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The best Airbnbs in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall

Book a sunny summer holiday in one of these stunning South West gems

Written by
Rose Johnstone
Rhys Thomas
Ella Doyle

Now that we can say, tentatively, that it officially feels like summer, most of us are itching for a seaside break. Think ice cream, fairgrounds, cosy country pubs, magnificent seafood and hours upon hours of window shopping. Ahh, blissful. But it can be hard to choose where to go. We’d say, if you’re planning a getaway like this, it’s well worth making your trip that bit better by choosing just the right place to stay - and it might just make choosing your destination a little easier too. We’ve kindly rounded up the very best homes-away-from-home in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, so whether you want a private cottage in the middle of a meadow or a townhouse for eight people, you can find what you need on Airbnb

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Where is it: Penzance, Cornwall 


If you’re looking for escapism, look no further than this adult treehouse for two. But this is no treehouse like the one you had in your nan’s garden - this one is all grown up. This open plan studio space has a romantic ensuite bedroom, a huge kitted-out kitchen, and is full of artwork by artists who previously worked there. The windows - taking up an entire wall - fill the room with light, as well as offer guests a fantastic look over the valley. The Treehouse is a 10 minute walk to Penzance, and a short drive from a number of great beaches. 

Where is it: Warleggan River, Cornwall

Step straight into a fairytale at The Barn, which looks over the Warleggan River. This secluded spot for two is tucked away in a valley, and looks like something out of a Disney film, surrounded by wandering wildlife, magnificent oak trees and woods full of bluebells. This spot was designed by award-winning sustainable local architects, so you can travel without the guilty conscience, as all electricity used is 100 percent renewable. The open plan kitchen and living room also has a woodburner with logs, comfy sofas, and even books, games and maps for rainy days. Added bonus: fresh eggs from the hosts’ chickens. 


Where is it: Wells, Somerset

This sleek and modern pad is just a four-minute drive from the medieval city of Wells. That won't stop you feeling like you're in a luxurious world of your own though. In this split-level hideaway for two, huge drawcards include the hot tub just outside the house, on a slate patio. The large TV in the lounge is on a swivel which allows you to watch it while you're soaking. Inside, there's a full modern kitchen, underfloor heating and a master bedroom with king size bed among other luxe touches.

Where is it: Poltimore, Devon

Known as the Huxham Hideaway, this luxury shipping container offers everything you need to make the most of your time amongst the rolling Devon countryside. There's a large patio overlooking the hills, a log burner, a handmade reading chair and a full kitchen. It's all very tastefully squeezed into what has to be one of the cutest accomodations in the country. Compact, elegant and affordable. You simply cannot go wrong. It's also a small drive from Exeter.


Where is it: Marhamchurch, Cornwall

Take a closer look at that photo: You'll be staying in not one of those vintage showman's wagons, but both of them; plus the adorable seventeenth century underground bothy. These charming countryside components comprise the home called Tinker, with each section connected by a secret passageway. The wagons are fully built into the passageway, with one serving as the bedroom and the other the bathroom. The entire place is furnished with quirky interiors. Outside, you'll find your private hot tub on a wooden deck, plus a fire pit, and sun loungers that look out to the sea. It isn't too far away if you want some sea breeze, but the main event here is the accomodation. You'll never stay anywhere quite like it.

Where is it: Weston super Mare, Somerset

This newly-converted, eighteenth-century former coach house has been voted in Airbnb's top ten most wish-listed homes during lockdown – and we're not at all surprised. It is gorgeous! The hot tub and fairy-lit garden are obvious highlights, along with the king size bed, cosy lounge room, and proximity to the sea and wonderful restaurants of the town centre.


Where is it: Abbots Leigh, Bristol

Who says you can't have it all? They've clearly never been here. A few minutes drive from Bristol, this two-bedroom lodge in nearby Leigh Woods will cocoon you in your own woodland paradise. And it does feel like a cocoon, there's nothing but greenery around. The views on the terrace are unbeatable, and there's even a walk-in rain shower in the bathroom that looks out into the trees. With a king-size sleigh bed and twin single beds, it makes for a great family option or a cute couple's getaway.

Where is it: Trevose Head Lighthouse, Cornwall

No, you're not staying inside the lighthouse – but you'll be more comfortable in adjoining Brook Cottage, sheltered beneath a headland and looking over the sea. That big light takes out most of the view anyway. The space sleeps four guests, with a full kitchen, TV and communal garden. It's right by the South West Coast Path, making it perfect for exploring the dramatic Cornish coast; and is also near the cute fishing village of Padstow. The lighthouse and vast coastal views (in certain spots, the next bit of land is the Americas) make for a wonderful stay.


Where is it: Dartmouth, Devon

Penthouse kinda person are you? Who can blame it! If you're looking for the quintessential charming seaside escape, then pretty Dartmouth – with its secluded bays, coastal paths, nostalgic treats and cute art and craft shops – is a great choice. Wake up to perfect views of the town and sea mouth between cliff sides at this open-plan top floor flat, which features double bifold doors and a wonderful balcony. When you're not exploring the area, unwind in the luxuriously decorated suite.

Where is it: Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Perfect for a family or friends countryside escape, this annexe to a Grade II listed seventeenth century farmhouse overlooks an orchard and tennis court, which is available for you to use if you check in with the hosts first. Large French windows open out into your private garden, and the home is furnished with modern appliances, a large living area and two generous bedrooms. If you're used to visiting the area for that Worthy Farm music festival, this might be a nice alternative (less muddy, probably) trip there.


Where is it: Washford, Somerset

Keen on the idea of full nature immersion, but can't quite bring yourself to go camping? This beautiful and homely safari tent is just the ticket. You'll more likely spot apples than animals, given it's located within Torre Cider Farm, but that can be fun too! There's a main tent, plus an adjoining tent for children (or childish mates), with a toilet, shower and compact kitchen. The interiors are far from your flimsy festival tent; we're talking gorgeous woodwork carved by a local artist. The orchard itself offers stunning views over the Exmoor National Dark Skies Park, with close proximity to the Farmhouse Kitchen and a children's playground. We'll drink to that.

Where is it: Ideford, Devon

Nothing says 'romance' like an immense copper bath next to a super king-sized four-poster bed overlooking green countryside. The huge master bedroom is on the second floor of this cottage. Downstairs, you'll find a quaint little kitchen, and an open plan dining and sitting room with a woodburner for extra cosiness (and romance). Outside, two acres of countryside are at your disposal. If you can muster leaving the house, the seaside is a mere six miles away.


Where is it: Devon

You'd be forgiven for parading around like the lord or lady of the manor at this grand country house in Devon – it really is the stuff of period dramas. Not only does this farmhouse feature a croquet lawn (genuine) and terrace, but it also has a massive Aga, heated floors, long rustic table for dinners with family and friends, and the ability to sleep ten guests in five bedrooms. There's also a pool table. When you're not indoors enjoying the grand wooden decor, you can wander around the middle of Devon. There's plenty of outdoor activity around, including some exceptional walking and cycling routes.

Where is it: Portreath, Cornwall

The pictures speak for themselves here. Just look at that jaw-dropping view. Open up the windows of this newly built house, and take it all in – smell and sight. Whether you want to unwind with a glass of wine on the deck or snuggle up to watch the sunrise over Portreath beach, you'll be guaranteed fantastic scenery. The three-bedroom home (which sleeps six) is also located close to top-notch cafés and pubs, and of course the beach itself.


Where is it: Exmouth, Devon

With a back garden literally leading onto the beach, you can't get closer to the water than this recently renovated terrace house in the port town of Exmouth. This relaxed, bright and spacious home can accommodate ten guests, and has a terrace making it the perfect getaway for outdoors and seaside enthusiasts. Barbeque galore.


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