Cornwall with Kids – 28 Best Places to Stay

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10 Best Child-Friendly Hotels in Cornwall

The Headland Hotel and Spa (Newquay)

Luxury family-friendly hotel and self-catering cottages which can accommodate families of up to 6. There are indoor and outdoor pools including a kids pool, 2 restaurants with kids menu available, mini football field and tennis courts. Hotel is set on a cliff overlooking Fistral beach, so a perfect location for surfing lessons. Pet friendly, free private parking and free WiFi. Walking distance to Newquay Railway Station.

View from the air of the family friendly Headland Hotel and Spa in Cornwall

Sands Resort Hotel (Newquay)

Resort hotel which overlooks golden beaches, with suites that can sleep up to 5.  There is a kids’ clubs, 2 swimming pools, one with waterslide and a splash pool for toddlers plus free activities such as mini golf and tennis. There is a restaurant with kids menu and a buffet breakfast is served each morning. Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium and DairyLand Farmworld are a within a 10-minute drive.

Stunning view from the sea of the Sands Resort child friendly hotel in Newquay

The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate (St Austell)

A stunning 19th-century manor house hotel with luxury spa, gym, infinity pool and tennis courts. Rooms have flat screen TV and free Wifi and there are also self-catering Woodland lodges which can accommodate up to 8 guests, so great for larger families. There is a restaurant, bar, free parking and there’s also a kids Treasure Trail set in the 45 acres of grounds.

Bird's eye view of the spa and estate for The Cornwall Hotel

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa (Newquay)

Family-friendly hotel set on a cliff overlooking the beach of Mawgan Porth. A sophisticated hotel but plenty for the kids to do including a kids club, soft play and games room. There’s lots of choice for family room options, from interconnecting, to sea view villa’s or apartments for those larger families. The leisure centre features a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, plus there’s a luxury spa and restaurant. Baby sitting service and free on-site parking is available.

view from your hotel room to the beach and sea at the Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

The Britannia Inn & Waves Restaurant (Par)

Family run 18th century Coaching Inn with restaurant, bar and a large garden. Some suites can accommodate families of 5. There is a nice children’s playground and a bouncy castle. The Inn offers continental breakfast daily. Rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV, free Wifi and a private bathroom. Within walking distance of Porthpean Beach.

large family friendly room britanniainn waves cornwall

Meudon Hotel

A family run country house hotel set in 8.5 acres of gardens. Family rooms are made up of two interconnecting bedrooms, both with bathrooms and sleep up to 5. The main room has a balcony with garden views. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, free WiFi. There is a bar and restaurant with stunning views. No swimming pool or leisure facilities but there is access to a private beach. There is also free parking.

exterior and gardens of the Meudon Hotel Cornwall

Hotel Tresanton (Saint Mawes)

A small hotel set in a former yacht club, with nautical room decor and views over Falmouth Bay. There is a playroom, children’s garden and three family suites. One of the bedrooms is a tongue and groove ship’s cabin with two built-in bunks and its own large television set into the wall, which kids will love. There is a restaurant (children under 6 are not allowed after 6pm), free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. St Mawes Castle is a 4 minute walk away.

view from the balcony at a room at Hotel Tresanton

St Enodoc Hotel (Wadebridge)

Family-friendly hotel in an elevated position overlooking the Camel Estuary. There is a private surf instructor on hand and a games room. The restaurant offers kids meals and there is also a bar and seasonal outdoor pool and sauna. All rooms have TV, bathrobes and free toiletries. There is free parking and Wi-Fi and dogs are welcome (at an extra cost).

view of the gardens and swimming pool towards the sea in cornwall

Polurrian on the Lizard (Mullion)

Luxury seaside hotel perched on a cliff with views across Mount’s Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a crèche for children over three months and baby listening so parents can enjoy a kid free dinner. Hotel has a games room, leisure club with a swimming pool, gym and luxury spa. There is an outdoor playzone with giant chess and snakes and ladders. There is free on-site parking and Mullion Harbour is a few minutes walk away.

view of the polurrian on the lizard and gardens towards coastal views

Tregenna Castle (St Ives)

Set within 72 acres of private grounds, this impressive hotel has a heated indoor swimming pool, an outdoor seasonal heated swimming pool and a golf course. The hotel has plenty of family rooms with some self-catering options. There’s an on-site crèche, kids club and outdoor children’s play area. Surrounded by picturesque gardens and sub-tropical plants, St Ives Rail Station is a 15 minutes’ walk away.

view of the landscaped gardens and Tregenna Castle hotel

3 Glamping Holidays in Cornwall

Atlantic Surf Pods

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | WiFi | Garden

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Set in Bude, Atlantic Surf Pods provides accommodation with free WiFi and a garden with a barbecue and garden views. All eco-pod cabins come with a terrace, a kitchen with a toaster, and a private bathroom with shower. A fridge and kettle are also available.

Option for big families:

For big families, you can also book the Ocean View Treehouse. It is a beautifully crafted bolt-hole perched up in the tree looking out towards Widemouth Bay and open country. Easily accessed by a stairway. The roof is clear on the north side and shaded on the south giving a wonderful feeling of space, and in the evenings the led lighting gives a cosy ambience.

Things to do:

Hiking and surfing can be enjoyed nearby. Padstow is 42 km from Atlantic Surf Pods. The nearest airport is Newquay Cornwall Airport, 53 km from the accommodation.

The Airstream

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | Wifi | Near a Pub | Garden 

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The Airstream is located in Penryn in the Cornwall region. The Airstream features a patio and river views. The accommodation is 8 km from Falmouth, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen complete with a fridge, an oven and a stovetop.

Things to do:

There is a garden with a barbecue at this property and guests can go fishing nearby. St. Ives is 35 km from the farm stay, while Newquay is 34 km away. The nearest airport is Newquay Cornwall Airport, 41 km from The Airstream. Other nearby attractions include Trelissick Garden, Pendennis Castle, Trebah Gardens, St Mawes Castle, Truro Cathedral, Tregothnan, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, and The Flambards Experience.

Bumble @ Stars & Embers Glamping

Sleeps 5 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | Open Fire 

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Enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of this luxury glamping tent deep in the Cornish countryside. Beyond the canvas walls the hub of this spacious tent is the open plan kitchen, living and dining area complete with a wood fired range and simple kitchen units including a sink.

Option for big families:

For big families, you can also book Honey which can also accommodate 5 guests and together, 10 guests can enjoy glamping under the stars. 

Things to do:

Enjoy a home cooked meal alfresco before slipping into the warmth of the wood fired hot tub to enjoy a spot of star gazing. There is plenty of space for kids to run around and play. There is also a small stream that meanders through the lower part of the field and a fire pit is perfect for catching the last of the sun’s whilst toasting marshmallows and telling campsite tales. 

The traditional and attractive village of Grampound is 2 miles away and offers lots of essential amenities including a community shop with cafe and a pub. The historic cathedral city of Truro is 10 miles with a larger selection of shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries, museum and cinema. The sandy beach and coastal golf courses at Carlyon Bay and Porthpean are a 10 miles and the charming fishing village of Mevagissey and the historic port of Charlestown, famous for its tall ships and the filming of the BBC’s Poldark series are a similar distance.

9 Family-Friendly Cottages in Cornwall

All the properties are of an excellent or exceptional standard throughout and have been picked with family breaks in mind.

Sleep 2

Smugglers Cottage

Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Seaside | Open fire | Near a pub

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A hidden gem built into the rocks in an area steeped in history.  This white stone single storey cottage is perfect for a couple (plus a baby).

Things to do: Visit the nearby Tintagel Castle, steeped in myth and mystery and said to have been the birthplace of King Arthur. Cottage is 200 metres from the coastal path, with fine sandy beach, perfect for enjoying a day of swimming, surfing or rock pooling.

Sleep 4

An Drowes

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Seaside | Near a pub

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Cool, contemporary ‘upside down’ seaside house with enclosed patio and hot tub for 4.

Things to do: A few minutes walk will take you to the centre of Newquay where you will have a wide choice of restaurants and pubs with something to suit everyone. Visit the sandy beaches, beach bars and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh local food whilst watching the sun goes down.

The View

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Seaside | Near a pub

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If you want a room with a view, this is the place for you. Perched high on the clifftop above Great Western Beach this apartment is perfect for anyone who enjoys a bit of luxury with the convenience of being in amongst the action.

Things to do: Visit the surf school on the beach below! Make the most of a wide choice of bars, cafés and restaurants.

Sam’s Cabin

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | WiFi | Swimming pool

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Sam’s Cabin is in a beautiful meadow with stunning country views. This brand new Scandinavian style lodge offers wonderful comfort and style including the use of a shared heated swimming pool.

Things to do:

Children can enjoy the playground facilities of swings, slide and playhouse with picnic tables for all the family to come together in the great outdoors. Off site, the coastal towns and village resorts of Looe, picturesque Polperro and scenic Fowey are highly regarded destinations. Ramblers can venture along the coastal footpath or play a round at Looe Golf Club. Sam’s cabin is within easy driving distance of the glorious Whitsand Bay, colourful Plymouth, The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the National Trust owned Lanhydrock, Cotehele and Antony House.

Horizons View Penthouse

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | WiFi | Swimming pool | Gym

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Horizons View Penthouse is situated in Newquay and offers a fitness centre. Guests staying at this apartment have access to free WiFi and a fully equipped kitchen. The apartment is equipped with a TV. Free private parking is available at the apartment.

Things to do:

Guests can enjoy the indoor pool and garden at Horizons View Penthouse. Fistral Beach is 2 km from the accommodation, while Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium is 1.3 km from the property. Newquay Cornwall Airport is 10 km away.

Gillyflower Cottage

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open fire | Garden

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This enchanting cottage, just over one mile from the beautiful beaches and harbour at iconic St Ives. Relax in the sitting room and enjoy family time at the dining space with beams, a woodburner and snug sofas for guaranteed comfort. The kitchen is contemporary with all of the mod cons, there is a sun room at the front – a divine space for a quiet read.

Things to do:

The enclosed garden at the rear is a great spot for a barbecue, and has storage for beach gear after a day of fun in the sand. Picturesque St Ives can be reached within 10 minutes by car or a 20 minute stroll. There are excellent eateries, traditional inns and coffee houses on the waterfront overlooking the boats in the harbour and beach. Porthmeor Beach has golden sands, a surf school, seasonal lifeguard patrol and a café/bar. Porthgwidden lies at the other side of the headland known as The Island. The cobbled alleys and lanes of St Ives are home to galleries, gift shops and boutiques.

Apartment 3 Fistral Beach

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Garden | Near a Pub | Seaside

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It is one of seven stylish apartments on the most popular street in Newquay, and with a selection of the finest beaches only a short walk away it is ideally situated to enjoy all that this vibrant seaside town has to offer. Apartment 3 is on the first floor of this contemporary and sleek building with access via a short flight of stairs or a lift. This apartment offers flexible sleeping arrangements to suit the needs of your group. From the double bedroom, sliding doors open to a private and enclosed suntrap, south-facing paved terrace with table and chairs and ample space for surf board or bike storage.

Things to do:

With superb sea views across Fistral beach towards the headland from the large private balcony, Apartment 3 is the perfect spot for a bit of surf and sunset watching. There’s an abundance of restaurants close by for a bite to eat. Surf shops and other activities including the Zoo are all within walking distance. Your family can also walk along the rugged coast path to explore the stunning coastline.

Mears Cottage

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open fire | Garden | Near a Pub | Seaside

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Nestled in the heart of the pretty coastal village of Coverack, on the Lizard Peninsula of Cornwall, is this delightful wooden cottage. Mears Cottage has been modernised to provide a warm and welcoming base for families to tour this wonderful part of Cornwall. Relax with your loved ones in front of the woodburning stove. The property has two bedrooms: one lower-ground-floor twin (zip/link) and one ground floor king-size, so no matter your group type there will be something to accommodate your needs.

Things to do:

Step outside to the spacious patio area and simply delight in those magnificent views across the Lizard Peninsula coastline and across the sea, whilst you enjoy a spot of alfresco dining from your very own private patio area.

Discover this rocky coastline, the delightful National Trust area of Lizard Point, and far-reaching coastal views, perfect for walking and cycling. The Lizard Heritage Coast is popular for many of its lovely coves with stretches of sand, where you can spend your afternoons sunbathing, swimming or surfing.

Longships

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | Garden

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Longships is a lovely two-storey apartment which provides light and modern décor situated in the beautiful, small village of Porthcurno on the south west coast of Cornwall. It is just a few meters away from a cove of soft white sand and clear blue sea, which is perfect for families who love to spend their vacation near the beach. The property is an open plan living area which has stylish and comfortable designs, fixtures and amenities with a fully equipped kitchen. Families have an option to dine alfresco while admiring the beautiful surroundings.

Things to do:

Have a family stroll or make sand castles at the beach nearby. Described by some as being a paradise, Porthcurno Beach is definitely a must visit as it has won many awards. It lies below the unforgettable Minack Theatre, carved out of natural rock on the cliff edge, with the sea as a magnificent backdrop. Just outside Porthcuno lies the Museum of Submarine Telegraphy. A short walk along the coastal path will bring you to Logan Rock or ‘Rocking Stone’ which is part of an Iron Age Cliff Castle.

Higherwell Farm Holiday Cottage

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | Wifi | Garden 

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Higherwell Farm Holiday Cottage in Newquay is situated on a 6 acre smallholding where kids can have special encounters with adorable alpacas, ducks, geese and lots of chickens. Higherwell Farm Holiday Cottage in Newquay provides accommodation with free WiF

Things to do:

The  Higherwell Farm Holiday Cottage is 6 km from Lappa Valley Steam Railway, 7 km from Newquay Zoo and 8 km from Tolcarne Beach. There is also a Small Animal Pet Hotel on site. There are several local pubs only 5 minutes drive from there, some with extremely good food and restaurants too. You can arrange to feed the Alpacas and Chickens too. Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium is 9 km from the farm stay, while Lusty Glaze Beach is 9 km from the property.

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Viola Sea

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Seaside | Near a pub

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Spectacular stone-front cottage, boasting contemporary furnishings from top to bottom for a great family getaway.

Things to do: Situated in St Just; the nearest town to Land’s End. Visit the Bronze Age settlement at Cape Cornwall.

2 Wheal Turnavore

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Games Room | Seaside | Open Fire  

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Contemporary open-plan seaside retreat to spend quality time with your loved ones. Perfect for a group of friends or family seeking an adventure in both countryside and coastal settings.

Things to do: Take coastal or coutryside walks or spend your days relaxing on the beach and building sandcastles.

6 Remote Cottages in Cornwall

Sleep 2

12 Faraway Fields

Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub

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Set in the heart of the Cornish countryside, in the pretty village of Dobwalls, is this stunning romantic lodge. 12 Faraway Fields sits on the edge of a small lake with stunning views over the neighbouring farmland and distant countryside.

Things to do: Indulge in the hot tub while taking in the picturesque surroundings. Take a drive towards St Neot, where you will find Carnglaze Caverns – a set of underground, man-made caves in a former slate mine with lakes and a dedicated area for events and concerts.

Lynher Cottage

Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot Tub


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This detached cottage sits in a rural setting with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.

Things to do: Enjoy the countryside scenery. Relax in the hot tub. There are some pretty nearby villages and the town of Saltash is just 4 miles away, where you will find lots of local amenities.

Borah Lodge

Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub


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Just over a mile from superb Lamorna Cove Beach, snuggled in a countryside idyll in the sleeping village of St Buryan, Borah Lodge makes the perfect retreat for couples seeking coastal and rural adventures.

Things to do: The local pub is a mere ten-minute walk away while the coast is just a twenty-minute walk. Lamorna Cove has a little sandy beach when the tide is out, a lovely spot for swimming or scuba diving.

Omalast

Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub | Open fire


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Sitting in eight acres of private grounds and with the peaceful countryside and scenic rambles all around this is the perfect escape from your busy life.

Things to do: The property is secluded and very private. It is a perfect staycation to relax and unwind while in the hot tub. 

Sleep 4

The Packing House

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub


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Settled within south-west Cornwall, within the quaint hamlet of Rosudgeon is this charming semi-detached stone cottage.

Things to do: Relax on the inviting plush sofas before the TV, or gather around the dining table with a board game. Take pleasure in having a dip in the hot tub or enjoy alfresco dining.

Milliemook Cottage

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot Tub | Open fire


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Located in the small hamlet of Mawla, near the sandy beaches of Porthtowan, Portreath and St Agnes, is this stunning Cornish gem, Milliemook Cottage, is a fine example of traditional mixed with contemporary design.

Things to do: Head up to St Agnes and you can have a go at kayaking with a 2-hour guided kayak adventure launching from the Trevaunance Cove, which is also good for surfing, swimming, and has excellent fishing in high tide.

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