Arriving to a breathtaking view, inspiring art, and tea by the fire, what more perfect welcome for Mary Kate’s return to the Scarlet eco hotel.
Sweep back the curtains and a quintessional Cornish coast greets you, revealing a breath taking vista. Above the noise of the rhythmic waves crashing, the swooping gull’s scream in their daredevil flights, all framed by the larger than life sky overhead. A favourite sight is to watch the starlings flock in their annual dance, the black pattern of hundreds of birds all but disappearing at the turn of a wing, like swirling leaf tea first added to boiling water. It is impossible not to feel very alive to the possibilities of the day in this amazing part of the world.
A pot of Tregothan Leaf Tea in Bed is the perfect start to the day
Why it is so lovely to be brought tea in bed? A knock at the door, and while you’re still warm as toast in bed, a pot of freshly made tea arrives, perfectly brewed ready for pouring. It is the start of another amazing Scarlet day. The equally fabulous bit is the local Cornish tea estate, Tregothnan, supplies the leaf tea used. The unadulterated, sheer indulgence of that pot of splendid leaf tea that appears as if by magic at the door is such a perfect start to the day.
Significant Life events are played out at the Scarlet
The Scarlet is a venue at which events happen. Just contemplating the arrival of the main course after a quite delicious starter, suddenly a chap on the table opposite is on bended knee, ring box in hand, gushing proposals – and they hadn’t even ordered their first course!
The appropriately coloured scarlet hot tubs are the place to view the sun set, as sky turns into evening
The stunning Cornish vista is displayed before you. Bathed in the warmth of the indoor pool, I watch as the sun rises, alternating between the eucalyptus steam room and a few more lengths for a completely clear conscience for breakfast. I am delighted to discover that as last year, the breakfast menu is a quite wonderful surprise each and every morning – lemon & thyme poached pears were gorgeous, followed by my absolute favourite – eggs Benedict.
After a blustery walk on the beach, what more could you desire than an Enchanting afternoon tea with scrummy christmas cake
Cornwall is an amazing and magical coastal retreat
A walk on the coastal path from St Agnus to Chapel Porth is rewarded with a Sinners Honeymoon, a warming milky drink with honey & cinnamon, and a slice of ginger cake. On another day, a gorgeous pasty from Rick Stein’s deli is the treat on the walk around Padstow’s beautiful harbour. Scenic, spellbinding, and utterly splendid, the Ayurvedic spa is an utterly healing experience, and the staff genuinely engaging, Mary Kate will be counting the days to her return to this rather special, and quite magical, hotel – did I mention the view?