Hotel Meudon Cornwall

Reviewed: Hotel Meudon, Falmouth

Hidden away in its own secluded valley, the newly refurbished Hotel Meudon is making a name for itself as one of Cornwall’s best hidden gems. Our Editor, Gabriella Dyson, pays a visit and shares her thoughts.

Hotel Meudon: The Location

Having dedicated the past two years to exploring Cornwall, you can imagine my surprise when I learned that Hotel Meudon had somehow slipped beneath my radar. But then again, it’s hardly surprising when the coastal venue describes itself as ‘one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets’. Meudon’s subtropical gardens and private beach are sequestered away in its own little corner of Kernow, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

As we left the signs for Falmouth behind us and continued to drive along green country roads, our satnav informed us that we were only a matter of minutes from our destination. Not only does this make Hotel Meudon an ideal spot from which to explore the south coast of Cornwall but it also offers the perfect amount of seclusion without feeling detached from civilisation. For reference, it’s only a 3-minute drive to Michael Caines’ popular Cove Restaurant, and about 15 minutes respectively to Slice of Cornwall and Potager Garden.

Hotel Meudon Cornwall
Hotel Meudon Cornwall

Hotel Meudon’s setting is breathtakingly beautiful. Lush, subtropical gardens slowly meander down the valley, brimming with colourful and giant plant life from around the globe. At the far end of the gardens, I glimpsed a sliver of blue sea and under this – hidden by foliage – I imagined we would find the hotel’s own private beach, Bream Cove. Inside, the hotel boasts a communal lounge, a bar, a fine dining restaurant and a wellness room. The décor feels decidedly mid-century, with an abundance of original artwork on the walls and a playlist of relaxed jazz sets the tone.

Hotel Meudon Cornwall
Large-Sea-View-Room-Meudon

The Room

Our home for the night was a ‘Large Sea View Room with Balcony’. Like the rest of the hotel, this was decked out in mid-century furniture and featured an authentic vintage radio and retro textiles. Tea and coffee making facilities were waiting for us, as well as fresh milk in the mini bar. We were also provided with a map of the gardens and a guide to the local area. The bathroom, though modestly sized, featured a walk-in rainfall shower and beautifully scented toiletries by local aromatherapy brand Bloom Remedies.

That night we slept particularly well thanks to a plush mattress and incredibly soft sheets. It was total bliss waking up to birdsong and standing on the balcony with a cup of tea in hand watching the sunrise over the gardens. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to sit out there in the summer sunshine.

Hotel Meudon Cornwall
Hotel Meudon Cornwall

The Amenities

Shortly after we checked in my partner and I went our separate ways to explore the hotel. He headed straight to the wellness room, where he had booked a 60-minute treatment. With a wealth of treatments to choose from – including hot stone massages and scalp therapies – everything can be tailored to suit your needs. He opted for the Deep Tissue Massage and was pleased to report that while it relieved him of the week’s knots and tension, it ‘didn’t leave him with the usual bruises’ (not sure where he ordinarily gets his massages).

Meanwhile, I took my camera to explore Bream Cove and snapped a few shots of the fauna and flora along the way. The beach offers some of the cleanest and most sheltered waters in Cornwall, making it perfect for wild swimming and paddle boarding. Given that I visited in January, I wasn’t too fussed about experiencing this firsthand, so instead I soaked up the scenery. The cove is right on the Southwest Coast Path, so you can walk around the Rosemullion headland towards the Helford River, taking in ancient woodland and fishing villages along the way.

Hotel Meudon Cornwall
Hotel Meudon Cornwall

The Restaurant

That evening we headed to dinner by way of Freddie’s Bar where we sipped on cocktails by the fire. A smoky Aged Old Fashioned went down a treat, as did the Cornish Rose 75 which was a delicious blend of Tinkture Gin, lemon juice, Champagne syrup and sparkling wine. If in doubt about what to order, the bar staff are more than happy to talk you through the drinks list and impart some expert knowledge.

The restaurant itself is positioned overlooking the gardens and feels reminiscent of a forgotten era where staff don uniforms and wheel out the cheese trolley come dessert. Frankly, I love that sort of service and I was eager to try Meudon’s hyper local dinner menu.

Our meal featured dishes such as ‘Fowey scallop ceviche with blood orange, jalapeno, sesame and coriander’ and ‘Kilhallen farm pork fillet with charred January king, smoked sausage, apple purée and a tarragon jus’. Naturally, we opted for the cheese to finish, which included a generous portion of three Cornish cheeses, chutney and quince jelly. Ordinarily, dinner would have been priced at two courses for £36 or three courses for £45, with the option of adding a fourth cheese course for £10.

Hotel Meudon Cornwall
Hotel Meudon Cornwall

Overall Thoughts

A stay at Hotel Meudon was exactly what the doctor ordered. Its relative seclusion let us leave our busy everyday lives behind and we indulged in a day of relaxation and great hospitality. From the moment we checked in, we couldn’t help but notice how authentic the hotel staff seemed. Everyone we encountered offered first-class service and seemed genuinely happy to be there. Despite visiting on a mizzly January day, I was completely enamoured by Meudon’s gardens. I can only imagine how enchanting they will look in the height of summer, especially sitting outside with a drink in hand. If you’re looking for a hotel that is affordable without compromising on service, you really can’t go wrong booking Hotel Meudon. For more information you can visit their website or call 01326 250541.

*Our stay at Hotel Meudon was gifted to us but our opinions are our own.