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“Lovely, friendly B&B - highly recommended” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   6 Porthminster Terrace, St Ives TR26 2DQ, England   |  
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Ranked #60 of 103 St Ives B&B and Inns
Dorset, England
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“Lovely, friendly B&B - highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We had already been in St Ives for a week in a flat but wanted a few more days to catch the Show of Hands concert & The Spot The Artist Postcard sale (we had come down specifically for the festival). We chose the Olive Branch as it was only a few doors down from the flat and we are so glad we did. Justin and Julie work hard to make this a relaxed and friendly place to stay. The rooms are simply and tastefully furnished, with good views, powerful showers and very comfy beds. Spotlessly clean too. Breakfasts are great and when we had to leave at 6am for the postcard art sale, Julie made us (without us asking) a packed breakfast complete with flask of coffee which we thought was a thoughtful gesture. Justin is a great host with cutting wit and always ready with a joke, comment or a weather forecast ("it will be fine!") He and Julie both made us feel very welcome - as did George the dog. The Olive Branch has parking and is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre - and you to not need to drive through the centre of St Ives to get there (avoid driving through St Ives at all costs - it is not designed for cars!). We both very much enjoyed our stay and would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mogwoldo, Owner at The Olive Branch, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your time with us, hopefully we'll see you next year for the September Festival.
Regards Justin, Julie & George
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed two nights at The Olive Branch at the beginning of the music festival in September. The room was spotless, the en-suit was small but perfect, we had a sea view and the breakfast was lovely. The only thing I would warn against is that if you are not fit and able - you might find the climb back up the hill a bit much, and also the stairs. But otherwise I couldn't fault it and the host Justin was really lovely and went out of his way to be helpful.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mogwoldo, Owner at The Olive Branch, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your stay at The Olive Branch. hopefully we'll see you again next year?
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Justin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights with my husband John.given a very friendly welcome as soon as we pulled up on the drive.plenty of off road parking for hubbys beloved motorbike.we stayed in room 5, decent size and good size en-suite with powerful shower.tea making facilities and hair dryer supplied.very quiet street and within 10 minute walking distance of harbour and main streets.Justin made sure we were well taken care of with choice of breakfast (with help from lovely Victoria in the kitchen) and with helpfull advice for sightseeing and bus numbers etc. We were also given fab advice on nice places to eat and drink.I honestly can't wait to go back next year and John has already booked to go back next month (unfortunately without me) thanks again Justin.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mogwoldo, Owner at The Olive Branch, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay, we will see you again soon.
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Justin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Visited with my wife and stayed for two nights. We stayed in room 2 which was spotlessly clean with a superb power shower. The hosts Justin & Julie are a lovely couple, they made us very welcome throughout our stay. Justin is very helpful with local knowledge and ideas for days out. Try the open topped bus trip to Lands End and Penzance, beautiful scenery and extremely good value. Julie provided our breakfast which were delicious. On the whole our visit to St Ives was enhanced by the superb accomodation and excellent hosts. Thank you again.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mogwoldo, Owner at The Olive Branch, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your stay with us, hope to see you again soon.
Regards Justin, Julie & George
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Nuvolento, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had great time at The Olive Branch.
Justin and Julie are the perfect hosts. Very friendly, helpful and they make you feel at home.
Breakfast is amazing with so many choices for all kind of hunger.
Rooms are all you need with comfy beds and unspotted clean.
Location is great. Just 5 mins walk from the town centre (10 mins uphill to come back).
Moreover St. Ives is a beautiful tiny town and its beaches are absolutely gorgeous.
We highly reccomend this place. If we come back again to Cornwall we'll stay at The Olive for sure.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mogwoldo, Owner at The Olive Branch, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us at The Olive Branch. As and when you visit Cornwall again, we would love you to come back and see us.
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Justin, Julie & George
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is a fantastic B&B the new owners Justin and Julie made us very welcome. We had room number 1 and the views where amazing, also the breakfasts were very good. Justin was very very helpful on what places to visit and what was the best places to eat. We can't forget the adorable George the dog who was very friendly. We have jus't booked for next year, choosing room 5 with Juliette balcony.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mogwoldo, Owner at The Olive Branch, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay with us, we look forward to seeing you again next year, it'll soon be here.
Regards
Justin, Julie & George
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London, Canada
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Immaculately clean, quiet, short walk down to harbour, lovely breakfast, will definitely visit again. Friendly hosts, George the dog is adorable. While you're here, try prime time boat trip to seal island and the terrace bar at the sloop inn!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mogwoldo, Owner at The Olive Branch, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay with us, we look forward to seeing you again.
Regards
Justin, Julie & George
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Address: 6 Porthminster Terrace, St Ives TR26 2DQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 103 B&Bs / Inns in St Ives
Hotel Class:4 star — The Olive Branch 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
The Olive Branch Hotel St Ives
The Olive Branch St Ives, Cornwall

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