Need to know
22, including two suites.
11am, or up to 12.30pm on request. Earliest check-in is 3pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $139.84 (£108), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates do not include breakfast; à la carte options from £2.50 for toast and jams, to £7.50 for the mini full-English.
Chapel Street itself is well worth a wander: it’s history-packed and has the blue plaques to prove it. Nelson’s victory (and death) at Trafalgar were announced from the minstrels’ balcony at the Union Hotel, the Brontës’ mother Maria Branwell lived at number 25, and there’s even an Egyptian-style townhouse from the 18th century, when Pharaoh-fashion was in vogue.
At the hotel
Restaurant, bar, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, Roberts digital radio, minibar with local and gourmet snacks and drinks, tea- and coffee-making facilities (Nespresso coffee machines in some rooms), Bramley bath products, free Cornish bottled water and, oh yes, a Tunnock’s caramel wafer. The Cottage and the Lookout each have a kitchenette and dining table.
Our favourite rooms
The Bigger Arty Double or Triple has a charm all of its own, with vintage-patterned wallpaper and an antique sleigh bed in a room basking in light from the floor-to-ceiling bay window. Each Super Comfy Luxe Double is exactly that, with cabin-style wood-plank walls, tea-chest bedside tables and textured mail-sack fabrics; the bathroom features bold geometric tiles and a cavernous rolltop bath tub.
Bring sturdy boots to navigate the ups and downs of the coastal path. Leave space in your suitcase for antiques and curiosities from Chapel Street Bazaar.
Tables at the Cornish Barn are in high demand, especially at weekends and in summer, so be sure to book ahead. The nook-and-cranny nature of the historic property makes it inaccessible for wheelchair users and baby buggies.
Three rooms are dog-friendly: the Cottage, a Cosy House Double and a Comfy House Double on the hotel's ground floor; a £10 supplement applies. Each dog is given a bowl and welcome treats, just so they know they’re on holiday. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cornwall.
All ages welcome. The Gallery Loft has a mezzanine floor with an additional single and double bed, but the family-friendliest is the Cottage. Baby cots (free) can be added to some rooms, best to check when booking and you'll need to bring your own linen.
The recycled-craft-paper menus at the Cornish Barn feature wholesome dishes made with seasonal and free-range produce from local farms. Reclaimed wood plays a starring role in the rustic interiors, including feature walls in the bar and several bedrooms. The Bramley bath products in each room are hand-made by a West Country apothecarist, using all-natural ingredients. Behind the scenes, even the cleaning products are eco-friendly, and beyond the usual glass and cardboard recycling collections, the hotel also repurposes its delivery pallets as fuel for the wood-burning fires.