Country House Retreat
Tucked away in the picturesque village of Mithian, is a beautiful Grade II Georgian Country House, which has been transformed in to a luxury four-star hotel with contemporary home comforts contained within its character filled walls. Current owners of Rose in Vale Hotel, James and Sarah Evans, have turned their home in to a peaceful haven for those looking to take a break free from the noise of children and local nightlife, and with the beach just a stones throw away, this country retreat offers guests the best of both worlds, with a vast stretch of luscious gardens complete with pond and local walking routes and the National Trust Chapel Porth Beach minutes from their door.
As I turned on to an impressive driveway, the intricate detail of the hotels original Georgian façade presented itself before me and I was intrigued to discover what other surprises this beautiful house might have in store. I was in fact surprised to find that what at first appeared to be a relatively small establishment, had over time been extended to not only accommodate the owners but also twenty-three en-suite bedrooms complete with restaurant, lounge areas and newly renovated reception area.
The sight of a family of ducks and trail of tiny ducklings crossing the path before me seemed to encapsulate the peaceful location in which I found myself and as I entered the new reception area I was warmly greeted by James Evans, the owner, who gave me a brief tour and showed me to my room for the night.
Placing my bag on the bed I couldn’t help but smile at the beautiful furnishings adorning my room. The simple yet stylish furniture perfectly complimented the bright and airy room and the en-suite bathroom left little to be desired. After a quick cup of tea I headed down to the restaurant.
The in-house restaurant has been awarded a Rosette by the AA for the past seven consecutive years for consistently producing high quality food, and it wasn’t hard to see why.
I settled in for what promised to be a sumptuous three-course meal. First to the table was a light and flavoursome amuse bouche in the form of an asparagus and white wine soup. This eased nicely in to my starter of shallot tart tatin with rocket salad and balsamic vinegar. For the main course I opted for a fillet of pan-seared cod and handful of cockles in a creamy white wine sauce served on a crushed potato cake and with an assortment of vegetables. By the time the dessert was placed in front of me I was unsure of how I was going to find room for it. Luckily I chose to have the rich yet light dark chocolate terrine with fresh strawberries, a darkly delicious finale to an altogether outstanding meal.
Retiring to my room after my momentous meal I ran a lovely deep bubble bath and relaxed with my book as the daylight began to fade.
The following morning, after a deep and undisturbed sleep save for a few snores from the room above… I got my things together and headed down for breakfast.
After being shown to my table, the friendly staff on hand explained the varied options available. I chose to order scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and a round of brown toast, accompanied by orange juice and freshly brewed tea, all in all this provided a relaxed yet substantial start to the day.
As my time in this exquisite country retreat came to an end, it was clear to see why this secluded haven attracts guests to its doors year after year. From the professional manner of the staff to the unfaltering attention to detail, this is one hotel that exceeded all my expectations and with the promise of future facilities to include a spa and an indoor pool, I made a promise of my own to return.
Rose-in-Vale Country House Hotel
Mithian, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0QD
Tel: 01872 552202
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