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Tregenna Castle Hotel, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

St. Ives, Cornwall

by Julie Baxter | July 2015

"This is a three-star hotel that strives hard to give good facilities and great customer service. The staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful and the extensive grounds are beautifully maintained and a joy to explore. It’s an excellent choice for multi-generational holidays as there are activities to suit all ages. Plus the beach and town are right on the doorstep."

THE BACKGROUND: This 80-room hotel is a grand old property in a stunning location offering traditional English seaside accommodation with the addition of extensive on-site ‘resort’ facilities. Stone cottages and wooden stilt cabins dotted discreetly through the grounds are available for those who prefer to self-cater.

THE LOCATION: Tregenna sits regally, among 72 acres, high above the seaside town of St Ives. Views of the town and the expansive Atlantic seas beyond are amazing but the position does mean it’s a steep uphill climb home from the beach or the town. The walk takes around 10 minutes and is mostly through lush water gardens.

THE ROOM: Our superior seaview room was large and airy with a high ceiling and big picture windows overlooking the best of views. The bed was massive and could have easily fitted three people! The bathroom and furnishings all appeared relatively new and included a sofa, desk-cum-dressing table and occasional chairs with side table. It was comfortable and roomy.

KEY FACILITIES: These included indoor and outdoor pools, beauty treatment rooms, tennis and squash courts, plus a kids’ club. The on-site President’s Golf Course cost £15 per round.

THE RESTAURANTS/BARS: An extensive buffet breakfast, including a full English options, was served in the large traditional-style dining room. We also visited the somewhat informal Brasserie and bar, which had a more contemporary feel, for dinner.

THE RATES: From $210 for a standard room and from $210 to $590 for a King Spa Corner room.

THE DETAILS: A: Tregenna Castle Estate, Trelyon Avenue, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DE; T: 01736 795 254 W: tregenna-castle.co.uk

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