After finding this place as the approach is quite confusing, I ended up in the car park of a public house next door as you need to drive up a one way street and complete a U turn halfway up to gain access to the car park. On first glances this is a very pretty old building with lots of character, lovely grounds, although being the early part of January in the middle of a blustery gale and heavy rainfall meant my glasses where steamed up and splattered with water globules. I walked into a most impressive reception hall with what would be great views in warmer and clearer weather. Waiting at the desk to check in, the reception was empty and so was the office behind. I tried using the bell left on the desk to gain someone’s attention, but it didn’t work and so had to wait until someone came through from the bar area, Not a problem and if I was in a hurry I could have gone looking for someone, I wasn’t and so decided to wait.
I was staying in a single room as my wife couldn’t join me in my journey to take my daughter back to University, The room as adequate for a single traveller, all on suite with a shower and lashings of hot water provided through an electric shower. The wash hand basin was quite small and made using it an adventure although usable. Plenty of local information provided by an array of booklets, brochures and a rather impressive hotel guide. The hotel boasts of a gym, sauna and two pools one of which was not in use as it was out-door. The gym was small and compact equipped with one X trainer, Running Machine and a variety of free weights and lifting equipment, Quite suitable, however if more than three people using the equipment would prove friendly. The sauna was very good although again quite compact but was working well and hot. The indoor pool, an odd shape, but practical and they had a Jacuzzi spa too. In the lounge was a roaring log fire, which added a nice homely feel to the place, which was very comfortable and the hotel itself spacious. Plenty of comfortable sofas to relax on and a Grand Piano too. The separate bar area allowed for any noise to be kept away from this nice relaxing area, although was open plan to the restaurant. The open fire was really nice, however they seem to have some issues with the air flow as upstairs before you go through the fire doors to the corridors a smell of smoke was quite alarming, especially if you have any breathing issues, at first it smelt nice and old fashioned and homely, but after a while seemed to sit on my chest. Thankfully when in the corridors and the room you could not detect anything.
Breakfast the next morning was a buffet style for the continental selection of fresh fruit, apples oranges etc, no bananas, yogurts, only strawberry, tinned fruit, pineapple prunes, bread rolls, not to be found, ham and cheeses were also absent. The hot breakfast was waiter serviced the Full English: 1 Bacon, bit over cooked, 1 Sausage, very nice I think it was Cumberland, 1 Egg, I had mine poached but it was underdone, only slightly and I appreciate that getting an poached egg 100% right is a skill. 1 half a Tomato, Hash Browns, only 1 and a handful of mushrooms. The food arrived hot and was OK and i was offered toast and two slices duly arrived. The service for a Sunday morning was a bit slow but that was OK. While I was finishing off my breakfast a large party arrived at the same time for breakfast, it appeared that they had booked a private function the night before, the waiting staff were assisted by the manager as they all seemed eager to please, and I overheard him offering a number of options not on the menu such as, how many bacon slices would you like, would you like baked beans with your breakfast, how many eggs would you like. I know that if I wanted extras I could have requested and I am sure they would have been happy to fulfil them; however, I was not offered them to refuse.
Overall it was lovely building and setting, nothing to get really excited about, nice atmosphere with the real log fire, without that it would have been very dreary as there was NO atmosphere. Breakfast nothing to write home about, pleasant, well cooked, tasty and hot. The gym and pool were small and compact but otherwise clean and well cared for. The bed was comfortable. I am sure the food in the evening was of a good standard but I never had any meals, the bar menu was a little short on its offerings, however, I am sure that in high season in the summer months, there would be more choice available.
Would I stay again: Probably not, although there was nothing really wrong
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan town of Falmouth lies the BEST WESTERN Penmere Manor Hotel, situated in 4 acres of gardens and woodlands approximately 1 mile from the historic port of Falmouth, the BEST WESTERN Penmere Manor is an oasis of tranquillity and calm, a home away from home for many of our guests, who get away from it all for regular frequent visits. A charming manor house set amidst beautiful gardens, this Georgian house has been elegantly maintained to retain its charming elegance. The comfort of guests and feeling of welcome is paramount; the Moore family along with their friendly staff offer you a very warm welcome. Each of the 37 en suite bedrooms are well appointed, have free Wi-Fi, the latest flat screen digital TVs, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and free car parking. ... more less
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