The Mount Haven Hotel, Marazion, run by its owners, Mike and Orange Trevillion, is situated at the eastern end of Marazion overlooking Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount. The centre of Marazion and main town beach are about a ten minute walk from the hotel.
The stated aim of the Mount Haven Hotel is to remove you from the hustle and bustle of modern living by providing an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The decor is contemporary, but with ornaments and tapestries from Jaipur, Bhutan, Nepal, Bali and India displayed throughout the public areas. Fresh local flowers and the delicate scent of incense, brought from holy ashrams in India, are used to help provide an informal relaxing atmosphere.
At the heart of The Mount Haven Hotel is a large, airy lounge with big leather sofas and a huge picture window looking out towards Marazion and St Michael's Mount. The lounge also serves as the bar. During the day, tea, coffee, lunch and Cornish cream teas are served here.
There is wooden-decked garden terrace where drinks and meals may be taken when the weather is fine. Meals may also be taken in the small subtropical garden with its views of St Michael's Mount and Mount's Bay through the bushes.
The Mount Haven Hotel was not built originally as a hotel - it was, apparently, once a coach house. The result is that each of the 18 bedrooms is a different shape and size. Fourteen of the bedrooms have sea views; for the romantically-inclined, one bedroom has a four-poster bed and the best view of St Michael's Mount. All the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and tea making facilities. Complimentary toiletries and fresh flowers are provided. Rooms have either a garden terrace or a balcony; not all have sea views.
Prices per room (based on two guests sharing the room) per night range from £100 to £200 for Bed and Breakfast and from £154 to £254 for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
The Mount Haven Hotel restaurant has been awarded 2 Rosettes by the AA for fine dining. 2009 sees new Head Chef Bruce Rennie leading the team in the kitchen. Bruce Rennie has previously worked as head chef with Gary Rhodes in Edinburgh (Michelin Bib Gourmand), Robbie Millar at Shanks Restaurant in Northern Ireland (Michelin star, 3 AA Rosettes) and, most recently, Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh (Michelin star, 4AA rosettes).
The restaurant serves breakfast for hotel guests; a full traditional breakfast is available or a "healthy eating" option.
A two or three course lunch (menu changes daily) is served each day, including Sundays.
Dinner is served each evening; the hotel aims to provide food using local ingredients where possible. There is also a vegetarian menu.
The Mount Haven Hotel offers a range of holistic and other alternative treatments, including aromatherapy, chakra balancing and healing, holistic massage, hot stones, Indian head massage, reflexology and reiki. An osteopath and a yoga teacher are also available. These sessions need to be booked in advance.
Special offers on accommodation are sometimes available during the early spring and late autumn.
In summary, probably the best (and most expensive) hotel in Marazion.
The Mount Haven Hotel may be contacted by telephone on +44(0)1736 710249. The address is Mount Haven Hotel, Turnpike Road, Marazion, TR17 0DQ.
The rooms at the Mount Haven Hotel are variable in size and outlook. Some bedrooms and bathrooms are quite small and not all bathrooms have both a bath and a shower. Telephone the hotel to discuss exactly which room you will be getting and make sure that it has a view of St Michael's Mount.
The Mount Haven Hotel is currently planning a major expansion including the addition of a dozen guest rooms and a rooftop restaurant. Telephone the hotel before booking to ensure that you will not be staying on a building site.
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