Contributor Katherine Weir visits the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth
WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
Falmouth is located on the beautiful South West Coast Path and framed by Areas of Outstanding Beauty along the Helford and Fal Rivers and Roseland Peninsula. This contemporary hotel is perfectly positioned to drink in all the beauty of this part of Cornwall, no matter what season you choose to visit. The Greenbank Hotel dates back to the 1640s and is nestled on Falmouth harbour with spectacular panoramic views. Its rich history includes a few famous faces, including a visit from Florence Nightingale – whose signature still appears in the guest book – and Kenneth Grahame who took inspiration from a boat trip on the Fowey to start writing The Wind in the Willows.
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE?
Whether you choose to stay in one of the standard rooms or decide to splash out on the master suite, you will experience fantastic views of the riverbank or the pretty line of town houses opposite the hotel. There’s even a selection of dog-friendly rooms for those who can’t bear to be without their pooch. For a romantic getaway or a mini moon, we would suggest the opulent master suite that boasts an expansive balcony and a large bath sat in the bay window of the bedroom. Or you could try the romance retreat for two.
ANY LUXURIOUS TOUCHES?
Being able to enjoy a soak in the roll-top bathtub while gazing out over the twinkling lights of the Falmouth harbour. Also, little details like complimentary fluffy bathrobes and slippers.
BEST SEA VIEW?
Our king-sized bed faced the balcony, so we were treated to a sunrise view over the harbour each morning – very romantic!
HOW ABOUT THE FOOD?
The menu at Greenbank is an interesting fusion of flavours, focusing on a modern British offering that fully takes advantage of the local catch of the day. We enjoyed pan-seared pigeon breast, and butternut squash fondue to start and John Dory fillets with clams and sea grapes, and a ragout of wild mushrooms with shallots, cream and focaccia crisps. Our meal ended with a generous selection of ice creams and sorbets along with a tipple or two.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Prices vary depending on the time of year, but start from £64.50 per person, per night, up to £139 per person, per night for the master suite on a B&B basis greenbank-hotel.co.uk
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