Hotel Tresanton, the best hotel on the South Coast of Cornwall, England
Hotel Tresanton sits in the corner of Britain with sparkling bright light, almost Hawaiian. The hotel, a former Yachting club, has a prime position overlooking the crystal clear waters of St Mawes Bay.
The main house and a cluster of accommodation wedged into the hills, with every room providing a sea view. Dedicated owner Olga Polizzi continually purchases new art created by local artists. In her words, "the hotel is never finished." We love this about the hotel, it evolves, and each room has art and items of interest. The stunning Cornish light brightly enhances the room colours.
The village of St Mawes is pretty and chic but not overdone. It still feels local with a classic Fish and Chip shop and Cornish ice cream on sale. The restaurant is rather beautiful, full of light with a two-tiered terrace. Olga says she never wanted a Michelin Star instead of offering simple food using local suppliers, unfussy eclectic cuisine. Relaxing by the sea is done in the new shore side garden, the hotel is now fully connected to the ocean. Cornwall features on England’s South Coast and The Family Experience of Cornwall.
Former yacht club with spectacular views
Each room at the Tresanton has been uniquely designed and decorated with antiques and Cornish art by Olga Polizzi. If you want to bring your four-legged companion, there are four dog-friendly rooms here.
The thirty rooms and suites are dispersed over five properties, many with balconies.
The restaurant offers a beautiful setting with a mosaic floor and a charming Pelargonium filled terrace that has views extending towards St. Anthony's Lighthouse.
Hotel Tresanton has a prized possession called the Pinuccia, a marvellous 8-metre yacht available to the guests.
A brief history of St Mawes
St Mawes was a small fishing village with houses huddled together along the waterfront backed by steep hills and rock for an age. By the Mid 20th Century, that industry declined, and leisure stood in its place, the world of Yachting and sea fishing for fun.
Much smaller St Mawes sits opposite its bigger brother Falmouth on the end of the other claw of this giant natural harbour – possibly the third-largest in the world. The two settlements guard the entrance to this enormous body of water, having formidable artillery forts.
The well-maintained St Mawes Castle is part of a vast network of coastal defences, threats of invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire were real. King Henry VIII's (1509 to 1547) defences program was effective and beautifully designed in a cloverleaf shape. The Castle built to last; it was brought back into use during World War Two. Anti-aircraft guns were installed to defend Britain from German attack.
Cornwall and Art
The artist Barbara Hepworth learned how to carve marble in Italy, and the first to create pierced figures influencing modern art for a generation, her body of work is astonishing and recognised around the world. Hepworth and husband Ben Nicolson also an artist, moved to Cornwall in 1939, ten years later a studio became available with outdoor space.
The unusual bright clear light of the Cornish peninsula is of great value when painting or sculpting; this is the big draw for generations of artists. Barbara worked at the Studios for 26 years until her death in 1975 and has become one of Britain’s most admired and loved artist. Two museums are named after her The Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives, Cornwall and The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire the place of her birth.
Artist colonies have sprung up all over Cornwall in the last 50 years, the largest in St Ives – Let buying art be part of your trip and will be shipped safely back to your country.
We can provide Art Classes as part of your Cornish experience. There is a gallery in St Mawes offering art classes, a short walk from Hotel Tresanton – discover your creative side.
Due to the mild climate of the Cornish peninsula, show gardens do very well and are incredibly exotic. A short hop from Hotel Tresanton is Trebah Garden; a sub-tropical paradise wedged into a ravine with pathways leading to lakes and eventually a hidden beach - it is incredible and an ideal place to practice your newly learnt artistic talents. We can provide chairs and equipment, training and you can create a masterpiece while escaping from modern life. The Eden Project is the great big iconic show stopper and is a must-visit.
The curveball is to jump on a small aircraft and have a day in the Isles of Scilly, Snorkel with Seals on the coats of beautiful St Martin. Apart from the beauty of these surprising sub-tropical looking Islands, you have Tresco Abbey Gardens, a place for tender plants and a lot of them, 20,000 to be precise, from over 80 countries. This Victorian garden surrounds the ruins of Benedictine Monastery and is one of England’s most cherished horticultural havens.
Hotel Tresanton is superb for families, and we encourage you to let us help you create a dynamic itinerary for all members of the family with different interests. Yards away from Hotel Tresanton is the harbour, from here we can arrange fishing trips, private cruises and build a day of seaborne adventures. Please take a look at our Family Experience Cornwall.
Hotel Tresanton - Townhouse and Boutique Hotels
Hear the waves and see the sea from every room, Hotel Tresanton one of Cornwall's best
- Bespoke amenities
- Room upgrade upon arrival subject to availability
- Historic fishing village location
- Seaview rooms
- Private boat charter available
- Family suites
Family Suite Balcony
Room Number Sixteen
St Mawes Bay, Cornwall
St Mawes Castle near Hotel Tresanton
View from Hotel Tresanton
The Yacht Pinuccia
Room Number Seven
Room Number Nineteen
Room Number Six
Tresanton Beach Club
Tresanton Bathroom Detail