Review – Merchant’s Manor – Falmouth Bay, Cornwall
Life moves pretty fast these days so sometimes you just need to get away from it all and have a nice, relaxing break. I recently visited Merchants Manor down on the Cornish coast – a 4* spa hotel in Falmouth Bay that sounded like the ideal setting. Imagine a country house built at the turn of the previous century, with a wealth of history including connections to Welsh royalty and views over the sea, sounds idyllic right?
New owners Sioned and Nick have been painstakingly refurbishing the house for the last 4 years. What you can’t see in this photo is how far back and wide this place is, it’s quite something. Situated on top of a hill overlooking Falmouth Bay there are some fantastic views to be had. I stayed in one of the Old Master rooms from which I enjoyed a panoramc sea view.
Under the new refurbishment the majority of rooms have a more contemporary feel and are known as the New Masters. I have to say though I quite liked the ambience of this room, although maybe not so much the scalloped curtains. It is, however, due to be updated soon too to fit in with the style of the rest of the hotel.
The bathroom was well appointed and had a gorgeous Jacuzzi bath. A genorous selection of toiletries were on hand and plenty of fluffy towels, a luxurious robe and slippers too.
The gardens have been beautifully landscaped and the summer house would make the perfect backdrop for a summer party or wedding.
Another draw card for this hotel is the restaurant, Rastella. With a brand new team in the kitchen as of 5 weeks prior to me visiting, the food is superb. Headed up by a new Chef Patron from Cape Town and a Head Chef previously from The Bingham in Richmond, London they are a fantastic team. The combination of the two has resulted in some outstanding dishes making the most of the fresh seafood of Falmouth Bay as well as locally-sourced produce from growers in the area. I have written a separate review for Rastella which you can find here.