A region of craggy cliffs, sheltered creeks, glorious sandy beaches and quintessential villages – rich in local life, pagan legend and delicious, locally-made food and drink.
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St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)|www.boskerrishotel.co.uk|
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This 1930s-built, chic, boutique hotel outside St Ives is a stunner, with glittering ocean views from most of the rooms, public areas and glass-fronted decking that make the heart soar.
Inside, pleasantly gentle seaside hues in the living room and bar, contrast with more vibrant Designers Guild wallpapers and fabrics in the individually decorated bedrooms.
It’s family-owned and run by Catherine, who is known for her attention for detail. There’s a mouthwateringly good breakfast and a supper menu, both of which champion local, seasonal produce.
It takes time to get there, but it’s a great base for exploring St Ives and the Penwith peninsula.
Carbis Bay is a village and established holiday resort one mile along the coast from St Ives and its attendant summer crowds.
The overall feel is relatively quiet and residential, and some of the buildings are attractive enough, but the big draw here is the setting, above the golden beaches and sparkling waters of St Ives Bay, with views to Godrevy Head lighthouse.
The hotel is about one hour from Newquay airport and a three-minute walk from Carbis Bay train station (with connections at St Erth). St Ives is a 20-minute walk along the coastal path, or a charming three-minute train journey.
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