The Scarlet

Effortless cool on the north Cornwall coast

Drive around Mawgan Porth’s dramatic clifftops of bracken and salty flowers, and there it is. A secret Bond-villain lair of glass and indulgence, complete with overlooking sweeping ocean-views. The secluded, adults-only hideaway called The Scarlet.

Of course it’s transcendentally beautiful. Round every corner, the eye is professionally massaged with design and architecture that blurs the boundaries between indoors and out. There’s attention to detail in everything you can touch and see, all those arguably more important things that you can’t put your finger on. Sustainability is at the heart of this hotel, without compromising style and comfort.

Rooms are open-plan, spacious and stylish. You could hold a conference from the shower if you feel that way inclined. Best though, every room has its own private balcony to drink in the view of the ocean. We believe it is best served from the comfort of your free-standing bath with a glass in hand.

Equally talked about for its Ayurvedic influenced spa, The Scarlet offers far more than just rooms. Loosen up in the hammam, float in the outside hot-tubs and allow yourself to be rubbed, scrubbed and polished by the extensive treatment menu. There are even cocoon-like pods to let your worries drift away.

When you’re finally ready to emerge, follow your nose down to the restaurant. Tom Hunter heads the kitchen and treats ingredients, however modest, with respect and care, and you can taste it. The menu is long on game and has a European feel with dishes including Tregothnan Estate deer with venison sausage roll and twice baked Cornish Crackler soufflé with caramelised walnut and Cox’s apple salad. The menu is Cornish and changes with the seasons. If you can’t make dinner, spoil a loved one with afternoon tea on the cliff-top terrace.

The Scarlet is that fabled hotel where service, produce and skill seamlessly come together in perfect harmony. But there’s something more here, too. It oozes that Cornish magic that has bewitched generations of families into returning year on year, come rain or shine.

Insider’s tips

Perfectly placed on the gourmet map, The Scarlet is equidistant between Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay and Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth in Padstow.

Scarlet Hotel, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DQ

01637 861800

Opening hours

Lunch, 12.30pm – 2.15pm

Dinner, 7pm – 9pm

Chef: Tom Hunter

Owners: Emma Stratton, Deborah Wakefield and Rebecca Whittington

Room rate from: £210

Number of rooms: 37

• Online booking
• Dogs welcome
• Wifi
• Disabled access
• Parking available
• Gluten free options
• Wedding venue
• Spa

Sample menu

Starter

Wild rabbit ragout with saffron pasta, chanterelles and parmesan

Main

Wild sea bass with violet potatoes, caramelised shallot puree and warm potted shrimps

Pudding

Blackberry parfait with salt caramel and compote of Devon Coxs’

Three courses £44.50, two courses £37

Read the latest issue

Searchable map for places to eat, stay, shop and cook