Family Travel

Polurrian Bay Hotel


Luxury Family Hotel = 50% adult luxury / 50% kid fun

It’s a perfect 50/50 equation in which both parts are crucial to the family luxury experience.  So, after our latest excursion, I asked my 8 year old Kaya what she thought?

“I don’t know what it is about family hotels… but I just feel FREE”! 

And there it is.  The holy grail of parenting which kind of sums up how we all felt on our Easter trip to Polurrian Bay Hotel.

The hotel has occupied it’s stunning coastal spot in Mullion on Cornwall’s south coast for over 100 years and is one of 8 gorgeous hotels around the UK run by Luxury Family Hotels. In the winter we stayed at Woolley Grange near Bath and we seem to be slowly working our way around them all!

1Standing in 12 acres of stunning gardens with spectacular views across Mounts Bay on Cornwall’s Lizard Penninsula, Polurrian’s recent makeover shows and it’s 41 bedrooms provide the perfect mix of quintessential family seaside hotel and hipster hangout.

We arrived at night, choosing to do the 5 hour drive while the kids napped rather than go with the “are we nearly there yet” option.  ALWAYS preferable!  Waking up the next morning in our adjoining rooms we opened the curtains to be met with stunning sea views, eliciting yelps from the kids, as did the pet rocks they were left as a welcome gift. Lovely touch.

finalDining can happen in the main dining room or the new Vista Lounge with its breathtaking panoramic views over the atlantic ocean, reminding us of 50’s inspired Palm Springs from our days in California. It’s a perfect addition to the hotel and, crucially, enables you to enjoy the views and outdoors, whatever the weather.   After a wonderful and very chilled breakfast – it was time for a bit of exploring.

pic2The hotel boasts an outdoor tennis court and you’d be hard pushed to find a court with a better view! We headed to the outdoor play area and then went to check out the complimentary Ofsted registered Den which was beautifully light and well stocked with toys and games to keep the under 8’s entertained during your complimentary 2 hours of childcare a day. There was also a Movie Theatre and Blue Room to keep older kids entertained with it’s table football, pool, computer games and more traditional board games.  Kaya and Akira were intent on enjoying the swimming pool and in true 8 and 5 year old style would gladly have stayed inside for the duration of the trip!

PIC3That afternoon, we borrowed some beach gear from the hotel lobby, where everything from wind breaks to buckets and spades were waiting to maximise enjoyment for all and minimise the need for excess packing.  On the walk down the steps to the hotels beach, I couldn’t believe the azure blue of the sea and felt guilty for the times I’ve marvelled at the aqua blue waters overseas, without truly clocking the waters on our own shores. The yellow gorse bushes, smell of the sea air, sounds of the waves and birdsong transported me back to my own childhood holidays and in that moment I totally “got” the allure of the British Seaside holiday.

PIC4Kaya and Akira hit the sands and instantly turned into free spirits – running around all afternoon, climbing, chasing waves, exploring and enjoying the freedom to just be children.  I lay in sun, listening to the waves, reading a book and loving life!  In the days following my run-in with some green tea and visits to A & E, this turned out to be exactly the R & R I needed and memories of childhood classic reads came flooding back, where people would be sent to the beach to convalesce in the sea air!

The kids were literally giddy when we were joined by some horses – available nearby for riding fun), along with surfing, a nearby seal sanctuary, gorgeous beaches and a traditional tin mine in the shape of the Poldark Mine.  Sad to say,  however long I loitered (with questionable intent) I didn’t see any scythe action!

PIC5When the sun started to set, we headed back up the steps to the hotel to enjoy a bit of cornish ice-cream on the terrace, watching the sun setting.

I then headed to the Purity Spa for a spot of pampering (all in the name of research!) while Trey and the kids played board games.  Dinner was in the Vista Lounge before falling into our beds, slightly sun-kissed and exhausted by the sea air.

The next day we headed to Poldhu Cove for another wonderful beach day, enjoying the best of  Cornwall and, as the sun started setting, chips on the beach from the lovely surf cafe rounded off another perfect day.

poldhuFor me, one of the best bits about the hotel is how family friendly it is.  There are all the practical things like pushchairs you can borrow, a bottle cleaning service, toys to play with, books, board games, magazines, beach equipment to borrow by the front door.  But being family friendly is about more than the services on offer and Polurrian excelled with the attention they gave to the children. As a parent, the best feeling on earth is letting your kids be themselves and not having to “shush” them the whole time in a hotel is the stuff of dreams.

kid friendlyAppropriately, given that I’ve recently started working on Heart, the first famous hotel guest was Marconi Guglielmo in 1901 and there’s a statue of the great man in Poldhu. I was excited to discover Clarke Gable and Gene Tierney stayed while they were filming Never Let Me Go oh and Winston Churchill also visited.  Pretty cool.

lizardOn our final morning was a bit cloudy so we drove the 4 miles to Lizard, the most southerly point of the UK and the kids loved seeing the Lighthouse and the crashing waves below.  As we left the hotel, they immediately asked when we could come back to visit, which says it all really!

Thanks to Polurrian Bay Hotel for a wonderful stay. You’ve created a family idyll in a very special corner of the earth and we’ll definitely be back.

K x








  • Reply Ninjacat May 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    OOH what a magical place and such memories created.

    Was Poldark doing the lawns ?

  • Reply NET-A-DRESSER May 8, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Hi Katy, what a beautiful spot, and the hotel looks just perfect. This is definitely stuff for your Children’s future memories. My two who are big people now, say their happiest times were family holidays in Salcombe UK, and don’t really remember a lot about some of the very expensive overseas holidays we took them on! I think there is something about a holiday at home that is really wholesome (if that’s the right word), probably because it’s far less stressful for all concerned….plus we were able to meet up with all our old friends, making it the best of times! Helen x

  • Reply Michelle Twin Mum May 5, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    This looks so fabulous and you were blessed with good weather too. Those pet rocks are such a nice touch too. Mich x

  • Reply Emma May 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Oooh, I keep looking at Luxury Family Hotels and then forgetting, they look perfect for a relaxing family break, which we could definitely do with at the moment!

  • Reply Clare Goldsack May 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Sounds lovely and the perfect place to recuperate after your awful accident. Hope you are well and truly on the mend now Katy xx

  • Reply Mummy Barrow May 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Oh sweet mumma this looks stunning. I adore Cornwall, though I have only been once we spent every day in St Agnes exploring and vowed to go back. This looks glorious.

  • Reply Sonya Cisco May 4, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I have always opted for self-catering with kids as I figured it was easier to fit round them than get them to fit round a hotel IYKWIM, but this may have convinced me to give it a go!! And has reminded me how overdue a return trip to Cornwall is!

    • Reply Katy May 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

      I’m SO with you Sonya. I’m usually self catering all the way as hotels usually feel like too much pressure but this was awesome! Proper traditional family break. And, unlike self catering, a rest for ME! Whoop! x

  • Reply Cass@frugalfamily May 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous – we’ve never visited Cornwall but it looks so beautiful. We live in the North East so it would take so long to get there that we’ve never made the trip x x

    • Reply Katy May 4, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Ah – it’s GORGEOUS! There is an airport there! #just-sayin’ Would be pretty amazing to do a big trip down just once x

  • Reply Mary Keynko May 3, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    What a view to wake up to! I’ve always wanted to go to Cornwall and never have, will Captain Poldark be there if I go visit…please ?

    • Reply Katy May 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Not if I get there first! 😉 x

  • Reply Penny May 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I was reading thinking ‘this looks familiar’ I’ve definitely looked at this hotel myself and seen that lampshade on Pinterest! Love that they have buckets and spades and beach stuff to borrow, it is alway such a phaff and an expense getting beach ready! Looks amazing Katy – even more keen to go now!

    • Reply Katy May 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Ooh – I love that I took a pinterest syle shot! Finger on the pulse baby! You’d LOVE it! So fun x

  • Reply Kate/WitWitWoo May 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    OMG this looks amazing! I STILL have never visited Cornwall – need to rectify STAT x

    • Reply Katy May 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Ooh – you and your boy would LOVE it Kate! It was honestly like being on the Riviera! x

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