A TRIP TO CORNWALL PART 3: THE SCARLET HOTEL - TRAVEL REVIEW - 28TH OCTOBER 2012
… And an engagement!
This is the final part of our trip to Cornwall, where we spent three nights in three different hotels in October 2012. Our last night was spent in the award winning Scarlet Hotel and you shouldn’t have favourites, but I think this was definitely our favourite of the three. Perhaps also for a special reason that will become known later! You can read about our other two nights in Cornwall here -
We arrived at The Scarlet Hotel from The Bedruthan, which is its sister hotel and they are just a short stroll apart. The Scarlet is adults only which we were quite glad of since the Bedruthan had been busy with families for half term!
We were greeted in reception, which is just a comfy area with sofas and doesn’t have a reception desk as such, by a friendly young lady who took us on a tour of the hotel. Our first thoughts were that it was small but perfectly and adequately formed and we immediately felt comfortable there with the warm red, brown and purple tones and quiet, peaceful atmosphere.
We sat and had a cup of coffee in the bar area and then wandered into the snug and I read interior design magazines on the comfy sofas whilst Steve read the days papers. The lovely lady who had showed us around came and found us after a little while and told us our room was ready to check in to.
We were taken downstairs past the spa and down a spiral staircase to the basement to our room. It was one of the smaller rooms but had a lovely terrace and small grass area leading out of two French doors which looked over the cliffs to sea, and was s breathtaking view. We had a large bed in the middle of the room and behind an open plan bathroom with double sinks, a sunken bath and a concealed rain shower.
We were left to it and I noticed a bottle of champagne on ice with two glasses on the table by the French doors. I wandered over to have a look and next to it was an old fashioned love heart on a ring saying ‘Marry Me’! The next thing I knew, Steve had gone down on one knee and I was engaged! We have been together for 8 years so I had expected this might be coming but was still shocked!
After a few tears (of joy!) we popped open the bubbly and went out onto our little terrace and toasted ourselves whilst looking out to sea. We had no phone reception so it was nice to have our own special moment and it was the perfect spot for a proposal. Later on we ventured down to the beach and wrote the proposal in the sand, which is how Steve had planned to do it originally but it was too wet and windy outside!
We spent the rest of the afternoon in the spa, swimming in the indoor pool with floor to ceiling windows looking out to sea, having a sauna and then chilling in the hanging seats. We followed our spa visit with a gorgeous chilli hot chocolate which came in massive mugs and had just the right amount of spice.
We were booked into the hotel’s restaurant for dinner that evening and decided to have a celebratory cocktail pre-dinner, which were both delicious. We were given a cosy table for two by the window for dinner and after being given the menu, spent a long time deciding what to have as everything sounded delicious!
Eventually we decided on the seafood sharing board for starter which consisted of squid, pan-fried fish and fish cakes with parsnip crisps, a curried cream sauce and a potato and pea salsa. It was presented beautifully and it all tested delicious, especially the fish cakes which were soft and fluffy in the middle and wonderfully crisp on the outside.
For main we opted for our own dishes and I had the Gurnard with a parsley and shrimp butter sauce, tabbouleh and cauliflower fritters. It was amazing and I could eat it all again right now! Steve opted for Chicken breast with sweet onions, cannellini beans and pancetta with a rich jus, which was also delicious.
We were both really full but had to try the chocolate dessert board to share which featured miniature chocolate brownies, chocolate macaroons, chocolate mousse, honeycomb and salted caramel ice cream. It was very naughty and very nice but we couldn’t finish it all! It was definitely a popular choice the night we were there with pretty much every other diner opting to try it!
We finished the meal with coffee and petit fours and took our wine back to our lovely room to finish.
We had a great nights sleep and it was lovely waking up to the sound and sight of the sea with our own little terrace. We wandered down to breakfast and Steve was still too full so only had tea, juice and toast but I decided to try the full English. All of the produce tasted really fresh and tasty and it was a great cooked breakfast that wasn’t greasy or too much.
It would have been difficult to not have had a good time at The Scarlet after Steve’s proposal, but the hotel definitely exceeded our expectations none the less and we had a wonderful time. The staff are friendly and helpful, the food is delicious and the hotel is beautiful inside and out.
It will definitely hold a special place inside our hearts and we will be back.
Dotty Dishes was a guest of The Scarlet. (special thanks for the complimentary engagement champagne and cocktails!)
The Scarlet Hotel, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DQ.
*A one night’s stay with dinner, bed and breakfast starts from £260.*