Star & Garter

Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from Book from £110 per night

Forget seaside chintz at these stylish apartments-for-2 in buzzing Falmouth, with glorious views and an award-winning pub
The secret is out. Falmouth has been voted one of the best places to live in southwest England. Now is the time to visit and the Star & Garter is the place to stay: indulge in some of the best food and cocktails in town before staggering upstairs to one of 3 cosy self-catering apartments for a blissful night’s sleep. The pub sits at the vibrant end of the high street surrounded by boutiques, bars, galleries and coffee shops. As a thriving port and student hub, there's a young, creative feel to the town which is rapidly shaking off its old-fashioned B&B past.

Becca, who grew up in Falmouth, and her trained-chef husband Elliot had long fantasised about running their own restaurant-with-rooms. Then one night, a vivid dream led Elliot to Google the idyllic waterfront pub he had visited as a child. Miraculously, they found that it was for sale and the rest is history. After a much-needed renovation, both the pub and apartments have been given a new lease of life: deep blue wood panelling, brass fittings and cosy leather chairs in the restaurant bestow a modern yet maritime feel, while equally elegant rooms above look out over the estuary. The perfect place for a restful adults-only break in a delightful part of Cornwall.

Highs

  • Great-value apartments in the heart of Falmouth's old town, close to all the action
  • Each apartment has sweeping views of the Fal Estuary while the top-floor Crow's Nest also looks out across town
  • Delightful interiors: comfortable and stylish with well-equipped kitchens
  • One of the friendliest and most genuinely charming teams we have encountered
  • Chef Elliot and his team offer award-winning cuisine with an emphasis on quality local ingredients; the best Sunday roast we've EVER had!

Lows

  • The 2-bed Starboard apartment is directly above the pub so noise could travel
  • The Crow's Nest has some very low ceilings so watch your head if you're tall; there are some steep steps too
  • No kids or dogs accepted; this is an adults-only retreat
  • Patchy WiFi in the apartments - a good excuse to switch off and look at the views

Best time to go

Beautiful at any time of year but we like it most out of season in early spring and late autumn when the crowds have dissipated

Our top tips

If you have a car, take a drive out to the tiny village of Constantine and visit a hidden garden gem called The Potager; enjoy a delicious café brunch in the lovely leafy garden then hang in a hammock enjoying the peace

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
City Style
Foodie
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 3
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • Adults only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

We stayed in the romantic top-floor Crow's Nest apartment - the only one with a wood-burning stove. Tucked up in the eaves, there's a characterful open-plan living/kitchen area, bathroom with shower over the bath, and a double bedroom. It's cosy and light with sloping ceilings, beautiful linens and quality bedding.

The Penthouse was our favourite: on the second floor with views across the Fal from the open-plan living/dining space, a huge dreamy bedroom with small ensuite bathroom and Fired Earth tiles.

Starboard is the 2-bed apartment on the first floor, above the pub. Ideal for a weekend away with friends, bedrooms are generous in size and overlook the high street, whilst the large living room and kitchen look out over the river. A stylish shower room is sandwiched in between.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

All apartments have kitchen facilities and are well kitted out with quality items. On arrival, you'll receive freshly baked bread and cakes from the local bakery (perfect for your first breakfast), and there's a Nespresso maker with pods. Basic supplies (washing up liquid, salt and pepper, oil, tea bags, etc) are provided and there are nearby shops should you want to self-cater. But with such a tempting array of cafés and eateries on your doorstep, we doubt you'll want to do much cooking.

Of course, you'd be crazy to miss out on Elliot's award-winning food at the Star & Garter pub. Monday is Blues and BBQ night whilst their Sunday roasts are legendary. The pub doesn't open until lunchtime but guests get a small discount on breakfasts at The Ope over the road. We also loved Esspressini on Arwenack Street.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Saunter around Falmouth and enjoy art galleries (Beside the Wave), boutiques, artisan bakeries and delis
  • Visit the Cornish outpost of the National Maritime Museum
  • Plenty of events and festivals throughout the year with stalls set up on The Moor and in Events Square, such as the annual Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival and the Beer Festival
  • Take a passenger ferry across the Fal Estuary to St Mawes and enjoy a day trip to the Roseland Peninsula
  • Falmouth has 2 great beaches, Gyllingvase Beach (make sure to have a drink or lunch at The Gylly Café) and a little further, Swanpool Beach (both a 20- to 30-minute walk away)
  • Take a train into Truro to explore Cornwall's capital city

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Boat trips
    • Cycling
    • Fishing
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Sailing
    • Shopping / markets
    • Surfing
    • Swimming
    • Wine tasting

Kids

The Star & Garter is adults-only (over 18s)

Kid Friendly:

Location

The Star & Garter is right on the edge of the harbour of central Falmouth, in southern Cornwall, England.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Newquay (48km). You can also fly into Exeter (169km) or Bristol (267km).

By Car:
Falmouth is a 2-hour drive from Exeter, a 3-hour drive from Bristol, and a 5-hour drive from London or Birmingham – see our car rental recommendations if you want to hire a vehicle.

By Train:
Take a mainline train to Truro then change onto the ‘Maritime Line’ for the 20-minute hop down to Falmouth. The Star & Garter is a 10-minute walk or 5-minute cab ride from the station. You can park on the street for free (limited spaces).

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to the UK and getting around

Airports:

  • Newquay 48.0 km NQY
  • Exeter 170.0 km EXT

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 0.3 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

The Penthouse was perfect for our 2 night stay! We parked on a residential street just a couple of minutes walk away and it was easy to find a space. Such a wonderful location on the quieter end of the High Street, very spacious rooms, beautiful views and the food in the pub downstairs was delicious. We really loved the bread and cakes left for us and the warm welcome from Becca & the team. Be sure to also eat at The Kitchen - just 2 mins down the road.

10/10,

We stayed in the Penthouse which was superbly appointed, with magnificent views.
Staff were excellent, beyond fault. We found the menu downstairs pretentious, apart from Sunday Roast which was really delicious. Drinks were expensive. Car parking is a bit of a challenging issue.

9/10,

We had a wonderful stay in Star & Garter. Everything was excellent!! What a wonderful place, delicious food and lovely people!

10/10,

Apartment was lovely, view over the harbour amazing, the pastries given as a gift were very good. There was noise that could be heard (Starboard) but ear plugs were supplied, nice touch. Food we had was good: what I didn’t expect was the drinks being so expensive.

9/10,

Had the most wonderful stay at Star & Garter. The views are breathtaking and the interior of the apartment is out of this world. Falmouth is also the most beautiful, quaint town with lots of quirky bars and coffee shops and the location of Star & Garter is beyond perfect! Lottie was especially lovely and made us feel at home, she ensured that we were comfortable and was just really sweet. Thank you so much for making our stay and my boyfriends birthday extremely special - we will definitely be back again. Thanks for having us.

10/10,

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