A Moving History
Made of Cornish dressed limestone and displaying Gothic and Tudor influences, the hotel was originally built in 1871 by the 3rd Baron Graves, some 6 miles away at Thanckes Field Torpoint. It replaced the Graves family mansion which dated back to the region of Richard lll and took over the name Thanckes House.
Lord Graves was the grandson of Thomas Graves, who led the Van Squadron in the “Glorious First of June” 1794, a famous naval battle in which the British Navy scored a decisive victory in the French Revolutionary Wars. A particularly fine stained glass window over the hotel’s main stairway commemorates the event and incorporates an eagle, the charge on the Graves arms and the Line of the Batle-Ships.
In 1909 Thanckes House was moved however, meaning literally pull down and re-erected stone by stone to re-open as the Whitsand Bay Hotel in 1910.
A Family Affair
A family run hotel for over a decade, proprietors Chris and Jennifer Phillips fell in love with the property back in June 2003. The stunning Victorian manor house became their 7th acquisition from a long line of successful hospitality businesses owned by the Phillips Family, including Chippenham’s famous, award winning pub, The White Hart.
Today Chris and Jennifer run the hotel with the rest of the family members Tracey, Paul and John. Together they are all involved in the day to day running of the hotel, from reception and housekeeping to gardening, Expect to see the whole family on hand, including grandchildren Johnathan, Chloe and Victoria with occassional appearances from the two younger ones when they are out playing.
Modern comforts in a timeless setting
Commanding breath-taking views across wild cliffs and endless sandy beaches, our hotel is in an enviable position loking across whitsand bay. Out of all the coastal hotels in cornwal it is hard to imagine a more delightful setting. Romantic weekends, golf breaks and family holidays are popluar, but the dramatic coast line also attracts divers and those who enjoy nature walks in Cornwall.
Mobile phones and WIFI internet access
Perhaps one drawback of our unique geological location is its effect on phone reception and WIFI, Metallice elements in the Cornish stonework of the hotel interfere with technology, although we can offer a limited WIFI access to guests in our lounge and bar area. Were aware that this situation isnt ideal, although it does hold a certain curious appeal for guests (especially parents of teenagers!) who wish to replace the world of texts and Facebook with the altogether more peaceful world of wild Cornwall.
Dog Friendly Holidays in Cornwall
Man’s best friend welcome…Not all westcountry holiday destinations welcome dogs, but we are proud to be different; Not only are we one of an exclusive list of dog friendly hotels in the south west, were also right by the beach. With holiday attractions and coast walks close by, Whitsand Bay makes the ideal base for planning dog friendly holidays in cornwall
A Dog Friendly bar in Cornwall
Its not just our hotel that is dog friendly. Our bar is pet friendly too. So if you and your dog have been out exploring Cornwall, its an ideal place to stop and enjoy a reward, whether that’s a pint of real ale or a dog treat