Introducing The Cornish List

I’m Zoë, Editor of The Cornish List. I’m from Cornwall, I love Cornwall, and I spend my life writing about Cornwall for  newspapers and magazines like Condé Nast Traveller, and I write novels set in Cornwall too


Years ago, I began compiling a list of the best hotels, resorts, and places to eat, drink and explore. I shared it with friends planning holidays to the South West. It has evolved into The Cornish List – a love letter to my homeland, and a truly independent guide to some of the most fabulous places to discover in this special part of the world. 

I grew up on Cornwall’s South coast, in the bucket and spade resort of Looe – a fabulous, unpretentious and underrated seaside resort. I spent summers working in ice cream shops and cafes, and camping in Polzeath. North Cornwall’s Champagne Coast is one of my favourite places on earth, glittering with glamorous destinations and dripping in surf-chic vibes. 



Capturing and sharing the magic of Cornwall is my greatest passion. Tired of seeing the so-called ‘best hotels in Cornwall’ lists, repeating the same recommendations year after year – often written by people who don’t truly know and love Cornwall – I set out to create something more personal, written from the heart by someone who knows the real Cornwall. 

From beachfront boltholes, foodie havens, luxury hotels and dinky guesthouses, to eco retreats, adult-only spas, and family-focused resorts, I hope there is something for every taste and occasion on the Cornish List.  

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What makes the Cornish List

 I absolutely love great hotels – the excitement of escaping from the every day to somewhere special. Cornwall is home to loads of brilliant places to stay, and it can be overwhelming trying to choose between them all. 


The Cornish List is about shining a light on those exceptional places that you want to go back to, that you recommend to your friends, that capture the essence of their location and feel like a real treat. That’s why you’ll find a real variety of hotels and destinations on The Cornish List – because it’s not always about high-end dining options and elaborate spa facilities, sometimes it’s the tiny details, the expertly crafted cocktails, the incredible artwork, or a show-stopping sea view.  


No one can pay to be on The Cornish List. The hotels that are featured are always hotels I have visited, loved and would recommend to my friends and family. 

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As well as the finest hotels in Cornwall, we are bursting too with recommendations for where to eat, drink and explore.

From the best places to pick up an authentic (and delicious) Cornish pasty, to the best family attractions for a fun-filled day with the kids.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you find lots of inspiration for your next Cornish escape. I’d love to hear from you if you want to talk all things Cornwall. 


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