Concierge.com's insider take:
There is some evidence that Olga Polizzi, star designer of the gorgeous hotels belonging to her brother, Rocco Forte, keeps her heart here. She opened this labor of love in 1998, and it has been the number-one Cornwall address ever since—it put the quaint (it's really the only word) fishing village of St. Mawes on the map. Here the Polizzi style has lost its urban edge and expanded its sense of fun. Bathrooms have aquatic mosaic tiles or wainscoting, and sand-colored bedrooms are appointed with wood floors, maquettes of lighthouses, and giant fossilized nautilus shells in lieu of oil paintings. All over the place are niches and terraces for catching the Cornish rays—the 29 rooms are spread over a collection of houses that once formed a yachting club so the layout is not straight up-and-down. The contemporary British-Mediterranean restaurant is prime (try the calamari with basil mayonnaise, lemon and rocket); the semitropical gardens lush. If you like her style, check out her work at the Hotel Endsleigh in Devon.
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