Reviews of the Budock Vean

Here are a selection of reviews we have had from guests, collected from Trip Advisor and Booking.com

Beautiful relaxed lunch

Beautiful relaxed lunch

Really lovely sitting overlooking the gardens, we sat outside on such a beautiful day. The staff are very attentive, very good service and we felt very looked after. The food was fantastic, good size portions. I would definitely go back.
 
Date of stay: June 2022
Family Holiday

Family Holiday

All but one of our guests stayed in two of the holiday cottages (Beavers Lodge and Beavers Dam). One guest stayed in a Signature room within the hotel. The setting of the hotel is superb located on the Helford estuary. The facilities are very good, including the pool, sauna and jacuzzi; tennis courts; and a quite challenging 9 hole golf course.

The two self catering cottages have all six bathrooms recently upgraded to a high standard. The accommodation was very generous in size. We dined in the hotel where the food was excellent, the staff attentive and welcoming.
 
Date of stay: June 2022
Amazing spa experience

Amazing spa experience

Just had an amazing spa experience with Megan. Professional, knowledgeable and so friendly. The hotel itself is set in beautiful grounds on the Helford River making the whole experience a peaceful getaway from busy life. With the hotel being on our doorstep we will definitely be returning.

Date of stay: May 2022

Our 56th return stay

Our 56th return stay

Our room was spotless, the sheets and pillowcases were changed regularly. The quality of the food was, as it always is, excellent. The staff are always friendly and helpful. Terry is a gem also Wendel, Mo, Lana, Zac, and Martin the owner. Beautiful valley garden leading to "Abrahams Bosom", a peaceful tributary on the Helford River. All-in-all you cannot find better.

Date of stay: May 2022

Birthday visit for a couple days

Birthday visit for a couple days

Booked via direct phone call for my 67 years young birthday visit which was absolutely amazing. My Signature room was truly delightful, inviting and cosy. I enjoyed the swimming pool sauna and hot tub plus my evening meal with a special Helford birthday card waiting for me at my table with sincere wishes for my birthday. The walk through the gardens down to the Helford River were amazing, and resting in the sunshine for 40 winks made my day. Again, my evening meal was divine and breakfast was also very enjoyable. Can’t wait to return to enjoy the friendly staff who were all very supportive and caring. Thanks to you ALL.

Date of stay:  April 2022

 Return visit to Budock Vean

 Return visit to Budock Vean

Last time we were there Covid regulations had only just been relaxed so there were still quite a few restrictions in place. Staff are still wearing masks & there are plenty of hand sanitisers throughout the hotel & guests are encouraged to maintain social distancing, but the hotel had a much more relaxed feel this time. We travelled as a couple & my husband pronounced this visit the best stay anywhere - absolutely perfect. There is great attention to detail. For instance, once you’re logged onto Wi-Fi that lasts for the length of your stay - so many places you have to go through the password rigmarole practically every time you use a device. Food is marvellous with plenty of choice. Bedrooms are spacious & comfortable. Staff are efficient, friendly & knowledgeable.

Date of stay:  April 2022

Booked for one night, so lovely I stayed for 2!

Booked for one night, so lovely I stayed for 2!

I booked for one night, but it was so lovely I stayed for 2. Beautiful peaceful setting, beautiful interiors, and food, not forgetting the fabulous swimming pool. The staff are exceptional, made me feel very welcome and even dried out my soaking wet coat overnight. There was nothing to not like here!
 
Date of stay:  March 2022
Gourmet weekend at Budock Vean

Gourmet weekend at Budock Vean

Our time at Budock Vean, from the moment that we arrived until the time we left, was an absolute delight. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Our room (14) was very comfortable and had a great view, we were able to hear a busy woodpecker pecking away on both mornings. The garden was just coming into flower and led to a secluded beach with great views. The food and wine were first class and the presentations on both nights were both very informative. Plenty of interesting sites to visit in the locality. An excellent weekend.
 
Date of stay:  March 2022
Absolutely Bliss!

Absolutely Bliss!

 
Short visit for overnight stay, which was beautiful and enjoyable after a wonderful swim, sauna before at excellent evening meal with a glass of red wine. Enjoyed every minute of my stay and can't wait to return sooner rather than later. Thanks to all the team for their support.
 
Date of stay: February 2022
A jewel in the crown of Cornwall

A jewel in the crown of Cornwall

The ambience of this hotel is outstanding. Our children treated us to a one night stay. We have travelled worldwide but found there is something magical about this hotel Attention to detail in every aspect is high priority. The WOW FACTOR!!!!

 

Date of stay: February 2022
Cornwall at its January best

Cornwall at its January best

Foreign sunshine was just not possible this January but 3 nights at this wonderful family hotel on the Helford River was a delight. Recommended by friends for a relaxing quality stay in a country house with excellent accommodation, great food and genuinely friendly helpful well-trained staff didn't disappoint. Next time we will avail of the super swimming pool and hot tub, the Elemis spa and trips on the river. This time it was the perfect base for visiting the small harbours and villages on the south and north coasts of Cornwall - without the traffic hassle in summertime. Just what we needed.
 
Date of stay: January 2022
An incredibly special place that exceeded all of our expectations

An incredibly special place that exceeded all of our expectations

Budock Vean is much more than a hotel. It is a place to relax, be treated to incredible food and be cared for by friendly and ‘can do’ attitude staff. The tone is set by the owner, Martin Barlow, and runs through all of his staff.
Eleven members of my family gathered at the Budock Vean for a Christmas and New Year family reunion. The holiday events were fun and very special, especially the New Years Eve black tie dinner and dance. I cannot speak highly enough of this special place. We will return.
 
Date of stay: January 2022
A golfing break

A golfing break

Superb hotel, nothing was too much trouble. Excellent staff. First class food with a good choice for dinner and an even better choice for breakfast. Super wine list and good choice of beer and cider. Beautiful grounds, very well equipped rooms maintained to a high standard.

Date of stay: December 2021

Memory lane

Memory lane

It is some years since my wife and I last stayed at BV so I was delightfully surprised that, despite the dreaded Covid constraints, the hotel was as good as I remember. Major building improvements and tasteful refurbishment has taken place. The service, despite obvious inexperience in several of the staff, left little to be desired. Very glad we decided to come and sure I will repeat the dose without waiting so long. Excellent - well done Budock Vean.

Date of stay: December 2021

Cannot wait to return

Cannot wait to return


Have been lucky to visit Budock Vean Hotel several times over the years but earlier this year we decided to stay in one of the cottages (Beaver Dam) which we loved and have just got back from staying in The Old 19th and was blown away by how spacious and amazing it was. The kitchen is large and perfectly equipped for 8 people, as is the lounge and a delightful conservatory means everyone can be together very comfortably or if you want some quiet time you can escape! Beds are large and comfortable and a great garden for sunnier days. We took our dogs and the walks from the hotel are amazing and as well as the hotel’s beach we found 4 new secluded beaches all within a couple of miles. Some of us headed to the spa for massages and facials which were great. We cooked a few times but also enjoyed eating at the hotel or popping in for cocktails ( recommend the Cosmopolitan and Old Fashioned) or some afternoon tea.

Upon leaving we rebooked for next year and cannot thank all the staff who make your stay such an enjoyable holiday. Cannot wait to return.

Date of stay: December 2021

Great Weekend Break

Great Weekend Break

This is a fantastic hotel. The staff and service is excellent and the food is superb. Had such relaxing 3 night stay in a really comfortable hotel with great facilities. Their Covid 19 policies to keep us all safe are great and made us feel very comfortable. I can’t recommend the hotel enough for a totally refreshing and relaxing break.

Date of stay: November 2021

Third time says it all!

Third time says it all!

Amazing service from all of the staff and delicious food in the restaurant. Loved our Signature room with its gorgeous view over the golf course. We stayed to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and were not disappointed.

We enjoyed the walk down to the picturesque foreshore, through the lovely gardens and in fact, extended this walk along the private path to Helford Passage and along the coastal walk to Glendurgan Gardens.

The food, at both breakfast and dinner was amazing and we would like to particularly mention Jordan and Max who served us meals and Farrell, in the lounge and bar, all with a very friendly attitude, always smiling. In fact nearly all members of staff we encountered were exceptional at their jobs.

The question is; would we go again? As this is our THIRD visit, I can safely say yes, we will, especially staying in the Signature rooms, which have been recently refurbished. Thank you Budock Vean Hotel. We can’t wait to return!

 
Date of stay: November 2021
Totally impressed

Totally impressed

The staff and service are exemplary. Their Covid 19 regulations which are in place are adhered to unfailingly and we felt safe all the while we were there. We took our dog with us and were provided with a suitable room which was spacious and very comfortable. We cannot speak highly enough of the restaurant. The service, food, and environment are to die for. We had no need to leave the hotel or its grounds. There are plenty of walks for the dog and the Ferry Boat Inn is well within walking distance but be prepared for steep hills. The swimming pool and facilities are very good, especially the hot tub!!
You will regret not staying here!!
 
Date of stay: October 2021
Absolutely superb. A magical stay!

Absolutely superb. A magical stay!

We stayed here for 5 nights for our holiday. We normally holiday abroad but I can honestly say we returned from the BV more rested and relaxed than we have ever felt after a holiday abroad, even though the weather wasn't kind!
The hotel was so clean and we felt completely Covid safe. Our room was lovely, with good quality bedding and toiletries.

I cannot thank the staff enough. They were so polite and attentive throughout our stay. The staff worked incredibly hard in all areas of the hotel - dining room, housekeeping and restaurant. Nothing was too much trouble. The facilities were great and well managed. We paddle boarded from the hotel foreshore, played tennis and dabbled in the golf. The swimming pool was lovely and beautifully clean.

The food was outstanding. Local produce, beautifully cooked and presented. The food was a real treat. We didn't eat lunch because the breakfast was so filling but there is a lunch time and afternoon menu.

The location of the hotel has plenty to offer, with National Trust gardens and historical houses nearby. I find it difficult to fault this hotel. We will be returning with our parents and children because there is something for all ages. Thank you BV.
 
Date of stay: October 2021
Excellent, caring hotel and staff

Excellent, caring hotel and staff

We have been visiting this hotel for over 10 years and have always had first class service. The staff, from the moment you arrive, are so friendly and helpful and really go out of their way to ensure you have a fantastic stay. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The food is excellent quality and the wine list extensive. There are lots of comfortable seating areas in different lounges. The grounds are beautifully kept and the swimming pool and sauna/jacuzzi provide a lovely relaxing area. The spa treatments are professional and well priced but very popular so you need to book ahead.
 
Date of stay: October 2021
September in Cornwall

September in Cornwall

We return to Cornwall most Septembers for a short break. We have stayed at Budock Vean several times over the years. The Hotel is traditional with an English level of service. Not flashy but your comfort is assured. The Restaurant serves exceedingly good local food probably the best available locally now The Cove has changed hands. The amenities are good with the Nine Hole golf course on the door step. The walk down to the river to the peace and quiet and a view over a world famous River it unforgettable. The hotel in September, attracts couples in their retirement but many have visited tens of times before. That in itself speaks volumes.
 
Date of stay: September 2021
Covid safety was a priority here in a cultured charming setting

Covid safety was a priority here in a cultured charming setting

We had the most fantastic stay! Having spent 18 months living with Covid we really needed a holiday. We were very nervous about staying in any hotel during Covid times. The management and staff took all precautions they could to ensure we felt safe. All the staff wore masks. Hand gel was everywhere. The measures taken in the dining room were exemplary. As a result we felt safe and had a wonderful holiday.

Inspite of Covid measures the hotel was as good as we remembered it to be. The food was excellent. The Golf was enjoyable and so were the spa facilities and the swimming pool. I love the relaxed old world style. If you want celebrity glitz go further up the coast. Here you have refined, cultured charm and a first rate service.

We will return as soon as we can. Thank you Budock Vean team.

Date of stay: September 2021

Excellent as ever

Excellent as ever

Our second visit this year and did not disappoint. Outstanding food accompanied by first class service. Attention to detail second to none and now my friends and neighbours are also hooked on this exceptional place. Roll on May, and thank you to Martin and the Budock Vean family for making our 20th year of visiting as memorable as the first.

Date of stay: September 2021

A family break with grown-up children

A family break with grown-up children

We have stayed at Budock Vean before and have never been disappointed. The hotel provides an excellent range of services, (Golf, Tennis, Sailing, Swimming, etc. etc.) in the most idyllic surroundings, with a friendly helpful staff and clean well-appointed rooms and suites,

However, by far the strongest reason for choosing Budock Veanis the quality of the restaurant and the cuisine, which far exceeds anything that you might expect in upmarket hotels elsewhere. The chef is unrivalled and for a 'foodie' who also likes rural Cornwall, Budock Vean is a must.

Date of stay: September 2021

A fantastic summer break

A fantastic summer break

We stayed at the hotel for a fantastic 3 night break. The staff were all extremely courteous and helpful and the food in the restaurant was absolutely outstanding, top restaurant quality. The hotel is in a lovely setting and the 9 hole golf course was well kept with nice views and we managed to play every day we were at the hotel, followed by a walk through the hotel gardens down to the estuary. This is certainly a hotel we will be going back to.

Date of stay: September 2021

An amazing summer holiday

An amazing summer holiday


The staff are amazing always willing to offer help and good service. The food is some of the best we have had anywhere. Loads of beds free to lounge in the sun. Beautiful gardens and the view from the creek is amazing. The room was big with a very comfy bed and good shower. Lunches on the terrace in the sun were wonderful! We will be back.

Date of stay: August 2021

Propriety sustained with personal charm

Propriety sustained with personal charm


The privately owned Budock Vean Hotel is a striking, unusual building set in its own extensive grounds in the tranquil hamlet that bears its name. There is a delightful pathway through a sub tropical plantation to its private beach by the Helford Passage. Our bedroom was not elaborately furnished but had been recently decorated, was spacious, and blessed with a splendid super king bed. We had returned to this hotel in the hope that the extraordinarily high standard of product from the kitchen and standards of service had been maintained. It was indeed still outstandingly good by any measure. The dinners are expertly crafted using locally sourced ingredients and presented by well drilled, pleasant staff, in a magnificent dining room. The breakfasts, too, are individually prepared to a standard, rarely matched. It was a real treat to get away and enjoy the local beauty of Cornwall, and return later each day to relax in this charming hotel.

Date of stay: August 2021

Fabulous Hotel

Fabulous Hotel

Stayed for 10 nights and honestly cannot fault this hotel. Service excellent, rooms clean, food delightful despite having many of the chefs self isolating due to being pinged. The pool and spa is lovely. Warm and friendly hotel. Cannot wait to return.

Date of stay: August 2021

A micro climate literally and metaphorically

A micro climate literally and metaphorically

The sheltered beautiful grounds going down to the Helford River provide a micro- climate in this gorgeous part of Cornwall. The hotel, so efficiently run, provides a metaphorical micro-climate of wonderful service, delicious food, and a charming oasis of peace. Visitors feel valued here and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. From the chambermaid to Terry and his team, to Mo and her team, to Stuart and his reception team, all genuinely want to make your stay as good as it can be: for the guests it is perfect. Like many guests we return as often as possible.

Date of stay: August 2021

Third visit and continues to delight

Third visit and continues to delight

Only on 2 occasions have we been anywhere twice. We have just returned from our third visit to Budock Vean and that really says it all.

Usually we go out and visit lots of places, but given the current situation and the facilities offered, I was very happy just to chillout at the hotel - and enjoy crab sandwiches at lunch time! The staff are excellent. The hotel very well maintained and clean.

And the food is wonderful. I think it is the only place I have ever eaten where the quality of the food approaches, and even surpasses that of my mother - she was a professional cook.

Despite worries about Covid, we felt safe at Budock Vean. Everything had been carefully thought through to maximise safety and minimise impact on our holiday. Just as important, we were kept fully informed about what was happening and what the hotel was doing. We knew exactly what to expect when we arrived. Looking forward to next year!

Date of stay: July 2021

Lovely break

Lovely break

We stayed for a week in standard rooms which we thought were clean and very well equipped. The service and facilities were excellent, staff were welcoming and professional and we had an absolutely lovely time. The hotel has beautiful grounds and it was just so peaceful and relaxing. There was a very good choice of breakfast options and whilst we didn't opt for dinner in the restaurant we did enjoy the bar food menu. We also took advantage of the Helford boat trip which we thoroughly enjoyed. We would have added extra days to our stay if it had been possible. It must have been a challenge for staff to work with the various Covid measures but they did a wonderful job and we were very grateful for all their hard work. Thanks to all concerned for making our stay so enjoyable.

Date of stay: July 2021

Lovely relaxing stay, well looked after by great staff and just what was needed for our first break in 12 months

Lovely relaxing stay, well looked after by great staff and just what was needed for our first break in 12 months

We enjoyed a very comfortable and relaxing stay at Budock Vean with excellent accommodation, lovely food, and friendly and professional staff in a glorious setting. Covid measures well thought out and sensibly applied. Returning soon!

Date of stay: July 2021

Absolutely wonderful

Absolutely wonderful

We stayed in one of the Holiday Homes in the grounds of the hotel. The house was perfectly designed and equipped for a family/friends group and for relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. Perfectly located for access to the hotel, pool and hotel beach. The beds were extremely comfortable. The ability to combine self-catering with all the amenities of the hotel was wonderful and really enhanced the holiday. We enjoyed paddle boarding and canoeing with Koru and walks on the coastal path with direct access from the hotel grounds. What really set this holiday apart for us was the service we received: every single member of staff we encountered was pleasant and each went out of their way to be helpful and kind. We will certainly return.

Date of stay: July 2021

Another fantastic short break

Another fantastic short break

We have been visiting Budock vean for a number of years and always had a great time (from Christmas parties to gourmet weekends). Our recent 3 night stay was a joy. Welcoming staff gorgeous rooms (we stayed in 2 ) both were comfortable and room 6 was amazing!! Both breakfast and dinner were delicious with wide choices and the covid restrictions were executed well by the friendly staff. Swimming pool and hot tub booking well organised and we always enjoy exploring the grounds and great walks from the hotel. Budock vean is a real oasis especially in these times where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A wonderful stay and we will be back!!!

Date of stay: July 2021

Another fantastic stay at the Budock Vean

Another fantastic stay at the Budock Vean

Returned yet again to the Budock Vean Hotel and as with every other time we have had a great holiday. Where to start, a longed for break has yet again totally lived up to our expectations. The hotel is one of our favourite places in the world. Beautiful walks, gardens and a relaxed atmosphere every time. The food is just perfect and the whole Budock team go above and beyond to ensure guests enjoy their stay. Over the years we have had amazing breaks of up to a week, in all seasons, and each has been perfect. During these difficult times Martin and his team have considered the safety of guests and we have felt safe. Thank you to one and all. We cannot wait to return

Date of stay: July 2021

Cornish Staycation

Cornish Staycation

Returned home today after a one night stay at the Budock Vean. Two girlfriends and I wanted a night away locally (we all live in West Cornwall) and chose the Budock Vean. Following a great day at nearby Trebah gardens we checked in to the Hotel. ALL the staff during our stay from Reception check in/out, bar/waiting staff and room change over staff were friendly, polite and so efficient. We were also very impressed with the Covid precautions, sanitiser is everywhere and spare masks/gloves available in rooms. Food was good, cocktails delightful! Don't hesitate to book this Hotel, we will be back. Thank you.

Date of stay: June 2021

Fabulous peaceful hotel

Fabulous peaceful hotel

Perfect for a couples holiday if you like a peaceful time - cocktails - wonderful food and friendly staff. Highly recommended. The stay includes free golf as well as pool, jacuzzi and stunning grounds. There is also an excellent health spa.

Date of stay: June 2021

Very aware of covid safety for all guests

Very aware of covid safety for all guests

A wonderful 5 days spent in one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall in a Hotel right on the Helford estuary offering great accommodation delicious meals and a staff who go above and beyond in their efforts to ensure you all have a great stay.

Date of stay: June 2021

An absolute gem

An absolute gem

Had the most wonderful stay, the hotel location is fabulous, the rooms and the bed were so comfy, the grounds are beautiful, the food is absolutely gorgeous and the staff cannot do enough for you, have waited a long time to visit as originally booked a year ago and had to move the date 3 times which was never a problem, we will definitely be back!

Date of stay: June 2021

3 night stay

3 night stay

We have stayed before, but obviously this was the first time with latest CV19 protocols in place. All well managed, and service as good as ever. Lots of happy staff. Hotel was busy, and several large multi- generation family groups.

Date of stay: June 2021

Luxury stay on Helford River

Luxury stay on Helford River

The hotel is beautifully located in gardens running down to the Helford River. Our room was spotless and well furnished overlooking the golf course. The staff attention was first class although at times perhaps a little formal for our personal taste. The quality of food in the restaurant is top class and service very prompt. The COVID protections were the best we have ever seen.

Date of stay: June 2021

Outstanding as ever

Outstanding as ever

We four sisters come every year for our Christmas mini break (this year in June!) and the Budock Vean is sublime as ever. Beautiful and immaculate, friendly and delicious. COVID protocols are reassuring not overbearing. We’ve tried all sorts of places but nothing is like this and it never disappoints. Huge thanks to Martin and your wonderful team. Already booked for next January.

Date of stay: June 2021