A survey on www.countrylife.co.uk has found that out of five different options, a cottage in Cornwall is the most popular choice for a second home.

With over 600 responses, the survey confirms the popularity of Cornwall as the most popular place to holiday, receiving 30% of the vote, with the Highlands coming a close second on 28% and a home overseas third with 20% of respondents voting for that option.

The appeal of Cornwall stems from its reputation for ruggedly picturesque landscapes, pretty period properties and proximity to its stunning coastline.  

Countrylife.co.uk second homes poll results:

Q: Where is your dream second home?


A cottage in Cornwall by the sea (30%)

A loch-side Highland retreat (28%)

Somewhere abroad – a place in the sun (20%)

A thatched cottage in Devon (13%)

An old rectory in Wales (9%)

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  • Vincent Sandford

    600 responses is not statistically significant number to draw any real conclusions but nevertheless the south west England areas of Cornwall, Devon and mid Wales are truly magnificent places to live and vacation. Having been born and lived most of my life in the Forest of Dean and running my web marketing business http://www.seosynovation.com from St. Briavels in Gloucestershire I personally can testify to the appeal of this area tha’s only spoilted rarely by overly developed tourist attractions. Great article.