Autumn is a fabulous time to visit Cornwall: the summer crowds have left, the weather is still warm and water sports are still very much on the agenda.
It's a great time of year to hole up in a romantic cottage, or travel with family members and little ones now that the big kids are back at school. As September in Cornwall is more relaxed and slower in pace, it offers the perfect opportunity for a self-catering holiday, where you can explore the villages, coastline and woodland with freedom.
Milly & Martha is a new collection of handpicked self-catering retreats providing visitors with trips to real Cornwall. Each guest is provided with their own bespoke guide featuring Milly & Martha's secret spots, so they can get out and see Cornwall like the locals and enjoy the best of what the county has to offer.
We've picked three lovely cottages for surfers, families and romantics planning an autumn break in Cornwall...
Best for families with tiny tots
Perfect for families with little ones, Trenow Cottage (from £380) in Perranuthnoe, a gorgeous seaside chic cottage that has been lovingly restored and is steeped in history, having once been the cow shed for the local farm. It's just walking distance to beach, where parents can let toddlers feel the sand between their toes for the first time and back at the cottage there is a cot and high chair for when you want to relax and soak up the surroundings. The large kitchen-dining room is ideal for long lazy breakfasts with the family and when it's warm you can enjoy an alfresco dinner.
Best for romance
For a romantic riverside adventure, stay at Ruan Dinas (from £540) on the banks of Cowlands Creek, which allows you to embrace the real romance of Cornwall. The peaceful cottage, near Coombe, boasts views of the River Fal and is nestled between woodland. Stroll through the sub-tropical Glendurgan Garden in Falmouth, hire a kayak to discover the area from the River Fal and dine in some of Cornwall's best restaurants in the city of Truro. Ruan Dinas' secluded riverside location, log fire and little quay for a magical campfire on the river's edge make this the place for the perfect spot for a romantic weekend away.
Best for surfers
Location, location, location! Nanquidno House (from £550) is perfectly situated for surfers in search of a hidden paradise to hit the waves. Sennen Cove is just steps away and Gwenver (where the locals surf) is just up the road. A stay at 18th century farmhouse Nanquidno, which sleeps seven, offers surfers the opportunity to be set free on the stunning coastline during the day, before returning to a warming wood burning stove. There is also plenty of space in the three-bedroom house for surf boards and wet suits.
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