Primrose Valley Hotel
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By the time we have reached Tregony we have covered 24kms and scaled a final steep hill up to the bus stop, once again in good time to catch the bus to Truro. We take some time here telling stories of the day we’ve just consumed and again I am impressed by Ed who has crunched out these kilometres despite blisters, and much perspiration; it’s wonderful to see how strong he is and how well he’s coping.
We start the day saying goodbye to our good hosts at the Halcyon Guest House where we have been well looked after for the past four nights. We walk to the railway station for a twenty minute journey to Redruth followed by a short taxi ride to Burras, the closest village to where we finished last night. We are walking with full packs today for the first time. My body calls up memories of walking like this before, although there is little doubt ...
The day has started better. I have managed to push back the accommodation worries by booking another night in Penzance and the next four nights along the way. Mind you, it means we'll need to be in St. Austell by Sunday which is further than I had intended. Consequently we agree to miss another small part of the track by starting at Rosudgeon and remove a handful of kilometres which were to be our final ...
... br> We conclude the day by walking around the coast and into the charmingly titled Perranuthnoe, from where we are able to time our arrival to within 5 minutes of the hourly bus service back to Penzance. I continue to carry a stress headache which is far heavier than the day backpack. I’m not sleeping well yet and so cannot tune in properly to what I am experiencing, but know I mustn’t fight it. I know it will all be taken care of by my ...
... and around to get to any destination.
The bay didn't seem to hold much promise, vast carpark, mass of humans and not a huge beach but I was hoping as the tide subsided, an expanse of sand would be revealed. And so it was, along with many tiny bays, caves, rocks, cliffs and beautiful crystal clear surf.
The sea subsided abruptly, and its quite shallow at the base of the cliffs. The beach, therefore reveals itself quickly and with real drama. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Primrose Valley Hotel St Ives
Ganz einfach die nettesten Menschen auf der Welt
Das Primrose Valley Inn in St. Ives hat mehr als nur Charme - man hat das Gefühl, als besuche man reiche Verwandte, denen es daran gelegen ist, dass man den schönsten Aufenthalt verbringt, den man je hatte!!! Die Zimmer sind mehr als komfortabel, sie sind luxuriös. Das Frühstück ist reichhaltig und sehr lecker, aber wie überall sind es die Menschen, die einen guten Urlaub ausmachen. Sue und Andrew, die Inhaber, hätten nicht netter sein können, oder hilfsbereiter. Sie haben ein wunderschönes Plätzchen am Portminster Beach, und wenn Sie es finden (jemand hat das Straßenschild geklaut) und sich den Hügel hinauftrauen, werden Sie wundervolle Ferien erleben. Es war geruhsam und bezaubernd. Wir waren begeistert und würden sofort wieder hierherkommen.
A Gem Of A Hotel
What a wonderful find. Not had a full week's holiday in the UK for years and so finding this hotel in St. Ives was amazing. The owners, Andrew and Sue have a great group of staff working for them - very friendly and courteous. And the service was second to none. First impressions certainly do count and the offer of tea on arrival and a friendly greeting was something people do remember. The breakfasts were amazing - the best we've ever had at any hotel in the world using locally sourced products. And the evening platters were just what we needed to soak up the local beer and wine. The pates and local cheeses were delicious. The bedrooms were very tastefully decorated and comfortable. Rooms were cleaned daily. The hotel has an air of a very stylish boutique hotel but with a friendly homely feel. The hotel is situated just a stones throw from Porthminster Beach and near to some lovely restaurants. This is one of those rare finds that you want to keep to yourself but know that friends and family would enjoy. Will definitely be back.
We stayed in the 'Suite' at the Primrose Valley Hotel for one night and we were very impressed. The decor is fabulous if you like the contemporary look and the fixtures and fittings are top notch. The hotel is located right on the beach and only a short walk from the main town which makes it peaceful and convenient. Breakfast was superb and obviously freshly cooked to order and the staff were very helpful. The only downside is that the suite does not have a sea view and lacks air-conditioning (you probably wouldn't notice this normally, but we stayed on the hottest night of the year so far). These are minor points really beacuse we would happily stay again.
Loved this hotel
We loved this hotel. My partner and I spent one night at this hotel in July 2006 and loved everything about it. In my opinion this hotel has the perfect location right across from the beech and only a short walk into St Ives town. The staff at this hotel could not do enough and were very friendly. The rooms were spotless and well decorated. I will definatly return to this hotel and highly recommend it.
Absolutely the nicest people anywhere
The Primrose Valley Inn in St. Ives is more than charming, it's like visiting a very well off relative who wants you to have the best time ever!!! The rooms are more than comfortable,they're luxurious. The breakfast is sumptuous and scrumptious, but as always, the people make the holiday. Sue and Andrew, owners ,couldn't have been nicer, or more helpful. They have a beautiful spot on Portminster beach, and if you can find it, (somebody stole the street sign) and dare the hill, it's a most enjoyable holiday. It was restful,and enchanting. We loved it;would go again in a minute. 94884
To anyone thinking of staying at the Primrose Valley Hotel, ignore the first review - it could not be more wrong!
We booked the Primrose Valley Hotel for a much needed break and to celebrate our wedding anniversary. After negotiating the very steep drive down to the hotel a gorgeous view unfolded before us - the whole of Porthminster Beach, giving way to views across to St Ives harbour a few minutes walk away. We parked in the hotel's reserved parking and made our way into the hotel, to a very friendly welcome and a complimentary drink and cake from Andrew, one of the co-owners.
After refreshing ourselves Andrew showed us to our room (helping us with our luggage). We had paid extra for a balcony and sea view, and it was so worth it! We threw open the balcony doors and heard the sound of the waves breaking gently on the beach and immediately started to relax. The room was beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable - the bed was only a few weeks old and had the most luxurious pillows and duvet we have ever encountered!
That evening we had a gentle stroll into St Ives (a ten minute walk alongside Porthminster Beach and through a beautiful side street, straight along to the harbour) and had a lovely meal, and then a gentle walk back by moonlight - perfect.
After a great night's sleep we were up early, enjoyed the power shower in our room, and made our way down to the delightful dining area for a fantasic full English breakfast. All the food is locally sourced and organic where possible and the meal was beautifully cooked. The breakfast waitress was lovely, and Andrew again gave all the guests a very friendly welcome.
That night we ate out with some Cornish friends and eventually made our way back to the htoel where we spent a very pleasant hour chatting to Andrew and some fellow guests in the bar and drinking some excellent wine and real ale (the hotel has a very extensive wine menu).
Breakfast the following morning was wonderful local smoked salmon and scrambled egg (and on neither morning did we have to wait very long for our food, despite the hotel being fully booked). The bread for morning toast is home made and the tables are laid out beautifully. Again, the food was excellent.
We sadly checked out an hour or so later, determined to return to the hotel as soon as possible. We cannot recommend the Primrose Valley highly enough and are missing St Ives already! We also loved the hotel's policy of supporting sustainable tourism, and the sustainable tourism contribution scheme supporting the Marine Conservation Society (see hotel website for details - -----).
Setting the record straight
We are in the midst of organising our summer holiday in St Ives - something we've been doing for the last three years ever since we stumbled upon its fantastic beaches, wonderful cafes/restaurants etc. We would normally choose the Primrose Valley Hotel, but because this year one of our party has a dog (not allowed by the hotel) we won't be able to do so. This is slightly beside the point, but it explains why I'm using Tripadvisor and why I'm writing this review. The point is that when I showed someone in our party details about the Primrose Valley Hotel I was almost embarrassed by the first reviewer's comments. I cannot understand them at all. This hotel is wonderful! It probably has one of the best positions in St Ives - you couldn't be much closer to Porthminster Beach (in my opinion, much the nicest of all the St Ives beaches) unless you're wearing a swimming costume - and the five minute walk to town is lovely (past the beach via a garden-verged path and down through one of St Ives cottage lined cobble streets).
Above all, and most importantly, the hotel gets it just right in terms of comfort and luxuries without being pretentious or stuffy. Last year we had a family room (for two adults and two young children) which was stylish, clean and inviting and although it wasn't enormous it was easily large enough. The bedroom was great with extremely comfortable beds and the furniture in our room was stylish and solidly built. The view was lovely. The cooked breakfast was sumptuous and something I looked forward to each morning. And the hotel owners were always helpful and friendly. If you want a 5 star hotel with concierge and characterless décor, then this hotel is not for you. If you want a comfortable, stylish, and friendly small hotel in one of the best locations of St Ives, you can't do better.
In fact in my job I regularly stay in good hotels around the world. Yet for all their commendable attention to detail, there aren't many (or even any) hotels I would recommend as whole heartedly as this one. If we end up coming back without the dog next year, it would be a pleasure to return to the Primrose Valley Hotel.
Perfect in every way
As a much travelled couple, we did not know what to expect from a small hotel that was booked on the internet. We should not of worried in the slightest, as this hotel and its welcoming staff were far and above our expectations.
We were greeted with a complimentary drink on arrival. This followed by Andrew (Owner) showing us to our fantastic suite. The suite was beautifully furnished with all the facilities which you would find in any 5 star hotel worldwide. The bathroom (with in-built speakers)had the most amazing shower we had ever been in. The under-floor heating was most welcome on a March morning. The atmospheric lighting gave the finishing touch to the ultimate bathroom.
The suite provided top quality facilities for us. It was a added bonus to find a couple (Andrew and Sue) running a hotel that also cared about there customers, as nothing we asked for was to much trouble.
The breakfast menu was extremely comprehensive having such delights as the "full english" too "Salmon and scrambled eggs". We waited approx for 15 minutes for this to come, but would prefer this as this gives reassurance that the food is freshly cooked, rather than stood in a hot plate waiting to be served.
The champange and Wine list was also to our liking but stock levels need to be increased for our future visit in July 06.
St Ives speaks for itself but we would highly recommend this hotel to anybody that wants to be close to the centre but far enough away for a tranquil stay.
We would say that this hotel would cater for couples and families alike.
A unique gem
We booked this break having read a fab review in the Oxfordshire Times and then been captivated by one of the best websites I've seen. We were not disappointed, in fact we thought the hotel exceeded our expectations. Imaculately clean, contemporary and with a real chilled feel. If you want staff in polyester uniforms and name badges this is not the place for you. The hotel has that rare skill of pulling off meticulous unstuffy style, attention to detail with a relaxed feel. The breakfast was fab, all local and a huge range. It did mean that we had a 15 minute wait for our cooked breakfast, but who cares, we were on holiday! The bedroom was beautifully furnished and well thought out. We managed to sneek a look at a couple of the rooms with the kingsize beds which looked fab. We met Sue in the bar on the first night and found her a real host, who helped with a restauant reservation problem and booked us a cab, although next time I think you need more time in the bar - what a wine list.
That road to reach it though- you need some courage for that!
A fab place, great service and great food. We will go back
What a let-down!
After reading the, as it turned out, far-fetched review in The Times, I booked four of us into the Primrose Valley expecting to stay in a very nice hotel. We were aware that we were in two of the smaller rooms as that was the only availability, but instead of a small, stylish boutique hotel, what we found was a small, pretentious, rather tatty, cheaply furnished (if our rooms were anything to go by) guest-house. When we arrived, expecting the promised warm welcome, we were greeted with indifference, shown to our rooms, offered no help with our luggage, which we hauled up two flights of stairs, and left to get on with it.
First, the good points. The location is beautiful on Porthminster beach. The breakfasts were nice enough, though nothing spectacular. The showers were terrific. St Ives is as gorgeous as ever, and there are lots of really super restaurants to suit all pockets. We went to The Blue Fish, The Hobblers House and The Mermaid and all of them were first-class, though at the higher end price-wise, and within walking distance of the Primrose Valley.
Now the not-so-good points. The Times forgot to mention that the railway line runs directly under the hotel between the house and the beach, rather spoiling the view. Our first impression was that the postcard-style brochure was photographed very selectively. All public areas are very small, and while the furniture in the lounge and dining room (one room actually) is quite nice, but looking a bit shabby here and there, the furniture in the bedrooms is cheap and nasty. The "luxury, hand-stitched and very comfortable beds" were anything but, and enough to leave you needing an osteopath, they were so hard. Both couples agreed it was like sleeping on a bale of straw, and we all had stiff backs in the mornings.
One of our party asked if he might have some ice to take to his room, and received no ice but a very frosty suggestion that the small bar might sell him a glassful if he was lucky! He didn't bother. Each room was supplied with a tiny bar of soap which was carefully removed from the shower and put back on the wash-basin each day. These were not replaced once in our three-night stay. On the second day our bathroom was not cleaned, though the towels were thoughtfully rearranged on the rail.
Service was always slow, and on the second morning we waited 40 minutes for our breakfast though only ourselves and one other table were seated at that time.
If this is considered to be "one of the best small hotels in St Ives" I'd be very surprised. The hotel is not stylish, or welcoming, but it certainly is "without frills" and run in a rather mean-spirited and off-hand manner.
For these prices, don't waste your money.