Romantic getaways in the South West: Trehella House

We were given a complementary stay for the review, but all opinions are honest and my own.



I was born in Devon and grew up here my whole life. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful things we have in the South West. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and filled with a wonderful selection of local producers of food and drink, with loads of incredible restaurants and eateries. 

There are so many wonderful places to explore in the South West, but I really feel like I haven't explored far enough into Cornwall and Somerset, and all the amazing foodie things they have on offer.

I have been a judge in the Taste of the West awards twice, so like to think that I know great quality when I see it. The judges are usually assigned to visit places that are relatively local to them, and I have judged some great places in Exeter.

Last year I launched my own review series where I crowned Exeter's Best Breakfast, shortly followed by Devon's Best Roast Dinner. They were very successful and got hundreds of thousands of views on my website and for those featured. The success of these inspired me to launch a new series in 2019 that focuses a little further outside of Devon.

A couple of years ago we visited and reviewed The Bristol Hotel and had a great night away there. I realised how refreshing it is to spend the night away with a loved one, and make the most of all the hotel facilities and location. With Valentine's day fast approaching, I decided to try and find the best venue to enjoy a romantic night away in the South West. 

Absolute travel offers some great group holidays and activities to accompany your trips, if you like to do more than just sit and relax on your breaks. But for these reviews, doing as little as possible is part of the charm!

The areas that I will be scoring will each venue will be the Hotel FacilitiesThe Room, The Food, The Service and the Overall Experience


Trehella House


Trehella House is located near Bodmin and started life as a posting inn. It was converted to a farmhouse in the late nineteenth century, subsequently becoming a private house in the twentieth century. 

The elegant Old House and its neighbouring Coach House have since been completely refurbished to provide delightful hotel accommodation for families, couples and business people alike. The splendid Courtroom Suite is a popular choice for a very special break or occasion.

They are Taste of the West Gold winners, and we were lucky enough to be invited to stay in the Courtroom Suite, a fabulous suite of 500 sq ft. A king size bed at the far end of the room and a large lounge area and bathroom.







The room was huge, decorated well and a great place to stay in. It was almost it's own little apartment- all it needed was a kitchen.

Luckily though the hotel has it's own award winning restaurant for us to test out. The restaurant area itself was quite small, and we got to sit in a living room like waiting area before being brought through to the main dining room.


For starter I had a creamy mushroom dish with bread. The bread had some kind of herb in it that was totally overpowering and spoiled the whole flavour of the dish for me. The bread we were given with the meal was sadly the same bread.


My boyfriend had steak for main and it was cook beautifully and melted in the mouth. He really enjoyed it.


I had a chicken breast with creamy mushrooms, broccoli and mash. The mushrooms were exactly the same as the starter I had and the chicken breast was on the bone - which wasn't mentioned on the menu. The chicken was a little dry and I felt the broccoli didn't need to be such a large chunk. The flavour was delicious though/

Overall we enjoyed our stay at Trehella House, and the room was a real highlight. There could have been a few more amenities, such as small snacks like crisps or nuts being available.

Hotel Facilities ****
The Room *****
The Food ***
The Service ****
Overall Experience ****

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