Wish you were here?

Forss House
Thurso, Scotland

Country house,
bright rooms,
salmon fishing nearby

Wish you were here?

Casa Rural Finca Las Encinas
Andalucia, Spain

Stunning grounds,
rustic rooms,
outdoor activities nearby

Wish you were here?

Powys, Wales

Large country house,
high standards,
lovely views


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Our Cornwall and Scilly Isles places to stay highlight the best of the owner-managed bed-and-breakfasts, guesthouses, inns and small hotels in this popular tourist county of South-West England.

Coastal Cornwall is consistently spectacular, with its towering cliffs and Atlantic rollers. Sister hotels The Gurnard's Head and The Old Coastguard are worth visiting for their relaxed atmosphere and stunning sea views. We would also like to draw your attention to Summer House, another one of our old favourites.

On the Scilly Isles we recommend the charming and unusual Star Castle. Inland Cornwall offers a retreat from the busier coastal location, especially during peak season, and while the landscape is at times a little bleak for some visitors, the granite tors of Bodmin Moor and pretty lakes can be a welcome change of scenery. Our Cornwall selection sums up the best smaller places to stay in the county.

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Artist Residence Cornwall

20 Chapel Street, Penzance, West Cornwall, TR18 4AW, 01736 365 664
Contemporary art hotel

Blue Hayes

Trelyon Avenue, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2AD, 01736 799098
Trendy, upmarket luxury hotel

Driftwood Hotel

Rosevine, Portscatho, TR2 5EW Cornwall, 01872 580644
Wonderful seaside hotel, good food

Gurnard's Head

Treen, Near Zennor, St Ives TR26 3DE, Cornwall, 01736 796 928
Stunning location, excellent menu

Hotel Tresanton

St Mawes, Cornwall, TR2 5DR, (01326) 270055
The best seaside hotel in Cornwall

Old Quay House

28 Fore Street, Cornwall PL23 1AQ, Fowey, 01726 833302
A slice of heaven for river lovers

Summer House

Cornwall Terrace, TR18 4HL, Penzance, 01736 363744
Charming restaurant with rooms

The Beach

Summerleaze Crescent, Bude, EX23 8HJ, Cornwall, 01288 389 800
Wonderful bed and breakfast, stunning views

The Old Coastguard

The Parade, Mousehole, Penzance TR19 6PR, Cornwall, 01736 731 222
Newly-refurbished, classic seaside hotel
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