Our family has been welcoming guests to this delightful six-bedroom country hotel for almost 30 years, many of whom return again and again.
It’s the perfect base for couples on a summer holiday or a winter break but also ideal for a business trip, offering delightful, relaxing surroundings, traditional comfort and good home-cooked food without neglecting up-to-the-minute essentials such as free Wi-fi and flat screen TVs.
Though only five minutes by car from the busy A30, Aviary Court couldn’t be further from the hectic modern world.
Tucked away beside a tranquil wood which is a riot of bluebells in spring, the hotel is only a 20-minute walk from the popular North Coast village of Portreath with its working harbour and sandy surfing beach, reached by a tree-shaded bridleway (though wellies are recommended when the weather’s wet!) Please note that we do not accept pets.
A brief history of Aviary Court
Parts of the hotel date back over 300 years, and though the aviary is long since gone the name is thought to recall a connection with the vast Tehidy estate, home of the powerful Basset mining dynasty.
Aviary Court itself was once the home of the world-famous engineer and inventor James Tangye, whose designs included the hydraulic jacks used to launch Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s revolutionary steamship Great Eastern in 1858; hotel guests can see fascinating photographs of the house as it looked when it was his workshop.
His brother and business partner, Sir Richard Trevithick Tangye, was the grandfather of Cornish authors Nigel and Derek Tangye. At another time the house was the parsonage or curates’ accommodation for nearby Illogan Church; an echo of its ecclesiastical life survives in the church-style lancet windows.
In the care of the Studley family, however, this historic house has become a stylish hotel combining modern facilities with traditional style, quality and personal attention. Its six bedrooms are newly refurbished and offer high levels of comfort and convenience as standard, with some Superior rooms for those who relish life’s little luxuries.
The high quality of the upgrade has been reflected in the award of an additional star by the Visit Britain Tourism Council. Guests are encouraged to enjoy more than two acres of immaculate grounds, with lawns, plants and specimen trees.
Keen tennis-players should be sure to pack their kit, as Aviary Court boasts its own newly-built all-weather court, while for those who prefer less energetic recreation there is a fully equipped games room including a pool table and table tennis.
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It's Martini time
Enjoy a relaxing drink in our well-stocked bar at the end of the day