THE stunning views from our hotel window of white sandy beaches and clear blue skies — could we really be in Cornwall? For our late summer holiday my partner John and I decided we would like to stay in some of the Cornish towns and villages we'd never visited before and St Ives was one of them.
We'd both received excellent reports of the popular seaside resort and were keen to decide for ourselves.
The town’s eclectic mix of art galleries (it even boasts a Tate), craft shops, cafes and restaurants lining the typical Cornish streets are just some of reasons why it has been loved for generations.
The town is a haven for artists and art lovers. Not only has it some of the most picturesque countryside surrounding it, but there are also numerous white sandy beaches which makes it impossible not to want to throw off your shoes and have a paddle in the clear blue sea.
Now although I may be gushing about St Ives, we didn't actually stay in the town, we chose a village just along the coast — Carbis Bay — and a stay at the adorable Boskerris Hotel.
After arriving at the hotel we wanted to park the car for the duration of our stay and getting to and from St Ives pretty straightforward.
A coastal walk takes around 25 minutes, there is a regular bus service and trains run every hour from Carbis Bay station which is a mere five minute walk from the Boskerris.
The family-run hotel is owned by Jonathan and Marianne Bassett who bought the property seven years ago and have been continually updating ever since — bringing a whole new meaning to boutique chic.
Checking in was an absolute breeze and I couldn’t wait to see which one of the 15 individually-designed bedrooms we were staying in. After a short tour of the hotel we were taken to our room and this is when I fell completely head over heels in love with the Boskerris.
Our superior king size room was absolutely stunning with fabulous views overlooking Godrevy Lighthouse to the right and St Ives to the left.
The bedroom area was excellently laid out with a workable dressing table and plenty of plug sockets. There are so many hotels, whether they be part of chain or unique boutique-style hotels, which seem to have little idea of the importance of the practicalities of a hotel room — especially for us girlies who seem to have more electric appliances than you can shake a stick at these days. Phone chargers, straighteners, curling irons, hairdryer, epilator — I could go on! However, it was the bed which was the pièce de résistance — the lavish king size was one of the most comfortable we have ever slept in.
Add this to a welcome tray which included a cafetière, teapot and homemade biscuits, a flat screen TV complete with Freeview and a blu-ray player, bathrobes and slippers — the room wanted for nothing.
Oh, and I can’t forget the impressive bathroom with its large bath tub, separate wet room-style shower cubicle, his and hers fancy round-bowled wash hand basins and a heated towel rail which could actually be switched on and off.
The attention to detail doesn’t begin and end in the bedrooms, it runs throughout the whole hotel — even down to a laptop for guests’ use in the reception area, and the secure WiFi.
While we were staying at the hotel the weather was fabulous so we made the most of the terraced area which had the same stunning views as our hotel room.
This is a splendid extension of the relaxing lounge area and the perfect spot for unwinding with a glass of wine or bottle of Peroni from the hotel’s well-stocked bar.
A supper menu is served most evenings in the light and welcoming dining room, and on the first night of our stay we took advantage of sampling the delicious menu which included Moroccan lamb tagine with buttered cous cous, Greek yoghurt and coriander, and Boskerris fish and chips with pea puree and homemade tartar sauce.
Breakfast is also served in the dining room, although some guests chose to have theirs in the lounge or, weather permitting, on the terrace — how very continental.
A buffet table included fresh fruit, cereals, Timm's Dairy yoghurt with honey which was absolutely delicious and Annie's home-made honey roasted muesli.
Mixing and matching is actively encouraged and so my start of fresh fruit with the delicious honey all topped off with some of Annie's muesli, was something I could definitely get used to.
A hot menu included a traditional English breakfast, Cornish oak smoked salmon and scrambled egg and French toast with pan fried bananas, bacon, maple syrup and cinnamon. My mouth’s watering as I write this! As much produce as possible is sourced locally and in the reception area there is a fascinating map of the county depicting points of interest, along with where the hotel's suppliers are based.
Many of the features of The Boskerris are reminiscent of a top five star hotel.
It’s immaculate without feeling starched and formal, and the owners and staff are friendly and helpful without being overbearing or intrusive.
A fashionable hotel without pretension and one I wouldn’t hesitate staying at again.
CAROLINE and her partner stayed for two-nights at The Boskerris Hotel in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
There are 15 bedrooms individually-styled with contemporary bathrooms, most with stunning panoramic ocean views.
Prices start from £120 per room, per night and include full English breakfast.
Autumn and spring specials are available with a 10 per cent discount for a two or three-night stay, or 25 per cent discount for four nights or more excluding Fridays and Saturdays.
Further information is available by telephoning 01736 795295 or logging on to the website at www.boskerrishotel.co.uk