Tresanton

There’s no escaping the sweep of the sea at this ‘really super hotel’ above Falmouth Bay: a wraparound deck catches the sun; French doors in the restaurant open on to terraces; nearly all the bedrooms look across the water towards St Anthony’s lighthouse. More

Contact details

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

Hotel information

Bedrooms

30. In 5 houses.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, cinema, playroom, conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, ¼-acre garden, 25-foot yacht, 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.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B from £260. À la carte £44. 1-night bookings refused weekends in high season.

Good Hotel Guide Review

There’s no escaping the sweep of the sea at this ‘really super hotel’ above Falmouth Bay: a wraparound deck catches the sun; French doors in the restaurant open on to terraces; nearly all the bedrooms look across the water towards St Anthony’s lighthouse. The whole is ‘wonderful, in sun and storm’. It is owned by Olga Polizzi, whose designer’s eye is evident in the breezy, ‘relaxed bedrooms’ (all Cornish art, antiques and coastal stripes), and public spaces filled with ‘interesting and original’ artwork and objects. At mealtimes, the sea is inspiration, too: Paul Wadham’s modern menu includes a catch of the day, perhaps brill on the bone, champ mash, cavolo nero. Meandering steps lead up through the lush gardens for excellent viewing points; children have their own grassy spot to enjoy. A Mediterranean-style beach club was in the works on the hotel’s foreshore as the Guide went to press. Ask the ‘helpful’ staff about coastal strolls; some days, guided walks take in secluded bays, secret creeks, seabirds and seals. ‘Hiring the hotel’s skippered yacht for a day is a wonderful experience.’ Country cousin Hotel Endsleigh is in 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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  • St Ives

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