Travel: Stunning CornwallBy Stuart White
February 21, 2012
Our friendship circle is going though the baby stage and we haven’t stopped telling everybody about how great Bedruthan Steps is.
“They have thought of everything,” we say, “and we should all go there because you can put the kids to bed and go out for dinner as the rooms have an in-built baby monitor and they will listen for you.”
Although the focus of a family holiday is on the children, and they certainly have their time in this part of Cornwall, we could not help but get excited about having dinner by ourselves in a decent restaurant without having to find a babysitter.
Bed Steps, as it is known locally, has cracked the family hotel business and I challenge anybody to find a better place to stay for a few nights or more.
The hotel is dedicated to keeping the children entertained and it is no surprise families return year-after-year. One elderly couple loved it so much they come back by themselves.
Don’t be put off by the dated and rather ugly exterior. Your first impression will soon be forgotten as you enter a relaxed and informal luxury family hotel. Historic, yes, but this hotel has moved with the times and has its finger on the pulse.
There is so much to do. The summer holiday programme, for example, is packed with activities morning, afternoon and night (for children and adults).
You can ‘Shake Up and Wake Up’ with Steph from Cornwall Dance and Drama School for an hour of simple stretch and exercise, fly kites, play laser combat, go family surfing, rock pool exploring, get on the bouncy castle or take part in a lifeguard experience.
The evening timetable is dominated by fun characters like Mr Wacky, Chloe the Clown and Billy Whizz for the children, while after 9pm there is adult entertainment, including live music, a casino and quiz.
It would be impossible to list everything, but check out the website for full details.
Of course, you don’t have to join in and the coastal path which leads down towards the amazing beach and back up to Watergate Bay is well worth exploring. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant is in Watergate Bay if you fancy a change.
There is also a restaurant in Mawgan Porth called Fire which was very inviting for a snack, dinner or drink, along with local shops, a pub and chippy.
Sister hotel The Scarlet, which my wife and I stayed at during the pregnancy, is next door and is another great option, especially if you bring your parents along for the break.
We spoke to a number of residents who were taking it in turns to spend a couple of nights at The Scarlet, which is great but no nippers allowed, for a break while the children stayed with the grandparents. I think they were returning the favour?
Another strong talking point on our return home was the free dinners for children. They have their set time and own restaurant serving a wide selection of good, honest food.
Again, this is Bed Steps’ way of thinking of the the adults by thinking of the children. Feed them up, put them to bed and then turn on the in-room baby monitor and go out to the fine dining restaurant with amazing views. The cocktail bar was retro cool and served a menu of classics.
This part of North Cornwall is stunning and waking up to that fresh air and sea view really makes you feel alive.
The bedrooms are light, bright and simple to reflect the hotel’s architecture and beachside setting.
Many rooms, including ours, boast views over the Atlantic.
I liked the screen in our room which served as a divide and gave us some privacy from the baby boy.
There’s also a spa – therapies include facials, specialist pregnancy treatments, skin rejuvenating seaweed wraps and scrubs – and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Call off the search, this is the daddy of all family holiday destinations, and I would and have recommended Bed Steps to everybody I have spoken to, down at the swings.
Set in the Mawgan Porth bay, around six miles from Newquay Airport, the hillside hotel has 101 bedrooms, villas and apartments including 17 villa suites.
Indigo Bay Restaurant offers seasonal locally sourced menus.
The hotel supports several local charities and prides itself on strong sustainable credentials.
On seven-night stays, or stays of three nights or more between Sunday and Thursday, your youngest child, aged six or under, stays for free when sharing their parents’ room.
This is valid from September 1 to December 19, subject to availability and not valid during October half term.
Contact the spa therapists to find out more about special offers at email@example.com or call 01637 861 219.