Well-heeled British families have flocked to Rock for their bucket-and-spade holidays for generations, but hotels which are both stylish and child-friendly have been thin on the ground hereabouts – until, that is, the emergence in 1998 of the old-established St Enodoc Hotel from a change of ownership and total makeover.
The imposing building is typical of the area: no beauty, but solid and purposeful, with pebbledash walls and slate roof.
Emily Todhunter's interior decoration suits its seaside location, with its bright colours (paint, fabrics, painted furniture, modern art), clean lines, and easy-going comfort. The restaurant is run by the Michelin-starred chef, Nathan Outlaw, whose focus is fish and uses the freshest market fish. The restaurant has panoramic views, with a wide terrace for outdoor dining.
Bedrooms, with bright colours and quirky artwork on the walls, feel like bedrooms rather than hotel rooms, with marvellous views across the Camel Estuary.
With its child-friendly facilities, the hotel is particularly popular during holidays and half terms. Although the hotel has been recently been sold, the management and staff remain unchanged. More reports please.