The best Harlyn Bay holiday cottages, airbnbs and holiday parks

Harlyn Bay on the coast near Padstow is a stunning stretch of coastline that is one of my absolute favourites. It’s full of sheltered coves, wonderful white sand and gorgeous blue sea. It’s a perfect spot for a Cornwall holiday.

I’m very fond of this stretch of Cornwall’s north coast as we found it quite by accident one day and didn’t realise quite how gorgeous it was. We’ve visited all year round and was quite surprised that even in high season you can find some secluded spots.

This accommodation in Harlyn Bay guide should help you get started on your holiday cottage search, I know how hard deciding on the area can be! These cottages often have sea views and are walking distance to the beach so for people who value that you’ll definitely find something to suit.

Why you should choose Harlyn Bay

Harlyn Bay is a beautiful place to base yourself for a Cornish holiday where you’ll find peace with the countryside, a number of beaches on your doorstep and the coastal path taking you to some peaceful spots even in the height of summer.

The wide beach is perfect for kids playing and it has lifeguard cover in the summer months too (check here for dates). You can try your hand at surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding too with a surf school ready and waiting to take you out on the water.

You’re very much in the countryside at Harlyn Bay, there’s not too much in the village itself, but you’ll find the town of Padstow not too far away for boat trips, restaurants and tourist attractions. Newquay and Wadebridge are also not too far away as well.

The Pig is a restaurant and pub within walking distance and you’re also not far from St Merryn with it’s small shops, takeaways and petrol station. Tesco is in Padstow for a bigger shop.

A note about the area around Harlyn Bay – some roads to the beaches and villages are very narrow. Please bring your patience while driving round here!

Nearby Harlyn Bay:

  • Check out the lifeboat house at Trevose Head – they practice launching Wednesday evenings at 6pm
  • Padstow – famous for connection with Rick Stein, lots of restaurants and boat trips
  • Beaches – there are many beaches around Padstow if you want a change of scene
  • National Trust sites including Bedruthan Steps a few miles away
  • Camel trail – Hire a bike and either start in Padstow or Wadebrige
  • Newquay – large town for surfing beaches and family attractions

Harlyn Bay Holiday Cottages and Airbnbs

These holiday lets, airbnbs and cottages are all in the Harlyn Bay area, within easy reach of the beach and have great reviews.

Stunning sea view from Stepper (Image Credit –


A spacious holiday cottage in Harlyn Bay, Stepper is a wonderful place for families and couples.

With a wonderful terrace overlooking the sea you can spend a relaxing time here just soaking up the views! They also have another property next to it that can be booked for larger families.

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. Pets allowed, Max 2 dogs – book on

Sea views at Yellow Sands Apartments (image credit

Yellow Sands Apartments

With sea views making these apartments a fantastic treat to the eyes, the Yellow Sands apartments are a great choice for families and couples looking to be near the beach

A number of different apartments are available in the block. Each has a private balcony and good quality interiors.

Sleeps 4 in 2 beds – Book on Sleeps 6 in 3 beds – Book on Sykes Cottages

Dog friendly accommodation overlooking Harlyn Bay (image credit

St Cadoc Cottage

This 2 bedroom cottage is perfect if you like your holiday accommodation with a bit of rustic charm and personality!

There’s plenty of outside space so it’s ideal for families and people bringing dogs and looking for space that they can relax in.

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. Dog friendly. Book on or

Tamariska, Harlyn Bay

This is the oldest house in Harlyn Bay and is great for people looking for a large airbnb property to rent as it sleeps up to 9. It’s still very close to the beach and also has a lovely large garden for sitting in too.

Sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms. Pets allowed – Book on Airbnb

Why not stay at a lighthouse? (Image credit –

Verity Cottage, Trevose Lighthouse

A little further on from Harlyn Bay but I thought definitely worth a mention for people looking for something a little different.

It’s one of four cottages that form the Lighthouse on Trevose head. The lighthouse is still working but it’s automated these days. The site is private.

It’s well away from everything and perfect for a secluded holiday. It’s got a high quality finish, large kitchen and comfy living space.

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. No Pets. Book on VRBO or Rural Retreats

You might also like: Guide to Accommodation in St Merryn

Mother Ivey’s Bay

Holiday Parks in Harlyn Bay

Both of these holiday parks are right next to each other and offer static caravans that are right on the beach. You’ll find that they are both quite different so have a think about what you might like out of your holiday before deciding which one is best for you.

Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park – is a quiet park, right next to the gorgeous Mother Ivey’s Bay. If you don’t need clubhouses and entertainment and value peace and quiet this is for you.

Harlyn Sands Holiday Park has a little more to offer in terms of entertainment and it also has a swimming pool.

Campsites in Harlyn Bay

Both Mother Ivey’s Bay and Harlyn Sands as mentioned previously have campsites for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers as well as tents.

You might also like to check out my St Merryn accommodation article for some more campsite options in the area.

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