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“Memorable four days with friends”
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Landewednack House
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Landewednack House
Ranked #9 of 12 The Lizard B&B and Inns
manchester
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“Memorable four days with friends”
Reviewed 29 July 2009

It was a last minute break for four ladies in Cornwall. We wanted to walk, talk, eat, enjoy some sunshine, and have a good time. Landewednack House was everything we could have wished for. The beautiful house and wonderful food were fantastic. The other guests were very tolerant of our chatter and great fun and Anthony - your food was amazing.

Thanks Sue for sharing your beautiful house with us. We all hope we can visit again soon.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Bristol UK
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

Shortly after we book our week in the Coastal Coach house, the owners give us a ring to see if we want them to stock up the fridge for us! We knew then that we were in for something pretty special, I guess that's what 'luxury' means. We phone ahead before we get there to book a meal for the first night as we don't think we'll have the energy to cook for ourselves after the long drive down. Although Anthony sounds a little disappointed when I say I don't eat seafood or fish of any kind, I am assured that he will think of something.

The Coastal Coach house is a very cosy little cottage tagged on to the side of the main house, so you have your privacy with cooking facilities but there are always people on hand if you need anything. The staff are very friendly, and Anthony's passion for cooking is extremely beguiling and he is open and honest. He does have a funny sense of humour but it is very similar to ours so we got on really well. We couldn’t get the hot water to work, so were invited into the main house to use their Jacuzzi bath, which is in a room with a large window at the front of the house facing the sea. I could imagine some people never leave that room!

We have three meals in the end, the first night, the second night because the first was so good and the last night because we couldn't bear to go home without being spoilt rotten one more time! The dining room is full of antiques with a huge fireplace and as we are the only people staying we really feel privileged to have the large table all to ourselves. The gardens are lovely, all looking a bit sparse this time of year and we didn't get to try the swimming pool (a couple of weeks early!), but I'm sure later on in the springtime the gardens are amazing. It's only a short walk to the sea and a mile or so round the coast to Lizard Point.

So to the food: On the first night we have soup to start, Anthony manages to sneak crab into my wife's and I get the vegetable base. It is perfectly seasoned, something which all of the dishes are - I never find myself reaching for the salt during our stay. The bread is hot, light and fluffy and delicious. Anthony asks me if he should treat me like a vegetarian since people come down to Cornwall for the lobster and crab. I manage to stifle the scream and note that most other meat products are perfectly acceptable thank you very much! We let Anthony recommend the wine, we are not big connoisseurs but the house wine is delicious. The main is steak and chips - but not as you know it! Local steak, Asparagus and the most amazing chips you've ever tasted. "Steamed, put in the fridge for an hour, then blanched, then deep fried for 30 seconds each" Anthony tells us with delight. The mayonnaise is home-made and equally fantastic. The steak just melts in your mouth, cooked to perfection. Desert is a Chocolate Pudding - with 7 duck's eggs don't you know! Incredibly soft and fluffy with a rich molten chocolate centre. Anthony assures us we won't eat it all. We do. Then we can't move.

The next evening we have some sort of tasty quiche/tart (sorry Anthony, I’m sure it had some clever French name!), the mains are plaice with a hollandaise sauce for her, (apparently very tasty) and lamb shanks with new potatoes and mange-touts for me. Desert is crepes suzette - very, very nice. We have a different house wine and the meal is all topped off with a coffee and complementary brandy.

We have a couple of days off finding out just how closed everything in Cornwall is this time of year (very), but decide we couldn't leave without having one last delicious meal, so we ask what kind of game is around this time of year. Anthony asks around and we end up with a roasted pheasant each, and served with delicious home-made crisps, tasty gravy and a bit of cabbage. For starters we have celery soup - again, perfectly seasoned - and that amazing bread. We toke Anthony's recommendation for wine and again, were not disappointed. It was a rich treacle pudding to finish off a perfect culinary experience, which I’m sure the owners were also enjoying the rest of in the kitchen.

To sum up, we had the best time, with such a peaceful and friendly atmosphere, we got on really well with Anthony and the food was absolutely to die for. We certainly felt incredibly spoilt by the end of the week! Will certainly try to get back soon!
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  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Stockport
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Reviewed 16 May 2009

This is quirky, but delightfully so. We had a fantastic night with Susan and Anthony. We loved it all, couldn't fault it, but you have to like chintz, clutter and lashings of style...we do! From the tea in the garden on arrival we relaxed, completely. The location is almost unbelievable and the house feels very friendly. Anthony's food was superb, his crab soup was to die for and his lemon posset with homemade biscuits was divine. When I asked for fresh fruit for breakfast that too was superb. Susan's style is unquestionable. The cherry on the cake for us was the fact that they have pugs and we were allowed to meet them! Finally, be prepared for the most comfortable bed you've ever slept in with beautiful sheets and fabulous pillows. Yes, it's expensive by b and b standards but for me it was more like a terribly special hotel. We will return.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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St Louis
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Reviewed 27 February 2009

Quite simply, the nicest B&B I've ever seen.
Rooms Beautiful.
People incredibly friendly and go-out-of your way helpful.
Breakfast was good, but they also served dinner - not included in the price, but very much worth trying. We were four, and all of us found the food to be among the best we'd ever had.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 20 June 2008

We stayed at Landewednack House for 3 nights over the second May bank holiday and just after the visitors who wrote the somewhat mixed review below. It must be said that our own experience was wonderful from start to finish and we would rank this as possibly the best bed and breakfast that we have stayed in out of the many that we have visited. The main thing to understand about Landewednack is that it is more akin to a very small luxury hotel than a bed and breakfast. It is expensive, but worth every penny. Others have mentioned the beautiful pool and garden but it is also worth mentioning that there is a section of the house reserved for guests with very attractively furnished sitting room and dining room and that you are not chucked out after breakfast but can relax there all day if it suits you. Yes, the bedrooms are a little 'chintzy' as the last reviewer mentioned but they are also in very good taste with many attractive pieces of furniture, and in our opinion a welcome change from the unrelentingly pared down modern makeovers that most places seem to believe are essential these days. We also liked the fact that the house is within a couple of minutes walk of the South Coast Path and its spectacular scenery.

What really makes this place stand out however is the quality of the food and wine. Anthony is a first class cook who has a real passion for what he does and uses outstanding ingredients. Our 3 course dinner with lobster was excellent value at £33. This is not supposed to be a restaurant experience, it is different and in a lot of ways better. We loved eating 'a deux' in the intimate dining room and being waited on hand and foot by Anthony and Sue whose friendly , infomal approach made us feel very much at ease. We also loved not having to worry about taxis afterwards. The extensive wine list is worth a particular mention as it contains many mature bottles rarely available at reasonable prices in restaurants-wine buffs will want to beat a path to the door simply for the modest markups.

We enjoyed every minute of our stay, right down to the parting gifts of French oil and cornish sea salt, and will definately be back.

  • Stayed May 2008
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Bedford
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Reviewed 15 June 2008

I confess to being married to the person who wrote the entry below. We spent a wonderful six day holiday at Landewednack House over the half term break, And despite awful weather, we had a memorable time.

I would add only one thing to what's been written by my partner; our nine year old son can't wait to go back!

Sue; thank you for the lobster cooking lessions.....and not worrying about whether our son kicked the ball into your flowerbeds!

Eric; thanks for the use of your computer and for being congenial company before dinner

and Anthony (what can I say!?)......the food was truly superb!!

But my stongest memory will be of our son curling up with your dogs and your grandchildren to watch 'Britains' Got Talent'....he had a ball and so did we.....we experienced true hospitality and will return as soon as we can......not just for to stay in a wonderful house - but also to bask in the warmth of such generous hospitality.

Thank you.

Stayed May 2008
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bedford
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Reviewed 9 June 2008

We had a wonderful six night stay at Landewednack House during the Half Term break. My wife and I and our nine year old son stayed in the Coach House (immediately adjoining the main house) on a self catering basis. This was an ideal arrangement for us. The Coach House has two bedrooms, both en suite, with a living room that contained a small but very well appointed kitchenette. The owners had kindly arranged to provide essential groceries for us - we had e-mailed our shopping list a couple of days in advance.

We dined at the House for three of our six nights. the food was consistently excellent: crab, lobster, lamb, duck and a divine bakewell tart. The wines were superb and very reasonably priced. We had breakfast once and wished we had gone to the house more often in the morning. It was superb: a perfectly balanced fruit salad, delicous smoked salmon and perfectly scrambled eggs and pancakes for our son.

The gardens were delightful and the heated pool just right.

But I think what set it apart was the ambience created by the owners, Sue and Erik, and their resident chef, Anthony. They were so interesting; it was such good fun to talk to them. They were outstandingly hospitable. Anthony, apart from being a superb cook, was also generous in sharing his knowledge. Since we love lobster and were keen to discover the right way to cook them, he arranged an impromptu cooking lesson for my wife and son in the kitchen and introduced us to the man who had caught 40 lobsters that day from over 200 pots. Sue is a charming and delightful lady. She is simply kind and courteous: a lady who sees her grandson and my son playing cricket on their well manicured croquet lawn and brings out bottles of lemonade for them. Erik was a real star helping us with our choice of wine for the lamb and very alert to the time taken for us to finish our first pre-dinner champagne and be on hand to top up our glasses.

We enjoyed our stay so much that we have already booked for next year. We have read the comments from a couple who must have been staying in the main house at the same time as we did. We could not have reached a more different conclusion!

Landewednack House is truly exceptional and we have already recommended it to several of our friends.

  • Liked — Wonderful food and hospitality
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Landewednack House
Address: Church Cove, The Lizard, The Lizard TR12 7PQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > The Lizard
Amenities:
Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in The Lizard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
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Landewednack House The Lizard, Cornwall

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