Boskerris Hotel

St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from Book from £195 per night

Petite family-run hotel with spectacular ocean views, set above a sand-and-surf beach just 3 minutes by train from St Ives

If you want a masterclass on how to run a boutique hotel, this is the place to go. Owners Jonathan and Marianne Bassett were novices when they planned their escape from London, but they stuck to familiar territory (Jonathan was born in the area) and struck lucky when they found a tired 1930s hotel perched on a hillside just above Carbis Bay’s white-sand beach. They clearly knew what they were doing when they redesigned and relaunched the place, and the result is a cossetting haven with a breezy, by-the-sea feel and a supremely warm welcome.

The ground-floor salon is a wonderful place to linger, with soothing grey walls, designer Guild silks, deep damask chairs, and stacks of books; come evening, candles flicker in hurricane jars and gentle music lulls you into a lazy holiday mood. Above and below, the 15 bedrooms blend soft pastels with eye-catching prints, and beds are positioned to make the most of the views. Best of all, the wide, decked terrace is dotted with cushion-piled sofas where you can sit back and gaze across the bay - and the whole place is infused with the famous Cornish light that has inspired generations of artists.

Information provided by Boskerris Hotel on 09/04/2021.

Cleaning and hygiene
Check in - To allow for additional cleaning, rooms will only be available from 3pm. However if you do arrive earlier then you may make use of our lounge / decking area etc. Temperature checks - Your temperature will be taken at the hotel entrance and if your temperature is 38 degrees or above you, unfortunately, you will be declined entry and your deposit refunded or your stay re-scheduled.
Hand sanitising stations - These will be provided at the hotel entrance and the principal public areas. We encourage you to use these liberally. Room key - Your sanitised key will be in your door on arrival. Luggage - We are sorry we cannot help in taking your luggage to your room at this time.

Common areas
All guests need to wear a face covering in our public spaces, including corridors, lounge, bar, restaurant and reception (except when eating and drinking). This does not apply when in any outdoor space or dining outside. Please respect the social distancing measures in place. Tables have been rearranged to provide more space to comply with social distancing.

Food and drink
All menus are single use. Dining times will be staggered to keep contact to a minimum. There will be waitress service only in the dining room and the bar. Drink orders will be taken at your table, not at the bar.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer our spa treatment service at this time.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking within 72hrs of arrival due to COVID-19, we can transfer your booking to another suitable date, however rates may differ between dates. If, prior to arrival at our hotel, you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste and smell, we ask that you contact us, before leaving home, so that we can reschedule your stay. Should you be advised to self-isolate, we will request that you check out immediately and return home. You will be refunded the balance of your stay. If we are required to close due to COVID-19 bookings can be transferred or cancelled at no charge.

All staff will have access to PPE. Training will be provided on how to use it correctly. Staff handwashing encouraged to be undertaken every 30 minutes as a minimum. Uniforms are cleaned between each shift. Staff will be temperature checked on arrival on each day. Any member displaying any of the government defined symptoms will be asked to stay at home, self-isolate and take a test. A negative test will be required before their return.


  • Stunning vistas towards St Ives Harbour in one direction and Godrevy Lighthouse in the other
  • Watching the sun go down from the terrace with a glass of fizz
  • Tasty breakfasts, cream teas and bar food made from local produce, plus plenty of restaurants nearby
  • A tranquil, relaxing atmosphere (no kids under 14 allowed) - and service with a genuine smile
  • A free car park (a godsend in bustling St Ives)
  • Carbis Bay station (which links the London-Penzance line with St Ives) is just 5 minutes’ walk - so you could leave the car at home


  • If you're expecting St Ives proper, the location may prove a little suburban
  • Ditto if you like low beams and creaking oak doors: this place might feel a little too 20th Century
  • Not all the rooms have sea views, though in summer you’ll spend most of your time hanging out on the terrace (open to guests only)
  • The hotel is justly popular - you'll need to book far in advance for high season
  • No dinner service on Sunday and Monday, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby

Best time to go

Cornwall is beautiful in the summer (give or take the odd wet month, and occasional wild Atlantic storms), though St Ives is rammed with people during the school holidays. Spring and autumn are quieter and often just as beautiful. The hotel normally closes over the winter months.

Our top tips

Drive round to Godrevy Point, a National Trust reserve a few miles away, for clifftop walks and spectacular views back across Carbis Bay. From September to May, you'll also be able to spot a colony of grey seals basking in the cove below.

Great for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15 rooms
  • Breakfast + bar food (restaurants nearby)
  • Ages 14+ welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The 15 rooms, some on the first floor, others on the lower ground floor beneath the terrace, share the same basic style - clean and uncluttered, with pale walls and carpets enlivened by eye-catching prints in shades of aquamarine, coral and apple-green. Ensuites come with smart stone tiles and Grohe fittings, and many have jazzy glass or hammered-metal basins. You also get White Company toiletries, waffle robes and slippers, tea- and coffee-making kits, homemade biscuits, digital radios and plenty of storage space.

Classic Rooms (with or without sea views) are small but comfortable, with baths and overhead showers or showers only in their ensuites; trade up to a Superior (all with sea views) for more space, a roll-top tub and a separate walk-in shower. Top of the pile is the romantic Celebration Room, which is well worth splashing out for if you’re marking something special. It comes complete with a sunken in-room corner bath gazing out over the ocean, as well as a huge bathroom hidden behind a curved wall.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • DVD player
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Breakfast is a generous buffet of locally sourced goodies: homemade muesli, fruit juice, yoghurts, cereal, pastries and the like. You can also order cooked options, including the classic Full Cornish. It’s all served up with a sea view in the airy, Provençale-style dining room - a lovely way to start the day.

There’s no restaurant, but Cornish cream teas are on offer throughout the day. They feature a selection of dainty sandwiches and homemade scones with jam and local clotted cream. During the evening, a 'bits and bites' menu is available at the bar (Tuesday to Saturday only). Expect light options such as beef carpaccio, grilled fresh fish and a selection of desserts. Wash it all down with a vast selection of wines, beers, local gins and other tipples from the bar.

There’s plenty of choice nearby when it comes to eating out, and staff will happily book tables for you. There’s a restaurant just below the hotel in Carbis Bay, or you can hop on the train and head into St Ives. Our favourite spots are surfer hangout Porthmeor Beach Café on the town’s northern beach, smart restaurant and bar Alba (housed in the old lifeboat station) and the famous Porthminster Beach Café, which specialises in super-fresh seafood.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Follow the coastal path or take the train into St Ives, known for its arts scene. Wander the gallery-lined lanes, watch boats (and the occasional seal) bobbing about in the harbour, and visit the Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden and the Bernard Leach Pottery Studio
  • Hang out on the beach. The fine sands of Carbis Bay are just down the hill, and St Ives has 2 excellent beaches (Porthminster and Porthmeor). Hayle, 4 miles in the opposite direction, also has a fine sweep of sand
  • Take the coast road to Lands End, weaving through rugged moorland crags to Zennor and Pendeen lighthouse, past old tin mines and on to Sennen Cove. The energetic can do some of this 25-mile route on foot
  • The famous open-air Minack Theatre and the turquoise waters of neighbouring Porthcurno beach are 18 miles away and well worth the drive
  • Visit St Michael’s Mount. The National Trust’s fairytale island and medieval castle are linked to mainland Marazion (7 miles from the hotel) by a causeway footpath during low tides
  • Staff can organise surfing lessons, fishing trips, paddle-boarding and more - just ask
  • Relax after a day of exploring with a massage at the hotel's treatment room

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife


Well-behaved children aged 14+ are welcome, and families can request adjacent double and twin rooms, but this is more of a quiet, grown-up retreat. Where possible, the Boskerris tries not to book in more than 2 families at a time.

Kid Friendly:


The Boskerris Hotel is in Carbis Bay, 2 miles outside St Ives. It's tucked away off the main drag, a short walk from the train station and beach.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Newquay (60km), which is served by regular flights from London. Exeter (182km) is a couple of hours' drive. The hotel can arrange airport transfers, or you can hire a car (see our car rental recommendations).

By Train:
It's easy to reach Carbis Bay by train, as the St Ives branchline connects to mainline services from London and elsewhere at St Erth. See Seat 61 for more details.

Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to the UK and getting around


  • Newquay 60.0 km NQY
  • Exeter 182.0 km EXT


  • Beach 0.5 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests


Lovely hotel with friendly and attentive staff.
Amazing sea view and very near beautiful beach of Carbis Bay.


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