“Polished perfection from famed hotelier Olga Polizzi - an elegant coastal hotel with uplifting views and a lovely restaurant”
Most of the rooms are in Main Tresanton and Upper Tresanton (the body of the hotel and part that spans up the hillside), but there are some down by the seafront in Little Tresanton and The Nook, plus more in Rock Cottage (up a narrow lane behind the children's playroom). Despite being dotted around the property, whichever you take you're never more than a minute's walk from the heart of the hotel.
Different categories there may be - but duff rooms there simply are not. Olga Polizzi's elegant, understated interiors are regularly updated with well-chosen fabrics and furnishings; expect Farrow & Ball colours, seagrass and wood floors, big comfy beds with exceptional linen, calm lighting, and Cornish art from the likes of Barbara Hepworth. Nice extra touches include decent hardbacks (Olga's husband is writer William Shawcross), and beach bags with towels and picnic rugs.
Rates inevitably climb as you get more footage or a terrace but none are claustrophobic and most have sea views looking across to St Anthony's lighthouse. Wardrobe space isn't an issue. We especially liked our Room 29 in The Nook with its cushioned bay window. The rooms in Upper Tresanton have the best views, but there are quite a few steps to get to them. In Rock Cottage, Room 31 is unique in having a private garden. That said, it is one of only two rooms without a sea view (the other being Room 30). Family options include dedicated suites and the option to exclusively book one of the smaller wings.
Bathrooms have Ren toiletries, marble or fresh mosaic tiling, and traditional baths with overhead showers (or a separate walk-in rainfall).
On a sunny day, Tresanton's dining room is one of the loveliest places to eat in England. Mosaic flooring underfoot, magnificent sea views, starched white tablecloths, fine seafood and great wine: we couldn't have been happier. In warmer months, the wood-decked terraces are spot on for dining alfresco.
At breakfast, a round table groans with fresh berries and fruits, delicious granola, creamy yoghurts and warm pastries; from the cooked menu we ordered fluffy pancakes and eggs Benedict on muffins. We particularly liked green smoothies and insanely aromatic fresh mint teas.
At lunchtime, enjoy delicious crab and cucumber sandwiches on the sunny terrace (there’s an all-day menu), and don't miss the afternoon teas - we loved the Tunisian orange cake and the homemade yoghurt sorbet. For day trips, rucksack picnics can be prepared.
Dinner is more of an occasion (book ahead) but thankfully the menu never gets pretentious. It's well presented straightforward cooking with an emphasis on fresh local seafood and a hint of Italian. Whilst you could splash out on the freshest Dover sole or linguine with lobster (as we did), there's enough to keep veggies or meat eaters delighted, too: perhaps a tasty tagliatelle with ricotta, lemon and sage, or a decent sirloin with Béarnaise sauce. And for those staying more than a couple of nights, there are comfort dishes like bangers and mash.
Although ostensibly a grown-up hotel, Tresanton makes real effort to welcome children and the team are very kind towards them.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The 3-bedroom Lamorran Family Suite (in Upper Tresanton) is suitable for 2 adults and up to 4 children. It has spectacular views from its private terrace, 2 big bathrooms and a living room, plus one bedroom styled as a ship’s cabin with built-in bunks. Two 2-bedroom Family Suites (in Upper Tresanton or Rock Cottage) each sleep 2 adults and 1-3 children; the Rock Cottage suite has a kitchenette, too.
The Nook and Rock Cottage are divided into individual rooms but each can also be rented as a whole to accommodate families of 6-9 (on request). Most rooms can take either an extra bed or baby cot.
Babysitting is available by arrangement. Our daughter thought the babysitter was fantastic and couldn't wait to get rid of us
A baby-listening service throughout
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
During the summer holidays, there's a children's club with CRB-checked child carers, at which kids do arts and crafts, and beach activities including crabbing
Kids' high tea from 5.30-6.30pm (pasta, fresh fish, sausages and ice cream). Children over the age of 6 are welcome to eat dinner with their parents in the restaurant, though they are encouraged to book an early table. There is also room service. The Rock Cottage's Family Suite has a small kitchenette including hob (but no microwave)
The restaurant has a smart ambiance at night so other diners might frown if children are noisy. The steep steps to the Upper Tresanton rooms are more difficult to manoeuvre with buggies, but there is a storage area in a locked garage on the street area and porters can fetch them whenever you want