Planning a family-friendly Cornwall cottage break?

Planning a family-friendly Cornwall cottage break?

Date Posted: 7 Sep 2023

Cornwall family holidays are filled with sun-kissed days at the beach building sandcastles and splashing in the salty water, meals around the table fighting over who’s passing the vinegar for your fish and chips and falling asleep with your lungs full of Cornish air, ready to do it all again the next day. Sounds tempting, right?

But like most things, a bit of forward planning, can revolutionise your family holiday in Cornwall. Perhaps you’re pushing the boat out and looking to book a luxury family holiday in Cornwall where your property will boast sea views, a hot tub or maybe an at-home cinema, or you’re just looking to spend a week away from the stresses of city life in cosy Cornish cottage.

Whatever your staycation style, if you’re in the midst of planning a family getaway, before you book your Cornwall cottage, we’ve put together some recommendations to consider. Bon voyage.

Five top tips for a family holiday in Cornwall

Book a food delivery to arrive on your first day. The last thing you want to do after travelling to Cornwall is shlep the kids around the supermarket. Get them involved in selecting goodies for your order whether that’s favourite family meals, confectionary for a movie night or everyone’s favourite BBQ bits. While most of the supermarkets deliver in Cornwall, make sure you enter the property postcode and check first. In many Cornish towns there’s also local delis and farm shops which offer a click and collect or delivery service, a great excuse to sample some local cuisine.


Depending on your budget, if you can afford to, book a family cottage in Cornwall with a hot tub or swimming pool. Having a cottage with a hot tub to come back to provides evening entertainment, without having to venture back out to a local attraction. Remember that children can’t regulate their temperature as well as adults so ensure the hot tub is no more than 35°C, always supervise, and don’t exceed 20 minutes.

Cornish Secrets property Lamorna, Wadebridge.

Cornish Secrets property Lamorna, Wadebridge.


Couple up with another family. While we wouldn’t encouraging shacking up with strangers for a week, by opting for a joint family holiday, whether that’s siblings and cousins or another family from school, you’ll find that it substantially opens up your options when booking your accommodation in Cornwall. Many houses sleep 8-10 guests, which is often the perfect number for two families making your money go much further.

Eden Project, near St Austel. ©Hufton+Crow

Eden Project, near St Austel. ©Hufton+Crow


Discuss as a family some of the attractions you’d like to tick off the list before you visit, that way, if the weather isn’t playing ball and a day at the beach is scuppered, you’ll have a back-up plan.


Bring a board game! Family holidays are the perfect opportunity to play a new game, or channel that competitiveness by playing an old family favourite card game. Many family cottages in Cornwall will have a well-stocked games cupboard, but it’s worth checking first.

We’d also recommend doing some location research before you book your family holiday. You might have your heart set on St Ives for the sparkling water and cobbled streets, but travelling from London to St Ives can take around 7 hours during the height of summer. Whereas Bude on the north coast is 50 miles closer, and is known as being a family-friendly holiday resort.

Our Great Cornwall Guide is also on hand to take the stress out of holiday research, not only providing recommendations on the best things to do in Cornwall, but also where you’ll find top-notch restaurants, dog-friendly beaches and where to park your car closest to the beach.


Our local team at Cornish Secrets have great knowledge on Cornwall and can advise on the best destination for your family holiday. Call today to talk to one of our friendly team members on 01288 362 172 or drop us an email here.

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