Trewornan Manor

Wadebridge, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from Book from £130 per night

History comes to life in this super-chic and tranquil 7-room 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

  • Seven really beautiful bedrooms with emperor-sized beds, nespresso machines and homemade treats
  • 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
  • Lundy and Harlyn lack the other rooms' grand proportions, though they are great value and certainly don't feel cramped
  • Fairly close to the road and you can hear traffic from some rooms, 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
  • Boutique B&B
  • 7
  • 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. On our most recent visit we stayed in Finisterre, the sumptuous new suite with a lounge, big bedroom with dressing area and a separate entrance: perfect for couples looking for more privacy. Harlyn is the other newest addition, a cosy ground-floor room with a generous walk-in shower and private access from the courtyard.

Porthilly feels very romantic, with a pretty window seat and an enormous ensuite. Trevone is a large, south-facing room which also has a window seat with garden views. The largest room in the main house, Daymer, is full of original features: a cast-iron fireplace, characterful panelled walls and a large bathroom with a free-standing tub and a mirrored dressing area. Greenaway, housed in Trewornan’s old chapel, has lofty ceilings and a quirky shower room. Despite being the cosiest, Lundy is no compromise. Lawn views and a rainfall shower are accented by an OS map of Cornwall.

Features include:

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

Eating

Breakfast (included in the rate) is a delight. We piled our plates with continental treats, including homemade granola, pastries and fresh rhubarb compote, and then tucked into a Cornish breakfast (with hogs pudding) and eggs Benedict with a mustardy hollandaise. Try to nab the window table - light pours in through the huge sash and you’ll have the best chance of spotting hares and buzzards.

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 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.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Trewornan Manor is just outside Wadebridge, towards Rock, on the north Cornwall coast in southwest England.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Newquay; Exeter and Bristol are larger airports, and all are an easy drive away. Although it would be possible to take a taxi from Newquay, you'll want to hire a car for this rural area. There's free parking at the B&B.

By Train:
Bodmin and Newquay have train stations (4 hours from London, 2 hours from Bristol).

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

Airports:

  • Newquay 23.0 km NQY
  • Exeter 125.0 km EXT

Other:

  • Beach 2.0 km
  • Shops 3.0 km
  • Restaurant 3.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 20 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

This is a very special place-beautiful setting, super stylish decor and some of the best service I have ever come across anywhere! Paul and Lesley go out of their way in every aspect to make sure your stay is as perfect as possible. This beautiful place has the most wonderful, relaxed atmosphere, with gorgeous towels, toiletries, linen and bedding. Breakfast is wonderful with homemade compotes and granola. Cooked items are locally sourced, beautifully presented and utterly delicious.

Touches such as homemade flapjacks in your room daily, a stunning living room with fire just for guests, a very reasonably priced honesty bar with sliced lemon and ice available-these are small things but make such a difference to a stay. We felt throughly spoilt and cannot wait to return. Thank you!

10/10,

We had a wonderful stay at Trewornan Manor. Our room (Porthilly) was luxurious and the bathroom was the best hotel bathroom that we had ever seen. There were lots of nice little touches: an honesty bar, jars of snacks and maps printed off for us if we were driving to restaurants. There was a large choice available for breakfast and although they do not do evening meals, Paul's recommendations for dinner nearby were all superb. We can't recommend this place highly enough and we are sure we will be back again!

10/10,

A fantastic place to stay, with loads of space and a laid back vibe. Beautifully restored house and grounds. Our room was huge, with an enormous luxurious bathroom. Paul was super helpful with advice on where to visit, walk and eat, and his mum makes great breakfasts and cream teas. Location is great, away from the crowds but easy to get into Rock, Padstow, etc.

10/10,

Had the most amazing stay at Trewornan Manor. The Manor is breathtakingly beautiful, but that is not the only treasure. Paul and his family are the most fantastic hosts, really going out of their way to help in any way they can. They accomodated my health difficulties without any fuss at all, and we really felt like part of the family. The breakfasts were out of this world, the room beautiful, tasteful and spotlessly clean. The tranquil grounds are lovely to walk in, and the Manor is just a stone's throw away from some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. We will be returning to this little paradise

10/10,

Friendly welcome and happy to adjust and adapt to our requests. I think the location is an ideal place to explore local area such as Padstow etc.

9/10,

A beautiful hidden retreat in a prime Cornish location for what feels like a steal. The property has certainly been restored to a high standard and within are lots of lovely little touches, making it very welcoming and homely for your stay. For example, the honesty bar, the little jars of jelly babies and homemade flapjacks in the lounge and rooms. We stayed in Trevose. There is ample space in the room and bathroom even with the extraordinarily comfy emperor bed! The padded window seat faces out over the gardens and rolling fields. Breakfast is a treat with addictive homemade granola amongst the buffet and a great menu of hot choices.Our Saturday brunch on return to London just didn't compare! The house is run by a family and has a loved feel to it. Paul, was welcoming and always available to chat or offer advice for the day ahead. You have Rock and Padstow on the doorstep for beaches, activities and incredible food and then Trevornan's calm spot to return too and recover.

10/10,

Every single thing has been thought out, even down to the homemade flapjack in our room. We left feeling utterly relaxed and will most certainly be visiting again in the near future.

10/10,

Absolutely stunning escape to a beautiful part of the country. Trewornan Manor goes and above and beyond all expectations. Paul & team are the most genuine and attentive hosts you could ask for. Nothing seemed like too much trouble, whether recommending (and booking for you) a place to eat or advising on times of ferry crossings. A real luxury get-away where you feel taken care of from point of booking to checking out. We will absolutely be returning as soon as able to!

10/10,

Trewornan Manor is an amazing hotel and Paul and the team go above and beyond to make your trip a memorable one. Couldn't recommend it enough!

10/10,

We thought Trewornan Manor and Paul and Lesley Stapleton, who run it, were outstanding. We have stayed in many special places both through work and while on holiday and Trewornan is right up there. Our room was enormous, had everything we could have wanted (jars of shortbread, jelly babies, fresh coffee, sugar, tea and milk all stylishly presented); hot water bottles were thoughtfully laid out on the bed (the bed itself was enormous (6"6) and incredibly comfortable) and the room's shutters and lined, long curtains were both elegant but also meant we slept in due to no daylight intrusion! The breakfasts are also excellent: fresh porridge or cooked breakfasts, healthier cooked options like avocado and poached eggs, a buffet table of fresh fruits and fruit compotes, cereal, granola, homemade granola bars one morning... We lacked for nothing. Paul booked us a series of restaurants at the last minute, and over new year, and in our eyes therefore worked miracles. Rick Stein's St Petrocs and Paul Ainsworth's restaurant in Padstow were high points. He also secured us a fantastic driver, Mark of Mark's taxis, who took us to dinner each night but also combined the drives with local knowledge and an atmospheric tour of a tiny nearby harbour village. Even as we left, Paul continued to look after our every need, printing a route map off to help us on our onward journey. Please please commend this hotel on your site: it is a treasure and should be recognised as such.

10/10,

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