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“Very good, but needs tweaking.” 4 of 5 stars
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Trehellas House
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bodmin, Washaway, Bodmin PL30 3AD, England   |  
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milton keynes
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32 hotel reviews
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“Very good, but needs tweaking.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed for one night at Trehellas Hotel & Restaurant. We arrived at 13-00 hours and had to leave at 14-00 for an appointment. We thought that we would have time to change and have a light snack, but discovered that the chef did not arrive until 14-00. The young lady on reception was very pleasant and helpful, and arranged for us to have coffee and biscuits. The room was very good but rather cold due to the weather and the fact that two of the four windows would not close properly, resulting in about a one inch gap exposing the elements. A heater was requested and promptly found.

We had booked a table in the restaurant for 19-15 and decided to have a leisurely drink in one of the cosy lounges first. We arrived at 18-30 and ordered two gin and tonics. The evening started very well, because when they arrived the tonic was seperate to the gin, allowing us to decide how much tonic to add. So very often it arrives with some of the tonic already poured. I like to taste the gin! A young lady took our food order and we ordered another drink about 10 minutes later. Before the drink arrived, we were told that our first courses were ready and that they would bring the drinks to us. We did not want gin and tonic at our table, so cancelled it, after all it was only 18-55 and the table was not booked until 19-15. What we would have liked is to have had another drink in the lounge and been able to order some wine for the meal in advance instead of at the table, resulting in the wine not arriving until after the first course. We had scallops with black pudding and a pea puree, and a pea risotto to start. What I found really odd was the fact that this was served with slices of fruit bread and an oil and balsamic dip. The dip was fine, but fruit bread, I dont think so. The fruit bread was then taken away and no furher bread arrived. For our main courses we ordered plaice ( which they kindly took off the bone) and venison. The food was good and well cooked. I had the scallops followed by the plaice, which was good, but when I order fish, I like to be able to taste the fish and not have it overpowered by spicy purees and accompaniments. I like spicy food when I am expecting it, but when there is no mention of "spiced" on the menu, then I am not happy. For desserts we had cheesecake and the cheeseboard. The cheesecake was fine, and so was the cheeseboard except that the five cheeses, slice of butter, 8 very thin and similar biscuits, grapes, celery and a ramekin of chutney were all crammed onto quite a small plate. Presentation and a variety of biscuits would have improved this immensly. After a good nights sleep we found ourselves back in the dining room for breakfast. The breakfast was excellent. Good hot food, hot plates, toast, juice, coffee, yoghurts, cereals and service,. Just what we needed for our long journey home.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We have just returned from a weekend in Cornwall staying one night at the Trehellas House Hotel & Restaurant at Washaway, Bodmin before moving onto St Ives.
From the minute we were greeted by a lovely, friendly young lady on reception to the minute we checked out we thoroughly relished every minute the Trehellas House experience. The building is very old and full of character. It has quirky little nooks and crannies. It has been very tastefully and thoughtfully restored and has been kept loyal to its history whilst providing all the creature comforts.
We stayed in The Courtroom Suite. When we were shown to our room I can honestly say it took my breath away. It is stunning, as well as vast. It is again furnished with high quality items of period furniture. There was a lounging area with 2 x 3 seater sofas, 2 'Lazy Boy' leather armchairs, coffee table and flat screen TV and DVD player. There is a hospitality tray with a lovely selection of teas etc. The huge bed is on a raised area along with Chaise Longe and dressing table. The bathroom was, again, enormous with full sized bath, separate shower cubicle, bidet, WC and basin as well as free standing towel rail, occasional table and large armchair. Nice complimentary toiletries were also supplied and lovely fluffy towels.
Free WIFI was available throughout the Hotel.
We dined in the restaurant that evening. The food was fabulous, very nicely presented and served by very efficient and friendly staff. All of the produce is locally sourced and cooked to perfection.
Breakfast next morning was superb. Served in the bright and airy conservatory. A lovely buffet table with a large selection of cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts, juices. A very comprehensive breakfast menu to choose anything from a full English to smoked salmon and eggs. All cooked fresh to order and excellent quality produce. Piping hot with toast and tea or coffee in abundance.
The Hotel is set in beautiful picturesque countryside. We drove into Port Isaac (filming location of Doc Martin) which was about a 20 minute drive. Padstow is approx 14 miles away and so the location is ideal to explore the Cornish coastline and inland alike.
All in all, the Trehellas House Hotel & Restaurant more than exceeded our expectations. we will definately be returning and next time stay for 3 or 4 nights. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I cannot praise this place enough.
If you like Olde Worldy, traditional, period features you will love it here. If you like ultra modern, Ikea flat pack you'll hate it. It certainly floated my boat. Loved every minute.

Room Tip: The Courtroom Suite is fabulous.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Wet Wet Weather, Bargain Break, what a Bargain, a returning emigre home to Cornwall for a short break. Sadly the weather was so disappointing, but a little gem at Washaway washed away the moans about the weather.

Just excellent. A few minor niggles, but nothing worth mentioning. Nothing is perfection after all.

Room Tip: GradeTwo listed, but with double glazing keeping out any traffic noise (quiet ish road anyway ) We s...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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23 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I booked the Trehellas on short notice for a business trip - was a really lucky find. I had a single room in an outbuilding (converted stable?) which was big enough, if only just, with a very comfortable bed. I got there late so ate at the hotel; there is no bar, which is a bit odd and a bit of a shame. There's a lounge where you can see the menu and have a drink, but it's not like a proper bar. The menu was a bit odd: not cheap, with starters mostly around the £7 mark and main courses from about £15 - £25, but there is a set meal of steak and chips followed by sticky toffee pud for £15; that's what I had, and the steak was cooked just right - nice and rare - with excellent chips. I didn't really want a proper restaurant meal - as I was on my own I'd have been happy with a bar meal or similar, but this is a small hotel and so the choice is always going to be a bit limited. Breakfast was good with a range of cooked options including smoked haddock and the traditional full English; I had bacon and a poached egg, the service was fast and the food good. Home made preserves on the table was a nice touch.
I would stay here again - it's a nice friendly hotel without being too informal. The best features are the quality of the food, and the gardens looked well worth a visit if it ever stopped raining (so far, when I've been in Cornwall, the weather has been torrential). The worst features are the room temperature (was a bit cold) and the fact that there's no bar / informal bar meal option.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amberley, Glos
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Just home from my third stay here.
The rooms are maybe a little tired and the housekeeper could be a little more diligent (cobwebs in the window) but they're clean and comfy. Service is friendly and attentive.
The food though, is excellent. A varied menu with food cooked well and nicely presented. Breakfast is very good too.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Arrived at the hotel and greeted by a lovely receptionist who escorted us to our room, which was roomy, well decorated, and with a nice big bathroom. After settling in we went for a drink in the bar - only to find there wasn't one. They will serve drinks from a menu but really there is no atmosphere to sit there in the linge with no bar. Food in the restaurant was excellent.

Room Tip: Lovely hotel to go to if you like complete peace and quiet, but if you like to drink in a bar atmosp...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

A superb little gem near Bodmin, a brief overnight stay but enough to make me want to stay here again. My bedroom in the main building was very comfortable, just watch the low beam if you are tall (ouch!). The restaurant menu was impressive with both expensive dishes plus a very good value steak meal, the steak was cooked perfectly and was nicely rounded with some good examples of Cornish real ale. The bed was very comfortable. Bathroom was very neat and tidy with plenty of hot water.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bodmin, Washaway, Bodmin PL30 3AD, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Bodmin > Washaway
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Washaway
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Hotel Class:3 star — Trehellas House 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1745 this lovely building still retains its charm with its original stone floors and converted courthouse on the first floor. Now a comfortable hotel located close to Padstow & Fowey. ... more   less 
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