St Enodoc Hotel, Rock
Mmm. Looks a bit like an old people’s home with its sunny yellow-rendered exterior. Yes, I know what you mean. But step inside and you get a completely different feel for the place. It was built in 1928 as a private home for the Siamese royal family but has been transformed into a modern hotel. The interior is by Emily Todhunter (who decked out a wing of Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire and Ivana Trump’s London restaurant). There’s a large granite fireplace, ethnic rugs and underfloor heating in the spacious and light lounge.
And the bedrooms? They’re tastefully decorated with modern ethnic bedspreads, distressed wood or brightly painted furniture in vivid blues, reds or greens. Some have iron beds and window seats on which to read a book or gaze at the stunning estuary views. The white bathroom suites have chrome towel rails and smart Gilchrist & Soames toiletries that you will want to take home with you. Nice touches include fresh flowers. The four family suites are equipped with fridges and microwaves and some have a separate lounge area for kids.