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“so much more than a b&b”
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The Waterwheel Inn
Ranked #4 of 97 St Austell B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 3, 2013

The waterwheel really is one of cornwalls hidden gems. Having just spent two nights there we were instantly made to feel like old friends rather than customers by mark and francesca. The reason I say its more than a b&b is down to the intimacy of the service and the absolutely incredible food they serve. By that I dont just mean the mouth watering evening meals but also the top class fried breakfast (no happy shopper sausages here! always the teller of a bad brekkie!). Ive never written a review for anything before but because our experience here far surpassed our expectations I knew I had to write this . So once again thank you mark and francesca for making our break so amazing and for putting up with our mate!!!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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frithsoken, Owner at The Waterwheel Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

"I just feel I need to say this…….."
Thank you for your kind words, it was a pleasure, and that includes your mate!

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We wanted a quirky, unusual B&B and not your normal Victorian villa and the Waterwheel met and then exceeded our expectations. Our room (number 8) was attractively decorated and it overlooked the mill stream which burbled merrily below our window. The bar area was inviting and comfortable with several settees to lounge about on but the star of the show was the fabulous restaurant area. It is a lovely space and is much, much nicer than you could normally expect from a B&B. We took breakfast in the conservatory overlooking the gardens. The food was great and there was lots of it. Francesca was a fabulous host and she made us feel very welcome. She even loaned us a couple of pairs of wellies so we could walk/squelch through the extensive garden to look at the ancient holy well hidden away at the far end. We also had our very own guide in the form of Francesca’s Labrador. He walked with us all the way and all he wanted in return was his ears tickling. My girlfriend and I had a great weekend at the Waterwheel. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay at a comfortable and interesting B&B.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

We have just returned from a one night break to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We don't live far away and being familiar with the location had often thought about sampling the restaurant. It did not disappoint. We received a warm welcome on arrival, the room was small but more than adequate for a one night stay. Dinner was excellent, beautifully presented and tasty. Drinks were reasonably priced with lots of local selections of beer and cider, always good! Breakfast was lovely, a full cooked breakfast, toast, with homemade marmalade, a selection of cereals - and definitely no room for lunch! Thank you Francesca and Mark, we will definitely be back and will recommend The Waterwheel to our 'up country' family and friends.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

A really nice place to stay- immaculately clean, beautifully decorated, wonderful food and a warm welcome. We visited with my sister and her husband and stayed two nights- nothing was too much trouble- welcome packs, tea, coffee and biscuits in the room- fantastic breakfasts and super restaurant that gives good options for vegetarians as well as an interesting menu. The food was delicious and very good value served in a lovely restaurant.

As well as a restaurant and conservatory where breakfast is served there is a bar with an attractive area to sit. The garden is lovely, there is a large car park and this is very close to the attractions in the area [Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Eden Project, Charlestown & the Maritime Museum, Fowey, Mevagissy, St Mawes Castle etc]

Delightful place to stay.

Room Tip: An old building so some rooms are larger than others. The pictured room with the red wallpaper and m...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Rosemary W
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frithsoken, Owner at The Waterwheel Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

How lovely that as our 100th reviewer you have posted such a lovely review. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We checked into the Waterwheel Inn for one nights b & b and found very friendly staff who couldn't do enough to make us feel very welcome. On arrival we were shown to our room which was very pleasant overlooking the stream. We then traversed to the dining room for our evening meal of which we chose from the set menus. My husband had a brie starter (he wouldn't give me a taste!), he said it was lush, I had crab cakes, (ooh scrum). Followed by the chicken in cheese and bacon sauce, Absolutely fab but if i wanted to be picky, it needed more cheese in the sauce. Hubby had the tenderloin which he thoroughly enjoyed, cooked to perfection as was the veg and a nice selection to boot. I followed with cheesecake, (oh, I had to share with hubby as he doesn't do puds!) which was rather good. After which we enjoyed freshly made liquer coffees. Nothing was too much trouble and reasonably priced. Well done Mark, Francesca and staff. Carry on the good work. My husband say's Thanks for the homemade lemon marmalade on his toast this morning (absolutely lovely). Oh also for the tour of the garden and well by Kernow this morning.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Nice friendly owners (Kernow the dog too) we stayed 2 nights. Excellent accommodation, food! breakfast superb! dinner amazing specials board has a wide selection. Beer selection very nice tried some local ones too, even a local cider a nice local lager too. Mark & Francesca have made great progress in the 2 1/2 years they have been here. we wish them luck for the future

Room Tip: Fitness centre is the lovely Cornwall country side, lots of excellent walks local
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Major contenders for hard-working couple of the year, Mark & Francesca are managing to not only run a friendly yet efficient B&B but also to carry out extensive works to the (lovely) garden in their spare (!?!) time. The rooms are spotless and beautifully decorated, the food is absolutely first class and the welcome is second to none. A wander down the garden to see the well and druid chair is highly recommended. We had a fabulous time in Cornwall and this was down in no small part to our stay at the Waterwheel and would recommend it without hesitation. Thank you Mark & Francesca.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the garden, which was lovely. I think all rooms will probably experience n...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Bodmin Road | Trethowel, St Austell PL25 5RR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Austell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in St Austell
Price Range: $94 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Waterwheel Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Waterwheel is situated in a wooded valley beside a river. We offer bed and breakfast accommodation in our fourteen en-suite bedrooms. In the evenings guests can have a drink in the licensed bar and eat in the on-site elegant restaurant, or a 10 minute brisk walk will take them into St Austell town centre. There is a delightful terrace and garden to explore and an ancient well, Druid's chair and waterfall at the bottom of the garden. ... more   less 
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