The Golden Lion pub, located high above the harbor in Port Isaac, has it all – cozy wood paneling, a roaring bonfire and good beer. Winter is the perfect time to visit this fishing village – the gift shops may be closed but the village will not be flooded with Dr. Martin Fan club. There is a spectacular circular walk past Kellan Head to Port Quin – or continue to Rumps, an Iron Age fort that juts out from the Pentire headland. Stay in a former pilchard cellar, a National Trust property located right on the stone at Port Quin – and get ready for a gale.
Carolina Basement, from £ 307 for two nights in January, nationaltrust.org.uk
On the south coast, the Roseland Peninsula is a hidden gem with beautiful beaches and secluded coves. In Portscatho, early risers can watch the sun rise with coffee and vanilla cream at Tatam’s café across the beach or take a winter sea swim if you dare. There are plenty of pubs to check out – the Plume of Feathers in Portscatho, the King’s Head at Ruan Lanihorne and the Roseland Inn in Philleigh are all cozy places for a pint by the fire. Stay at Cow Parsley Cottage, a short walk from Philleigh. With two outdoor baths located side by side in the garden, what could be better than taking a hot tub in the cold air at sunset? If you are lucky, you will see the barn owl living here also fly by.
Cow Persley Cottage, from £ 180 per night, penhallowfarmholidays.co.uk
Zennor, near Penzance
You can not miss Gurnard’s Head. This bright yellow pub is like a blob of English mustard on the rocks, a beacon of warmth and hospitality over the jagged cliffs. Tired hikers can find good food and open fire. There are lovely bedrooms upstairs. Before settling down, clear your head with a tramp across the fields to Gurnard’s Head itself, a towering rocky promontory with large Game of Thrones energy. Once the cobwebs are treated, head back to the pub. You will want to book table 18 in the window with the best view of the sea.
Winter holidays from £ 185 for two, dinner B&B, Sun-Thurs, gurnardshead.co.uk
Mousehole overwinters in style: In December and January, the harbor is adorned with a spectacular display of old-fashioned Christmas lights. Stay in Old Coastguard – sister hotel to Gurnard’s Head. It has the same irresistible offer of good food, good wine, cozy bedrooms – and it is child- and dog-friendly. Grab a matinee at the nearby Newlyn Filmhouse in a converted fishmonger before heading back to the Coast Guard for dinner. Winter breaks from £ 185 for two, dinner and B & Bs, two nights Sun-Collect; Sunday Sleepovers £ 207.50, for lunch, dinner and B&B, oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk
Spend lazy days exploring Falmouth town and relax with a Breton cider by the fire in the Beerwolf Books pub bookstore. Eat the best dough of your life at Proper Pasties, a hole-in-the-wall joint at Upton Slip, or enjoy an espresso and some socialist theory at Rubicund, a radical bookstore café in the historic St George’s Arcade. Stay at Star and Garter, a foodie pub with three apartments upstairs that has everything you need in the winter depths: a soft bed, a deep bath, a massive television and great views. The apartments are self-catering, but the food (and rum) in the pub downstairs is unique.
Apartments from £ 170 per night. Breakfast boxes are available for £ 35 extra which includes everything you need for a hearty frying; starandgarterfalmouth.co.uk
Porthleven and lizards
The village of Porthleven, on the south coast, is famous for images of big waves breaking over its harbor walls and churches during winter storms – and the town’s best spot is at the Ship Inn, an atmospheric pub where you can watch the sea explode against the harbor walls. Head to nearby Lizard Point and warm up with lunch at the Polpeor Café, perched dangerously high on the cliffs. Stay in Pednagothollan, a large house on the Lizard Cliffs overlooking Kynance Cove, which has great rates for winter stays.
From £ 995 for 7 nights, sleeps 6; forevercornwall.co.uk
Helford, near Falmouth
If the weather gets too much, you can retreat to the sheltered streams around Helford Passage. Here, surrounded by old wooded area, you will find the Ferry Boat Inn, located on the banks of the river, with tables outside so parents can eat and drink while the kids play on the beach. Come to the Sunday roasts, which are indecently huge and delicious. The nearby Trebah Garden is a subtropical paradise teeming with tree ferns, bamboo and hydrangeas. It also has a private beach, perfect for wild swimming – yes, even in winter. Stay at Little Trenant Barn on Polwheveral Creek, which comes with its own rowing boat, called Sandy.
From £ 145 per night, sleeps 4; airbnb.co.uk
At Trevose Head, slender trees disperse the wild cliff tops, and the sea booms in dramatic gorges. Constantine, Booby’s and Trevone are fantastic beaches for a stormy tramp. If you fancy eating out, locals will fable about Prawn on the Lawn in Padstow, which won British Fish Restaurant of the Year in 2020. And stay at the cozy Pig at Harlyn Bay, a warren-like pile of land: guests are actively encouraged to collapse in with velvet armchairs by the fire. Collapse with a cocktail in hand before putting in unique food in the candlelit dining room, scented with dried rosemary and wood smoke.
From £ 150; thepighotel.com
In bad weather, Penzance’s seafront becomes a theater where the waves show an exciting show. After a walk along the promenade, you can explore the thriving independent main street, where smart home shops, such as No 56, rub against old-fashioned gemstones like Jim’s department store, where you can buy everything from a set of vampire teeth to an enamel pie dish. Do not miss Tam O’Shanter, a small shop selling traditional wool sweaters, the frame knit by “83-year-old Frank”. Warm up at Honey Pot, a cozy café serving roasts on a Sunday. Chapel House, a serene hotel in the center of town, has baths in the bedrooms and views of St. Michael’s Mount.
From £ 160 per night; chapelhousepz.co.uk
Portholland, near Mevagissey
Enjoy a windswept walk along Portholland Beach before lunch at the Kings Arms in the nearby Mevagissey fishing port. It’s a proper pub, with excellent wine and lots of atmosphere – think heavy wooden tables, a tiled floor and daily menus scratched in chalk. Book ahead of their festive parties for December. Chapel House on Portholland Beach is the ultimate cozy stay for New Year and beyond. Curl up with a book while the rain hits the arched windows facing straight out to sea.
From £ 100 per night, sleeps 6, children are welcome, sawdays.co.uk