“Style-mag interiors and spoiling touches at this romantic guesthouse and apartment by Porthminster Beach”
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.
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.