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As one of Britain's most-loved holiday destinations, Cornwall lures flocks of families to its sandy beaches, rugged coastline and rolling moors. And where once the bucket-and-spade brigades were put up in chintzy cottages and dowdy hotels, these days there's a choice of slick self-catering and boutique boltholes offering family-friendly facilities from cots and crèches to surf lessons and spas. So, do you fancy a sea-view apartment with croissants delivered for breakfast? A country house hotel with nannies in residence? Or a luxury riverside pad with a private chef? Take your pick from my 10 best family places to stay in Cornwall.
Antonia's Pearls

Antonia's Pearls really pull out the bells and whistles for tot-friendly provisions: think socket covers, sterilisers, stair gates, buggies, baby baths and blenders. But these practicalities aren't at the expense of style in these quayside cottages overlooking historic Charlestown. Bang on the doorstep are beaches for kayaking, swimming, or simple bucket and spade days, and you can order organic, homemade dishes to experience Cornwall's great produce without even going out.

The Nare Hotel

Pack your bags for a Famous Five adventure: lashings of ginger beer, boat trips and beach picnics are on the agenda at this country house hotel by the sea. Patter down the garden path to the bucket-and-spade heaven that is Carne Beach, round-up every generation of the family for croquet on the lawn, or climb aboard the Cornish Crabber and explore the creeks of the River Fal under sail.

Cornwall Lodges @ The Cornwall Hotel, Spa & Estate

Forget static caravans and run-of-the-mill holiday parks; in the grounds of The Cornwall Hotel you can take up residence in a designer woodland home. There's space for the family to stretch out, parkland bang on the doorstep, and you're close to the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and a cluster of sandy beaches. Yet, with access to the onsite restaurant, spa, pool, tennis courts, gardens and woodland trails, you mightn't want to stray far from your luxurious self-catering abode.

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