I’ve always wanted to go to St Ives, and my ship finally came in last month when I headed to Una St Ives to work on the new video for our Lodges & Resorts collection. As the sun shone on a bright day in late July, I packed up my car and headed towards Cornwall. I trundled my way along the A30, windows down and shouting along to a Spotify playlist of 80s power ballads, and before long, I was meandering through villages with that sandy dusting of character that could only mean one thing – I was in Cornwall.
The Una St Ives resort’s tucked at the end of a country lane, but it’s just off the beaten track enough that you feel secluded without it being the kind of road that makes you want to abandon your car and hide in the hedgerow when another vehicle approaches. I turned into Laity Lane (I LOVE that name by the way) and sauntered along until a row of fluttering Una St Ives flags greeted me, I’d arrived.
A quick stop off at reception and a warm welcome later, I was back in the car and heading just across the way to our luxury eco lodge – Una Stannum 68. Bright, contemporary and with a homely feel that struck me as I set down my bags, this four-bedroom lodge is perfect for a stay with friends or family. The open plan living, dining and kitchen space promised cosy nights in front of the log burner while the wine and conversation flowed, and French doors led outside onto the decking for those al fresco meals.
Upstairs, four gorgeous bedrooms waited patiently for the rest of the gang to turn up and stake their claim, and I went for the colourful back bedroom with its elegant, understated style. I padded my way along the corridor, pushing the door of each bedroom just to, and if that master bedroom and its king size bed don’t stop you in tracks if you ever catch a glimpse of it then I don’t know what will. Floor to ceiling windows flood the room with natural light, and the private balcony makes just the spot for a whispered conversation over a last drink before bed.
As Blue Chip’s Hannah stepped through the front door with her sausage dog Sid and her partner Jon (in that order), I scurried downstairs to welcome them to our home from home. Now I have to stress that – gorgeous as Una is – we were in charge of creating a dazzling video to show Una St Ives and its facilities to the world…this was serious business. We were joined by the delightful six-year-old Connie and her mum Stacey, and as the film crew turned up and came to collect us, it was time to get started.
Now I won’t spoil the surprise before you’ve seen the new vid, but over the next couple of days I was lucky enough to experience Una St Ives as a guest. I started my day with a dip in the pool, ended it with a long fit of giggles and a glass of Prosecco in the hot tub at Una Stannum 52, and the hours in between saw us wander one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever visited. We rounded off our visit with lunch in The Kitchen restaurant, and as the yolk from my duck egg oozed onto its mashed potato base, I could have stayed forever.
Just a ten-minute drive from St Ives itself, Una’s the perfect base for those of you keen to stay somewhere with plenty to do right onsite. St Ives has long had a place in the hearts of artists, thanks to its stunning natural light, and as we wandered the harbourside at sunset and the sky gradually gave in to a purple tinge, I made a mental note to tell you all one thing – make sure you visit.