I had chosen the Keep at the perfect place to celebrate my 50th birthday. Having stayed several times before I knew we would get 5 star, personalised treatment and so we did.
The room was immaculately clean and luxuriously comfortable (the Pilchard Press) and Carol and Mike even helped us carry in our luggage from the car. The breakfasts were delicious and well presented- liked the egg cosies with The Keep knitted into the pattern. We had a handmade Hello again chocolate bar and postcard to welcome us back.
Unknown to us the guests in the Mermaid press turned our to be my brother and his girlfriend- they had been plotting with Carol and Mike all year! Carol and Mike had even sorted a booking we had made to include the surprise guests.
For my birthday breakfast I had a special 50th birthday chocolate plaque from Carol and Mike, one of Mike's lovely photographic cards and an "everlasting candle" that played Happy Birthday- much to our amusement! Carol and Mike joined us for some champagne too, so it was like celebrating at a friend's house but with everything laid on for you- great food and comfortable, tasteful surroundings. I can't think of anywhere else you would get this personalised service.
The location in the centre of St Ives is perfect for exploring. As other reviews have said, Carol and Mike always have ideas of places to visit and new places to suggest (as we have stayed several times)
We are hoping to return shortly as we can't get enough of The Keep or St Ives- wish we got more holiday so we could go more often.
I have seen some other reviews of other places to stay in St Ives which offer "top class" accommodation but would suggest that The Keep offers this at value for money prices. We would say try it out- you wouldn't then want to stay anywhere else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE KEEP B&B occupies a unique, central position tucked away in the heart of coastal St Ives, only a few yards from Porthmeor Beach and the Harbour, The Tate, and the town itself. With no passing traffic at all, THE KEEP, a recently converted 16th Century Pilchard factory, offers a rare sense of peace and quiet, although the many amenities, restaurants and coastal walks are right on our doorstep. We provide a tasteful and relaxing bolthole exclusively for one couple, with sole use of a comfortable dining/living room. Visit us for a romantic stay in the Pilchard Press room, with KS four poster bed, generous storage, large flat-screen TV and spacious drench-shower en-suite. Enjoy a delicious locally-sourced breakfast in what used to be the central, now glass topped, courtyard, then step outside and explore. (NB For two couples travelling together, or two singles wanting separate rooms, we can offer a second bedroom on request.) ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Keep St Ives, Cornwall