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The Cormorant Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Golant
Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Really pleased with this hotel! Booked it on an Internet deal, £80 room and breakfast for my wife and I, but it surpasses many hotels we've endured for a lot more money! Lovely riverside location, I think all rooms face river, restaurant is great, river facing. Food superb, as is the service. Lounge area is nicely set out in groups of cosy sofas with hot log fire. Our room was not large, but perfectly clean, and had a panoramic sliding window overlooking curve in river/ estuary. Decor is all good and clean, could possibly be improved??? But everything else and lovely friendly and hard working staff more than make up for it. Timber clad spa is also good. Lovely Poole and hot tub. Note: this hotel is perched on a hillside and had a very steep access driveway. It is now one of our favourite places.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We spent three nights here at the end of October. It has a fantastic location but, as it says on the web site - it's not a place for the infirm (lots of steps, no ramps) - or those who are intimidated by narrow lanes or very steep drives! Golant is a small hamlet a couple of miles upriver from Fowey. Reached by a steep, narrow lane with passing places. We were glad we had taken my wife's small car. The approach to the hotel is along the quayside - small river marina that floods at high tide, when you have to take a detour around the hamlet's narrow streets to reach the hotel. The hotel itself is set high up on the side of the valley overlooking the estuary. It is reached by a very steep drive - I would guess it is a 1 in 3. Good job this area is not subject to many frosts as the slope would be treacherous. Once at the top there is parking for about 12 cars.
All the rooms have fantastic views. especially those on the first floor. We had booked a superior double and were given room 12 - on the first floor. Good sized room with newly fitted and spacious en suite shower and views up and down the estuary. Unfortunately the 'large' double was only a queen and the mattress was very soft - so much so that my wife ricked her back when she sat down and it sagged down more than she expected. As her back is very sensitive to soft matresses we had to change. The manager was very obliging and gave us the only other empty room - room 1 on the ground floor. Not such a spectacular view but with its own terrace. A fair sized room but with a bigger bed - twin zip linked beds. Still on the soft side but better than the previous double. Apart from the less than perfect beds the sleeping experience was great - the quietest location we have ever experienced- total silence - no traffic, no noisy neighbours!
We had dinner there twice during the stay. Nice large lounge with great views and small bar area plus reasonable dining room (with nice wood burner to keep away the cold) - again as with all their rooms the view was superb. The food is good - a little on the pretentious side for me - which means ambitious menus and smallish portions, but very good cooking. Starters and deserts are around £7 each and the main courses around £20-25 and you can get a three course option for around £32. Most memorable dish for me was a selection of home made ice creams which included an interesting salted caramel!
Breakfasts were the usual fare - self service buffet for juices, dried fruit, yoghurts and cereals and a large selection of cooked dishes - the usual full English (very good and generous helpings) and various varieties of eggs etc - nice scrambled egg with smoked salmon.
Staff very friendly and helpful. Overall almost a 5 star experience - slightly let down by the beds which could be better quality. For a similar price we have stayed recently at Byfords Posh B&B in Holt, Norfolk where the beds are outstanding (all are Vi Spring).It means you can book knowing you will get a really comfortable mattress - firm but well padded - rather than wondering if it's going to be a slightly soggy mattress where you feel every movement of your partner.
PS there was a separate pool but we did not make use of this.

Room Tip: All have great views - ground floor rooms also have a private terrace area with table and chairs but...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

My husband and I recently stayed for a couple of days at this lovely hotel. When we arrived, I found it too quiet but after a day appreciated the relaxing atmosphere and the time went too quickly. The food was delicious and a comfortable bedroom where we sat on the balcony to watch the otters swimming across the estuary. The staff were helpful and friendly and will certainly return for another relaxing break

Room Tip: All the rooms overlook the estuary
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

The Cormorant hotel at Golant is set overlooking the beautiful estuary leading to Fowey.

The views and setting are marvelous.

We had a very relaxing break and the service was superb. The highlight for us was the cuisine which was sensational and the restaurant had a great ambience.

This is a very relaxing break and ideal for a romantic break in beautiful Cornwall.

The bedroom was dissapointing , the decor and fittings are very dated and tired and do not match the ambience created elsewhere to in the public areas. The rooms were clean and had wonderful views from the private balcony.

Overall a good venue that could be GREAT If refer ishment of bedrooms were to be undertaken by the management team.

Highlight food and natural setting

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Last month we had the pleasure of staying a few days at the Cormorant and were joined for the weekend by a dozen friends from across the South West who helped celebrate my wife's 60th. All of us thoroughly enjoyed it, it was a quality experience with fine dining exhibited in both the tasting menu and a la carte. The staff could not have been more obliging and professional particularly Lara, Russell & Ruchira and the chef's creations were not that far removed from Gidleigh Park where we stayed and dined a week later! (at three times the price!) The rooms provided everything we wished for in terms of comfort, cleanliness and unbeatable views of the estuary and, most important silence, serenity and solitude.
It was in fact so successful and pleasurable that we are returning for a few days over New Year confident of their consistency.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Just returned from weekend at the Cormorant. As pretty much all reviews state the view is beyond compare. The hotel is full of staff who try very hard to get everything right and for the most part they do...my main issue is with the quality of the rooms. They are tired and the Cormornat Room certainly didn't live up to my expectations and would be so easy to imrpove. Bed and bath wonderful but the room depspertaly needs a refit - the carpets and curtains had seen much better days( frayed tie backs, stained carpets,curtains coming off the pole), the shower was very 1980s and the mish mash of furniture was very disappointing.To end on a positive the food is sublime and it is so great that guests can choose any dish from the extensive menu on a DB&B deal. It really wouldn't take much for the Cormorant to get full marks - they have got all the tricky bits( location,staff, food standard) spot on - just some better interior design touches.

Room Tip: Cormorant room is quite tatty. Superior room actually had much better furnishings and shower unit.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We have just spent a glorious break here, only one night though would love to had stayed longer, food and service were superb , room had wonderful views and had everything we could need only downside was that cleaners do not keep up the same high standards as the front of house staff the older furniture in our superior room needed a really good clean. The bed was wonderfully comfortable.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: The Cormorant Hotel, Golant PL23 1LW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Golant
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Golant
Price Range: $129 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Cormorant Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel nestles on the hillside high above the magnificent Fowey River in Cornwall, close to the Eden Project. An independent luxury hotel set in a glorious location, and we pride ourselves on individual attention to all our guests. 14 guest rooms, all en-suite, all with exceptional river views, most with balconies. ... more   less 
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Cormorant On The River Hotel
The Cormorant Hotel Golant, Cornwall

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