10 of the best family-friendly hotels in Cornwall

25 Apr 2016

With over 400 miles of coastline taking in some of the country's best beaches, bountiful seafood and attractions like the Eden Project, Cornwall is rightly an out-and-out favourite with families. And with many families expected to stay at home rather than go abroad this summer, we're expecting Cornwall to be busier than ever. Below we've put together a selection of our favourite places for family getaways.

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

Where: Mawgan Porth
Why it’s great for families: Not just one of the best family hotels in Cornwall, the Bedruthan (below, and main picture at the top of the page) is frequently namechecked as one of the finest in the country. As well as award-winning restaurants and a spa with ocean views, it has an Ofsted-registered kids' club, table football, a jungle tumble ball pool, assault courses and a Wii games room. Guests can book surf lessons with The Surf Club Cornwall, based at the hotel. Lessons are on Mawgan Porth beach in front of the hotel. Minimum age is six and lessons are available all year round.
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Retallack Resort & Spa 

Where: Near Newquay
Why it’s great for families: This self-catering resort is on the north coast of Cornwall, within 20 minutes' drive of Newquay and Padstow. That means there’s an abundance of options to keep kids entertained nearby.That said, you might not have to leave the resort – facilities here include an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a children's soft play area.

The Retallack also has Cornwall's only FlowRider (a surf simulator), plus wakeboarding equipment, a giant aqua trampoline (above) and kayaks to hire.
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Fowey Hall Hotel

Where: Fowey
Why it’s great for families: Condé Nast Traveller describes this family-friendly seaside pile as “superbly luxurious”, and it gets automatic points on the board for being the inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows. Kid-friendly amenities are a cut above too. There are childcare facilities for every age range, and for each day of your stay, Fowey Hall offer up to two hours’ free childcare in the Ofsted-registered Four Bears Den.We particularly like the breakfast club idea (available on Sundays and selected days during school holidays), where your kids get whisked away for breakfast by a friendly nanny while you curl up under the duvet. 
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The Headland Hotel and Spa

Where: Newquay
Why it’s great for families: Seaside chic meets family fun at the Headland Hotel. Families can choose to stay in the main hotel, or for a little more space and seclusion, one of the self-catering coastal cottages.Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a mini football field, tennis courts and a putting green. There are also games, DVDs, buckets and spades, and body boards to borrow. Surfing hotspot Polzeath Beach, and Rock (the place for sailing), are close by.
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Pentire Hotel

Where: Newquay
Why it’s great for families: The Pentire sits on a headland overlooking Fistral Beach. With the South West Coast Path a 4-minute walk away, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Eden Project around a 40-minute drive, this is an ideal base from which to explore the area. There are a range of family rooms available, from standard ones with bunk beds to interconnecting rooms for parents who require a little more privacy. A great budget option. 
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Carlyon Bay Hotel

Where: St Austell
Why it’s great for families: The 4-star Carlyon Bay Hotel, perched dramatically on the cliffs of St Austell Bay, is set in 250 acres of landscaped gardens less than two miles from the Eden Project.Families can make use of indoor and outdoor pools, an outdoor adventure play area, plus children’s holiday clubs, entertainment and a supervised playroom during all school holidays. Buckets and spades are available free of charge in the summer months.

Here’s a welcome bonus: kids get free lunches, free drinks and free ice creams throughout their holiday at Carlyon Bay.
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Polurrian Bay Hotel 

Where: Mullion
Why it’s great for families: This property is set on the Cornish cliffs, close to Land’s End and a 5-minute walk from the beach.On site you’ll find 12 acres of gardens, tennis courts, a gym, an indoor pool and a spa. There are free baby-listening services so parents can relax over dinner, and children up to eight years old can spend two free hours each day in the Ofsted-registered crèche.

Older children can meet friends and play video games, pool and table football in the Blue Room, or watch family favourites in the cinema room.
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St Moritz Hotel 

Where: Wadebridge
Why it’s great for families: The St Moritz prides itself on keeping kids entertained with coastal adventures. There’s a kids’ club called Mini Moritz, which runs activities throughout the school holidays, plus a kids’ room for movies and games, which is open all year round. Other facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, and the surf school, Wavehunters.The suites, apartments and villas have fully fitted kitchens, plus lounges and dining tables, making this a great option for a self-catering holiday.
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Tregenna Castle

Where: St Ives
Why it’s great for families: The hotel has a great selection of rooms for families - eight large family rooms for multiple occupancy, 10 large bedrooms with sofa beds that will comfortably accommodate a family of four, plus a selection of self-catering options. There’s an on-site crèche, Castle Kids, which keeps kids entertained with a varied selection of activities, a dedicated outdoor children’s play area and free daily kids’ activities during half term.

Other things we like: room service is available 24 hours a day, and there are free DVDs and games in all rooms and self-catering properties, just in case you get trapped in by the weather.   
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Watergate Bay Hotel

Where: Watergate Bay
Why it’s great for families: A firm favourite with families, Watergate Bay has two miles of sandy beach right outside the door where kids can go rock-pooling, explore the caves or learn to surf.Beyond that, there are organised games and activities, as well as evening entertainment at the Kids’ Zone and XA Club.

There’s a baby-listening service, and babysitters are available between 6pm and 2am, so you can enjoy an evening out.
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