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Each autumn St Mawes, a tiny picturesque fishing village on the Cornish coast, returns to its pre-21c state of somnolence, except for a very few days each November when a troupe of world-class musicians arrives to stir up a bit of first-class musical heat. The annual music festival was inaugurated in 2006 when seven musicians gathered on the tip of the Roseland peninsula to celebrate Schumann’s 150th anniversary by joyfully playing through his entire chamber music repertoire with piano. Since then ‘Music at Tresanton’ has been presenting exquisite programmes while drawing committed audiences from the Roseland peninsula as well as from further afield in Cornwall, London and the UK. The festival has been featured as one of The Independent’s top winter breaks, and has been frequently broadcast by BBC Radio 3 as part of their lunchtime concert series. This year Inscape plans to attend a programme presenting musical musings on the influence of the music of the Americas on Ravel, Debussy and others. These concerts will be performed, as always, in the intimate and elegantly renovated Old Methodist Hall, a Georgian chapel close to the harbour.

We stay as guests of Olga Polizzi in her Tresanton Hotel which she redesigned from five conjoined fishing cottages. Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels and Deputy Chairman of the company in which she and her brother, Sir Rocco Forte, are major shareholders, she considers Hotel Tresanton one of her two favourite hotels in the west country. In Cornwall we gather together in the most beautifully appointed ‘common’ rooms for lectures, libation and world-class meals. We aim for sound sleep in artfully furnished rooms with views across the St Mawes Bay towards St Anthony’s lighthouse. Carefully buttressing the high musical moments with interludes of lectures and unique arts and heritage explorations, Inscape offers a near perfect study Retreat.

COST £1455 Members, £1505 non- members, Single Room Supplement £180, £250 deposit, includes three nights’ accommodation at Hotel Tresanton with breakfast, morning coffee, all lunches with wine, all dinners in Hotel Tresanton with wine, tea, all visits, private visit and lunch at Boconnoc, private guided tour of St Mawes by Alan January, all four concerts and all coach travel during the tour. Excludes travel to Truro and back from Bodmin Parkway.