Places To Stay In Cornwall: Trewornan Manor, Wadebridge
Finding a great hotel to stay in as a family always comes with it’s issues. As far as I can tell, while I prefer old buildings with personal, friendly service and little luxurious touches, my Dad prefers modern, slightly less personal hotels, and my Mum is happy as long as we are! On our spring trip to North Cornwall to celebrate my Mum’s birthday, my Dad while Googling stumbled across a fantastic little bed and breakfast that I think I love, if possible, just as much as Manoir de Malagorse in Cuzance, the little French manor hotel in the Dordogne Valley I was raving about this time last year (if you’re planning a trip to that part of the world, you can read about my stays there here and here!) But back to Trewornan Manor, the place you need to book for your next Cornish holiday.
Trewornan Manor is a lovely, secluded, adults only bed and breakfast perfectly situated for almost all of Cornwall’s top restaurants – it is not unusual for the Michelin inspectors to stay here when they’re in town! The old house – previously privately owned – has been lovingly restored by your host, Paul, and his family. There are just 7 comfortable bedrooms and suites, and with tea in the salon when you arrive and after a day out exploring, and fantastic cooked breakfast from Paul’s mother (who is a wonderful cook) in the dining room each morning, I don’t think I’ve stayed anywhere as relaxing before. The service is also flawless. Another reason this is a particularly great foodie haunt is that Paul, who used to work in the industry, knows everyone, and while I recommend you book some of the more popular places we ate such as Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen (you can read all about everything we ate and got up to in Cornwall here) well in advance, he’s great with recommendations (even with little maps with the best directions from Trewornan Manor, also highlighting the best car parks) and last minute tables if you’ve found yourself without a table for dinner.
Another thing I loved about the manor was the amount of space. There is a hallway snug where the continental breakfast is set out in the mornings, a guest lounge with books, magazines, guides, an honesty bar and a jar of free jelly babies, a sunny courtyard and an outdoor spot to sit under the trees, and another outdoor sun terrace, and that is even before you find the cosy little seating areas in your rooms; with capacity for so few guests, we had so much privacy that we really only properly noticed our fellow guests each morning at breakfast where we all wished each other good morning.
My parents checked into ‘Daymer’, a beautiful suite around the front of the house featuring a pair of squashy armchairs, a separate dressing room, and a bathroom complete with his and hers sinks, a massive bath tub and a walk in shower.
I stayed in ‘Lundy’, the smallest room at the manor, which was still wonderfully spacious and comfortable. I miss the squashy bed, the fresh carafe of water when I got back to my room each day, waffle bathrobe and simply luxurious walk in power shower. While the rest of the manor was beautiful, and even though it was the smallest, it was a room, overlooking the fields and misty, Cornish mornings that I wanted to spend time in, going to bed after dinner each night to curl up with a good book, totally ignoring the television and pretty much my phone too every night that week.
I mentioned that breakfast was fantastic, right? As well as a big continental spread with all the newspapers each morning (I loved the fruit salads, fresh melon, yogurt and fruit compotes) and the piles of fresh toast made with good bread and more pots of the tea that were free flowing every afternoon brought to the table by Paul, there were scrambled and poached eggs on toast, brilliant bacon and sausage sandwiches, full and half Cornish breakfasts and some of the best, impossibly light and puffy blueberry pancakes on offer, made to order. Something to really set you up before a day of exploring (or in our case, before driving up and down the coast in search of yet more great food!)
Rooms at Trewornan Manor start at £130 a night (my room) to £250 (the main suite) – my parents room starts at £210 a night, with that fantastic breakfast, and all the tea and homemade cake you can eat included in the price. Do check out their website to see if they’re available on your preferred dates – and book soon, there are lots of regulars at the manor who come back at the same time year on year, and all three of us will happily stay there above anywhere else the next time we’re in the area (and there are still places I wanted to eat but ran out of time, so you know I’ll be back!)