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Abbey Hotel is an old sea-captain’s house in Penzance which is full of heritage touches: wonky corridors, antique dressers, canopied beds. There’s a lovely garden out back for a sundown drink (from £130).

The Old Quay House in the small town of Fowey is the epitome of the upmarket trend. This ultra-exclusive quayside hotel is all standalone bathtubs, spotlit deck beds, varnished wooden floors and swish private lounges. The guestrooms are a mix of estuary-view suites and attic penthouses (from £180).

Direct trains to Cornish stations run from London Paddington, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bristol. It’s a five-hour journey from London to Penzance (from £30; By car, take the M4 from London or M6 from Manchester, then the M5 to Exeter and A30 into Cornwall. Private transport is the easiest way to get around the county, but roads can get very busy in summer. Local train services run to Looe, Falmouth, Newquay and St Ives (

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