Nothing beats the traditional great British seaside holiday! And where else better to take your bucket and spade than sunny Cornwall? With its spectacular coastlines and surf, world-class restaurants, family-friendly visitor attractions and not to mention the all-important cream teas, Cornwall caters for everyone.

We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best places to stay in this small but mighty county.

Watergate Bay Hotel

Not That Watergate

Watergate, not the Nixon downfall but the Cornish Hotel, looks out to the Atlantic from one of the most dramatic spots on the British coast. And what’s spectacular from the outside is even more so from within, where the rugged surroundings of Watergate Bay transforms into the chilled out luxury of the rooms at Watergate. Excellent food and brilliant facilities combine into a perfect stay.

Where: Watergate Bay Hotel, On The Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, TR8 4AA

St Moritz Hotel

When Comfort, Kid-Friendly And Cowshed Collide

Boasting spectacular views across the Camel Estuary and just a short stroll from the sandy beaches of Daymer Bay and Polzeath, the St Moritz occupies a wonderful Art Deco building on the Trebetherick headland. The facilities are excellent: there are two restaurants on site, a Mini Moritz kids club, a Cowshed spa and as well as an outdoor pool, there’s also the all-important indoor pool, because, well, we all know how reliable the great British weather can be…

Where: St Moritz Court, Trebetherick, Wadebridge, PL27 6SD

Merchants Manor

Hot Tubs and Spas

Sat at the top of a hill, giving guests in top rooms glorious sea views, Merchants Manor is in the pretty port of Falmouth. You’ll find both the beach and town centre a ten minute walk away but, that said, with a luxury swimming pool, boutique apartments with hot tubs and an on-site spa you probably won’t want to actually leave the hotel. Make sure you dine in the restaurant, Rastella, it’s already got two AA Rosettes and it’s sure to rack up a third soon. On winter afternoons curl up with a book and a piece of the homemade cake in the sitting room.

Where: Merchants Manor, 1 Western Terrace, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4QJ

Hotel Tresanton

A Taste Of The Med On The Cornish Coast

Occupying a cluster of little cottages bang in the scenic fishing village of St Mawes, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re on the Amalfi Coast at the Hotel Tresanton. Olga Polizzi bought and renovated this former yacht club 20 years ago and it continues to go from strength to strength – the hotel has just opened its Beach Club, a sun soaked oasis set just above the waterline, perfect for lounging by the sea.

Where: 27 Lower Castle Rd, St Mawes, Truro, TR2 5DR

The Scarlet Hotel

Adults-Only Nourishment Of Mind, Body & Soul

Overlooking the golden sands of Mawgan Porth, the eco-friendly Scarlet Hotel is the ultimate retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. The hotel’s unique atmosphere is as comfortable as it is tranquil: the focus here is on holistic wellbeing. From meadow gardens to cliff top hot tubs, there are countless little nooks in which to unwind, not to mention the Ayurvedic-inspired spa, relaxation lounges and both outdoor and indoor swimming pools.

Where: The Scarlet Hotel, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Newquay, TR8 4DQ

St Petroc's Hotel

Cosy Rooms Above Rick Stein’s Rustic Bistro

Padstow isn’t nicknamed “Padstein” for nothing, you know! Not content with being the most prolific restaurateur in town, Rick Stein, and his ex-wife Jill, also offer their patrons the opportunity to stay in one of ten rooms above their charming rustic bistro. This is a low-key affair: there aren’t any fancy “facilities” as such, but the accommodation itself is serioulsy luxurious, the linen is crisp, the bathrooms are beautiful and, being bang in the middle of Padstow, the location is a winner.

Where: 4 New Street, Padstow, PL28 8EA

The Old Quay House

Stylish Hotel In Vibrant Harbour Town

Housed in a Victorian building overlooking the River Fowey, the upscale Old Quay House boasts spectacular views across the estuary from its enviable central position in this busy little harbour town. After a day meandering the charming little streets of Fowey, its art galleries and boutique shops, bed down in one of the hotel’s 11 luxurious rooms. Several of those rooms feature balconies that overlook the water, so you can enjoy watching the boats drift by from the comfort of your own bedroom.

Where: 28 Fore Street, Fowey, PL23 1AQ

St Tudy Inn

Countryside Retreat Gastropub With Rooms

This 17th century inn, tucked away in the peaceful village of St Tudy near Bodmin Moor, has been beautifully restored to create a simple yet stylish interior in a warm and cosy atmosphere. Many guests come for the food and drink alone – the relaxing ‘olde worlde’ bar serves real ales and fine wines, while the rustic dining room serves local seasonal food with a creative twist – but the elegant rooms, all en-suite with king beds, make it worth making your stay a night.

Where: St Tudy, Bodmin, PL30 3NN

The Idle Rocks

Waterfront Chic On The Cornish Riviera

Overlooking the harbour, The Idle Rocks is the coolest kid on the ever-fashionable St Mawes block. Beautiful artwork on the walls, fabulous driftwood sculptures and stylish antiques dotted around the place put this boutique hotel on another level of contemporary coastal comfort. Each of the 19 bedrooms have been individually designed to have their own unique style and charm. Choose one of the sea view rooms, which offer fabulous views out over the harbour and, of course, the sea.

Where: Harbourside, Tredenham Road, St Mawes, Truro, TR2 5AN

The Carnmarth

Check Out The Sofas

The Carnmarth is such an idyllic hotel, a stone’s throw and flip-flop wander away from the sandy shores of Fistral beach, where you can ‘catch some waves’ and, hopefully, some rays in the Cornish seaside town of Newquay. The hotel has got that home-away-from-home vibe, cosy and welcoming with bright and breezy rooms and very comfy beds… trust us, we’re talking from experience! And for those who love a birdie, bogey or an albatross, there’s a grand old golf course just outside the Carnmarth’s front door.

Where: 22 Headland Road, Newquay, TR7 1HN