Boskerris Road Carbis Bay St Ives Cornwall TR26 2NQ 01736 795 295
Since Jonathan and Marianne took over the Boskerris Hotel in 2004, they've set about swapping chintz for chic. Drawing on her background as a fashion designer, Marianne has created a light and airy interior blushed by seaside tones (think turquoise, pebble, sand and seagrass) and adorned with local art. However, it's the Atlantic view that steals the show: it's just a 5-minute stroll down (15-minutes back up) to the pearly bay where you can go swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Perfectly located on the outskirts of the foodie hub of St Ives (one stop on the train or a 3-minute drive), the hotel keeps its dining options simple. As well as sandwiches and cream teas (including a champagne cream tea), there's a supper menu with local fish, meat and veggie options, but if you've had a long lunch in town you might prefer a Cornish cheese board washed down with a bottle of red. With just 15 rooms, most of them sea-facing, it's the quality of the accommodation that makes this place stand out: unique decor in each room, king or super-king beds, roll top baths and rain showers (features depend on room type). Plush bedrooms aside, the best feature (we think) is the OS wall map with all sorts of personal recommendations of where to go and what to see that you wouldn't find in the local tourist guide. No children under 7.
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