Hotel Meudon – Falmouth, Cornwall
Steeped in history thanks to its association with the Fox family, who were influential in the development of Falmouth in the 19th-century, this Cornish hidden gem has eight and a half acres of unique sub-tropical gardens that stretch down to a private beach, Bream Cove. An unspoilt paradise, it’s ideal for swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding or picking up the South West Coast Path to go hiking. The hotel itself is fresh from an extensive, sympathetic refurbishment: expect contemporary light-filled rooms with comfy beds, aromatic bath products and gorgeous views (choose from garden, sea or inland) from the balcony or terrace. The nose-to-tail cooking in the restaurant fully reflects its location and heritage, drawing influences from French classic haute cuisine (Meudon takes its name from the nearby farmhouses built by Napoleonic prisoners of war who were from an eponymous village in France), simple dishes from the 1960s and the fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the garden. Ask for a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows and admire the blooms as you tuck in.
Doubles from £219
+44 (0)1326 250541; meudon.co.uk