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OVERVIEW

A peaceful hotel squirrelled away in 65 acres of lush gardens and woodland on the Helford River, close to Falmouth. With a golf course, spa, tennis and the South West Coast Path at the bottom of the garden, there is plenty to do. The excellent, fine dining restaurant is a bonus.


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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Set on a 65-acre private estate, the hotel offers the chance to escape the summer crowds. Glorious gardens run down to the Helford River, where you can relax on the foreshore or pick up the South West Coast Path. There's no classic Cornish beach here but Maenporth Beach is a short drive away.

By car: 2 hours from Exeter, 3 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and under 6 hours from London. Free on-site parking.

By train: London to Falmouth Town takes 5 hours. A taxi will takes 20 minutes from the station. Book trains to Falmouth.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This is a traditional country hotel through and through, with cosy sitting rooms, a conservatory overlooking the garden and great service. The main fine dining restaurant has a formal atmosphere thanks to its high ceilings, smart dress code and attentive service. The rest of the hotel is more relaxed.

THE FACILITIES

The glorious gardens, woodland, golf course, tennis court and spa mean there is plenty to do without even leaving the hotel. Guided kayak tours and boat trips leave from the bottom of the garden and are the perfect way to explore the river. Service is professional yet friendly and personalised.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Games room
  • Golf course
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Family-friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Most rooms have been refurbished recently but retain the feel of a traditional country hotel. Bathrooms are unfussy but modern. If there's anything you need, staff are happy to oblige - we asked for a fridge and one was quickly delivered to our room.

Room types: Standard Room, Signature Room, Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Breakfast starts with fresh fruit, croissants and yoghurt then it's on to a traditonal Full English, cooked to order. Dinner in the restaurant is a formal affair. For a more casual menu and atmosphere, dine in the conservatory. Food is locally sourced, seasonal and presented with flair.

Restaurant: modern British cuisine, seasonal menus. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Four-course menu from £51.

Afternoon tea: served daily in the cocktail bar, conservatory or terrace, 3-5pm.

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