Perched dramatically on the rugged granite cliffs overlooking beautiful Porthcurno Bay, the Minack Theatre in Cornwall has a magic all of its own. The nearby hotels are pretty special too – from Penzance and elsewhere, here are the best, all bookable on Culture Trip.
Surrounded by golden beaches and spectacular rock faces, there’s more to a Minack holiday than just the open-air amphitheatre. You can also surf the turquoise waters at sandy Sennen Cove, walk the South West Coast Path around Land’s End, or visit the subtropical gardens above St Michael’s Mount. Cap your Cornwall adventure with a stay in one of these top hotels.
Crisp, white sheets and airy rooms let wide sea views take centre stage at this promenade hotel. Bay windows, chintzy curtains and good old-fashioned room keys give it a nostalgic feel. Free parking is a rare bonus in Penzance, especially for summer visitors.
Set back from the bustle of the centre, this elegant, ivy-clad townhouse is surrounded by lush lawns and gardens. The lobby and lounges have retained their Edwardian features, while bedrooms have a more modern feel, with bags of natural light and sea-green colours. The sun terrace by the outdoor pool is the perfect place for a cocktail while you drink in the coastal views.
Placed on the harbour of the classic Cornish fishing village of Mousehole, the Ship Inn is the perfect cosy bolthole. Whether storm-watching in winter or people-watching in summer, it’s hard to beat curling up by a window in the calming, coast-inspired bedrooms. You can even bring your pooch along for added comfort. Enjoy a pint and some reimagined pub grub in the characterful Cornish boozer downstairs.
A handsome Queen Anne manor house wrapped in beautiful parkland and a cobbled courtyard, Trereife [pronounced Treave] feels more like a stately home than a B&B. Restored by the seventh generation of the owning family, the house oozes history, with portraits on panelled walls, a parquet-floored hall and oak staircase. Breakfast is a highlight, with local ingredients including jam made from fruit grown in the walled garden. Penzance is a 10-minute drive away, and if you’re staying before a trip to the Isles of Scilly, you can leave your car here, too.
Overlooking the white sand and turquoise sea of Sennen Cove, this is the kind of dream coastal location you usually need a long-haul flight to reach. The 17th-century inn has a very 21st-century accommodation block next door, with bedrooms decorated simply in crisp whites, teal blues and pops of gorse yellow. It’s the perfect place to kick back on a luxury Vispring bed after a surf or windy walk, cocooned in comfort.
A spacious 17th-century country house set in mature gardens a few miles outside Penzance, this B&B is a haven for walkers. With its convenient walking holiday option, simply choose which section of the South West Coast Path you’d like to cover, and you’ll be packed off with a hearty breakfast inside you and a picnic lunch in your backpack. At the end of a long day, you’ll then be collected from your endpoint to return for a home-cooked meal.
With vast, unbroken views to the Isles of Scilly and beyond, the appeal of this clifftop hotel is clear. The 30 en-suite rooms range from basic to deluxe, but all feel light, airy and calm. Family rooms sleep up to five, and dogs are welcome. Little touches, such as the sustainably made blankets on the beds and organic toiletries from nearby Trevano, add a personal feel.
Animals and humans alike can take comfort in Cornwall, with many pet-friendly hotels dotted across the county. If you’d prefer to ditch the pooch and spend time with a loved one instead, discover the best romantic hotels on offer – bookable via Culture Trip. For those wanting to breathe in the sea air, spend an afternoon surfing and coasteering, or take a walking tour exploring the history of the region.