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If you love Cornwall but not the crowds then Budock Vean is for you. Hidden away in 65 acres of grounds on the banks of the Helford River and equipped with a golf course, tennis courts and spa, this is a peaceful and relaxing sanctuary. The gardens are a standout - as good as some you can pay to visit in the area. A magical valley crammed with subtropical plants leads down to the picturesque Helford River. Don't miss the chance to explore the river with a local guide in the hotel's boat, or on a kayak trip. Walkers will be delighted to find you can pick up the South West Coast Path from the bottom of the garden.

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Alexandra Richards
Travel writer and photographer
Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.



Trebah Gardens is just a mile from the hotel. This flower-filled subtropical paradise has its own beach and superb play areas.

The hotel is on a large estate and its gardens lead to Helford River, where you can pick up the South West Coast Path. The nearest beach is Maenporth, a short drive away.
By car: 2 hours from Exeter, 3 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and under 6 hours from London. Free parking on-site.
By train: London to Falmouth Town takes 5 hours. It's a 20-minute taxi to the hotel.

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Style & Character

The hotel is popular with golfers but suits anyone looking for a quiet getaway. The extensive grounds mean you can always find a quiet spot and the hotel is unlikely to feel busy.

Service & Facilities

We loved the boat trip along the river in the hotel's boat with knowledgeable guide Roger, who shared local history and stories along the way.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Games room
  • Golf course
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Family-friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Our room had views of the garden and there is plenty of room for families with a second fold-down bed. Little touches in the room like pool towels and dressing gowns make trips to the pool and spa easy.

Standard Room, Signature Room, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Decadent cream teas in the conservatory with beautiful views of the garden are a must. Remember, you're in Cornwall so it's jam first! When you're so close to the sea you have to try the locally caught fish; we had the pan-fried Cornish turbot.

Restaurant: modern British cuisine, seasonal menus. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Four-course menu from £51.
Afternoon tea: served daily in the cocktail bar, conservatory or terrace, 3-5pm.

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