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!

What’s Open at The Valley?

April 12th, 2021

We are incredibly excited to announce that all of our facilities at the Valley will be open from the 12th April, apart from the restaurant as per government guidelines. With social distancing measures still in place, we explain what to expect as we reopen the doors of our luxury cottages in Cornwall once again this spring.

Our Facilities

Here at The Valley, we pride ourselves as being a safe and secure family haven that welcomes your beloved pet dogs. We have many exclusive leisure facilities in our gated cottage complex for you and your family to enjoy. These include:

  • Restaurant
  • Fitness suite
  • Indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools
  • Spa Pool
  • Games room
  • Hot tub
  • Squash and tennis courts
  • Accessible location

Below we will be taking a look at the opening times and social distancing policies of each one!


Our cottages’ huge appeal is the option to self-cater or indulge in our onsite restaurant.


With most of our facilities opening from 12th April, our restaurant requires a slightly longer wait, with our doors planned to open on 17th May when our guests can safely sit in the indoor dining area.


Being in such an accessible location, our cottages are fantastic if you want to explore the restaurants in Truro or Falmouth, which provide outside dining areas before 17th May.

Two pairs of feet in a swimming pool

Swimming Pools

The Valley offers a fun family experience with our choice of indoor or outdoor swimming pools. Our outdoor pool is heated from the middle of June to September, and our indoor pool is fantastic for all-year-round fun!


All facilities that are usually communal, including our swimming pools, will be bookable by one family at a time, this can be organised when you arrive at the cottages. You will be given an available time slot to enjoy the exclusivity of the pool.

Other Communal Areas

Other communal areas such as our fitness suits, games room, squash and tennis court will also be accessible to individual families through our bookable slotting system, which can be arranged upon arrival.

Hot Tubs

Some of our luxury cottages are complete with a hot tub for you to unwind after an exciting day of exploring! Our hot tubs are extensively cleaned for your safety and hygiene.

A woman sanitising her hands


We would like to mention that all of our cottages undergo thorough cleaning procedures every time our guests vacate to ensure that every one of our guests’ personal safety and welfare is adhered to. Our accommodation is expertly cleaned with an extremely high level of hygiene being maintained.

Outdoor Areas

Our beautiful cottages are set amongst the remote Cornish countryside, conveniently located away from local towns, meaning you can safely enjoy the seclusion and make the most of an abundance of open outdoor space.

More About Our COVID Policy

To discover more about our COVID and cleaning policies, you can read through them here!


We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any further questions about what to expect, please don’t hesitate to contact us- our team will be on hand to help you with any queries! In the meantime, why not discover some of the potential and exciting events scheduled this year in our blog.

Family-friendly Days Out in Cornwall this Winter

December 06th, 2019

For those heading on a winter staycation in Cornwall with the family, rest assured you’ll experience the rough and rugged beauty of the county and all it has to offer. The long and unforgiving queues of the summer will be long-forgotten, and life seems to tick by at somewhat of a slower pace in comparison to the rest of the country. However, just because your experience may not reflect the blue skies, golden sands, aqua blue seas that you’ve seen in pictures does not mean your stay will be any less enjoyable. In fact, this beautiful corner of Cornwall is home to some fantastic family attractions that can be enjoyed come rain, shine or sub-zero temperatures. Here at The Valley, we’ve created a list of just some of our favourite places to visit with the family throughout the colder months. 

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Perhaps not the first thing you have in mind when it comes to a day out with the kids, but this cider farm is like none other! Adults can peruse the various flavours of cider on offer, tasting those that take their fancy and stocking up on some homegrown produce for family and friends at home. Meanwhile, kids will love the exploring the farm and meeting the many animals that call it home, including Shetland ponies, Cornish black pigs and pygmy goats. The perfect end to the fantastic afternoon is tucking into a traditional, homemade Cornish cream tea in the tea rooms, but don’t forget to put your jam on first! 

Truro Bowl

A classic form of family-friendly entertainment, but one that’s all the more exciting at a new and unexplored bowling alley. With eight lanes, an array of video and amusement arcade games and a well-stocked bar and restaurant serving tasty treats, there really is nowhere better to seek refuge when the rain begins to pour. Located in the heart of Truro, this venue is easy to access from wherever you are and can be tagged on to the end of another excursion. 

bowling alley

Raze the Roof

Those with slightly younger children may wish to consider taking the short drive to Raze the Roof for an action-packed day of indoor play! From the four-lane astro slide to the renowned vertical drop slide, there’s no shortage of things to do for children of any age. Tiny tots can run riot in the toddler area, while parents can watch on from the soft seats nearby, and those visiting during term time can check out the Toddler Sessions that take place each morning, Monday to Friday. Slightly older children and young-at-heart adults can have the time of their lives in the Laser Tag centre, full of fog, atmospheric music and quick-fire action to provide an unforgettable gaming experience for all. 

Dairyland Farm World 

This brilliant indoor and outdoor excursion is perfect for the whole family and is sure to be enjoyed by all, as this is no ordinary farm. From pony and tractor rides to cuddles with fuzzy farm animals, this traditional farm even gives visitors the opportunity to milk cows and bottle feed the young, making dreams come true for animal lovers from far and wide. In addition to the classic farm-based activities, there’s also a huge indoor play area that features a raging bull ride, drop slides and a number of ball pits. The farm is just a short drive away from Truro in Newquay and is sure to be a holiday hit for all!  

ponies at farm

National Maritime Museum

It can be quite difficult to get children excited about a museum, but the National Maritime Museum has so much on offer for children of all ages, we’re sure they’ll be asking to go back before too long. All of the exhibits are designed with a child’s learning experience in mind, including being set at eye level for younger children. This brilliant and informative museum was once named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, and once you visit, it will soon become clear why.  

Ship and Castles Fun Pool

No holiday to Cornwall is quite complete without splashing around with family and friends, but the sea may be a little too cold and is not for the faint-hearted this time of year. Luckily, there’s no need to rely on the weather! From an exhilarating river run that carries you through the course at thrilling speeds to the realistic wave machine that will make it seem like you’re bobbing around in the sea. The 70m log flume is sure to be a hit with both adults and children alike!

fun wave pool

That concludes our guide to just some of the many winter-friendly attractions that await your next staycation. If you’re staying in our child-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall, rest-assured you can enjoy an action-packed break that’s sure to make memories that last a lifetime! For more inspiration on the kinds of things you can get up to during your holiday, check out our recent blog post, 6 Unusual Things to do in Cornwall

Five Museums To Visit This Winter In Cornwall

December 14th, 2015

When we think of Cornwall many things jump in to our minds, rolling blue Atlantic swells, golden beaches, delicious locally sourced food, wildlife and lush green landscapes. What people don’t associate Cornwall with is its museums. (more…)

Falmouth Week 2015 programme revealed

June 01st, 2015

Events and details for Falmouth Week 2015 have been announced with the return of some of the usual markets and displays, plus some new acts for the evening events.

One new act announced for this year is Plymouth based Land of The Giants accompanied by Finley Quaye. Other acts include the Wurzels, Rudi’s Message and Definitely Mightbe. There will be different themed acts each night

Tim Vigus, MD of South West Bars and Events, said: “Every year we grow the entertainment programme on Events Square to give people a better experience every time they walk through the marquee.”

Also new this year is the Outlaw Food and Drink Festival and Outlaw Summer Market taking place on The Moor. Nathan Outlaw is known for his spectacular seafood restaurants, one of which he now runs himself; his self titled two Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, in Rock, Cornwall.

The Red Arrows will also be returning this year and another new event will give you the chance to try out a Segway; can you make it through the various obstacles?

Falmouth Week starts on the 7th August and is a short drive from The Valley’s family friendly cottages in Cornwall.

Falmouth gets ready to celebrate its Spring Festival

February 13th, 2015

Falmouth has now begun its preparations for its upcoming Spring Festival, which starts on March 12th and is the town’s first major festival of the year. Now in its fifth year, the festival helps to bring together the local community as well as to make the town a more attractive place to both live in and visit.


Truro park to get £200k makeover

November 04th, 2014

A play equipment design makeover costing £200,000 has been revealed for Boscawen Park in Truro this week. The Friends of Boscawen Park announced earlier this year that they had been successful in securing project funding which has been part financed by Truro City Council, Cornwall Council and the SITA Cornwall Trust.

Only a few minutes by car from The Valley’s family friendly cottages in Cornwall, Boscawen Park has long been a popular choice for both local and visiting families with its landscaped gardens, play areas and sports facilities. The park also provides the start point for The Valley’s popular guided dog walk which takes place on Sunday mornings throughout the year.

The final decision on the park’s makeover design was reached after collecting public feedback on the six options presented. The design proposed by playground equipment supplier Russell Play was voted favourite  by those asked for their opinion at the recent Truro Day exhibition in the park.

The Friends of Boscawen chair Heidi Morgan said she was delighted that the design put forward by Russell Play had been chosen, “The design was the one most people preferred, largely because it featured a range of play equipment that has a broad appeal”. Explaining further she added, “For instance the toddler area will have sand and encourages role play with a little house, a tunnel and sand table as well as a bucket and hoist. Meanwhile older children will enjoy the challenge of high nets, climbing frames, and a zip wire, but there’s lots more besides all that.”

With work due to start in February 2015, its hoped that the new equipment and park landscaping will be completed in time for the main Summer season and that this project will ensure the future of Boscawen Park as a hugely popular outdoor family attraction for the City of Truro.