Let's be honest, you're not going to choose Budock Vean if you're looking for post-modern minimalism and all-night discos. This is where you travel back in time, to the kind of holiday on which you used to read Wind in the Willows or Swallows and Amazons, and get change out of ten shillings for a gallon of petrol when you filled up the car. In short, it's the kind of hotel they don't make any more. The setting is a big part of the secret: they're certainly not making locations like this in 2011. Tucked away in Southern Cornwall on the whisper-quiet banks of the Helford Estuary, Budock Vean's gardens meander right down to the water's edge of the tidal estuary. If the tide is low you can walk over sandy shingle and oyster-strewn rocks to the spectacular gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan gardens. If that sounds like too much trouble, you can order oysters and wine in the water-side summer house and watch the world go by. Or at least, the occasional boat and wading bird.
The hotel lives up to the setting. Room after room in which to relax, a superb restaurant, and service throughout that achieves perfect pitch between friendliness and professionalism. The golf course too was a delight - some of the best greens I've been on in fifty years, and a course so lightly used I hardly saw another golfer.
If, like my wife and me, you want to unwind - this is the place. We'll be back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Budock Vean Falmouth
- Budock Vean Hotel Mawnan Smith, Cornwall