Winter in Cornwall is just magical. As the summer crowds disperse and the dusky evenings draw near, local folk dust off their raincoats, pull on their wellies and swap shorts and flipflops for jeans and jumpers.
Why not join them? The Alverton Hotel in Truro offers a fantastic Cornish Winter Getaway offer: stay in the Cornish capital with rooms for two from £99 per night, including breakfast and a cream tea for two, before March 31.
An illustrious history
The Alverton, a four-silver star hotel on the outskirts of Truro, has everything you could wish for the perfect winter getaway. This magnificent grade II listed building features impressive architecture dating back to the 1830s; once a convent for the Sisters of the Epiphany, its illustrious past is deeply embedded in every feature, from the towering brick walls to the stained-glass windows.
The hotel pays homage to its rich history, with subtle nods including room names: the Chapel Suite, for example, and the Bishop Suite. The dramatic gothic-revival surroundings of the magnificent Great Hall provide the hotel’s main space for weddings, in-house events, Christmas parties and business conferences.
An outdoor oasis
Cocooned at the end of a winding driveway, the ivy-clad hotel’s private grounds boast an outdoor oasis for guests to enjoy all year round. During the winter months, frost-bitten grass glistens in the cold morning sunshine, and the sun-trap terrace offers an outside seating area to enjoy a warming hot chocolate, a glass of something stronger or something tasty from the menu.
An award-winning menu
Talking of which, foodies will not want to miss the AA-rosette restaurant with its award-winning menu. The team of talented chefs is passionate about seasonal Cornish ingredients, which are used to rustle up a suite of Celtic-inspired dishes – a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. Fuel up on heartwarming classics, unforgettable afternoon tea and inventive culinary creations presented with the unique Alverton signature. Bag a window table and enjoy botanical views while remaining warm and cosy inside.
For light bites and expertly mixed cocktails, fine wine and Cornish tipples, kick back and relax in the welcoming bar area. A roaring log fire creates a toasty environment to wind down with after-dinner drinks, or celebratory tipples to begin your stay on a high.
A home from home
Your room will be your safe haven away from home. All bedrooms offer tradition, comfort and romance, blending original features with luxury furnishings and contemporary finishes. The Courtyard, a newly renovated complex finalised in 2016, homes 15 of The Alverton’s most spectacular bedrooms and suites. Modern fixtures and patterns have been cleverly placed among unique elements uncovered from the historic property: think free-standing roll-top bath tubs, exposed brickwork, epic archways and stained-glass windows.
A central base
So, what to do during your stay? The Alverton is your idyllic central base for exploring everything this stunning corner of the map has to offer. Truro city centre is within walking distance; stay local and wander onto the cobbled high streets of the Cornish capital. Browse independent retailers and boutique stores, stop for a coffee break in a cosy café, or tuck into a piping hot pasty fresh from the oven. Take a wintery walk along the Truro River, past bobbing boats to Boscawen Park.
If you’d like to explore further afield, Truro is a short distance from both the surfing hotspots and mind-blowing sunsets of the north coast, and the picturesque coves and harbour villages on the south. Wrap up warm and visit untouched stretches of sand and footprint-free coastal paths, guaranteed to put some colour in your cheeks and a light dusting of sea salt spray in your hair.
Nature lovers will be spoilt for choice with the array of gorgeous gardens, with their private beaches, characterful shrubs, whimsical waterfalls and subtropical blooms. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Glendurgan, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and Tregothnan – home to Europe’s largest tea gardens – are just a handful of Cornwall’s evergreen gems. There are also plenty of family-friendly attractions within close driving distance: The Eden Project, Newquay Zoo and Healey’s Cider Farm, to name but three.
So, whether you’re planning a romantic weekend full of fine food, candlelit dinners, drinks by the open fireplace and dreamy strolls across deserted beaches; a spontaneous break to explore Cornwall’s exciting attractions and watersports; or just a night away from the norm to rest, recharge and indulge, let The Alverton pamper you with exceptional service and top-quality hospitality.
To book your Cornish Winter Getaway, call 01872 276633, email email@example.com, or book online at thealverton.co.uk/special-offers/cornish-winter-getaway/