St Ives, Cornwall
I think I mentioned before that I haven’t been particularly great at travelling within the U.K., I suppose in a way it means I’ve assimilated pretty quickly – I don’t know many Brits who spend their hard-earned vacation days in the motherland. As I recently found out though, perhaps they should. And perhaps I should as well. My epiphany came in the shape of a beautifully decked out guest house in St Ives, lovingly restored by a chic couple: Trevose Harbour House.
I travelled to St Ives on my own, for three short days (two of them mostly spent wandering around the first class coach on GWR). Staying at Trevose Harbour House was a bit like being at home. Upon arrival, I was greeted by warm and friendly reception staff, shown to my Harbour View room and given a map of the little town. I was feeling a little weary after my railway adventures so I made myself a cup of coffee (each room has its own little cafetière etc) with fresh soy milk, ate a biscuit and then went off exploring the town. After a short walk on the pier – and a rather amusing seagull encounter – I returned home to Trevose House, ready to wind down for the evening.
I had a warm shower using their Neal’s Yard toiletries and then sat in bed to do some writing, with a Neal’s Yard scented candle burning on my bedside table. My room had a view of the harbour and so as I was working away on my laptop, I saw the tide receding and a ballet of fishing boats coming in to dock for the night.
I am so very preoccupied with life admin and moving chores at the moment, I can’t remember the last time I just sat somewhere in stillness and felt relaxed… Yet the fleeting few days I spent at Trevose House left me feeling so zen. I suppose if was a combination of solitude, calm and beautiful surroundings… I checked out with a mental clarity I certainly didn’t have when I checked in.
If you are a creative type on a quest for inspiration, or if you want a romantic weekend with your lover, do check out Trevose House. It is a long but easy journey on the train, it takes 5.5 hours from Paddington Station with GWR. Treat yourself to a first class journey too, it is well worth it.
it’s all in the details
on the terrace
repurposed mid-century furniture
… and relax