Trevose Harbour House

St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from

Reviewed by Liz Simpson
Style-mag interiors and spoiling touches at this romantic guesthouse and apartment by Porthminster Beach
This is the story of a long-cherished dream by Angela and Olivier, who met at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland over a decade ago. As they studied the trade and worked in European hotels, they honed a vision of their perfect B&B and vowed to open it one day. Along the way, they got married, had kids, and recce-d in Brazil, where they thought their hotel would be. But then they saw a delapidated B&B in St Ives and decided they'd found their premises. Over 18 months, they completely gutted the building, painstakingly upcycled vintage furniture, then married it all with a bright white shell, contemporary blue fabrics and coastal artwork. Since then they've expanded their empire to include a romantic 1-bedroom apartment just down the road, decorated in a riot of mid-century pieces and golden yellow shades.

Today, Trevose Harbour House is a joy to behold. First impressions are of freshness and light, and the longer you linger, the more you notice the extraordinary level of detail that makes this 6-roomed B&B so special. There are old Scandinavian sideboards, retro drawers with modern sinks plumbed atop, re-upholstered 60s chairs, classic lampshades and vintage mirrors, along with modern wallpapers, Neal's Yard toiletries and candle lanterns. Everything is squeaky clean, and there's a true commitment to the environment. If you're looking for a deeply stylish bolthole near the sea, you could do no better.


  • Exquisite design: every little detail is immaculate and we loved the spoiling touches - thick bathrobes, artisan biscuits, turndown service
  • Adults only, so perfect for romance. Book a bedroom at the front for sweeping panoramic views of the sea and harbour
  • Angela and Olivier are perfect hosts; you feel instantly welcome and thoroughly taken care of throughout your stay
  • The self-catering Sands Studio apartment is a style haven, perfect for added privacy and longer stays
  • An excellent location - a short walk to golden Porthminster beach in one direction, the centre of town with great restaurants in the other


  • Communal areas are small and feel crowded once there are a few guests in
  • The Terrace Deluxe room looks onto a small communal terrace so lacks privacy
  • Parking is always tricky in St Ives and Trevose Harbour House only has a couple of spaces (extra cost); consider coming by train instead, as the station is yards away
  • A 2-night minimum stay

Best time to go

Spring, summer and early autumn offer beach days, gallery pottering and coastal walks. Hopefully the sun will shine but be prepared for rain at any time of year! The hotel is closed from December-February annually for maintenance.

Our top tips

In advance of your stay, check out what's on at the Minack Theatre; hopefully you'll be able to book tickets to some opera, drama or a musical at Cornwall's famous outdoor theatre.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 6
  • Breakfast only (+ self-catering apartment)
  • Over 14s only
  • 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
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service


There are 6 rooms at Trevose, all with a unifying colour scheme of bright whites and seaside blues. Angela and Olivier spent months sourcing vintage furniture from auctions, then upcycling them with modern fabrics - the blend of old and new is beautiful. The longer you stay, the more you notice: antique mirrors, industrial lights, contemporary striped and floral fabrics. Everything is incredibly clean and well cared for.

Since our visit, a self-contained apartment has been added to the repertoire. Sands Studio sits in the ‘Downalong’ area of St Ives. A contemporary take on mid-century design, it’s styled in fresh whites and sunshine yellows, with a bespoke kitchen, a welcoming double bedroom and a chic shower bathroom. Best of all, the spacious glass-fronted terrace gazes out over St Ives Bay.

Back at the hotel, just being in our room was a spoiling experience. We stayed in the Harbour View Deluxe, which has panoramic views of the bay; we loved sitting in the bay window and listening to the seagulls wheeling overhead. We also saw the luxe open-plan Harbour View Roof Suite, which covers the entire top floor of the house; this is made for honeymooners.

The Terrace Deluxe overlooks a communal terrace, so although it has a spacious sitting area, we felt it lacked privacy; if other guests were sat out, you'd probably want your blinds drawn. The Superior rooms are good value - they are fairly small, but if you plan to be out and about during the day, you'll be happy.

What really surprised - and delighted us - though, was the peace. We thought the rooms overlooking the street might experience noise, but double glazing made it blissfully quiet. That combined with excellent Hypnos beds and organic bedlinens gave us a deep night's sleep.

And then there are all the extras: Neal's Yard toiletries, fluffy robes, tea trays with fresh milk and artisan biscuits. While out at dinner, our bed was turned down, our room spritzed with a sleep-inducing fragrance, and mini brownies left on our dressing table. Heavenly.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Hot-water bottles
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron (on request)
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


You'll remember your breakfast at Trevose. In keeping with the eco ethos, everything is sourced locally, and is organic where possible. A fully loaded buffet greets you: local apple juice, trays of fruit decorated with fresh mint, mini pastries and organic bread from the baker.

On your perfectly laid table, you'll find a shot of the smoothie-of-the-day (ours was strawberry, pineapple and papaya, yummy), and menu cards with all the options Olivier can prepare for you. We tried his homemade Bircher muesli, and as you'd hope from someone half-Swiss, it was beautiful, with fresh apple and crunchy walnuts. The smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on a potato scone was a triumph, and we liked sampling the local honeys on toast. Note there are only 5 breakfast tables to 6 rooms, so if all are full when you come downstairs, you'll be invited to relax in the reception-cum-lounge with a coffee.

Guests staying at Sands Studio have their own bespoke David Restorick kitchen to whip up breakfast and other meals in. A thoughtfully compiled welcome hamper awaits your arrival, stocked with Cornish goodies. If you so wish, the Trevose team can also help arrange picnic hampers, stocking the fridge and local restaurant reservations.

In fact, there are lots of excellent restaurants a short walk away. Angela recommended The Porthmeor Beach Café for tapas and local ales - we loved it. We arrived as the sun was setting, and watched the surfers as we enjoyed a selection of asparagus and pea salad with pine nuts, harissa mackerel, chorizo meatballs and chilli monkfish with pineapple and caramel. Closer to Trevose, Blas Burgerworks is famed for imaginative combinations and live music.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Stroll up to beautiful Porthminster beach for a day in the sun. There are loungers for hire, but it's flat and sandy so you'd be fine with a blanket too. The sea is aquamarine and flat; perfect for swimming. Get fish'n'chips from The Porthminster Café for your lunch
  • If you're feeling more energetic, walk over to Porthmeor Beach for a surf lesson. Or just sit and watch the surfers and enjoy the sun
  • The Tate St Ives is here too, with constantly rotating exhibitions. After you've had a look, head up to the rooftop café for amazing views
  • We loved walking through St Ives' cobbled streets and popping into all the independent artist studios. Art lovers will also enjoy the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden
  • Walk on Porthkidney or Carbis Bay beach and keep your eyes peeled for wild dolphins out at sea
  • Hike along the South West Coastal Path or take a day trip to the Lizard Peninsula and hike to Kynance Cove

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kitesurfing
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing


Trevose Harbour House and Sands Studio are suitable for adults-only (ages 14+).

Kid Friendly: Sands Studio

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