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“Unique interiors, Stunning exteriors, Amazing food, the PERFECT hotel.”
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Talland Bay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Porthallow
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Unique interiors, Stunning exteriors, Amazing food, the PERFECT hotel.”
Reviewed April 26, 2011

It seems strange calling it a "hotel" really because that does not do it justice. This is a family owned luxury house nestled perfectly on unspoiled land with unspoiled views of a wonderful Cornish Bay. The owners are both personable and interesting and know just how to make you feel welcome and relaxed.

Very simply I could not rate this hotel higher. Other than Cliveden House Hotel no other place has taken our breathe away like this one.

I can't even get started on the Chef.... the food is quite simply exceptional and would be perfectly suited to the confines of London and does in fact knock spots off most of the "high end" restos we eat in.

So if you are looking for a quiet get away to truly relax and to see some of the best views in England then look no further.

We will be going back to this hotel at least once a year for the rest of our lives.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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tallandbay, Manager at Talland Bay Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2011
Thank you for your kind words.Yes the views are wonderful and we get to see it every day which is a joy. I will certainly pass on your compliments to David the Head Chef and his team and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Regards

Mark Huckaby-Stretch
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

I felt excited from the moment we made our 6 night reservation - even booking was a pleasure. Our room was beautiful with a stunning bathroom and fabulous design throughout. Vanessa and Michael (the new owners), experienced hoteliers within the luxury small hotel sector, have thought through every element in terms of delighting their customers. We had dinner in both the brasserie and formal restaurant and enjoyed the food and wine tremendously. The view from the hotel is simply stunning - must be one of the prettiest bays in the UK and the walks to Looe and Polperro are well worth taking. I can't sing the praises of this hotel and the professional and friendly team of people who looked after us highly enough.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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tallandbay, Manager at Talland Bay Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2011
Thank you very much for your kind review. We are pleased you enjoyed your recent visit with us. I will pass on your compliments to Vanessa and Michael and Alfie their dog. Look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed April 24, 2011

From the moment we arrived , the welcome and service we received was first class.This lovely hotel is in a beautiful setting with views of the bay from the front of the hotel,we opted for a sea view suite(worth every penny).The breakfast is very good in fact we ate all our meals there and could not fault them,both fine dining and brasserie menus,(It really does serve the best fish &chips).So do yourselves a favour and go there ASAP

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Reviewed April 19, 2011

Welcoming, friendly staff who genuinely care about the guest's wellbeing, whether during the reservation process and check in, or in the course of one's stay. The property is charming, quirky, and impeccably maintained. Rooms are spotlessly clean, eclectically decorated in a tasteful way and have beds( made locally) which are so comfortable you may consider missing breakfast! Don't.!!..The breakfast menu caters for every appetite.. and the yoghurt and croissants are memorable.. not to mention the juiciest kippers ever. We also dined in the brasserie and thoroughly enjoyed the food and the friendly service. Wine list is reasonably priced. This is an ideal bolt-hole/ romantic retreat destination.. As for the outside space... It is positively enchanting, full of delightful touches in an Alice in Wonderland type way with a view which is nothing short of breathtaking.. At every turn, there is proof that the proprietors, Vanessa and Michael ,love their hotel... and we do too!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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tallandbay, Manager at Talland Bay Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2011
Thank you for all your kind comments. I will certainly pass on all your comments to the team.

Kind regards

Mark huckaby-Stretch
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2011

We came across this hotel by chance, were only going to stay for one night, and ended up staying four. The staff and owners clearly care deeply about this wonderful place. The rooms and public areas are sumptuous, lovingly dressed, even witty. The setting, overlooking a secluded bay, couldn’t be bettered. There’s also a quiet beach with a charming beach cafe just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. The menu in the hotel restaurant and bistro displayed a love of food and a passion for culinary inventiveness. We will certainly come back!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

Have not stayed in this hotel (yet) but were lucky enough to be treated to a meal in the restaurant. The food was amazing - presentation was really good and the flavour matched completely. The front of house service was also lovely and we were so well looked after throughout our visit. The hotel has a really interesting decor and is set in a stunning location with beautiful views. Hope to stay soon .....

Thank you to all the chefs and the front of house staff for a truely memorable evening.

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2011

SUPERB hotel and service, SCRUMPTIOUS food and STUNNING location. These are the only words to describe the fabulous Talland Bay Hotel.

Some background first…………….my wife and I had been staying at the Talland Bay Hotel for nearly 30 years until about 5 years ago when we stopped as it was becoming very shabby and run down. However, Vanessa and Michael then bought the hotel about 18 months ago and undertook a massive refurbishment programme. We returned to the hotel in May last year and immediately fell back in love with it. We have now just returned from a fabulous 7 night stay and felt compelled to write another review of this wonderful hotel.

The hotel is blessed with the most stunning of locations looking out over Talland Bay itself with the starts of the coastal walks to Looe and Polperro in view. We were lucky to have glorious weather for all but one day of our week and as a result spent most afternoons lazing in the garden on the very comfortable sun loungers looking out to sea with the sun blazing above us.

If you can make the effort to get up and turn away from the sea the hotel is there with its pristine white walls glistening in the sun and the magnificent gardens coming in to full bloom – this really is a spectacular location and with the weather like it was one wonders why we ever bother to go abroad.

Of course, such a stunning location would be nothing without the other many ingredients of a great hotel – food, service, quality of bedrooms etc. And here Talland Bay Hotel again scores top marks in every department.

The hotel has lots of art and quirky objects in the rooms and around the grounds which add to the attraction. As for the bedrooms we had a look at several to see how they had changed as we have stayed in many of them over the years. Every room is decorated to the highest possible standard and many share the magnificent views which you have when in the gardens. A few have country views which are equally attractively decorated.

As for the service, well superb is the best description - extremely professional and nothing is too much trouble. The owners, Vanessa and Michael, are very much hands on in running the hotel and have an excellent front of house team of Lauren, Marc, Yani, Linda and Peter working alongside them. Plus they have Penny and her colleagues in the housekeeping department who keep everything absolutely spotless.

Out of sight there are, of course, the kitchen team and I apologise for not knowing all of their names. This brings me on to the food which reached new heights this week. You can either eat in the Brasserie which is the hotel bar where there is an extensive range of meals or the Fine Dining in the restaurant which is more formal. We did eat in the restaurant every night which was our choice and the food was superb with several outstanding meals.

Talking of food reminds me of the lunches that are available – these are from the Brasserie menu and on the sunny days it was sheer perfection having lunch on the terrace overlooking the sea. Utter bliss!

Of course if the weather is not so kind to you then there are numerous attractions in easy reach such as the Eden Project, Plymouth and many National Trust properties including Lanhydrock. In not so nice weather you can therefore find a lot to do, comforted in the knowledge that you are returning at the end of the day to such a superb hotel.

To summarise, the Talland Bay Hotel is simply wonderful – excellent accommodation, superb service, a pristine hotel in a stunning location.

Huge thanks to Vanessa, Michael and the whole team and we look forward to our next visit later in the year.

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tallandbay, Manager at Talland Bay Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2011
Thank you for your kind comments Peter. We all look forward to welcoming you back very soon and look forward to our 5pm chats at the Bar.

Regards and see you both soon

Mark Huckaby-Stretch
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Property: Talland Bay Hotel
Address: Polperro Heritage Coast, Porthallow, Looe PL13 2JB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Looe > Porthallow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Porthallow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Talland Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a magical location overlooking the bay this is a very special hotel privately run with caring attentive owners and staff whose aim is to please. We have an elegant 2 star AA rosette restaurant with sliding doors where, weather permitting you can sit on our terrace and enjoy the views. You’ll know you’re somewhere special as soon as you arrive at Talland Bay Hotel. ... more   less 
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