Hubs and I stayed in end July/early August for just under the week.
We wanted (needed) a complete RnR break, so for us, that means park the car, take in unfamiliar beautiful scenery, enjoy fabulous food and drink, no concept of time/deadlines, and really lovely (and spacious) accommodation. Availability for the area was low, given the peak timing and the fact that we were booking for just 3-4 weeks time.
We short listed Primrose Valley straight away, as it scored highly on Trip Advisor, featured on Sawdays website, location fab (less than a minute to Porthminster beach, literally) and looked just lovely. The only room they had left was their 3 room suite - ticked all the boxes, apart from sea view (which they're heart-warmingly honest about on the website & phone).
The last thing we want when spending more than 1 night somewhere is to be limited to 1 room with a bed, 1 chair, table & tv - the PV suite is far from this. Contemporary decor, fixtures & fittings; loads of techy gadgets, and the most beautiful bathroom. Given the proximity from the beach, and the availability of seats at the front of the hotel, where you can look down towards the beach (albeit a (very quiet/slow moving) train line in the way); we really didn't mind about the lack of views.
One thing I'd mention - the website doesn't list a breakfast menu (all other hotels do), so although they comment a lot about their foodie creds, I managed my expectations, fearing local goats cheese omelettes or locally rolled organic oats and... you get the idea. Fear not - some most excellent breakfast components. Best bacon I've had for a long time, and good 'proper' yellow egg yolks. (Unbelievably good smoked salmon with scrambled eggs).
No hot food offered in the evening, but that's probably sensible - so much competition with sea/harbour view, and for a boutique hotel to compete with full-time restaurants, well who wants to work those hours. Anyway, they've marketed an evening offering perfectly - 'fancy a night in? Try one of our cold platters of local fayre' - oh, and do. Hubs had a Cornish charcuterie plate, and I had the smoked salmon plate - perfect with their fresh crusty bread and a bottle of wine (or 2) whilst watching some gold medals roll in, on the box. (Another joy of having a lounge to... lounge in).
All staff are incredibly friendly and accommodating. The ethos of 'we offer guests, what we'd like when we go on holiday' isn't just clever marketing, we really felt it. A real home from home (although they'll get you some fresh milk for drinks in your room each day, rather than you helping yourself to the fridge, but you see what I mean).
I've given 5's across the board, apart from value, only because at £240 a night, you'd get all this and more at a boutique hotel like Hotel du Vin (albeit not by a beach, but still in some premier addresses, it has to be said). And in hindsight, would've probably expected a discount for multiple nights (3+, for instance).
Would we go again? You betcha, enjoyed our stay immensely. Thanks PV, for a wonderful break.
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Hello Nikki, thanks for such a glowing review, we really enjoyed hosting you and it is rewarding to hear that you got so much out of your stay. That is very much our aim with every stay and I hope we can welcome you back in the future. We run regular offers out-of-season, especially midweek and for 3+ nights, so do sign up to our web newsletter to keep updated with these.
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