The Best Area to Stay in Cornwall for Families

February 02nd, 2023

With crystal blue waters and tropical sandy coves, Cornwall is renowned for being one of the best places to stay in the UK for family holidays. Taking a trip to the UK’s most southerly county means that families can have a stress-free holiday experience without the hassle of travelling abroad. 

The Best Area to Stay in Cornwall For Families?

There are countless must-visit spots across the county! If you are travelling to Cornwall, you must ensure you are at the heart of the action.

At The Valley, we offer stunning 2-3 bedroom holiday cottages perfect for families looking for a Cornish adventure. With child-friendly amenities such as swimming and leisure facilities, tennis courts and an onsite restaurant.

The Valley site from above

Where is The Valley in Cornwall?

Our family-friendly cottages in Cornwall are set in the stunning woodland of Carnon Downs in the Southwest of the county. You can explore Truro as this iconic city is only ten minutes away from us.

We are only a short trip away from the best beaches for families in Cornwall, including Perranporth, Gylly beach, Newquay and Great Western Beach.

To get an idea of where we are based, see the map below:

The Best Family-Friendly Attractions in Cornwall

Family holidays in Cornwall would only be complete with an itinerary of things to do. Cornwall offers some of the best attractions in the UK! No matter what you are into, there is always something for you to do!

We have listed our top three attractions here:

A day trip to St Ives, Penzance or the Lizard peninsula is also on the cards when you set up base in such a central location.

  • The Eden Project 
  • Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
  • The Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Please read our blog below for even more exciting family attractions!

A bedroom in one of The Valley cottages

Safe and Secure Family Friendly Cottages in Cornwall

Our cottages at the Valley are all secluded in a gated community, giving you peace of mind that you and your children are safe throughout your stay with us. Only staff and authorised personnel have access to the site alleviating any security worries you may have.

Fully Equipped, Family Friendly Holiday Cottages

All of our self-catered holiday cottages provide that desirable holiday feel! Our cottages have a kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, bathrooms, bedrooms and free WiFi.  

For those bringing younger guests, you will have complimentary high chairs, stair gates, bed guards and standard travel cots to make everyone’s stay as comfortable as possible. 

Our cottages, such as our popular property, Croft, sleep up to six people!

A dining room in one of The Valley cottages

Child-friendly Restaurants in Cornwall

You have total freedom when creating tasty home-cooked meals in our self-catering cottages, but why not have a night off during your stay?

Our excellent onsite restaurant, Azura, provides tasty meals for all ages!

Dogs on a sofa in a holiday cottage

Dog-friendly Cottages in Cornwall

A family holiday would not be complete without the entire family, including your four-legged friends. At The Valley, we offer sensational dog-friendly accommodation that welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. We provide a doggy hamper upon arrival!

Cornwall is the ideal place for dogs as this vast landscape offers picturesque beaches, nature-filled woodlands and countryside just waiting for you and your furry friend to explore. 

Are you ready to start your Cornish adventure? Please find out more about the numerous offers and breaks we provide today! 

Book your next family holiday today to discover how adventurous this fantastic place can be!

Why Cornwall in January is a Special Time to Visit

December 13th, 2018

As the frost covers the moors in a sparkling blanket and the winter sun lights up the beaches, you may think Cornwall in January is even better than in the summer months. And with so few holiday makers there, it will feel as if you have the whole county to yourself when staying at our luxury cottages in Cornwall.

After the busy Christmas and New Year period, a winter break in January with your loved ones is just what you need to leave the stresses behind. Especially when relaxing in a hot tub with a glass of wine in hand!

Come to Cornwall in January and enjoy:


The Beaches to Yourself

Wrap up warm and walk along the deserted beaches as the waves roll in. With the seasonal dog bans lifted, your dog is free to run about as they please. More often than not, you won’t see another soul the whole day! Take the chance to snap up some great pictures of the gorgeous seaside scenery while the sand is packed with surfers and sunbathers! With so many beaches in Cornwall, there are plenty of spots to head to walk off your Christmas indulgences.


Deliciously Warming Foods in Local Pubs

Warm up from the winter chills with a mug of hot chocolate at a local café or a pint in the local pub by a roaring fire and fill your belly with delicious hearty food after a trek through the frosty moors. Cornwall has plenty of great choices for food enthusiasts, with many restaurants and cafes making the most of delicious locally sourced produce.


Plenty of Exciting Indoor Activities

Being January in Britain, we certainly cannot promise rain-free and sunny days, so the likelihood is there may be a day or two on your holiday that you have to head indoors. Cornwall has many fantastic artistic centres to visit, such as the Falmouth National Maritime Museum, where you can stay warm and dry. Many of Cornwall’s historical locations can also provide some shelter, with most remaining open all year round. Learn about Cornwall’s rich history as you visit the medieval castles, Victorian mansion and a range of mines.


Walks in Nature

Pop on a hat and scarf and go walking through Cornwall’s woodlands and country trails. The whole family will love following nature trails and looking out for the bright red breast of robins. As the month goes on watch in wonder as nature starts to wake up from its winter sleep – you might even see snowdrops starting to emerge!

Quaint Villages While They Are Quiet

Explore the atmospheric fishing villages along the coastline, relax and do a spot of shopping in the January sales. The boutique and independent shops in the quaint little villages are great ways to while away a lazy afternoon. The narrower streets will be less busy at this time of year, allowing you to see the sites at your own pace.


Will you be joining us in Cornwall this January? Let us know what you’re most looking forward to about this special time of year!

Discover the best places to propose in Cornwall

February 22nd, 2017

If you’re deciding on breaks in Cornwall for a romantic holiday this year, and want to propose to your partner, it’s all a question of deciding where would be the most romantic and idyllic location for you both; from beautiful beaches, secluded coves to watch the sun set, stargazing hotspots, grand attractions and exotic gardens, Cornwall will leave you spoilt for choice. Here are our favourite spots that would make an excellent spot to pop the question:


Billy Ocean returning to Cornwall

January 21st, 2016

Legendary R&B singer Billy Ocean is carrying on from last year’s hugely successful performance at The Watering Hole in Perranporth by deciding to visit again this year, with his huge catalogue of hits sure to impress the crowd once again. (more…)

More Humpback Whales spotted in Cornwall

They were spotted last week swimming around off the shores of St Ives and it seems there must be something around the Cornish coast that they like as more have been spotted this week too!

Surfers spotted the Whales again off Droskyn Point as the mammals breached the surface before their tales signalled them diving for the deep.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust says Humpback whales are the only species of whale in our waters that lift their tail before diving!

Experts say Humpback whales feed on krill and small fish including herring, sardine and anchovies, all of which are all found in the Cornish waters at this time of the year. The Gulf Stream current brings in warm water from across the Atlantic bringing an abundant amount of life to the nutrient and food-rich waters.


Other interesting facts about these magnificent animals include:

  • An adult Humpback whale can grow to an average length of 40-60 ft long and weigh as much as 44 tons. That is twice as long as a London bus and as heavy as almost nine African elephants.
  • These marine mammals are generally either a dark grey or black colour with white patches on their stomach and knobs (known as tubercles) covering their head.
  • The whale’s back is largely flat with a small dorsal fin located down the far side of its back, however when swimming the humpback may arch its back and flukes causing its back to look like a large hump.
  • These marine mammals are known for their massive size and haunting whale songs that are often produced during mating season when male humpback whales sing to compete against other males for the right to mate with a female humpback.


With The Valleys luxury cottages in Cornwall you have the perfect home away from home to come and explore Cornwall and its fantastic marine life…. Just remember to bring your binoculars!



Photo by: Zorankovacevic


Cornish cider farm becomes one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions

January 11th, 2016

The award winning Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm has become one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions bringing in over 400,000 visitors in the last year. The cider company based in Penhallow is renowned for its brewing of locally sourced apples into delicious bottled ciders, wine and alcohol free fruit juices. (more…)

Enjoy these secret coves on your Cornish holiday

January 08th, 2016

Cornwall’s coastline is renowned for its exquisite natural scenery and no more so than its golden sandy beaches. Did you know Cornwall still has a large variety of secret coastal coves that have the ability to transport you back in time to the age when pirates and smuggling was still rife on the Cornish shores? (more…)

Enjoy The St. Ives Feast And Hurling The Silver Ball Event This February

December 22nd, 2015

The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition that celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD, and offers a rare chance to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball, a centuries-old form of rugby.
These days, Cornish Hurling has all but disappeared, although it is still played once a year in St Ives and St Columb Major, near Newquay. (more…)