Tresanton

St Mawes, Cornwall

‘Expensive certainly, but it’s worth paying for quality. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Expensive certainly, but it’s worth paying for quality,’ a satisfied reader writes after visiting Olga Polizzi’s mix-and-match hillside cluster of former yachting clubhouse and fishermen’s cottages with ‘extraordinary views’ across Falmouth Bay. ‘Perfect in every way,’ writes another. ‘The decor shows excellent taste.’ That embraces a nautical palette with coastal colours and original Cornish art. All but two of the ‘charming’ bedrooms overlook the brine, catching the seaside vibe with deckchair stripes on ‘comfortable’ beds, alongside fresh flowers and antiques. ‘My splendid bathroom had a bath and wonderfully powerful separate shower.’ Two minor wishes: ‘A fridge; slightly better soundproofing.’ After a day at the waterfront beach club, or on the hotel’s vintage yacht, appetites are sated in the light-washed restaurant or on its terrace, where Paul Wadham’s Mediterranean-inflected dishes include garlicky lobster, monkfish and olives. Breakfast is ‘magnificent’, with freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, ‘delicious’ cooked fare. The hardy might enjoy the steep ascent to the car park but help is available. Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot (see entry), is a sister. (TL, SK, and others)

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, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, ¼-acre garden, beach club (May–Sept), 48-foot yacht, only restaurant wheelchair accessible.

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 £225–£775. 
À la carte £46. Min. 2-night bookings at weekends, 3-night bookings on bank holidays.