The Sandy Duck

Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from Book from £95 per night

A great-value B&B in buzzing Falmouth, with sea views, a laid-back vibe and a dash of sophisticated Scandinavian style

After sailing the world as a stewardess on luxury yachts, Freyja Ducker returned to the UK to be nearer family. But she decided to put her hospitality experience to good use, scouring the country for the perfect B&B before stumbling across this faded Edwardian townhouse. The results of her year-long renovation are stunning. Behind the hot-pink front door lie a light-filled breakfast room, a cosy lounge where a fire crackles in winter, and 7 beautiful bedrooms that blend Scandinavian simplicity with English quirkiness. Throughout, calming colours and clean lines are warmed by snuggly throws and sheepskins, and walls are dotted with artworks by Freyja’s mother and sister, including an eye-catching piece created from the roof’s old joists.

We were greeted with enthusiastic tail-wagging by resident dog Rhubarb, who set the scene for the informal, friendly atmosphere: the feel here is more home than hotel. It’s ideally located for exploring – the town centre is a 10-minute walk in one direction, beaches 10 minutes in the other, and the Roseland Peninsula lies just across the Fal Estuary. Return to sink-into sofas and an excellent night’s sleep, followed by a slap-up Cornish breakfast. It’s easy to see why The Sandy Duck has received rave reviews since opening in spring 2017, and we loved it, too.

Information provided by The Sandy Duck on 14/09/2020.

All guests requested to not travel should they have any symptoms of COVID-19 however minor or should they have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.


  • Stylish and great-value rooms, all but one with views across Falmouth Bay, and some with window seats or freestanding tubs
  • A relaxed, kick-your-shoes-off vibe that puts you instantly at ease
  • Delicious breakfasts packed with local produce, plus daily home-baked cakes in your room
  • Falmouth itself – a vibrant university town with an array of restaurants, boutiques, museums and galleries, plus 4 beaches
  • A great option for a car-free break - it’s easily accessible by train, and you can explore on foot and ferry


  • It’s on the edge of town, but the upshots are peace and plenty of parking – and it’s an easy stroll into the centre
  • Hot breakfast dishes are only served until 9.30am, but you can linger as long as you want over the cold buffet
  • No lunch or dinner menu, but there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance
  • Freyja is waiting for an alcohol licence so there’s no honesty bar – in the meantime, bring your own drinks to enjoy in your room

Best time to go

Cornwall is beautiful in any season and The Sandy Duck stays open year-round, bar a couple of weeks in January. Come in spring or summer for swimming, picnics and lazing on the beach, or in autumn or winter for bracing coastal walks and fireside drinks. Bear in mind the whole county gets very busy during school holidays and you might encounter tailbacks on local roads and the M5.

Our top tips

Don’t miss the Old Brewery Yard on Falmouth high street. It’s home to a lovely range of independent boutiques, including plant seller Toro and craft shop Folklore, plus artisan beer specialist HAND and a couple of cafes.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • Boutique B&B
  • 7 rooms
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • 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


Each of the 7 rooms is different, but all mix soothing colours (blush pink, dove grey, petrol blue) with contemporary Danish furniture, striking brass light fittings and the odd vintage find. You’ll also get a kingsize or super-kingsize bed (Room 4 can be set up as a twin on request) with a Hypnos mattress, along with Bluetooth speakers, tea- and coffee-making kit, and delicious home-baked cakes that are replenished daily. In the ensuites, expect sleek white tiles, drenching rain showers, fluffy robes and towels, and toiletries by Danish brand Meraki.

We stayed in Room 8 – a vast space at the top of the house that’s worth splashing out for. It has a long sofa for sprawling out in comfort, plus a dormer window seat where you can curl up and watch boats at sea. The bathroom has a decadent freestanding tub, and you can open the blinds and gaze across the bay as you soak. Other stand-outs include Room 5, also with a freestanding tub, and Rooms 1 (dog-friendly, on the ground floor) and 3, both of which have beautiful bay windows. Note that Room 6 has no sea view, and Room 7 has a sloping ceiling that isn’t ideal for tall guests.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Breakfast is served in the airy dining room, on wooden tables hewn from fallen elm trees. If you can, bag the one in the bay window and look out to sea as you eat. Hot dishes can only be ordered until 9.30am, but they’re well worth getting out of bed for. Everything is cooked to order by Freyja and her team, using as much local produce as possible – honey from a Falmouth beekeeper, fresh bread from ‘The Bakery on the Beach’, sausages from a nearby farm. We tucked into smoked salmon and smashed avocado on sourdough toast and a perfectly crispy bacon sandwich, washed down with steaming cafetières of organic coffee. Afterwards, you can linger as long as you like over goodies from the buffet, which includes fruit, yoghurt, homemade granola, pastries and Cornish cheeses.

For other meals you’ll need to venture out, but Falmouth is brimming with restaurants – everything from candlelit French bistros to a Rick Stein fish and chip shop. We headed to Hooked on the Rocks, perched above Swanpool Beach with sweeping views, and enjoyed a delicious seafood feast as the setting sun slowly turned the sky rose-pink.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Stroll into the town centre for a browse around its delis, boutiques and art galleries, then enjoy an ice cream on the seafront as yachts glide past
  • Or head to one of Falmouth’s 4 lovely beaches: Swanpool, Gyllyngvase, Castle and Meanporth
  • The town is also home to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, where you’ll find a huge collection of boats, and the imposing Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII to defend against invasion
  • Explore the local coast and the Fal Estuary on a boat trip. Tour operators are dotted along the harbour, and you might spot dolphins, porpoises, seals, basking sharks and more
  • Venture across the estuary to the Roseland Peninsula (take the ferry to avoid a long detour by land), where you’ll find woodland creeks, pretty St Mawes and the beautiful 13th-century church of St Just in Roseland. It’s also home to excellent beaches, including the sweeping sands of Portscatho, Porthcurnick, Towan and Porthbeor
  • Also within easy reach are the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the historic harbour of Charlestown (often used as a filming location for period dramas)

      Activities on site or nearby include:

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


The Sandy Duck is best suited to grown-ups, but children of all ages are welcome, and Freyja and her team will do all they can to make families feel at home.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Room 8 has a sofa which can be made up as an additional single bed, and Rooms 4 and 5 can accommodate a baby cot. Room 4 can be set up as a twin if you’re travelling with teenagers who want their own space.

Kid Friendly:


The Sandy Duck is located in a quiet residential area of Falmouth, in southern Cornwall, England. It’s a 10-minute walk from the town centre in one direction and Swanpool and Gyllyngvase beaches in the other.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Newquay (48km), which has domestic flights from other parts of the UK, as well as some seasonal services from further afield. You can also fly into Exeter (169km) or Bristol (267km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

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. There’s free off-street parking at the B&B.

By Train:
If you don’t want to drive, you can reach The Sandy Duck by rail. Take a mainline train to Truro, which has services from London Paddington, Exeter, Bristol, Birmingham and beyond, then change onto the ‘Maritime Line’ for the 20-minute hop down to Falmouth. The B&B is a 10-minute walk or 5-minute cab ride from the station.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to the UK and getting around


  • Newquay 48.0 km NQY
  • Exeter 169.0 km EXT


  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests


My daughter and I stayed at the Sandy Duck for a couple of nights on our way to a holiday rental. We loved every minute! The house has been beautifully and elegantly restored and the rooms feel comfortable and luxurious with lovely white fluffy bathrobes and delicious smelling bath products. The staff were all so friendly and helpful and we had the most delicious breakfast on both days. I loved the fact that there were no little packaged butters/jams etc, everything came in a nice little china dish. Even the milk (oat milk in our case) in our rooms came in a chilled flask and the water in a refillable glass bottle. We also loved the gentle classical music in our room when we arrived. There was plenty of parking and we were able to bring our dog who found a bag of healthy treats waiting him in our room. It doesn't have a B&B feel at all, more like staying in someone's lovely house. We will definitely be back!


Impossible to fault this fabulous accommodation- beautifully decorated, immaculately clean, great location, helpful staff, delicious breakfast and comfortable rooms. Would totally recommend to anyone planning a trip to Falmouth


Beautiful bed and breakfast, fabulous rooms, super friendly and helpful staff and the best breakfast of any B&B ever. Falmouth was a lovely surprise and the Sandy Duck is wonderfully situated to walk into town but also for walks to surrounding beaches and day trips out. Would not hesitate to recommend it, Freya and her team should be very proud.


The sandy duck is stylish and homely. We were wonderfully looked after. The sea views are great and the breakfast is delicious.


We had a fantastic two night stay at The Sandy Duck. The room was spacious and beautifully decorated, with a comfy bed and freestanding bath as well as a huge walk in shower. The Meraki toiletries were lovely too.

The lounge and dining room were bright and welcoming, and the breakfast was delicious either cooked (we had pancakes one day, full English the next - both excellent) and or from the table (homemade granola, fresh sourdough).

Freyja is a great host - relaxed and friendly but full of local knowledge if you need it. We'll definitely come again.


We completely loved our four night stay at the Sandy Duck. Freyja and her staff are delightful and nothing was too much trouble. We particular loved our very clean and comfortable room with a sea view; the bed, the linen and towels were great. Breakfast is brilliant, excellent quality and quantity.We also met some very nice guests and lingered over breakfast! We would certainly go back and have already recommended it to a couple of friends. Freyja is very knowledgeable about the local area and gave us great advice. She also loaned us an OS map.
We used the restaurant on Gillyvase beach a couple of times and had good meals. Falmouth is a great town with lots of things to do including a variety of eateries and small independent shops. We enjoyed a couple of ferry trips too.
It’s a hilly town with some steep climbs. My husband is a heart patient and so we used taxis (very affordable) a couple of times at night to get back home from the Moor area in town.


Freya, the owner, is very knowledgeable and proved to be very helpful suggesting places to eat / visit. Overall a very restful break and would heartily recommend to friends and family


The Sandy Duck was truly fantastic. The room was really beautiful and comfortable and the underfloor heating in the bathroom was fantastic. The breakfast was delicious and the location great for walking by the sea and wandering into town.


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