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Little Leaf Guest House
Ranked #3 of 102 St Ives B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 September 2011

Amazing place! Lee & Danny are just lovely and have thought of everything possible to make their guests feel welcome - from free cookies to use of an ipad to plan your stay/onward journey. Decor is perfect and the breakfasts were divine! would definitely reccomend you stay here and I will be back next time im ever in St Ives.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

I experienced Lee and Danny's fabulous guest house in August 2011. Little Leaf Guest House is reachable through a series of paths and outdoors staircases or via a short, few minutes taxi ride from the train station. Lee and Danny's blog relating the saga of their move from London to St. Ives, England and the trajectory of what it took to leave the corporate rat race behind to become full-time innkeepers is riveting and highly entertaining! In fact, the blog and all the glowing reviews in TripAdvisor convinced me to take the plunge and stay in Little Leaf Guest House for several days as part of my UK holiday. I'm so glad I did and would have arrived even sooner had they not been completely booked up! Lee and Danny are so welcoming from the moment you walk into their establishment. As Lee is an accomplished baker, you will likely experience a delicious treat from her kitchen as she sits down with you from the start and relays helpful sightseeing tips/brochures and guest house information to you. For £2.50 per day, there is also access to a heated swimming pool just up the road from the guest house. Guests are Little Leaf are also entitled to discounted rates at the Porthmeor Surf School.

I stayed in room 4 at the top of the guest house; it has an amazingly comfortable duvet on the bed and a flat screen television as well as a new bathroom with shower and toilet. There is a door hook and a bottle of shower gel, in case you forget to bring your own. A corner nook/crawl space in room 4 is the perfect space for your luggage and any rucksacks or carrier bags of stuff you may have with you. Fluffy, clean white towels are provided as are tea/coffee set-up. Additional two wall hooks are near the sink. The decor is modern, green/white, and very soothing. Throughout the guest house, Lee and Danny display various works of art -- some show scenes of St. Ives.

The common room has breakfast tables with scenic views of St. Ives, a DVD library, sightseeing brochures, and an iPad for guests to use during their stay. Breakfast is served from 8:30 am - 9:30 am and guests' selections (full English breakfast, vegetarian full English breakfast, specials of the day) can be recorded on a clip board page before the end of each day. Fruit, yogurt, jam, and plenty of toast is also provided. If you partake of the morning breakfasts at Little Leaf Guest House, such are the delicious portion sizes that you will likely not need to eat lunch at all! Since I had to check out very early on a Saturday morning, Lee and Danny got up extra early and made me fried egg whites on toast and a heaping bowl of fruit salad as I requested before the regular breakfast hour. Danny also reserved a taxi for me the day before for an early morning pick-up and ride to the train station.

As I was keen to hike the famed 6 miles St. Ives to Zennor bit of the South West Coast Path, which is the most difficult and most beautiful stretch of this dramatic cliff side trail, Lee and Danny disclosed the weather forecast (very changeable weather in these parts) and recommended the best day for my hike. For a small fee, Lee packed for me a perfect paper bag lunch with a sandwich, juice box, Kit Kat bar, chips, and piece of fruit, so that I could have lunch during the strenuous hike. If you do this hike, be advised that sturdy hiking shoes and 4.5 hours of daylight are required; there are many bits of the trail where you will need to scrabble up and down with hands on rocks and jumping around to avoid stepping in some muddy sections. I say you will need 4.5 hours, since it's likely you will stop for 1/2 hour to eat lunch along the trail and you will also stop for a moment here and there to take breathtaking landscape photos and to catch your breath from the aerobic exertions of the hike. Once you reach Zennor, which is a small hamlet with a church, a farm with cow pasture (many caramel colored cows on the field), and a pub, you can either take a bus on the main road back to St. Ives (last bus is approximately 4:00 pm) or kindly ask the pub-keepers to phone a taxi for you.

St. Ives itself is a former fishing village with nearby copper and tin mines from yesteryear and now is a bustling tourist destination with a vibrant artistic community and a labyrinth of paths to explore. The famed Leach pottery studio, Barbara Hepworth's sculpture studio museum, and the Tate St. Ives are all located in the village along with assorted independent art galleries and a painting school. The harbor area is full of boats and restaurants. Several beaches are in the vicinity. I particularly enjoyed dining at the Tate St. Ives' rooftop cafe and the Porthmeor Beach Cafe both overlooking beautiful Porthmeor beach, which also hosts a surfing school. Nearby bus/car excursions from St. Ives include: Minnack Theatre and St. Michael's Mount, as recommended by Lee and Danny, as well as various gardens such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. Cornwall is a special part of England and St. Ives is one of its brilliant gems.

All in all, do yourself a favor, take a holiday break and either drive in or ride the train from London Paddington Station to St. Ives to experience the lovely hospitality and friendly charm of Little Leaf Guest House and its amazingly wonderful hosts, Lee and Danny!! As far as I'm concerned, it is the #1 place to stay in St. Ives!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent what more can we say... We had a fantastic stay at little leaf, Danny & Lee were so friendly, the food was fantastic, enjoyed the home made cakes & cookies. The room was lovely with beautiful views looking out over the harbour. We would definitely recommend staying at Little Leaf when visiting ST. Ives.
Helen & Simon (Mansfield,Notts)

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

Danny and Lee are so so friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is just really homely and relaxed. The little touches make it very special; the restaurant review book, the assortment of teas in your room, the biscuits in the dining area, the mini dvd library... AND the fact that Danny and Lee remember EVERYONE'S names - it didn't go unnoticed.

The breakfasts are equally as incredible.

Most definitely one to recommend!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

We've stayed in many guest houses over the years but this one was really something special. Little Leaf is set back a little from the town so you get excellent views of the harbour from the front. The rooms are really cosy and of a high standard with lots of attention to detail. Our room also had an amazing view and a little balcony so we could escape the hustle and bustle of the town if we wanted to. Breakfast was really good with lots of choice including cooked breakfast and fruit salad. The thing that made this such a lovely place was the owners, Danny and Lee who made it feel like a home from home. They couldn't do enough to make sure that we and the other guests had a comfortable stay and were so accommodating. They were open, interesting and easy to chat to. It sounds like a cliche but we really did arrive as guests and leave feeling like friends. We'll definitely be going back.

Room Tip: Room 2 was lovely with great harbour views.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

My friend and I stayed at Little Leaf over the bank holiday weekend and loved it. Our hosts Lee and Danny are so welcoming and friendly. We stayed in room 2, which is a spaciuos room with an adorable balcony and large bathroom. Guests can borrow dvds and books which is a really nice touch, as are the cookies Lee bakes daily for tea time! The b&b is situated just above the town centre which is ideal as its just minutes walk away from the centre of town but just far enough away to be removed from the throngs of people. The hosts know the town well and provide helpful tips on restaurants and sights in the area. This is definitely the place to stay for a peaceful and enjoyable getaway.

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Reviewed 29 August 2011

We had a lovely 3 night stay here with our 2 children (14 & 17). Danny & Lee were excellent hosts and couldn't do enough for us. The room was fab and very nicely decorated. Freshly made cookies from Lee were to die for and the breakfasts were delicious, fresh and cooked to perfection by Danny.The dvd's were a hit with the kids and the ipad Anna has now put onto her christmas list!! (its only August)!
Fab Fab Fab thats all i can say see you both next year!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 16 Park Avenue | Cornwall, St Ives TR26 2DN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > St Ives
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 102 B&Bs / Inns in St Ives
Price Range: £70 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great breakfasts, spectacular views. 2 Minutes from town. A modern, relaxed B&B, just a few minutes from town and conveniently located next to public car parks. Facilities include WiFi, TV/DVD players, iPad and iPod docks. We have 6 ensuite rooms two with panoramic views of St Ives and the ocean and one with a private garden all of which are different enough for everyone to have a favourite. Whether it's a sea view, private garden or a cosy hideaway you're after we have a room to suit all tastes and budgets. ... more   less 
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