We recently stayed in Marazion for a week and had a lovely time. The town itself is small and relatively quiet so makes for a very relaxing holiday if you want an alternative to the bigger towns and cities. It also has great bus connections so if you want to see more of Cornwall without your car (highly recommended!) then you shouldn't have much trouble here. Buses run until midnight from, for example, St Ives, so if you want to have a nice dinner out without paying a fortune for taxi's, it's very easy.
The town is busy during the day, packed with tourists, but with beautiful beaches and views you shouldn't let that put you off. It's small enough to walk around anyway so you needn't worry about parking. For eating out I would recommend the Fire Engine Inn - great food, not very expensive and very friendly staff and locals too! The fish and chip shop on the high street is good as well.
We stayed in a cottage called Cudden View, owned privately by a couple who also own others, all under the name of Jericho Cottages (just search on this to find them). It was very clean, nicely furnished and with amazing views over the sea and the coast. The bathroom was also lovely with a good shower and fantastic corner bath - perfect for relaxing with a nice glass of wine after a day's touring or walking! The cottage is also incredibly well priced, coming in much cheaper than others, especially given the location.
And if you do decide to make use of the bus service then a week's family ticket (also for two adults) is £47. Get the 300 bus if you do this as it's well worth the trip to see all of the Penwith Peninsula.
So - recommend Marazion and definitely recommend Cudden View cottage. A wonderful base for exploring Cornwall whether by car, bus or train.
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