The best Airbnbs in Cornwall for all tastes and styles

Eeveryone, it seems, wants to be in Cornwall this summer: vacationers, second home hunters, town refugees, celebrity chefs – and even US presidents.

And that’s hardly surprising: with the prospect of traveling abroad still a distant dream, Cornish beaches, coves and cliffs are a tempting option.

To meet demand, there has been a corresponding boom in Cornwall’s Airbnb marketplace, especially as visitors increasingly seek privacy and space rather than the comforts of traditional hotels.

In fact, the volume of places on offer can be overwhelming (depending on a report, Cornwall currently has over 10,000 Airbnb listings), so we’ve done the job for you and selected 10 of the best.

Neighborhood: Near Bude

(Luxury Moonshine Shack / Airbnb)

A slice of the Wild West comes to North Cornwall in this clapboard curiosity, decorated to resemble a pioneer log cabin – with wooden beams, Native American art, rustic furniture, a stone fireplace, animal heads on the walls and even a miniature moonlight still. The vibe is deliberately rustic, but the cabin is also packed with luxurious features, including a freestanding freestanding tub and outdoor hot tub. There are also rocking chairs on the lanai, perfect for sipping a sunset.

Average price £ 190 per night, three night minimum

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Neighborhood: Newlyn

(Peaceful countryside treehouse)

Formerly an artist’s studio owned by printmaker Hugh Stoneman, this timber frame post house is all about light, space and views of the woods. Downstairs there is an open plan living and kitchen area, floored and filled with artwork, while upstairs is a small mezzanine bedroom, with a skylight for stargazing. The building’s footprint is small, but it feels a lot more spacious thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and the wraparound wooden deck that overlooks six acres of private land.

Average price £ 250 per night, three night minimum

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District: Constantine

(Airbnb)

You could be forgiven for thinking you stumbled upon Hobbiton here. This little log cabin is packed with quirky features: A-beams, handcrafted doors, wobbly wood cladding, and shuttered windows overlooking the riverside gardens. Despite the reduced dimensions, the cabin can accommodate four people: two bunk beds for children in the main room downstairs, plus a double bed in the mezzanine (rather cramped). It’s a smart use of space, and the mix-and-match style is endearing – though the composting toilet and outdoor shower aren’t for everyone. Still, the surroundings are to die for: there’s a fire pit for outdoor cooking, gardens to explore, and a ringing stream nearby.

Average price £ 145 per night, minimum two nights

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Neighborhood: Porthallow

(Airbnb / Nansbara)

If it’s a classic country house you’re looking for, try this converted stone barn on the east side of Le Lizard. Located at the end of the owners’ garden next to a pond with water lilies, it has been judiciously laid out: large wooden rafters and exposed stone slabs honor the heritage of the barn, while the simple decor (green sash windows pistachio, checkered curtains, brass bed bases, wood burner) make it a cozy and welcoming space. The chic Smeg fridge is also a nice touch. Outside there is a terrace overlooking the garden, and beyond, sea flashes.

Average price £ 90 per night, five night minimum

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Neighborhood: Falmouth

(Trécombe Lodge / Airbnb)

There is a whiff of Swedish minimalism at this contemporary lodge, just outside the village of Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth. It’s a sleek, square space that looks like it was built from a flat pack: all sharp edges and bare wood, perched on stilts and built with an emphasis on eco-friendly materials. There is one bedroom, but a patio and additional sofa beds mean the lodge can comfortably accommodate up to six people. The metal hot tub on the deck offers luxury and the garden setting is lovely. For something simpler, there are also wooden camping pods for rent.

Average price £ 210 per night, minimum two nights

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District: Penzance

(Le Pain / Airbnb)

Located on Bread St, an alley off the main drag in Penzance, this bun offers a change from the rustic Cornish vibe. It looks more like a compact London loft than a Penzance cottage: small in size, but imaginatively designed to make the most of the space, with skylights on the roof, a compact kitchen, a bedroom hidden behind a balcony and even a nice toilet hidden in a cupboard. There are also lovely local touches: Cornish porcelain plates, old-fashioned radiators, bone boards, brass bathroom accessories. Great fun and great value for money – shame there is no sea view.

Average price £ 80 per night

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Neighborhood: Mousehole

(Old Fish Cellar / Airbnb)

Vacation rentals aren’t hard to find in Mousehole, but finding somewhere affordable is downright harder – which makes this whitewashed bolt hole a rare find. As the name suggests, it was once a fishmonger (so it’s on the tiny side of jewelry), and its industrial heritage influenced the design: rough stone walls and heavy timbers, copper sinks and chunky lanterns. ship, a table in an old carpenter’s bench, a steel sliding door in the room. You’re just steps from the harbor, but as always in Mousehole, parking is a real headache.

Average price £ 99 per night, minimum two nights

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Neighborhood: Leedstown

(The boathouse / Airbnb)

You get your own private lake at this log cabin, complete with a cantilever bridge over the water and a small rowboat moored alongside. It’s bright and open-plan, and while simply furnished, everything here revolves around the view of the water. It also feels incredibly private: it’s one of two properties (the other is a yurt) at Pengelly Retreats, a secluded seven-acre location equidistant from Porthleven on the south coast and Gwithian to the north.

Average price £ 135 per night, three night minimum

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Neighborhood: Ashton

(La Porcherie / Airbnb)

You are away from the summer hordes here, along the Porthleven to Penzance road, and yet the popular beaches of Praa Sands and Rinsey are within driving distance. Independent and elegantly furnished, this old stone-fronted pigsty looks traditional but has a surprisingly modern interior: a sleek gray kitchen, light white walls, laminate floors, and skylights offering views over the fields to the sea. There is also a patio in the backyard, perfect for private barbecues and twilight drinks.

Average price £ 120 per night

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Neighborhood: Praze-an-Beeble

(Maison Trenoweth / Airbnb)

Forget the shepherd’s huts and little garden huts – how about your own Cornish mansion? With six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, this gabled house (formerly a Victorian parsonage) offers the ultimate Cornish retreat. Nestled on three acres, including a private lake and woods, the sprawling home is Grade II listed and filled with fireplaces, canopies, exposed stone walls and upcycled furniture. It even has its own library. Yes, it gets a bit cold and squeaky in places, but really – how often are you lucky enough to stay in such a grand place?

Average price £ 400 per night, minimum two nights

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