2nd November 2017

Awesome Autumn

Autumn – the season that John Keats described as being “of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. His poem, To Autumn, beautifully sums up this glorious time of year when the trees are bursting with colour, when the air is crisp and fresh and comfort foods are rich and warming.

Even Cornwall’s beaches have their own appeal in November, and there are two within easy walking distance of the hotel. They are quieter than in the summer months and offer an ever-changing backdrop for a bracing walk, rewarded with a cup of hot chocolate at a beachside café.

Here are five reasons to visit the Royal Duchy Hotel in November and take advantage of our winter saver rates, our fine, seasonal food and some spa pampering.

Trebah Gardens

These fantastic gardens, not far from Falmouth in Mawnan Smith, are surprisingly colourful in November when you will find the camellias and rhodondendrons starting to bloom. Trebah has some magnificent specimens, including the 100-year-old shrubs which grow to 60ft tall and dominate the rhododendron valley.

Many beautiful flowering evergreen shrubs and trees to be found here originated in China, Japan and neighbouring countries and Trebah has a large and varied collection of camellias which start flowering before Christmas. They include the Camellia sasanqua 'Hugh Evans', and Camellia japonica 'Nobilissima'. Don’t miss the Hydrangea Valley which casts clouds of china blue and soft white across Mallard Pond.

Cornwall Film Festival

Forget Cannes, London, New York and Berlin. Cornwall has its own film festival and it’s on our doorstep with a programme of events at Falmouth Poly. The theme for this year’s festival is Discovery, explored through films, masterclasses, speakers, director Q&As and an international film programme as well as home grown talent.

There will also be a showcase of entries in the 2017 Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition and screenings of new movies including Tangerine, about life in a motel just outside Disneyland, starring Willem Dafoe and six-year-old Brooklynn Prince, and Wilderness which was written and filmed in Cornwall. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a Cannes prize winner - a psychological thriller-horror directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), reuniting him with Colin Farrell.  

The festival also includes an awards presentation, documentaries and a Gala Screening of Patti Cake$ about aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski. The festival runs from 10-19 November.


Shop local

You can avoid the Christmas rush and stock up on some lovely local Christmas presents and delicious local food in Falmouth where there is a wide range of interesting and quirky shops and galleries as well as a regular Farmers’ Market. There are lots of local producers to meet at the Falmouth Farmers’ Market every Tuesday in the pedestrianised area known as The Moor. You’ll find freshly baked bread, smoked fish, farm produce, preserves, cakes and bakes and local drink including wines and craft gin. It opens at 9am and runs until 2pm.

The National Maritime Museum

This is Falmouth’s big attraction with masses of boats and maritime artefacts. It’s quieter in November and you can catch two big exhibitions before they close in January. Captain Bligh, Myth, Man and Mutiny challenges the Hollywood version of the famous mutiny on HMS Bounty. In April 1789 Bligh and his loyal men were cast adrift mid-ocean in the Bounty’s 23-foot launch in the expectation they would die, but Bligh navigated them to safety across 3,600 nautical miles of open sea. The exhibition features relics from the voyage and a specially built reproduction of the Bounty launch.

Also nearing its end is Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed - a ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors with over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts.

Christmas spirit

We know how stressful Christmas can be, so put your feet up and relax. We’ve thought of everything to get you in the mood gently. From November 26 you can spend five nights at the Royal Duchy Hotel on our Christmas Card break, now in its fourth year. We will even give you 30 complimentary Christmas cards and postage allowing you to start writing your Christmas cards in peace.

A five-night stay also includes a traditional festive evening with entertainment, mince pies and sherry and our Cornish Experience Package which includes free entry to Trebah Gardens, the National Maritime Museum or the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

We also lay on a day trip to Truro, including transport, where the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair is held from November 26-30 for the very best of local gifts and produce.