Child friendly holidays in Cornwall – The Valley

If you are looking for a parent and child friendly holiday destination you really can’t beat Cornwall. Beautiful scenery, stunning beaches and plenty of things to do whatever the weather.

child friendly holidays cornwall
When visiting Cornwall there are so many places to chose from. I have had the pleasure of staying at The Valley before and it really was an absolute pleasure. We chose to stay there as we were looking for somewhere luxurious, but also child friendly and The Valley ticked all the boxes.

Hidden away in thirteen acres of gardens and woodland at the heart of Cornwall lies an oasis of serenity, a unique collection of luxury self-catering holiday cottages that offers the perfect escape at any time of the year, for all the family.

the valley

Let me start with the cottages. They are amazing, we didn’t want to leave. The Haven was our 5* cottage of choice, it was the huge cathedral feature floor to ceiling window that sold it for us. There are plenty of other designs and sizes to suit from couples to larger families. The rest of the interior was just as lovely, with an open plan downstairs and spotlessly clean, modern bathrooms. When we visited we only had the one child. He was almost 2 at the time and so we made use of the stair gates, cot and the plastic plates, bowls and cutlery that is provided free of charge in every cottage. The dishwasher and washing machine also came in really handy. They really have thought of everything you could need when holidaying with children. 

The resort itself is relaxed, peaceful and securely gated, it felt safe when toddling around and visiting the play areas. The whole resort had a feeling of luxury whilst maintaining the child friendly theme. The upmarket, onsite restaurant Cafe Azur had books and games available for your little ones. Great for keeping them entertained whilst you have a drink in the comfy sofas looking out onto the outdoor heated pool. We also visited in the evening for an amazing meal when we could have used the onsite babysitting service, however we had Nana and Grandad for that.

The valleyThe indoor pool was a favourite with our little one at the time. He asked to visit it every day, numerous times. There is plenty to do for the adults too with pool and tennis tables, squash and tennis courts and a gym room.

Whilst staying in Cornwall we always visit the beautiful beaches, with Bedruthan Steps and Watergate Bay our absolute favourites. The Valley is ideally placed, only a few miles from the city of Truro and the bustling port town of Falmouth to explore the best of Cornwall. When visiting the beaches don’t forget to take you ‘poon and cake’ as Kyle then called them (spade, it looked like a giant spoon and rake). The owners are really helpful and will answer any questions you have on where to go and how to get there.

bedruthan steps cornwall

Bedruthan steps cornwall

We all loved our stay at The Valley and talk every year about going back. I would love to visit with my two other children and James. I know he would enjoy the luxuriousness and the boys now older would enjoy the freedom and all the activities.

Disclaimer: As part of the Parent Panel team on Parent Friendly Stays I get to feature parent and child friendly holidays. This post is our entry for round 3 of the#parentpanel 2015.




  1. July 24, 2015 / 6:08 am

    Thankyou for sharing such a lovely post. I enjoyed many beautiful holidays in Cornwall as a child. We have only been once with the girls, I really must get round to booking something ! #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      I have so many fond memories of holidaying in Cornwall as a child. I hope you do manage to book one x

  2. July 24, 2015 / 6:16 am

    Wow it looks gorgeous! Cornwall is on my list of holidays to go on with the boys #picknmix xx

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      It really is a beautiful place to visit x

  3. July 24, 2015 / 7:12 am

    This pace sounds lovely and in an unbiased way….Cornwall is amazing 😉 Good luck with the parent panel entry lovely,

    Stevie xx

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks 🙂 it is lovely, you are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place x

  4. July 24, 2015 / 7:15 am

    It looks beautiful! we’ve been to cornwall but only visited the Eden Project, it’s nice to come back again knowing theres more beautiful places to visit there. Thanks for sharing! #PickNMix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:00 pm

      There are so many places, too many to visit in one trip! Saying that the Eden project is still on my to do list x

  5. July 24, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Love Cornwall! We have our holidays there and are always very sad to leave the place! Especially love the beautiful beaches x #PicknMix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth I think. I hope we make it there again soon x

  6. July 24, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    this looks amazing I cant wait to have a break with my boys wish it was now though feel like I need it that pool looks amazing x

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      The pool was fab, both the indoors and outdoor pools! They would probably love it there x

  7. July 24, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Thanks for this tip, I’d never heard of The Valley before, so glad to find somewhere new to discover in Cornwall. And close to Truro and Falmouth too, that’s great. (I was born in Truro randomly!) #PicknMix
    Sabrina xx

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Oh wow where you. We found it when looking for somewhere that would be good to stay with out then nearly 2 year old and it was the luxuriousness that really sold it to us. You tend to miss out on that with children x

  8. July 24, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Ahh like Sabrina above, I was also born in Truro! But far from there now. Anyway, anyway this looks absolutely lovely! We go to Cornwall each year and find it such a lovely, fun filled holiday but this looks fab for everything being in one place…I do like an indoor pool too! Thanks for hosting #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Indoor pools are always handy for holidaying in the UK, means you will always have something to do. x

  9. July 24, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Oh wow this place looks fantastic! I’ve never been to Cornwall but after reading this I think I’m going to add it to my “to-visit” list!

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Oh you should definitely add it to your list. I love Cornwall x

  10. July 24, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Wow it looks amazing! Good luck with the parent panel entry! 🙂 #PicknMix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you, it really was amazing x

  11. July 24, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    I am a bit biased as I am Cornish and I live here still, but yes, Cornwall is the best for holidays! ;-D

    When I was little my dad used to take us to ‘exotic holidays’ and we’d get in the car and drive for over an hour or two not realising he was just taking us up and down the roads in Cornwall and we’d usually holiday somewhere about half an hour away from our home and never knew! Those long drives was just him pretending we were going further. I still had the best holidays when I was younger, even if I never realised I was still in Cornwall. x

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:07 pm

      Haha I love that! Bless your Dad. I don’t blame him either, I wouldn’t go anywhere if I lived in Cornwall. x

  12. July 25, 2015 / 11:27 am

    We had all of our family holidays in Cornwall when we were children – such a fabulous place. That resort looks really nice too.

    • MummyandMonkeys
      July 25, 2015 / 7:07 pm

      I loved our family holidays there when I was younger. The resort is beautiful and great that it is so child friendly too x

  13. July 26, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    It looks lovely! Cornwall is somewhere I have never visited, but I definitely want to go one day. It looks beautiful! 🙂 x #picnmix

  14. July 26, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Looks amazing, will definitely be putting this on our list next time we visit Cornwall. Thanks for sharing. #PicknMix

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