Review: Bedruthan Steps

Mimi ON Jan 04, 2012 AT 9:32 am

View across the beach at Bedruthan Steps

View across the beach at Bedruthan Steps

by Emma Skipper

On a recent jaunt to Cornwall we had a night to spare, and after a long weekend of walks and tours, we needed a rest. Cue a quick stop at Bedruthan Steps Spa and Hotel in Trenance.

The situation of Bedruthan Steps couldn’t have been more idyllic – if not a little windy – as it sits on a steep hill that looks over a beautiful Cornish bay and village. From the website, I got the impression that the hotel was modern and slick, something that was not entirely true to form as we arrived. The building itself seemed a bit dated and the interiors definitely needed an update. However, decor aside, the staff at reception were welcoming and informative and showed us to our rooms quickly and efficiently.

The rooms themselves could do with a little character, however if you do get a sea view room (recommended)  then this makes up for it – especially if you get one with double sliding doors that open to the elements completely (not recommended in a storm!). One great unexpected and novel feature were the speakers in the bathroom, meaning you feel involved in the room’s activities despite having the door closed. The beds were comfortable and the double room that we stayed in has an extra two single beds so would be perfect for a family on a budget.


The rooms at Bedruthan Steps

The rooms at Bedruthan Steps


After we’d settled in, we had a browse around the hotel and were very impressed with the amount of amenities on offer. There was an outdoor ocean pool, tennis court, playground for children, indoor swimming pool, cinema, lounge, fully kitted out spa and treatment rooms to boot. The Spa and treatment rooms were great and looked very modern, clean and luxurious with a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi pool, Hammam treatment room and the most amazing rainfall showers. We spent about 2hrs in this room and were completely relaxed afterwards – which was definitely aided by the panoramic view of the bay from the deck chairs by the window.

One negative thing I would say was that the prices for the treatments were pretty hefty so do book with that in mind.

The Spa at Bedruthan Steps

The Spa at Bedruthan Steps

You can eat at the hotel (they do a fantastic breakfast with the most amazing local Jam – which you can buy from the gift shop), however we opted to head out to see if there were any nice local restaurants and stumbled across the lovely ‘Fire’ restaurant right on the sea front down by the bay. They served us quickly, the atmosphere was really relaxed and the food was lovely (we had the most amazing black forest cheesecake with Cornish clotted cream – delicious) so we were very, very happy (and full!).

The hotel also has a great ethical and ecological ethos whereby they try and make their services as sustainable and supportive for the local area as possible. This was really great to see so strictly implemented and would be a great to teach your little ones about during your stay if you came with your family. For more information on their efforts visit

Overall we were very impressed with the Spa facilities at the hotel, however it clearly caters to families and children more than it does guests that want a top, luxury break, so watch out if that’s what you’re going for.

For more information, please visit

Check out my other hotel review from my trip to Cornwall – The Llawnroc


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