Budock Vean, Falmouth, Cornwall
A peaceful country-house hotel close to Falmouth with stunning gardens running down to the beautiful Helford River. Extensive facilities include a golf course, tennis and an excellent fine-dining restaurant. There's an indoor pool complex and the relaxing spa offers a tempting treatment menu.
Rooms available from £112 per night
Your expert reviewer
The hotel is set on a 65-acre private estate and its gardens extend along to the Helford River where you can pick up the South West Coast Path.
There's no classic Cornish beach here but Maenporth Beach is a short drive away.
By car: 2 hours from Exeter, 3 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and under 6 hours from London. Free on-site parking available.
By train: London to Falmouth Town takes 5 hours, after which, a taxi will take 20 minutes to the hotel. Book trains to Falmouth.
CHARACTER & STYLE
With its cosy lounges, conservatory with views of the gardens and old-fashioned service, this is a traditional country hotel. While the main restaurant is more formal, with a smart dress code and attentive service, the rest of the hotel is more relaxed.
Service is professional yet friendly and personalised. Facilities include the gardens, golf course, tennis courts and spa. You can explore the river by a guided kayak tour or boat trip.
- Games room
- Golf course
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Most rooms have been refurbished recently, while bathrooms are unfussy but modern. Like the rest of the hotel, the rooms still have the feel of a traditional country hotel. Staff are happy to help with any requests - we asked for a fridge and one was quickly delivered to our room.
Room types: Standard Room, Signature Room, Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
Breakfast is a lavish affair - continental options followed by a cooked to order dish. Dinner in the restaurant is formal, but for more casual dining, try the conservatory. Food is local, seasonal and presented with flair. When you're so close to the sea you have to try the locally caught fish.
Restaurant: modern British cuisine, seasonal menus. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Four-course menu from £51.
Afternoon tea: served daily in the cocktail bar, conservatory or terrace, 3-5pm.
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