Trewornan Manor

Wadebridge, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from

History comes to life in this super-chic and tranquil new B&B; romance guaranteed
To quote the great Kevin McCloud, “The best homes are autobiographical.” But what if you’re the biographer and it’s the building’s story that needs telling? Dating back to 1211, Trewornan Manor is one of the oldest houses in the country, and one of Cornwall’s most significant. So, after purchasing it in a dilapidated state, new owners Paul and Lesley were faced with the immense task of unearthing its past while also writing its newest chapter.

With support from English Heritage, they delicately coerced the Grade II* listed estate into the 21st century - and their attention to detail is impeccable. Original wood panelling and Lewis and Wood wallpaper now sit alongside emperor beds and rainfall showers - and in one bedroom you can still see where an 18th-century bride excitedly scratched her new signature into a window pane using her engagement ring. In the guest lounge, Paul built the coffee table using slate from the garden, and chose authentic Farrow & Ball shades to frame the crackling fire. We loved it.

Highs

  • Five really beautiful bedrooms with original window seats, homemade shortbread and fluffy robes
  • Great value for the level of luxury provided
  • 25 acres of grounds including pretty gardens, a water meadow and woodlands; bring binoculars for bird watching
  • Adults only, and the whole vibe is relaxation. Enjoy long lie ins and lazy breakfasts
  • Close to Padstow, Rock, Polzeath and Watergate Bay for lovely beaches and fine-dining restaurants

Lows

  • Breakfast is the only meal provided, and you’ll have to drive to the nearest restaurant
  • The Lundy room lacks the other rooms' grand proportions, though it certainly doesn't feel cramped
  • Fairly close to the road, but it's hardly a thoroughfare
  • No check-in until 4pm

Best time to go

Any time of year would work. We arrived on a rainy blustery night in March and were instantly restored by the guest lounge's roaring fire. In the morning, springtime crocuses, bluebells, daffodils and primroses greeted us from under the garden's 800-year-old yew tree. And, of course, summer by the sea is heaven.

Our top tips

From the historic owners losing Trewornan to Cromwell (the cellar has never been found, and there’s a suspicion it was hidden with their riches buried inside) to the 18th-century bride's signature, this old house has many stories to tell - ask Paul if you want to hear more.

Great for...

Beach
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5
  • Breakfast only (drive to restaurants)
  • Adults only (flexible for whole-property bookings)
  • 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
Room:

Rooms

The rooms are named after local beaches. We stayed in stunning Porthilly, not the largest, but certainly the most romantic. We loved sitting on the pretty window seat with homemade shortbread and fresh coffee, and the double-aspect views were enchanting. But it was the enormous ensuite that really stole our hearts - who can argue with a walk-in shower and a freestanding tub?

The largest room, Daymer, also has a freestanding tub, and is full of original features: a cast-iron fireplace, characterful panelled walls and a mirrored dressing area. Greenaway, housed in Trewornan’s old chapel, has lofty ceilings, a quirky shower room and heavenly eco-friendly products. Despite being the cosiest, Lundy is no compromise. Lawn views and a rainfall shower are accented by an OS map of Cornwall and a unique bathroom feature: the rope that tolls the house’s rooftop bells!

Trevone was added since our visit, but we look forward to viewing this latest offering very soon.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Hot-water bottles
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Try to nab the breakfast room's window table - light pours in through the huge sash and you’ll have the best chance of spotting hares and buzzards. We started light with fresh fruit, sweet compote and yoghurt, before revelling in eggs Benedict with a mustardy hollandaise, and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and fresh chives.

Being so close to Rock and Padstow (or, as locals call it, Padstein), Trewornan is ideal for a foodie weekend. As well as the Rick Stein empire, you’re within easy reach of Nathan Outlaw’s Michelin-starred restaurant and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. Paul and Lesley also have a wealth of local recommendations beyond the big names and can book taxis if you don't want to drive.

In keeping with the spoiling vibe, you'll get a complimentary cream tea on arrival (jam first in these parts). Oh, and although there’s in-room Evian, do try the home-bottled water, fresh from Trewornan’s own well.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Hit the beach at Polzeath or sprawling Watergate Bay, where there's a great watersports centre
  • Take the ferry between pretty Rock and Padstow - both coastal villages have charming cobbled streets, excellent restaurants and tempting boutiques
  • Hire bikes and cycle the beautiful, flat and mostly car-free Camel Trail, which runs along a disused riverside railway line
  • Wetland species are flourishing on the land in front of the house thanks to neighbouring Walmsley Bird Sanctuary, and the grounds themselves have hares, bats, a resident barn owl and buzzards
  • Ranked amongst the world’s top 100 courses, ardent golfers will relish St Enodoc’s challenging fairways and picturesque coastal setting
  • Explore the wider area with some of our Cornwall top tips - you’re just 30 minutes from the Eden Project

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife

Kids

This is an adults-only retreat, though the owners will accept children for exclusive bookings of the entire property.

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