Budock Vean

‘The beautiful location, wonderful service and excellent food keep us coming back. More

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Budock Vean
nr Helford Passage
Mawnan Smith
TR11 5LG
01326 252100

Hotel information


57. Plus 4 self-catering cottages.


all year except 2–20 Jan.


lift, 3 lounges, cocktail bar, conservatory, Golf bar (Sky Sports), restaurant, snooker room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 65-acre grounds (covered heated swimming pool, 15 by 7 metres), spa, 9-hole golf course, tennis.

Background music

‘gentle’ live piano or guitar music in evening in restaurant.


all ages welcomed (children’s high tea, family dinners).


allowed in most bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa


[2017] per person B&B from £73, D,B&B from £94. Set dinner £42.

Other reviews

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The beautiful location, wonderful service and excellent food keep us coming back.’ Guide readers who returned this year to Martin Barlow’s hotel, in wooded acres on the Helford river, discovered that ‘tasteful refurbishment’ has created a ‘fresh seaside feel’. Another plus: the ‘amazing facilities for active people, right on the doorstep’. The 18th-century manor house has lounges aplenty (including one on the river foreshore), plus tennis courts, a golf course, a spa, a swimming pool, and wide swathes of garden and woodland to explore. Where to begin? Unpack in one of the well-equipped bedrooms – each is supplied with ‘everything we needed’, including bathrobes, slippers, bottled Cornish water. Newly revamped rooms are light and modern; others retain their traditional air. Dress smartly for dinner in the restaurant, where chef Darren Kelly’s modern menus have ‘plenty of fish’, perhaps locally landed hake or wild Cornish turbot. Lighter meals and afternoon tea can be had in the cocktail bar or conservatory, or on the terrace. Find your sea legs: kayak tours go up Frenchman’s Creek; a ‘terrific’ river cruise is ‘a highlight’. (Mary Coles, SL, and others)

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Budock Vean
nr Helford Passage
Mawnan Smith
TR11 5LG

Guest comments

'The hotel continues to update the facilities. They offer such good value. ' - Mary Coles - June, 2017
'We returned to this hotel after a three-year break to find the old-fashioned atmosphere, as some describe, to have been replaced by very tasteful refurbishment giving a fresh seaside feel without spoiling the style of the building. More refurbishment is to follow but most people return to this hotel as we do for the wonderful service excellent food, beautiful location with so much to do on the doorstep along with amazing facilities for active people and at such a competitive price not yet found elsewhere. ' - Mary Coles - June, 2016
'This hotel grows on you. Initially it seems a touch staid though it clearly does its best to lower the average age with its golf package and spa and swimming pool facilities. The room in the latest modern wing was fine. Our bed was made during breakfast which always denotes slick service, and indeed service was commendably fast at all times. Our highlight was a Helford river cruise in the hotel's small boat. The skipper Roger was a mine of information and knowledge. ' - Anthony Bradbury - October, 2015
'We very much enjoyed our stay. There were 11 of us to celebrate two 8Oth birthdays. The staff, the ambience, the gardens and the facilities were excellent and the food was very good. ' - Alice Sennett - August, 2014

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