Every now and then, we’ll come across a place that’s hard to write about. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s so good we don’t want anyone else to know. This is exactly one of those times.
Just south of Falmouth is the Hotel Muedon, a beautiful 19th Century manor house hotel set within nine acres of gardens leading down to the hotel’s very own private beach. Cornwall is world renowned for its beaches, and having one all to yourself is like staying over at the Taj Mahal or a roof terrace on Times Square – very rare and simply magnificent.
Bream Cove is the jewel in the crown of the hotel and here, anything goes. Active types will enjoy a morning swim or afternoon snorkel session. More chilled vibes (us) will find a perfect picnic spot and watch the world go by with some delicious local fare. Get down early enough like we did and you’ll have the spot all to yourself.
Even in lockdown we’re all guilty of moving at a thousand miles per hour, so places that really pride themselves on being retreats are very welcome. The Meudon team will go out of their way to ensure you are chilled at all times and sometimes this is all we need. You even get a sense of this from the hotel itself, with lounges terraced areas to sit at and relax.
This dedication to relaxation travels all the way up to your room. There are 29 of them in total, most of them overlooking the beautiful landscaped gardens, and some with direct access right out onto the terrace. Some are higher rooms with balconies with sea views so you can’t go far wrong with either. The rooms themselves are plush – think bespoke furniture and snazzy new bathrooms with big walk-in showers.
In our opinion some of the best food in the country comes from this part of the isle. People in Cornwall were living off their local produce far before it was ‘cool’ – and you know things are much fresher here than anywhere else. The hotel boasts best use of Cornwall’s ‘natural larder’ and lucky for them, they have it all – surf, turf and everything in between. The dedicated kitchen team are even known to forage in the grounds for their ingredients, so chances are everything you’ll eat here will have come from within a few miles. Think dishes like grilled Cornish mackerel with shaved fennel, confit onion and dill, or go for the fresh seafood – we went for a delicious local lobster that had been caught just a few hours before.
After dinner, Freddie’s Bar is the place to go. Opening at 6pm every night, the speakeasy style watering hole is perfect for a nightcap, with some of the best artisan cocktails in the county. Even here, local produce is rife, and the bartenders play on their geographical advantage, making local twists to popular classics.
We’ve never met an Afternoon Tea we didn’t like, and when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Cornish Cream Tea is the thing here – scones with Cornish clotted cream and jam (which goes on first?!) and finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off, because why would we have it any other way? Do it in true #TeamCoco style and swap out the tea for a glass of Champagne, and tell them we sent you.