Steeped in history thanks to its association with the Fox family, who were influential in the development of Falmouth in the 19th century, this Cornish hidden gem has nine acres of unique sub-tropical gardens that stretch down to a private beach, Bream Cove. An unspoilt paradise, it’s ideal for swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding or picking up the South West Coast Path to go hiking. The hotel itself is fresh from an extensive, sympathetic refurbishment: expect contemporary, light-filled rooms with comfy beds, aromatic bath products and gorgeous views (choose from garden, sea or inland) from the balcony or terrace. The restaurant fully reflects its location and heritage, drawing influences from French classic haute cuisine (Meudon takes its title from the nearby farmhouses built by Napoleonic prisoners of war who were from a village of the same name in France), simple dishes from the 1960s and the fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the garden. Ask for a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows and admire the blooms as you tuck in.

From £189 with £30 dining credit

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