Budock Vean

'Tasteful refurbishment' has given a 'fresh seaside look' to Martin Barlow’s ‘super’ hotel, says a returning visitor in 2016. More

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Budock Vean
Helford Passage
Mawnan Smith
TR11 5LG
01326 252100

Hotel information


57. Plus 4 traditional self-catering cottages & 3 contemporary holiday homes.


all year except 2–20 Jan.


lift, 4 lounges, cocktail bar, conservatory, golf bar (Sky Sports), restaurant, snooker room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 65-acre grounds (indoor heated swimming pool, 15 by 7 metres), spa, 9-hole golf course course, tennis courts, boat trips, kayaking, croquet.

Background music

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


all ages welcomed, no under-6s in dining room after 7 pm.


allowed in most bedrooms, not in public rooms.

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MasterCard, Visa


[2017] per person B&B £73–£142, D,B&B £94–163. Set dinner £42 (or £21 if booked in advance as part of your stay).

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Tasteful refurbishment’ has given a ‘fresh seaside look’ to Martin Barlow’s ‘super’ hotel, says a returning visitor in 2016. But the 18th-century manor house retains ‘old-fashioned’ aspects – visitors are encouraged to dress up for dinner and embrace the occasion. Roundly praised is the ‘slick’ service: ‘There are always staff on hand.’ Choose from ‘well-appointed’ traditional or modern bedrooms, each ‘spotlessly clean’. ‘Our spacious room had everything we needed, including robes and slippers.’ There’s much to see and do: stroll to Helford Passage through the hotel grounds; sit next to the ‘welcoming’ open fire by the heated pool; sail down an ‘idyllic’ stretch of the water. ‘Our highlight was a terrific Helford river cruise in the hotel’s small boat. Roger, the skipper, is a mine of information.’ Come dinnertime, sit down to Darren Kelly’s daily-changing four-course menu of ‘excellent’ modern dishes, including ‘plenty of fish’, in the formal restaurant. ‘A very good pianist entertained us each night.’ (Mary Coles, Anthony Bradbury, Suzanne Lyons)

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Special offers

Summer Special Offer

Throughout May, June, July, August and September – book 5 nights and get a 6th night FREE! Call the reservations team on 01326 252100 for more information. Available on a bed and breakfast or dinner, bed and breakfast basis. This summer special promotion is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or special break. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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Budock Vean
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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