Review – Merchant’s Manor – Falmouth Bay, Cornwall

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?

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The Rooms

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.

DSC_1890 (2)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

The gardens have been beautifully landscaped and the summer house would make the perfect backdrop for a summer party or wedding.

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Rastella Restaurant

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.

Lobster w/wild garlic aioli and fennel slaw

The Linen Rooms Spa

A spa break would not be complete without taking advantage of the treatments on offer. I experienced one called the Nomad Walk. With the therapist using a rope for balance she uses her feet to give a deeper than normal massage to those aching joints especially around the shoulders and back. Normally I would have a regular massage or facial (which are also available) so this was a first for me, I loved it! As a trained therapist myself I can tell if it’s a good treatment. My therapist was very knowledgeable about her craft and I can personally recommend highly. There is also a good sized swimming pool, sauna and gym on site.

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Private Dining

There are a number of rooms available for private hire whether for a larger celebration or private dining experience. The Library in particular makes a beautiful backdrop for an evening of fine-dining.


Local Connections

Sioned and Nick pride themselves on supporting local businesses and this is evident in the many supplies you will find both within your room, the kitchen or behind the bar. The nearby Tregothnan House is the first UK tea estate and provides delicious teas to the hotel which you will find on your complimentary tray in your room.

20160507_121536If you like gin, like me, there are some unusual flavours behind the bar to try, again made by local Cornish producers. I particularly like the rock samphire gin by the Curio Spirit Company. An amazing combination of flavours, particularly good with just a little ice.


Contact Details

Merchants Manor
1 Western Terrace
TR11 4QJ

(0044) 01326 312 744

Merchants Manor Website

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