My daughter wanted to celebrate her graduation from Oxford with "a relaxing (non-city) trip, where she could photograph nature and see for herself a heath, a moor, and a cliff." Our three night stay at Ennys highlighted our visit to bucolic Cornwall. Off the main road that winds through the quaint town of St. Hillary lies a narrow and private quarter-mile driveway that requires keen eyes to spot. Mid-way on that driveway is a section of road that descends into tunnel-like darkness created by high hedges and overhanging greenery. We dubbed it the rabbit hole, because after emerging from it and at the other end of the driveway is the lush and beautifully tended property that is Ennys. Gardens, a lawn tennis court, and a large heated pool surround the main house and attached buildings -- all beautifully maintained.
Our initial arrival, at six thirty on a rainy evening after a very long drive from Oxford, was welcomed warmly by one of Gill's friendly staff who offered us our choice of tea and cake in the sitting room. Our double room on the second floor, immaculate and furnished with decorator taste, offered a view of the flowered driveway and a large field beyond. The large, modern bathroom appeared brand new -- with sparkling white porcelain tub and shower, more than ample hot water, heated towel rack, thick, snow-white towels, and all the normal toiletry conveniences one would expect from a large hotel. The two story main house is tastefully filled with Gill's art, collected from her travels around the world. The breakfast room is lovely, cheery and bright, with views to the gardens....all rooms have that. The breakfast menu offers a wide range of choices, from vegetarian to farmhouse sausages, English bacon, fruit, breads, teas, and delicious brewed coffee.
Gill is a busy woman...she has to be to run an efficient business and maintain such a beautiful home and grounds. But she is readily available for questions about the area, offers a range of suggestions, including walks and local restaurant recommendations written up in bound books in each guestroom along with a comprehensive packet of brochures from local sites. She knows her guests...she even knew to ask "Does your daughter walk?" A strange question to some, but for those who do have kids that are not "walkers" , her suggestions were insightful and welcomed. At the end of a day of sightseeing, from 4:30-6, guests can help themselves to tea and cake set up in the huge farmhouse kitchen. We liked to prepare our tray and sit out in the gardens.
One day, rather than drive off immediately to "see the sights" of Cornwall, we elected to stay and enjoy Ennys and its many offerings. After our very filling breakfast, we chose a recommended walk through the field behind the property -- over a stile, under some low trees, over a couple of ditches and onto a path that took us through farmland to a road where we picked wild blackberries (which we took back and enjoyed with breakfast the next morning. ) After returning to the house, my daughter ambled over to the pool while I set myself up in the sitting room, planted my body and my book in a sunny window seat that looked out to the flowered lawn and gardens, played Mozart selections on Gill's stereo set, and thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
Would I return? ...in a nano-second!
I don't have my photos as I write, but I hope I can insert them later. If I can't, do yourself a favor and check out the Ennys website. The photos accurately reflect the elegance and good taste of this gem of an inn.
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