Shake a Tail Feather and head to Falmouth
The Sandy Duck’s an immaculate, luxurious newly-opened boutique B’n’B in Cornwall
Review by Lara Protheroe
In case anyone needed another reason to head down into beautiful Cornwall, I am pleased to announce that there is one. The Sandy Duck has opened its doors this summer and it’s a real seaside treat!
Located in the charming coastal town of Falmouth, The Sandy Duck is immediately striking: an imposing house with a matt black exterior, details picked out in white and the front door in a scandalous hot pink. It looks funky and inviting but the exterior does little to prepare you for the delights that lie within.
The Edwardian house has been giving the Danish treatment, and the décor, fixtures and fittings are simply immaculate. The rooms are stylish, but not in an “I can only bear this for a holiday” or “I’d never do this at home” sort of way. They are stylish in the way that you’d like to invite the stylist round to your own house and declare open season on every inch of the place. Ideally whilst you stayed at The Sandy Duck.
The wall paints are bold. The drawing room features the dark and moody Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball. It’s rare for me to spend time in any communal space when away from home but we really made use of the drawing room: lounging on the sofa, idly browsing through books on bee-keeping and local marinas, supping Cornish cider and watching our toddler play with Freyja, the gorgeous owner of The Sandy Duck.
Our room was exquisite: beautiful soft grey-blue walls, with fresh white, Egyptian cotton linen, pale pink pillows, elegant lamps, an old-fashioned radio playing classical music as we arrived and stylish artworks. Clean-lined but inviting sheepskin-draped wicker chairs were situated to enjoy the sea view from the huge bay window. High-end tea bags in tiny boxes fascinated the infant, and made for a fine brew once he finally relinquished them. Pouches of fresh ground coffee were also on hand, along with deliciously sticky freshly baked cakes left out for us each day.
The seven bedrooms are all individually styled and I managed to sneak a stealthy look in nearly all of them. Each has a king or super king bed with cashmere Hypnos mattress. They are all en-suite with luxuriant and spacious rainfall showers and two of the rooms have baths overlooking Falmouth Bay. Ours was one such room and I thoroughly enjoyed it – as did junior!
Throughout The Sandy Duck every detail is perfect, from the carpets to the cutlery. The artwork is particularly appealing, with a number of pieces created by Freyja’s sister and mother being both personal and striking. I was especially drawn to the main piece in the breakfast room; wooden boards removed from the roof space of the house itself during the renovation have been transformed into striking art, each old nail still studding the wood has been crowned with gold leaf and the resultant art is superb.
The breakfast room is bathed in daylight which floods the wooden floor boards and beautiful, bespoke wooden dining tables. Breakfast is cooked to order and whilst you await the obligatory full English there are cereals, fruits, and pastries to delight – all the produce is fresh and from Cornwall, the preserves are homemade and the honey is locally produced, as is the coffee which is silky and sublime.
It is a peaceful stroll to nearby Gyllyngvase beach where we had a lovely evening meal overlooking the beach, watching extreme fitness classes, sea swimmers and paddle boarders doing their thing (as they all seem to do from dawn till dusk, lending the whole place a wholesome and vigorous air). It is only a 10 minute walk to Falmouth town centre and the railway station.
The Sandy Duck has clearly been a labour of love to renovate, and that same passion seems to permeate every aspect of the provision of guest experience. I think our son would happily have stayed there indefinitely and – come to think of it – so might we.
Enquiries: The Sandy Duck, 12 Pennance Road, Falmouth TR11 4EA / 01326 311427 / www.thesandyduck.co.uk/