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A comfortable boutique hotel and restaurant in one of Cornwall's most happening resorts.

Merchants Manor

Western Terrace Falmouth Cornwall TR11 4QJ 01326 312 734

We say

Well situated high on a hill on the edge of central Falmouth, this hotel has been around for a while and until recently it was beginning to show. But its recent re-furbishment has catapulted it up in the ranks of places to stay in Falmouth, and we reckon it's now one of the best - and best-value - places in town. Formerly the Green Lawns guest house, it was bought a couple of years ago by Nick and Sioned Parry-Rudlin and they have developed not only as a decent boutique hotel in its own right, but also one that is aiming to attract non-residents too, with a restaurant that is already garnering some praise. An Edwardian building at heart, it also has a newer wing, and its 39 rooms are split between the two: they vary from 'Cosy' – the cheapest and naturally the smallest – to more modern 'Comfy' rooms in the new extension and the high-end the Master bedrooms in both buildings, which are larger and come with robes, private balconies and king-size beds. By time of writing all the rooms should have been renovated, with free wifi, flatscreen TVs, a welcome tray and luxury toiletries. There's also a gym and a heated indoor pool, and the sub-tropical garden is lovely for a stroll before the short walk down into town – though, as we said, if you can't tear yourself away, the restaurant is fab and there's a bar menu that will entice you to hang out that little bit longer in the very comfortable lounge. They serve lovely cream teas, steak sandwiches and sharing boards of cheese and charcuterie. A welcoming home-from-home in a very happening part of Cornwall.

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