At 06.20am on Monday 3rd, we had a nasty shock as the Atlantic crashed over the terrace, through our restaurant windows and doors and swept through the hotel. No-one was hurt, and although spirits were somewhat dampened, we managed to clear up, save a few items that hadn’t been salinated and started to repair the damage.
Unfortunately, St. Mawes was then hit the following night by the mother of all storms, unseen here in living memory. This time, like Jackanory, it was through the square windows, and the hundred year old frames and panes were spat back into the sitting rooms along the front of the hotel. Another flood, and we evacuated the hotel when the one-and-a-half ton coping stones on the terrace started to be flipped up and onto the decking in front of the building.
Our community rallied round, with volunteers to clear out the debris, move furniture, supply tea and offer us shelter, and for all that we are seriously grateful.
But we are back, battered and bruised, but undaunted. We will not be looking after our guests for a month or so, but hope to be open again in April. Please come and see the new look hotel and Restaurant then.
Hotel Director (of three weeks…)