Sometimes you just need to get away from London without the hassle of flights and jet lag. In October, however, you can’t rely on sunshine, so we wanted to stay where we knew that we could entertain our toddler, come rain or shine. We spent four nights at Bedruthan Steps in Mawgan Porth, followed by two nights at the Red Barn, near Bude. Here’s what we thought.
This hotel bills itself as a luxury family friendly hotel with a stunning view across the Atlantic. And they really know what they are talking about. We stayed in a villa suite (with a separate room with two bunkbeds and space for a cot) which had French windows leading directly out to an outdoor play area and with views straight out to the sea. There is a baby listening service (from 7pm onwards), soft play area, creche, gym, indoor pool and spa (the spa area is adults only), and an outdoor play area. The food is excellent, with one restaurant catering all day long for family meals (with bibs, plastic plates and sippy cups all available) and another restaurant open for grown ups to enjoy a nice meal without the kids. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is nearby, as are lots of gorgeous beaches and other good places to eat. We had a few minor gripes, for example, there are a lot of stairs to get from the main hotel area down to the villa rooms which is a bit of a hassle with a little one. But all in all, this is the perfect place to relax and have a proper holiday.
The Red Barn
We found this property http://www.babyfriendlyboltholes.co.uk/red_barn-child-friendly-accommodation-26501.htm on the Baby Friendly Boltholes site, and stayed there for two nights after Bedruthan Steps. After the ease of Bedruthan, it was a bit of a shock to the system to have to cook for ourselves (and our toddler!) again but other than that, the Red Barn was lovely. The main living area is spacious and very stylish, with two decent sized bedrooms (one master with a double and one twin room with space for a cot) and a lovely bathroom. The whole place has been kitted out to a really high standard and the owners obviously take great pride in what they do. The kitchen is lovely to cook in, and the lounge has a great selection of DVDs, games and books, although the TV is a bit small. If you’re lucky enough to have sunshine there is a BBQ on the decking, and if not there is a fire in the lounge which kicks out some serious heat. We provided with a travel cot and highchair, and stairgates, which were incredibly useful. Our little girl loved playing in the garden and visiting the chickens each morning to find eggs for breakfast. If you do choose to stay here, and we would recommend it, just be careful as you drive up to the property. The single track lane gives way to an even narrower driveway, so just hope that you don’t bump into anyone coming in the opposite direction.