Research has shown that short breaks (typically three or four nights away), make people happier than a single long holiday per year*, with psychologists explaining that people who take mini-breaks make more happy memories. Short breaks are certainly on the increase, with just a few nights away at a time better suited to some people’s work commitments and allowing holiday-makers to enjoy several different holidays throughout the year.
A few nights away from the regular routine can be reinvigorating and great for all ages, and if you come to Cornwall there’s none of the airport stress and struggle to contend with. After just a few hours on the road you could be in a lovely self-catering sea view apartment or cosy cottage by a Cornish beach, enjoying a calmer pace of life and a few days to slow down, relax and recharge. Our short breaks on the North Cornwall coast offer flexibility for you and your family, with bespoke pricing and optional arrival days.
Here are just some of our suggestions for long weekends or mid-week breaks by the Cornish coast:
Cornwall has a spectacularly long and exceptionally beautiful coastline, perfect for hikers and all-weather walkers. The South West Coast Path can be easily accessed from Perranporth, and weekend walkers can find they can explore quite a few miles of this stunning route, taking in flora, fauna and fabulous views. Head north to Newquay or south to St Agnes and then catch a bus back to your welcoming holiday accommodation at the end of an active day.
Short Breaks for Adrenalin Junkies
Adrenaline junkies take note! There are a wealth of exciting activities to discover to make for a thrilling and jam-packed few days away from the office. Come mid-week to make the most of quieter waves for surfing, and book onto organised activities such as coasteering, Retallack Aqua Park for a Total Wipeout style obstacle course, Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre for abseiling and ‘terror’ tight rope walking, take to the sea with Koru Kayaking or fly through the air on England’s longest and fastest zip wire at The Eden Project.
Mid-Week Breaks for Young Families
For families with young children who are not yet constrained by school dates and times, a Monday to Friday break by the beach is ideal. You’re bound to be up early, so make the most of it with early morning walks searching for seashells along empty beaches while everyone else is hurrying in the opposite direction to work and school. Enjoy quieter family attractions on weekdays and precious time making memories with your little ones.
Long Weekends for Foodies
Whatever the season, there is always great food in Cornwall! Locally reared and sourced, freshly made and beautifully presented, with many vegetarian and vegan options, Cornwall is renowned for its food, chefs and restaurants. Come down for a long weekend to try a different eatery each night, visit vineyards, feast at farm kitchens and quirky cafes, and enjoy Cornish food and fare, coffee, cakes and more at their source.
Time with your Teenagers
Take time out to spend with your teenagers. A school inset day or quiet college day might allow a long weekend away from the busy-ness of modern life to reconnect as a family. Go surfing together, enjoy hot chocolates in front of roaring pub fires, go on blustery beach walks or explore art galleries. In the evenings you could eat together in your warm and comfortable holiday home, perhaps looking out to the waves, or cosying up to watch a family film or play board games. Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures that mean the most.
Mini-Breaks with your Four-legged Friend
The seasonal dog restrictions have been lifted on the beaches, so bring your pooch on a mini-break that we’re sure they’ll love as much as you will! Race along the sands, enjoy the elements, then hunker down in one of the area’s many pet-friendly pubs for a warming drink / bowl of water before heading back to one of Duchy Holidays’ many lovely coastal properties that welcome dogs.
Our current availability for long weekends and mid-week breaks is varied, here a just a few of our top properties for short breaks in Cornwall. To book, please call our friendly team on 01872 572971 or get in touch online, click here to send us a message and we'll come back to you with a special short break price.