9 Best Holiday Cottages in Cornwall with a Pool
8th February 2017
Cornwall is one of the most popular counties in Britain for family holidays, especially for families staying in a holiday cottage.
You get the freedom of coming and going as you please mixed with wonderful beaches, quaint towns and glorious countryside to visit.
You can enhance a really great holiday by renting a cottage with a swimming pool - something for the kids to do in “down time” when you’re not exploring the area, and great for adults to relax by!
Below we’ve selected some of the best holiday cottages in Devon with a pool - these are the places we think will really make your holiday this year!
Harrowbarrow, Tamar Valley, Cornwall
This family-friendly cottage has so much to offer that you won't want to leave it to explore the area!
It has fantastic views over the Tamar Valley, a solar-heated swimming pool with a great barbeque area, and lovely sloping lawns with pretty flower beds.
The cottage sleeps up to six in three bedrooms, with two of the bedrooms being situated on the ground floor.
Halfpenny Cottage has a balcony leading off the open plan living area, and a private garden, leading down to a wooded area where the kids can play and let off steam!
If you can tear yourself away from the cottage's lovely peaceful setting, there is lots to do in the Harrowbarrow area: Cotehele, the National Trust house is just a short drive away, or you can visit Morwhellam Quay to find out about the area's mining heritage.
This really is the ultimate in luxury apartment living. It's set on the second floor of a modern apartment block with fantastic views overlooking the town of Newquay, and the sea beyond. With two bedrooms, the apartment is suitable for a family or perhaps two couples.
The apartment block has a great range of relaxation and fitness options available - an indoor swimming pool (useful if it's raining!), a multi gym, and even a sauna! There's a secure underground car park, so you'll always have some where to park your car.
Of course you can always use the local natural relaxation and fitness facilities - the apartment is a stone's throw from the lovely sandy beach in Newquay, with numerous other beaches close by, including the famous Fistral beach for surfing.
Besides the leisure facilities, the apartment is well equipped, with two bedrooms (two doubles, one of which can be converted to single beds), a lovely modern bathroom, and a super balcony overlooking the town and sea leading from the open plan living area.
There is even a high powered telescope on the balcony so you can really make the most of the views - you can see for miles along the north coast of Cornwall...
Poughill near Bude, Cornwall
One of the best features of this cottage (besides its peaceful location) is the 40 foot heated indoor pool and games room with a pool table, and table tennis. This makes it an ideal place to bring the kids - they'll have a whale of a time!
The cottage itself is a quaint old building set in peaceful countryside just two miles from the lovely town of Bude.
There are two double bedrooms (one of them downstairs leading onto a balcony and secret garden), an open plan living / dining area, and a conservatory which opens out onto a lovely sitting area in a walled courtyard.
The upstairs bedroom has great far-reaching views, and an en-suite WC.
St Breock Downs near Wadebridge, Cornwall
This luxury cottage is set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside, has it's own private sauna, and has use of a 20 metre indoor swimming pool with leisure facilities including a steam room and tennis court. There is even a state of the art gym, if you're serious about your fitness, even on holiday!
The pool and leisure facilities are only a short stroll from the cottage, and you have unlimited use of the leisure facilities during your stay.
Snowdrop has 3 bedrooms, so you can sleep a party of 8 in the cottage in comfort. The ground floor bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, and the two first floor bedrooms are next to the in-house sauna.
Snowdrop is an ideal base for exploring the dramatic North Cornwall coast (just 5 minutes away!), and the nearby towns of Wadebridge and Padstow. Surfing enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the surfing capital of Newquay is only 16 miles away.
Medlar Tree Cottage
Blisland near Bodmin, Cornwall
If you want an outdoor pool, a hot tub AND a sauna, then Medlar Tree Cottage is for you!
The pool, hot tub and sauna are available only to the cottage, so you can use them with absolute privacy. The sauna is in the sun room which leads onto a patio with the hot tub and swimming pool, so everything is close to hand!
Medlar Tree cottage has three bedrooms on the first floor (two doubles and a triple), and three bathrooms, so you can sleep a party of seven in this luxurious cottage.
Downstairs, there is a cozy dining room with wood burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen, and a sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and far reaching views overlooking the gardens.
If you can tear yourself away from the wonderful leisure facilities in the cottage, wonderful moorland walks are available from the front door, as Bodmin Moor is just next door! Of course the wonderful Cornish coast is only minutes away by car, and the quaint moorland village of Blisland is just 5 miles away.
Whitstone near Bude, Cornwall
This cozy Cornish barn conversion is one of a group of five cottages which share some wonderful leisure facilities: an outdoor swimming pool, a children's playground, children's petting zoo with alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs, and a picnic barn.
The kids will never want to leave, as there are lots of animals to pet, with a regular feeding time at the cottage! There are even llamas to cuddle...
The stone built cottage is conveniently laid out all on the ground floor, with two bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and an open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and a sitting area with a wood burning stove.
There are some gorgeous beaches nearby - Widmouth Bay and Bude Beach being the closest.
Honicombe Manor near Gunnislake, Cornwall
Meadow View is an Alpine-style lodge in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Honicombe Manor Holiday Resort.
When you stay here you'll have access to the excellent leisure facilities at Honicombe Park which include an indoor AND an outdoor pool, tennis courts, sauna and a mini gym.
The cottage itself is an upside-down property! There are four comfy bedrooms on the ground floor, and the open plan living area is on the first floor, with patio doors that lead on to a wooden decked balcony.
Just imagine relaxing on the balcony listening to the birdsong, as Meadow View is in a lovely woodland setting.
Meadow View is in the Tamar Valley, with lots of great things to see and do nearby. You can find out all about the Cornish Mining tradition at the Morwellham visitor centre, or you can take lovely woodland walks along the River Tamar.
If you want to go further afield you can take the train to Plymouth, with lots more attractions such as the National Marine Aquarium, the Barbican and the Plymouth Dome.
16 Atlantic Reach
Atlantic Reach near Newquay, Cornwall
This pretty pink and grey wood-clad cottage is ideal for those who want access to superb amenities.
It is located on the edge of the Atlantic Reach holiday village, and whilst you are staying there, you will have full access to lots of leisure facilites: swimming pools, a jacuzzi, tennis courts, a spa and a games room. There are even bars and restaurants for the evenings you choose not to cook for yourself!
The cottage has four bedrooms - 3 doubles (one with a Juliet balcony) and one twin bedroom, a bathroom with a luxury corner spa bath, and a great open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area.
The on site leisure facilities are only a three minute walk away, but if you prefer to stay near the cottage, you will have a small lawned private garden and BBQ area which is not overlooked by other cottages.
There are loads of things to do in the Newquay area, if you can tear yourself away from Atlantic Reach! It's only 6 miles into lively Newquay (surfing beaches and nightlife), and the famous Eden Project is only 15 minles away.
You can always walk the nearby spectacular coastal path and find massive cliffs, sandy beaches and lovely coves to enjoy.
4 The Beach House
Porth near Newquay, Cornwall
You'll love the location of this sea-side apartment - right next to Porth Beach!
It's a ground floor apartment with two bedrooms (one en-suite). The master bedroom and the the open plan living area both have patio doors opening onto your private patio - ideal for sunbathing!
For the duration of your stay at The Beach House you will be able to use the great leisure facilites at the Porth Veor Manor Hotel - a heated swimming pool, a bar and restaurant and a conservatory.
You can stay and play on Porth Beach with its golden sands sheltered by headlands, or you can walk into Newquay town along the beach or coastal path (it is only 1.3 miles away) if you prefer the surfing beaches and busy night life!
Don't forget the dramatic views and idyllic coves that you can find along the coast, if you feel like going for a drive...
We hope you've been inspired by our selection of holiday cottages with a swimming pool in Cornwall. You can find out more about the selected cottages by clicking on the links above, or you can search for more cottages using the form below:
The not-so-small print:
This article was first published on 8th February 2017 - and all details of these properties were correct at that time. But as you know, things change - perhaps even whether a particular property still offers a hot tub, so please double-check the availability of a hot tub, and any other aspects that are important to you, with the agents at the time of booking.