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Talland Bay Hotel | Review

*This was a gifted stay for a review. Talland Bay Hotel is somewhere that both Dylan and I fell in love with when visiting for lunch in January. As always, all words, images and views are my own. 

Quality time with your other half is so important. After you have a child its so easy to neglect your marriage and just put all your energy and focus on your child and whilst this is obviously brilliant you can often forget that you had a life before kids. I really do believe that when you become a mother you lose a little bit of yourself after having a baby and it can take a while to feel like YOU again. I often wonder if dads feel the same? I imagine they do.

Now obviously I'm 7 years into this motherhood thing as my baby is 7 so I definitely feel like "me" again but we were thrown a curveball when Fletch was 2 because he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes which brings a whole world of complications along with it. Whilst all my other mummy friends were enjoying nights away with their husbands or having weekend trips away we were kinda stuck. Asking someone to look after a diabetic child is a BIG ask and a lot of people just don't want to take on that responsibility, which I totally get, its scary, what if something goes wrong? To this day only 4 people in our lives know exactly how to look after Fletcher with regards to his diabetes and one of those is my incredible mum.

So when Talland Bay Hotel got in contact with me to ask if Dylan and I would like to stay at the hotel  overnight with dinner and breakfast in exchange for a review of the experience I was extremely grateful to be offered the chance but my immediate thought was Fletcher. Thankfully my mum agreed to look after Fletch for the night and as the hotel is local we could always go home if need be, luckily we didn't need to and had the most incredible time.

So lets get onto the review shall we..... Talland Bay Hotel is somewhere that we stumbled upon by accident back in January and it was a very pleasant accident. We had planned to visit the cafe in the bay for lunch but it was closed for winter so we decided to stop at the hotel for lunch instead and i'm so glad we did. I was so impressed with the quality of the food and the decor of the hotel so you can imagine my sheer delight when they asked if we wanted to stay overnight.

The Hotel
Talland Bay Hotel is a privately owned coastal retreat overlooking the bay tucked away in a tranquil corner of South East Cornwall.  The house dates back to the 16th century and is eclectically styled. Every corner is full of all sorts of quirky art and sculptures, there really is so much to see within the hotel itself and Dylan and I found ourselves pointing out little things every time we saw something. What I really love about the hotel is that it is also dog friendly offering a Wallace & Gromit break for your four legged friend, they even get a sausage for breakfast! Unfortunately we couldn't bring Maisy along with us as she is not very good with unfamiliar surroundings and so she stayed at home with my mum but how amazing would it be to be able to bring your dog along with you and not have to worry about putting them in kennels.

The hotel has been awarded:
Restaurant of the Year - Silver (Cornwall Tourism Awards 18/19)
Small Hotel of the Year - Gold (Cornwall Tourism Awards 18/19)
Gold award for Hotel - Taste of the West
Gold award for Restaurant - Taste of the West 

The Room 
After a very smooth check-in we were escorted to our room. We stayed in room 27 which was absolutely stunning. Centre stage was the humungous sleigh bed (which was incredibly soft and squishy let me tell ya), the bathroom came complete with The White Company toiletries which got me very excited, a selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolate. A separate dressing/make up area and most importantly THAT view of the sea. It was impeccable!

After making ourselves comfortable in the room and making a not so quick phonecall home to check on Fletch (we had some diabetes related issues would you believe and my sister had to change his Dexcom sensor) we then took a nice stroll down to the beach, collected some seaglass, walked over the rocks, jumped over a stream and climbed up a big hill (this is starting to sound like the children's book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt"). We had a reservation for dinner at 7pm so made sure we were back at the hotel with plenty of time to chill before getting ready for dinner.

The Restaurant
WOW is the first word that comes to mind. It really is no surprise that they won the Silver Award for Restaurant of the Year 2018/2019 . The food was exquisite. We started off at the bar where we were presented with some delicious canap├ęs to whet the appetite. We ordered a couple of gins from the extensive gin menu. They have over 100 different gins to choose from including their very own gin which both Dylan and I had a glass of and I can confirm it is very refreshing. We then made our way to our table. We opted for the 3 course meal which also came with palette cleansers in between. It was honestly one of the best meals I have ever had and some of the dishes were so cleverly thought out.  Like the pre-dessert for example which was a Pana Cotta with a mango yolk and a side of Victoria sponge and was presented in an egg shell - egg and soldiers anyone? All of the staff were so friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, always making sure our glasses were full with water and asking whether we needed anything more.

After having an amazing nights sleep in the squishy bed of dreams we headed down to the terrace for breakfast where there was a vast selection of pastries, cereal, fruit and juices at the buffet and then also a separate cooked menu. Ordinarily when I'm at home I would just have a big bowl of porridge but this was a special occasion and so I opted for the buttermilk pancakes with mascarpone which were AH-MAZ-ING, i'll definitely be trying to recreate them at home.    

All in all we had the most wonderful stay at Talland Bay Hotel. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, the food is superb, the rooms are impeccable and the location is so peaceful and beautiful. We literally couldn't fault it and can't wait to return soon.

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