Hotel Tresanton

Cornwall, England

At a Glance

  • Gorgeously stylish romantic coastal retreat in St. Mawes

  • Every room has its own unique charm

  • Delicious waterfront dining

  • Has its own yacht for exploring the coastline

  • Within easy reach of Eden project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Ives and St Michael’s Mount

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Hotel Tresanton is a stunning small hotel perched on a hillside by the sea in St Mawes on the south coast of Cornwall, UK. Commanding uninterrupted views over Falmouth Bay, Hotel Tresanton is a stylish retreat in a picturesque setting.

Hotel Tresanton was originally built as a yachtsman club and was transformed over two years by Olga Polizzi in 1997. Famed for her elegant interiors, Olga has ensured that each room is individual and has a charm of its own. The hotel has a higgledy-piggledy form occupying several buildings on a steep hill which ensures excellent views of St Anthony's lighthouse and across the bay towards Falmouth. The informal dining room is a light, white-washed room with a wall of windows looking out to sea, the perfect place to enjoy the freshest catch of the day.

Hotel Tresanton has its own beautifully crafted wooden 8m yacht called Pinuccia. She was built for Italy to race at an International Regatta, and today guests can hire her for a day or half day to sail the safe waters of the Helford Estuary and Fal River. A fully experienced skipper is on hand during the summer months to make sure the hotel guests see the most beautiful parts of the coastline. The hotel also has a rib for those that prefer a quicker form of transport across the water.

The beach below the hotel is tidal and when the tide is low it makes for excellent rock-pooling, the coastal walks in both directions are stunning and there is a ferry across the bay to Falmouth where there is a maritime museum and old dockyard to explore. Just a hundred yards from Hotel Tresanton lies St Mawes Castle, built by Henry VIII in 1542. This is one of Henry VIII's best preserved and certainly the most elaborately decorated artillery fortress along the coast. It's only a 5-minute wander along the same road as the hotel and is an excellent place to begin an exploration of the Cornish coastline. During the summer guests can enjoy one of the many outdoor theater productions which take place in the grounds of the castle.

Whether it is an adventurous maritime experience with sailing and boating or a more laid-back retreat, Hotel Tresanton can offer both in a delightfully picturesque setting.

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There are thirty rooms at Hotel Tresanton which are all individually decorated with a fresh, contemporary style. The bedrooms range from small to master suite and some can fit extra children's beds if required. All but two of the rooms have delightful sea views.

Small Room

These rooms are small and cosy with lovely views of the sea.

Medium Room

The medium rooms have a double bed and a lovely sea view.

Spacious Room

With a king-size bed and room for an extra child's bed if required. Some of the Spacious Rooms have a terrace overlooking the sea.

Garden Room

These rooms have a super-king bed and also enjoy a private garden for a more secluded feel.

Junior Suite

These suites accommodate two adults and two children and have a small sitting room.

Family Suite

These rooms have a king double bed and another room with twin beds. There are two bathrooms as well as a small sitting room and a balcony.

Master Suite

This luxurious suite has plenty of space with a double room and twin room and two bathrooms. There are also two balconies and the charming sitting room has a woodburner set into the brick fireplace.


Tresanton is a family friendly hotel and there is a small child's play area, the crabbing and rock-pooling activities alongside traditional bucket and spade stuff ensure that all young visitors will have plenty to keep them occupied. The hotel can arrange for babysitting and child friendly meals where required. It should be noted that due to the layout of the hotel, there are a lot of steps to negotiate in all areas of the hotel and there is not a lift, so small toddlers may find it tricky.


The hotel's chic dining room offers only the freshest seasonal food, not only fish but locally sourced meat and vegetables are all to be found on the menu. When the weather permits dinner can be alfresco on the lovely wooden deck looking out to sea and every Sunday during the summer the chef prepares a BBQ feast. The bar is also a great place to enjoy a sun-downer or two which can be taken inside or out and always enjoying the view.


Pinuccia, is the hotel's very own skippered yacht which may be chartered for the day or half day - a great way to explore the coast. Alternatively, Tresanton also has a speed boat which can be hired by the hour to take guests to hidden beaches where they can enjoy a picnic prepared by the kitchen, or just potter around the estuary and try a bit of fishing. On land there is a host of activities which can be arranged including, golf, riding, tennis and plenty of wild walks along some of the prettiest parts of the British coastline. There are many historical towns, picturesque fishing villages, coves, caves and castles right on the doorstep.




Who goes?

All sorts: London media types; families on bucket and spade vacations; guests attending winter courses, such as music, bridge and wild food weekends.


Set in what was a rambling former yacht club in St Mawes, with marvelous views over Falmouth Bay, Tresanton became something of a landmark when renowned hotelier Olga Polizzi opened it.


While managing to be welcoming to all - from toddlers to grannies and the trendy to the tweedy - it was the first truly fashionable, truly chic contemporary British seaside hotel. It still effortlessly holds its own, 11 years on, but mercifully without any of the pretension and the spas of newer, glossier addresses such as Babington, Cowley Manor, Barnsley House and so on.


The hotel has a cosiness that the others lack, underpinned by assiduous, professional service from waiters in smart white, gold-buttoned jackets. You can bring your maiden aunt to Tresanton; you have to leave her behind at those other places.


The bedrooms are as engaging as they are stylish; the biggest are best.

Food and drink

The all-white restaurant and the huge ships deck of a terrace are just right for stylish summer dining, with simple but effective menus and excellent breakfasts.

Value for money

Rooms, however pretty, are expensive for what they offer with double rooms from 260.




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Cornwall, England

Hotel Tresanton is located on the sea front at St Mawes on the south coast of Cornwall on Falmouth Bay.

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