5-Star Hotel Guide


The rugged, majestic, artistic southwest


5-star hotel guide to Cornwall

West of the river Tamar, which divides Cornwall from Devon, the Cornish peninsula is defined by its magnificent 300 mile coastline, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the county's dunes and cliffs. Here you will find the England's most breathtaking beaches, fishing ports, bleak moorlands and some exquisite luxury hotels nestling into this unique landscape.

Because of the light, Cornwall is the favoured escape for many Londoners, who enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and close connection with the sea. Here, with Atlantic weather constantly changing the quality of the light, landscapes and seascapes nourish the senses, while an exploding food scene, initiated by Rick Stein and propelled forward by Nathan Outlaw, is turning gourmets' heads west.

Cornwall has long attracted artists, with a whole movement in 20th century British art attributed to St Ives, where Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Peter Lanyon and others established a tradition of landscape and abstract art. The Tate St Ives is a must when you visit this lovely seaside town.

The north and south shores have different 'temperaments', the north being more rugged and the south more sheltered, especially around the Fal estuary, where you will find two of our favourite hotels, in the pretty-as-a-picture fishing village of St Mawes. 

The Idle Rocks offers what we believe to be the best view in St Mawes, with the castle and Pendennis Head out across the bay, as well as a home-away-from-home atmosphere and a wonderful restaurant originally under the guidance of chef, Guy Owen, winner of the 2018 Trencherman's Award for Best Restaurant.

​Just around the corner you will find Hotel Tresanton, the original Cornish boutique hideway luxury hotel, all white and blues with a stunning terrace overlooking the beautiful creek. Hotel Tresanton has always welcomed families, with a playroon, private cinema and dog-friendly rooms for your canine companions.

Post-lockdown we will be exploring a few more Cornish luxury hotels, including the Rosevine in Portscatho and some new openings in Padstow, as we want to expand our collection of beautiful luxury hotels in Cornwall, but, at the same time, ensure new additions match our high standards.