In search of the ultimate family-friendly cottage in Cornwall for your half-term getaway? With over 700 properties for you to choose from, it can be tricky to narrow down the best options for all of your needs. So, we’ve selected our top picks for young families, teenagers, large families and the best all-rounders to help make your decision that little bit easier. Many of these properties are also dog-friendly so no one needs to be left behind this season!
The best cottages for young families in Cornwall
Buzzard Barn, Padstow, sleeps 6 + 2 dogs
This beautiful holiday home is nestled within 40 acres of private estate and filled with a plethora of wonderful woodland walks and cycling trails. The kids will love spotting the local wildlife, including otters and deer in the stunning natural surroundings; sleeping in the bunk beds and playing in the rivers. It’s an all-round great escape for this half term!
The adults will also love: A trip to Camel Valley Vineyard to sample fine local wines.
Situated on a family-run luxury cottage complex, the whole family is assured a good time whatever the weather on a stay at Anemone Cottage. Facilities include both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a children’s playground, 13 acres of woodland and plenty of kid-centric events to enjoy during school holidays. Plus, the fantastic location means you’ll be able to explore all that West Cornwall has to offer.
The adults will also love: The on-site spa wellness facilities including a spa pool, squash court and gym.
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The best cottages for families with teenagers in Cornwall
The grand farmhouse of Trethurffe Manor boasts extensive gardens and stunning interiors. But for the teenagers, the main attractions are the games room, equipped with pool and football tables, the outdoor tennis court and the kids’ TV lounge. What’s more, with the sandy beaches and town centre of Truro within easy reach and town centre of Truro, you can rest assured that everyone’s needs will be met.
The adults will also love: Enjoying the sunshine in the walled courtyard while the kids entertain themselves in the games room.
Offering large spaces to socialise and eat inside as well as in the grounds (including the option of using the outdoor pizza oven), this is a great getaway for families with older kids. Take part in a clay pigeon shooting session, go fly and coarse fishing along the River Ottery, or swim a few laps in the lovely outdoor swimming pool - heated of course. Check out the wildlife hide and see whether you can spot any bats, foxes, badgers or otters or head to the spectacular coast, where sea swimming and surfing opportunities are a plenty. You certainly won’t be short on things to do on stay here!
The adults will also love: The green credentials of a trip here, with green energy provided where possible by PV panels, air source heat pump and biomass.
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The best cottages for large families in Cornwall
Enjoy a taste of luxury living in the heart of Cornwall at Poltair Holiday Retreat, the perfect place for family fun. If room for 12 guests isn’t quite enough, the property next door, Poltair Woodcocks Retreat, sleeps up to 8 and can be booked in addition. There’s no better place to kick back and enjoy this house, with everything you could possibly need right here in the grounds. Sink into the hot tub, indulge in movie nights in the games room with cinema screen or head out to enjoy the outdoor living area, fully equipped with play area and BBQ hut. What more could you ask for?
The adults will also love: The private garden featuring a hot tub, and the option of hiring kayaks from the owners.
Samphire House, Crackington Haven, sleeps 10 + 2 dogs
Sat on the dramatic North Cornwall coast, this split-level property is a superb escape from the routine of everyday life. Located near one of our favourite beaches in the area, Crackington Haven, you’ll be able to make the most of the magnificent cliff walks and glorious days on the beach before returning home to take a dip in the heated pool, or lounge around in the well-equipped family room.
The adults will also love: The wood burning fire for cosy evenings once the kids are tucked up in bed.
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The best all-round cottages in Cornwall
For something a little different, Copper Mine Lodge’s Swedish-style accommodation is a fabulous option. Spend your days between the sleepy village of Mullion Cove, and the gorgeous Lizard Peninsula, then head home to cosy up by the fire in true Cornish style. Whether you’re in search of action and adventure or rest and relaxation, you’ll find the perfect balance of both at this lodge.
The adults will also love: Watching the sunset from the bubbling bliss of the hot tub.
This superb holiday home is ideally situated less than a mile from one of the best beaches in Cornwall, Widemouth Bay. The essence of the sea has been mirrored by the bright and airy interiors for a proper seaside escape. Plus, you're only 3 miles from the seaside town of Bude and close to the South West Coast Path, giving you plenty of options for enjoying the coast whether you're after water-based activities or family-friendly attractions.
The adults will also love: The local pub, shop and beach, which are all within walking distance of the property.
With so much to see and do in Cornwall, from the beautiful beaches to the top attractions, it’s the perfect destination for a family break at any time of year. If you’re ready to plan your next adventure, let us help you to find the right place to make memories that will last a lifetime in one of our Cornish cottages.