The Bedruthan Steps Hotel on the North West coast of Cornwall is a child's paradise. Everything here is geared towards children with pockets of adult only areas. From the car park this hotel looks quite holiday campish. Inside and to the rear is a different story. The hotel is well furnished and excellently laid out. It overlooks Mawgan Porth beach which is just a short walk away so most areas enjoy wonderful views and of course beautiful sunsets. The hotel is laid out in terraces, the roof of each section is laid to lawn which enhances the outlook and provides more space for play areas and outside relaxing areas.
For children there are four play areas (3 outside one of which is an adventure playground perfect for 5 years plus and a large indoor soft room with sides, ball pit, climbing walls etc), 2 outdoor pools and one indoor pool, little tikes cars and soft play toys all day in the main hall area, crèche facilities for newborns – teenagers, and a restaurant for children only with dinner being served until 6.15pm. The food was perfect for our children. A choice of pizza, chips, fresh vegetable, fresh fish, a selection of fruit, fairy cakes, and hot chocolate cake with hot sauce!!! And to cap it all a complimentary mug of tea for parents supervising their children's meals. Every evening between 6pm – 7 pm there is some form of children's entertainment in the main hall. We watched a highly amusing magician / balloon sculpture enthral the children with his talent. Our children left the show having been assistants and with their arms full of balloon flowers, animals and pirates swords!
Bedruthan also boasts an outstanding OFSTED registered all year round childcare programme catering for Tadpoles (birth to 18 months), Minnows (19 months – 3 years) and Dolphins (age 3 – 6 years). During each school holiday period childcare can be arranged for children up to 16 years of age. The crèche facilities were well laid out with excellent indoor activities but with an emphasis on outdoor play time (at least twice a day).
We (2 adults and children aged 7, 4 and 16 moth old twins) stayed in a Sea View Villa. This was surprisingly spacious with an open plan double bedded room (with direct views across the sea) / sitting area with a room divider incorporating a door between the two areas. The large rear facing en suite bedroom had two bunk beds and a cot (well two cots in our case!). Plenty of space for us all to 'live' and the fantastic bonus of large patio doors opening out onto one of the play areas. With its own pirate ship, see saws, mini golf, swings etc. It was lovely for us to be able to sit on our patio watching the children running free in such a large play space. In the early evening there were also rabbits running free which amused our children enormously.
Once we had settled our by now exhausted children into bed, we dressed for dinner (there is no strict dress code – but t-shirts and jeans are not recommended), turned the baby monitor on and headed for the dining area. We enjoyed good wine, excellent service and a delicious meal. Coffees and liqueurs were served in the bar afterwards.
At breakfast we chatted with other guests. One family with three children were back for their third stay, saying that for them it was the ideal family holiday location. Plenty of things for children to do on site and in the surrounding area (Padstow is about 10 minutes away, the fantastic Eden Project just 30 minutes away and beautiful beaches all around), the option of some daytime childcare and the knowledge that evenings are just for parents with time to relax and enjoy good quality food in a delightful setting.
My husband indulged in a massage at the Ocean Spa. A wide range of treatments are offered from Indian Head Massages to Japanese Silk Eye Zone Therapy. He came out so relaxed he remained positively calm throughout the 6 hour drive home with a 16 month old screaming with car boredom!!!
When it was time to leave our 4 year old asked hopefully "Will we ever come back here?" I think we probably will. It really is the prefect family holiday spot.