Cornwall is seeing more and more tourists every year as more people become aware of its beautiful landscapes, historical sites and of course, tropical blue waters and beautiful beaches!
With the increase in UK staycations, Cornwall is a great option for a holiday and there’s so much to see and do in Cornwall, but why not make your break more exciting with one of the unique stays Cornwall has to offer?
I’ve put together some of the best Airbnbs in Cornwall, UK to help you plan an amazing trip.
You might also be interested in these unique stays in Devon.
Check out this post for more unique stays all over the UK.
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Unique places to stay in Cornwall
In a rush? I’ve put all my favourite unique stays on this Cornwall Airbnb page so you can check them out and book directly, or check them out below!
Copper Dome House
This cute copper coloured Dome House at Lydcott Glamping is without a doubt a great option for quirky accommodation in Cornwall, with its one-of-a-kind design, light, airy and spacious interior, plus the queen sized bed, bathroom facilities and fully equipped kitchen.
The dome house also boasts a sea view and the beach is only 10 minutes away!
Outside the pod, you’ll find your own private sun deck, BBQ and fire pit to enjoy those stunning summer sunsets over the sea.
The Mansion Gatehouse
Ever wondered if you can stay in one of those cute little gatehouses you see at entrances to large estates? (nope, just me?) well now you can!
The Port Eliot House and Gardens is historically significant as it’s believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK, it’s believed people have lived there for over 1000 years. The village church was also once the cathedral for Cornwall. Now the Gatehouse is a listed property on this historic estate.
You can enjoy the estate for yourself on your stay at the Gatehouse, as well as having the rest of Cornwall on your doorstep and Plymouth just 20 minutes away.
The Glamping Pod
Located on the Cornish Coast and just a mile from five beaches and some of the best surf spots in Cornwall, these glamping pods are perfect for a beach getaway with the family, each pod can accommodate two adults and two children.
Although these aren’t just for summer beach holidays, the underfloor heating, comfy king sized bed and full cooking equipment means you can enjoy these quirky Cornwall stays all year round.
The curved pods are cosy but with your own deck, large outdoor bean bags and a BBQ, the pods feel open and al fresco too.
The Roundhouse with hot tub
This gorgeously chic stay definitely makes it onto the list of cool places to stay in Cornwall, with its secluded location, stunning interior and bonus private hot tub. The innovative kitchen space and bedroom makes this feel like a really spacious place to stay.
This unique Cornwall stay is perfect for a family getaway or a romantic weekend break in Cornwall with everything you need to escape for the weekend.
Located near Bude and some of Cornwall’s best beaches, you’ll have no shortage of stunning places to explore nearby and then return to your own private hot tub in the evening.
The roundhouse also has a wood burning fire and underfloor heating if you fancy a cosy winter holiday in Cornwall with a hot tub!
The Swiss Chalet with sea views
If you’re looking for quirky places to stay in Cornwall, this really is one of them - who would have thought there’s a Swiss chalet right here on the coast of Cornwall?!
There are plenty of places to stay in Cornwall by the sea, but none offer this type of unusual Cornwall accommodation and for so many people - the chalet sleeps 10 people - making it perfect for big family getaways or groups of friends looking for cool places to stay.
The huge deck and glass doors allow for al fresco dining with a sea view, while the wood burning fire, wooden beams and cabin style keep it cosy and welcoming.
Facing the south coast, the beach is just a 3 minute walk from the chalet’s panoramic vantage point. Bring your bikes, kayaks, swim gear and surf boards to take full advantage of this location.
Each stay includes a complementary basket of local Cornish produce.
Undoubtedly one of the best Airbnbs in Cornwall, especially for unusual family holidays.
Studio Loft with sea views
This adorable studio loft in Downderry has a wall of windows to allow you to wake up with a view of the sea.
This small space is perfect for a couples weekend break in Cornwall, there’s free parking nearby and the beach is only 200 metres away. The town has waterfront pubs and restaurants to walk to in the evenings.
You’re only 20 miles from Plymouth and the beautiful fishing village of Polperro is just down the road.
Located in the heart of Cornwall, this stunning treehouse is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Cornwall UK, being one of the best Airbnbs Cornwall has to offer.
The treehouse is in its own private area, stunningly constructed in the trees with a glass roof so you cal fall asleep looking at the stars.
There is a private balcony and private hot tub area and the added bonus is the gorgeous free standing roll top bath in the treehouse too.
There is also an indoor BBQ lodge so you can stay warm with throws and cushions whilst enjoying an evening BBQ in this quaint wooden hut.
Breakfast is also included on the first night of your stay.
The Treehouse Lodge
One of my favourite finds in my search for quirky accommodation Cornwall has to offer, this stunning treehouse lodge looks like something straight out of Bali or Sri Lanka.
The owners describe it as a sanctuary and its peaceful location, decor and natural light certainly makes it feel like an oasis.
Only 10 minutes walk from Penzance, this location is ideal for a secluded weekend break in Cornwall for two.
With floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony, en-suite bedroom bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen, it’s perfect for a relaxing escape in some of the most unusual accommodation Cornwall has to offer.
Cornwall has amazing options for unusual weekend breaks so I hope this selection of the best Airbnbs in Cornwall gives you some inspiration for your next trip, romantic weekend or family staycation.
If you book any of these unusual places to stay in Cornwall, let me know in the comments below!
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