Tregenna Castle Hotel
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There's only one thing more exciting than driving on Cornish roads in the sunshine - that's driving in the mist and rain, which we've had a bit of in the last few days. But enough of the commentary. (You can read my blog Bloody Tourists for my rave about Cornish roads.) We shot a clip from our car driving ...
Friday we ticked off St Michael's Mount on Ella's list. The tiny island, which you get to by walking along a cobbled causeway or ferry if you miss the tide out, dominates the view of the surrounding Cornish south east coast for miles. Once through the stone gates you're in a walled fortress with a steep climb up the mount to get to the castle entrance just past the walled cannons. Don't forget to look out for the giants heart - a large heart shaped stone in the cobbled pavement - ...
... extreme westerly point of mainland England.
Day 4 - Saturday 21st Sept.
Today was a free day for us to explore the historic town of Falmouth. We had numerous options for filling in our day. We chose a ferry trip to St Mawes, where we visited St Mawes Castle, built during the reign of Henry VIII. Another quaint fishing village with more unique galleries & shops.
Home very foot sore & weary.
... came without the bun on a wood board with salad and chips but tasted absolutely delish. Jenny had scampi and chips - a local delicacy. If I had stopped there I might have given the meal an almost perfect score but the squelching slurps and whirring growl of the bright shining coffee machine beguiled me into ordering a cappuccino. It arrived in a giant's tea cup - another peculiarity I haven't quite ...
... s Flagship Restaurant at Padstow. We were not disappointed.
Our base for the next 3 nights is here in Falmouth where we have just arrived & now we plan to do a brisk walk to burn off some of those calories put on after our lunch.
xxWin & Maureen
p.s. Thank you Tess for your note - our love to everyone.
pps. Lucy thank you for your lovely Confirmation photo.
& thanks to everyone else, it has been great to hear from so ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tregenna Castle Hotel St Ives
Wheter you're into surfing or afternoon tea, squash or croquet Treganna Castle is perfect! My family and I have been going there for 3 years, staying in a self catering cottage. A cottage gave us the indepentance to leave our wetsuits lying around but we also had full use of the facilites of the hotel and its lesiure centre. Although the sauna is smaller than others it is still relaxing even if you do have to wait for one set to leave before you can get in!!
A good hotel
We've been to this hotel a number of times over the last ten years and Haven't experienced the problems with the staff mentioned in other reviews.
We've just returned from 3 nights there.
The room we were first offered had a fantastic view over St Ives but the toilet had a strange mini-septic tank sort of arrangement and made some strange noises. We asked to be moved and the girl on reception give us another (upgraded at no extra cost) room without any problems or attitude.
The food was good and plentiful and the restaurant staff were very friendly.
Overall it was the usual good experience for us and we will be back.
A fantastic looking building set high up above St. Ives where, funnily enough, you would expect a castle to be. We arrived and drove along a pretty drive, mainly due to the fantastic views, and arrived in the courtyard just as a wedding reception was in full swing. As you can imagine the service we received wasn't the best. We made our own way to our room, thankfully not fully laden with bags as we were only staying for 2 nights. The room was adequate, although a little disappointing considering the cost of the room per night and the supposedly high standard of accomodation. The room had external doors opening onto a small garden.
Have just returned from a two night stay at the Tregenna to attend a wedding there. Our superior sea view room was disappointingly basic for the £153 per night (discounted) rate. This was very expensive considering we would only rate this a three star hotel. Not only that, a lot of the staff don't enjoy a great deal of job satisfaction, and don't have a problem sharing that with the guests. The bar staff, in particular, were quite unpleasant. One told me she was ready to "rip someone's head off"! However, the babysitting service was great, the views of St Ives were lovely (but beware the steep hill you must negotiate to visit the town and the beach), and the external facilities appeared good. Nevertheless, we wouldn't return and we wouldn't recommended anyone else to pay that kind of money.
Following our wonderful wedding, yet dissapointing room at the Carbis Bay Hotel, my new wife and I were looking foward to staying at the honeymoon suite in what was frequently referred to as 'The best hotel in St Ives'.
The Tregenna Castle Hotel is arguably the best hotel in Cornwall and certainly the best in St. Ives. It offers concerned and courteous service, spacious rooms, great food, wonderful amenties (pools, golf course, health club, etc.), beautiful gardens and spectcular views. My wife and I could find no negatives. Lovely walk through the property to the main road -- a sub-tropical garden with exotic plants, flowers, a waterfall, etc. You won't find a better hotel anywhere.
I'm reviewing the Tregenna Castle Hotel and Leisure Resort in St. Ives, a picturesque town in the county of Cornwall, England.As St. Ives is an increasingly popular resort both with British visitors and tourists, I'm hoping you'll publish my comments, as I want to advise people to stay away from this hotel!Unfortunately, the Treganna Castle represents all the worst stereotypes of British hotels: bad service and an emphasis on covering their mistakes instead of dealing with their guests concerns, all the way down to the pained expressions at the front desk when one - politely - points out that all is not quite right.Despite having booked a 'superior sea view' room for myself, wife and two year old son, and having confirmed this two days before arrival, on the evening we arrived I was told that my wife had phoned the previous day to cancel the booking and that no room was available! I pointed out that this was nonsense - who on earth would cancel a booking and then drive several hours to the same hotel - but they were adamant that the call was made. They even tried to persuade me that I might be the victim of a stalker or malicious prankster! Anything except admit their mistake (I guess the large wedding party on the premises was just a coincidence - they couldn't possibly have double-booked...). They eventually dumped us into a ghastly, sauna-like room and only provided an electric fan when I demanded to see the Duty Manager. The woman at reception, who reminded me of a female version of Basil Fawlty, the famously rude hotelier from the comedy series 'Fawlty Towers', insisted that no fan was available, that all the rooms were equally hot anyway and that I was the only one who had the cheek to complain!For the next two nights, we were given the room we booked. However, most decent hotels would have given us the first night gratis, or at least made a substantial discount. Not here, though. Why? Because they maintained to the end that someone had cancelled our booking. By this point, I was so exasperated with this argument that I asked them to provide me with a list of incoming calls for the day in question, so I could check the numbers to see if I recognised any of them. I was told they would do this. A few hours later, I was told that they couldn't give me the numbers because they couldn't get through to Customer Care at BT, their comms provider. Whatever.Bottom line: don't stay at this hotel. There are plenty of others in St. Ives.
Tregenna castle - great..
we spent a long weekend in the castle and it was all it looks the room, the food, the sevice,the golf course i couldnt fault the place at all it facilities are excellent from the gym to the steam room the evening meals where always of a good standard even from the ever chaging carvery. well worth a visit i for one will be returning
We just came back from spending a week in a self catering flat in the grounds of Tregenna Castle and I thought I should express my views on the place and the stay there. First the hotel: Facilities were great, with two good sized pools as well as steam room Jacuzzi etc. The place is Charming and the location has to be the best in St Ives. It was great.
Good location, average hotel
The hotel is situated on a hilltop above St. Ives and therefore has great views. However, for the price that we paid (75 pounds per person per night B&B)I was very dissappointed in the quality of the hotel. There was no one to help with the bags (so we had to take 2 small children, 2 suitcases, and a stroller up the stairs), the room was large but seemed spartan - no clock, soap was the only toiletry (although they did put 4 bottles of bottled water in our room). The food in the restaurant was mediocre - banquet/buffet type food. St. Ives however is a lovely town and we had a lot of fun exploring the area.