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As if Cornwall’s beautiful scenery wasn’t enough to tempt you to its shores, there are a whole host of stunning, quirky, and luxurious boutique hotels just waiting for you to unwind in at the end of a long day exploring. Sip cocktails with sea views in small villages, dine with world-famous chefs, and fall into heavenly beds. Here is our guide to Cornwall’s best boutique hotels.
Artist Residence, Penzance
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Located in Chapel Street, and opposite the Admiral Benbow pub, is a brightly coloured, rustic, and comfortable hideaway in an historic Penzance townhouse called The Artist Residence. Big, grandiose armchairs and thick Persian rugs fill the cosy bar and lounge, while each room is decorated uniquely. Gather your friends to stay in The Cottage; or treat yourself to a long weekend in The Lookout, where you can sip wine in your very own copper roll top bath, or watch the horizon turn pink over Marazion from your personal terrace. Downstairs is the Cornish Barn, a rustic smokehouse and kitchen with a beautiful and leafy outdoor area, where you can chow down on gourmet burgers, local meat, and sweet cocktails.
Set in the heart of Fowey’s narrow and busy Fore Street, The Old Quay House is a soothing oasis in the midst of the hubbub outside. The rooms, which spread over three floors, are all tastefully designed, with the Penthouse being the crème de la crème of luxury, with perfect Fowey Estuary views from a private balcony at the top of the building. Most rooms, however, do have a view of the water, which mean guests can sip their morning cuppa in bed, while watching the sailboats outside. The restaurant downstairs, which spills out onto a decking jutting out over the river, is none short of sublime. Local mussels, goat’s cheese mousse and wild garlic risotto are just some of the gorgeous dishes which come out of the kitchen. Grab yourself a glass of champers, put your feet up, and enjoy that wonderful Cornish sunshine in Fowey’s most sought after location.
This cool waterfront inn is like something out of an interior designer shoot, and you’d be forgiven if you forget you are in the UK when sipping on a cool fizz, looking out at those Mediterranean skies. Most rooms offer huge, sweeping views of the ocean outside, while others look out over the harbour or village of Saint Mawes. The Idle Rocks is a wonderful hideaway for couples, where your every whim and need is catered for. Although the food which comes out of the kitchen is spectacular, the restaurant is casual and comfortable. An oyster bar is available in the day, and afternoon tea at The Idle Rocks is something to be admired. The chefs here forage and fish for produce right on the doorstep, get veggies delivered from the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and are part of the sustainable fish movement. This place is not only beautiful, but ethical too.
If you’re going to go to Hell, you may as well go down swinging. This picture-perfect hotel, which seems to sit at the end of the world, has views of the Atlantic on the Isles of Scilly’s smallest inhabited island. Bryher is a magical place, and at just half a square mile, it has little to no traffic, deserted beaches and sunsets to die for. Hell Bay Hotel is truly one-of-a-kind, where you can sip bubbles on the terrace, relax in your bright and airy suite, or pootle down to the beach to dip your toes in the warm Scilly sea. The food at Hell Bay is as local as a gets, and whether you choose steak from neighbouring Tresco Island, or have Bryher crab, you can be sure that it hasn’t come far to get to your plate.
This 13th century house, surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns, lavender beds, and has roses crawling up the walls, is the ultimate English retreat. The manor has only five bedrooms and is a stylish home-from-home in north Cornwall. Although the exterior may seem classic British, the inside oozes with contemporary chic and pops with colour in unexpected corners, jazzing up traditional flagstone windows, shutters, and hallways. Breakfast is held in the bright and airy dining room, where healthy produce and fresh pastries are served for you to help yourself. A hearty Cornish breakfast, eggs benny, bacon sandwiches, and others, are all available on request from the kitchen.
A wonderfully simple hotel overlooking the Camel Estuary in Rock, St Enodoc is an understated masterpiece with complete relaxation at its core. Stylish, laid back, and full of bright colours and clean lines, this is the perfect getaway for a seaside break, for all the family. There is an onsite spa, where you can indulge in full body massages, facials, and manicures. The beach is just a stone’s throw from the hotel, as is the passenger ferry to Padstow on the other side of the river. Everything which comes out of the kitchen is homemade, including the butter, meaning that all flavours are unique to the chef and hotel.
A quirky little bolthole in the middle of Fowey, Upton House has three guest bedrooms, all with separate themes. Stay in the Snow Bubble to swing on chairs suspended from the ceiling and sleep under a disco ball, The Skullery for a more grown-up retreat in luxurious surroundings, or The Flamingo Room for chandeliers and fun. Dine on a Parisian breakfast in the luxury dining room, snuggle by the fire in the lounge on winter nights, and enjoy the sheer eccentricity of this boutique retreat.
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This relaxed and personal country house overlooking the sea, filled with the heady scent of tropical flowers, is a wonderland of beauty and an ideal escape from the real world. There are 30 rooms altogether, all with sea views, and the whole hotel has been designed around alfresco dining, star-gazing and sea-watching. Hotel Tresanton also has its own classic wooden yacht, The Pinuccia, which is available to be skippered in the sheltered waters of the Fal Estuary from May to September. The hotel’s menu is purposefully simple, and relies on the flavours which are chosen that day from the best produce available; lunch menus are published at 11am, dinner at 5pm. There is also a tidal beach just below the hotel, where there are great rock pools to explore, and a floating swimming platform.