This Spring will see the relaunch of one of Cornwall’s finest hotels. Hotel Meudon is opening under new ownership to offer an upscale, sophisticated and elegant bolthole, with first-rate service and hospitality to rival the best in the South West.
Hidden along a quiet country lane at Mawnan Smith between Falmouth and the Helford, Hotel Meudon is the only hotel set in Cornish subtropical gardens and boasts direct access to a private beach, Bream Cove. The hotel was owned and operated by the Pilgrim family from the 1960s until its sale to Kingfisher Resorts in December 2020. Having undergone a sensitive, extensive and imaginative refurbishment, the hotel, restaurant and gardens will reopen from 17th May 2021 (subject to Government guidelines).
Hotel Meudon is being transformed to provide an exceptional guest experience, from the setting to the staffing, interior design and superlative dining.
The location provides a natural ambience that will be echoed by a light and stylish interior with a modernist accent. Celebrating the hotel’s heritage and heyday, design influences from the 1960s will be incorporated through colour, geometric patterns and smooth curves and edges, whilst maintaining a sense of being light, bright, stylish and comfortable. A new lounge area with open fireplace and views out down through the gardens will be complemented by a stylish cocktail bar and elegant restaurant with floor to ceiling windows showcasing the garden outlook. The experience will be completed with a tranquil treatment room for the ultimate in pampering and relaxation.
Located in a separate wing to the main reception rooms, the 29 bedrooms have been redesigned to include 22 standard Garden View Rooms, 10 with balcony or terrace, four Sea View Rooms with balcony, two Garden View Suites with lounge area and a Large Sea View Suite, as well as an Inland Facing Suite with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a balcony.
The aspirational Cornish setting will be integral to the food and drink being served by Executive Head Chef Darren Kerley and team, from the bountiful fresh fish and seafood to locally farmed meats and seasonal game and fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in the Meudon garden. This will be underpinned by a nod to Nouvelle cuisine, further reflecting the hotel’s heritage: both its 1960s prime, the decade which gave birth to this new food movement, and its direct links to France attributable to the nearby farmhouses, which were built by Napoleonic prisoners of war and named for their eponymous home village in Paris. The hotel’s location – just off the South West Coast Path – glorious gardens and stunning setting, coupled with flexible, all day dining and decadent afternoon teas, will ensure it appeals to locals and visitors alike.
Guests won’t have to stray far from the hotel to enjoy wild swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and hiking from secluded Bream Cove, or boating and sailing on the Helford River. Or to explore nearby Trebah and Glendurgan gardens.
Rooms cost from £119 per night on a bed and breakfast basis (based on two people sharing in low season). For more information and to book visit www.meudon.co.uk.
he 1800’s (the original owners of the manor house, also responsible for nearby Trebah and Glendurgan gardens) drove them to gather plants, trees and shrubs from all over the world to create the unique sub-tropical gardens.
Purchased by Harry Pilgrim in 1964, Hotel Meudon opened two years later as “the premier hotel in Cornwall”. It remained in the Pilgrim family until its sale to Kingfisher Resorts in December 2020.
Following a sensitive, extensive and imaginative refurbishment the hotel, restaurant and gardens will reopen from 17th May 2021 (subject to Government guidelines).