Hotel Tresanton

St Mawes, TR2 5DR

Why it makes the list

Bought and designed by Olga Polizzi Hotel Tresanton is the unmatched original when it comes to Cornish chic – this hotel is sumptuous, stylish and simply stunning.

The hotel is a cluster of five houses on the edge of St Mawes, one of the prettiest fishing villages in Cornwall. It was originally created as a yachtsmen’s club, and all rooms have stunning views across the sea towards St Anthony’s lighthouse. Olga Polizzi spent two years redesigning all 30 bedrooms with antiques and Cornish art, the restaurant has tongue and groove walls and mosaic floors.

The hotel also offers use of Pinuccia, its magnificent 8 metre classic yacht, built
in 1939 to race for Italy. From Easter to the end of September the hotel’s skipper takes guests sailing around Falmouth Bay searching for empty, unspoilt beaches. 

Art is at the heart of the hotel and the local area is a joy for enthusiasts. Guests can also visit the breathtaking Minack Theatre is carved into the cliffs above Porthcurno. The beautiful gardens of Trelissick and Caerhays are close by while Trewithen, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Glendurgan and Trebah are a short drive away.

Family and dog friendly, the hotel arranges a children’s club with art and craft activities in the playroom or games on the beach during school holidays. The nearby area is perfect for exploring rock pools, paddling and swimming.


Each of the rooms has a different feel, and all offer a view of the sea. Spread over five houses, Tresanton has 30 rooms and suites, many with their own terrace. Each room has been individually designed with antiques and Cornish art by Olga Polizzi.

Dogs can stay in one of four dog-friendly rooms, and children are welcome too. There is a playroom, children’s garden and three family suites. One of the bedrooms is a smart, light-filled, tongue and groove ship’s cabin with two built-in bunks and its own large television set into the wall, sure to delight young guests. 


The restaurant has a mosaic floor and a Pelargonium filled terrace. South facing with showstopping sea views – on a sunny day, Tresanton’s dining room is one of the loveliest places to eat in England.

The restaurant at Tresanton specialises in fresh fish prepared simply. Lunch might be a crab and dandelion salad or a wild garlic soup, followed by a whole Dover sole and homemade ice cream and sorbet.

The hotel also has a private room which can be used for large dinners. It can seat up to 60 guests.