Easter weekend and where better place to be than on the coast. One of my favourite spots is Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes. This is an idyllic fishing village where time has almost stood still. Total tranquility and very private especially out of season. The hotel is a group of five houses on the edge of the village with amazing views over the sea towards St.Anthony’s Lighthouse. Behind the houses there is a winding garden which is virtually horizontal and to access this you must navigate the winding stone stairs to each level. It was originally a yachtman’s club and in 1997 Olga Polizzi who has a gift for all things beautiful bought it and spent two years bringing it back to this glorious state. There is a very calm feel to this establishment and I particularly love the dining room with its sharp crisp colour schemes and mosaic floor and tongue and groove walls. A very nautical feel.
The hotel has 30 rooms each with a view across the sea and there is a decked terrace for outside dining in the summer months. The hotel also boasts a Bar, Sitting Room, Cinema, Playroom, Childrens Garden and a private yacht. The Pinucchia which from May to September will take you with the skipper on board sailing around Falmouth Bay including the estuary of the Helford and Fal Rivers. The most beautiful and safe areas for sailing in Britain.
After a long drive we arrived and were welcomed into the spacious drawing room. We collapsed into sumptuous sofas and I ordered a bloody mary and a divine fresh crab sandwich. This just hit the spot before I began exploring. There is plenty to do nearby and outside the peak summer months this pocket of Cornwall is at its best.
Our visit was not complete without a cornish cream tea and this was an indulgence that did not disappoint.The staff here are all discreet yet friendly and there is a distinct atmosphere of not being in a hotel at all but a guest in a private home whilst being waited on hand and foot. Great discretion and privacy which I love. I cannot wait to return. Further information for booking is available at The Tresanton Hotel. It is worth noting that this is a family hotel with playrooms and childrens garden so I would suggest that in peak periods you check the occupancy of the hotel. We have visited out of season and it has been idyllic and quiet so do check this out!