Hotel room review: The Scarlet hotel, Cornwall

by Sasha Wilkins on July 25, 2010 · 18 comments


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

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Above: the sun-drenched upper terrace, overlooking the bay. The living room.
And here is the video I shot in our Unique room:

More of my photos of The Scarlet here

LLG was a guest of The Scarlet

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snowystylista July 26, 2010 at 04:10

Oh that looks lovely. The perfect place to escape to. Cornwall is such a beautiful place. Hope you enjoyed it.
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Pink Julep July 26, 2010 at 11:52

I’m moving to London this fall and excited about travelling around the UK and Europe! Will definitely put this hotel on my list! Thanks for sharing!!!


beautywoome July 26, 2010 at 12:16

How gorgeous. I’m filing this in my future travel folder.


Northern Snippet July 26, 2010 at 18:06

OOH that first photo reminds me of that TV drama The Life and Loves of a She devil.Maybe its the grey skies.The Hotel looks lovely though.


Emyr Thomas, Bon Vivant July 27, 2010 at 05:44

I went a few months ago and loved the place – the highlight being sitting in the hot tub with a glass of prosecco, of course! Shame it’s a long drive from London…


Talia August 9, 2010 at 19:01

This looks so lovely. Their website is really great too – I love all the talk of coming along and all about xmas and NY. I tend to stay in nice hotels but only really sleep in them which seems a bit silly if I’m picking particularly nice ones. Perhaps I should look at them differently and this one seems like a great place to make that change!


Fashion Follows Her May 19, 2012 at 12:21

That look like just what I need -a little R&R, nothing so peaceful as staying by the ocean.


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