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Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5LG England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 30/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


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On a quiet bend of the tranquil Helford River nestles the award-winning 4 star Budock Vean Hotel. This family owned and run hotel is set in 65 acres of glorious gardens, woodlands and its own golf course - The Budock Vean is a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. With a restaurant renowned for amazing food, relaxing treatments in the Natural Health Spa, luxury self catering holiday homes, dog friendly cottages, tennis courts, kayaking and boat trips along the river, you can be as active or as relaxed as you wish.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Books, DVDs, music for children
Electric vehicle charging station
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Golf course
Tennis court
Archery offsite
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Private beach
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Fiona C wrote a review 27 Jun
Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom105 contributions57 helpful votes
From start to finish everything was perfect; we booked a long weekend here for our honeymoon, and it was truly faultless. We stayed in room 6, which was a beautiful suite, with bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a living room and further bathroom with walk in shower and bath. There are amazing views over the gardens and golf course. The room, hotel and grounds were all spotless, thanks to the amazing staff who look after this lovely hotel. Staff couldn’t be more helpful if they tried, and were all so friendly and helped make our honeymoon extra special. My husband and I both had spa treatments, which we really enjoyed, and we used the pool, sauna and hot tub for a relaxing break. The gardens are beautiful, and well worth a stroll down to the private beach, where there is also a seating area, and where the Helford River Cruise departs from…which was also an amazing experience. We enjoyed our stay so much that we’ve rebooked to stay again in September!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
Frank B wrote a review 9 Jun
London, United Kingdom63 contributions13 helpful votes
All but one of our guests stayed in two of the holiday cottages (Beavers Lodge and Beavers Dam). One guest stayed in a signature room within the hotel. The setting of the hotel is superb located on the Helford estuary. The facilities are very good, including the pool, sauna and jacuzzi; tennis courts; and a quite challenging 9 hole golf course. The two self catering cottages have all six bathroom recently upgraded to a high standard. The accommodation was very generous in sizeWe dined in the hotel where the food was excellent, the staff attentive and welcoming
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: The more expensive signature rooms provide good views over the golf course. The self catering...
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Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with family and friends. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and appreciate your comments, I'll share them with the team, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another break in the future.
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David Cunningham wrote a review 5 Jun
London, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
Budock Vean Hotel is a rather strange one to review. The setting is magnificent as is the hotel, it’s just very strangely managed. Our suite was very nice although could have done with a stocked minibar rather than an empty fridge. The hotel presents itself as a five star luxury hotel with a fabulous restaurant offering formal fine dining. It charges top dollar for the accommodation. In truth, the food is average at best and there has been very little investment leaving it well below the standard that it self proclaims. For example, I’ve never seen such shoddy furniture on a hotel terrace before. Some of it even has plants growing between its weather beaten slats. The terrace restaurant also boasts one of the surliest waiters we have ever had the opportunity to be entertained by. Comedy gold as we watched him serving others with a real air of disdain. Apart from the aforementioned waiter, the staff appear to be completely untrained. What would it cost to employ someone with some experience to pass on? Examples: Only the wine waiter could take our wine order but then didn’t pour it. We were not permitted without a fight to enjoy coffee at our table after lunch. It took three people to come to our table to tell us this was not possible before finally relenting to save our elderly lunch guest having to struggle to another room for coffee. (Apparently coffee at the table would delay the staff preparing the restaurant for dinner!) I kid you not. We didn’t get the impression that we were particularly welcome. We felt that paying guests were rather an inconvenience to the management of this hotel which we would describe In one word, ‘fawltyesque’. Good luck to all who choose to stay here.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Hi David, thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you were dissatisfied with aspects of your stay. We pride ourselves in providing the highest levels of food and service, but we know that we may not always get it absolutely right all of the time. We will be sharing your comments with our team and learning from it and ensuring we improve wherever we can. I would like to reassure you that we have invested in the hotel and continue to do so, with 40 of our 50 letting rooms now completely refurbished, as well as all the public areas including the dining room, which we did in 2020. One or two of our terrace tables have got a little but of lichen on them. Thank you for pointing that out. We will have another go at removing it. I can assure you all our guests and visitors are very welcome at BV and I do believe this is supported by the overwhelming majority of our reviews. I should just also add that we are not a 5* property and have never presented ourselves as such. We are rated as a 4* Country House Hotel by Visit England.
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slapcabbage2016 wrote a review May 2022
Canterbury, United Kingdom6 contributions
I hadn't realised that hotels like this could still be found in the UK. What a wonderful find. Good old fashioned service, excellent rooms, wonderful food and a beautiful setting. Such a shame it's 350 miles away from where I live. I opted for a signature room which had recently been refurbished and was fresh, large and very comfortable.
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Date of stay: May 2022
Room Tip: I had Room 60 which overlooked the golf course and was in the new block.
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Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, we're so pleased to read you enjoyed our style of traditional British hospitality and hope that you will return, despite the distance!
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Julie E wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
Yet again our holiday was superb from start to finish. Great food and wine, excellent service. Wonderful surroundings Some of the best fish we have eaten in ages and accompanied by delicious sauces. Superb! Thank you for looking after us so well.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 24 May 2022
It was a pleasure to welcome you back Julie, thank you for your review and kind comments. I'm so pleased you had another enjoyable stay and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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LizzieMCH wrote a review May 2022
Embleton, United Kingdom39 contributions7 helpful votes
Having moved from the village during the pandemic, this was our first opportunity to return. The hotel management and staff made us very welcome. All are professional, courteous and cheerful. The facilities are lovely and there is plenty of space to exercise dogs. We look forward to our next opportunity to visit.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Plenty of parking. Dogs welcome.
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Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 18 May 2022
Thank you for coming back to see us, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and got to catch up with old friends. We hope you will be back again before long.
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Treveljo wrote a review May 2022
Falmouth, United Kingdom16 contributions5 helpful votes
Just had an amazing spa experience with Megan. Professional, knowledgeable and so friendly. The hotel itself is set in beautiful grounds on the Helford River making the whole experience a peaceful getaway from busy life. With the hotel been on our doorstep we will definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 9 May 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to review your spa experience, it means a lot to the team to get feedback like this. We look forward to seeing you next time.
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Reg P wrote a review May 2022
Failand, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
Our room was spotless, the sheets and pillow cases were changed regularly. the quality of the food was as it always is excellent, the staff are always friendly and helpful. Terry is a gem also Wendel, Mo, Lana, Zac, and Martin the owner. Beautiful valley garden leading to" Abrahams Bosom " a peaceful tributary on the Helford River. all-in all you cannot find better.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: Book as early as possible.........peace and quiet guaranteed.
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Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 9 May 2022
It's always a pleasure to welcome you back Reg, you're like family now! We appreciate your loyalty so much, and the fact we're still delivering a great holiday experience for you after all this time says it all. See you next time!
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Gerry P wrote a review Apr 2022
Tavistock, United Kingdom197 contributions68 helpful votes
Last time we were there Covid regulations had only just been relaxed so there were still quite a few restrictions in place. Staff are still wearing masks & there are plenty of hand sanitisers throughout t(e hotel & guests are encouraged to maintain social distancing, but the hotel had a much more relaxed feel this time. We travelled as a couple & my husband pronounced this visit the best stay anywhere - absolutely perfect. There is great attention to detail. For instance, once you’re logged onto Wi-Fi that lasts for the length of your stay - so many places you have to go through the password rigmarole practically every time you use a device. Food is marvellous with plenty of choice. Bedrooms are spacious & comfortable. Staff are efficient, friendly & knowledgeable.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: Garden view
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Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 3 May 2022
Thank you for reviewing your stay Gerry, we're so pleased you enjoyed your time with us, and hope you returned home safely. We appreciate your kind comments, and will pass them on to our team.
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Discover499095 wrote a review Apr 2022
7 contributions
I can’t enthuse about this beautiful family run hotel enough. From the minute you enter the door you know that you are in for a real treat . The staff are all very friendly and personable and can’t do enough for you. The ambiance is peaceful and respectful and the newly refurbished decor perfectly sets the scene of a real retreat. The fire lights the lounge area and there are plenty of cosy seats to sit and relax in whilst you read or just wait to be served something from their delicious menu. The pool area and outside Jacuzzi are excellent, clean and unique with the wooden vaulted ceiling and fire making it a really special experience. The food is second to none and I am a real foody so I do know. The tables are all dressed in white tablecloths and silver cutlery and the table service is incredible. We even had a guitarist playing easy listening songs to us from the minstrels gallery! The art on the walls represents Cornish legends like Richard Trevithick and the Cornish Giant of which the original can be seen at Truro Museum. These all set the scene of a Cornish family run hotel With its history embedded into its surroundings. The signature room was incredible with a huge walk in shower and beautiful views of the garden . The interior decor is stylish yet cosy as is all of the interior decor of the hotel . We can’t wait to visit again and have booked up already ! Just love this hotel so much .
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
Response from Martin Barlow, Owner at Budock Vean Hotel
Responded 26 Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your review. We're so pleased you enjoy coming to our hotel. We always put customer service first and love looking after our guests. We're so lucky to have such loyal repeat visitors, and thank you for booking already to come back! See you next time.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Budock Vean Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Budock Vean Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Flicka Foundation - Donkey Sanctuary (6.3 km), Trebah Garden (0.8 km), and Maenporth to Swanpool Path Walk (3.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Budock Vean Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Budock Vean Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Budock Vean Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Budock Vean Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Budock Vean Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Daaku, Fat Apples Cafe, and Amanzi.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Budock Vean Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a sauna during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Budock Vean Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Budock Vean Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Budock Vean Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Pendennis Castle (7.3 km), St Keverne Parish Church (6.9 km), and Marlborough House (5.8 km).
Does Budock Vean Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.