I found this hotel by chance on a google search and what a find. You ŵill be hard pressed to find better service anywhere. From making the booking over the phone every dealing we had with the staff was a pleasure. This is the difference being privately owned makes!
This is a traditional country hotel catering for the discerning mature guest. We are in our 50's and were probably the youngest, although it was March and outside school holidays.
Coming a very close second to the service is the food. Excellent quality and choice every day. All locally sourced with plenty of seafood on the menu as you would expect in this part of the world. My compliments to Darren the chef. Breakfast is freshly cooked to your exact requirements and served on HOT plates, there is also a plentiful buffet of pastries, cereals, fruits etc..
Dinner was a delight, freshly prepared canapés served in the cocktail bar whilst you sip a per dinner drink and make the difficult choice of what to go for from the extensive menu, which changes daily. Then you go through to your allocated table, not when they are ready, but when you are ready! 4 courses of delicious food follow before you retire to one of the lounges to take coffee and local fudge and mints. Yum, yum.
We booked a spa break, so we had two treatments each in the Natural Spa. Zoe, who did my full body massage and radiance facial was lovely and I was totally relaxed and chilled out afterwards.
There is a fairly large swimming pool indoors, with a log fire, which you can sit and relax by on cushioned wooden sun loungers. A small sauna, be warned, unless you follow someone else in, it needs 30 minutes to warm up, so check it first, and an outdoor hot tub complete the spa facilities.
If you are a golfer there is a course in the hotel grounds and also tennis courts and a croquet lawn.
We were upgraded to a superior room, which looked out over the gardens and down towards the river, which was a beautiful view. The room was traditionally furnished in keeping with the style of the hotel and the bed was very comfortable. A selection of pillows is available. There are hot drink facilities, usual variety of teas, coffee and chocolate and a couple of biscuits, replenished daily. Flat screen TV and even an iPod docking station.
Plenty of hangers in the wardrobe, which was a pleasant surprise.
Robes and slippers are provided, although the robes, like the towels, were quite thin and in need of replacement. I do like big fluffy towels.
The bathroom was clean and functional, no window or fan though. Also it was very cold whilst we were there and we were not alone in finding the small heated towel rail not sufficient to heat the room adequately. The ceramic tiled floor did nothing to help either. Underfloor heating would have solved this issue I think.
Overall, the quality of the service and food far outweighed any small discomfort of the bathroom and that is no doubt why many of the guests we spoke to return year after year and we may well join them.
- 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