GCG meets Alex Polizzi: The Hotel Inspector at the Meudon Hotel
When GCG was invited to The Meudon Hotel to review for Channel 5’s ‘The Hotel Inspector’ with the gorgeous Alex Polizzi – we were not just tempted, but overly excited. It was a chance to meet the owners, find out about the history of Meudon, challenging the ‘family business’ constraints and to see what magic Alex would work in Falmouth.
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Hotel Inspectors, Mini Breaks, Private Beaches
It was with an air of trepidation and excitement that I opened the doors to the reception at The Meudon Hotel, a family run hotel with a lot of fabulous history – but a hotel that had failed thus far to keep up with the Jones’. The reception was as I had suspected; high quality but a little like stepping back in time! With the film crew greeting warmly and ushering me back out the door (to walk back in again on film) and the simply lovely chaps on reception making me feel immediately at home, this was going to be one interesting ‘mini break’.
The evening was spent exploring the grounds – Meudon has a very gorgeous garden landscaped by the Robert Were Fox – he rented Meudon with his wife Anna Maria Barclay of Barclay bank fame. The Fox family are well known to this part of Cornwall, having also created Trebah, Glendurgan, and Penjerrick gardens. It also leads down to a private beach, a secluded breath of fresh air and the perfect place to sneak off to sunbathe and paddle.
Descending into the dining room – great views but out of date interiors- we were treated to a delicious meal prepared by the hotel chef and joined by Gaye and Mark, siblings who are wrestling the reins from their father. Stories ensued (some of which were not caught on camera – thankfully!) and we all glanced often towards the gentleman sat alone (the AA food inspector) and was not allowed to join in the fun.
After some rather delicious tawny port after hours with Mark in the dining room and a lot of giggling about filming we retired to bed. Breakfast the next morning was rather nice – with some very good coffee!
And so to the great reveal… We were most definitely not allowed to see the new rooms – one designed by Alex Polizzi and the other by Gaye. So the morning after the night before, as the party began to kick off, the anticipation kicked in. The hotel is a treasure trove of some beautiful original pieces; Alex found a collection of 1950’s Ercol kicking about in the attic! Alex gave us the tour – the new rooms were like a contemporary coastal breath of fresh air. With striking similarities in their interior design (and no they weren’t able to see each other’s choices) and much Farrow & Ball on the walls.
After a somewhat emotional journey for Mark and Gaye (and Alex I suspect – tough but utterly charming and engaging) they are continuing on in their modernising vein working their way around the hotel. Book yourself a mini break and play Hotel Inspectors.