Need To Know
52: 15 smaller doubles, 15 king doubles or twins, 22 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from £120.00, including tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include full English or Continental breakfast. Cots (free, £5 for bed linen) and extra beds for under-12s (£35 a night, including breakfast) can be added to parents’ rooms.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) free parking, bar, kids’ clubs, playroom, DVD library, gardens, helipad, WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV with Sky, board games, minibar, Hypnos bed with Frette linen, Cowshed toiletries, slippers, bathrobes, hair straighteners. First Floor suites have sea views, balconies, full kitchens, lounges and dining areas.
Our favourite rooms
Spacious suites in muted maritime shades with sleek modern furniture not only boast sea views but also have enough room for up to two little Smiths in cots or on Z-beds. Their fully equipped kitchens and generous living area with a table and chairs make dining in not just a possibility but a pleasure. Choose from ground-floor suites with patios or first-floor for a private balcony and a kitchen. The sumptuous two-floor suite varies by having a balcony and patio and a six foot Hypnos bed in the master bedroom. Note that no interconnecting rooms are available, making suites your best option. King rooms have floorspace for one additional Z-bed or cot; Cosy doubles do not. The Family Junior Garden suites offer full-sized single bunk beds for children.
The indoor mosaic-tiled pool is open to families 9am–6pm, followed by two hours of adults-only swimming. St Moritz’s outdoor pool is open in good weather and is surrounded by hammocks and sunloungers. Both pools have a child-friendly shallow end, and a lifeguard from April to September; armbands and inflatables are available to buy at the leisure club. You can buy swim nappies from reception.
The Cowshed Spa comprises six treatment rooms, a relaxation area, and manicure and pedicure stations. Whether you elect to have a two-hour signature Sun & Sea body treatment or a 30-minute facial, all treatments use the spa’s namesake botanical products, hand blended at Babington House, the home of Cowshed. Expecting another little Smith? The maternity treatment menu caters fabulously for mums-to-be – just don’t expect, after all that relaxation, to make much sense for the rest of the day…
The hotel offers a Landrover chauffeur service from 8am to 6pm every day, to take you to nearby Polzeath and Rock.
The nine-room Cowshed spa and the restaurant are both popular, so it's worth booking before you arrive. Organise kids’ club places when you make your reservation; allow 24 hours’ notice for babysitting.