Treloyan Manor Hotel is a Methodist Retreat that would like to be a hotel but doesn’t know how to do it. I recently spent a week there with a group of walkers, using it as a base to walk part of the South West Coast Path. We got a reasonable rate for the week on a DBB + packed lunch basis in en suite rooms with a nice sea view. However:
o We decided to come down a night earlier and for the same rate found ourselves in one of 7 double rooms sharing one toilet and one bath/toilet, neither of which had a hand basin. 3 girls in our group found themselves sharing and others in the group with non-en-suites paid the same per head as those with en-suite facilities.
o Meals were at 6.30 p.m. preceded by grace. However, we had planned an arduous day’s walking on the Friday but, at 24 hours’ notice, the hotel rescheduled dinner to 6.00 p.m. to accommodate the concert they had been practicing for most of the week.
o The food was of a good quality and more vegetables were available on request, but the portions for hungry walkers were inadequate: 2” square pieces of fish and unbelievable small slivers of treacle tart.
o No TVs in the rooms, apparently because they were considered antisocial.
o Choir practice in the main open area OR possibly intense biblical debates in the only, adjoining lounge – that was our choice and not a very social one either
o If you are determined to stay there and are considering paying extra for the packed lunch pop up to Tescos for better quality at a fraction of the price (one of our group had salad sandwiches: 2 slices of brown bread, no spread, just lettuce, that’s all)
o Coffee shop and bar: no, you queue at reception with everyone else waiting for attention
o If, as most of us did each evening, you can handle the nearly 3 mile round trip and decide to escape to the much more convivial atmosphere of one of the friendly pubs in St Ives, take a torch. The path in the hotel grounds is largely unlit and, while we were there, had plenty of water filled holes to dodge
o Wireless internet connection actually worked in one or two of the rooms, but mostly we had to bring our laptops down to the reception area
I consider myself a Christian but this is the intense form that gives religion a bad name. I would not consider staying at this hotel again under any circumstances.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Treloyhan Manor stands in a magnificent position overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the edge of the picturesque seaside town of St. Ives.Built in the 19th century for the shipping magnate Sir Edward Hain, Treloyhan has accommodation for 100 guests and occupies a location which makes it ideal for families.St. Ives itself, once a fishing village, has long been a haven for artists attracted by the clear light, the quaint narrow streets leading down to the sea, and the magnificent views.Major road improvements now make St. Ives more easily accessible. Whether you prefer to travel by car, train, coach or simply fly, we can assist you with your transportation ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Treloyhan Manor Hotel St Ives, Cornwall