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Travel Blogs from St Mawes
... one of the more challenging Cornwall circuits. Hopefully the sound uploads with the clip so you get to hear the commentary in the back seat along the way. We shot this Saturday on the way south to Lamorna and Logan's Rock. Since then I've had some even more challenging drives but this one's not bad. ...
... the giant's well on the way up. Legend has it a giant would wade ashore from the mount and steal cattle. This was superseded by the Christian legend of St Michael appearing to local fisherman. Portraits of the St Aubyn family, who have lived in the castle since the 17th century, hang on the castle walls. In one room is a framed photo of the family with Prince Charles and Carmella, Duchess of Cornwall. People tend to linger as they move through the dozen or so rooms open to the ...
... villages such as Chysauster, an Iron Age settlement originally occupied almost 2000 years ago.
Our next stop was the historical & medieval castle of St Michael's Mount dating back to the 12th century, previously a Benedictine Monastery, fortress, a port & family home. Here our fitness level was tested, at least 500 very steep steps over rugged terrain, but well worth it.
Our last stop for the day was Land's ...
... which meant I had a double babycino. It was then time for a drive to Zennor, a tiny village on the west south coast, south of St Ives. We wandered around St Senara's Church, which features a barrel vaulted ceiling fashioned like a ship's keel and the Mermaid Chair inspired by a local legend of a chorister being lured to sea by a mermaid attracted by his beautiful singing. Paradoxically, the legend was ...
... an attractive market town & the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, here we discovered the award winning Pannier Marketplace, just wonderful, could have spent hours there. Also passed the famous Dartmoor prison which is soon to cease operation.
Next stop - Port Isaac (Port Wenn for TV) the location of Doc Martin. Saw the Doc's house, Louise's school & Bert's restaurant.
Last but by no means least on today's itinerary was our lunch at ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Tresanton St Mawes
We visited the hotel in July 2003 as we had a wedding to attend in st Mawes. Stepping into our room I was overcome by a very musty smell as if the room hadn't been aired or used in a long time. Looking out at the beautiful scenery, we stepped outside unto the terrace only to be tangled up in overgrown weeds. We contacted reception who sent someone up to cut them back, so we had to enjoy the scenery from inside the room. That evening we dined in their restaurant only to have to eat our meal with smoke bellowing around us from their blocked chimney, but we did get a glass of champagne as compensation!! On checking out we pointed out our problems only to be told "Oh sorry about that Sir! nothing else. When we got home we wrote to the manager and were refunded the money for the meal. We actually find it strange that it seems to held in such high regard, all I can say is 'Don't believe the hype'.
Expensive but pretty impressive
Stayed here in Spring, 2004 and liked it a lot. The room that we had was very spacious and the weather helped in that it was really warm and sunny and we had the view out to the bay from both the room and the terrace.
Couldn't really fault this hotel other than the price you have to pay for it - it's pretty expensive however you look at it.
The only thing I'd say is that whilst the food at Dinner was good it wasn't amazing - had much better food at Percy's.
The best hotel in the UK
Due to the nature of my business I have now stayed in almost every decent hotel in the UK and Tresanton is by far my favourite- it is the highlight of my regular trips over to England. The food is as good as I have eaten and the cocktails in the bar are up their with those in the top bars of London and New York.
Will give it a try
Only came here for dinner, as we were staying at the excellent Driftwood nearby (when we booked it was a tight decision between the two). From an evening in the hotel, I will definately come back and stay. The location is lovely , straight on the sea, and all communal areas are impressive.
We couldnt get a taxi back to our hotel, so the restaurant manager gave us a lift. Little touches of added service like this will ensure that I return for longer.
A treat, but certainly worth it. A luxury hotel, which is beautifully decorated. Staff very attentive. Food excellent. Definitely going back.
Im a little baffled by some of the posts here. This place is fantastic in every way. The rooms (ive stayed in ) are superb. Make sure you go for 5,6 or 7. 6 & 7 have their own private balconies.The food is great, there not a great deal of choice however they do rely on locally caught seafood so there is an ever changing menu.The Victory Pub is to be avoided in my opinion, I like nothing better than a decent boozer but the food is so expensive - Over £10 for any Main and for a pub this really is too much.The staff are fantastic, nothing is too much trouble and there is never a feeling of 'is that going to cost me a fortune' that you get at some luxury hotels - such as Blake's in Amsterdam for instance.The last stay (2003 August Bank Holiday) was my Birthday and my Mother had pre-ordered a Bottle of Wine for me for Dinner along with a Card some weeks before. When I had arrived they phoned my Mother (without my knowledege) and let her know that myself and my girlfriend had arrived safely and were in good hands! Very nice touch even if I am in my late 20's!!The Rooms are expensive but the experience is priceless. Ive been there 3 times and am going again next August. A recent stay there last weekend cost £800 for 2 people including Dinner/Breakfast and all drinks etc...The area is stunning and St Mawes is probably the nicest Village in Cornwall. If you want a change from the view/hotel pop to the Pandora Inn pub in Mylor - much better than the Victory Inn in a lovely location.The Tresanton is the best hotel Ive been to in the World.
I can only agree with the rather more negative reviews of the hotel tresanton. Certainly the room that we stayed in could best be described as poky. If you decide to go, be sure to ask which room they intend to allocate. Beware rooms 17-21 are all very small and if the weather is hot which it was when we visited they get very warm indeed as there is no airconditioning. The setting of the hotel is beautiful and the service is good but I still think that they rely a little too much on their trendy reputation, and that the actual experience is not worth the money. The food in the restaurant is very average and horribly overpriced. The best advice I can give anyone whoo intends to stay here is to avoid it completely and eat at the Victory Inn in St Mawes which does possibly the best seafood we had ever tasted for about half the price
The Tresanton is a good attempt at making Cornwall 'trendy'. It occupies a wonderful site in the very picturesque cornish fishing village of St Mawes and is only a 5-hour trip from London by car or train.As such, the many of the guests are from London looking for a chic weekend getaway and as London is the main market, we expected it to be a little 'chicer' than it actually was.In terms of UK standards, the hotel is good, but in terms of Far East standards it is a bit shabby around the edges...everything is relative but £225 ($340) per room per night (including breakfast) is not cheap by any standards.The hotel is comfortable. It has a wonderful cosy lounge with a roaring log fire and quirky decor, with artifacts from around the world and funky stingray shaped lights. There is a downstairs bar which is as modern and trendy (also with a cosy lounge area).The whole of the hotel (except the restaurant) has seagrass matting on the floor, which works well in the public areas but is uncomfortable in the bedrooms (too trendy perhaps?)The rooms are good, but not fantastic. There are some in the main building and some further up the hill in an annexe, where the sea views are better from a small balcony but where space is more limited. The rooms are simply furnished with no tea/coffee making facilities, no hairdryer and no iron. The plumbing is 'eccentric English' and plays wonderful tunes throughout the night. Although the shower and bath are good, the taps in our basin did not work properly, another small niggle. The rooms are noisy and it is easy to hear those staying next door and upstairs! There needs to be more attention to detail.The staff at reception and those dealing with baggage/valet parking etc are very good, friendly and willing to deal with any query.The restaurant occupies prime location on the first floor and in the summer spills out onto a wonderful terrace with a distinct nautical feel and fantastic views over the Fal Estuary. The food is well presented but 'average'. The supervisory staff are excellent (especially the Scottish Lady), but on her day off, things fall apart and the service becomes very erratic from the mixture of nationalities serving the tables.Despite the tables in the restaurant being small and closely packed in, the candle-lit ambiance is very romantic. However the food has tinges of 'big hotel catering' about it...it tries to be modern and funky, but doesn't quite get there. Orders are mixed up, food arrives on cold plates and it is all a bit more stressful than it should be for a fixed price of £34 ($51) per person. A seafoof risotto appetiser was excellent with scallops cooked to perfection but served on a cold plate. John Dory as a main course was good, but the dish was overcooked and swimming in butter. Calves liver was served on mashed potato, but with insufficient gravy. The cheese selection was meagre and the types of cheese offered were poor..such a shame when England (and Cornwall) produces some of the best cheeses in the world.The food and service does not come up to the standard that weekending Londoners would expect for the price they are paying (Olga Polizzi, the owner should take note!).The wine list is good, if a bit quirky, but markups are high. On our second evening, we strolled into the village to the Rising Sun pub/restaurant and enjoyed an equally good, if not better meal, with superior service.Breakfast however is excellent, with a good choice of buffet items and a good a la carte selection including full English Breakfast, scambled egg with smoked salmon, field mushrooms on toast, kippers, choice of eggs etc etc, all served with lashings of coffee and toast and marmelade.....excellent!Altogether, this is a good hotel and provides for an enjoyable stay, but a two night stay out of season (early March) cost £500 ($750) for the two of us (including one night's dinner)........quite a hefty bill!Very nice, but over-hyped would be our verdict!
Well we loved Hotel Tresanton!
I was so surprised to read the review of a guest who had stayed at Tresanton as we have just returned from a fabulous weekend at the same hotel. Unlike the other guest, I recognised many of the objets in the hotel to be from local and nationally recognised artists - the furniture is as comfortable as one could wish for, the style as good as the hype, all rooms have been decorated with the ambience in mind. The bar was quiet when we visited but certaintly nothing wrong with it - the plumbing was fine on our visit and the food excellent. The staff were charming and really made the visit for us - we will return! The style of Tresanton does not suit everyone but if you like it, you'll go back again and again.
A great deal of money and effort has been invested in the Tresanton Hotel to provide a very specific and “tasteful” environment. While the restaurant has a minimalist Mediterranean feel, the rest of the hotel is very “British” country style. Bedrooms and lounges are adorned with a variety of seemingly second hand furniture. They are not antiques – just old fashioned. The emphasis is on style rather than comfort or practicality. The beds are comfortable, but we were surprised to find that the “second hand” style extended to a hole in the bed linen! It is unfortunate that the style continues into the bathroom. It imitates the plumbing of the days before decent showerheads and mixer taps. So when washing your hands you either scald yourself or use cold water. An inadequate hot towel rail provides bathroom heating so that you get goose pimples on exiting the shower or bath. And the mirrors all steam up and have to be cleaned before you can see yourself to shave or comb hair.