Have you taken a look at the coast of Cornwall lately? It’s a cracker! The sea is glorious whether it’s a calm blue or a dramatic grey, the land is rugged and boy does it make a good backdrop to a wedding… just pointing that out. The backdrop to the hotel includes a castle on the headland, so for special occasions it really is postcard perfect and hard to beat, but with all that said, the five acre garden ends pretty much on the beach itself, and on our own visits a sunrise or sunset walk along the sand were the simple but unbeatable highlights of a relaxing break.
A spectacular looking Victorian property ( it’s like something that belongs on top of a cake) with the aforementioned five acres of garden and views of Castle Beach, it really is worth taking a step outside and looking back for a moment to appreciate where you are. Steeped in history, the hotel was Falmouth’s first hotel and opened in 1865 and played its part in WW1 when it was taken over by the War Department. On a more glamorous note, it’s played host to the hoi polloi in its time, including Edward VII, Beatrix Potter and Simon Le Bon.
As a family run business (and a family of hotels across the country), naturally the hotel welcomes families. Children are allowed to use the pool with adult supervision and the team are accommodating and friendly – even the dog is welcomed for a £15 supplement per night. The location is also a wonderful draw card for kids of all ages, and although sea and sand is generally more enjoyable in the sun, there’s nothing a good pair of wellies and a waterproof can’t fix for getting out and enjoying the location in all weather! Don’t forget the bucket and spade!
As mentioned, the hotel looks out onto Castle Beach, which is a glorious amalgamation of golden sand and rocky sections that are perfect for an afternoon of rock pooling. It is the most northerly of the Falmouth beaches, situated alongside Pendennis Point, which is where you move from rocky outcrops to smoothe sand. Keep walking and you will find yourself on Tunnel Beach after that. It’s worth remembering that these beaches are tidal, so be careful not to get stuck! Other than that, enjoy the great outdoors in all its rugged glory, and maybe pop into the Castle Beach Cafe for hot chocolate on your way back to the hotel!
Keeping things traditional, afternoon tea at The Falmouth Hotel is an absolute cracker. What these people don’t know about scones and jam and cream just isn’t worth knowing, and that’s before you get to the sandwiches and petit fours. In true Cornish style it’s about large dollops of clotted cream and strawberry jam – the extent to which you get involved in the cream v. jam first debate is entirely up to you, but in this neck of the woods tradition says jam first and cream second… we’re not fussed either way, as long as we get to tuck in!
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