“A stunning coastal location makes this exemplary inn, sister to the Felin Fach Griffin in Wales (see listing) a magnet for walkers and anyone looking for tranquillity (although the sounds and smells from the neighbouring farm may not be for armchair outdoor types) and the simple life. En-suite bedrooms are simple and tasteful, with comfy beds and soft linen. Seasonal menu at dinner, hearty fare at lunch.
NB - Only one room has a bath tub.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Guests love The Gurnard's Head because it returns you to a slower pace of life. It sits astride one of the most beautiful coastal stretches in the country with the foaming Atlantic to one side and the wild moorland on the other. It is a great retreat with its open fires, endless books, Vi-Spring beds, earthy food and excellent wine list, recently judged the best in a UK pub.
What is there to do in the area?
Walking is the biggest attraction in this part of the world. Head out of the back door and you are on the South West Coastal Footpath within 5 minutes. Or inland, this part of the world has some fabulous gardens. There is enough to keep the art lover busy for days on end; visit the famous Tate and Hepworth galleries in St Ives or you could go to the independents such as Penlee in Penzance, Essex Tyler in Mousehole and Yew Tree Gallery in Morvah. On the sunnier days, guests migrate to any one of the hundreds of beaches in the area, varying from tiny coves to vast stretches of golden sands.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Breakfast in the bar will set you up for the day, with newspapers or the sight of the Trembath Friesian herd walking past the windows. Eat kippers or smoked salmon and scrambled egg or, in most cases, a great full English breakfast. Then porridge, Cornish yoghurt, home-made jams, Polgoon apple juice and toast when you want it, not when you feel like it.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
The Gurnard's Head is well known for feeding its guests well with lunch from 12pm until 2.30pm and supper from 6pm until 9pm. We are open every day except for Christmas Day and the occasional day for maintenance. West Cornwall has plenty of other good options for eating, with both Penzance and St Ives within 15 minutes, and our sister inn in Mousehole, The Old Coastguard, just 20 minutes away.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Many of our guests prefer a bath, so those with baths, Room 5 and 7, are usually the most popular. They are also the largest rooms and have great views with 5 looking over the moor and 7 towards the sea. Room 1 is the smallest room but has the best view over the moors and to the sea and is often the one we choose to stay in if the opportunity arises.”