Time flies and only a few months ago I was so excited about a week off and having our staycation and now, sadly, it’s already over. So, during our week in Cornwall and Cotswolds we had the amazing opportunity to spend two nights at Trevose Harbour House, a romantic boutique guesthouse in St Ives. My husband actually went to the same hotel school in Switzerland with the two lovely owners of this place, Angela and Olivier, and it was a pleasure to finally meet them and experience the tranquil haven they have set up (it’s ranked as 1st out of 102 B&Bs in St Ives and I wouldn’t understand why anybody would give them less than 5 out of 5!)
We arrived in St Ives after a long morning drive from London and luckily were able to find a parking spot not too far from the guesthouse (parking can be very tricky in this town, plus it’s very hilly and roads are extremely narrow). We were welcomed and shown to our room by friendly and helpful Louise and were instantly wowed by the interior design with subtle nautical touches. The first thing that actually greets you is the gorgeous scent in the bedroom – I later found the source: All the bathroom amenities are Neil’s Yard’s and can be purchased from reception should you fall in love with a particular product during your stay. There was also a bottle of Prosecco waiting for us (we were still celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary) and after a refreshing glass while admiring the beautiful view from our window we took a quick stroll in town before our dinner with the hosts.
St Ives is a gorgeous town with great coastal scenery, four sandy beaches (!), numerous pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries. Interestingly, I didn’t know that one of four Tate galleries in the world is in fact in St Ives! My husband had an absolute field day with his camera, I couldn’t get him away from the harbour, to be fair, the views really were amazing. We had to rush back to the guesthouse to meet Angela and Olivier for our dinner at Porthmeor Café, a casual diner serving tapas and other fresh local produce. I promised to only eat seafood in Cornwall and I think I managed it in most places. My main course, thai red prawn curry with green beans, butternut squash, steamed rice and flat bread, was confidently one of the best curries I’ve had.
The evening in our room was spent in a blissful silence because the TV signal was weak, which wasn’t a problem as we don’t watch much TV anyway 🙂 but Olivier had it fixed for the next day. Quite the handyman and a chef, his breakfast next morning was a lovely treat! I tried his avocado on toasted brown bread and potato scone with scrambled eggs the next day. Delicious.
The day was spent driving around admiring the scenery (Cape Cornwall, Land’s End, Mousehole and the local beaches) and I was quite looking forward to getting back to our sweet guesthouse to relax in the evening.
Although there is quite a number of restaurants in town, the better ones get booked up quite fast in the summer and our second dinner had kindly been reserved for us at Porthminster Kitchen. Another local foodie heaven with very creative dishes. Marc’s starter of scallops was presented as a beach scene with sandcastles ;).
Next day was another day in Cornwall but a good-bye at Trevose House with a promise to return soon.
If you’re planning to stay in St Ives, you simply must look them up and check their availability!
Featured image: view from our room overlooking the harbour.