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“over-priced for what you get for your money”
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Budock Vean Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mawnan Smith
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

My wife, 16 month old daughter and I stayed here from 14-16th July 2011. We paid £526.00 for two nights with bed and breakfast and one night dinner on 15th July for my Wife's 40th Birthday.

On arrival the receptionist Wendell was very friendly and courteous. The reception staff were all very courteous. Wendell said somebody would help us with our baggage. Jon the porter assisted me but seemed to bemoan the fact he was working on a sunny day and half-heartedly assisted me with the bags as I carried most of them myself.

The rooms are jaded and need a massive overhaul. Our room 63 had a great view over-looking part of the golf course. The bedroom doors need cleaning. The interior of the lobby and corridors all need mass refurbishment.

We stayed at this hotel in July 2005 and since then there seems the hotel has become worn out.

The food in the restaurant was good but not exceptional for the price we paid. Breakfast was a buffet which offered local produce. The evening meal was of good standard but the dining area setting is old world and needs a total revamp.

The staff in the restaurant did not smile enough and appeared at unease. James and Wendell were very professional.

The hotel gardens are beautiful and some lovely walks.

My wife used the spa facilities and enjoyed it immensely. The staff very professional.
My wife did comment that the spa area needs to be refurbished.

There was no bar menu when we sat out on the lawn to grab some afternoon tea. The barman just said "we have everything..."

I was surprised that only a limited number of rooms were accessible to guests with restricted mobility.

I was delighted to see that the room had a bag for recycling.

The night before we stayed in a B&B that cost only £70 for us three for one night. The establishment was way ahead of Budock Vean.

In my opinion this hotel is over-priced and I would not recomment this hotel to friends or family.

I hope the directors invest in something that was once great and make it great again. I feel that the staff have so much potential to offer great customer service all the time and not just some of the time.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

The two of us went for the a weekend , we found the room very clean and nice bedding, the pool is a really good size also a steam room and jacuzzi all really clean. The food was great and all the staff really friendly and helpful. There is also a good size golf course and some nice walks. The treatments I had were lovely (done by Sam) All in all we have had a really relaxing break the only thing is the decor is a little dated.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

We had a wonderful week-end at Budock Vean. The staff were so good and attentive, and treated our 14 year old son as a young man! We walked, swam, hot tubbed (Fab) played tennis, and our meal in the restaurant was divine. I can't recommend the health spa enough had a lovely Elemis facial, one couldn't stay at the Hotel without having a treat in the beauty salon. Really didn't wish the weekend to finish.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank SomersetBramble
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

Excellent, traditional hotel. Great base for visiting gardens/coast in the area. Short walk through hotel garden to private riverside jetty. Attentive staff, great service. Lovely conservatory and lounges. Superb food and service in the restaurant with live piano player most nights. Rooms overlooking the ninth hole were spacious. We made use of the indoor pool and spa treatments. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Ideal for the more discerning guest.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Thank fmbaines
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

If you play golf then it's very good value as golf is free and it's a testing 9 hole course kept in excellent condition. The food is very good with fantastic Cornish cream teas. Rooms are OK but could do with some updating. Service excellent and friendly.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 27 May 2011

would stay there anytime at the drop of a hat!...marvellous setting..peaceful...having its own River frontage and own hire boat, on the best river in England...the Helford River and "Frenchmans Creek"!.....privately owned Hotel...and it shows with the care..the staff and the best 4/5 course Dinner, anywhere...and what Breakfasts!...Bacon never tasted better. Cream teas to hekp yourself. all room whatever grade are super...reasonable tarrifs....golf course...and so much more. spa/swimming pool etc..all you need and want for a deserved break.. sun lounge at their own private foreshore....wht more can you ask for...anywhere!!!....you gather we,d go there non stop if we could.!!!!!!

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

We decided to spend a week here having spent 3 days on a previous trip to Cornwall. We had been touring and Budock Vean was easily a haven in a desert of mediocre bed and breakfasts. We were not disappointed the second time around. Budock Vean is perfect if you want a relaxing break with golf and spa facilities. The restaurant is superb with excellent quality food and wine and attentive and friendly service. We did find the volume of food a little too much and after 3 nights felt that we were seriously overeating and stopped having the full menu even though we had paid for it. It would be nice to be able to book a lighter (and cheaper) menu as an alternative.

We recommend the afternoon boat trip from Budock Vean and also a trip over to Helford. The hotel provided a little map which we used to do a fantastic walk up through Manaccan to St Anthony's Head and back along the coast to Helford. There is a good cafe in Manaccan called South Cafe which is highly recommended although it seems to be shut half the week.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5LG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Falmouth > Mawnan Smith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mawnan Smith
Price Range: £115 - £216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Budock Vean Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On a quiet bend of the tranquil Helford River nestles the award-winning 4 star Budock Vean Hotel. This family owned and run hotel is set in 65 acres of glorious gardens, woodlands and its own golf course - The Budock Vean is a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. With an AA Rosette restaurant renowned for amazing food, relaxing treatments in the Natural Health Spa, luxury self catering holiday homes, dog friendly cottages, tennis courts, kayaking and boat trips along the river, you can be as active or as relaxed as you wish. ... more   less 
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