AD This was a gifted stay.
Working self-employed and running your own business can be tiring at times. So any chance we can get, it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle and take some time out, even if it’s just for one night. Quality time with your other half is very important, so when Talland Bay Hotel invited us for an evening away, we were thrilled as it was just what we needed.
We drove up during the storm we were having here in Cornwall and were relieved when we arrived at the hotel instantly falling in love with the place. Driving down the driveway you could see the pretty gardens and the almost uniterrupted views out to sea. In the gardens there are lots of lovely sculptures dotted around for visitors to discover with a whimsical theme of fairies, there is an awesome fairy house, various animals, a beautiful magnolia and fir trees.
We walked into the reception and were greeted by friendly staff who showed us around the hotel and to our room which was number 28. It was so pretty and flooded with light with views of the sea. There was a large cosy bed, the prettiest dressing table and spacious modern bathroom complete with White Company toiletries which I loved. Being so close to the ocean with only a handful of neighbours it was really quiet except from the sound of the sea which was so lovely to wake up to in the morning.
The original main house dates back to the 16th century and is eclectically styled throughout. Walking around the hotel there was lots of amazing art works, sculptures and decoration to discover which is largely themed on Alice in Wonderland. The lounge and bar area is bright and fun which leads to a breakfast room with views of the garden and the sea. The dining room with beautiful oak panelling and an original period fireplace was a more formally set out, yet still has a quirky selection of objects on display.
We decided to make the most of the afternoon and spend some time exploring the local area. As the weather was still a little rough we decided to visit the nearest place, Looe. I loved all of the old buildings there, the colours that surrounded us were incredible, even on a bad day. It was so nice to walk about the place, particularly as it was so quiet.
After our blustery expedition we returned to the hotel and got ready for dinner. The service and food were exquisite, I can actually say its up there with some of the best food I have ever had. The layers of flavours within each dish and the freshness of the ingredients were incredible. So good in fact, I had to go into the kitchen to tell the chef! Picking the food did prove to be quite a task as all the dishes on offer sounded as good as each other.
The following day we woke up and made fresh coffee which we drank in bed before going to the breakfast room, which, having had such an epic meal the night before were very much looking forward to what would be on offer. There was a selection of homemade cereals, pastries and fruit with delicious fruit juices. The main menu included lots of options, all of which sounded amazing, but in the end we both went for a full English, which of course was delicious.
After sadly checking out of the hotel we decided to spend some time in Fowey which is a place we don’t often visit before heading up the road to a local distillery for a vodka and gin tour. It has been years since we were last in Fowey so it was lovely to go back. There are so many pretty shops and I loved the views as you walk down from the main carpark, looking across roof tops and out to sea.
We arrived at Colwith Farm Distillery eager to begin the Guided Tour. Neither of us had ever been on a tour like this before so it was fun. We learned about each step of the process and finished with a taster session. Of course we had to take a bottle of our favourite home with us, it was a great experience.
They also offer a gin masterclass where you can go there and actually make your own gin and finishing with hand bottling and labelling, which I thought was a great idea.
After our tour we headed home ready for a busy week ahead but felt really refreshed. We would definetly be going back to Talland Bay Hotel and are enjoying our gin as I write this.