The Alverton

Friends were approached by Cornwall Hotel Collection to develop a new experience and concept for the hotel’s public spaces; 35 luxury ensuite bedrooms, destination bar and brasserie, private dining room, their famous Great Hall, conference rooms, lobby areas and public bathrooms.

The Alverton is a historical Grade II listed building, previously a convent built by the same architect as Truro Cathedral, historic, romantic and completely original. High up on the brief’s agenda was to create a relaxing and exclusive haven for guests and visitors alike, championing The Alverton’s brand and location but to remain original and unique in it’s execution.

A notable impression is made as you first enter the building, interior design draws inspiration from English classic detailing, as well as the sheer scale of the large and perfectly proportioned rooms. The high ceilings, decorative cornicing, coving and fireplaces all needed to remain beautifully grand, however Friends have also been able to add surprise flashes of colour and signature pieces to create the element of surprise and a sense of theatre to the overall interior scheme.

At The Alverton we are excited to be showcasing some of the best of British design with wonderfully decadent lighting and furnishing details as well as being able to design custom made key pieces; floor to ceiling wine and Champagne wall, deep-buttoned back banquettes, copper faced bar counter and commissioned paintings from talented artists Alex Morton and Vicki Clark.

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I recently enjoyed the perfect night out at The Alverton. The imposing former convent was once the toast of Truro; the grand hotel the city had been lacking. However, in recent years it’s reputation had dipped and the place felt tired.

Blending traditional period details with contemporary features the hotel has been redesigned by Friends. This is the hotel version of that scene in Neighbours when plain Jane took off her glasses and revealed her hidden beauty. Yes, the Alverton has gone glam and is now dating Guy Pearce! The brasserie boasts an impressive bespoke floor to ceiling wine wall, which really has the ooh factor, and The Library, an extension of the restaurant, is reminiscent of the elegant style of a gentleman’s club – intimate, low key and luxurious. If you’ve been before, rediscover it anew. If it’s your first time, relish a Truro icon reborn.

LEE TREWHELA, THE WEST BRITON