Talland Bay Hotel

Porthallow, Cornwall, PL13 2JB 

Why it makes the list

Tucked away in one of South Cornwall’s most spectacular stretches of coastline, the Talland Bay Hotel offers eccentric luxury, luscious gardens and show-stopping sea views, away from the crowds.

This historic hotel’s high-end quirky interiors, indulgent dining, and warm atmosphere make for an unforgettable Cornish escape. It feels like a real haven, like a private members club for discerning visitors. Yet just down the road lie the delightful seaside towns of Looe and Polperro, bursting with nostalgic charm. 

The hotel is a true tonic to the cookier-cutter coastal hotels cluttered with driftwood and nautical stripes. It knows its mind and is confident in its own skin. It is the perfect place to sink into a comfy chair with a cocktail after a busy day exploring South East Cornwall. This corner of the county sparkles with hidden gems, from secret coves and secluded beaches to quintessentially Cornish fishing villages and some of the best of the Coast Path.


Country view rooms are comfortable and well-appointed, but the sea view rooms are well worth the extra – what better way to start a day than looking out at the azure seascape with a cup of good coffee.

All rooms are stocked with White Company toiletries, robes and slippers. This is a place to relax.

Dogs are welcome in a number of rooms, and there are garden cottages for those looking to stay as a small group.


High quality, authentically Cornish food is key here. Meals are leisurely and memorable. Head Chef Glen Merriot embraces local, seasonal ingredients when creating his imaginative, award-winning dishes.

Afternoon tea is not to be missed when staying at the Talland Bay Hotel. For a tipsy twist, guests can complement their scones with a glass of fizz or with the hotel’s very own gin, distilled just down the road at the Colwith Farm distillery.