Make your way to Hotel Tresanton in St. Mawes, an enchanting village on the exquisite Roseland Peninsula of the southern Channel coast of Cornwall. Aside from bright, comfortable rooms and a memorable seaview terrace, Tresanton offers exceptional seafood (including delicious local Cornish crab) in its justly acclaimed restaurant. The hotel provides a perfect base from which to explore other coastal towns and villages, notably the sailing center of Fowey and the postcard-perfect hamlet of Portloe (where The Lugger Hotel is an excellent place for a lobster or shellfish lunch).
The scenic and timeless Roseland Peninsula is noted by Mr. Harper as one of his favorite places in England, not least because it contains some of the loveliest stretches of the South West Coast Path, the 630-mile footpath that runs along the coasts of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
Cornwall is famous for its gardens, which benefit from the county’s mild winter climate, the result of the warm Gulf Stream transatlantic current. Mr. Harper suggests Trewithen, Trelissick and Glendurgan, all of which are within easy reach of Tresanton.
The north coast of Cornwall offers spectacular walks along the coastline of Penwith, where the cliffs receive the full impact of the uninterrupted North Atlantic swells. Out of season, St. Ives is a pretty town, long a favorite of painters, with a branch of London’s Tate Gallery, plus a fascinating museum dedicated to the work of the English Modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth.
Forty-three miles north (and 33 miles from Tresanton), the attractive town of Padstow is situated at the mouth of the Camel River. One of its chief claims to fame is The Seafood Restaurant, a Cornish institution run by chef, hotelier, author and TV host Rick Stein. The quality of the local oysters and langoustines is superb.