Eight hotels in Cornwall to visit this spring

Talland Bay Hotel, nr Looe, Cornwall

From luxurious family friendly hotels to romantic escapes, Cornwall’s natural beauty is only enhanced by the hotels that offer exceptional hospitality.  With a touch of whimsy and welcoming warmth, this is the place for cream teas, nostalgic getaways and total escapism.  Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares eight of the top independent hotels in Cornwall to visit this spring.


The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland

Nare Hotel

In lush, beautifully tended gardens, this wonderful cliff-top hotel offers a sense of timeless peace and isolation.  The warm hospitality makes the journey through verdant Cornish lanes worthwhile. Even among strangers, here, there’s a feeling of old friends reunited.  Traditionally decorated bedrooms, many sea-facing, have sumptuous beds, but it’s the old-fashioned touches that make them special: a valet to unpack your bags, a hot-water bottle, a laundry service.

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Treglos Hotel, Padstow 

Owned and run by the Barlow family for more than 40 years, Treglos Hotel is a friendly, traditional hotel overlooking the sea.  From the golf course to the swimming pool, spa and play areas, there’s entertainment for all ages, many rooms have a balcony and the restaurant is award-winning, all within three miles of Padstow.

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Budock Vean, Mawnan Smith

Budock Vean Hotel, Golf course

In wooded acres on the Helford river, Budock Bean is an 18th-century manor house with lounges aplenty (including one on the river foreshore).  Coupled with tennis courts, a golf course, a spa, a swimming pool, and wide swathes of garden and woodland to explore, it’s a place to go on adventures in the day and dress smartly for dinner.

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The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor

A family-friendly spot in rugged west Cornwall, minutes from the cliff edge, The Gurnards Head has a great atmosphere and splendid bedrooms look out to sea or sheep-grazed moors.  Simple but full of character, with fresh flowers, local art, a Roberts radio, Welsh blankets and all-natural toiletries, this is a place with a library instead of TVs, fantastic food and tremendous value.

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Talland Bay, Talland-by-Looe

Talland Bay Hotel

A spirit of fun flits about this cliff-top hotel with a sub-tropical sculpture garden where you feel like Alice walking into Wonderland and humorous artwork scattered throughout.  The atmosphere is welcoming, the staff are smiley and friendly from start to finish, and lots of space outside to sit and admire the view.

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Boskerris Hotel, Carbis Bay

On a hill above the beach at Carbis Bay, Boskerris Hotel is a stylish 1930s hotel with views across the water to Godrevy lighthouse.  Sunshine streams through glass doors on to stripped floorboards and the decor is in fresh, seascape-inspired shades.  Meanwhile, the location is a chance to walk the South West Coastal Path or catch one of the frequent trains into the buzzy town.

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Pentillie Castle, St Mellion

Pentillie Castle, Cornwall

In a timelessly elegant fairytale setting, surrounded by woodland and overlooking the River Tamar, Pentillie Castle was built in 1698 and has remained in the same family for more than 300 years.  Spacious and classic, with 55 acres of gardens to roam in, it’s a wonderful place to feel like royalty and to really take time out surrounded by the beauty of Cornwall.  After you have had a chance to unwind, head out and explore the county, its beaches and its abundant historic attractions - chances are, you won’t want to leave.

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The Headland Hotel, Newquay

On a hilltop overlooking the crashing Cornish waves, The Headland Hotel is an unmissable landmark in glowing red brick and notable style.  The setting for many TV shows and movies including Roald Dahl’s The Witches, star Angelica Houston would receive huge flower bouquets and phone calls from her then boyfriend Jack Nicolson during her time playing the head witch.  While everyday may not be a filming day, it is cause for joy with luxury hotel rooms, ocean views and rosette-worthy dining.

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