Woah there, this is the third anniversary post on my blog! Crazy how time flies…
Yes, last week marked 9 years since N and I first decided we kinda liked each other, and as per tradition, we booked a night away to celebrate. Two years ago we went to Plymouth for the night, and last year we stayed at Tregenna Castle in St. Ives.
This year we headed back to St. Ives; why? Because it’s beautiful, close by and is host to one of our favourite restaurants – the Rum & Crab Shack – of course!
Fresh crab and lobster, and amazing cocktails – what’s not to love?
I booked the trip as a surprise, and N was excited to find out we’d be heading to one of his favourite towns. We both love the quiet, quaint and artsy vibe of St. Ives, with its three beautiful beaches and adorable cobbled streets lined with galleries and boutique shops.
We stayed at the four star St. Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa for the night; I booked an ‘inland room’ because their sea view rooms were, let’s face it, the equivalent cost of a trip to Disneyland Paris and back. But I’d read online how nice it was and the spa looked amazing in the photos!
I have to be honest, when we arrived I was disappointed with the room. It was very small, which whilst I do understand is often the case with hotels in high-demand locations, I felt let down as it cost a lot and didn’t look at all like the photos on the website. The mattress was also really uncomfortable, which kept us both tossing and turning throughout the night. I rarely have bad things to say about the places we stay on this blog, but I didn’t want to paint it as all roses.
*UPDATE: After I speaking with the manager, they explained that the rooms are being refurbished in the next few months ready for Summer. They were very sorry to hear we had a bad night sleep and were disappointed, and offered us a complimentary stay once the rooms are refurbished, which was very kind!
Other than the room, the hotel itself was lovely and we really enjoyed the restaurant and spa, so I’m really pleased to hear they’re bringing the rooms up to the same level soon.
The spa was amazing and we could have spent all day in there! It includes a deliciously warm hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi, along with a lounge area to relax and read a book. We loved it; I wish I’d taken a photo but it was so steamy in there my phone fogged up straight away!
The restaurant and bar were also brilliant; we sat by the fire in the lounge with a glass of wine before enjoying a super tasty 3 course meal full of fresh fish, and it was lovely. I didn’t bring my camera to dinner, but I did bring it to breakfast, so you can see how tasty the food was, and the incredible view of St. Ives bay from the restaurant itself!
As is always the way in February, the weather was less than great. It was freezing cold and incredibly windy on both Saturday and Sunday, but we still enjoyed ourselves by chilling in the spa, eating delicious food and wrapping up warm for walks on the beach.
The sun came out for a few moments before we left on Sunday, so we grabbed the opportunity to walk along Porthminster beach to the harbour at low tide. It was possibly the coldest day we’ve had so far in Cornwall, and the wind was strong and bitter, so we only stayed out for a little while!
Whilst I know right now I’m mourning Summer and the warm weather, I do really like Cornish beaches in Winter. They’re so empty and spacious, and extra wild in the windy weather!
I made a 2 minute vlog of our trip around St. Ives – so sit back and have a watch:
Have a lovely Valentines day! How will you be enjoying this Wintry week?
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