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Primrose House

St Ives TR26 2ED England
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#4 of 17 hotels in St Ives
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Primrose House has been a part of the St Ives community since 1908. It is a delightful 9 bedroom Edwardian building idyllically located only seconds away from Porthminster beach and just a flat five minute walk to the Harbour and centre of St Ives town. With its convenient location, on site parking and homely interior we believe it's an ideal place to spend time away and to re-engage with the simpler pleasures of life.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
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Private balcony
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Andrew C wrote a review Nov 2021
19 contributions2 helpful votes
What a great guest house / hotel this is. It is just a 2 minute walk from Porthminster Beach and the train station, and only 10 minutes into town. Clean throughout, lovely rooms (several with sea views and across to the harbour), and the most fantastic breakfasts which cater for everything you need whether it's simple, full traditional, or more modern choices, all made to order, and able to be adapted for veggie / vegan / allergies. The owners / staff cannot be more helpful and go above and beyond to make your stay as good as it can be. If all that isn't enough, from early evening onwards there are free cakes / cookies left out for guests to have and different every day. Cannot recommend this place enough, they are top of our list for somewhere to stay when we return to St Ives.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Diane wrote a review Oct 2021
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Fabulous stay. The Primrose Hotel was the perfect stay for us for our four night stay, didn’t want to leave. Host, breakfast and room was perfect. Location is literally a couple of minutes from the beach and a really nice stroll into St Ives centre. I think this little gem would be hard to beat. Thank you so much for our stay, also the cake left for guests each evening is such a nice touch. We will be back The Balcombe’s
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Lancashirelad1964 wrote a review Oct 2021
Lancashire65 contributions62 helpful votes
From the moment Mihaka the Kiwi/Aussie owner/receptionist/guide/surfer-in-chief welcomed us into the hotel and the chilled music wafted around the stripped back foyer cum breakfast room, I knew we’d made the right choice. Our room (4) had no view but was a superbly appointed suite, but you’re really here for the beach and town. Porthminster beach really is under 2 minutes stroll away whilst the platform for the half hourly one track train line is one minute away, not that you hear anything. Mihaka’s food recommendations, especially the Thai restaurant in town, were excellent, his home made cake at the end of every day were uniformly excellent, whilst his breakfasts were just fantastically laid back with a great sound track. For the drivers amongst us, the approach really is down a blind one track 200m stretch, but the bin lorries appear to do it every day. In short, a really special place. Give it a try.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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SP04 wrote a review Oct 2021
Falkirk, United Kingdom2 contributions
What a beautiful wee place to stay. Stayed here for 3 nights with my husband. The room was really spacious, very clean and the decor is really fresh and modern. We had a balcony to the back area and it was nice to open the door when it was a bit warm. The bed was comfortable, with a nice powerful shower and nice soap, shampoo and conditioner. There’s a great selection for breakfast with a nice atmosphere in the dining area. The host was really friendly, no request was a problem and there was always friendly chat and good recommendations for places to visit and eat. The harbour is a 10 minute walk along the coastal path each night for a meal and drinks which was really handy. The beach is right below the hotel as well. We will definitely visit here again.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t be put off by the road down to the hotel and there is enough parking for guests.
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StephC89 wrote a review Oct 2021
Southampton, UK31 contributions32 helpful votes
Lovely 3 night stay. Breakfast was delicious and great selection. Hospitality was fantastic by Mihaka every day. Beautiful fresh decor. We stayed in room 10 round the back on the ground floor. Very spacious. Nice waterfall shower after a wet day out walking. Comfortable bed. I'm a light sleeper so some of the pipe noises in the house and the kitchen, as well as the bright security light woke me up - to be honest that's just me and might try a different room next time. It was good value for money. Convenient parking in the centre of st ives at the hotel, right behind porthminster beach and only 10-15 mins walk into town. We look forward to returning next year!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Primrose House
Which popular attractions are close to Primrose House?
Nearby attractions include Porthminster Beach (0.1 miles), St. Ives Gallery (0.3 miles), and Anima Mundi (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Primrose House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Primrose House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Primrose House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Primrose House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Mex, Blas Burgerworks, and Porthminster Beach Cafe.
Is Primrose House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of St Ives.
Are there any historical sites close to Primrose House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Chysauster Ancient Village (4.3 miles), Zennor Head (4.4 miles), and Saint Nicholas Chapel (0.6 miles).
Does Primrose House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.