Room with a view; If a Great British seaside breakfloats your boat, set sail for Cornwall with ANDY RICHARDS.
REMEMBER number 103. It's a room number. At the Greenbank Hotel, in Falmouth. Whenever you are in that part of the country treat yourself. Book at least a night in that room. The reason? Its huge bay window has the most glorious view across Falmouth harbour. A view to take your breath away. It certainly did mine. Pouring myself into a sumptuous window armchair I was captivated by the comings and goings on the water below. Falmouth Harbour, the third largest natural harbour in the world, bustles with activity.
As night fell, lights peppered the waterfront and danced on boats gently bobbing at their moorings. Early the following morning mist hung low as the sun _ rose around the Roseland peninsula. Such a contrast from a few days earlier when we'd crossed Bodmin Moor when driving rain was ^V hammering against > r the car windscreen. The downpour reminded me that nowadays, given the vagaries of our climate, you need to plan a UK coastal holiday with care. Your resort and accommodation needs to cope well with bad weather so that if the beach is a washout, it has plenty of indoor, alternative ways to entertain you. It's a good job that Falmouth can handle the rain.
For while we were there we saw plenty of it. Fortunately, there are loads of options for things to do and both the Greenbank Hotel, and the other we stayed in, St Michael's Hotel and Spa, were excellent. Falmouth is Cornwall's leading South Coast destination and home to the county's maritime heritage. The bustling town features craft shops, galleries, chandlers and fishmongers. There's also the Falmouth Arts Centre, the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, Falmouth Arts Gallery and Princess Pavilion. Pendennis Castle is a showpiece of British history and one of Falmouth's gems. There are five main beaches next to Pendennis - Castle, Tennel, Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth, each offering an idyllic location in which to take a stroll or have a picnic.
St Michael's Hotel and Spa had all the answers for dodging showers because it incorporates a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and well equipped fitness suite and offers excellent spa treatments. Staff were friendly and, although we didn't take dinner at its Flying Fish Restaurant, the breakfasts offered plenty of choice. The town itself has plenty of options as far as eating goes. You won't be disappointed at Rick Stein's Fish & Chips on Discovery Quay. The Harbour View also serves fish and steak dishes, while a short distance away, the Courtyard Deli serves up the likes of Homity Pie, its take on cheese and potato pie.
And so to the stylish Greenbank. More traditional than St Michael's, but staff were ultra friendly and the food, served in a lounge with a similar enchanting view to our room, was wonderful. Be prepared for a late night if you book room 103, or any rooms which share such a panorama. You won't be able to tear yourself away from that view
FOR latest prices and information: The Greenbank Hotel: www.greenbankhotel. co.uk St Michael's Hotel and Spa: www.stmichaelshotel.co.uk Harbour View: www.harbourdining.com Courtyard Deli: http://courtyarddeli. wordpress.com/ Rick Stein's Fish&Chips, above: www.rickstein.com
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)|
|Date:||Apr 20, 2013|
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