Cornwall’s coastal village hotspots

We take a look at a few of our favourite coastal villages across Cornwall that are so beautiful, you’ll want to move there!

St. Mawes, on the Roseland Peninsula, has an international reputation as one of the country's most sought after areas in which to live with a distinctive Mediterranean atmosphere. The village provides a good selection of individual shops including a village store, post office, bank, hotels, restaurants, inns, primary school and a very active sailing club. The Roseland Peninsula is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which offers superb scenery and walks, a number of beautiful beaches, coves and s general feeling of peace and tranquillity.

Nearby, Portscatho is another lovely, but somewhat undiscovered village. Portscatho shares many of its facilities with neighbouring Gerrans. Between the two you will find two pubs, a church, garage, galleries, a post office, shops and a doctors’ surgery. Portscatho is situated approximately five miles from St. Mawes, which has a regular foot passenger service to Falmouth. The nearby King Harry Ferry provides a convenient and scenic commute to Truro and Falmouth. Much of Portscatho’s surrounding coastline is owned by the National Trust offering splendid coastal walks and many sandy beaches.

On the Lizard Peninsula you’ll find the ‘chocolate box’ village of Cadgwith. The twin rocky coves are home to a thriving fishing fleet and fisherman’s cottages line the steep sides of the wooded valley that leads down to the sea. Home to a popular pub with locals and visitors alike and a café restaurant, village life flourishes here. Nearby Ruan Minor has a village shop, post office and primary school and just a few miles away is Cornwall’s most southerly point, The Lizard.

Moving to the north coast of Cornwall, StAgnes is both a beautiful and bustling village with more of a rugged charm that its south coast counterparts. With lots of independent shops and businesses, dog-friendly beaches, world-class pubs and restaurants and access to some of the county’s most stunning coast path and walks, this is an unspoilt gem. Situated at the heart of Cornwall’s mining heritage, the surrounding coastline is stunning, peppered with old engine houses. It even has its own little harbour and sandy beach to enjoy, right on the doorstep.