For sea views and two AA rosette dining in the midst of an extensive collection of quirky artwork, there’s nowhere quite like Talland Bay Hotel. Under new ownership, the historic hotel is still the place to go for a joyously unique break
It feels like such a secretive thing to do. Driving down the single track lane to this Cornish cove with hedgerows on either side and occasional, tantalising sea glimpses. And as with all good secrets, there’s a childlike thrill when you finally come across the hotel among the tall trees.
VISIT FOR timeless peace. Arriving in this beautiful location and stepping out of the car to the sound of birdsong in the still evening air is a moment to enjoy. We loved the seemless transition from the surrounding landscape and Mediterranean-style garden through open glass doors to the interior where every bedroom is individually furnished with artistic flair.
DON’T VISIT if you’re a minimalist. Every nook and cranny of this hotel and its grounds are filled with eclectic artwork that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
WE LIKED the way the hotel manages to be fun, quirky and extremely pet friendly (doggies even get their own dinner from the kitchen if they’re lucky) and quite cool at the same time. There’s nothing stuffy about staying here; the team are engaging and professional and with skilled chef Nick Hawke in the kitchen, there’s lots to surprise and delight on the menu.
INSIDER’S TIP try a Cornish gin with Mediterranean tonic, pink grapefruit and juniper berries (or indeed one of the other 30+ gins) while lounging on a zebra print sofa. Glance up, and see how long it takes you to spot the mini diver …
What we ate and drank (dinner)
Amuse bouche John dory, Cornish fish soup, rouille and fennel crust
Starter Cornish beef carpaccio, parmesan, pickled walnut, watercress
Main Cornish duck breast, confit leg croustillant, dauphinoise, charred leeks, baby root vegetables, rhubarb
Pre dessert Lime and lemongrass sorbet, marinated pineapple, coriander
Pud Dark chocolate delice, beetroot salt caramel, pistachio ice cream
Drink Knightor Winery madeleine angevine