Enjoying a Romantic Retreat in Cornwall

December 16th, 2022

With a plethora of stunning shorelines, breathtaking views and delightful meals, Cornwall is the perfect picturesque location for a romantic getaway.

There are countless romantic spots in Cornwall, along with plenty of things to do and see, making it the perfect backdrop for a tranquil break or Valentine’s Day holiday with your partner.

We consider the best ways to enjoy a romantic Cornish retreat and how to make the most out of your amorous stay!

Cottages at The Valley

The Best Places to Stay For a Romantic Retreat in Cornwall

Cornwall is full of romantic cottages and characterful stays, all surrounded by iconic local scenery that will make you think you’ve ventured on holiday even further afield than the UK’s most westerly county!

At The Valley, we provide outstanding self-catered holiday cottages in Cornwall that offer a fantastic romantic experience. With a variety of attractions and restaurants only a short journey away, our cottages are the prime location for the centre of your romantic adventures.

St Nectan's Glen in Cornwall

The Top Romantic Places to Visit in Cornwall

Once you’ve settled into your cottage, you’ll want to get out there and explore everything Cornwall has to offer. We have selected some of the best locations and romantic trips to take with your partner!

St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

The perfect place for a proposal! You can stroll through the striking tropical gardens or wander along the harbour, taking in Cornwall’s breathtaking views.

At the highest point of the Mount’s bedrock, just to the side of the ancient church, you will find a magical spot for romantic wish-making. Legend says if you touch this stone and make a wish, it will be granted!

Porthgwarra Cove, Penzance

This fantastic spot was chosen for one of the most romantic moments created on the hit TV show, Poldark. Porthgwarra was once a private fishing cove but is now a beautifully secluded and tranquil location surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife.

If you visit at low tide, you will find soft sand and sensational crystal waters, perfect for a dip. This cove is undoubtedly a spot to fall in love with your partner again.

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Everyone’s ideal date? ‘Dinner and a movie!’ Why don’t you take it to the next level and visit the Minack Theatre?

This open-air theatre is carved into granite cliffs overlooking Porthcurno bay and hosts some of Cornwall’s best live performances. Grab a blanket and head down to an evening show; you will have the sea spread before you and the stars sparkling above. Does it get more romantic than that?

Nectan’s Glen, Tintagel

If you are looking for a fairytale, St Nectan’s Glen in the North of Cornwall is the perfect spot for romance. With ivy-clad trees, sparkling waters and a stunning waterfall, this little hideaway is something out of a heavenly dream.

Footprints in the sand at Porthcurno beach

Top Romantic Beaches to Visit in Cornwall

Cornwall is known for its stunning range of beautiful beaches ideal for romantic sunset walks, dipping your toes in the sand or venturing into the sea.

The Top Romantic Beaches in Cornwall Include:

  • Porthcurno Beach
  • Kynance Cove
  • Holywell Bay
  • Gyllyngvase Beach
  • Sennen Cove

No matter the weather, these spots are a handful of the best beaches for walks in Cornwall – ideal for a stroll with your loved one!

Glendurgan garden maze

The Most Romantic National Trust Properties & Gardens in Cornwall

Journeying to the past and exploring local history through visits to National Trust properties can also offer a peaceful atmospheric outing with your partner.

These gorgeous historical properties are some of the best attractions in Cornwall, with plenty of romantic gardens just waiting to be explored.

Some of Our Favourite Romantic Historic Homes and Gardens Include:

  • Cotehele House, Saltash
  • Trerice, Newquay
  • Lanhydrock, Bodmin
  • Antony House, Torpoint
  • Glendurgan Gardens, Falmouth
A ferry at St Mawes port

Explore Romantic Coastal Villages in Cornwall

You’ll find plenty of secluded coastal villages excellent for a lazy afternoon and soaking up the local charm.

These villages barely scratch the surface of beautiful Cornish locations to explore, but they are a wonderful place to start for couples looking for picturesque walks and delicious local cuisine.

The Top Romantic Coastal Villages in Cornwall

  • St Mawes
  • Mevagissey
  • Charlestown
  • Boscastle
  • Port Isaac
Pink skies at sunset over a Cornish headland

Things to do on a Romantic Break in Cornwall

Aside from visiting the stunning locations listed, you can do many other things to make the most of your romantic trip away together.

Indulge in Local Cuisine

For many, Cornwall is one of the best counties for British cuisine – just look at the pasty! With an abundance of fresh local fish and chips, pasties and other iconic foods, there are various opportunities to enjoy a romantic and mouth-watering meal together.


Stunning Cornish views also extend upwards! Visible in places such as St Agnes and Bedruthan, you can witness the stars glow in the sky while you lay back and get cosy under a blanket with your partner.

Learn a New Skill

You and your partner can experience unforgettable memories by discovering new skills together. Cornwall has a range of artisan workshops and stores, allowing you to create something tangible to take home. If you are looking for an adventure, there are various activities for thrill seekers, from watersports and outdoor activities.

Hopefully we’ve given you some charming ideas to start planning your romantic retreat to Cornwall! To find out more about staying at The Valley on your romantic break, browse our cottages today. We hope to see you soon!

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