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Boscundle Manor Hotel Restaurant and Spa 3.5

St Austell, Cornwall, England

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Pros

  • Picturesque countryside setting in Cornwall, near the Eden Project
  • Larger suites available to accommodate families
  • Outdoor hot tubs and whirlpool tubs in some rooms
  • On-site restaurant plus bar and lounge
  • Full-service spa and swimming pool on-site
  • Breakfast included in room rates
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Pets allowed (deposit required)

Cons

  • Not all rooms are connected to the main house
  • Indoor pool area is small
  • Busy and loud decor may not appeal to some guests

Bottom Line

Entering the grounds of the 18th-century Boscundle Manor feels like stepping into a storybook. This 14-room hotel near the Eden Project is easily the most unusual property in its class for the area, especially in terms of character and decor. Big differentiators for this cosy mid-range hotel are an on-site spa and an excellent restaurant. There’s also a full-service bar/lounge, free daily breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. However, the oftentimes ornate and sometimes frilly or loud decor might not appeal to all guests, and some of the rooms are removed from the main house. Another property to consider could be the Talland Bay Hotel, which has similar amenities and more uniform decor.

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Scene

A historic manor set in lush, rolling gardens

Set on a sprawling expanse of private land and surrounded by lush gardens, the brick-and-stone Boscundle Manor bears a strong resemblance to a real-life storybook cottage. It was built in the 18th century as two attached houses with detached barns, where it served as the residence of the captain of one of Cornwall's most prosperous coal mines. The reception is small yet functional, but guests really begin to understand the personality of the hotel in the lounge and dining rooms. The exact design style is hard to pin down. It’s a mash-up of classical and contemporary that pairs antique-looking furniture with modern colors and patterns. The bar has a rustic, mid-century modern vibe, while the breakfast room (which is located in a sunroom) feels more tropical. The look is, in a word, eclectic, and while the decor doesn't match, it coordinates well. 

Location

Countryside location, a short drive to central St. Austell and the Eden Project

Boscundle Manor is approximately an eight-minute drive to the city center of St. Austell in a location that lends itself to exploring much of Cornwall easily by car. There are four beaches and 10 towns in the area. The nearest beach, Porthpean, is a 10-minute drive away. The Eden Project, an eco park with a collection of plants from all over the world, is a five-minute drive away. Top-rated restaurants in the immediate vicinity all seem to be located inside other hotels, but there are a lot more dining options in the center St. Austell, 12 minutes away by car. 

Rooms

Individually furnished rooms, each with its own personality

There are 14 guest rooms on the property and no two are the same. Each bears a woman’s name rather than a number, and all have distinct personalities. Charlotte is a small, ultra-feminine room with black, white, and pink decor that even spans to the tiles in the bathroom. By contrast, Demelza is a spacious one-bedroom unit accented in teal blue decor, with a full kitchen, a living room, and a hot tub. Some of the decor can feel a bit overpowering, such as the rainbow-colored bed runner and purple bolsters paired with vivid red wallpaper in the Scarlett room. The range of room sizes and the fact that some are detached from the main house makes it easy to accommodate couples, families, and guests with dogs without feeling crowded. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Bathrooms are equipped with luxury bath products and there are cozy spa robes in the closet.

Features

Award-winning restaurant, indoor swimming pool, and full-service spa

The hotel's award-winning restaurant offers free breakfast in a lovely sunroom and dinner in a formal dining room. There are only eight tables available for dinner, so reservations are recommended. There’s also a full bar and lounge in the main house. The hotel pool is situated inside a building decorated like an oversized cabana, and while it’s charming it is not very spacious. The Spa @ Boscundle is an excellent feature that rounds out the property as a destination hotel. It has a full menu of services, many of which use organic products made in Cornwall. Although the property doesn't offer much in terms of business facilities, Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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Boscundle, St Austell PL25 3RL, United Kingdom

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