With sustainability at the forefront of this hotel you can expect to enjoy the most relaxing and restorative stay with your conscience intact. The Scarlet boasts unrivalled ocean views which the entire hotel builds itself around. Sunsets are incredible from wherever you may be in the hotel. Staff couldn’t be more attentive and a walk to the ocean once the tide is out come an afternoon is otherworldly. I’d head back in a heartbeat to explore that coastline further. Ocean view hot tubs are a must as is the outdoor spa just a short walk away.
We completely bypassed the vineyards on this trip (we’re already planning our next trip back) and got straight to the eating part. Housed in a vast modern building in amongst the British wine producing vines is the most incredible restaurant. With a focus on Italian fare with a modern twist we gorged on food that was both immaculately and inventively presented but most of all was completely delicious.
This is the type of place you dream of returning to with all your friends to show off. With local produce used where possible this is all about supporting artisan and local businesses. It’s a treat to feast here and it would be a mistake to bypass this place.
Another spot to feast at while in this stunning part of the world is the Gurnards Head which also offers rooms to stay in. We head there mid-week to find the restaurant fully packed where they serve a hearty offering of local produce. They have an interesting mix of traditional British dishes reinvented with more exotic flavours and the desserts are kept simple and classic.
For anyone with a keen eye for design then this is the place for you! Chapel house is a beautifully curated Georgian guesthouse a stone throw from the ocean and the jubilee pool. Combining a whole host of antique furniture with modern architecture, the rooms within the main guesthouse are generously proportioned. Most offer free standing baths to soak up the early morning sunrise or to watch the evening light disappear. They’re luxurious and beautifully presented; you want wont to leave! By breakfast time incredible local produce is whipped up into hearty, traditional dishes. They also offer the option of dinner and will be having a range of great local chefs grace the enviable kitchen. Its worth keeping an eye on their website and social media as you wouldn’t want to miss out!
If visiting Penzance then you can’t leave without taking a peek at the incredible art deco lido that’s recently been restored on Penzance’s famous promenade. You should also give one of their delicious crab rolls a try while there too!
For anyone who likes to do a little stylish shopping. No 56 has a beautiful collection of artisan homewares, hand thrown pottery, Japanese linens and an array of candles, flowers, pots and plants. I could have lost and in fact might have actually lost many hours here.
If the weather is on your side, this is a must visit. 22 acres of incredible exotic and tropical gardens with views to boot! There’s also a plethora of art installations worth exploring.
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For more inspiring places to see, visit and eat at in Cornwall; pick up a copy of the second Cornwall edition from Weekend Journals.