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7 rooms from $146 per night

“A charming Cornish Inn surrounded by breathtaking countryside. A magnet for walkers, the traditional rooms are designed to afford every comfort to these weary travelers. An informal coastal gastropub serves up the best local ingredients, cooked to perfection. Simple, characterful and homely.”

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“A charming Cornish Inn surrounded by breathtaking countryside. A magnet for walkers, the traditional rooms are designed to afford every comfort to these weary travelers. An informal coastal gastropub serves up the best local ingredients, cooked to perfection. Simple, characterful and homely.”

Hotel Overview

“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.”

Recommended for
  • Restaurant
  • Excellent locally sourced food
  • Country Escape
  • The ideal hideway for the discerning walker.
 

Written by Fiona Duncan

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Excellent locally sourced food
  • Cots available
  • Fireplace
  • Bar
  • Towelling robes
  • Safe
  • Not suitable for disabled guests
  • Pet friendly
  • Dogs welcome, charges may be applicable.
  • Garden
  • Child friendly
  • Sitting Room
  • Free wifi
  • Wifi
  • Satellite / Cable TV

Activities

  • Learning
  • Visit Geevor the largest preserved mine site in the country.
  • Other Activities
  • The Minack is a unique open air theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean.
  • Trekking
  • South West Coast Path is the longest National Trail in the UK, enjoy exhilerating hiking and breathtaking scenery.
  • Art Classes
  • Rose Farm studios, near Newlyn, provide courses in coastal painting and sketching.
  • Surfing
  • Sennen Cove is the best known beach in the area, and very popular with surfers.
  • Great walks
  • Take part in the interesting and informative foraging walks with Caroline Arkley.

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“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.”

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The coast between St Ives and Pendeen is one of the wildest in Cornwall, and the Gurnard’s Head is exactly the kind of place you’d hope to find there...

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7 rooms from $146 per night

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Hotel Overview

Recommended for
  • Restaurant
  • Excellent locally sourced food
  • Country Escape
  • The ideal hideway for the discerning walker.
Activities
  • Learning
  • Visit Geevor the largest preserved mine site in the country.
  • Other Activities
  • The Minack is a unique open air theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean.
  • Trekking
  • South West Coast Path is the longest National Trail in the UK, enjoy exhilerating hiking and breathtaking scenery.
  • Art Classes
  • Rose Farm studios, near Newlyn, provide courses in coastal painting and sketching.
  • Surfing
  • Sennen Cove is the best known beach in the area, and very popular with surfers.
  • Great walks
  • Take part in the interesting and informative foraging walks with Caroline Arkley.
Other highlights
  • Less £
  • Eco
  • Owner managed
  • Gourmet
  • Remote
  • Organic food
  • House party feel
  • Full of character
  • Barefoot Luxury
  • Secluded setting
  • Pet friendly
  • Dogs welcome, charges may be applicable.
  • Inn
  • Chic
  • Historic
  • Boutique
  • Seaviews
  • Quirky
  • Child friendly
  • Views
  • Sweeping coastal views
  • Free wifi
  • Romantic
  • Intimate
  • Charming
  • Traditional
  • Wellbeing
  • Beach nearby

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