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“Seduced by this lovely hotel”
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Hotel Tresanton
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in St Mawes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 2, 2007

Despite some of the worst weather we have ever experienced on a holiday with days of lashing rain, we fell in love with this beautiful hotel, charming staff and fabulous location.

Not for lovers of five star 'bling', this hotel is presented with immaculate taste and attention to detail with stylish furniture mixing together both period and modern pieces with clever lighting and lots of gentle humour, creating a unique and relaxed atmosphere, with unobtrusive service from the friendly staff.

On arriving to a very warm welcome, the car and luggage were whisked away, and after a restorative drink we were shown to a huge bedroom with stunning views and a very large superbly comfortable bed . Lots of top quality bed linen and towels all added to the feel good factor.

We had excellent food throughout our stay both in the evenings and at breakfast, our only complaint being that some of the tables in the light and airy dining room were very close to each other, possibly because the terrace was sadly out of action due to the appalling weather.
Fabulous Tresanton cream teas.........we had ours in bed!

We had to make a hasty sprint to and from the bar which is across the terrace from the main building down some challenging steps for anyone with mobility problems.

Slightly alarmed by other reviewers mentioning lots of 'braying loud voices'. Not while we stayed here.

This is a very special hotel for an indulgent treat. We were totally seduced by The Tresanton and are planning to return.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2007

We have just come back from a 4-day stay at this superb hotel. It was my birthday treat and I must say I am completely enchanted by the staff, the layout and the surroundings. We had a lovely room which we believe must have been the best in the hotel. So lovely was it that I wont tell you the room number, otherwise it will always be booked when we wish to return... :-) Staff was always friendly and attentive, service was excellent, the hotel itself is very romantic and the communal outdoor areas (and many of the rooms) afford breathtaking views of the bay and the beautiful Cornish countryside. Food is excellent and would rival high-class London restaurants. Negatives? Well.... none that would spring to mind, really, and we will definitely return.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Ralphibaby
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Reviewed April 29, 2007

Stayed here for 2 nights in April, the hotel staff were extremely helpful, friendly and "customer focused". The food was top class and having eaten here on previous occasions I can honestly say I have always found the food excellent and the service in the restaurant faultless. The bedroom with balcony was large and had great views over St Anthony Head. It was extremely well presented, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. We ordered pre-drinks in the lounge. again the staff were quick, attentive and friendly. Breakfast was lovely with plently of choice and food cooked to order. This hotel is fairly expensive but its worth every penny - we are returning in June as its one of the friendliest hotels we have stayed at and the food is excellent.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Bryer
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Reviewed April 12, 2007

We have just returned from a two night stay at the Tresanton and fully agree with many of the sentiments in other reviews. The hotel is in a lovely position and the view from our room was just wonderful. However, the food was very average (do not believe the hype that is is better than Rick Stein's, it is not). Our room nos 6, was very noisy, particularly as the housekeeping room was just close by and we were woken around 7.30 every morning by the staff chattering away.
The hotel staff were hard working, if a little slow and I put this down to training, but they were charming.
However, the main reason I would not visit this hotel again is the average food and to a certain degree some of the guests were loud and overbearing which I found intrustive both during breakfast and dinner.
If you are visiting St Maws do take the boat trip to the Trelissick National Trust Garden, it is a fantastic day out.
On returning to Cornwall we shall revisit Padstow as I can highly recommend Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant and Hotel -outstanding food and service and nice rooms too.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2007

We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Tresanton. At last we got in!
I am a complete hotel junkie and love nothing more than staying in great hotels around the world and my partner and I have been looking forward to staying at the Tresanton for a long time.
We normally stay at the Lugger in Portloe or more recently at the Marina Villa Hotel or The Old Quay in Fowey if we fancy a stylish weekend break in Cornwall.
We had high expectations of the Tresanton after reading great reviews in various publications so we were really looking forward to our stay and had believed all the hype.
We stayed in room 28 which is located in the house next to the Tresanton. The plus points of the room were its size and of course the views of the estuary were fabulous.
The bathroom was the best part of the room together with the dressing area. The point below about the window in the bathroom not being covered has since been addressed so no-one can see in now when they walk by.
The Bay window in the bedroom isn't private so anyone walking by does look in but we found that quite amusing more than annoying - what else can you expect when you stay in an old small Cornish fishing village.
All in all the room was fine - although the window seat covers were stained and there was paint over them too. The bed was huge and very comfortable. TV was tiny - so a larger screen would have been better.
I also agree that it is annoying to hear the people staying in the room above walk around - especially at 2 in the morning.
We found the staff to be extremely friendly and everyone of them made us feel welcome - the staff and views I believe are the Tresanton's greatest assest.
The food was OK - Not the greatest I have eaten but certainly not the worst. The service was also a little bit slow. The breakfast was also OK - again nothing special.
The communal areas are OK - The bar area was small - you felt as though you were in a dolls house but the lounge was comfortable.
The reason I rated this above average and not excellent was because I personally didn't feel the hotel completely lived up to its reputation. Yes it's a lovely cluster of buildings in a pretty village but I have to say that I prefer the boutique hotels in Fowey. St Mawes just didn't appeal to us.
All in all we did enjoy our stay but we wouldn't stay again and I now know not to believe all the hype.
Also be aware that the hotel does attract a certain type of guest
who can potentially spoil your evening as you have no option but to listen to them talk very loudly.

Stayed: January 2007
10  Thank SarahDarren
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Reviewed November 18, 2006

We had a fantastic stay in this beautiful hotel. Everything about it is quality. Its not flashy or in your face, but it does everything really well with top quality furnishings, bedding, towels etc.

We stayed in Room 28 which was the lower room in "The Nook". This basically feels like the property next door to the main Hotel. Its kitted out like the rest of the property and the rooms are really large as a result. Massive bathroom also and the bedroom has a large bay window to the front with a lovely sea view, although the hotels decription on the phone of "sea views to three sides" is pushing it a bit. Think that only applies if you stick your head in the bay part of the window.

We had really stormy weather and it was lovely to sit in the room and watch the massive waves crashing and the lighthouse on the headland earning its keep. The sprint to the hotel though when dressed for dinner wasnt particularly pleasant but rather bracing !

We had the lower floor in The Nook and wouldnt stay in that room again. Although lovely and large, the upstairs room has wooden floors and it is really noisy when guests are in the room above. Not what you want on Rest and Relaxation break. We'd stay in the main hotel next time or the upstairs room in The Nook.
Also the bathroom in the Nook Room 28 is a little odd. It has a window that is at head height on the side drive up to the hotel, and the window isnt, and cant be covered. A little disconcerting if your eau naturelle in your bathroom !

The lounge and dining room are all lovely. We dined once in the evening and we both found our meals to be exceptional. One of us thought the meal to be better than Rick Stiens Seafood Restaurant (and that was great) which we also tried. The breakfast was also first class and freshly cooked to order.

A couple of good tips - The car park is miles away at the top of the village. Quite a hike if your unfit. The young guys on reception will happily sprint up for you though. We found a space right opposite the Nook with a sign on "Reserved for the Nook" the hotel dont advertise it, but this is ok to park in if your in The Nook. Also there is a superb gastro pub called The Roseland Inn about four miles away in Philleigh which is wonderul. Really good food and very old.

All in all The Tresenton is exceptional and we will be back. We have already booked for June and cant wait. A total gem of a hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2006

The Tresanton has been on our list of places to go for some time and finally we found ourselves with a weekend to spare and booked at fairly short notice. We secured the last room - described, rather apologetically by the person on the other end of the telephone as "small". in answer to my request to clarify this, she simply explained that it was only fair to warn us, so that we wouldn't be disappointed. In fact, our room was more than adequate, very well appointed and no smaller than many other hotel rooms we have experienced in our travels.

We received the warmest of welcomes, really enjoyed our stay and will return. The service is unobtrusive but efficient, the decor stylish but comfortable and relaxed and we appreciated the understated "English" manner very much indeed. There are so many thoughtful touches, small details which are easily overlooked but, in our opinion, count for far more than simply marketing hype.

We ate in the restaurant on all three evenings of our stay, which we agree is expensive, but reliable and very enjoyable. We agree with earlier reviewers that the soundproofing is inadequate and shared more than one telephone conversation with guests in the neighbouring room - the sound of excessively loud, braying voices from some guests is possibly the one aspect of our stay which we would prefer to overlook!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Address: 27 Lower Castle Road, St Mawes TR2 5DR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Truro District > Roseland Peninsula > St Mawes
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in St Mawes
Price Range: $244 - $493 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Tresanton 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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