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Best town to stay in Cornwall

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Best town to stay in Cornwall

Hi

I have travelled a lot in Europe but not much in UK apart from Scotland & Isle of Wight. Scotland was beautiful and thoroughly enjoyed. Isle of Wight was picture perfect in terms of beaches but were disappointed with the dated feel of the town.

Looking for a family break in Cornwall (4 adults including our parents and 1 kid 13 m old). What is the best town & hotel / B&B to stay in Cornwall. Staying for 2 nights so has to be the best.

Driving from London.

Will welcome views from experts :-)

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1. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

Hi

A bit more info about what sort of place would be helpful. Do you want to be by the coast or in the countryside, town or village or more remote. Do you like quiet places or lively and what time of year are you thinking of?

There are loads of places to choose from. All places are family friendly here, so depends what sort of place you want.

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2. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

Hi Thanks for your reply.

I would like to stay some where near a nice beach - which has good views and can enjoy a bit on the beach. In terms of town looking for a nice town - cobbled streets, a bit of charm (not the dated sea side look - full of casinos & fish & chip shops) where we can eat out, have coffee and indulge in bit of shopping. Not much into night life... and must be a safe place...

Hopefully not asking for too much :-)

I was initially thinking of Newquay but then I read on the forum that is not realy condusive for famalies :-)

I saw this snap from one of the other users and was blow away

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many thanks

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3. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

Hi

Well thats a good a place as any if you haven't been to Cornwall before.

St Ives is ever popular and has all you are looking for.

Only disadvantage for a short stay is that its almost as far down as you can get, so lots of travel time. Car parking can be tricky so try to find somewhere with a dedicated parking space otherwise you will be paying to leave your car overnight.

I'm sure others will be able to suggest accommodation for you.

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4. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

St Ives is a great place but is quite hilly & I would second about the parking.

Apart from that if you can get the right place the photo it what you get. It really is beautiful.

Somewhere else is The Carlyon Hotel in St Austell

www.brend-hotels.co.uk/TheCarlyonBay/Home.cfm

You wanted the best , this place is really good.

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5. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

I would strongly recommend you stay in St Ives- it's lovely- but consider getting there by train. You won't need a car if you're only there for two nights .Public transport once you are down there is quite good for visiting locally.

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6. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

I would recommend St Ives, however, agree with the view that it is hilly and parking can be difficult. Therefore, I would suggest staying at Carbis Bay, you will get accommodation with parking and it is a nice easy 20 minute walk into St Ives or you can get the train on the St Ives Branch Line from the little station at Carbis Bay and it takes a couple of minutes into St Ives and is £2.00 return. Alternatively, you can walk up the hill and catch the bus. It is very steep in Carbis Bay so do bear this in mind if any of your family have mobility issues etc. The thing about this though is that you get stunning sea views from most properties but check when booking that you will have sea views. St Ives has everything that you mentioned and more. By the way, the picture you linked to is mine so I am really pleased that you liked it so much.

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7. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

haven't stayed there for years but you might like to consider the Tregenna Castle hotel, if recent views are any good. It's in St Ives but a little out of the centre.

Alternatively have a look at Sands http://www.sandsresort.co.uk/

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8. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

I have just returned from four nights at the Carlyon Bay Hotel just outside St Austell. The hotel is four star and seems to cater mainly for golfers. My single room did not thrill me but the food did. Excellent breakfasts, nice Lobster in the main restaurant and a really excellent meal in their other restaurant Fusions. I also had a decent meal at the nearby Austell's and there is a restaurant called Wreckers a short way down the road at a very quaint little village on the waterfront. I traveled by train, booking first class in advance for about £70. Good ride down, good book, good scenery, takes all the strain. My main reason to visit was The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Good half day at both but go early before the crowds(9.45 at Eden and 10 at Heligan).

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9. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

Mevagissey or Fowey (a water taxi runs between the 2). Fowey sounds more your thing.

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10. Re: Best town to stay in Cornwall

Hi there

Polperro might fit the bill too - lovely, working fishing village with some great atmospheric pubs and fine restaurants. Little narrow streets, some not even wide enough for a car and lots of walks along the coast path which runs in either direction from the village.

Take a look at www.polperro.org for loads of info including accommodation choices.