Tregenna Castle in St Ives, Cornwall has been a prominant estate overlooking this beautiful fishing villiage since the 18th century. This grade II listed building was build by the Stephens family and became a hotel in 1871, it has remained so since that date. From the outside the building looks like a castle in every sense of the word and the gardens and grounds to match. The views if offers are panoramic of St Ives and Hayle from left to right, a sight to behold.
I stayed there a couple of years ago in the hotel itself as opposed to the lodges or cottages dotted around the estate. The hotel staff were very friendly and welcoming, I remember particularly the gate guard who was particularly nice. The hotel is modern in parts inside but in others keeps its grandeur charm and feel. I did find the room could have done with a bit of work but that said it is approaching 250 years old!
The room rates can be a little pricey but that said they do have good deals on from time to time so perhaps sign up to their newsletter or watch the special offers section of their site. The main drawback however, for me, was the location. While the views are great it is a bit of a slug up the hill and after a few drinks and a meal it is hard work, a little too dark as well. I would recommend a cab, seems a little silly because of the geographical distance but because of the hill worth the £3!
Although personally not my preferred place to stay in St Ives I think considering its history and views it is worth it for a first timer or for someone only travelling for a few days. In addition to that if you fancy throwing the clubs in the back it is great to stay and knock a few balls on the golf course in the grounds.
For anyone looking to get married in St Ives I have to say this would be up there as one of my top choices. In particular the pictures you would be able to achieve for your special day. To book your stay at Tregenna Castle click here.