21 Family-Friendly Cottages with Private Swimming Pools in Cornwall

When planning a trip to Cornwall with kids, one of the biggest concerns is finding suitable accommodation. Luckily, there are plenty of options in Cornwall; hotels, b&bs, holiday parks, and guest houses are all great options. But, if you are looking for something a bit different, with a bit more freedom, why not consider staying in one of the many holiday cottages with private swimming pools in Cornwall that are available to rent?

Renting a Cornwall cottage with a private swimming pool gives you the freedom to explore the traditional fishing villages, enjoy the sandy beaches, and have a swim whenever you choose, whatever the weather. Another excellent advantage of staying in self-catering cottages is that you can also take advantage of Cornwall’s endless supply of excellent farm shops when you have access to a kitchen and knock up some tasty and healthy treats for the family.

But with so much choice between holiday homes and cottages with swimming pools in Cornwall, the decision on where to stay can still be tricky. Read on as we travel around the county, picking out the best family-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall with pools…

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Amazing Cottages with Private Swimming Pools in Cornwall

Here are the best Cornwall cottages with a private pool:

#1 Polly’s Bower, Landrake

Nestled between the villages of Landrake and Tideford, surrounded by verdant countryside, is Polly’s Bower, a luxurious, dog-friendly Cornwall cottage with a private swimming pool.

The one-bedroom cottage is perfect for a couple with a young child, with a cot, highchair, and stair gate available. The modern kitchen is well-equipped, and the shops are a ten-minute walk away. 

#2 Westhayes, Camelford

This three-bedroom 200-year-old barn conversion has been modernised to create a luxurious holiday home just outside Camelford.

The cottage is one of three dog-friendly properties that share access to the heated indoor swimming pool.

Featuring two bedrooms with king-size four-poster beds and one twin bedroom, this cottage is perfect for a holiday in Cornwall with children. 

#3 Cornish Cottage with private swimming pool close to Falmouth, Portreath

This traditional two-bedroom Cornish cottage comfortably sleeps three and welcomes children over eleven years old. Truro is approximately ten miles away, with plenty of local and traditional shops, great restaurants, museums, markets, and many other amenities.

You can also park your car and travel by ferry to the lovely port of Falmouth and visit the Maritime Museum, and the attractions of The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a short drive away. 

#4 Riverside, 3-bedroom in Bude

This three-bedroom Cornish cottage can sleep up to six people in an excellent location on Cornwall’s north coast, just a short canal-side walk to Bude’s shops and beaches.

With excellent amenities for children, including your own pool and a pool table, this accommodation is wheelchair accessible, and the pool has a hoist for the less mobile.

The living room is cosy, with a large sofa and beanbags for the children, and features a large television and a Playstation 2. Pets are welcome too, and there’s parking for four cars. 

#5 Long Barn Cottages, Callington

These three luxurious two-bedroom Long Barn Cottages are located on the Trehill Estate in the market town of Callington, south-east Cornwall. Featuring the latest in home entertainment systems, a beautifully-crafted kitchen, and delightfully furnished bedrooms, the cottages comfortably sleep four.

The cottages’ shared indoor pool is fitted with an Endless Pool current machine to swim against, and there are also two on-site fishing ponds and a gym. 

#6 The Summer House, Mousehole

This plush property is set in a traditional Cornish harbour, just a few miles west of Penzance in West Cornwall. The Master Suite features a king-size bed, and the Family Suite is open-plan with two distinct sleeping areas, one with a king-size bed and one with two single beds.

Guests can avail themselves of a range of wonderful shared amenities, including a swimming pool and an outside mini-tennis/football court. Situated just outside Mousehole, The Summer House is an ideal location for exploring the whole of this incredible part of Cornwall’s south coast, and there are a few sandy beaches nearby. 

#7 The Old Farmhouse, Barras Moor

This stunning four-bedroom property sleeps ten and, with an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, and plenty of space is perfect for a large family or groups travelling together.

The area has plenty of walking trails to explore, and keen cyclists can enjoy the Bissoe Cycle Trail. Travel cots and highchairs are available on request, and the accommodation features Smart TVs in the lounge and pool house.

There are shops and a pub within walking distance, and the driveway can accommodate three cars. 

#8 Mucklow – a holiday home that sleeps 5 guests in 2 bedrooms

Three miles to the south of Bude, this comfortable, dog-friendly holiday home is a 15-minute walk from Widemouth Bay. This surf beach has plenty of golden sands and rock pools to keep the kids entertained, and Bude is a great place to try a surf lesson. The property’s two bedrooms can comfortably sleep five people, and there is a communal swimming pool, a tennis court, a games room, and a play area for the children to enjoy while they relax. 

#9 Castle By The Water, Saltash

Do you know children who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle? Pentille Castle sits alongside the River Tamar, and with 11 bedrooms, it can comfortably sleep 22 people. Perfect for a large group holiday, the property is perfect for boat trips, shooting, and even 4×4 off-roading from the accommodation.

The heated outdoor swimming pool and the games room with a pool table, table football, dartboard, and Smart TV will ensure the kids don’t get bored even if the weather isn’t perfect. 

#10 Nanplough Country House, Mullion

Located seven miles north of Lizard Point in west Cornwall, this beautiful country house comes with a 23-acre estate to enjoy and has access to a shared outdoor pool. The six-bedroom house is within easy reach of many spectacular coves and beaches, and with St. Michael’s Mount, the Eden Project, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan all within driving range, it’s a perfect base for families and couples alike. 

#11 Driftwood – sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

Able to sleep four people in two bedrooms, Driftwood is single-level former coachman’s accommodation with a quaint walled garden and patio area. Guests are able to use the facilities at Quinceborough Farm, just up the hill, which include a swimming pool, tennis courts, a games room, and a play area. And the nearest sandy beach is a mere one hundred yard away.

The kitchen is fully equipped, and the living room has a flatscreen digital TV and DVD player. However, there is no WiFi at the property. 

#12 Llawnrock, Mullion

Situated on the Lizard Peninsula, this modern four-bedroom property can comfortably accommodate eight people. There’s a private rear garden with decking, lawn, and a hot tub, and some shared facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool, a games room, a table tennis room, and a communal summerhouse.

Land’s End is mere a thirty-minute drive away, and you are in the perfect location to explore St. Michael’s Mount, St. Ives, and Penzance. 

#13 Cliff House, Newquay

Newquay is always a winner with the kids, and this large luxury sea-front house with sea views, an indoor swimming pool, and direct access to the sea from the garden is ideal for family gatherings. With a main house featuring five bedrooms and a separate on-site apartment with one more bedroom, the property can sleep 14 people. The direct sea access makes it ideal for active families who enjoy surfing, paddle boarding, swimming, or kayaking. 

#14 Cherry Tree Cottage, near Crackington Haven

Half-way between Widemouth Bay and Tintagel Castle is the small coastal village of Crackington Haven. This tranquil setting is home to Cherry Tree Cottage, a converted stone barn, which, with three bedrooms, is ideal for a family holiday.

The accommodation has two sitting rooms with televisions and access to the owners’ lovely indoor heated pool. The property is situated on a 35-acre farm with sheep, horses, chickens, and ducks, and is the ideal base for you to explore nearby towns and villages, such as Bude and Padstow. 

#15 Trebiza, St Merryn, Padstow

This three-bedroom detached bungalow is just outside Padstow, in the village of St. Merryn. The lounge features an open fire and Smart TV, and cots and high chairs are available on request. The private outdoor swimming pool is excellent for the kids, and St. Merryn boasts seven beautiful beaches that are within walking distance.

The location is perfect for active families, as windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, and surfing are all possible at the beaches, and the area has horse-riding schools, several golf courses, walking trails, and a beautiful cycle trail along the Camel Estuary. 

#16 Cider Cottage, Looe

This picturesque Cornish accommodation is situated in a quaint hamlet close to the seaside town of Looe, in south Cornwall, and can comfortably sleep four people in its two bedrooms. Outside, there’s a private patio with seating, and guests have access to a shared pool and a children’s play area.

Nearby Looe is Cornwall’s second largest fishing port, and the bustling harbour is great to explore, as are the nearby towns of Polperro, Fowey, and St. Austell. 

#17 5-Bedroom Cottage Set In 3.5 Acres Of Woodland in South Cornwall

This Cornish cottage dates back to over three centuries ago, and its five bedrooms can sleep ten people. The house is set in over three acres of gardens and woodland, with an outdoor heated pool, and overlooks Pentewen Valley.

It is ideal for woodland walks and rock pooling at nearby beaches. The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are all easy to reach too. 

#18 Modern 5 Bedroom House, Large Private Pool, Private Garden, and Sea View

This modern five-bedroom property with sea views is located in Carlyon Bay, in south Cornwall near to St. Austell. The accommodation is set in a beautiful garden, which features a large outdoor pool. The beautiful location close to the sea and South West Coastal Path is perfect for getting out and about, and the beach is a ten-minute walk away. A ten-minute drive will bring you and the kids to the nearby Eden Project. 

#19 Lapwing, Trebetherick

This modern, four-bedroom holiday home is located in Daymer Bay, between Padstow and Polzeath in north Cornwall. Featuring an open-plan living space with kitchen, dining, and sitting areas with a woodburning stove, the property also has an outdoor swimming pool and patio area.

Greenaway Beach is a short walk away, and for a great day out, you can walk to the village of Rock and hop on the foot ferry taking you across the estuary to the idyllic harbour town of Padstow. 

#20 Smugglers Cottage, Looe

Smugglers Cottage is set in the enchanting Cornish countryside and is close to the seaside town of Looe, the charming fishing port of Polperro, and the beautiful Whitsand Bay. Sleeping four in its two bedrooms, the accommodation also has a 40ft outdoor heated swimming pool to enjoy.

This converted stone farm building is beautifully furnished and has plenty of outdoor space for the kids to explore. 

#21 Dairy Cottage, Poughill

On the outskirts of Bude is the village of Poughill and the stunning Dairy Cottage holiday home. Its two bedrooms sleep four people, and guests have shared access to the gardens, orchard, and a children’s playground.

There is also a shared indoor, heated swimming pool and games room for the kids. The dramatic North Cornwall coastline and the surf beaches at Bude are only a couple of miles away, so there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied. 

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