You know when you go somewhere and you just feel at home, straight away? That was the experience I had when I visited Bedruthan Hotel & Spa in Cornwall. This is one of those places that feels like a well-kept secret, but once you find out about it you’re converted.
When this is the view you’re met with from your bedroom window it’s easy to see why.
Bedruthan is set in the cliff overlooking the bay of Mawgan Porth beach on the North Cornwall coast. It sits at the top of a meandering coastal road, claiming the best views in the area. On the outside, Bedruthan looks like any other coastal hotel. There’s a distinctly retro vibe with the white wooden clad walls and flat roof, and you would be forgiven for driving straight past and mistakenly thinking it was a school or some kind of public building. But when you get inside, that’s when you know you’re in boutique hotel heaven.
The hotel oozes mid-century charm, with upcycled cabinets, 50s shaped sofas and a decidedly 1960s colour palette. Much of the furniture is made by local craftsmen in the Cornish area and there’s even a whole shop in the hotel dedicated to stunning interiors accessories and homeware, so if you see something you like there’s a good chance you can buy it while you’re there.
Unlike many boutique hotels, Bedruthan is firmly geared up for families – including families of young children. In fact, the whole vibe of the hotel is that of inclusivity. There’s an adults-only room for example, where you can relax with a newspaper and a coffee, but there’s a whole kids’ buffet in the light and airy upstairs cafe, with a special kids’ afternoon tea on offer every day. Everything – and I mean everything – is style with a capital S, but also comfort with a capital C. Basically, this is the kind of place that makes you want to go home and emulate the look across your entire house.
As you’ve probably guessed from the name, part of the hotel’s offering is a spa. This is connected to a lovely swimming pool which is child-friendly, although the spa area is for grown-ups only. The spa itself has everything you need in a spa – beauty treatments, a huge jacuzzi overlooking the bay through floor to ceiling windows, a sauna, steam room and showers featuring top quality pamper products. And better still, the hotel has an on-site creche which offers two hours of free childcare per day to every child that is staying in the hotel, so the kids can play while mum and dad unwind in the spa.
Possibly the biggest interiors win at the hotel is its huge “ballroom” lounge area located in the heart of the building. Split across two levels, with cosy log burners, sofas to get lost in and floor to ceiling windows which flood the room with light, this is the perfect place to while away a quiet hour reading or (in the kids’ cases) playing. The colour scheme here is the same as throughout the hotel, with deep purples and mustards alongside popping turqoise and lime green. It’s a definite retro palette, but because the walls are painted a fresh white the room still feels contemporary. It’s Scandi cool meets 60s boho chic, and if you like colour, this is right up your street.
Five ways to get the Bedruthan look in your own home:
1. Embrace colour
Mix up purple with mustard and clash it with some hot pink or lime green to boot. But keep your background palette neutral and fresh. So, think white walls and earthy wooden floors. It is possible to have too much of a good thing.
2. Go retro
Opt for mid-century shapes when picking out upholstery and other furniture. Made.com is a great place to source retro style shapes with a contemporary twist. Or you can always look out for the real deal via sites like eBay, and then get the furniture re-upholstered.
Much of the furniture at Bedruthan has been handmade or upcycled by local craftsmen, so there’s a real feeling of originality to the style. Try upcycling your own pieces and don’t be afraid to get creative. A sideboard painted in three colours, for example, or a table with legs painted one colour and a stripped wooden top. The possibilities are endless.
4. Lighting is your friend
There’s a huge amount of stylish lighting on offer at Bedruthan – and much of it you can buy in the hotel shop. Lighting can make or break a room, so it’s worth investing here if you can. Go for pendants to cast light across the whole room, statement floor lamps and table lamps to give a soft glow and ramp up the cosy factor.
5. Textiles, textiles, textiles
The main lounge area at Bedruthan is a supremely comfortable place to be. This is largely because of the many cushions and throws dotted around the place. It creates a really homely, comforting vibe and one in which you could easily snuggle down and take a quiet nap.