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Review of Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Cornwall

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:30 on Thursday 20 January 2011

Bedruthan Steps Hotel is a large family-friendly resort hotel perched on a cliff-top along the north coast of Cornwall between Newquay and Padstow.

> For contact details, availability and booking, see our full listing for Bedruthan Steps Hotel.

Bedruthan is one of the best known family friendly hotels in Cornwall. Photo: Richard HammondBedruthan is one of the best known family friendly hotels in Cornwall. Photo: Richard Hammond


Most rooms have sea viewsMost rooms have sea viewsThe Rooms

There are 101 rooms at the hotel: choose ‘hotel rooms’, ‘apartments’ or ‘villas’. Nearly all have sea views. The hotel has gone for a "comfortable and contemporary" style so expect large squashy sofas, habitat-ish tables and bright coloured bed covers. The ‘hotel rooms’ (in the main building) are good for couples and small families, while the spacious ‘villas’ (on the ground floor) have direct access to the outdoor children's play area, so they’re great for large families. The ‘apartments’ are in a separate area of the hotel adjacent to the main building, each have a small lounge area, one double bed room, but can cater for up to 6 guests.

The Food
The focus is on seasonal and mostly local produce served in a large open plan 280-seat restaurant with wonderful sea views. Check the hotel’s website for seasonal variations in the menu – dishes include roast meats, game and hearty casseroles in winter; early Cornish potatoes and new season’s lamb in spring, and light and bright dishes, such as salads and fresh, locally caught fish in summer.

Mawgan Porth is a popular beach for surfingMawgan Porth is a popular beach for surfingThe Activities
The hotel has just about everything to keep children busy... there are several play areas and activities for kids, including table tennis, snooker room, table football, board games, Wii, and outdoor trampoline. Facilities for parents include several indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym and spa (with steam rooms, treatments and sauna). Just a few minutes from the hotel is the wonderful, wide sandy beach at Mawgan Porth where you can treat yourself to a 'learn to surf lesson' (see Surf lessons Mawgan Porth). The splendid South Coast Path is on your doorstep. and nearby, there’s the Heligan Gardens and the Eden Project.

What makes Bedruthan Steps a green hotel?
As a large resort hotel, Bedruthan does have a large environmental footprint, but the owners have done a great deal to lessen its environmental impact and support the local economy.  There’s a green notice board on the first floor, which provides guests with the latest information on the hotel’s green initiatives, which include solar panels that heat the outdoor pool, a fridge heat re-capture system which uses the waste heat usually expelled by fridges to heat water, key card energy activation systems in bedrooms and a 100% green energy tariff. The hotel has been awarded gold by the Green Tourism Business Scheme and it is one of the few hotels in Britain to have the ISO 14001 certification. The hotel is also an active member of the excellent COAST initiative.

How to get there
The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway from where it is a 25-30 minute taxi ride to the hotel. I booked with a local biodiesel taxi firm (www.biotravel.co.uk, tel 01637 880006), which cost about £30 one way. Bodmin Parkway is on the London to Penzance Overnight Sleeper Train service and on the Edinburgh-Penzance day train service (there are three a day) via Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, and Exeter - Book tickets here.

Top Tip
For a great day out, cycle the Camel Trail then tuck into the excellent fish and chips at Rick Stein’s place by the quayside at Padstow. Also, if you’d like to combine a stay at the hotel with learning a new skill, book one of the  hotel’s specialist themed breaks, such as beekeeping, basket weaving, or bread making – for prices and timings, see the hotel’s website: Bedruthan Steps.

Verdict
Don’t let the large modernist exterior put you off, this is one of the best family-friendly hotels in the country. I’ve visited this hotel several times over the last three years and have always found the staff extremely friendly, the facilities for kids are first class, as is the food and the sea views in both the dining area and lounge. The hotel is ideally situated for a beach summer holiday, it’s just a short stroll with the buckets and spades down to the wonderful sandy beach at Mawgan Porth. And if it’s a rainy day, nearby is the world class Eden Project.

> For contact details, availability and booking, see our full listing for Bedruthan Steps Hotel.

The spectacular sandy beach at Mawgan Porth is a short walk from the hotelThe spectacular sandy beach at Mawgan Porth is a short walk from the hotel

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