Fabulous Falmouth Steps Out of the Shadows
...a thriving Cornwall resort
Holidays in Cornwall have long been a staple of British family life and yet, arguably, are now even more fashionable and in-demand than ever. Let's Stay Cornwall features hundreds of places to stay, encompassing a wide range of styles and sizes, designed to give you the ultimate resource for Cornwall accommodation.
Cornwall’s enduringly magnetic pull can be attributed to a number of selling points - the surf, the lazy sunbathing, the mild, almost Mediterranean climate, the palm trees, the coastal countryside, spectacular landscapes, boating, walking, the famous food and so much more. And within the county’s boundaries are a whole host of resorts, villages and towns from which to choose – one of them being the maritime centre of Falmouth.
Falmouth is a renowned seaside resort and international boating hub, and home to the third largest deep-water harbour in the world. Nestling on Cornwall’s south coast, Falmouth remains to this day intrinsically linked to shipbuilding and repairs - the area’s stock in trade for centuries - but is also now equally famed for its clean beaches, nightlife and quality seafood establishments.
The highest graded four star hotel in Falmouth is The Royal Duchy Hotel. A traditional, seafront-facing hotel, The Royal Duchy is in a prime spot to enjoy everything Falmouth has to offer. Magnificent sport and leisure facilities are complemented by 43 en-suite bedrooms, while in the restaurant a team of AA rosette-winning chefs serve delicious dishes made from fresh and very local ingredients.
Chellowdene is a fabulous 4 star bed & breakfast located just a stone’s throw from the Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth. Most of the six bedrooms boast sea views, while two of them come with private balconies and four are en-suite. Recently refurbished and housed in a striking and attractive building, Chellowdene is ideal for watersport enthusiasts spending their holidays in Cornwall.
Just down the road is St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, a classy 4 star hotel located right on the coast, also overlooking Gyllyngvase beach. A £4m refurbishment led to a stack of awards both for its accommodation and its Flying Fish restaurant, while the spa facilities come with a glowing endorsement from Coast magazine, who in 2007 named St Michael’s as one of the UK’s top six coastal spas.
One of the finest country hotels in Cornwall is the Budock Vean Hotel, also known as ‘The Hotel on the River’. Set in 65 acres of stunning sub-tropical gardens and parkland on the banks of the Helford River, this family-run, luxury 4 star hotel blends fantastic facilities – including swimming pool, sauna, outdoor hot tubs, golf course, tennis courts and last but not least an award-winning restaurant serving local seafood – with homely and high class accommodation.
If the hotel accommodation isn’t for you, then one of the quartet of self-catering holiday cottages surely will be. Also 4 star-rated, the cottages are just fifty or so yards from the hotel’s front door and offer similarly luxurious accommodation.
Trefusis Barton Bed & Breakfast is situated on a 400-acre working dairy farm and overlooks the dramatic Fal Estuary. Popular with anglers and sailors, this centuries-old farmhouse is part of an historic estate between Mylor Harbour and the charming village of Flushing, which is just a short stroll away.
In keeping with the so-called staycation boom across the UK, holidays in Cornwall and in particular Falmouth are becoming increasingly desirable. The waterside town’s profile received a further boost in 2010 courtesy of Cornwall cult hero Rick Stein’s first ventures outside of Padstow – Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips and Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar – supplementing an already thriving local food scene.
Having spent years in the shadow of its more famous neighbours such as Newquay and St Ives, Falmouth is enjoying a well overdue rise in acclaim. There’s only one way to truly find out why.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015