A birthday by the sea – St. Ives

So we (or more I) have always wanted to stay in a castle, so when Mr Tapp suggested we do this for my birthday I jumped at the chance. We had left it quite late to book so there wasn’t a huge amount to choose from, that weren’t hundreds of miles away! After a little search on the net we settled on Tregenna Castle in St. Ives.

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We thought we would push the boat out and went for a Sea View room in the West Wing. Three of the four rooms had four poster beds… ours didn’t but it didn’t matter because it was still lovely and had everything we needed.

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The view from our room was beautiful and it was worth paying the little bit extra for the sea view. We were very lucky with the weather, the whole way down to Cornwall it rained and looked very miserable, but by the time we arrived we were greeted with blue skies.

Once we had checked in and had a nosey round our room we found ourselves wondering what to do with our afternoon. We decided to explore St. Ives the following day and spend our Saturday afternoon relaxing. With our swim wear rolled up in our towels, we went to investigate the hotels facilities. The hotel has two pools one indoor and one outdoor, we weren’t brave enough to venture outdoors in the chilly October weather so went to the indoor pool. It was housed in a glass building and was big enough to do a few lengths, you could also use the hot tub, sauna and steam room. We found it to be a little busy so didn’t stay too long. After our swim we went and booked in to one of the hotel restaurants. Because there was a wedding at the castle that day we chose to dine in the hotel brasserie to avoid the wedding party. We went back to our room and pondered what we’d like to eat in the evening. After spending the rest of the afternoon watching the rugby we went down for dinner. We were met by friendly staff and seated at a nice table, it took us a little while to choose what we wanted to eat because there was so much to choose from, in the end I went for the cajun chicken burger and Dave went for a pizza. Our meals were lovely, as were the staff and we left the restaurant rather stuffed!

In the morning we went down for breakfast, double checking and triple checking our watches as the clocks went back, it always confuses us! Breakfast was a buffet style set up which we both took full advantage of! Once we were completely stuffed we decided to walk off our full bellies and trekked into St. Ives. The hotel has a path down to the town, albeit a steep one, it takes you through their gardens and out to a gate at the bottom where you are met with a VERY steep hill down to Porthminster Beach.

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We were lucky that the tide hadn’t quite made it in land yet and we could walk along the beach into the town. St. Ives is a favourite town of ours, we love all the narrow little streets, quirky little shops, cafes and bakeries

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After a wonder up and down the cobbled streets we sat on the edge of the sea front wall and watched the world sail by…


As we started to walk back to the hotel we stopped in Hub St Ives for a delicious and warming hot chocolate and admired the view from upstairs. We didn’t realise until quite late on that we were actually in a Hub, which is part of the same chain as we have in Exeter – Hubbox. It had really quirky interior and was a lot bigger than our little Hubbox.


After we had warmed up and finished our marshmallows we wondered back to our hotel and begrudgingly made our way home.

We had a lovely relaxed time in St Ive’s and will definitely be back again. We really enjoyed our stay at Tregenna Castle and would recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic weekend away or just a place to chill out. They even left a box of chocolates in our hotel room for my Birthday, love little touches like this.

We did get stuck in a bit of traffic on the way down because they are widening the A30 so keep this in mind when you set off.

Enjoy x

I am a Devon girl who loves camping, crafts and all things pretty. I love to write about my discoveries and am always looking for something new to try.

One comment

  1. I love reading about your adventures! Glad you had such a nice birthday weekend in St. Ives – we’re going to have to go back for a visit soon 🙂 x

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