Cornwall LivingAutumn 2019
We hear the story of how Tim and Heather Wood created the Oceanic Suite Hotel – one of Cornwall’s most laid-back luxury retreats.
Having been presented with the opportunity to create a lifestyle business eight years ago, since then, Tim tells us: “It’s become so much more than that – a fantastic family home and a venture we are deeply proud of.” The Oceanic Hotel has allowed Tim and Heather to make many new friends, giving them great satisfaction in that their guests absolutely love what they do. Their lifestyle, it would seem, has also been transformed. As Tim puts it: “We now have a boat… and the time to enjoy it!”
“an excellent beachfront café and an historic Tudor castle with beautiful views over the estuary – all virtually on our doorstep”
So, why Falmouth? “We chose to settle in Falmouth for many reasons, reveals Tim. “Not only did we move for the town’s history and sailing heritage; it is a growing university town too, with an abundance of excellent restaurants, quirky bars and a varied calendar of events, food celebrations and sailing regattas. It is not a town that sleeps through the winter, plus it consistently ranks in the top 10 places in the UK to live!”
Discussing the hotel’s development, Tim explains: “There were challenges! The building that we bought was virtually derelict, but it gave us the opportunity to start afresh with a modern take on the traditional hotel model. The position was perfect – a short walk into town but not so close as to be noisy; an even shorter walk to the beach with a variety of activities on offer, an excellent beachfront café and an historic Tudor castle with beautiful views over the estuary – all virtually on our doorstep.” When developing the hotel’s concept, they made a list of all the best (and worst) things that they had experienced in other hotels, and then settled on the name.
Since opening its doors, the Oceanic has received a multitude of awards from The Luxury Travel Guide, TripAdvisor’s ‘Traveller’s Choice’, and South West Enterprise, to name just a few. The hotel only offers five luxuriously appointed, spacious suites, making for a very bespoke and personal guest experience. “We like to describe it as ‘your own private home from home with all the benefits of a five-star hotel – a place where you can kick your shoes off and completely relax, knowing that everything will be taken care of.’
“For us,” Tim finishes, “we love entertaining and have enjoyed many an evening chatting to guests in the communal bar, hot tub and garden areas. And our commute to work – less than 30 seconds!”
The Oceanic Suite Hotel
"an excellent beachfront café and an historic Tudor castle with beautiful views over the estuary – all virtually on our doorstep"