Tresanton

St Mawes, Cornwall

Tumbling down cliffs overlooking Falmouth Bay, Olga Polizzi’s glowing white Tresanton shows how to put style into a family-friendly seaside hotel – at a price. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Tumbling down cliffs overlooking Falmouth Bay, Olga Polizzi’s glowing white Tresanton shows how to put style into a family-friendly seaside hotel – at a price. The cluster of former yacht clubhouse and cottages, linked by terraces, gardens and (lots of) steps, has a Mediterranean glow. ‘Charming’ bedrooms, almost all with sea views and some with terraces, range in style from understated country house to breezy beach chalet, and mix contemporary and vintage furniture. Bathrooms are ‘stunning and very modern’, while an inspector loved hearing ‘the sound of waves, and little else’. Dine in the restaurant with its outdoor terrace, or in the dog-friendly bar with a fire for cooler days. Menus are the same in both, strong on seafood: perhaps Porthilly oysters, linguine with clams or monkfish with piperade. Breakfasts ‘in the sunny restaurant were magnificent’, with a generous buffet including freshly squeezed juices and good choice of cooked items with ‘everything prettily presented. I have never seen such perfect poached eggs.’ The hotel’s popularity with locals means in daytime it’s ‘not exactly peaceful. But we loved it.’

Hotel details

Address

27 Lower Castle Road
St Mawes
Cornwall
TR2 5DR
England

Telephone

01326 270055

Bedrooms

30. In 5 houses.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, cinema, playroom, conference facilities, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, ¼-acre garden, beach club (May–Sept), 48-foot yacht, restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms and in dogs’ bar.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £230–£780. Set lunch £32, à la carte £46. Min. 2-night bookings at weekends, 3-night bookings on bank holidays.