The Best Family Hotels in Cornwall

Fowey Hall in South East Cornwall is the perfect mix of relaxation and family time, with plenty of activities for kids and a luxury spa for the grown-ups
Fowey Hall in South East Cornwall is the perfect mix of relaxation and family time, with plenty of activities for kids and a luxury spa for the grown-ups | © iStock / Getty Images Plus
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22 November 2020

When you’re travelling as a family, child-friendly menus, kids clubs and all-ages activities are a must, and there are plenty on offer in Cornwall – aka England’s playground. Hotels here welcome the whole family and act as gateways to a wide range of indoor and outdoor attractions. Whether you’re looking for luxury suites in Newquay, or self-catering in Truro – here’s our pick of the best family-friendly hotels in Cornwall.

The Rosevine

4.6/5 (42 Reviews)
The Rosevine
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The Rosevine has child-friendly holidays covered, with a side-helping of luxury. Accommodation-wise there’s loads on offer: sea-facing family apartments (which sleep up to five people) or an entire house for those who prefer extra space. Youngsters are kept entertained in the hotel playroom which is packed with games – or at the indoor pool, football nets and climbing frame. A children’s tea is served daily and babysitting is available for parents craving some alone time.
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Sands Resort

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.3/5 (87 Reviews)
Sands Resort
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Price Drop
Now from $140 per night
Crazy golf, anyone? How about rock pooling at family-friendly Porth Beach just down the road? All that’s on offer before you even step inside Sands Resort which has great family touches like large suites, a soft play area, games room – and a spa for parents. Other perks include an outdoor pool with a toddler splash zone and a bouncy castle. This lively hotel also lays on craft sessions and Jules (the local ventriloquist) sometimes pays a visit.
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Fowey Hall

Fowey Hall
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From the pint-sized wellies by the front door to the den packed with toys, children are as well-catered for as their parents at Fowey Hall. Adults will love the complimentary childcare (two hours daily) so they can relax in the spa or explore the grounds. Baby monitors are available in all rooms and a breakfast club runs during school holidays so parents can have a lie-in while their kids are whisked away by friendly nannies. Childcare on an aristocratic level.
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Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
Bedruthan Hotel and Spa
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Eating as a family is easy at Bedruthan Hotel and Spa which offers an early three-course dinner in its restaurant, plus children’s menus. There’s a great choice of room options too, including interconnecting suites, villas and apartments for extended families. Arts and crafts areas are open during school holidays and there’s plenty on the doorstep to keep active kids entertained; take on the assault course in the grounds or surf at Mawgan Porth, which you can spy from the hotel’s big windows.
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Headland Hotel

Spa Hotel
4.5/5 (520 Reviews)
Headland Hotel
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If your family is craving an action-packed break by the coast, the Headland hotel has it sewn up. Choose from family hotel rooms and suites, or self-catering cottages for extra space and privacy. Children under three stay for free and cots can be added to rooms. Cottages come with one, two or three bedrooms, and feature thoughtful touches like safety gates and high chairs. Other family-friendly facilities include a mini-golf course, kids pools and a playground – with surfing and other diversions nearby.
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  • The Cornwall

    Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Spa Hotel
    4.5/5 (478 Reviews)
    The Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate
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    Price Drop
    Now from $120 per night
    Just a couple of miles from Porthpean Beach with its calm waters, kayaking and windsurfing, the Cornwall is a good choice if you have young children. The family rooms here are spacious and beds can be tailored with either cots or children’s pull-out beds available. You can also request high chairs, baby baths, sterilisers and socket covers. This glamorous hotel has a children’s menu and is within easy reach of the astounding Eden Project which you shouldn’t miss.
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    Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate

    Luxury, Hotel, Resort
    3.9/5 (61 Reviews)
    Carbis Bay Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $479 per night
    With its very own Blue Flag beach, Carbis Bay provides a natural playground for little ones to explore. A children’s club is available during summer holidays, packed with supervised beach adventures, water sports, baking and circus-skills workshops. The outdoor pool is heated, the restaurant has kids menus and there are regular film nights for little guests. Older children will love exploring the sea with kayak and paddle-boarding sessions, bookable through the hotel.
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    St Moritz Hotel

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.2/5 (278 Reviews)
    St Moritz Hotel
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    Grab your bucket and spade and stroll to Greenaway Beach where kids will love searching for sea treasures. The St Moritz also has plenty to keep adults and little ones entertained including tennis, swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) and a spa for grown-ups. Book a family garden suite with its own sunroom, or a room pod which can sleep up to six adults and three children. For full self-catering and ample space, villas and apartments sleep eight.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 22, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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