The Good Hotel Guide shines a spotlight on Cornwall’s hotels
Dramatic coastlines and hearty meals, awe-inspiring countryside and warming hospitality, it is no secret that Cornwall has its own brand of magic. Each year, the team over at the Good Hotel Guide selects hotels to feature in its completely impartial guide and here’s a snapshot of some of the Cornish hotels that made 2018’s list.
On the Roseland peninsula, founded nearly 30 years ago by the grandmother of the current proprietor, The Nare is an old fashioned country house hotel with awe-inspiring views of the sea. A valet unpacks your bags, silver service is the rule in the dining room, all rooms are individually designed but each is adorned with fresh flowers, armchairs, plenty of magazines. It’s an escape to another time as well as another place.
From the golf course to the swimming pool, spa and play areas, there’s entertainment for all ages at Treglos Hotel. Warm and inviting, a holiday here is a lovely mixture of walks, outings and competitive bridge after dinner while bedrooms have fine coastal views and some even have a balcony.
In wooded acres on the Helford river, Budock Vean is an 18th-century manor house with a fresh seaside feel. It has plenty of lounges to mill about in, including one on the river foreshore, as well as tennis courts, a golf course, a spa, a swimming pool, and wide swathes of garden and woodland to explore.
Close to the coast path and remote Cornish beaches, Talland Bay is an 18th century manor house with a view over its own sub tropical beaches. There is a real sense of magic in the manicured gardens and around the beautifully appointed property, so to see the spring come to life you merely need to look out of the window and take in the scenery.
Rumoured to have been author Kenneth Graham’s model for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows, could there be anywhere more perfect for a family holiday? Overlooking the estuary at Fowey where you can watch the boats drift by, pick and mix from the panoply of family-friendly options and activities: collect eggs from the hens, walk Bramble, the dog, bounce on a trampoline, or take a bucket and spade to the beach. There is a child friendly menu available, and all the while staff couldn’t be nicer.
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.
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.
With a spectacular view of Carbis Bay and light flooding the interiors, it should come as no surprise that Boskerris Hotel is a wonderful place to stay and get involved in water sports. From surfing and sailing to kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, or even a simple stroll along the beach and a swim (if you’re brave enough), it’s all available nearby!
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.