For much of the calendar year, the United Kingdom can be a challenging place to live with regards to the weather. The cold rain (and occasional snow) of winter lingers on for much longer than it should, to the point where you wonder if will ever end.
However, you know that once spring gains a firm foothold in the British Isles, the charm of this place becomes unavoidable to all but the most cynical souls. Summer won’t be far behind, and with it, many families here will flock to the coast, making the most of the precious sunshine that smiles upon Britain’s ruggedly beautiful shores.
As such, it’s time to plan for this year’s holidays before the masses gobble up the entire inventory of accommodations in the months to come. Cornwall’s sea coast is a brilliant place to locate to in fine weather, as the shockingly aquamarine waters off the powdery white beaches here are backed by dramatic cliffs that will have you forgetting about places like Malaysia (at least until it starts getting cold again!).
The big question remains though: where is the best place to find affordable self catering cottages in Cornwall? There are three distinct places that embrace the bucolic rural spirit of this region, while allowing easy access to the fine beaches for which this self-governing duchy is famous.
Let’s review each of them in detail:
For those who wish to spend their time in a village that oozes medieval character, St. Mawes is an excellent choice. This settlement is close by to historic castles such as one that bears the name of the town, a round fortress built by Henry VIII to defend the south coast of the United Kingdom from invading forces.
If you wish to teach your kids the discipline-instilling sport of sailing, there is a yacht club in town that takes on youths from eight to sixteen years of age. With your little ones out of your hands for a few hours at least, stroll with your partner along the cute side streets of this ageless town, perhaps stopping by the local bakery on the quay for a pasty pie?
Are you looking for a cottage in a village that’s a little closer to the beaches in the area? If so, reserving a rental in Portscatho is a better option, as it lies within walking distance of many fine beaches (20 minutes at the most) in its general vicinity.
It doesn’t sacrifice authenticity or charm being here though, as Portscatho has managed to hold on to its heritage as a fishing port over the years, allowing a chance for your children to see where their battered cod comes from, and the people that pluck them from the depths of the ocean. Art galleries and gift shops make for excellent leisurely wanderings along its sleepy high street, while the lighthouse from the Muppet TV series “Fraggle Rock” is also located nearby!
For those looking to leave all semblances of city/town life behind for the peaceful, farm-studded countryside, the Roseland Peninsula is your best bet. Walk along tree shaded lanes, over grassy headlands that rustle pleasantly in the constant sea breeze, and to one of many hidden beaches that abound on this peninsula that only Britons know about!
For families from the United Kingdom, a holiday in Cornwall is an event that many eagerly anticipate. If you don’t know what the commotion is all about, why don’t you join them this season and find out?