The Meudon

Mawnan Smith

The Meudon at Mawnan Smith

Although it incorporates two old coastguard cottages, much of this country house dates from the Victorian era. Its name, though, is possibly derived from Cornish, or alternatively because the nearby farmhouse that was home to French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars – Meudon, in the departement of Hauts-de-Seine near Paris, being their home.

Today, though, it is an established family-run hotel which offers a total of 29 bedrooms, including suites, executive rooms and a four-poster. 3-star rated, it also boasts its own valley garden which drops gently down to its private beach, Bream Cove, which overlooks Falmouth Bay.

The village of Mawnan Smith is less than a mile away and easily reached on foot, as indeed are the gardens of Glendurgan, Trebah and Carwinion. Moreover, those who enjoy walking will find no shortage of paths – both coastal and countryside – to enjoy nearby. Alternatively, there are several notable attractions in nearby Falmouth, including the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Pendennis Castle.

Those who prefer self-catering accommodation might also be interested in the hotel’s ‘Garden Cottage’ which has two bedrooms (one double and one twin). The Meudon’s conservatory restaurant specialises in seafood and champions local produce. The hotel was also recently featured on the Channel 5 series The Hotel Inspector with Alex Polizzi.


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