The 15 Best Beach Hotels in Cornwall

If your idea of the perfect holiday involves sand and sea views - and the possibility of an exceptional meal and some great surfing, sailing or walking - then Cornwall is an obvious choice. And what’s wrong with the obvious choice? The only choice that’s difficult is choosing the best beach hotels in Cornwall, but it’s OK, our Gurus have taken care of that for you by creating a short list of the 15 best beach hotels in Cornwall to get uyou started. And they've included some Cornwall's best beach hotels for families, some of Cornwall's most romantic beach hotels and some of the best value beach hotels in Cornwall too.

Primrose Valley Hotel

Cornwall is the perfect spot for a beach break. Whether you're after art in St Ives, food in Padstow, summer fun in Newquay, stunning coastlines around Bude or remote charm in Penzance, there’s a recommendation on our Guru’s list of the 15 best beach hotels in Cornwall for you.

For Ocean Views

Lewinnick Lodge

  • At Newquay’s Lewinnick Lodge the beach is on your doorstep. There are ten simple yet stylish rooms, all decorated in pale shades, plus a breezy terrace.

The Most Romantic Beach Hotels in Cornwall

Old Quay House

  • The Old Quay House Hotel in Fowey is another exceptionally beautiful Cornish hotel. Its 11 rooms with their estuary views and contemporary charm are hard to beat and there’s another innovative Cornish restaurant.
  • Pebble House on the cliffs above Mevagissey is a contemporary, adults only hotel with six spacious, luxurious rooms and suites and a very peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.

The Best Beach Hotels in Cornwall for Families

Polurrian on the Lizard

  • The St Moritz in Trebetherick is an airy, 48 room hotel with great access to a surf beach, two pools, a Cowshed spa and a friendly atmosphere.
  • The Polurrian on the Lizard is right by a great, sandy beach, and there are wonderful sea views from many of the 39 bedrooms. There are also indoor and outdoor pools and a spa and a gym, so you don’t have to go far from the hotel if you don't want to.
  • Then there’s the glorious Talland Bay Hotel, surrounded by sub tropical gardens, with a New England feel. There’s also an award winning, but relaxed, restaurant and you’re just 40minutes from the Eden Project. And two minutes from the beach!

The Best Beach Hotels in Cornwall for a Hip Getaway

Idle Rocks

  • The Primrose Valley Hotel is just off the beach in St Ives and offers beautiful views of the lively bay. It has nine stylishly designed rooms and great service in an incredible spot.
  • The Idle Rocks is a 20 room boutique hotel right on the harbour wall in St. Mawes. Its design is up-to-the-moment and it’s got a wonderful seafood restaurant.
  • If you want to visit the Tate in St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, then Trevose Harbour House is a stunning, arty, nautique-y six room B&B, complete with a downstairs snug and an honesty bar.

The Best Beach Hotels in Cornwall for Great Value

Treverbyn House

  • For around the same rate, Treverbyn House is a three room retreat with antiques, wood floors, fireplaces and impressive views. Just a short walk from Padstow Harbour, you’re also close to some of the UK’s best beaches.
  • Closer to the southern tip of Cornwall, round Penzance, you’ll find The Godolphin Arms, a ten room, family run, family hotel right on the coast. Rooms here start from £90 per night.

Still not sure is any of our recommendations for the 15 best beach hotels in Cornwall is perfect for you?

  • You could consult our list of all the best places to stay in Cornwall?
  • or The Best Hotels in Cornwall for Families?
  • or Cornwall's most romantic hotels?
  • or you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • Lewinnick Lodge Newquay (North Cornwall) 10 rooms from £145

      Sights nearby  -  The Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Zoo are a short drive
      Sailing  -  Newquay sailing club for all your nautical needs
      Surfing  -  Newquay surf school is a great place to learn
      Great walks  -  Ask for a map of the many coastal walks
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      Wake up to views of the rugged Cornish coastline. Simple yet stylish, modern rooms decorated in light palettes with modern bathroom suites to match. The beach is quite literally on your doorstep. Enjoy dinner and a drink out on the breezy terrace.This hotel is like a breath of fresh sea air. See More

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    • Old Quay House Hotel Fowey, Cornwall 11 rooms from £200

      Great walks  -  Wonderful walking all around this area, a particualr favourite is the picturesque Hall Walk, which ends in pretty Polruan.
      Sights nearby  -  The ruins of St Catherine’s Castle sit on the edge of the town and command spectacular views of the harbour.
      Sailing  -  Yacht rental is available nearby, head off with a professional skipper or simply charter your own course.
      Kayaking  -  Kayak rental is possible from the village of Golant, the perfect way to explore this stunning coast.
      RestaurantViewsParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays, Tablet, I Escape

      Boutique luxury in the heart of Fowey with ample amounts of sea air, estuary views and contemporary charm. Crisp, minimalist rooms are breezy and comfortable. The restaurant serves an inventive menu of local seafood delights. An ideal spot for a romantic mini break away from city life. See More

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    • Pebble House Mevagissey, Cornwall 4 rooms from £165

      Views  -  Panoramic views over Mevagissey Bay
      Sights nearby  -  Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligon are both close by, plus country houses and much nore
      Great walks  -  The coastal path is on your doorstep and there is a drying room for muddy boots and clothes!
      Restrictions on children  -  Adults only property
      GardenViewsParkingNo pets

      Contemporary adults only guesthouse with views to die for on the cliffs above Mevagissey. Spacious rooms and suites with contemporary interiors and luxury fittings as standard. A relaxed, grown up spot for a romantic seaside break with a home from home vibe accompanied by top notch service. See More

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    • St Moritz Trebetherick, Cornwall 48 rooms from £120

      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
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      An airy, stylish and family friendly seaside hotel near great surfing and walking. Offers a Cowshed spa, two pools and good deals off season. See More

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    • Polurrian on The Lizard West Cornwall 39 rooms from £120

      Child friendly  -  Polurrian Bay Hotel has an Ofsted-registered crèche and there are indoor and outdoor play areas.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves delicious fresh local produce and seasonal menus. You can choose between family & fine dining
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, I Escape

      Family friendly hotel in an incredible setting with a fabulous sandy beach a stone's throw away. Breathtaking sea views can be enjoyed from the comfort of lovely, airy, bright bedrooms. Indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and gym combined with the sea air means you can't help but feel rejuvenated. See More

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    • Talland Bay Hotel Cornwall from £140

      Back to Nature  -  Views of the sea and the coastal path just 2 minute walk away keeps you in touch with nature
      Great walks  -  Miles of coastal paths can be explored right from the Talland Bay Hotel doorstep
      Sights nearby  -  The Eden Project which is just 40 minutes easy driving from the hotel
      Restaurant  -  Fine dining restaurant with 2 AA rosettes or more relaxed Brasserie.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide

      Glorious hotel set in 2 acres of sub tropical gardens just two minutes from the beach. Stunning interiors feature sleigh beds, funky fabrics and bedrooms have a New England Beach House vibe. Award winning fine dining or more relaxed Brasserie. Perfect family friendly beach-chic retreat! See More

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    • Primrose Valley Hotel St Ives (West Cornwall) 9 rooms from £150

      Surfing  -  The Cornish coast is a haven for surfers. From novice to pro, you'll find a wave for you.
      Sights nearby  -  Land's End is just over ten miles away.
      On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      ViewsParkingNo pets

      Just off the beach, Primrose Valley Hotel epitomises Cornwall's superb hospitality culture. With views that flow out across the beautiful surroundings and stylishly designed rooms, it's a hotel that makes the best of its surroundings. A coastal gem. See More

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    • The Idle Rocks St Mawes, Cornwall 20 rooms from £180

      Child friendly  -  Family rooms, children's meals
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.

      Seaside boutique hotel, attracting the younger crowd, with a perfect position right on the harbour wall in St Mawes. Up to the moment design and wonderful restaurant with the freshest fishy ingredients. See More

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    • Trevose Harbour House St Ives (West Cornwall) 6 rooms from £165

      Sights nearby  -  For art lovers the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden are worth a visit.
      Sailing  -  Take a boat trip to Seal Island where you can spot seals, dolphins and much more.
      Great walks  -  To the Lizard Peninsula and the Kynance Cove makes for an excellent day out.
      Surfing  -  Nearby Porthmeor Beach is where surfers go to hang ten.
      ViewsParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

      As refreshing as the Cornish coastline you can see from your window this nautical inspired B&B is simply stunning. Six individually designed bedrooms ooze style with colour palettes to match the sky and surf of St Ives. The downstairs snug offers an honesty bar & breakfast is totally organic. See More

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    • Treverbyn House Padstow, Cornwall 3 rooms from £135

      Surfing  -  Cornwall has the best surf beaches in the country. Harlyn Surf School caters for beginners and improvers.
      Local markets  -  Padstow Harbour, a traditional fishing town, is worth a wander.
      Sailing  -  Daily boat trips run from Padstow to Rock.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      GardenParkingNo pets

      Under the same ownership for over 20 years, Treverbyn House is a well oiled machine. With just three rooms, each individually decorated with exposed wood floors, antique furnishings, fireplaces and impressive views. A famous Full English is served. The property is a short walk from Padstow Harbour. See More

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    • The Godolphin Arms West Cornwall 10 rooms from £90

      Bar  -  Beachside bar
      On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
      Seaviews  -  From some rooms.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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      Recently renovated, family run beachside hotel on the unspoilt Cornish coast with beautiful views and modern, well-equipped rooms. The restaurant and bar offer local Cornish dishes and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Suited for families and couples alike due to excellence of staff and location. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 15th September 2021