Cornwall is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations, known for its clear turquoise sea, beautiful beaches, excellent surfing and pretty coastal walks. It is no wonder that demand for property on the Cornish coast remains so high.
Cornwall is home to some of the UK’s finest restaurants and excellent local produce; visitors and residents alike enjoy the Cornish clotted cream, ice cream and of course the local special – a Cornish pasty.
Dotted along the Cornish coastline are pretty fishing villages, port towns and many exquisite coastal homes.
When looking for a property in Cornwall whether it’s as a main residence or a second home it can be difficult to decide the best location, here we consider some of the most desirable areas of Cornwall and why properties here are so sought after.
Cottages in St Ives
St Ives is one of the better known Cornish towns, famed for its pretty terraced cottages, independent stores, many impressive places to eat and as the location of a Tate Gallery.
The town has a wealth of boutique, quirky shops which can be found on roads such as The Didgey, Ayr Lane and Fore Street, along with many excellent places to eat, many of which have views out to sea.
St Ives is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Cornwall.
As a place to live St Ives is a treasure trove of places to enjoy, with many hidden down small back streets and there are beautiful sandy beaches nearby such as Carbis Bay.
Second home on the Camel Estuary
The Camel Estuary which runs from Rock on one side and Padstow on the other down river into Wadebridge is one of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being set inland the area is largely protected from the strong winds at sea thus making the area popular with those who enjoy water sports.
There is sailing, water skiing, wind sailing and water skiing available in the area. Nearby Polzeath, which is at the mouth of the estuary where it meets the sea, has a large sandy beach which has world famous surfing waters.
There are a range of amenities in the area including a bakery, butcher, delicatessen and many excellent places to eat and drink. For golfers, located near Wadebridge is the renowned Championship St Edonoc Golf Club.
Rock and Padstow are well established holiday destinations, in more recent years newer detached properties some within small, exclusive developments where a collection of homes are built, have been added to the original properties in the area, which now rarely come to the market and often see competition in the bid to secure them.
Fowey Holiday Home
The small town of Fowey in south Cornwall is often considered to be one of the best preserved waterside towns with many medieval and Georgian buildings and its historical harbour.
Fowey is also within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by beautiful Cornish coast and countryside on the western side of the Fowey estuary, at the mouth of the River Fowey.
Properties in and around Fowey often boast spectacular views and surrounds.
Homes in Falmouth
The town of Falmouth, located on the Fal Estuary on the southern Cornish coast is a popular place to live and visit.
The town itself has a wide array of amenities; shops, pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes, a mixture of both independent and chain run establishments catering to all.
Where some areas of Cornwall only see activity in the holiday season, due to its busy port Falmouth is a hive of activity all year round.
There is also Falmouth University which brings a transient demographic of students again adding to the local buzz.
For beaches some of the best are a short drive away at Swanpool and Maenporth, which are both sandy, family friendly and great for swimming and paddle boarding.
For sailing there are many facilities in the area such as those at Falmouth Bay and Helford River. And for coastal walks the South West Coast Path links the beaches around Falmouth Bay.
Villages in Cornwall
There are many picturesque villages throughout Cornwall, one fine example is that of St Clement which is St Clement, located on the banks of the Tresillian River within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
From the river banks many enjoy watersports such as kayaking, rowing, paddle boarding and sailing.
Nearby is the city of Truro for a wide range of amenities and excellent transport connections including regular trains to London Paddington.
St Mawes Property
On the eastern side of the Fal Estuary is the south facing, harbour village of St Mawes which is also within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along with many of the other places with included in this article.
Much of St Mawes surrounding are owned by the National Trust, preserving the area and it’s buildings of note.
St Mawes has an array of amenities meaning residents don’t have to travel far for the most of their needs, there are also several places to eat and drink including two public houses.
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