- Reviews: 39
Bedruthan Steps Hotel: Mawgan Porth 4* Hotel and Luxury Spa
Sited in the Cornish village of Mawgan Porth, which is situated between Newquay and Padstow, the Hotel & Spa offers impressive views across the beach to the Atlantic.
The 4-star boutique hotel has a luxury spa, a restaurant and café, several public lounges and a bar. There is also a selection of games available and a children’s play area. There is a large car park on the non-sea side of the hotel.
Reception was staffed by Smartly dressed, friendly, efficient and cheerful members of staff. Check In was a speedy and pleasant process, including an offer for a member of staff to take our suitcase to our room. The hotel has about a hundred rooms I think, and is a bit of a labyrinth of corridors. A bit daunting at first but a layout map was provided and was quickly mastered.
Our room was large, airy and spotless and had all the facilities expected, including a very nice bottle of bubbly and a box of high quality locally made chocolates. We also had a surprise delivery of a small bag of in house made biscuits which were delicious. Toiletries were provided, locally made soap and a solid bar shampoo which I felt was unique. It worked well though. However, there were two minor issues. The first was that one of the lights above the dressing table didn’t work and the other was that the Wi-Fi internet connection was intermittent and unreliable. I reported this to Reception who tried to get it resolved but unfortunately failed to do so during my overnight stay. I can’t say that was too disappointed because it gave me the opportunity to make use of the facilities and enjoy the splendid view.
If using this hotel for a break I would suggest that an upgrade to a sea view room is well worth it. We spent a very pleasant hour sat in armchairs gazing at the view through the floor to ceiling sliding windows sipping our bubbly.
The room cost, including breakfast and a 2 person allowance of GBP60.00 towards dinner or other snacks, was in the region of GBP165.00 but I suggest that it would be beneficial to look out for offers on the hotels facebook page. Like the page to get a deal.
The leisure centre area has a gym, which I didn’t try, indoor and outdoor pools, games room, adults-only thermal suite with a sauna, a large hot tub and steam rooms. From the hot tub with its powerful water jets & bubbles there are very pleasant views down over the beach to the Atlantic. I spent best part of an hour in here which was great. Tub is a bit of an odd description because it is more like a small tiled pool capable of taking about ten people with ease.
I tried the indoor pool and two of the steam rooms, one of the steam rooms is very hot and steamy and the other a bit cooler and aromatic. Each will hold four people, comfortably or six if you are friendly. Both are really nice and relaxing. This is all free use for hotel residents
My companion also has a full body massage in here with various scented oils. It took about an hour and she reported to me that it was very relaxing, very professional and great value for money at GBP49.00
The Herring Restaurant serves modern Cornish cuisine, featuring quality local produce.
We had dinner here. The selection is a bit limited and it is a little Nouvelle Cuisine ‘ish’ so big appetites would probably not be satisfied. That said, we both had a three course meal with a few little titbits at the start and end of the meal which were provided courtesy of the chef.
I had Cornish Brie Pana Cotta with Smoked Rhubarb, Shaved Truffle, Candy Beetroot, Toasted Hazelnuts & Watercress.
For main course it was a Grilled Cornish Cod Fillet with Pearl Barley, Newlina Rainbow Chard, Baby Carrot, Parsley and Meat Juices.
Followed by Bramley Apple Tart Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream, Candied Apple and Caramel Sauce.
My companion had as a starter, Tempura Ling Fillet. The main course was Looe Plaice Fillets and a cheese board to finish.
These meals were flavoursome, very well presented and served in timely fashion with care by a very attentive member of staff, Sam who seemed to be both the Maitre d’hôtel and the waitress.
The cost for both meals excluding wine and other drinks was £65.95 which I thought was good value considering the quality of the establishment, the excellence of the food and the efficient and effective service.
The Wild Café offers a range of popular dishes, from colourful tapas to traditional favourites for lunches and less formal dining.
This is also the area where breakfast is served. It’s actually self service and a full Cornish Breakfast of Fried Egg, Bacon, Sausage, Beans, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, & Hogs Pudding suited us down to the ground. Delicious and mainly locally sourced. There was also a selection of cereals, juices, tea and coffee. All nicely presented and well cooked.
- Reviews: 1091
Random places...: Road trip
On a 4 day road trip we just stopped wherever we could, being winter we didnt need to book in advance and prices were cheaper.
Night before getting to cornwall, just off the M5 in Webbington, Webbington hotel and spa, this place was £39 for the night, was decent enough, we got here late so couldnt check the spa and gym facilities but it looked like a nice place, just 10min off the M5.
1st night - St Ives backpackers - what a *** hole, shame because it has amazing potential. A huge place with everything a hostel needs but just needs doing up. its under new management apparently but dotn think they realise the scale of the task. I have no idea how many rooms but its huge and has big kitchen, outdoor area, shower blocks, social common area, alot going for it. At £28 for a double room, it was cheap. Enjoyable enough and the guy who checked us in was friendly.
2nd night - YHA Lizard point - wow, what a location. Right below the lighthouse at the Lizard, this former hotel is now a YHA. Fabulous location with views over the rough southern seas. Its windy as hell down here. The hostel is £30 for a double and its as spotless as youd expect a YHA to be. Us and 2 other guys were the only guests in the whole place and its pretty big, with a large kitchen, dining areas and a large living area. Cozy and a fantastic place.
3rd night - St Austell-what a *** hole of a town. And we could only end up in the travelodge there, at £41, it was decent enough, 10min walk to town. nothing else to say really.
- Reviews: 13
Tolroy Manor, Hayle: Sufficient for a place to sleep and rest
I went to Tolroy Manor with very low expectation, hence my stay had far surpassed my expectation.
Good location, close to Hayle town and all the other touristy places eg land's end, cape cornwall, lizard, st michael manor etc and has many shops and other amenities. However, a car is definitely needed.
Check in process was a breeze, everything have been prepared beforehand, took less than 5 minutes. Off course I check in after 4 pm, as required by Tolroy Manor.
The cottage is clean, all the amenities were there - crockeries etc. We decided to bring our own linen to cut cost, so these are not prepared by tolroy manor. What I could suggest are for the management to provide kitchen/ tea towel or oven mitt to avoid burning our hands taking out food from the oven. No dishwasher liquid and cloth/sponge, so you will need to bring this yourself. Only one roll of toilet tissue provided, as well as 1 garbage bag. I don't now if we could as this from the reception. We didn't bother as we only stayed for 2 nights, just bought toilet tissues on our way back from sightseeing.
There were 3 bedrooms, 1 twin, 1 double and 1 bunk-bed. The quality of mattresses are varied. They are quite hard, not for everyone preference but I slept through it no problem. My friend in the twin room reported that his mattress/bed 'move' giving him slight moving sickness in the morning. If we stay longer I may ask for mew mattress/bed but I just felt that we don't have time to report and wait for the replacement as our time was very tight.
The bathroom/toilet is clean, hot water available 24 hours. It is good if they provide extra bathmat as the only one provided got quite wet towards the end. There is no mop provided to dry up the floor. No toiletteries provided for anyone interested to know. Have no problem because I know this beforehand and brought my own.
Portable heater provided in every room. Vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board are provided. there is also a small tv with good reception sans remote control. I read somewhere that you could ask it from reception but i didn't try. We didnt try their outdoor and indoor facilities nor attending the show, so can't comment on that.
Check out was a breeze again, just drop the key at the reception and we are done!
All in all, not too bad for less than £50...so good considering other totally negative review we have here.
They have pools and other sports facilities. I believe they have child programme during the night too.
- Reviews: 980
Hathaway Guesthouse: A Guesthouse with a View
Hathaway Guesthouse has got an enviable location. It was built on Roscarrock Hill with an unobstructable view on the lovely village of Port Isaac. Three of its four bedrooms offer this view, and I can hardly think of a more beautiful panorama to see once you open the curtains. The B&B is clean, its owners Marion and Nigel are friendly, albeit perhaps a little too professional. The breakfast is good as well. With the Coast Path passing just in front of the house, the location is not only good for its view but also if you are into hiking.
Its premier location is also its major drawback. A very narrow road leads up to the house, and if you come by car you have to be very careful entering the road as that is its narrowest point. Moreover, most satnavs and Googlemaps offer wrong directions which will make you end up in a cul-de-sac on a 15% pitch with no possibility to turn! Our car ended up there and it was only with the help of a friendly man who lives on that road that we managed to get it out again. Scratches on both sides will remain forever, but at least the clutch survived... What you MUST do instead is to go down Back Hill instead of Trewetha Lane and Rose Hill.
- Reviews: 980
Hollow Tree House: A Nice B&B in the World's Sleepiest Town
The Hollow Tree House is a friendly and super-clean B&B in the sleepy hillside town of Helston. It has got comfortable rooms, the breakfast (whether Full English or Continental) is delicious, and the hosts are friendly. Marjorie and Peter will do everything to make your stay a success - they even sang "Happy Birthday" for my wife's birthday!
The B&B is approximately 400m away from Helston's centre. It makes a good starting point for excursions on the Lizard and Penwith Peninsulas as neither is too far away. However, Helston itself is very sleepy - there is literally nothing going on. If you prefer a more active place you should probably go to Penzance or St. Ives.
Cleanliness - I've never before seen a cleaner B&B!
- Reviews: 762
Pendragon Country House: North Cornwall luxury inn
The Pendragon is probably one of the nicest places I've ever stayed anywhere! It's a country house hotel just outside Camelford, in north Cornwall next to the Bodmin Moor and a short drive from Tintagel and Boscastle. The house used to be a vicarage and is owned by Sharon and Nigel Reed. It's billed as a luxury hotel and it certainly was. The Reeds take good care of you and you will most definitely have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
The rooms and the house are all furnished in antiques. The bathrooms have heated floors and towel racks. There are double, king, twin and a single room and there is a twin room on the ground floor. There is a lovely and comfortable room with the bar and stereo. The bar is an honesty bar, you write down what you drink and it will be added to your bill. There is also another sitting room with a fireplace to lounge as well. The house has free wi-fi with a security code though we did have some difficulty connecting with our iPods. Our room was the furthest from the hub so that may have been the problem. They also have a basement room with a games console and a small pool table which we used one night.
The toiletries are locally produced and as much of the food as possible is also locally sourced. The rooms have flat screen tvs with a dvd player built in and of course a tea tray. The linens are all top quality and they also provide bathrobes. There's a fridge outside the room that you can use and they provide fresh milk for the tea and coffee in it. They will accept a dog in the ground floor room for a small charge.
All of the rooms are named after Arthurian characters. Ours was Lamorak. Single/double/twin rooms are £42 - 50 PP per night and king rooms are 50 - 65 pp/pn. You get a 10% discount with 3 nights or more. Very reasonable for this wonderful country inn with the outstanding service and breakfast. They will do a packed lunch for you on request.
Breakfast is incredible, with a menu to choose from, everything impeccably cooked and presented. Omelettes, Rarebit, full Cornish breakfast, or a lighter breakfast if you want. You can have special needs accommodated and if you're lucky, they'll do evening meals as well and if you to partake, your palatte will thank you! The website says they do evening meals most nights but we were there during the construction so they were a bit at sixes and sevens and we were the only guests on our third night. Nigel is a wonderful chef and Sharon does all the baking. When we were there, we ate in the dining room but they've just added on a new extension as a dining room that can hold a larger group of people as they also cater for functions.
I would most definitely stay here again and would recommend it highly. Find it on the A395, just off the A39 a couple of miles north of Camelford. They are only a mile or so up the road. Watch for the Green sign on the road at the driveway.
Free wifi, games room, Honesty bar. They will pack a lunch for you on request if you are picnicking.
10% discount booking for 3 or 4 nights, 15% 5 nights or more.
- Reviews: 2
Warm Welcome Hotels: Luxury Hotels Dartmoor
A WARM WELCOME AWAITS
There are many fine hotels in Devon but two in particular stand out from all the rest for a number of reasons, not least of which is the warmth of the welcome awaiting you and the impressive diversity of the leisure breaks on offer. I, of course, refer to the two hotels in the WarmWelcomeHotels stable; namely The Bedford Hotel in the historic market town of Tavistock and the Two Bridges Hotel nestling at the heart of the Dartmoor National Park.
There’s the relaxation of a Painting Break, the suspense of a Murder Mystery weekend, the beauty of an historic Gardens Tour, and the taste of Strictly Come Dancing; it’s all here for you to enjoy but, don’t worry, in the unlikely event that none of these fit the bill, there’s always the ever popular Golfing Break to look forward to.
Stunning views, award winning food, spacious modern bedrooms with every amenity, this is Devon accommodation to rival the cream of luxury hotels in the UK; truly a taste of Devon luxury at its best, to be savoured and enjoyed year after year.
After a busy day spent in the pursuit of your chosen activity, or perhaps exploring all that the local area has to offer, sit back, relax and enjoy a Devon cream tea in a comfortably furnished lounge, or a restorative drink in the well-stocked bar before sampling the mouth watering delights of the daily changing menu in a tranquil and elegant restaurant. Here the chef will prepare your dinner to order, using only fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
There are many hotels in England that justly deserve the praise they receive and The Bedford and Two Bridges Hotels are certainly amongst them. However, few can rival that unbeatable combination of outstanding hospitality, first class comfort and unparalleled natural beauty. When you next visit Devon, hunt out these jewels in the crown, www.warm-welcome-hotels.co.uk unless, of course, you’re coming back for more…and who could blame you?
So, whether it’s for a short break, or a longer stay, holidays in Devon have never been better.
- Reviews: 2
Treloyhan Manor Hotel: Top Hotel In St.Ives
FUN AND FELLOWSHIP FOR ALL
“A haven of tranquillity”
This is the opinion of a recent guest who stayed at the ‘”lovely old manor house” with “lots of character”. It admirably captures the essence of this beautiful hotel run by the Christian Guild. This multi-denominational holiday company has five impressive hotels in its stable and Treloyhan Manor is one of them, offering the perfect holiday accommodation for everyone seeking to enjoy a break with a Christian flavour; an opportunity that is almost unique amongst UK hotels.
Standing in a magnificent position overlooking Carbis Bay, on the edge of the picturesque seaside town of St. Ives in Cornwall, this comfortable and unique haven of peace and tranquillity is the embodiment of genuine Cornwall hospitality; an experience to be savoured and enjoyed year after year.
All the forty-two bedrooms are comfortably appointed and range from single occupancy – refreshingly at no extra charge! – to family rooms suitable for up to five people and the west-facing sea views are simply breathtaking. The extensive gardens enjoy the benefit of the mild all year Gulf Stream climate and provide the perfect environment for fun and fellowship for all the family, or alternatively the opportunity for quiet reflection amidst the wonders of nature.
The area itself boasts a whole host of year-round activities with majestic coastal walks, beautiful beaches, art galleries, museums and a strong sense of local history. The Tate St Ives, Eden Project, Land’s End and St Michael’s Mount, to name but a few, are also easily reached by car, but don’t worry if you prefer to not to venture far, there is always an exciting range of both indoor and outdoor activities available for a fantastic holiday in St. Ives.
There are many hotels that justly deserve the praise they receive and Treloyhan Manor is certainly one of them. However, few can rival that unbeatable combination of outstanding hospitality, first class comfort and unparalleled natural beauty at very affordable prices – kids can even stay completely free at certain times of the year!
So, when you are next seeking a holiday in Cornwall, hunt out this jewel in the crown, unless, of course, you’re coming back for more…and who could blame you?
Whether it’s for a short break, or longer stay, Treloyhan Manor is the perfect choice for a hotel in St. Ives…in fact, holidays in Cornwall have seldom been better.
- Reviews: 425
Looe Bay Holiday Park, Looe: A BASE IN LOOE
We stayed here in aug 2010 for a week. We had a great time and the kids loved the facilities. On-park facilities includes an indoor pool, bar and restaurant, live entertainment and kids clubs.
- Reviews: 236
12 New Street, Padstow: Padstow holiday house
I went down to Padstow on May 2009 during my visit to the UK. Stayed in this holiday family house at No. 12 New Street, Padstow. I was not expecting Padstow has such a lovely holiday getaway which alot has to offer therefore, I have wandering around the area, checking out the ancient town where it use to be a fishing port and yet I guess fishing activities were still actively run despite the main business attraction I would have presume a tourism. From my observation, Padstow was attracted mostly to a local tourist.
12 New Street, were located 2 min walk to the harbour where you can get a local made pastie. It's central, about 5 min drive to TESCO too. I went to TESCO to get some fresh food for the barbeque.
Basically, the accommodation were a three storey family house in the conservation area of Padstow. It is ideal for large family parties this delightful home, has a lovely large kitchen/diner, a second sitting room with views over the rooftops to the estuary and a small patio garden which benefits from sunshine most of the day. In the evenings the sitting room at the top of the house is great for adults to chill out with a glass of wine while the children watch t.v. in the lounge.
You can get intouch with this lovely couple Anne and Roland Hogg for more info, oh I did put the website for direct booking as well.
I certainly will come back again maybe this year.
- Reviews: 1567
Thurlestone Guest House: 4 star but should be 5 star!
Having stayed at many B&Bs and guest houses over the years, I have to say this is one of the nicest of all, and by far, the friendliest and most helpful. Nothing is too much to ask for, the hosts, Mandy and Gary, take time out to chat and get to know you, they phone and make reservations at restaurants for you, even calling for a taxi! They have a decidedly good knowledge of the area and it's attractions.
Breakfasts were lovely, we had an English breakfast mostly, having the scrambled egg with salmon once, which was tasty, but we preferred the fry-up. All the usual condiments - marmalade and a variety of jams, tea, coffee, yoghurts, cereals etc. were there for the eating. Butter is Cornish, which was lovely - I always appreciate it when a business owner makes good use of the local produce, supporting local business. Their daughter helps out with serving the breakfast, which only adds to the welcoming family feel.
At the end of a bustling day we had the comfort of a glass of Bailey's, cheerfully made by one of our hosts. Nothing is too much for them, their aim is to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible... and they succeed. They haven't been running it very long (a couple of years), and to have achieved what they have already is outstanding in my opinion.
The location is great. It is on a convenient road which takes you straight into St Ives. It is 5 minutes from the beach (Carbis Beach), and about a half an hour enjoyable coastal walk away from St Ives. There is a shop next door for any goodies you might need: toothpaste, newspaper, cooldrinks etc. It is sea facing.
At Thurlestone Guest House you are staying in a typically Cornish granite house, which was built in 1845. The deep windows and thick walls are evidence of this. I love this kind of history and character, and this, combined with some modern amenities like a flat screened TV and tasteful decor, are exactly what's needed after a long drive (6 hours!).
*It is not suitable for disabled people.
**Please have a look at the more indepth tip on my Carbis Bay travel page. Please do not rate both. Thanks
- Reviews: 1
Brocksmoor Hotel: Bude's best hotel
As ever, we received a very warm welcome from the team at Brocksmoor, who looked after us very well. I was impressed by the work that has been carried out, particularly on the family rooms, and we were certainly very comfortable.
The food we had during the weekend was all very, very good, from the light(ish) lunch on Saturday, which was well received after our long journey, the delicious dinner on Saturday night (the menu for which provided the biggest decision making challenge of the weekend), the great full English breakfast and the splendid Sunday roast. Suffice to say that I did not need feeding on Sunday evening or indeed much of Monday!
I remembered the well kept Betty Stoggs bitter from our last stay and this hit the spot on more than one occasion during the weekend.
The surfing (well actually paddling in my case) and beach cricket down the road at Widemouth Bay served to sharpen my appetite and enabled me to make full use of the hotel's catering facilities.
We're looking forward to our next visit.
- Reviews: 8
Cormorant on the River Hotel and Restaurant: Simply marvellous!
If you want a quiet out of the way location at a hotel serving wonderful fine dining cuisine and with views to die for, then the Cormorant Hotel is the place to go. Our four night stay was simply magical. Situated above the Fowey river all rooms have a view with private balconies and you can watch for hours the comings and goings of boats, people, birds and all manner of fauna in this quite delightful location.
Rooms are small but comfortable, and there are some nice touches like the china teapot with cups and saucers to match and a mini bar that won't break the bank. A goose down duvet and the Egyptian cotton douvet cover make for a really divine sleeping sensation. If you ever tire of the views there's always the LCD television positioned on the wall which comes complete with a vast array of freeview digital channels.
Staff are extremely polite and friendly and really appear to be happy to work there. Then there's the wonderful food. A culinery delight, roast duck, monk fish tail, lamb and a superb vegetarian option of risotto are just a few of the tasty beautifully cooked main courses. You can wash it all down with bottles of wine that won't empty your pockets.
Finally, the owner, an elegant lady seems to work twenty four hours per day, always with a smile and always willing to provide that extra special touch. Highly recommended.
Great views of the river, watch Herons or Egrets paddle along the shore. A complete culinary delight, the food is truly sensational. I mustn't forget the staff either, polite, friendly but never too familiar.
- Reviews: 1138
Pengilley Guest House: Good Newquay B & B
Pengilley Guest House is a delightful little B&B near both the main street of the town and the lovely little park that leads down to the sea. The innkeepers are Jan and Al, a most congenial and helpful pair. Jan has an allotment from which she provides home made jams with the lovely breakfast which they prepare to your order - up to a full English breakfast if you desire. The room was small but very clean and attractive and the bathroom the same. The only negative for me was that the bed covering was only a heavy duvet which was much too warm for me. Fortunately there was a light blanket in the closet which served me well. All in all a very nice place with a cheery breakfast room and cordial owners. Recommended without qualification. Price was 25 GBP per person per night including breakfast.
A living room available to guests including a computer with internet access. It is a comfortable room with sofas and lamps - and a delightful large figure of a woman seated on one of the sofas.
- Reviews: 176
Lees Nook: Clean, Comfortable & Close to the Beach
My mum has stayed here several times a year since she was told of the place by a friend, while discussing the difficulties of taking a dog on holiday. Not only are dogs allowed to stay in the cottage and three chalets nearby, they are also permitted to use the nearest beach, Constantine bay, year round, which is not the case with many of Cornwall’s beaches, where walking dogs is forbidden during the summer months. The closest well known town to this area is Padstow.
The site comprises a four bedroom cottage adjoining the owner’s home and three three-bedroom chalets, each with plenty of space for parking and a good distance from each other. They also seem to be arranged so that they don’t overlook each other, allowing the people staying to use the lawn around each one and the cottage has a large garden with separate access. As the weather was nice, we made use of the garden furniture provided to take most of our meals out of doors.
I visited for a few days, when my mum was staying in the cottage for a week and found it a very relaxing experience. The cottage was simply furnished but had everything we needed and was extremely clean. It has three twin and one double room, two bathrooms, a large living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a laundry room.
Although the cottage was right by the road leading to the beach, we heard little noise from this, as parking space for the beach is limited, so most people seem to walk there. From the cottage, you can walk to the beach in just two or three minutes and down the road in the opposite direction, is a useful, small shop selling almost anything you might need, such as food, household items, beach equipment, postcards and newspapers.
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