Greatest Cornwall household holidays for 2021 to e book now


With its flour-fine, wide golden beaches, sandy coves, cliff walks, scenic coastal paths and crystal clear waters, a Cornwall family vacation is one of the best stays in Britain.

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Gone are the days when you had to compromise on style to keep your kids happy. Family friendly hotels in Cornwall now have something for everyone. The chic interior, the innovative restaurants and the luxurious spas offer kids clubs, playrooms and even aqua parks.

For all the uncertainty surrounding vacation abroad this summer, a Cornwall family vacation could be the answer to sun, sea and sand without the hassle of being locked down.

At Fowey Hall, enjoy a massage or a quiet cup of coffee with the morning papers while making the most of your two-hour daily complementary childcare. Kids will love the library with over 700 books, a playroom, and an outdoor adventure park. Over at the Carbis Bay Hotel in St. Ives is miles of private Blue Flag beach where you can build sandcastles. At the Greenbank Hotel, you can harbor hop on a water taxi from the hotel’s private wharf.

From paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing and rock pooling to all-day kids’ meals, playrooms and babysitting services, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better British seaside location than Cornwall for a family vacation in 2021.

Whether you fancy settling in at a luxury spa hotel, check-in at a holiday park full of kid-friendly facilities, or wowing the kids with an adventure in a private chateau, we’ve picked the best family vacations in Cornwall below.

All you need is a sun hat, SPF and a bucket and spade …

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Carbis Bay Hotel, St. Ives

Carbis Bay Estate is located on 125 acres on a Blue Flag beach and includes the luxurious Carbis Bay Hotel as well as a range of self-catering and serviced apartments, lodges and suites that are perfect for a family holiday in Cornwall suitable.

With scenic St. Ives just a 25 minute walk along the coastal path, the hotel is perfect for exploring the coastal oasis. The Beach Club has family-friendly restaurants all day long with an ocean-view terrace, great for watching out for seals in the surf. There’s a fabulous spa with a heated pool and hot tubs, plus a 2-AA rosette ‘Sands’ for more formal dining parents will love.

Children of all ages are catered for. During the school holidays, there are kids’ clubs, arts and crafts in the main hotel, and beach trips and babysitting for younger children when parents need a break.



Trevornick Holiday Park, Newquay

Stay in a comfortable self-catering cottage at the five star Trevornick Holiday Park for a simple family vacation in Cornwall with sea views. Just a short walk through the dunes to beautiful Holywell Bay Beach, Popham Cottage sleeps up to four people and is dog friendly too. It is also just a short walk from facilities on the Trevornick grounds, including an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, three golf courses and fishing lakes.

Families can also participate in any scheduled on-site entertainment during the school holidays, and indulge in dinner at the hotel’s restaurant or takeaways. The golden sands of Perranporth Beach and Crantock Beach are also nearby.



Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth

There is something for everyone at the stylish, family-friendly Greenbank Hotel overlooking Cornwall’s Falmouth Harbor. You can build sandcastles on the local golden beaches, try your hand at a range of water sports like kayaking and paddling, or rent your own boat and watch wildlife in the estuary.

You can also catch a Falmouth water taxi that will pick you up from the hotel’s private wharf and take you to a neighboring port or town. Discover the subtropical paradises of Cornwall, Glendurgan Garden or Trelissick Estate before indulging in fish and chips in the hotel’s beach bar and café, The Working Boat. There are a variety of family rooms to choose from, and the dog can come too.

Read our review of the Greenbank Hotel.



St. Michaels Resort, Falmouth

St Michaels Resort is a stylish and fun family getaway in Cornwall. It has sophisticated beach-style interiors and loads of coastal charm.

The calm waters of the south coast and the Blue Flag award-winning Gyllyngvase Beach make it a perfect bathing destination for children. It offers crystal clear rock pools for curious children and water sports for those who enjoy a little adventure. Explore the secret beaches on a paddleboard or take a kayak tour of Gylly Bay.

Parents will love the sleek spa, and kids can use the health club’s swimming pool (kids swim times apply). The on-site restaurant, Brasserie on the Bay, offers a children’s menu in a relaxed and casual setting with great views of the ocean.

There are a number of family-friendly accommodations available, including dedicated family rooms, a family suite, and large rooms with sofa beds. So what are you waiting for? Browse …

Read our review of the St. Michaels Resort.



Fowey Hall, Fowey

Built in 1899 for a wealthy Cornishman, Fowey Hall was once a frequent hangout for Wind in the Willows writer Kenneth Grahame. It’s a fantastic place for mom, dad, and excited kids all ready to explore the rugged coastline.

The Fowey Hall Hotel welcomes you with a chic, trendy, yet relaxed interior, and allows parents to relax. If you’re in the mood for a quiet coffee in the library or a swim in the outdoor hot tub, there are two hours of free daycare available for children. Babysitting service is also available. Older kids can partake in vintage arcade games in the playroom, kids up to eight years old can go to the Four Bears Den, while a wind-blown playhouse outside in the Willows-inspired outdoor play area with zip line, basket swings and Toad Hall. There are also rubber boots, fishing nets, and buckets and spades that you can borrow for your beach adventures.

Children’s meals are served all day and you can enjoy an adult-only dinner with the complementary child monitoring system.

All rooms are also dog friendly and there are fabulous walks in Lantic Bay – a sheltered cove with white sand.



Retallack Resort & Spa, Padstow

Retallack Resort & Spa is the ultimate Cornwall family vacation, always fun no matter the great UK weather. The resort is perfect for relaxing or playing, snuggling up and watching storms, or star gazing on hazy summer evenings. Whether adrenaline-filled surf or fun in the aqua park or fitness classes and mindful yoga – there is something for everyone. There’s also an indoor pool, pampering spa treatments, tennis, and golf.

Water sports enthusiasts and kids will love the FlowRider surf simulation experience, where they can try out paddle boarding, wake boarding, and surfing.

Padstow, Newquay and Fistral Beach are only 10 miles away and there are a variety of family-friendly lodges, suites and barns.



Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Newquay

The Bedruthan Hotel is located between Newquay and Padstow on a breathtaking cliffside location overlooking the honey sands of Mawgan Porth – a natural playground for families and children.

Kids can be kept busy with craft clubs, storytelling, and rock pool forays while you relax in the spa. There are also surf lessons for older children, inflatables in the pool, a soccer field, table tennis, and a pool table.



The Headland Hotel & Spa in Newquay

Located on a rugged headland (hence the name) overlooking Fistral Beach, the Headland Hotel & Spa is a fantastic place for a family vacation in Cornwall. The Aqua Club has a total of seven indoor and outdoor pools as well as a family-friendly spa. Build sandcastles on the huge strip of golden sand at your feet or play Scrabble for generations in the lounge.

There are a variety of family-friendly rooms at the hotel, or for larger groups you can book a self-catering cottage – a lovely coastal getaway.



The Idle Rocks, St. Mawes

There’s fun for everyone at The Idle Rocks – a cool hotel with a relaxed beach vibe. It is located on the quayside in the charming traditional fishing village of St. Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula and is surrounded by secluded bays, beautiful streams, lush countryside, quiet beaches and picturesque cliffs for exploring and walking.

The hotel has a nice children’s playroom, family room and children’s menus. But let’s face it, this is all about the outdoor play area available right on the doorstep. You can go kayaking or paddling, rent a dinghy or take the whole family on an exciting RIB ride.



Pentillie Castle & Estate, Saltash

Would you like to stay in your own 17th century castle for your next family vacation in Cornwall? The luxurious Pentillie Castle & Estate on the banks of the River Tamar can be rented for a fantastic private vacation for small or large groups.

Splash around in the solar-heated outdoor pool, compete in the basement game room, paddle on the river, or simply explore the 55 acres of local forests. If you are looking for a memorable family vacation experience in Cornwall, this is a must-visit place.


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