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The Sandy Duck

Falmouth, United Kingdom

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The Premises 

On a hill overlooking Falmouth Bay, boutique B&B The Sandy Duck combines sleek Scandinavian design with sea views and warm, home-from-home hospitality. Owner and manager Freyja earned her hosting stripes crewing aboard luxury yachts before she settled on the Cornish coast, transforming this Edwardian townhouse into a stylish, eight-room bolthole. Now, the interiors are painted in soothing shades and filled with a medley of modern Danish design, hand-picked antiques and artworks by her own family, creating rooms that are as inviting on a fresh January morning as they are on a hot summer’s day. (Please note that unfortunately there's no availability for August)

The Sandy Duck

12 Pennance Rd Falmouth, TR11 4EAUnited Kingdom

Hallway detail


Compliments of the House 

A bar of chocolate from Falmouth brand Chocolarder

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Rates include breakfast, which includes bread and pastries from a local bakery, homemade granola pots and preserves, and honey from a beekeeper just outside the town. Hot dishes, including full-English breakfasts, are made to order.


Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; Bluetooth speaker; Revo radio; tea- and coffee-making kit; free bottled water; bath products by Meraki.


Beachwear if it's hot; throw on a thick Scandi-styled jumper if it’s not.


This historic townhouse has steps at its entrance and no specially adapted rooms, so it’s not suited to wheelchair users.
While you can count on the warmest of hospitality and a polished finish, the Sandy Duck is a B&B run by a very small team, so you won’t be waited on hand and foot. Instead, it’s the sort of place where you can let your hair down, kick off your shoes and do as you please.


On booking, credit card details will be taken as a guarantee. The full amount of the stay will be charged seven days prior to arrival. Cancellations made up to 10 days before arrival will not be charged. If the hotel has to close due to government-mandated restrictions, cancellations will be refunded in full. For those unable to travel due to a positive Covid-19 test, or self-isolation instructed by the NHS, a voucher will be issued for the full amount minus a £40 admin fee upon proof of such event. Guests should not travel if they have Covid-19 symptoms or if they have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.


If we’re pushed to pick, we love room five, with its curved cane chairs, super-king-size bed and freestanding bath tub with a bay view. The best sea gazing, though, is to be had from the window seats in top-floor rooms seven and eight. Rooms two and six are as stylish as the rest, but it’s worth noting that they're the ones without sea views.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Like the living room, the breakfast room has a tall bay window, ensuring it gets the best of the morning light. Stylistically, it's perched on the boundary between classic seaside style and Nordic design, with a pine floor, cane chairs and tables cut from thick slabs of elm – all of them fallen, not felled. Artworks by Freyja’s mother and sister hang on the walls, adding a dash of colour. When it comes to the food, Freyja not only sources the bulk of her ingredients from local suppliers, she’s also a dab hand in the kitchen, preparing full-English breakfasts, pancakes, avo on sourdough and more with aplomb. There’s no lunch or dinner served at the hotel, but cake (with a glass of wine or something softer) and a selection of snacks will be served. And there are plenty cafés and restaurants to choose from in town.

Liquid Bliss 

The hotel can arrange welcome bottles of wine, or something to toast your special occasion, on request, and a range of wines and beers are served in the afternoon.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

The town itself has plenty of small boutiques stocked with locally-made homewares and fine antiques, making it a charming place to wander about on foot. To see the work of real Old Masters, head to Falmouth Art Gallery along Webber Street – it's one of the most noteworthy exhibition spaces in the South West of England. It’s here that you’ll also find one of the largest collections of photographs by war correspondent and fashion photographer Lee Miller. No trip to the town is complete without a walk along the shore, so try Castle Beach, which looks towards Falmouth Bay in one direction and Pendennis Castle in the other. A carpet of rock pools shows at low tide, which makes it a great spot for kids to poke around, but it does mean it’s not best suited for swimming. If you’re angling for a dip, you’re better off heading slightly further down the coast to the sandier shore at Swanpool. If you’ve had your fill of sand and sea, go for a wander through Trebah Gardens instead, rated among the best in the land. Filled with all manner of subtropical species, this slice of paradise bursts into colour each spring, becoming a transportive place for a picnic or stroll.


A short stroll from the centre of town, the Sandy Duck sits on a hill overlooking Falmouth Bay.


Newquay Airport is a 30-minute drive away, and can be reached directly from many UK airports. Those coming from further afield can fly via London or to Exeter, a two-hour drive from the hotel. The Smith24 team can arrange flights and transfers: call anytime, day or night.


Catch a train from London Paddington to Truro, then hop on a regional service to Falmouth Town, a three-minute drive from the hotel.


Falmouth itself is small enough that you won’t need a car, but having one will make it easier to seek out secluded beaches or take day trips along the coast. If you want to hire, Smith24 can arrange it. There are parking spaces in front of the hotel, too.


12 Pennance Rd Falmouth, TR11 4EAUnited Kingdom

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