If you're planning a Cornish jaunt, chances are you're looking for a charming seaside spot rather than a big resort hotel. Cornwall is no place for big cookie-cutter hotels, this is owner-managed-country! You'll find an abundance of truly charming local features in our list of Cornwall's best boutique hotels, plenty of Cornish craftsmanship. Both in the decor and on restaurant tables.
As with anywhere, not all boutique hotels are created equally, and you can still find fading old guesthouses with plastic flowers and chintz, but the boutique hotel concept was practically coined in Cornwall and this part of the country is rife with excellent examples.
Tourism has well and truly overtaken fishing as Cornwall's largest trade. People come for the seaside, the beautiful little coves and the dramatic cliffs of the north coast. But they come back again and again because there's loads to do here! There are old fishing villages and market towns to poke around in, thousands of years of maritime history to unravel, plenty of spectacular open coastal space to explore, the wonderfully futuristic greenhouses of the Eden Project and countless galleries of all shapes and sizes.
Cornwall's best boutique hotels include several prime examples of the classic boutique hotel.
It's not just about facilities and Michelin stars, a boutique hotel must also have a memorable character. And these properties have reams!
Near Portscatho, Cornwall
Sitting in privates acres, this chic and intimate hotel overlooks stunning Gerrans Bay. Light, marine inspired rooms are the perfect example of comfort meets plush. A Michelin Star at the restaurant makes dining a spoiling yet casual affair, matched by a fine wine list. A dream Cornish location.
St Mawes, Cornwall
Stylish, laid back coastal hotel resting over St Mawes with views of the great blue. Marine inspired rooms are cosy, comfortable and plush. Seafood and local produce make up the innovative menu. Ideal for a romantic weekend, a family getaway and adventure enthusiasts with sailing, walks and more.
Boutique luxury in the heart of Fowey with ample amounts of sea air, estuary views and contemporary charm. Crisp, minimalist rooms are breezy and comfortable. The restaurant serves an inventive menu of local seafood delights. An ideal spot for a romantic mini break away from city life.
Elegance and understated style make up this romantic Arts and Crafts coastal boutique - a home away from home. Standing on the cliffs, the sea breeze makes for a blowy Cornish escape. Comfortable rooms decked with paintings and log fires. Enjoy locally sourced food at the wood paneled restaurant.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Relaxing, purpose-designed eco-friendly hotel overlooking Mawgan Porth beach. Contemporary furniture and modern local art adorns bedroom walls. Great sea views from the cocktail lounge and stylish hotel restaurant. Fantastic spa facility for ultimate relaxation and great outdoor activities nearby.
Revamped B&B, now a boutique bolthole by the sea, overlooking the beach. Spacious airy rooms, a business centre and sun terrace keep all ages happy.
Fun, laid back hotel with good food and spectacular views out to sea. Rough edges, simple rooms, very hospitable.
St. Ives (West Cornwall)
A sophisticated seaside hotel, the ideal place to relax and take in the sea air. Light, airy contemporary decor with a Mediterranean feel. Afternoon tea is served on the decked terrace, where you can enjoy spectacular views across St Ives Bay.