We travelled 300 miles through blizzards to find St Ives to be one of the only snow free locations in the UK thanks to its fantastic location at the tip of Cornwall. The hotel is superbly situated high up overlooking the town with its picture book harbour, quaint streets and great shops, galleries and eateries. St Ives is a year round destination with most places still open even in the depths of December.
We had booked a 3 night pre-Xmas break taking advantage of a special offer we saw on the hotel website. Given the low price we were slightly concerned about what we would find. However our expectations were exceeded in almost every respect.
We had 2 adjoining rooms booked "Castle rooms non sea view" - a double and a room set out with 3 single beds (rooms 74 & 75). Both rooms were spacious with comfortable beds, plenty of wardrobe space, plus a sofa and armchairs. The rooms were on the first floor looking out into the grounds at the front of the castle. Both rooms were light and airy with high ceilings and tall sash windows.
Both rooms were ensuite - the bathrooms being large and functional. Big baths with showers over with period type fittings.
A star feature of the hotel are the extensive grounds including a sub tropical walled garden, and a woodland wildlife trail which was very enjoyable to explore. Kids loved the fact there were rabbits running around everywhere.
The hotel also has an indoor pool (slighly cool but it was around zero outside), sauna and steamroom which we all enjoyed using. We also made use of the hotels badminton court which was a nice feature. Hotel also had a well equipped gym (also free to residents)
Breakfasts were included in our rate and were taken in one of the large function rooms - buffet style cooked english and continental - good choice and reasonable quality food. Excellent service with staff quick to get us a table and to bring tea, toast etc.
We had a couple of meals in the restaurant. Food was ok but not outstanding but good alternative to driving down into St Ives. Good choice on kids menu. Value wise not bad also helped by the fact we were given 20% off vouchers when we checked in.
When we arrived a wedding party was in full swing but no problems with noise when we were in our rooms. Most of the guests seemed to be families with children.
Hotel has free wireless internet in main public areas which was very useful for getting updates on the snow chaos affecting the rest of the UK and keeping in touch with work.
Overall we all thouroughly enjoyed our stay at the Tregenna and would certainly not hesitate to recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tregenna Castle is the ideal holiday choice and perfect venue for your Wedding, Conference or Banquet. The hotel has 80 rooms and a huge range of self catering options. There is a choice of restaurants, bars and swimming pools – complete with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. A trip to the fully equipped gym can be followed by a visit to the hair and beauty salon, or you can play a range of sports from tennis to croquet. The woodland walks and sub tropical gardens are much loved by visitors and locals and the estate has a challenging 18-hole Presidents Golf Course overlooking St Ives Bay. Catering for families, Castle Kids offers a range of day care activities and is approved by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tregenna Castle Resort St Ives, Cornwall