The 10 Best Hotels in Cornwall for Families

Cornwall’s long coastline and wealth of family friendly attractions make it a wonderful place to spend quality time with your kids. So our Gurus have slaved away, forcing themselves to look at idyllic coastal view after idyllic coastal view, and tasting an endless array of fish and chips, tolerating the calming effect of innumerable pools and spas, to bring you their recommendations for the best hotels in Cornwall for families. The 10 best hotels in Cornwall for families are, naturally, the cream of the group, but they're by no means the most expensive, and we have sourced three great options from our list of the best value hotels in Cornwall for families.

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As far as we’re concerned the best hotels in Cornwall for families are those which tick all the boxes for all the family. They need views, beach or pool access, a great family friendly restaurant and other facilities, friendly service, the possibility of some time to relax for the adults in the party, and then something special to make them stand out as one of the best hotels in Cornwall for families.

And what will you do when you're not in the hotel? There are so many beaches to choose from, from pebbly clear-water bays to sandy surf beaches, and all those smugglers and pirates tales that go with them; then there’s Tintagel Castle, supposedly the birthplace of King Arthur and the mystical wonder that is St Michael’s Mount. As far as modern attractions go it’s hard to top the Eden Project or the Tate St. Ives!

For Ocean Views

St Enodoc

  • The Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth, has a fantastic position overlooking the ocean. And some of the 101 rooms share the ocean view. The interiors are modern and there’s a restaurant specialising in locally sourced ingredients, so you can imagine what they serve. There are also two pools and a spa.
  • Fowey Hall is a small country house hotel well known for being family friendly. It’s very well kitted out for kids with a pool and spa and views over the coast.
  • The St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, has great views over the Carmel Estuary, 16 modern, airy rooms and a lively restaurant serving healthy, modern meals.

The Best Beach Hotels in Cornwall for Families

Polurrian on The LIzard

  • The St Moritz in Trebetherick is an airy, 48 room hotel with easy 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.
  • Then there’s the glorious Talland Bay Hotel, just two minutes from the beach and surrounded by sub tropical gardens. The hotel has a New England feel, and there’s an award winning, but relaxed, restaurant and you’re just 40minutes from the Eden Project.

The Best Value Hotels in Cornwall for Families

The Godolphin Arms

  • If you’re looking for a family escape The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate is a good option. There are lovely large bedrooms, but also self catering Woodland Homes, which have all the benefits of the hotel, but without having to worry about noise or space. It’s a drive to the beach but you’re surrounded by green and leafy countryside.
  • The Godolphin Arms is a great family escape just along the coast from Penzance and right on the beach so you get the best of both worlds. There are just ten rooms, some with spectacular ocean views, plus a friendly restaurant and bar.

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

The 10 Best Hotels in Cornwall for Families

  • Bedruthan Hotel Mawgan Porth, Cornwall 101 rooms from £159

    Spa breaks  -  Pamper yourself at the top of the range luxury spa, using all natural products and treatments — heaven!
    Families  -  With family orientated rooms, great dining options and the beach close by it's ideal for families
    Eco break  -  A sustainable and environmentally minded hotel with an extensive responsible tourism pledge
    Surfing  -  Put on your wet suit and get into the Atlantic Ocean for some memorable surfing time.
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    Fantastic spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from a family-friendly hotel. Modern interiors throughout with the comfortable rooms capturing the beach views. Herring Restaurant is Cornish throughout using locally sourced ingredients. Relax by one of the two pools, or at the spa. See More

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  • Fowey Hall Fowey, Cornwall 36 rooms from £175

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViews
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Small country house hotel overlooking the south Cornish coast, kitted out for families, with pool and spa - so beware if you have none in tow. See More

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  • St Enodoc Hotel Rock, Cornwall 20 rooms from £170

    Families  -  Family suites, games room, special kiddies menus and a wealth of fun beachside activities make this an ideal family getaway.
    Foodies  -  Fresh, local, seasonal produce is used in the hotels seafood restaurant to create flavoursome innovative cuisine.
    Beach Life  -  Right on the beach, with nautical blue and white interiors and plenty of water based fun at hand.
    Tennis  -  The Point in Polzeath offers free gym access to guests, as well as tennis courts and lessons at a small additional charge.
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    Charming beachside hotel with views of Camel Estuary. Modern, breezy rooms are chic and comfortable. The lively restaurant serves healthy, modern dishes. Vibrant and cosy, with top marks for stunning location and warmth of 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
    SpaSwimming PoolViews

    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
    TennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    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 23 rooms 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 that 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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  • The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate St Austell, Cornwall 65 rooms from £85

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    TennisSpaSwimming PoolGardenPet friendly

    Traditional meets woodland contemporary at The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate. Large bedrooms are tastefully designed and the spa is top notch. If you prefer to self-cater they can offer 5 star Woodland Homes with all the hotel benefits. 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