If your idea of an English seaside hotel is stuck firmly in the mould of a 1930s south coast Grand Hotel, then The Scarlet may come as a surprise. Not least because it is perched on a cliff over the Atlantic on the north Cornish coast, with a glorious view over its wonderful natural reedbed pool to the yellow sands of Mawgan Porth.
It is thoroughly modern in every sense of the word. From its much-vaunted ecological sensibilities to its open bathrooms, the purpose built hotel challenges traditional hotel design at every turn.
There are five types of room: Just Right, Generous, Spacious, Unique, and Indulgent. Accessed via the cloister garden, our huge Unique room, with its big double bed & standalone bath at its foot, was one of four with a beautiful private terrace garden filled with agapanthus & hydrangeas. In the corner of the room, next to the curved open shower was a spiral staircase up to our private roof top pod room, containing a vast & exceedingly comfortable bean bag positioned under an Eileen Grey floor lamp. The view is spectacular: over the clever eco sea thrift-covered flat roof to the Atlantic ocean and endless sky. It’s a perfect place to gaze & dream.
(It would also be a perfect place to write, but there is no desk or wi-fi up there, so this writer spent a little too much time staring at a wall in the bedroom below, cabled into the room’s desk internet point, whilst her sister lolled on the lovely beanbag.)
Above: our personal terrace with two chaises for sunbathing, and the seating area in our room.
Below: some of the hotel’s public spaces
LLG was a guest of The Scarlet