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Go Slow!

16-18 November

Carl Honoré, Alex Polizzi and Oliver Peyton are on a go slow!

Opposed to the culture of fast food, they seek to encourage the enjoyment of regional produce, traditional foods, often grown organically or foraged and to enjoy these in the company of others.

The world’s leading advocate of the Slow Movement, Carl believes the world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. Thirteen years after publishing his standout tome ‘In Praise of Slow’, Go Slow! at Tresanton will demonstrate that if you get the right balance, slowing down can work wonders.

Get in touch with your inner tortoise.

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Check-in and explore St Mawes or catch the ferry to Falmouth. Naturally, we don’t want to exhaust you while you’re on holiday, but there are plenty of pursuits at the hotel and around the bay to enjoy. Walk to the lighthousebook a massage, shop at Onda or visit Curgurrell Farm Shop.

Of the Land Dinner

With Organic farmer Greg Pascoe, Carl and Alex. Greg’s family has been ‘Slow Farming’ just over 100 acres of land in the heart of Cornwall for 250 years. Its fields, orchards and tunnels have been organic since 1988, when Greg and his wife decided that they didn’t fancy spraying chemicals on their family’s salad any more. Three decades on and Cusgarne is quietly farming in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Passionate about the environment, ethically produced food and green farming practises.

Sue and her family started making cheese in 1999 in a disused stable at Whalesborough Farm. Their cows provide the milk and the electricity used is provided by the farms own wind turbine.

Of the Land Dinner Menu


After Breakfast, take a slow meandering forage with Carl and Alex. You’ll be looking for sea beet along the shoreline near St Just in Roseland ‘the most beautiful churchyard on earth’ according to Sir John Betjeman. Lunch will be fresh mackerel grilled on the beach by Oliver.

Carl Honore – In Praise of Slow. A good excuse to open Camel Valley (Cornish Champagne) made by ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie.

Of the Sea Dinner

With Carl, Oliver and a bounty of Cornish seafood.

Of the Sea Dinner Menu



Drawing with Yvonne Fuller.


Join us on Friday, Saturday or for the whole weekend.

Friday night from £390 including dinner, breakfast and walk with lunch.
Saturday night from £430 including Carl’s talk, dinner, breakfast and drawing class.
Or, the whole weekend from £820.
Prices are per room based on two sharing.

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Carl Honoré

MR SLOW. Carl is the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down. The author of the ‘In Praise of Slow’. His TED Talk has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.

Alex Polizzi

Daughter of Olga Polizzi, Alex is a hotelier and the presenter of The Hotel Inspector, My Secret Italy and My Secret Spain.

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Oliver Peyton

Restaurateur and a judge on the Great British Menu, Oliver was the precursor of the Slow Food movement in England. Oliver works with Alex Polizzi on Restaurant Rescue.

Yvonne Fuller

Yvonne Fuller is the St Mawes artist who designed the first Hotel Tresanton logo, painted portraits of Hotel Tresanton and the Beach Club Garden and documented the reconstruction of the Hotel prior to its opening in 1998. She will be recording the activities throughout the Slow Weekend and on Sunday morning will lead a drawing master class on ‘How Drawing enhances Seeing’.

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Carl Honore’s TED Talk

Main photo: Cusgarne Organic Farm Cornwall