Where to stay in Cornwall with kids
If you’re thinking of luxury family breaks, UK hotels have it all, spas, gourmet restaurants and kids clubs to rival Disney. If you fancy some beach time and breathtaking views as well then Cornwall should be top of your list. I want to introduce you to the best family hotel Cornwall has.
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I highly recommend a stay at the Bedruthan hotel and Spa as the best family hotel Cornwall has for family holidays to spoil all ages.
Where is the Bedruthan Hotel
Nestled into the cliff face in North Cornwall, around half an hour from Newquay. The hotel is just off the popular coastal road from Newquay to Tintagel, read about some other great stops on this North Cornwall road trip here. The Bedruthan Hotel is located in an unassuming, tiny village overlooking Mawgan Porth beach.
This is not the place to come for shopping and nights out. It’s out of town and primarily about getting away from it all. Come here for the beach, for the cliff walks, surfing and escaping.
It’s a short walk to the National Trusts Bedruthan Steps which is widely thought to offer the best views in the area.
Bedruthan Hotel and Spa Cornwall
Style of the hotel at Bedruthan Steps
Whilst the hotel doesn’t look too fancy from the outside. The minute you step through the doors you’ll start to feel calm, de-stressed and utterly at home. The style of the hotel is relaxed yet luxurious, with incense burning round every corner, comfortable seating areas and ultra friendly staff. All happy to chat with a smile on their face.
Special features for kids at the Bedruthan Hotel
Where do I start?! This is a kids dream hotel! I think it is definitely within the top 3 child friendly hotels Cornwall has. Bedruthan has taken the stress out of family holidays by providing activities suitable for all ages.
For pre-schoolers, there’s an excellent soft play area and kids club (complimentary for two-hours each day). Babies and toddlers will also love splashing about in the heated indoor pool or playing in the sand on the beach. They offer a baby listening service so adults can enjoy a meal or drink while their baby sleeps. I saw one couple tracked down by reception staff as their baby had woken up – they are clearly listening attentively. Or simply book one of their babysitting staff.
Each floor has a microwave for heating milk. Luckily you don’t need to worry about carting all that baby equipment with you. You can hire cots, buggies, sterilisers, backpacks and highchairs for free during your stay.
If you’re bringing school aged kids during the holidays, you’ll find a packed list of additional activities to keep them entertained. This includes surf lessons, circus skills, crafting and storytelling around bonfires. You will also be able to hire tennis rackets and kites for free.
The outdoor adventure playground is perfect for school age kids with plenty of equipment to climb, swing on and jump off. Older kids and teens will love a game of pool in the bar area or to try out surfing with lessons from the Surf Shack – I have to admit, I was pretty tempted myself!
Family friendly rooms at the hotel
Rooms are unpretentious, comfortable and functional, perfect for visiting with little ones. Each one has a flat screen TV and DVD player (bring the kids favourite movies with you), great wifi, tea, coffee, biscuits and a little carton a fresh milk – a lovely touch.
Bathrooms are clean, plenty big enough with a shower and bath and the complimentary toiletries smelt delightful!
We had a non seaview room, the interconnecting ones, which overlooked the carpark – such a shame. But the apartments, villas and sea view rooms all have amazing views through massive picture windows.
Family rooms also come with pull down screens so you can separate yourselves off while the kids sleep whilst villas have a separate seating area and small outdoor terrace.
Food choices at the Bedruthan Hotel
Oh my goodness, the food at the Bedruthan hotel is simply amazing. There are two restaurants to choose from:
The Wild Café
This is the more relaxed of the two, food is fresh and simple and the dress code is positively unfussy.
Lunch service (12 – 2.30) is from the deli with several additional specials to choose from. If you’re heading down to the beach or to explore more of North Cornwall, they’ll even put a packed lunch together for you.
We ate at the Wild Café during their dinner service which operates during the perfectly family friendly hours of 4.30 – 9.30pm. The many locally soured options included everything from freshly caught seafood, juicy burgers and plenty of vegan options so no one has to go hungry.
We opted for the feta and walnut salad and calamari to start then seafood stew and a lentil curry for mains. All was absolutely delicious and very generous in size. Little ones wont be disappointed either, the kids menu includes all the usual child friendly options such as mac and cheese and fish and chips along with some tastier options like vegetable korma and pie of the day. All for under £7 per meal. A meal for three with wine is going to set you back around £70 with drinks.
This is where you’ll get breakfast if you choose to eat at the hotel. We didn’t as we were staying during the Rugby World Cup and knew we would want to head out and find somewhere to watch it while we ate. It did however smell delicious.
The Herring restaurant
This is the more upmarket of the two although I wouldn’t go too over the top with the dress code, it’s still unpretentious and friendly. The views through the floor to ceiling windows are absolutely stunning and if you can time your dinner during a sunset you’ll have a tough time focussing on your food over the distant coastline.
Again we found the food to be wonderful, beautifully presented and tasty. We chose the potato soup (how they managed to pack so much flavour in is beyond me!) and beef tartare to begin and the pork fillet for main. Two nights in a row, we had no space left for pudding!
Two courses are £32.50 and three courses will set you back £37.50. Amazing value for such great food.
Children 8 and over are welcome in the Herring but those under 8 are requested to book a table before 6.45.
If it’s at all busy (and it is most of the year!) then make sure you book early to ensure you get a table for the time you and the kids need to eat. Typically we left it a little late and booked the day before, and were just about squeezed in.
For drinks or snacks outside of the restaurants opening hours there’s the bar and terrace area which quickly became my favourite place to end the day. Head outside and watch the sky light up as the sun sets over the beach. The sunsets are amazing at this time of year – it’s the UK so may feel a little fresh, just layer up and enjoy the show.
The Spa at The Bedruthan Hotel
For harried Mums and Dads, a good Spa can totally make a family holiday. Wwhether you decide to tag team and take it in turns (we all need our alone time!) or book the kids into the creche for a couple of hours. A visit to the Spa is an absolute must.
The huge indoor hydro spa is free for guests of the hotel and overlooks the sea. After a dip you can heat up in the cedar sauna or eucalyptus steam room. Then cosy up on one of the comfy sofas and enjoy a refreshing tea whist relaxing with a magazine. There are also plenty of treatments to choose from massages and facials to full on spa days. Check out the treatment list here.
The Outdoor Sensory Spa Garden
I know you’re here looking for the best family hotel Cornwall has but sometimes we all need a break from the kids! This is one to enjoy without the kids. And is one of my favourite things about the hotel. (does that sound bad?!). It’s a delight for all the senses which takes you through hot, to cold and back to hot again. The seven stages are as follows:
- Dry oat scrub
- Cold drench bucket shower
- Outdoor hot tub
- Salt scrub
- Hot rain shower
- Relaxing foot bath to finish with a refreshing herbal tea around the fire pit
The whole experience should take around an hour and is only £30 per person for hotel guests. I guarantee you’ll have forgotten any usual daily stresses by the end. I’ve never felt so zen or my skin so plump!
The indoor and outdoor pools at Bedruthan Steps
Not including the Spa hydro pool, the Bedruthan hotel has no less than 3 pools. It’s one of the few hotels in cornwall with indoor pool which is heated perfectly for swimming with little ones. When we took a dip on a drizzly Saturday afternoon, it was packed with giggling babies enjoying a swim!
One of the outdoor pools is heated with a little toddler pool attached. They are surrounded by greenery and colourful sun loungers and brollies.
Where possible I always choose a hotel that focuses on the environment as much as it does the bottom line. Bedruthan Hotel is dedicated to sustainability and protecting the environment as much as possible. They reduce, reuse and recycle everything possible, cut down on food miles by sourcing local where they can and designing menus around what is seasonal.
They leave large sections of their land untreated, allowing it to grow wild which encourages butterflies, bees, lizards and small mammals to the area and have plenty of charging points for electric cars in the car park. You can read more about their sustainability efforts here
Bedruthan Steps Hotel for pets
As you’ll remember from my post about Welsh beaches with dogs, one of my favourite things about holidaying in the UK is that I can bring our family dog along. Bedruthan has five rooms which are dog friendly and the location is absolutely perfect for four legged friends. Dogs cost an additional £15 per night, make sure you let the hotel know in advance to ensure you can get a room.
Dogs are welcome in the Wild Café, just make sure you let staff know when you book to secure you a dog friendly table. And the hotel asks that you keep them on a lead at all times and of course off the furniture.
How much does it cost to stay at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel
I’ll be honest, it’s pretty pricey at around £250 a night for entry level rooms for three. But with all the facilities for both kids and grown ups, I think it’s totally worth it. Prices go up a lot in the school holidays. If you’re lucky enough to have pre school age kids then I recommend just booking now while it’s cheaper! In my opinion, even with the luxury level pricing, this is still the best family hotel Cornwall has to offer for a stress free visit.
What are you waiting for? Book your stay at Bedruthan Steps hotel now, it really is the best family hotel, Cornwall.
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