Cornwall LivingIssue #127

Autumnal hideaways

We discover some cosy Cornish stays perfect for exploring the Duchy in the shoulder season.

As the crowds disperse and the Duchy dons its cloak of autumn colours, now is the perfect time to enjoy Cornwall at a more leisurely pace. Quiet beaches and clifftops offer endless opportunities for long walks with just the circling gulls for company, while inland the crunch underfoot of crisp autumn leaves make for magical strolls through the woodlands and winding footpaths that lace the county. Falmouth Holiday Homes’ portfolio of properties is perfect for enjoying Cornwall at this time of year and we’ve been taking a look at just a few we think you
will love.

Bay Tree Cottage

Just steps from the water’s edge at Devoran, this delightful Cornish cottage has been beautifully styled by its interior designer owner, maintaining its character while ensuring it has all the modern conveniences that make a holiday home complete. The entrance to this sleep-five cottage is via a little porch, perfect for storing muddy boots after a day’s exploration of the nearby river and its creeks. Underfloor heating warms even the coldest of toes while a woodburner is the ideal evening companion while you relax on one of the sink-into sofas.

Blue Water Cottage

You’ll find Blue Water right on Flushing Quay benefitting from tranquil waterfront views across the water. Sleeping six over three floors, this historic property was once a ‘bethel’ or meeting room for sailors. You can walk from the door with your dog, (the property allows one well-behaved hound) following the Carrick Roads around to Mylor and on to Restronguet, with The Lemon Arms and The Pandora Inn perfectly positioned on the way for refuelling. On your return, the cottage has lots of cosy nooks throughout the property in which to relax along with a woodburner in the main living space.

Marine Cottage

Situated in the heart of Falmouth’s old town, if you’re seeking a historic property from which to explore this maritime Mecca, look no further. From the upper floors of this sleep-four Grade II listed property you can look out across the rooftops to the water beyond. Benefitting from a two-year restoration plan in partnership with The Cornwall Heritage and Conservation Authority, this is a truly stunning place to stay, offering sumptuous surroundings. 

Poppy Cottage

For those who want to experience a dog-friendly stay in the heart of Flushing, this sleep-four fisherman’s cottage is a relaxing retreat, complete with a pretty courtyard garden. It’s just a short boat ride away from Falmouth, where its eclectic array of boutique shops and award-winning restaurants are just waiting to be discovered. For the more adventurous, a boat trip across to St Mawes allows visitors to explore the glorious Roseland Peninsula. On your return, no less than two village pubs welcome weary walkers for refreshment before you head back to warm your toes in front of the fire, planning for the next day’s adventure.


For a Cornish canine adventure, Riverside offers the perfect place to stay for up to six people and two happy hounds. With autumn rambles and winter walkies in mind, the lobby here allows visitors to kick off their boots and towel down damp doggies without worry before entering the open plan living area, warmed by a wood-burning stove. There’s also a second sitting room where light floods in, with doors that open out on to the patio whose west-facing sea wall looks directly out across the river. 

The Paddock

From the characterful to the contemporary, The Paddock in Flushing is no less inviting. Sleeping eight, this stunning modern holiday home benefits from multiple terraces that all look seaward. Its sheltered position means that even in the shoulder months you can enjoy a morning coffee or a sundowner while looking out across the water, or enjoy a meander through the carefully-planted gardens on a crisp autumn morning, breathing in the sea air. Being dog friendly means no one is left out and the addition of off-road parking means this waterfront home ticks all the boxes.

Each of these properties affords a wonderful base from which to explore Cornwall’s coast and countryside this autumn; which one will you choose?