LUXURY & BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN CORNWALL
With its spectacular coastline, seaside boutique hotels, rolling countryside and some of the best sandy beaches in the UK, Cornwall really is a great seaside holiday destination for everyone. And Lulu’s pick of boutique hotels which includes some of the best luxury hotels in Cornwall are just as diverse as the county itself. Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes is the epitome of seaside chic, with a fresh, simple design and fabulous views of the nearby sea. For your brood, there’s a children’s room and Wendy house; for you, there’s a private cinema and two hotel boats you can hire for day trips to pretty coves (ask for a picnic prepared by the chef that you can take onboard). The newest boutique hotel opening in Cornwall is in St Mawes and is the bright and breezy The Idle Rocks which sits right on the harbourside and has a wonderful south-facing terrace andrestaurant. Alternatively, if you’re travelling without children, why not check into The Scarlet, an adult-only luxury eco boutique hotel near Mawgan Porth. This Chic Retreat has a great spa, a Michelin-star chef in the kitchen and each room comes with its own private outdoor space, whether in the form of a balcony or courtyard terrace. For a holiday hideaway off the beaten track and by the sea, book into Westcroft Guesthouse in Kingsand a former fishing village nestled on the Rame Peninsula. Whilst not a luxury hotel in Cornwall this 3 room B&B is one of Lulu's favourites and can also be taken over in its entirety for seaside family holidays.
Out and About in Cornwall
Visiting Cornwall isn’t about big cities, instead you’ll spend your days discovering tiny towns or on the beach, whether you choose the dunes and long curling bay at Gwithian Sands, the surfers’ paradise of Newquay or tucked away Porthcurno, which is overlooked by the open-air Minack theatre carved into the cliff (the theatre season runs from May to September). Wander the cobbled streets of St Ives, browsing the art galleries and renowned Leach Pottery exhibition, gallery and shop, where you can pick up ceramics by local artists. Or head to the quay at Falmouth to hop on a boat across to St Mawes (if you’re lucky you might see dolphins in the bay on the way) for crab sandwiches or a fish and chip dinner.
If you can tear yourself away from whichever boutique hotel in Cornwall you are staying in, must-visit attractions include the Eden Project at St Austell, the famous tropical garden which boasts the Rainforest Biome, the world’s largest greenhouse, and the Grade I listed Port Eliot House and Garden, host of the annual Port Eliot arts festival every summer. It’s also worth stopping off at Marazion, a quaint town near Penzance where you can walk across the causeway to the castle at St Michael’s Mount if the tide is out and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the restored romantic Victorian gardens with a walled flower garden and a National Collection of ‘Camellias and Rhododendrons.
Food in this part of the world understandably leans towards fresh fish (if you want to buy your own, head to the fishing town of Newlyn for the catch of the day) and there are several big name chefs with seafood restaurants to choose from. There’s theMichelin-star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in both Rock and Port Isaac; Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant, bistro and cafe in Padstow and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay (another key surfing spot). The Carew Arms in Antony is a wonderful gastropub offering fine dining, guided by Fat Duck alumni Emily Watkins - it recently scored an 8/10 writeup in The Telegraph. Local supper spots range from Cornish mussels at The Ship Inn in Mousehole to tapas at The Portmeor Cafe on Portmeor Beach in St Ives (beach huts here have cleverly been turned into pods with blankets and heaters so you can eat outside even if it gets chilly) and French dishes at The Old Quay house in Fowey. And whatever you do, don’t forget to have a Cornish cream tea during your stay.