We found the stunning Llawnroc Hotel nestled in the quiet secluded fishing village of Gorran Haven.
We were warmly welcomed at reception by Alison who swiftly took all our details and showed us straight to our room which had south facing sea views.
The building was originally a pub but was knocked down and then rebuilt as a hotel with the only remaining feature being a stunning fireplace in the dining room.
There are 18 rooms at the Llawnroc Hotel. Each bedroom houses huge comfy beds, flat screen TVs, an iPod docking station plus a Playstation 3 (much to John’s delight although there was no time to make use of it!). The bathrooms are luxurious with large baths and big waterfall shower heads plus the addition of tiny little spotlights along the floor.
We can’t praise the staff enough – from Alison at reception, to Emily in the restaurant and Callum manning the bar, everyone is super friendly, smiley and makes you feel welcome without being too ‘in your face’. I believe this is really down to the manager of the hotel and making it a great place to work.
The manager Kieran has only been at his post for 6 weeks but comes armed with over 25 years worth of industry expertise so has big plans for the hotel and getting it firmly stamped on the Cornish map. Kieran certainly isn’t a manager that hides in the comfort of his office – he’s out and about saying hello to the guests, making sure we’re all OK and was even spotted clearing down tables at breakfast and serving behind the bar.
I always look forward to hotel breakfasts – it’s the one time you can really go for it and have something you wouldn’t necessarily be bothered to faff with at home. There was a good buffet selection of cereal, fruit and pastries plus a real array of cooked options that used locally sourced produce which is a big tick in the box for me.
Kieran had arranged for us to be treated to a 6 course tasting menu for dinner on our first night from the super talented chef Max Savage – I will be writing a full review on that later in the week but lets just say it was delicious!!
The hotel has a friendly warmth that makes you feel extremely welcome and it feels incredibly homely unlike some big chain hotels that can be very regimented. It’s decked out in very modern chic interiors which wouldn’t feel out of place in a London hotel. From the huge black chandelier that greets you in reception to the black and white zebra chairs with small hints of seaside dotted around.
I sat in the bar area on our second day doing some work as John had some client meetings in the area and all the staff members that walked past said hello, asked if I was OK and if I needed anything making me feel like I was part of the gang and not in the way.
We took a stroll into the little village of Gorran Haven and were greeted by the shrieks of baby seagulls and the small narrow winding streets often found in Cornwall. The village itself is compact but has everything you might need for a seaside holiday – fisherman cottages, a cafe providing everything from tea and coffee to sandwiches and pizzas and not forgetting clotted cream ice-creams. There is a small shop together with a fish and chip shop.
A big thank you to the staff and especially Kieran for making our trip so memorable and special – we hope to return next year.
So if you’re looking for somewhere to get away from the treadmill of life to spend some time relaxing, eating and having some quality time with your family or loved one, we really couldn’t recommend this beautiful hotel enough.
The Llwanroc Hotel, Chute Lane, Gorran Haven, St Austell, PL26 6NU thellwanrochotel.co.uk
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