Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has opened up his Cornish holiday home to visitors seeking a luxury, seaside break. Considering Ramsay is so well-versed in hospitality, it’s no surprise that the property is a sophisticated space with impressive attention to detail and a kitchen worthy of a culinary wizard with 16 Michelin stars under his belt.
When Ramsay needs a quiet respite, he heads to his new riverside retreat, Trevail House, in the pretty Cornish fishing village of Fowey with his wife Tana and their four children. He purchased and renovated the site of a former Lloyd’s bank into a luxury holiday home last year and has since been adding finishing touches to the Grade II-listed property so that he could share it with others.
Sleeping up to ten people, the dog-friendly house is located at the mouth of the River Fowey on the town’s main high street. Luxury property site Boutique Retreats, describes Trevail House as the “ultimate, glamorous coastal retreat.”
It adds: “The moment you shut the door behind you, you’ll leave your worries behind. Breathe in the beautifully-scented sea air and soak in the calm – set over three floors, expect gorgeous interiors, incredible facilities, plenty of space and a fabulously sun-drenched garden.”
The kitchen is one of the main highlights of the four-bedroom house. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with Ramsay’s catering services but it has state-of-the-art appliances such as a Fisher & Paykel fridge/freezer, a wine cooler, Dualit and KitchenAid equipment and plenty of cookery books so that you can conjure up feasts like the man himself. The Neptune table seats 12 people but there’s also a floodlit alfresco kitchen and dining area, that looks out onto the sea, for extended parties.
Trevail House also features a living room, garden room, study area and snug in which to relax. There are also two double bedrooms (the master room comes with an ensuite that houses the former bank manager’s original bath), a twin room and a bedroom with bunk beds, all furnished with luxury bedding and decorated in soft, zen-like hues.
The pretty town of Fowey is perfect for exploring. It’s all painted doors, pastel-hued houses and a waterfront that looks like the product of an oil painter’s brilliant brushstrokes. It’s quieter than its Cornish big sister Padstow but no less charming. The cafe-lined streets, cosy pubs and farm-to-table restaurants draw foodies year-round and the gentle pace of life acts as a balm for stressed-out urbanites. When meandering through its backstreets, pottering through its bookshops, hiking through the Cornwall hills or taking a cruise, it’s easy to understand why a high-profile chef would choose Fowey as a respite from the frenzy of celebrity life.
A long weekend or midweek retreat in Ramsay’s Trevail House costs from £3525 (€3968) and a week-long retreat will set you back £7000 (€7877), with a £30 per stay charge for dogs. See Boutique Retreats for more details.