Surfer cottage near Fistral Beach? Farmhouse B&B for easy mornings? How about a Scandi-style retreat on the cliffs? These are the best places to stay near Newquay Zoo, Cornwall, all bookable on Culture Trip.
With around 130 animal species spread across 13 acres (5ha), Newquay Zoo is just the beginning of your perfect family holiday. There’s also the incredible coastline and lush countryside to explore, while the hotels here are also geared towards experiencing the great outdoors. You can enjoy surfing classes at the Newquay Hostel, wildlife hikes at Degembris Farmhouse and Cottages or creative workshops for children at the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa. Or for more inspiration, read on.
As a surfer you don’t get many better spots to lay down your board than Bambu Cottage. It’s around a 15-minute walk from Fistral Beach – one of the world’s top surfing destinations, backed by high cliffs and dunes – so you can just about spot your set coming in from the window. For a more sedate seaside experience, Towan Beach is even closer. A wide-open, dog-friendly bay teeming with wildlife, it’s perfect for family days out.
When you stay at Tregoose Old Mill you become part of a story that stretches back to the 1400s. There has been a mill in this spot as far back as that, and the current structure dates to 1750. The three cottages available here have charming names to match their surroundings. The Wriggly Tin comes with its own flock of sheep, the Hideaway is on the upper two floors of the water mill, while the Duchy Barn is a former grain store on a quiet country lane.
With some of the best-value accommodation minutes from Porth Beach – a large stretch of sand offering safe bathing – the Great Western Hotel is a family favourite. Thanks to a clifftop terrace and garden, the meals served at restaurant Steam have Atlantic Ocean views as a backdrop. This is also a hotel with great transport links, Newquay Railway Station is just a few minutes away on foot and Cornwall Airport Newquay is reachable in 15 minutes by car.
This former manor and estate, now divided into a farmhouse B&B and three self-catering cottages, is the sort of place you’ll want to drop your bags and head straight into the countryside. Take the Degembris country trail and try to spot the local wildlife, which includes red deer, heron and barn owls. A lake has also been added to the grounds for those who travel with their fishing poles.
Just minutes from Towan Beach, the Newquay Hostel is part cheap accommodation, part surf school. A Surf and Stay package puts wannabe wave-riders in the hands of Escape Surf School’s pro instructors. A comfy bed awaits after a day on the water, but not before socialising at Belushi’s, the hostel bar that has sweeping beach views from a huge outdoor terrace.
The Atlantic Ocean may be right on the doorstep, but Kilbirnie Hotel still gives you a couple more options for a dip – namely an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor splash pool. For surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, Tolcarne, Fistral and Watergate beaches are nearby – or, if you fancy a bit of a drive, head 30 minutes down the road to the Eden Project. It’s home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world.
A Scandi-inspired retreat that’s been sat atop the Cornish cliffs since 1959, Bedruthan has everything to help you destress, including a Roman-style caldarium (hot room) and a sensory spa garden. Simply opening the window of your coastal room and letting the sea breeze blow through also works well. Kids are kept busy while you chill, with baby and toddler breaks and a programme of creative workshops during school holidays.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.