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Family favourites for a summer escape in Cornwall

Cove near Dog-friendly Apartments in Port Gaverne by Forever Cornwall Holiday Cottages

We let our reviews do the talking and have picked eight family favourite retreats in popular locations for your next summer escape to Cornwall!


📍Gwithian 🛌 Sleeps 6 🐕 Dog friendly

Driftwood has been a cherished holiday home for our guests since Forever Cornwall first started, and is a popular retreat for families of up to six. With its proximity to the beach, recent refurbishments and open-plan living area, this dog friendly chalet is a firm favourite if you’re looking for a summer escape by the sea in Gwithian.

Recent guest Richard said: “Top start with a lovely warm house and comprehensive welcome pack. In full knowledge of the weather we had a super base from which to operate. We know the area so well then finding a place like Driftwood was brilliant. Altogether an excellent place.”

View and book Driftwood here.

Rock House

📍Bude 🛌 Sleeps 8 🐕 Dog friendly

Calling all Bude lovers! Rock House is the ideal coastal home away from home, and sleeps up to eight across four bedrooms. Featuring a large garden with a swing set and short walk to Bude’s beaches and town, this family home is in an ideal location.

Our regular guest Emma said: “Rock House is our home from home. Perfectly located for both the town and beach.”

View Rock House here.

Avalon Beach House

📍Maenporth 🛌 Sleeps 6 🐕 Dog friendly

Avalon Beach House is a fantastic home quite literally a stone’s throw from the beach. You couldn’t be much closer to the sandy shores of Maenporth and with sea views, modern and homely interiors, and ideal location to explore Falmouth and Helford just a short drive away, there’s no wonder why our guests keep returning to this hidden gem.

The Turners said: “We loved the position of the place and enjoyed all the walks from the front door, especially along the beach for an afternoon ice cream at the beach hut. Hopefully we’ll be able to visit again soon.”

View and book Avalon Beach House here.

To the Shore

📍Mawgan Porth 🛌 Sleeps 8 🐕 Dog friendly

To the Shore is a contemporary high-tech retreat just 150m from the beach. All members of the family will enjoy this home, with modern interiors, a garden, sun terrace and balcony, as well as fantastic finishing touches including a projector for watching films on a cool evening… it’ll be hard not to leave!

Mrs Alan said: “To The Shore has the ultimate wow factor! Taken aback with its modern design and features, what a beautiful and comfortable retreat for our group of three adults, one teen and one older child. The main highlight was the projector room loved by kids! The beach being a stone’s throw away was a treat, watching the waves was so mesmerising. Being close to the airport and bus transport was a bonus. So much to do indoors in comfort on rainy days (which we had). Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!”

Take a look at To The Shore here.

Kestle Cottage

📍Helford 🛌 Sleeps 4 🐕 Dog friendly

If you’re in the know with idyllic tucked away locations in Cornwall, you’ll probably be familiar with Helford river. Our Helford River cottages are situated in one of Cornwall’s most beautiful and dramatic areas where you can find quiet fishing villages, ancient wooded creeks, award-winning sub-tropical gardens to roam around and some of Cornwall’s most tranquil beaches. Kestle Cottage is just a few minutes from the water and is part of a beautifully restored farmstead. This retreat is a south-coast favourite for small families and sleeps four as well as your four-legged friends too!

Elaine and David said: “What a fabulous, magical place Kestle Barton is. The cottage is beautiful and being part of a larger art gallery, garden, meadow and orchard with such impressive eco-art credentials felt really special. All of the staff, owners, gardeners and resident garden robin were really friendly and welcoming.”

View and book Kestle Cottage here.

Spring Tide

📍Newquay 🛌 Sleeps 8 🐕 Dog friendly

There’s no denying Newquay being one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations, and it’s all for good reason… If you’re wanting to be in Newquay, but just outside of the hustle and bustle, look no further than Spring Tide. This impressive home has beautiful views of the ever-changing estuary, and sleeps eight across three bedrooms. Children will love the bunk beds, and adults will equally love the bedrooms with balconies and fantastic views.

Abby stayed at Spring Tide and said: “Spring Tide is beautifully presented and so well equipped. Such a great location and the sunsets from the balcony are incredible.”

Take a look at Spring Tide here.

Lower Tregudda

Outside Lower Tregudda Dog-friendly Apartment Port Gaverne by Forever Cornwall Holiday Cottages

📍Port Gaverne 🛌 Sleeps 8 🐕 Dog friendly

Port Gaverne is a perfect secluded hamlet, ideal for families wanting a low-maintenance holiday by the sea. Lower Tregudda is a ground floor apartment sleeping eight and is just seconds from the beach, which is a secluded cove ideal for sea swimming and water sports. It has one of the best spots in Port Gaverne and our guests love this retreat!

Joanne said: “Genuinely lovely views. It is a well equipped and comfortable cottage with some lovely finishing touches. We had a super week and wouldn’t hesitate to book again.”

View and book Lower Tregudda here.

Little Acres

📍Marazion 🛌 Sleeps 12 🐕 Dog friendly

Great for larger families, Little Acres is an impressive holiday home set back from Marazion. With show-stopping views of St Michaels Mount, an abundance of space and a fantastic garden, this retreat is a must-visit for those wanting to explore the West Coast.

Jackie said: “A beautiful home with stunning views across the bay, I never got tired of sitting on the balcony watching the sail boats, tides and ever changing sky. We got to enjoy the garden space. The walk to the sea front shops and restaurants was manageable with a 5 month old and 2 1/2 year old. Recommend this for a large family holiday. All our needs were met. We will definitely be back”

Check out Little Acres here.