South Cornwall, United Kingdom

Antonia's Pearls

Rates per night from$172.05

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP133.33), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Shipshape

Setting

Historic harbour town

Boutique stay Antonia’s Pearls is a collection of beautifully renovated family-friendly villas and cottages in coastal Charlestown, a 17th-century harbour village on Cornwall’s southern coast. Owners Antonia and David have the designer’s touch – each villa was individually restored and decorated by the duo, and all are bright and airy with unique nautical touches, including brightly coloured displays of buoys, sea-urchin lamps, salvaged photographs and reclaimed signs from shipwrecks and local shops. A calm, pebbly beach is a shell’s throw away and the postcard-pretty town is dotted with seafood restaurants, cosy cafés and enough creameries to make sure a proper Cornish ice cream can be in your hand whenever the mood strikes. Make yourself at home in your seaside stay: each has a fully equipped kitchen, private outdoor space, and cosy indoor lounge areas (some with original wood-burning fireplaces).

Smith Extra

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Handmade Cornish cinnamon buns, a bottle of wine and organic seasonal flowers

Facilities

Photos Antonia's Pearls facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Six suites.

Check–Out

10am. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $172.05 (£133), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast; a Continental spread of butter croissants, Cornish strawberry jam, fresh fruit, local honey, thick Cornish yoghurt and homemade granola, juicing oranges, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs is available for £15 a person.

Also

Ask Antonia to arrange a spa treatment in the comfort of your villa: a local massage therapist will magically appear, laden with organic Spiezia spa products (handmade in Cornwall).

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, beach within walking distance. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, kitchen and private outdoor space.

Our favourite rooms

In each villa there’s bespoke woodwork by David, individually designed light fixtures – including sea-urchin wall lights – and salvaged signs reclaimed from shipwrecks or local stores. We have a special place in our sea-loving hearts for the compact Cabin, and the more spacious two-room Olivia’s Cottage is well suited for family holidays.

Packing tips

Bring your bathing suits, your Breton-stripe shirts and your paperbacks; leave the big-ticket baby swag – it’s all taken care of.

Also

Co-owner David collects nautical artifacts from his travels and turns them into artistic displays – each with a story. (Ask him about the display of buoys!)

Children

Kids of all ages are welcome; four of the villas are stocked with all manner of baby kit (not the Studio or Cabin). Extra beds for teens are £30 a night, it’s £15 a night for younger Smiths.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel uses green cleaning products and eco-friendly light bulbs. Food is locally-sourced and organic, when possible, and bath products are organic.

Food and Drink

Photos Antonia's Pearls food and drink

Top Table

You’ll have both indoor and outdoor dining spaces in your villa: take your pick.

Dress Code

Sailors on leave.

Hotel restaurant

None, but ask Antonia a few days before your arrival and she’ll organise a homemade ‘Great Grub’ box (at an extra cost) for you to pop in the oven for a fuss-free evening meal in your cosy villa. Dinners include the likes of parma-wrapped chicken, local lobster, slow-cooked beef stew, and fresh four-fish pie. For dessert, unwrap rich chocolate torte, home-made ice creams and Cornish cheese boards. Breakfast boxes can also be delivered to your door each day of your stay.

Hotel bar

None: pick up your favourite bottle and get cosy on the sofa, or enjoy the sound of the ocean as you sip your wine under the stars.

Last orders

The beauty of your in-villa kitchen is that you can eat whenever hunger hits. Late breakfast? How leisurely. Midnight snack? No trouble at all. Dessert before dinner? We’ll never tell.

Location

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Address
Antonia's Pearls
Charlestown Harbour
Charlestown
PL25 3NX
United Kingdom

Planes

Regional flights land at Newquay airport, 30 minutes away by car; at just over four hours away by car, Heathrow Airport is the closest international hub. Have our Smith24 team arrange your flights and transfers.

Trains

Trains from London Paddington pull into St Austell Station, a 10-minute drive from the hotel, several times a day.

Automobiles

Newquay is 30 minutes away by car; from London it’s a four-and-a-half-hour drive. The hotel has free on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stroll to pebbly Charlestown Beach whenever the mood strikes; its sandy bits are revealed at low tide and you can wade out to deserted Duporth Beach if you’re quick about it. Nearby Porthpean is a family-friendly beach with sand and rock pools and snack shacks. 

Pack up for a morning surfing at Watergate Bay beach – you can rent gear and take lessons with Extreme Academy, or book a lesson with Constantine Bay Surf School and they’ll transport you to whichever nearby beach has the best waves to suit your ability. Waterskiers, windsurfers and paddle boarders can rent kit at Porthpean or Rock, and local kayaking tours leave from head to Lerryn.

Back on dry land, get green with The Eden Project or the Lost Gardens of Heligan – both are 10 minutes away by car. Ramblers have a wealth of coastal walks from which to choose – the Black Head and Gribben walks are scenic favourites. Manicured greens can be found on the links of Trevose and St Mellion.  

For a hit of culture, head to the Tate at St Ives, Falmouth’s Maritime Museum or grand Godolphin House.

Local restaurants

Book ahead for local on-trend restaurant The Longstore. Start with a duo of crispy oysters or house-smoked mackerel before diving into a dish of Cornish crab and smoked-salmon risotto or a battered catch of the day; don’t forget sides of macaroni-and-cheese fritters and skinny fries with rosemary salt. At relaxed Lovedays you can tuck into dinner of wild-boar burgers, local mussels or freshly caught fish; book ahead for the traditional Sunday roast. An hour’s drive will have you at beachside seafood restaurant Porthminster Café in St Ives, which has uninterrupted views across the bay to Godrevy Lighthouse and specialises in Mediterranean- and Asian-inspired dishes. It’s open throughout the day and brews up coffee from St Ives Small Batch Coffee Roasting Company. 

Local cafés

Short and Strong serves smooth coffee in Charlestown and has a little local deli selection, so you can stock up on goodies for your villa while you’re there. Charlie’s Café at Charlestown serves up paninis and fluffy cakes with their teas and coffees. Take a break from the beach and stroll down to The Tall Ships Creamery for a cone full of Cornish ice cream, or chow down on a crab sandwich on the terrace at the Pierhouse Hotel. If you venture further afield, take a walk to the aptly named Hidden Hut beach café; start at Portscatho and walk along the coastal cliff path; their giant cones of Cornish ice cream taste even better if you’ve trekked there.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Georgian townhouse hotel in coastal Cornwall and unpacked their sand-dusted swimsuits, a full account of their boutique break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Antonia’s Pearls in South Cornwall…

It’s a good thing Antonia’s Pearls – a mini-collection of cabins, cottages and villas – are rooted to terra firma, otherwise we might act on our piratical desire to commandeer one of these bright hideaways and sail it away to our home city. So we focus on our delightful seaside holiday instead, filling it with strolls along the pebbly beach, leisurely breakfasts – delivered to our door and cooked up in our very own kitchen – and dipping our toes into the art of surfing.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Antonia's Pearls’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The cottage is absolutely adorable, with everything you will need for your stay. It's very private with its own little garden and away from the main house. I would highly recommend ordering the breakfast, it was delicious. We also ordered a massage to the room which was fantastic. Antonia is an absolute dream and will go out of her way to accommodate any of your needs. The photos do not do the place justice to how well she has decorated the place. Charlestown is a beautiful coastal town and the cottage is a two-minute walk to the little harbour. Highly recommend, we will be back!

Don’t expect

Party atmosphere.

Rating

Stayed on 5 May 2018