Visitors to Cornwall who are looking for a great base to explore both the north coast and mid-Cornwall will find that Launceston is the perfect town for self-catering accommodation. Staying in your Launceston holiday home gives you plenty of options to have fun!

With its own castle, Launceston is packed with history and is a great place for children to let their imaginations go wild. Also high on every history lovers list, should be the Launceston Steam Railway, with its own steam train that chugs through the Cornish countryside from Launceston to Newmills providing beautiful views and the chance to step back in time.

For beach lovers, step out of your holiday cottage to the north coast of Cornwall with all its fabulous beaches. Only a short drive will find you on the sands of Widemouth Bay, Crackington Haven and Trebarwith Strand. Small children will love to build sandcastles and have a paddle, while bigger kids and adults can have hours of fun surfing, body boarding, paddle boarding and kite-surfing.

With all that time being active though, you are bound to work up an appetite and great food can be found all along the north coast. The Coombe Barton at Crackington Haven serves up classic pub food, done exceptionally well. The Port William at Trebarwith Strand also serves up great pub food with unparalleled views out to sea and Widemouth Bay has Widemouth Manor, which not only serves up delicious food with a view but has a lounge dedicated to evening drinks and a perfect viewing platform for sunsets.

When picking up ingredients to rustle up a meal in your holiday cottage, pop over to Boscastle Farm Shop where you will find local meats. Vegetables, cheeses, wines and more. It also has a cafe with beautiful views over the Cornish coastline. Not far from Boscastle, a visit to Tintagel is a must with its newly opened bridge to Tintagel Castle and its stunning church, set on Glebe Cliffs.

A drive south of Launceston will bring you to the Tamar Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area is famed for its mining heritage and has received world heritage status. There are many walks, trails for mountain biking and horseback riding too!

Launceston itself has a great selection of cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from. The White Horse Inn is known for having the best Sunday roast in town. If you fancy a light lunch with great views and a pretty garden though, pay a visit to The Cowslip Tearooms, just outside the main town centre.

With so much to do, Launceston is a great place to get to know Cornwall from and spend some quality in your secret Launceston accommodation.