Muddy stays: Family centric hotel in Mawgan Porth
Before I discovered the Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth near Newquay (and it seems I’m the last to know!), I’d been one to give hotels a wide berth when holidaying with the mudlets – it was always too damn difficult and self catering was how we played it. But I’m squeaking with excitement to have found possibly Cornwall’s most child friendly hotel and, you really should shortlist it for your next family break. ‘Child friendly’ doesn’t do it justice though – Family is really the centre of this uber stylish modern spacious hotel bursting with life.
But don’t expect cutey decor and disney wall stickers. The hotel is a mixture of iconic pieces of original 1950’s furniture, amazing local art and the best of colourful, contemporary design. Two generations of the same family have made the Bedruthan one of the best places to stay on the north coast – they’re fresh, and ahead of the curve on many things – family friendly and exceptional design are only two of them.
What do they offer I hear you ask? Ok this place is sooo bursting with stuff, I’ve needed to break it down:
Kids facilities: ALL the facilities kids could want with a full program of activities in the holidays –
Tinies – freshly chef made baby food, equipment to borrow while you stay – bottle warmers, buggies, microwaves, and each landing has nursing facilities with a cosy sofa and space to soothe your bundle of joy. There’s a baby club too where they can crawl the ball pool and do other baby things.
Toddlers to 12 – not one but three Ofsted registered kids clubs (all staff are naturally DSB checked) running daily – and get this – 2 hours of free childcare per day (and longer sessions if you fancy a child free trip into Padstow). Maybe I should have put that in the adults facilities section? Its a win win. Family spa sessions, craft workshops, play equipment, assault course with zipwire, table football and wii and a full schedule of activities, school hols or not.
The hotel even offer special toddler breaks – leave your toddler accoutrements behind and borrow from the Bedruthan – anything you could need – think puddle jumping boiler suits and wellies for kids, kites and spades, all terrain buggies and toddler-carrying back packs. As a bonus – two hours free childcare for every night you stay, breakfast in bed one morning (I’m tearing up with joy at this!) and one complimentary night’s babysitting so you can be grown-ups together.
Teens – a daily packed timetable of events, cinema room, surfing lessons, spa sessions, wii. This easter they even held a workshops teaching blogging and writing skills! I’m going to include Mawgan Porth beach in the facilities, since they are just a 2 minute walk away and a huge draw for my lot.
Adult facilities: child free zones (thankyousomuch!) – tranquillity lounge with outstanding views of the sea – perfect for curling up with a book.
A Hammam, The Lanai Spa for pampering (note: super high door handles preventing your (or other peoples) little darlings from ruining your zen), wifi, grown up cocktail bar. Oh and a sensational (literally!) sensory garden, offering the best outdoor thermotherapy (see my review here). Babysitting!!! So you can enjoy eating at The Herring restaurant on site, or go into Magwan Porth or beyond. Break-out landings off the corridors where you can take your screaming bundle of joy in the middle of the night, equipped with microwaves, tea and coffee stations and comfy seats for weary parents. Sporty? Tennis, golf, a fitness suite, indoor/ outdoor pool for starters, with organized beach walks before breakfast. Art and Craft workshops, oh an a stunning shop full of beautiful things to droll over. Amazing what you can fit into a few hours when offered 2 free house of childcare eh?
The rooms won’t disappoint either – stylish and with thoughtful family touches. Chose from Iinterconnecting rooms, family appartment suites with separate bunk beds, sea view villas and family rooms with the usual facilities.
There are two restaurants, The Wild Café, where we ate both lunch and breakfast and the grown-up The Herring, majoring in fresh Cornish produce, especially shellfish.
The Wild Café is bright and colourful and totally primed for kids’ food with a children’s all day menu which changes daily. Buffet-style meals – veg sticks, cheese, rolls, fruit etc as well as favourites like stone baked pizza, seafood, burgers and tapas. They’ll will also deliver to your room too!
After a sound sleep, only woken by the gulls (bliss) we enjoyed a cracking Cornish breakfast.
Nothing is too much trouble here – the staff are warm friendly and go out of their way to be helpful – and the same goes for Debbie Wakefield, one of the three sisters running the hotel – she’s a real people person and you’ll often find her chatting to guests.
Flybe are operating up to 3 flights daily all year round from London Gatwick for about £35 (May, one way) – I know! Crazy! We met a family from Leeds who had flown into Newquay Airport – it works out cheaper than driving, and they don’t have to put up with a chorus of ‘are we nearly there yet?‘ five miles into the journey. This was their third consecutive stay with their kids, and as there’s so much to do they hadn’t even thought to hire a car – the hotel called them a cab when they ventured further afield – Wadebridge, Padstow and Newquay are within 20 minutes.
Mawgan Porth beach is a totally stunner – when the tide is out the golden sand seems to stretch for miles. Sit back in your sun lounger and sigh content in the knowledge that all that activity and sea air will have them zonked out early.
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: Everyone – multi generation vacations, couples, families with young or old children or mixed ages – there’ll be a suitable activity they can join.
Not for: Fans of safe neutrals, chintz or oldy worldy charm. Though there are quiet areas, the hotel is buzzing with life – this isn’t a school, and no one will chastise your kids from running in the hall, so if quiet contemplation and a kid free environment is what you’re after, try the Bedruthan’s sister hotel The Scarlett.
£££: higher side of average, but there are so many thoughtful value added touches, a week stay here with your brood is amazingly great value. Prices start from £747 for a three-night toddler break.
Considering a break at May half-term? Check out their special offer for a four-night break for a family of four in a sea view family room or interconnecting rooms. Available either Saturday 28th May or Wednesday 1st June for just £1494 – includes childcare, use of facilities, entertainment and a food allowance of £30 per adult and £15 per child each day.
Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Mawgan Porth, Newquay, TR8 4BU