There’s nowhere quite like Cornwall for a coastal escape – with its craggy coastline pummelled by the north Atlantic, fresh-off-the-boat seafood and quaint rural villages. Spend your time learning to surf in Newquay, pondering great artworks at the Tate St Ives or strolling through tropical flora at the Eden Project, before kicking back at one of these top hotels in Cornwall – all bookable on Culture Trip.
There’s a sense of exclusivity to any hotel on the Scilly Isles ‒ which are located a short ferry or helicopter ride from Cornwall proper ‒ never mind this lovely boutique retreat. Found on the two-mile-long island of St Martins ‒ one of five inhabited in the archipelago ‒ its beachfront location and notable AA rosette Cloudesley Shovell restaurant would set it apart wherever its location. There’s truly something for everyone here ‒ from spa treatments at the Karma spa; seal snorkelling trips; dog meals served for your furry friend from Karma’s Kanine Kitchen; and an Enomatic Wine Machine, a quirky way to taste the highlights of the establishment’s fine cellar.
One of the oldest hotels in Cornwall, this Falmouth establishment started life as a sailors’ pub dating back to at least 1640. Today it offers plenty of old world charm, combined with panoramic harbour views, contemporary furnishings and stonking Cornish cuisine at its two AA rosette Water’s Edge restaurant ‒ one of the best in town. Unlimited G&Ts at the latter’s daily Bottomless Brunch will give you the chance to experience Falmouth like those sailors of yesteryear, but unlike them you can retire to a very comfy bed upstairs.
Right on Summerleaze Beach, this boutique Cornwall hotel is like a tick list for your ideal British summer holiday. Its New England seaside style gently nods to the hotel’s location with its sand-coloured (but never sand-filled) furnishings, while its goose down duvets and pillows beg you to dive in. Its own beachfront bar and restaurant is a local landmark, while the beach ‒ one of two in up-and-coming Bude – has a sea pool, new beach huts and several notable restaurants. Tick, tick… boom!
Expect the slickness of a four-star hotel with the down-to-earth friendliness (and perfectly cooked-to-order breakfasts) of a bed and breakfast. Boskerris Hotel is tucked away in a snoozy residential corner overlooking lovely Carbis Bay beach, two miles east of St Ives, which can be reached along a gorgeous coastal path. Accommodation is bright and pristine, all plump pillows and bounce-a-coin beds. Carbis Bay train station lies a five-minute walk away.
Flash back to bygone days at the St Tudy Inn, set within a beautifully renovated 17th-century building. The hotel retains its historic ambience in spite of its evolution into a luxurious countryside retreat – the result is cosy, yet contemporary with a stripped-back elegance. It has culinary credentials, too. Owner and head chef Emily Scott’s passion for colourful dishes is driven by the seasons and earned her a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Relax in front of the large open fireplace with dinner, or enjoy a drink at the old bar, where dogs are welcome.
Jutting out on a clifftop over Fistral Beach, the majestic Headland Hotel looks like something out of a Jane Austen novel. Not surprising then, it was once used as the location for the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches (1990). These days, though, this dog-friendly Victorian house blends old with new. The property’s 95 rooms and 39 self-catering cottages feature bespoke furniture, Nespresso coffee machines and Elemis products. Don’t leave without booking a session in the enormous spa, the Aqua Club, which boasts a beautiful pool overlooking the rolling Atlantic.
Carbis Bay’s main rooms are modern and chic, fronted by a privately owned 10ha (25 acre) Blue Flag Beach, where the calm, balmy water is just right for lazy swimming sessions, or taking the hotel’s Sunseeker yacht out for a day at sea. For a closer look at the historic Godrevy Lighthouse opposite, opt for a beach lodge or suite. Each slopes down to its own little stretch of beach and comes equipped with a hot tub, roof or beach garden, and private sun deck.
Savour those splendid sea views at your pick of The Rosevine’s studio apartments and boutique suites – most with their own private terrace or balcony where you can hear the sounds of thrashing waves below. Meticulously groomed lawns dotted with wicker furniture frame this Georgian family home, paving the way towards subtropical gardens. Inside, take a dip in the heated pool, or relax in the adults-only drawing room, home to snug sofas and a wood-burning stove.
This hotel is perfectly set up for families, with complimentary childcare services, kids’ clubs and activities such as zip wiring and swimming all available onsite. It’s not all for the little ones, though. The spa, offering facials and massages, is strictly for adults, plus the sea view hot tub is a peaceful sanctuary after a day out on the water. The rooms are sophisticated too, with plush red carpets, gilt mirrors and velvet antique sofas, offering a bit of luxury to return to at the end of the day.
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