Tresanton

Atop a steep hill, a higgledy-piggledy path leads to this cluster of houses forming a ‘faultless’ hotel whose panoramic views reach across Falmouth Bay towards St Anthony’s lighthouse. More

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Tresanton
27 Lower Castle Road
St Mawes
Cornwall
TR2 5DR
England
01326 270055
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

30. In 5 houses.

Open

all year, except 2–3 weeks Jan.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, cinema, playroom, conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, ¼-acre garden (playhouse), by sea (48-foot yacht, rigid inflatable boat), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, no under-6s in restaurant in evening.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, and in dogs’ bar, not in sitting rooms or restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B from £255. Set lunch £23–£27, à la carte £45. 1-night bookings refused weekends in high season.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Atop a steep hill, a higgledy-piggledy path leads to this cluster of houses forming a ‘faultless’ hotel whose panoramic views reach across Falmouth Bay towards St Anthony’s lighthouse. Owner/designer Olga Polizzi has retained the hotel’s yachting origins (it was once a clubhouse), drawing connections to the sea everywhere: blue-and-white fabrics and tiles, lazy deckchairs, original Cornish seascapes, a mosaic of Poseidon. The adventurous might charter Pinuccia and take the luxury of the hotel on a day sea trip. Individually decorated bedrooms (‘relaxed, but not overdone’) are spread across the property, some reached up stairs through meandering gardens. Rooms might have a crow’s nest terrace, a balcony with deckchairs; all but two are sea-facing. A cinema, a playroom and garden Wendy house will keep youngsters busy. In the ‘superb’ all-white restaurant, chef Paul Wadham’s Mediterranean menu features the day’s catch, perhaps brill, broccoli, pancetta, new potatoes. Book ahead for the popular summer barbecues. There is a sister hotel: Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot (see entry).

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Tresanton
27 Lower Castle Road
St Mawes
Cornwall
TR2 5DR

Guest comments

'Our rooms couldn't be faulted for cleanliness. They were simply decorated rather than sumptuous. The overall effect was very comfortable. Breakfasts were excellent: coffee ok; hot dishes nicely cooked. At dinner on the first evening our daughter insisted on sitting on the terrace, although it wasn't really warm enough: they provided blankets as it got darker and cooler. We enjoyed the dinners, although the menu didn't change very much. The food was not over-rich. On the whole the staff were incredibly helpful. We hired the hotel yacht, for a day, a wonderful experience. ' - Annie Lade - October, 2016
'Hard to fault in any area, this is a lovely place to stay. Service exemplary. Even in our small room bags of charm, interesting pictures, good furnishings and huge bath. Sea view. Lots of interesting objects, paintings and in some rooms, quirky mosaic floors. One feels unobtrusively well looked after. Fresh flowers and evident care in all things. Sense of very good management in the background and calm pleasant staff. Restaurant very good indeed. Fresh ingredients simply done. Expensive, but absolutely worth it. ' - Caroline Roots - October, 2013
'Faul tlesss, superb. Loved every minute. ' - Penny Simpson - October, 2013
'Lovely hotel, spectacular views and utterly brilliant staff: they are what makes it special. Drawbacks: the hotel is built across several buildings on a hillside, and our room was quite a climb. And the "daily changing menu" doesn't change much; the veggie options are especially limited. It's great for those who like fish, though - each night there are two or three fish dishes. More variety and more frequent changes would make dinner times at Tresanton perfect. ' - Paul Ockenden - July, 2011

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Tourist attractions

  • The Eden Project

    The world's largest greenhouse (biodome), with plants collected from around the world.

  • St Ives

    A seaside town renowned for being home to a large number of artist and a branch of the Tate Gallery.