Cornwall Tourism Guide

Unusual Places to Stay in Cornwall

Looking for somewhere unique and maybe a little unusual to stay? Then here are just a handful of quirky and characterful places to stay on the English coastline.

For centuries, Cornwall has attracted countless couples to its beautiful coastlines and rolling countryside with a variety of activities to keep you entertained and relaxed.

Both the North and South Coasts offer a diverse array of holiday experiences including surfing, sailing and sea kayaking on the coast while walking, cycling and horse riding are just a few things to do inland. Not forgetting all of the amazing restaurants, pubs and historical attractions of course.

But while most people will normally choose to stay at a traditional Cornish Cottage either, there are an abundance of unusual places to stay both inland and on the coast.

The Gaffer Cottage

Between the high hills and the rolling river in the heart of Boscastle, this charming cottage is perfect for exploring the South West Coast Path, sensational countryside and beaches. This Cornish seaside village also plays host to some of the best cream teas that money can buy.

This is a truly English holiday experience with that fresh salty sea air, the gulls crying nearby and the sounds of a fishing village coming to life, lots of walking and an opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures.

It may not be particularly ‘unusual’ per say, but it’s distinctly difference with a lot of rustic Cornish charm.

Upton House

And now for something completely different…

Upton House is a bizarre and theatrically beautiful bed and breakfast hotel with fun themed rooms from the lush purple Loft Suite, to the incredibly white and angelic Snow Bubble, to the devilishly elegant Skullery and the incredibly fashionable Flamingo Room. Meanwhile The Upstairs is a lavishly decadent chill out space playing host to all manner of marvellous events.

The food is every bite as fabulously crazy as the décor, making Upton House a spectacular 5 star stay with someone special in Cornwall.


Alternatively, if you fancy something a little more old fashioned and rustic, you can hire out a beautifully restored railway carriage converted into a cosy little cabin.

The size of the carriages vary tremendously, but all are absolutely beautiful both inside and out, while the biggest can sleep up to 14 people.

This is the perfect place to stay if you’re in love with the British railway or would simply like to stay somewhere unusual that’s steeped in history.


There are countless quirky, unusual and unique places to stay on your weekend breaks in and around Cornwall, but like with some many things you cannot easily find them on Google. You have to look hard and ask around to find a real gem.

Hopefully this article gives you some ideas about what is out there and where to look.

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