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Hotel Highlights

  • Olga Polizzi's delightful Cornish coastal hotel in a postcard-perfect village
  • Romantic sea-view dining
  • Private yacht for charter; in-room spa treatments

Overview

Set in the classic coastal village of St Mawes, Hotel Tresanton represents haute hotelier Olga Polizzi’s bold and brilliant attempt to transplant Mediterranean-villa chic to the salty Cornish seaside. Once the town yachting club, the hotel now attracts more stylish A-listers than sailors, who come for the romantic fine dining, gently nautical decor and spellbinding sea views.

 

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A glass of champagne on arrival

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

30, including 12 with a terrace, one with a garden, and three family suites.

Check–out

11am.

Rates

Double rooms from $295.61 (£225), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast. A minimum two-night stay is required at weekends.

Also

Hire <i>Pinuccia</i>, Tresanton’s 48-foot racing yacht with crew or a motorboat for beach trips with picnic lunches.

At the hotel

50-person cinema, lounge, treatment room, boutique (Onda), DVD library, Hunter wellies and crabbing lines to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flastreen TV,DVD player, fresh fruit and Ren bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Room 1, and Room 29 in the Nook, are often booked by honeymooners; Rooms 5 and 6 are in the main building and both have a terrace; Room 7 has a particularly large window with a great view.

Packing tips

Beach shoes, binoculars, sou’wester if you’re feeling boaty.

Also

Sailing and windsurfing lessons can be arranged. Wellies and crabbing nets provided. DVDs and board games will keep you amused on rainy days.

Pet‐friendly

Up to two dogs are welcome in double rooms with a terrace, Garden Suites and Room 28 for £25 a night. Beds, bowls and blankets are provided and pooches get a treat at turn-down. Four-legged guests must be confirmed with the hotel when booking your stay.

Children

Very welcome. There's a kids' playroom and a full-time nanny organises activities for kids during the summer months. Babysitters can be booked in advance. Extra beds for 4–12 year olds can be added to some Spacious Double or Twin rooms (£40 a night).

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Food and drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The restaurant specialises in fish and other local and organic produce. Breakfast is served until 10.30am.

Last orders

Kitchen closes at 9.30pm; after that, a cold supper can be arranged. The bar is open late.

Room service

All night, within reason.

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Dress code

People definitely make a bit of an effort in the evening.

Top table

Weather permitting, book a table on the terrace; otherwise, a window table.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Indulge in a Thai massage, Indian head massage or Chavutti Thirumal massage – this is the only hotel in the UK where you can get this type of massage (applied by the feet to the entire body). Riding stables at Veryan (+44 (0)1872 501574). The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell (+44 (0)1726 845100). Minack Open-air Theatre, Porthcurno (+44 (0)1736 810181): productions in summer months. Tate St Ives (+44 (0)1736 796226). The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth (+44 (0)1326 313388; www.nmmc.co.uk); the foot ferry leaves St Mawes harbour every 20 minutes.

Local restaurants

Driftwood (+44 (0)1872 580644) for wonderful fish and seafood.

Local bars

The Victory Inn (+44 (0)1326 270324) specialises in local seafood. The Rising Sun (+44 (0)1326 270233) for pub lunch and a pint. The bar at Lugger Hotel (+44 (0)1872 501322).

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Chocolate-box Cornish village

Hotel Tresanton

27 Lower Castle Road St Mawes, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5DR, United Kingdom

Planes

Exeter aiport is two hours from the hotel. From London Gatwick, daily flights head west to Newquay in only an hour.

Trains

The train station in Truro is 30 minutes away.

Automobiles

From the M5, you can use the A30 to get further west right up until the B3275, when you’ll need to follow signs to Ladock. After that, use the A3078 towards Tregony/St Mawes.

Reviews

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Hotel Tresanton
Hotel Tresanton 27 Lower Castle Road St Mawes Truro TR2 5DR Cornwall United Kingdom

Anonymous review

by , Proud gallerist

Rating: 10/10 stars
‘Sorry, sir, your car still isn’t ready.’ These are not the words you want to hear the morning you plan to take the lady away for a weekend of fine loving. Unless, like me, you have Germanic blood coupled with a Tourette’s-like argumentative disorder: I tend to see these things as opportunities rather than problems. I go red, the garage guy goes apologetic, and 23 minutes l…
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Hotel Tresanton

Anonymous review by Alex Proud, Proud gallerist

‘Sorry, sir, your car still isn’t ready.’ These are not the words you want to hear the morning you plan to take the lady away for a weekend of fine loving. Unless, like me, you have Germanic blood coupled with a Tourette’s-like argumentative disorder: I tend to see these things as opportunities rather than problems. I go red, the garage guy goes apologetic, and 23 minutes later a Porsche Boxter appears. For, as that PJ O’Rourke manqué Jeremy Clarkson will tell you, silly cars are the key to bearable weekending sans PlayStation 2.

Our weekend is to be spent at Hotel Tresanton, the place that began Cornwall’s transformation from a two-week bucket-and-spade destination to chic mini-break hotspot. 300 miles of sinuous open road from London and the boutique-hotel reputation gears one (well, me) up to find it annoying before arrival. Did I mention that I argue for sport?

But first impressions impress. A Greek-style passage and stone staircase lead to a raised sun deck that is set into the cliff face and dotted with old steamer chairs that recall The Talented Mr Ripley. Sadly, I do not resemble Jude, nor my girlfriend Gwyneth. Nonetheless, hazy visions of sun-drenched cocktails help me unwind, and any residual rant evaporates in the face of the hotel’s fantastic old porter – a man well worth tipping – who proves a fountain of local knowledge. Realisations that there is no need to talk a) so fast, or b) so much rubbish follow as I slip into gear for the weekend.

The hotel is situated on Cornwall’s often overlooked southern coast, between picturesque St Mawes and the rolling fields spliced with public footpaths leading to Falmouth. A former yachting club, Hotel Tresanton was built from a cluster of old houses in the Fifties, hence its higgledy-piggledy levels and port-town setting. St Mawes and Tresanton have been a preserve of the sailing set for years, but it is only since the 1999 reopening, after an extensive refurbishment to bring it up to the standard expected by owner Olga Polizzi and her chi-chi A-list clientele that it has achieved its Halkin-on-sea tag.

The decor is posh, eclectic and relaxed. It’s also eco-friendly; ash floors, fired-earth tiles, organic paint and local granite work surfaces feature throughout. The laid-back drawing room probably best illustrates Polizzi’s grab-bag taste, combining slouchy sofas (ideal for reading, and Tresanton’s wicked afternoon teas) with Greek busts, Chinese chequers, a huge log fire, and French windows leading to a sprawling sundeck.

There are 29 rooms in the hotel. Ours was cosy yellow with crisp Egyptian cotton bedlinen, a tasteful seaside feel and log pillows great for lazy daytime reads in bad weather or intriguing evening pursuits. A magnificent harbour view makes me momentarily forget what hit me when I first entered the room… namely, it was small. (My argue-mentor John McEnroe’s voice starts ringing through my head. ‘£250? You cannot be serious!’) I twitch for an argument.

The girlfriend finds my argumentative disorder an embarrassment; as a release mechanism, I have learnt to ‘sneak argue’ – she doesn’t get annoyed, I get my fix. I say something like ‘I need to get my cigarettes from the car’, then trail off, following the vein pulsing like an anaconda in my forehead, and return 20 minutes later, happy, but unpopular among hotel staff. After this particular episode, I can vouch that Tresanton’s staff are more than polite – calming and motherly, even – and that there are bigger rooms, only you have to know what you are asking for. Hell, even Tony Blair was recently knocked back owing to a full house. At least I get a room. Z-list paranoia disperses.

The bar, situated on the lower floor, is Tresanton’s greatest asset (in no small part because I am an aspiring alcoholic): cute mini armchairs, chocolate and tan pepper Amtico flooring, clotted-cream walls and clever lighting that could make even Dot Cotton look unravaged, nay, sexy. Candles at night light an enchanting trail to the buzzy conservatory restaurant whose Mod Med food is definitely worth sampling. Local pubs are also worth a look. We skipped the more expensive places; a cursory glance at the menus showed that most followed Tresanton’s lead rather too faithfully. (We started to wonder whether there are underground tunnels from Olga Polizzi’s kitchen.)

As weather was good the following day, we opted to try the Padstow-Bodmin camel trail. Driving there in the PS2 substitute, we found a brisk walk along the path was exertion enough to give us a glow without making us wheeze. Back at the Tresanton for a farewell drink, I fall into a weird half sleep in my girlfriend’s arms listening to the sea and dreaming of Grand Theft Auto. Forget eastern mysticism: when my girlfriend, the game and guest-house blurred together, I knew true happiness.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members have to say about Hotel Tresanton in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The very friendly and attentive service and the location. There are some great walks very close to the hotel

Don’t expect

Young people. Most guests were 50 .

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Location. Great location base for Lands End and surrounding districts.

Don’t expect

Nothing to want for

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Friendliness, great service, strong team ethic, relaxing environment.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The view from our own terrace and the excellent service. Try dinner at the Idle Rocks hotel or for an extra special treat the restaurant at the Driftwood Hotel.

Don’t expect

Rather noisy in the main house in the morning.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Staff on all levels, many of whom have worked there for years. We were worried standards and atmosphere may have changed since Frederica moved on, but still as professional and warm as always, it only gets better.

Don’t expect

Designer dressing even at dinner, definitely smart casual.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Cuisine and room were excellent, and the staff were friendly and helpful. Enjoyed visiting Mevagissey and Charlestown. 10/10

Don’t expect

Cannot think of anything else we would want!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Stunning rooms with amazing views in an adorably cute village. Great service (valet parking, room service, the works) and great restaurant. The village also has a nice pub or two and there's an exceptional restaurant and bar at The Idle Rocks.

Don’t expect

Nightlife or partying – but that's a good thing.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Excellent service, fabulous food, great views, sea views.

Don’t expect

Hustle or rowdy parties; you won't find those here.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms and the views. Beautiful location and very careful consideration of dietary needs.

Don’t expect

Nightlife

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We had one of the rooms high up with a balcony. The views were stunning, but we were lucky with glorious weather.

Don’t expect

Lots of kids - which was right for us!

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Breakfast overlooking the sea on the terrace. Ask the hotel to book Mark, the local waterman, who has a fast rib that will whisk you up the river to Trellisick House, a beautiful local National Trust property.

Don’t expect

Buzzing nightlife!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Waking up in our cosy room to dawn and the sight of drifts of mist across the sea and the lighthouse across the bay. The imaginative design of the hotel's interior (especially the beautiful dining room) and the use of architectural mediterranean plants in the grounds.

Don’t expect

Noise, or anything else that's likely to annoy or ruffle your senses!

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Breakfast and dinner were both delicious.

Don’t expect

A lot of room for a lot of money - a bit disappointing. Very comfortable bed though.

Rating: 7/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Beautiful location and views Excellent service Great food Lovely bathroom.

Don’t expect

Air con in the room, mini bar in the room.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The food, location staff.

Don’t expect

Small bill.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The well thought mix of furniture in the room. The lush cornish gardens. The gorgeous sea view from our room. St Mawes itself: a great location. In our view one of the best in Cornwall.

Don’t expect

Lots of steps to the rooms and car parking so not great if you are not very mobile.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Location. Dining on terrace. Very attentive (but low key) staff.

Don’t expect

Ease of access to the bedrooms (stairs prevail)

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Charming environs. Polite friendly staff. Cleanliness

Don’t expect

A corporate bungalow

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The view. The Front of House Manager and the food. The relaxed nature and understated service. It's a peach of a place.

Don’t expect

Our room was too hot and the restaurant was chilly in the evening.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the choice of eating on the terrace, free Smith extra of a glass of champagne each, sea view and how you are looked after.

Rating: 8/10 stars