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    The Falmouth Hotel was first opened in 1865, as the Great Western Railway expanded into Cornwall.  Its Victorian architecture, spacious interiors, fantastic seafront location and award-winning food have ensured its place as one of Cornwall’s best-known hotels.

    The hotel has witnessed many key moments in British history, including the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, National Strikes in 1911 and was even taken over by the War Department in 1917 for the purposes of a military hospital.  During World War 2, the hotel was camouflaged by the Admiralty, who also commandeered the entire 4th floor as offices.

    Many famous people have passed through the hotel’s doors, including Edward VII (when Prince of Wales), Dama Anna Neale, Beatrix Potter and Simon Le Bon.

    Keith Richardson bought the hotel in 2004, and it has since been undergoing a programme of refurbishment and modernisation.  The beautiful original Victorian staircase, which extends up to the top floor, has been recently opened up to create a light and striking view to the top of the hotel.

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