A View to Die For

The main reason for staying at the 60 bedroom, Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth has to be its location overlooking the harbour and of course for me the fact that they have dog-friendly bedrooms. Ours, with picture windows looked over to the hamlet of Flushing, with lots of boats between bobbing on the water.
Below our bedroom, I could see a small patch of sand and, of course, hear if not see the inevitable seagulls. Above us, a gutter had moss growing out of it perhaps a bird was nesting. Our room is quite small and the decor dated except for a flat screen television. There are several dog-friendly bedrooms and ours was one of them. The bathroom is old fashioned too. Their executive rooms are larger and more modern, with the deluxe category also having a small balcony. This is a truly typical English seaside hotel.
Downstairs the bar and lounge have been modernised. The dining area was extended with a new chef Nick Hodges who is currently finding his feet. There are picture windows everywhere to make the most of their amazing position on the water’s edge. Outside the lounge, an open area has tables and chairs and is a great place to enjoy a drink, weather permitting. Poppy, my dog was allowed in this area but smokers are too and at night, perhaps because of its location if anyone is smoking, the place smells of tobacco, a deterrent to sitting there.

The hotel dates from 1785 when it was a coaching inn and is Falmouth’s oldest hotel overlooking a stretch of water formerly called “King’s Road” where packet ships moored whilst awaiting mail, cargo, and passengers from London. Rat and mole from Wind in the Willows first came to life in a series of letters written here by author Kenneth Grahame to his son in 1907.

The Fal River Festival, on for 10 days from May 22 to 31, 2015 has a diverse mixture of events which take place at dozens of locations around the water. The programme includes outdoor theatre, circus performances, stargazing, foraging, underwater photography workshops and film screenings on the King Harry Ferry.



About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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