Devon LivingIssue #04
We discover Landlubber and Lookout, two luxury, eco-friendly, coastal residences perfect for small group getaways.
You’ll find Merchants Manor, a seaside country house hotel with its own 2AA Rosette restaurant and spa, in the very heart of the vibrant town of Falmouth. Already the hotel of choice for those wanting to get away from it all in luxurious surroundings, two separate eco-friendly residences have been added to showcase the very best in British design, oozing elegance, convenience and style. Designed by award-winning interior designer Helen Hughes, these boutique homes, aptly named Landlubber and Lookout, have their own unique personality based on Cornwall’s nautical history and sub-tropical climate.
“Each residence is eco-friendly and designed to reflect the surroundings of the Falmouth coast.”
Each sleeps four in coastal comfort with two bedrooms and both have a generous kitchen and living space for kicking back after a day’s exploring. To add to the luxury they also have a private terrace with jacuzzi hot tubs boasting spectacular views over Falmouth Bay. Guests staying in the residences are also able to enjoy all of the facilities in the main hotel including the outstanding Rastella restaurant, swimming pool, Technogym and indulgent Linen Room spa – a stay here really does give you the best of both worlds and is ideal for couples, friends and families alike.
Inspired by the Cornish countryside, and flooded with beautiful natural light, Landlubber and Lookout have their own unique personalities. Lookout’s interiors reflect the calming surroundings of the Falmouth coastline, with bespoke floor-to- ceiling windows allowing you to gaze out at the breathtaking sea views from the comfort of your bed. Both bedrooms feature calming tones of cool blues against bright corals. In each room there are snippets of quirky furnishings, such as antique mirrors attained at an auction from the estate of a renowned artist in Helford, and antique hooks recovered from the private quarters of Queen Mary when she sailed around India and Asia as part of a coronation tour with King George V. Lookout’s bathrooms showcase contemporary elegance with handmade tiles and brass taps as well as a wet room with large rain head showers from Bert & May and Temple Spa products.
If you love the outdoors why not immerse yourself with an overnight retreat to Landlubber, a tropical haven inspired by Edwardian plant hunters who travelled far and wide to bring exotic botanical treasures to the Cornish coast.
Drop off your bags and venture into your very own sanctuary in the form of a 30-metre private garden complete with hot tub jacuzzi. Landlubber has a contemporary finish, softened with comfortable furnishings, re-claimed timber cladding and artisan hand tiling allowing you to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. The kitchen-living area offers plenty of space to relax with bespoke seating as well as a rustic farmhouse dining table sourced from a local antique shop in the town that’s perfect for entertaining family and friends. Bedrooms provide ultimate comfort with handmade beds, crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and large double doors that lead out onto your own private terrace.
For the utmost in indulgence, you can treat yourself to an in-room treatment available from the hotel’s acclaimed Linen Room spa or enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared by the hotel’s Chef Patron, Hylton Espey before ending your evening with a glass of fizz as you gaze up at the stars from your hot tub.
The team at Merchants Manor will ensure you arrive to a ‘home away from home’, with added touches including a welcoming hamper with lavish goodies including freshly baked sourdough bread and ‘manor made’ butter, provisions from the kitchen team as well as treats from Temple Spa for instant tranquility. Owner Nick Rudlin tells us: “We are delighted to unveil our new spaces to guests. Each residence is eco-friendly and designed to reflect the surroundings of the Falmouth coast. This has been supported by the AA who have awarded the spaces the highest accolade of five gold stars making them one of only a handful in all of Cornwall.”
These new homes are perfect for those looking for the luxury of a private holiday escape while at the same time offering all of the splendid amenities that a boutique hotel has to offer.
1 Western Terrace,
Falmouth TR11 4QJ
"Each residence is eco-friendly and designed to reflect the surroundings of the Falmouth coast."