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“Truly magical 3 night stay.”
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Talland Bay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Porthallow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Today we have returned from lovely sunny Cornwall,having stayed at Talland Bay Hotel for the second time this year.It was humbling to witness the resilience of the people who live in Cornwall having seen the storm and flood damage in Looe, Seaton and Lanhydrock Estate.The majority of shops etc are open and trees cleared.Cornwall is definitely open to visitors
Talland Bay Hotel is our favourite get away our energetic spaniel Bertie is always made welcome and is spoilt with treats of chicken as are all the visiting dogs by Michael
The Fine Dining was exquisite as usual and the new Brasserie menu,
exciting with fresh fish and various steaks,Greek and traditional English fare.Last night I had the Tournados Rossini Fillet steak which was perfectly cooked, followed by local cheeses and artisan home-cooked bread and biscuits,washed down by a fine port -truly decadent!
Michael,Vanessa and all of the staff ensure you have a wonderful holiday and nothing is too much trouble.The hotel and gardens are always immaculate with amazing sea views,and a few minutes walk to the dog friendly beach. We( especially Bertie) cannot wait to return.......

Room Tip: room 9 has a private balcony and is spacious and beautifully decorated Has original fire place and w...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Lovely relaxing hotel with great staff and owners. The types of guest very also very likeable friendly people. I think it attracts like minded folk??? I'd give the hotel a solid 90%+. A few little niggles like lack of hot water in the morning, kettle being a little too big to fit under the tap and fill in the bathroom and our room being a little compact and bijou. The room size is easy to fix.....just pay more for a bigger room.

We loved it. Great food, nice hotel and in an excellent location. Uniquely styled with an eclectic mix of interior design that tells you that this is a hotel that the owners have not only poured their heart and soul into..... but quite a few pounds in terms of design pieces.

We will be back....... maybe not so many bottle of Champagne next time, the better half was a little thirsty when we awake this morning, but all sorted with an excellent breakfast and lovely coffee.

Room Tip: Room 3 was a little small, but I am over 6 feet 3 and middle age is spreading!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Our experience at Talland Bay

View 10/10 fantastic for where it is
Garden 10/10 magical, wonderland
Hotel 08/10 almost perfect, too warm, no air conditioning
Cleanliness 10/10
Room6/10 room 21 too small, no anti scald device on shower; if not careful could severely burn. This is so simple to correct with a pre-set mixer on the hot supply under the bath. Bathroom tiling was not up to professional standard
Food 9/10 fast but steak only went up to sirloin, expected and wanted fillet from such a nice place
Service 9/10 slow on clearing used items on table when staff available
Staff 10/10 very friendly
Value for money 8/10 room overpriced, drinks a little too much, food OK
The whole experience 8/10 would have been 9/10 if owners more welcoming
Owners, disappointingly unfriendly and somewhat arrogant
Yes I am referring to Vanessa and Michael. Michael who I unwittingly referred to as the chef to Vanessa (as he was always in a chefs white jacket and only time we saw him was at meal times) overheard and was very abrupt in telling me not to call him chef; twice. I did not know him as the owner! Well, if chef is to demining then he should consider that the hotel would not function on the scale that it does with just the owners; staff are important! We arrived in a £36,000 (13 reg) VW Transporter Kombi 4x4 and I felt as if we were being looked down upon as we were not Richard and Judy – if you get my drift? At the time of leaving and checking out we paid Vanessa her second compliment by saying we loved her inspiration, flair and imagination for design and told her that we worked closely with top interior designers and that her tastes were on par and very professional – she almost ignored us when Michael turned up and the pair of them just walked into the garden to look at some tree without saying any form of goodbye – very sad as we were considering this magical place for our Christmas break.

We have stayed in much bigger and better hotels, stately homes, etc. and have paid a lot more money. But what make this hotel so special is the interior design and the wonderful garden. Message to the manager – please ensure that Michel and Vanessa read this and comment in person!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

My partner and I stayed in room 12 at the Talland Bay Hotel from 30th December to 2nd January on their new year package. There was a small problem with flies in the room when we arrived but this was sorted out very quickly. Of more concern was the malfunctioning pump for the shower in the bathroom. We reported that the shower was more of a trickle rather than anything resembling a proper shower and were informed later in the day that the water pump was not working and could not be fixed during our stay. We were offered an alternative room but we decided to put up with the problem to continue to enjoy the view from room 12. Our choice so I can't really complain.

The food was, as with our previous visit, superb as was the New Years Eve party. Again the service from all of the staff was excellent and our thanks go to Michael and all of his team.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are worth the extra
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We spent Christmas here and were very impressed. Fantastic location, lovely food and very attentive staff. The attention to detail was impressive from lovely decorations to stockings from Santa. Organised activities were low key but great fun.
The food was excellent with a very good choice and no compulsory turkey.
We enjoyed all the dogs that were around and would love to come back with dog owning friends.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a larger room if you can.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

We called into this beautiful hotel whist visiting Cornwall during Xmas and New Year for an afternoon cream tea....
We were made to feel very welcome by the very kind staff. We were seated in the front conservatory with magnificent views of the bay...
The cream tea was one of the best I've had, wonderful warm scones and loads of clotted cream and jam...
We had a look around the hotel while we were there and it is beautifully furnished and the xmas decorations looked amazing....
I looked at the hotels Xmas package booklet and I would definitely consider staying here over a Christmas period as it looked like you would be treated like royalty....
A gem of a find which perhaps I should of kept secret......

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We recently returned from a fantastic 3 night New Year's Eve break at Talland Bay. We had visited twice before but as these visits were in summer, we were interested to see how the hotel would fair in winter. The answer is perfectly. Despite the fierce gales, it was warm and cosy, a wonderfully comfortable place in which to relax after a bracing walk along the cliffs. Our room (we were in Room1), with its tasteful decor, personal touches and incredible sea views, was one of the best we have ever stayed in. Like the the rest of the hotel, it was spotlessly clean.
The food on all 3 nights was delicious, although top marks must go to the New Year's Eve Buffet, particularly the lobster. The staff were, as on previous occasions, excellent, combining super efficient service with relaxed friendliness; not an easy feat. They certainly helped New Year's Eve go with a swing!
Much is made of the hotel's 'quirkiness'. To us, this is one of its attractions and what helps to make it special. On each of our visits we have 'discovered' paintings and object d'art that have delighted or amused us.
We recommend Talland Bay without reservation and will be back, hopefully soon.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Talland Bay Hotel

Address: Polperro Heritage Coast, Porthallow, Looe PL13 2JB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Looe > Porthallow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Porthallow
Price Range: £150 - £258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Talland Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a magical location overlooking the bay this is a very special hotel privately run with caring attentive owners and staff whose aim is to please. We have an elegant 2 star AA rosette restaurant with sliding doors where, weather permitting you can sit on our terrace and enjoy the views. You’ll know you’re somewhere special as soon as you arrive at Talland Bay Hotel. ... more   less 
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