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Mount Haven Hotel

Rooms have a distinctly Asian feel, with silk bedspreads and throw pillows covered in embroidered fabrics.

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Mount Haven Hotel

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The owner was drawn to Penzance, at the end of Cornwall, because of the town's proximity to St. Michael's Mount, an ancient craggy island that looks a lot like a lopsided volcano.

Formerly the site of a Benedictine priory and rumored to have once been home to a giant, the island got its name when a fisherman claimed to have seen the Archangel Michael there many years ago.

Most of the 18 rooms look out on the water. They have a distinctly Asian feel, with silk bedspreads and throw pillows covered in embroidered fabrics. (Room 6 is the quietest, away from both the front desk and the terrace.)

Even the restaurant—where many dishes are flavored with curry and lemongrass—has views of the Mount from one end.

But the best seats are on the terrace: You can see the island rising steeply out of the water, a medieval castle on its tippy-top. (Owned by the National Trust, the castle is open to the public.) At low tide, when people stroll across a granite causeway to visit, it appears as if they're walking on water.

Beyond Mounts Bay and Penzance—the city made famous by Gilbert and Sullivan—is Land's End.

Rate includes breakfast.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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