Blue Hayes – St Ives, Cornwall

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Set high on a bluff, with panoramic sea views, yet only a short walk from St Ives, Blue Hayes has much to recommend it, but it’s the personality of this exceptional boutique hotel that really makes it stand out. The interior of the imposing granite house was re-designed a decade ago with stunning results and now makes an airy, contemporary, light-filled space in which to relax and soak up the views. The bar and dining room lead to a fine balustraded terrace shaded by Monterey pine and Cornish palm, while a smaller sitting room has a television and a cosier feel. Several of the sophisticated bedrooms also have terraces and they are almost all notably spacious, with excellent bathrooms. Housekeeping is second to none, the food (including light suppers) delicious and the staff, including owner Malcolm Herring, delightful. This is a place for an extra spoiling treat: perhaps breakfast in bed or champagne on the terrace. Doubles from £210.


Name to Know: Jade, who you can tell you about walks from St Ives, the Monterey pine tree and the history of Godrevy lighthouse (which probably inspired Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse).

See: Visit the iconic Tate St Ives gallery, the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden, and the Leach Pottery studio, museum, gallery and shop.

Eat: Enjoy a cocktail on the terrace, overlooking St Ives harbour before strolling down the coastal path from our gardens to Porthminster Beach, in just five minutes. Dine at the award-winning Porthminster Café, in a stunning location on the beach.

Buy: Browse the many galleries in St Ives, and take home a piece of original art or ceramics.

Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.

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