Cornwall is a great place for a holiday with a baby or toddler. Gorgeous beaches, loads to fun things to do, great food – and no flying involved! The icing on the cake is a perfect baby friendly or toddler friendly place to stay with everything you need to have a special family holiday. These are my tips on 20 fantastic baby and toddler friendly places to stay in Cornwall.
1. Sands Resort – Our Favourite Baby and Toddler Friendly Hotel In Cornwall
We loved our holiday at the Sands Resort. There is something for everyone here – my husband and I loved the sea view from our spacious Family Suite, relaxing in the Spa and making use of the baby listening service whilst catching up over good food and wine in the Restaurant. Our boys loved the bouncy castle, swimming pool, soft play area and outdoor play area (especially the pirate ship!). Read our review of the Sands Resort Hotel
2. Farmer James Holidays – Toddler Friendly Farm Holidays In Cornwall
If your little one loves animals, they will love a farm holiday on Farmer James’s Farm. Toddlers can help out feeding the chickens, collecting eggs and maybe even bottle feeding lambs – all under the careful supervision of Farmer James. If you can tear yourself away from the farm you can even walk into Port Isaac and see where Doc Martin is filmed!
3. Glynn Barton Cottages – Where Babies and Toddlers can Learn to Swim
They love toddlers at Glynn Barton! These 8 cottages are situated in 13 acres of Cornish countryside and have loads of toddler equipment, such as toddler beds, stair gates and plastic cutlery, to borrow. There is also a dedicated toddler ride on area full of toys, a soft play barn and a play room with a wendy house, games, books and videos. There is an indoor swimming pool, and weekly rentals have a 2 day ‘learn to swim’ course included in the price!
4. Coombe Mill – Ride On The Coombe Mill Railway
If you are looking for baby friendly accommodation in Cornwall, Coombe Mill comes highly recommended. Situated on a 30 acre private estate between Bodmin Moor and the beach, Coombe Mill is close to attractions such as the Eden Project and the beach. There is the Coombe Mill Railway which operates on a daily basis giving train rides around the grounds as well as an morning animal feed run with Farmer Nick. There is an indoor play area in case it rains, and an outside play area with trampoline, swings, bikes, trikes and cars. Coombe Mill also has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets from budget riverside cottages to traditional stone cottages.
5. Bosinver Farm Cottages – Get Dirty Outdoors in the Wild Kids Club
Bosinver Farm Cottages come highly recommended by parents for the sheer range of baby and toddler friendly things to do on the farm. This includes playing in the indoor play barn, going on pony rides and feeding the animals and collecting eggs. They really have thought of everything at Bosinver – you can even borrow a set of baking equipment if you fancy getting busy in the kitchen with your little one on a rainy day!. In case you have any free time, the (free) Wild Kids Club runs regular guided activities such as den building, pond dipping and campfire building
6. Fowey Hall Hotel – A Luxury (and Baby and Toddler Friendly) Hotel
If you are looking for a luxury baby friendly hotel in Cornwall then look no further than the Fowey Hall Hotel. Along with all the essentials like high chairs, changing mats, nappy bins, cots and a crèche, the Fowey Hall Hotel serves a special ‘High Tea’ between 5pm and 6pm so the whole family can eat together. The chef can provide pureed food from 7am to 10pm and full fat milk is supplied on a complimentary basis.
If you prefer to eat alone once the children have gone to bed, you can take advantage of the baby listening service which is available in each room to alert you of any noise whilst you are enjoying dinner overlooking the picturesque harbour town of Fowey.
7. Higher Menadew Farm Cottages – Ride Your Bike to the Eden Project
These 4* and 5* self catering cottages near St Austell have their own key to the superb indoor swimming pool which is heated to a pleasant 29.5 degrees. There is free WIFI available in every cottage, a games room with a dedicated area for the under 5s and animal feeding and egg collecting during the main season.
The Eden project is less than 4 miles away and you can hire bikes and a tag along to cycle there, saving money on your entrance fee for arriving in an environmentally friendly manner.
In case you don’t fancy cooking, there are curries and ice creams available to purchase from an easy access freezer. Visit the Higher Menadew Farm Cottages website here
8. The Valley – Fantastic Leisure Facilities
The Valley is a gated complex of cottages and leisure facilities close to Truro and Falmouth. There are 5 types of 2 and 3 bedroom luxury holiday cottages, with access to extensive leisure facilities such as indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a separate games room, a spa pool, fitness suite and play areas. There are complimentary highchairs, stair gates, bed guards and travel cots available to borrow, as well as a superb selection of toys, DVD’s and books to borrow from reception or whilst dining in the restaurant. Family dogs are welcome too.
9. Court Farm Holidays – Large Baby and Toddler Friendly Cottages Perfect for Families Holidaying Together
Perfect for toddler holidays, Court Farm Holidays is a couple of miles from Bude and within walking distance of a beach. There is tonnes of baby and toddler equipment to borrow from plastic bowls and spoons through to baby carriers and buggies. The cottages are luxuriously furnished (some even have hot tubs!) and have toys and books for the little ones to play with as well as loads of outdoor toys and play equipment. Just to top it off there is there is a warm swimming pool to enjoy if it rains.
There are some larger holiday cottages at Court Farm Holidays which sleep 12+ cots and 17+ cots which are perfect for a couple of families holidaying together. There are also some friendly Kune Kune pigs and goats which enjoy meeting babies and toddlers on the daily animal feed!
10. Pollaughan Farm – 20 mins From a Sandy Beach
Set in 22 acres, Pollaughan Farm offers 4 stylish cottages and B+B accommodation with a real home from home feel on the Roseland Peninsula. There are sandy beaches within a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive as well as cycling trails and the coastal footpath. There is an all weather tennis court, an enclosed gardens, ride on toys and sand friendly three wheel pushchairs which you can borrow.
11. Bedruthan Hotel – Excellent Facilities for Babies
The Bedruthan Hotel is set in a stunning clifftop position above the beach on the North Cornwall coast. It is also within walking distance of the famous Bedruthan Steps. The facilities for babies are excellent – there are baby exploring play areas including ball pools, slides and swings plus wooden ride on toys and even a baby rocking horse. There is loads of baby equipment available to borrow including baby back packs and bottle warmers.
Toddlers will love playing on the outdoor wooden ship, in the adventure playground or bouncing on the trampoline. For rainy days, there is an indoor jungle tumble, play room and an indoor swimming pool. A children’s tea is served from 4-6pm where toddlers have their own dinner service and the chefs create fresh nutritious meals for them. For parents, there is a Spa, Adults only restaurant and baby listening service
Chloe from Life Unexpected has written a great review about the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa with a toddler
12. Trevorrick Farm Cottages – Farm Holiday Cottages near Padstow
This toddler friendly farm is situated near Padstow and has a comprehensive list of toddler equipment available for young visitors. There is loads of grassy space outside for little ones to play along with a giant ‘play’ combine harvester! One of the best features of Trevorrick Farm Cottages is the indoor pool heated to 29 degrees – great for a rainy day. For young bird spotters, Trevorrick Farm Cottages have a couple of barn owl boxes with infa red carmeras inside so you can view the barn owls from the comfort of your own cottage! Located just 3 miles away from Cornwall’s Crealy adventure park, Trevorrick Farm Cottages is in a great location for a family holiday.
13. Kernock Cottages – 5* Dog Friendly Cottages With Private Hot Tubs
The award winning Kernock Cottages in the Lynher Valley offers 5 restored barns set in a 25 acre private estate. All the cottages are 5* and are baby friendly offering a multitude of baby equipment at no extra charge. The cottages sleep from 2-8 people and each has its own private garden, terrace and inbuilt bbq – perfect for enjoying summer evenings when your baby is asleep.
If you fancy having an adventure with your toddler, why not investigate the 18ft diameter Sioux Indian tipi, which sits on the edge of the woods near the play area. Perfect for playing inside on a rainy day, you could also have your first outdoor sleepover in the tent!
14. Tredethick Farm Cottages – Animal Feeding and Pony Riding
These baby friendly cottages are a favorite with parents who come back time after time. There are the obvious highlights of daily animal feeding, twice weekly pony rides, soft play, and an indoor swimming pool, but Tredethick focuses on giving parents a holiday too. They are more than happy to arrange a baby sitter for you whilst you go out to some of the high quality restaurants close by, and little touches like comfy chairs, newspapers and free freshly ground coffee in the soft play room enable you to relax too.
Visit the Tredethick Farm Cottages website
15. Polurrian Bay Hotel – 2 hours complimentary childcare a day
The family friendly Polurrian Bay Hotel has a number of 2 bedroom suites, along with 180 degree views of the Cornish coast from its glass fronted vista extension. All bookings include 2 hours complimentary childcare a day in the onsite crèche, where there are fun activities such as face painting, arts and crafts and baking. There is also an onsite family cinema in case of bad weather.
16 Boswarthen Farm – Glamping for Babies and Toddlers
Boswarthen Farm offers very comfortable tents if you fancy taking your baby or toddler on their first glamping trip! Close to the beach and in the middle of cream tea country, this place is a gem if you like a more rustic holiday with your baby. The highlight of any toddler’s holiday would be the chance to rent their own chicken coup so they can feed and care for their own chickens for the duration of the holiday!
17. Higher Lank Farm – Farm Holidays for Babies and Toddlers
Higherlank Farm offers farm holidays for babies and toddlers. Situated near Bodmin, Higher Lank Farm is a working farm which has highly recommended, luxurious farm cottages. Each cottage feature a dedicated nursery with cot/s, changing station, wash basin, bouncy chairs, baby nest, bumbo seats, baby monitors, toys and free use of real nappies and spare bedding.
Higher Lank Farm has specific cottages available for twins and triplets, and some accommodation for grandparents too with ensuite facilities upstairs above the family accommodation. There is also an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sunbathing area. Toddlers can also take part in farm activities such as feeding lambs, grooming ponies and collecting eggs
18. Crylla Cottages – Free Access to the Leisure Facilities at the Nearby Country Club
The Crylla Cottages near Saltash have been designed with toddlers in mind. The cottages are clean and well equipped with parking next door. There is a fantastic outdoor toddlers play area with bright, chunky toddler toys to play with! Guests have free unlimited access to an indoor pool at the nearby country club which includes a water cannon, fanjet and outdoor flume!
19. Merlin Farm Cottages – 5 Beaches within 5 Miles of Merlin Farm Cottages
Named by the Independent newspaper as one of ‘The 50 best British Escapes’, Merlin Farm Cottages gets rave reviews from parents who have stayed there. This complex of baby and toddler friendly cottages is a quiet, rural location with stunning views over fields with plenty of open space for toddlers to enjoy playing on. The cottages are all 4-5* with high quality furnishings and are within walking distance / short drive of the beach. If you don’t fancy cooking there are a couple of local companies which will deliver freshly prepared food to you on a night. Plus, there are 5 fantastic beaches within 5 miles of Merlin Farm Cottages!
20. Trevalgan Holiday Farm – Just outside St Ives
Situated just 1.5 miles away from St Ives, Trevalgan Farm Cottages are run by parents of small children so they know how to help you have a relaxing holiday. Little touches like blackout blinds in at least one bedroom in each cottage and being able to borrow 3 wheel buggies and back packs makes this a very popular place with both parents and children. There is also an indoor toddler playbarn and Pets Corner, with ducks, hens and Flossie the Rabbit as well as loads of space for toddlers to run around in.
Have I missed any baby or toddler friendly places to stay in Cornwall? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendations or leave a comment below.