Cornwall Hideaways review: a crisp Airbnb alternative in a sublime location
Cornwall has always been a popular holiday destination, even during “normal” times. But after 18 months of Britain’s lockdown on “Plague Island,” the county’s rugged shores, sky-high skies, wonderful microclimate and glorious food scene have become as desirable as seven figures on the Euromillions.
However, as desirable as Cornwall may seem today, finding accommodation in Cornwall right now is rarer than winning the lottery. With demand exceeding supply for some time, it’s good to have a secret weapon to bypass Airbnb or Trivago limitations. And that’s where Cornish Huts kicking in.
Modeled after Airbnb, Cornwall Hideaways is a collection of homes available for rent across the county, via a user-friendly website that is divided into responsive sections, based on size, short-term availability, location, etc. Unfortunately, it cannot do anything over distance or traffic. It’s always about getting up early or buying a boat. Maybe both.
The property we stayed in, Valley view, was, frankly, a cracker: three bedrooms, a powder room, a well-equipped kitchen, a comfortable living room with a TV, a collection of DVDs and a wood-burning stove, good Wi-Fi – you name it .
Unfortunately, as this was a fairly short-lived visit – well it’s Cornwall, when you can get a room you have to go, even if it’s only for two or three days – we didn’t have much enjoyed the outdoor space or use the outdoor grill. We did appreciate the welcome pack however – the fudge and shortbread were inhaled, the local coffee, tea, milk, salt and pepper were very helpful – as well as the standards of cleanliness, the comfort of the rooms and the squidginess of the guest towels.
Check-in was also easy: clear instructions were received on time via email, the location of the key safe was clearly explained and the in-house information book was very helpful. Having had a few less than simple recordings over the years, this has all been very simple and effective.
Driving instructions were also clear, although the last leg of the trip was slightly confusing on our first departure. This was not helped by the closure of the nearest pub – a convenient turnaround and alternative parking – due to the pandemic, so it’s hard to hold a grudge against Cornwall Hideaways for this one (unless you know something we don’t know).
As for the location, things couldn’t have been better. We had a few things to do in Newlyn and Penzance, and Valley View is just a few minutes west on another painfully beautiful cove called Lamorna.
St Ives is an easy drive, Land’s End and Mousehole ditto. It is a good place to explore the westernmost tip of the UK. And, frankly, Cornwall Hideaways – and its sister sites spanning Norfolk, Suffolk, the Cotswolds, Yorkshire and other parts of the UK and Europe – are great places to explore the UK in general.
Prices at Valley View start from £ 467 per night; cornwallhideaways.co.uk