10 new UK holiday destinations, from hotels in Cornwall to self-catering in Devon


Outlaws’ Guesthouse, Port Isaac

Renowned chef, Nathan Outlaw, will open his first guest house in early summer, perched high on a cliff above the fishing village of Port Isaac. With just eight rooms, some with views of the Atlantic, expect an intimate atmosphere from this renovated Victorian seaside home. A two-night stay includes breakfast and dinner at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen and Outlaw’s New Road. Complimentary baked goodies in the afternoon will help guests recharge after the steep climb from the village (where Doc Martin’s latest TV series is currently filming). Two-night packages from £845 for two, including dinner and breakfast, outlaws.co.uk

Desert cuisine, Santa Inés

This double shepherd’s cottage is located on the outskirts of the seaside town of St Agnes. A surprisingly spacious hideaway, it sleeps four in two bedrooms, plus a single bunk bed for a toddler. Guests will be able to see constellations through the skylight in the master bedroom. Soak in the wood-burning hot tub after a swim at the beach, just a few minutes’ walk away, or fire up the barbecue under the twinkling lights. The owner, Justine, is happy to offer a locally sourced breakfast (croissants, jam and sourdough bread) for a small fee. From £180 a night, canopyandstars.co.uk

The Salisbury (Photo: Layton Bennett)

The Salisbury, Ladock

Self-service portal Cornish Gems has added new properties to its books this year, including The Salisbury, a colorful barn conversion with its own sauna overlooking rolling fields, six miles northeast of Truro. A king-size master bedroom, adorned in luxurious Cream Cornwall fabrics, plus a comfortable bunk room, make up the offering. The A30 is a five-minute drive away, connecting guests to Cornwall’s windswept north coast, while the historic port of Charlestown is 30 minutes south. Dogs are welcome. A week’s rental starts at £607 for four people, cornishgems.com

Pigscombe piglet, Looe

Forget traffic jams and crowded beaches, solitude can be found in East Cornwall, nicknamed the ‘forgotten corner’, even in high season. This exclusive rental site near Looe is ready for its first full season, with a Hobbit-style octagonal cottage set up for couples, while the neighboring shepherd’s cottage can comfortably accommodate a family of four. Iron bed frames, upcycled furniture, and antique teapots add to the charm. Owners Ian and Philippa offer fresh bread every week, as well as surplus vegetables from their garden in the summer. Cabin and cabin from £270 for three nights, coolcamping.com

Retallack Resort & Spa, San Colon Mayor

Five-star Retallack vacation resort is adding 67 new luxury boutique barns, ready for spring. Ranging from two to six rooms, they cater to large groups and families with open-plan kitchen-living areas; some come with a private hot tub on the outside terrace. Active types will love the on-site inflatable volleyball court and FlowRider surf simulator, while the decadent ESYA Spa will satisfy rainy days. Padstow, home to Rick Stein’s renowned restaurants, is just eight miles away by car. Two-bedroom barns from £598 a week, ariaresorts.co.uk

Hotel Vara, Truro

Formerly the Merchant House Hotel, the new Vara Hotel opened in February with a fresh look. Think Scandinavian minimalism with white hardwood floors, mid-century furniture, and bold abstract prints. Its downtown location, a five-minute walk from Lemon Street, is a real draw, plus remote workers can take advantage of the cozy Canvas Room workspace. Breakfast and coffee are available during the day and drinks are served in the Ink Bar until 10pm Monday to Friday. Complimentary on-site parking is a welcome perk in this part of Truro. Doubles from £89, hotelvara.co.uk

One of the Honeydown cabins

Honeydown, Hatherleigh

Get back to nature in these space-style pods. The architect-designed “truffles” (named for their fungal appearance) are located within 15 acres of tranquil woods near Okehampton. Each has a wood-burning stove and indoor hammock, as well as a covered outdoor kitchen with its own pizza oven and barbecue. Snuggle up around the fire pit after dark with a hot punch and listen to the owls hoot. Perfect for a weekend off the grid. Cabins for two adults and two children from £105 a night, canopyandstars.co.uk

Navajo Trailer & Bar, Dartmoor National Park

Embrace the Californian feel of this 1950s Airstream caravan, parked in the heart of Dartmoor. Inside are geometric-patterned rugs, chunky wood furniture, and a Smeg fridge on the tow bar, ready to mix up a margarita or two. A cabin-style double bed with a freestanding copper tub, overlooking rugged moorland, completes the picture. From £90 a night, kiphideaways.com

Beacon Cottage, Braunton

This pretty two-bedroom thatched-roof cottage has a quintessentially British seaside vibe, decorated with pinstripes, hurricane lanterns and colorful bunting. Kick off your hiking boots and warm up by the inglenook fireplace. Outside, highlights include a hot tub that looks out over the River Taw, plus a heated pavilion with a wine fridge for sunbathing. Take advantage of the prime location, close to Saunton Sands surf beach and Tarka Trail, ideal for cyclists. A week’s rental starts at £538 for four people, holidaycottages.co.uk

Gatcombe Park Glamping Farm, Littlehempston

Camping site Pitchup.com will launch this new glamping alpaca farm in April. The retro trailers include folding doors that open to reveal bucolic views of the South Devon countryside. Join a guided alpaca walk, followed by cream tea on the terrace. Beware, your new South American friend may want a bite of your bun from the other side of the fence. Do you hear that? Silence: after all, it is an adults-only campsite. Totnes is a five-minute drive away, while the beaches of South Hams are 20 minutes away. Trailers from £195 for three nights, pitchup.com