Cornwall, United Kingdom

Hotel Tresanton

Price per night from$263.75

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Bold and breezy Med villa


Chocolate-box Cornish village

Situated on Cornwall’s scenic southern coast, in the pretty port town of St Mawes, Hotel Tresanton commands spellbinding views across the water to the green headlands of the Roseland Peninsula. A former yachting club, the hotel was fashioned from a cluster of old houses in the 1950s, hence its higgledy-piggledy levels. Step forward Olga Polizzi in 1999, and Tresanton was transformed into the Cornish equivalent of a chic and sprawling Greek villa, full of mood-lit nooks, characterful rooms and holidaying A-listers.

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Photos Hotel Tresanton facilities

Need to know


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


11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £228.58, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

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


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

At the hotel

A 50-seat cinema, lounge, treatment room, boutique (Onda), DVD library, Hunter wellies and crabbing lines to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen 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.


Indulge in a Thai massage, Indian head massage or Chavutti Thirumal massage, applied by the feet to the entire body.

Packing tips

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


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


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. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cornwall.


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).


Little Smiths are welcomed with mini-me extras; there's an indoor playroom, and a playground with a postcard-perfect playhouse. Children can be accommodated in many of the rooms, but the family suites were designed with littles in mind.

Best for

Children of all ages are warmly welcomed.

Recommended rooms

There are two family suites with private terraces (both include daily breakfast for five); one of the two, the Lamorran Family Suite has a third ship's cabin-inspired bunk bedroom that's perfect for pint-size slumber parties.


A full-time nanny organises activities for kids during the summer months.


Sailing and windsurfing lessons can be arranged; the Tresanton has several of its own sail and motor boats for day trips, too (additional charge). DVDs and board games will keep them amused on rainy days. There are riding stables at Veryan (+44 (0)1872 501574); other family-friendly attractions nearby include the Lost Gardens of Heligan (+44 (0)1726 845100); Tate St Ives (+44 (0)1736 796226); and the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth (+44 (0)1326 313388; Minack Open-air Theatre in Porthcurno (+44 (0)1736 810181) holds theatrical productions in the summer months.


This child-friendly hotel will happily heat milk and baby food, and bespoke picnics can be put together for you to take on your family rambles.


A full-time nanny organises activities for kids during the summer months. Babysitters can be booked in advance.

No need to pack

Wellies and crabbing nets are provided for salty seaside exploration.


The Tresanton has a private cinema, a Wendy house and a children's play room.

Food and Drink

Photos Hotel Tresanton food and drink

Top Table

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

Dress Code

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

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.


Photos Hotel Tresanton location
Hotel Tresanton
27 Lower Castle Road St Mawes
United Kingdom


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


The train station in Truro is 30 minutes away.


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.

Worth getting out of bed for

In between watching the sky change from vivid blues to pinks and purples, see what's being screened in the hotel's cinema and nose around in the boutique. Borrow some wellies and crabbing nets to go rockpool hunting. Sailing and windsurfing lessons can be arranged through the hoterl, too. For first-timers and well-practiced riders, the Veryan Riding Centre is just a 20-minute drive away. Step back in time in the Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell. Catch a midday show at the open-air Minack Theatre, overlooking the ocean. For art, visit Tate St Ives, or head to the National Maritime Museum, in Falmouth; the foot ferry leaves St Mawes harbour every 20 minutes.

Local restaurants

Smith stablemate Driftwood serves wonderful fish, seafood and locally gleaned produce, as does Idle Rocks' restaurant, just across the bay.

Local bars

The Victory Inn specialises in local seafood. The Rising Sun for pub lunch and a pint. The bar at Lugger Hotel.


Photos Hotel Tresanton reviews
Alex Proud

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.

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