Cornwall LivingIssue #100
Haute and historic
The Falmouth Hotel, steeped in history, continues to offer the finest luxury hotel accommodation.
Known as the ‘Grande Dame of Falmouth’, the Falmouth Hotel first opened in 1865 as Isambard Kingdom Brunel expanded the Great Western Railway into Cornwall. Its castle-like Victorian architecture, spacious interiors, fantastic seafront location and award-winning food has ensured its place as one of Cornwall’s best-known hotels. For decades it has been an oasis for those seeking the finest level of luxury from their time away, including Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon, as well as Beatrix Potter and her family, who would visit every spring. In fact, Beatrix’s first ever picture letter was penned to Noel Moore from the Falmouth Hotel, in the fashion that was to become her trademark. “I have come a very long way in a puff-puff to a place in Cornwall,” she wrote, “where it is very hot and there are palm trees in the gardens and camellias and rhododendrons in flower which are very pretty.”
Fast forward to now and the Falmouth Hotel retains its sterling reputation, offering its renowned stamp of luxury hotel accommodation alongside the recent addition of luxury lodges on the hotel grounds. Offering a choice of two or three bedrooms and with all the benefits and facilities that The Falmouth Hotel has to offer, including a spa, indoor pool, fully equipped gym, fine and casual dining, and five beautiful acres of gardens and children’s activities, the Falmouth Hotel lodges mean guests can enjoy the very best of both worlds.
Onto the location itself and Falmouth has much to offer those looking for the perfect Cornish getaway. Pendennis Castle is viewable from the hotel, a trip to which, for many, is too tempting to resist. Built during the reign of Henry VIII, Pendennis makes for a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s maritime history. Into the town centre and you’ll find that this bohemian hive of arts and culture, replete with independent boutiques, artisan shops, trendy bars and tempting eateries, is perfect for combining a spot of retail therapy with lunch by the water. Add to all of this Famouth’s popular beaches, including the stunning sands of Gyllyngvase, and combine it all with the luxurious Falmouth Hotel, and it becomes clear why Falmouth has been the destination of choice for some of the UK’s most discerning holiday makers for more than a century.
The Falmouth Hotel