The Cornish coast is a beloved destination for tourists, offering breath-taking coastlines, picturesque villages, and a rich cultural heritage. However, during peak season, the crowds can detract from the natural beauty of this county. Plus, in the summer months and school holidays the tiny roads are gridlocked, and the quaint fishing villages packed full of tourists ruining that kodak moment.
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle this summer, we’ve compiled a list of the top 3 places to stay in Cornwall that offer peace and tranquillity. From charming coastal villages to serene retreats in the heart of Cornwall’s wilderness, these locations are perfect for those seeking solace from crowded tourist hotspots. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on an adventure to discover Cornwall’s hidden gems away from the crowds.
On the West Coast of Cornwall, Mousehole is a charming fishing village that offers a peaceful escape from the crowds during summer. The tranquil village is surrounded by picturesque scenery and outstanding natural beauty. It has retained its traditional Cornish character, making it an ideal place to immerse oneself in the local culture.
Close to the historic fishing town of Penzance, it also offers visitors a charming blend of old-world charm and modern amenities, without the people.
Mousehole boasts of several seafood restaurants, art galleries, and historic landmarks that showcase its rich heritage. Visitors can indulge in hikes on the coastal path or scenic drives along the coastline to discover secluded beaches and quaint cottages. The village also hosts local festivals that provide a glimpse into Cornish life.
Mousehole’s fishing village charm extends to its cosy local pubs which are perfect for relaxing after a day of exploration. Its harbour provides a beautiful backdrop for leisurely strolls with stunning views out to sea. The village is an excellent base for exploring nearby attractions such as St Michael’s Mount or Land’s End while still enjoying the peace and quiet away from crowds.
Overall, Mousehole is an idyllic destination for anyone looking to experience West Cornwall’s authentic beauty while avoiding tourist hotspots this summer.
St. Just in Roseland
Located on the Roseland peninsula part of the south coast of Cornwall, St. Just in Roseland offers a secluded haven for those seeking a peaceful retreat away from the bustling hordes of Falmouth. With its picturesque village setting and tranquil creek-side location, visitors can enjoy stunning views across the water to Falmouth while exploring secluded beaches and embarking on coastal walks along the South West Coast Path.
Apart from the scenic beauty, St. Just in Roseland boasts an impressive range of activities to keep visitors entertained. Wildlife spotting is a popular pastime here with plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds and marine life. Historic landmarks such as St Just-in-Roseland Church offer glimpses into Cornwall’s rich history, while rrt galleries showcase local talent, and boutique shopping options offer unique souvenirs to take back home.
And when it comes to cuisine, there are plenty of options available including locally caught seafood served up at top-notch restaurants in town.
Charlestown, a picturesque harbour village on the south coast of Cornwall, is a great quieter alternative to St Austell and gives the same easy access to Polkerris beach, Mevagissy and the lost gardens of Heligan.
It’s also a well-known village for its shipwreck stories and hidden coves that attract tourists interested in the regions rich maritime history. The Charlestown Maritime Museum showcases the village’s fishing heritage through interactive exhibits, as well as an impressive collection of ships and boats.
Nestled in a scenic harbour, Charlestown boasts stunning Georgian architecture that adds to its charm. Sailing opportunities and boat trips are also abundant here, making it an ideal destination for those who want to experience life on the water.
Visitors can enjoy a peaceful stay away from crowds while immersing themselves in the beauty of this historic fishing village.
Polkerris Beach deserves a cheeky mention, much to the chagrin of the locals no doubt. Marvel at this wonderful secluded private beach with beachside dining at The Rashleigh Arms or Sam’s on the Beach for the romantic seaside sunsets. The sandy beach has rock pools, and no luxury hotel in sight. It’s a short walk from the car parks, which can be full of locals.
In conclusion, Cornwall has many hidden gems and fabulous beaches where visitors can escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful holiday. I can’t tell you them all, as some need to remain a local secret. But these three locations offer tranquil escapes this summer that are still close to the unmissable sights.
Regardless of the the time of the year when visiting Cornwall, don’t miss an opportunity to go to Kynance Cove (a real jewel in the National Trust’s crown), Bodmin moor, Tintagel Castle, The Minack Theatre, St Ives bay, The Lizard Peninsula and The Isles of Scilly. They are so worth visiting if you haven’t already.