We visit Cornwall once a year for a long weekend. This is the third time we have gone back to Headland House and it is one that we will continue to visit as it provides the perfect retreat for us.
St Ives is a lovely town and the hotel is situated in Carbis Bay which is a very short drive/train ride away. It's close enough to have a relaxing evening/day out but also far enough out of the town centre not to feel crowded by the summer rush.
Headland house is not so much a bed and breakfast for us but a very small intimate hotel. The decor is simple, light yet very homely, and having stayed inboth Room 1 and Room 3 (and having asked the owners to show us around all the other rooms too!), it is clear that they have been decorated to a very high standard, which includes flat screen tv/integrated DVD player, lovely soft beds and lush linnen and very well appointed bathrooms.
Our personal favourite is room 1 as we personally opt for a view of the coast as opposed to one of the back rooms (room 3 and Mousehole) which have larger bathroom and roll top baths. Room 3 however is lovely as well but we just prefer to have the view.
Breakfasts are fantastic. Served in a very nice conservatory there is a great range of buffet cereals, fruit and yogurts and there are plety of options for the very very good cooked breakfasts on offer. Coffee is served freshly brewed in a caffetiere and the toast just keeps on coming.
The hotel has a very cosy "snug" complete with a large cinema system, plenty of DVD's and an honesty bar complete with wines, beers and complimentary cake. We spent one evening relaxing with a bottle of wine and watching a great film which was a nice change of scenary from the usual dining out.
FInally, Mark and Fenella are wonderful hosts. Both extremely passionate about what they do, very knowledgable about the area and they strike the perfect balance between warm hosts and leaving you to have some privacy. It's always a pleasure to catch up with them after a huge fry up!
In summary, Headland house, in our opinion, represents excellent value for money. Having tasted a number of English B&B's, this is one of the best hotels around for the price. There's certainly a lot more similarly priced B&B's at significantly lower qualities and the hosts really make this place special too.
Well worth a visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Headland House Hotel St Ives
- Headland House St Ives, Cornwall