I love St Ives, I’ve been there many, many times and will always jump at the chance to go back. So when the chance to stay at Una arose, I was delighted to find myself packing my bags to visit one of my favourite places.
At 5pm on a Friday evening I dashed out of the office into the car and set off for my destination. I was booked in for dinner at 7.30 in the Una Kitchen and was very much looking forward to getting there. The journey was very good and I arrived in time to drop my bags and head to the onsite restaurant for dinner.
On the short walk from the beautifully presented property I would call home for the next two nights, I reflected on how good the accommodation appeared to be. I had only been in my eco lodge for a matter of minutes and was looking forward to getting back after dinner to check it out.
The Kitchen at Una has a real wow factor, stylishly presented, warm and welcoming with a large wood fired oven that immediately drew my attention on arrival. The service was first class and the food was great. I had a starter and a main and must admit that the pizza oven had provided such distraction that I was left with no alternative but to order one, it was a great choice.
Back to the holiday home and a chance to fully appreciate what a brilliant place I was staying in. A really spacious well styled home, that had a well-equipped kitchen and everything I needed for my stay. There were logs for the wood burner which I duly used and settled down for a cosy evening with a glass of wine.
Refreshed from a good night’s sleep in the super king bed I was enthusiastic about my day’s plans. I was tempted by the full Cornish breakfast at the kitchen but opted for a stay in option instead. I had been told about Trevaskis Farm Shop near Hayle and as I needed supplies it felt like a good place to start that day. It was a great recommendation and one that I felt compelled to include as the variety of locally source products was fantastic.
My original plan of walking a section of the South West Coast path to Botallack to partake in some very amateur photography was more or less dashed by Mother Nature. The winds were high and the rain Ssteady, so I worked on plan b. Instead I walked from Una to Carbis Bay station where I would catch the train to St Ives along the famous coastal line. No trains due to works on the line, so plan c consisted of a bus into St Ives instead!
I had a nice stroll around St Ives, selecting a few Christmas presents along the way. Eventually, I ended up at the harbourside at The Balcony café where I enjoyed a lunch with stunning views of the harbour and the surfers beyond.
Back at Una and whilst enjoying the warmth and comfort of the living room, I found myself planning a return trip. Next time I will use the pool and facilities more fully, the treatments at the spa are good value and it’s all on your doorstep. I am accustomed to staying in lovely holiday homes but at Una it’s all right there a couple of hundred yards from your front door, a brilliant kitchen, a wonderful pool and leisure facility, the onsite spa, a deli style shop and that’s just scratching the surface.
Two nights went too fast and there is so much more to do both on resort and in the area. I would recommend the property on its own - but with the resort facilities on top it’s a truly wonderful place to stay.
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