Why stay at the Hotel Tresanton?
We arrived in the rain, we left in the rain, we only stayed one night, but we didn’t care. Hotel Tresanton was fabulous. We checked in last minute in an attempt to have a quick break from 2020 and we succeeded. The minute we walked out onto our private terrace and looked across the sea to St. Anthony’s Lighthouse we relaxed.
This visit had been a birthday gift from Steve for 2019, but that had been a rough year and the hotel were wonderful about allowing us to reschedule whenever suited us. Of course 2020 made that somewhat trickier!
Tresanton is a collection of buildings running along the hill overlooking the sea. The fact that the buildings are higher than the road means that the views are fabulous but it also means lots of steps. Not that it bothered us, it added to the sense of charm. Lots of corners and corridors. I felt like Alice in Wonderland.
The Polizzi design is everywhere and they pay a lot of attention to the architecture of the building, working with it, rather than fighting it. Hotel Endsleigh on Dartmoor is a glorious English country house and the interior design hits it on every level. Tresanton is a Cornish maritime property and the design matches. And no, I don’t mean twee nautical motifs, I mean it’s cool and stripped down. The colours are perfect, as are the patterns.
There are also lots of little touches of humour all over the place. I loved it.
St Mawes is full of great places to eat and to drink, all within wobbling distance of each other, but this year we decided to stay put. Good call. The food was delicious, and so were the cocktails! In fairness, they were probably too delicious 😂
But what about the staff? If the bed was dreamy, the bath was enormous, the view beyond par, the food scrummy and the drinks delicious, what about the staff? Well they were simply excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and the fact that we were the only guests (thank you covid) made it something of a novelty. We felt like the place was our own and we had all these lovely staff seeing to our every whim. (Mostly cocktails)
It was a wonderful way to end the year and it felt extra special to manage the trip before everything closed down again. If you ever want to treat yourselves I highly recommend it but I doubt you will ever be lucky enough to be the only guests, this place is far too popular. It takes a global pandemic to thin out their bookings.That said, I would love to visit again and see the hotel spring to life, I imagine the atmosphere is amazing.
There are more pictures on Instagram.
Liz Hurley as well as being the owner of this blog, runs a bookshop in Cornwall, right by the sea and writes books. You can buy them in her shop (of course), Waterstones and other outlets as well as Amazon.
When she’s not reading, she’s writing and when she’s not writing, she’s walking. And when she’s not doing any of that she’s binging on box sets and sleeping.
This website is for her Cornish titles. Her fiction can be found at www.lizhurleywrites.com