat House at Pengelly Retreat

The Old Fish Cellar, Mousehole

Stay in this luxury loft-style studio apartment in the heart of the quaint harbour town of Mousehole. Steeped in mystery and myth, this studio, formally known as “Who Knows”, once functioned as a fish cellar, where mariners would come to process their catch. Now 300 years on, a mix of clever craftsmanship and stylish interiors has transformed this industrial cellar into a unique boutique retreat.

What the guests say: “Truly a little boutique hideaway, the most beautiful touches, design and thoughtful welcome basket. Camilla responded so quickly and graciously agreed to our request for an early check in despite us booking the same day as our check in! Truly a 5 star hideaway, cozy, peaceful, gorgeous bedding and a wonderful little fire place. Can’t recommend more highly.

Airbnb listing: The Old Fish Cellar

Price: From £108 per night

Sleeps:  2 people ( 1 bedroom)

Harbour Lights, Charlestown

This beautiful cottage was featured on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, which celebrated its stylish conversion from a “loo with a view” into the lovely space it is today.

Situated on a beautiful bay in South Cornwall where seals and dolphins are regularly spotted and local fisherman bring in their daily catch, it has panoramic views of the harbour and sea. It’s less than five minutes’ walk from Charlestown, famous for the film set of Poldark and Alice In Wonderland

What the guests say: “When we arrived at Harbour Lights we were taken aback by the breathtaking views and the gorgeously decorated cottage. There were delicious scones and local tea which is just what we all needed after the long car journey.

And thoughtful extras for the children too. We had a few rainy evenings so it was so lovely listening to the waves and the rain from our bedrooms. A very cosy holiday home. Charlestown harbour has loads of character and everything you need within walking distance. Great, attentive hosts. 5 *!”

Online listing: Harbour Lights, Charlestown

Price: From £250 per night

Sleeps: 4 people (2 bedrooms)

Trenoweth House, Crowan

This former Victorian vicarage sleeps up to 14 and is a perfect rural group retreat. Nestled amid beautiful Cornish farmland and set in over three acres of woodland, lawns and gardens, it includes a stunning natural swimming lake and streams. For extra large groups, there are three more cottages on the grounds that are also available for hire. The house has been restored but still has a traditional, rustic feel.

What the guests say: “A group of us spent the August bank holiday weekend here. It couldn’t have been more perfect – the house is beautiful and totally surpassed our expectations. There was heaps of space for the 14 of us to spread out, and all the rooms felt uncluttered and stylish.

We were brought fresh eggs and encouraged to feed the chickens and pick flowers and veg from the kitchen garden, which was such a nice touch. Lighting the wood burning stove in the hall and having dinner by candlelight was really special, as were the (chilly) morning swims in the pond. We’d love to come back.”

Airbnb listing: Trenoweth House

Price: From £399 per night

Sleeps: 14 people (6 bedrooms)

The Garden Room, St.Ives

This is an adult’s only retreat just outside the town of St.Ives – you can walk along a stunning coastal path to get there. With sweeping views across the farmland out to sea, it’s an ideal getaway for couples. It’s been decorated in a cosy style with rustic timber, dark hues and natural stone.

What the guests say: A gorgeous little hideaway right on the north Cornwall coastal path. Beautifully designed and styled, with all you need for a relaxing and cosy stay. The roaring log burner was a gem after a long day of walking the coast path, and the little touches and recommendations from Mel were greatly received. Would highly recommend.

Airbnb listing: The Garden Room

Price: From £123 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 bed)

Harbour Edge, Mousehole

This seaside home is in the heart of Mousehole. Originally the local customs house, it’s been carefully renovated into a stylish home-away-from-home on the harbour front. Comfortably sleeping 6 people, the house has some of the best views of the harbour and the beach literally at the door. Expect all the charms of the seaside with the comfort and luxury of a boutique residence.

What the guests say: “What a great place to stay. Mousehole is a beautiful village and the house did not disappoint. I don’t think there is a better view in the village. It is lovely that there is a patio to sit in the sun in the morning. Its lovely that one of the bedrooms is self-contained. It was perfect for my mum who came on holiday with us.

Deirdre and Beth were great and looked after us really well. We were also given some recommendations about things to do and places to eat which were great. We had such a relaxing stay and I really didn’t want to leave. We will be back. It’s a great house and lovely village.”

Airbnb listing: Harbour Edge

Price: From £395 per night

Sleeps: 6 people (3 beds)

Peaceful Country Treehouse near Penzance

This peaceful treehouse is an architecturally designed space for two with a private covered balcony running down one side with views over gorgeous gardens and countryside. Originally a famous printmaker’s studio, it is now a large, comfortably furnished light-filled sanctuary. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, a large living area and fully equipped kitchen. It’s just a 10-minute walk to Penzance.

What the guests say: “This is a delightful space full of light and great scenery over the hills and down into the babbling stream. The location is wonderfully secluded and quiet yet only a few minutes from the A30 to Penzance or west to Lands End and St Just.

The Treehouse is a suspended chalet style property with a mezzanine bedroom and bathroom. We found it warm and cosy and a great base to explore the west of Cornwall.”

Airbnb listing: Peaceful Country Treehouse

Price: From £244 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 bedroom)

Poachers Pocket, Helland

One of the most stylish cottages I found in Cornwall. This boutique luxury home, close to the Camel Trail in North Cornwall, has a somewhat hipster style complete with a record player and vinyl collection for guests. Other perks include a wood burning stove, roll top bath, his and hers bikes, and even an acoustic guitar for you to play.

What the guests say: “A wonderful cottage in a remote part of the Cornish countryside – perfect for a romantic getaway for a couple or an opportunity to recharge the batteries. High quality furnishings and Gemma is a fantastic host who is quick to get back to you with any requests/questions. Will be back in the future!”

Online listing: Poachers Pocket

Price: From £121 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 bedroom)

Luxury Moonshine Shack, Marhamchurch

This bolthole was purpose built by the owners and is a faithful recreation of a shack from the Old West, but with a Cornish twist, of course. Step back to the days of pioneers and prohibition and hide away like outlaws in the self-contained bunkhouse. With a charmingly rustic interior, it makes for a memorable stay. There’s even a hot tub on the porch.

What the guests say: “After previously staying at Tinker on the farm this is another big WOW. A beautifully built and quirky Moonshine shack in the peace and quiet of North Cornwall. What’s not to love! The shack (this is underplaying it somewhat) is huge, much bigger than it looks in the pics.

Everything has been built and placed with the comfort of the occupants in mind. The finish of the whole place is high end and I’d happily live here. Rocking chairs, hammock, hot tub, huge fire, walk in shower, separate bath, Netflix and a long couch, all perfect for lazing the days away. We can’t wait to come again once the world gets back to some kind of normality after Covid. Thank you Chris and Jan for accommodating us.”

Airbnb listing: Luxury Moonshine Shack

Price: From £190 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 bed)

Elderflower Shepherd’s Hut, near Port Isaac

This gorgeous little hut is on the site where I got married! It wasn’t there at the time, so is a relatively new addition to the Cornish Tipi Weddings site, a lovely woodland wonderland complete with its own lake. The hut even has its own private hot tub. There are several other huts available in the site too, as well as lots of tipis. It’s a good option if looking for a Port Isaac Airbnb.

What the guests say: “Dreamy place! Couldn’t recommend a getaway here enough. The lake is an absolute touch, surrounded by the trees, super quiet. The Shepard’s hut is such an amazing little space, hot tub is great and stays hot for ages! Also if you were to camp it looks like the best pitches ever, little spaces between the trees. Truly amazing place to stay!”

Airbnb listing: Elderflower Shepherd’s Hut

Price: From £90 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 bedroom)

Rosie’s Retreat, Bude

This cosy cabin with sweeping views has its own hot tub looking out across the countryside. Other features include a cosy sofa in front of the wood burner, radiators throughout, a king bed, well equipped kitchen and shower room. It’s a lovely countryside getaway.

What the guests say: “Rosie’s Retreat is a real gem, hidden away it’s a perfect getaway. The area is brilliant for beaches and walks, Bude and Stratton have some lovely places to eat too. We especially loved the cabin itself, the hot tub and Rosie the cat!”

Airbnb listing: Rosie’s Retreat

Price: From £108 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 double bedroom and bunk beds)

Bluebell Riverside Cabin, St Mabyn

Recently and extensively refurbished for 2020, Bluebell is situated in a beautiful tranquil setting with its own riverside garden and wooded copse. It’s a place to relax and take in the beautiful river views and surroundings. There’s even a private hot tub. The location is perfect for exploring North Cornwall’s coastline with its beautiful beaches and attractions.

What the guests say: “Bluebell is quite simply stunning. It looks incredible in the pictures but it’s even more breathtaking to see it in person. The perfect secluded retreat but also still close to so many places to visit. It was so relaxing to sit in the tub in the evening in total peace and quiet with just the sound of the stream.

Bluebell has been finished to such a high standard and was spotlessly clean. The welcome hamper was another lovely surprise and the little touches like fresh flowers throughout the cabin added to the personal feel. Ian and Debbie are wonderful hosts, very welcoming and happy to share local tips for places to visit and to eat.”

Airbnb listing: Bluebell Riverside Cabin

Price: From £120 per night

Sleeps: 2 people (1 bedroom)

Port and Sea Views, Newlyn

This contemporary, two-bedroom apartment has fabulous views across Newlyn and Mounts Bay. The open-plan lounge is a gorgeous space with high ceilings, exposed beams and a wood burner to keep things cosy.

What the guests say: “This is a truly wonderful place to stay. A stylish, spacious, open planned living area, with great views, working fire and well equipped kitchen. Cosy but spacious bedrooms with wonderful pieces of furniture. Good bathroom with bath. Celia and her partner were incredibly helpful and fast to respond to anything questions.”

Airbnb listing: Port and Sea Views, Newlyn

Price: From £90 per night

Sleeps: 4 people (2 bedrooms)

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