Tregenna Castle Cornwall: Those that read Mudpie Fridays regularly will know that each month since going back to work I have tried to arrange a weekend away. In January we visited Cambridge for Hubbys Birthday, February we went to Warwick, March to London and over the bank holiday weekend we have just visited St Ives. We were lucky enough to stay at the Tregenna Castle in one of their newly refurbished Signature Collection Castle Village apartments called Lamorna.
So what did we think of our apartment?
- Its brand new, some of the other apartments in the village are going through the same modernisation process. So it is a little like stepping into a show home
- It has all the mod cons you can need including wifi and a DVD player, Electric hob and cooker, microwave, dishwasher, full size fridge and freezer and washing machine.
- I love the decor, the muted greys and whites which are very in fashion now
- The bed was really comfortable and Monkey loved his room too
- There is a small seating area outside with a picnic bench, if the weather had been good enough to eat Alfresco
- Its great you can benefit from the the hotel facilities
- The location is perfect, for those on a self catering basis like us there is a large Tesco store a couple of miles down the road
- I liked the little extra touch of having some board games available
- Whilst fantastic for a couple, or a couple with children over the age of five, this apartment is not set up for young children (and to be fair I wouldn’t expect it to be)
- The main issue was the self closing fire door between the living area and the bedrooms which made it very difficult to manage the boys bedtimes. Especially as Kipper has attachment anxiety at the moment so would freak every time it closed. In the end we used a tube of cream to wedge it open during the day.
- The bedroom with the two singles had no other space at all, so much so that I would get Monkey ready for bed in the living area after his bath. Luckily the travel cot fitted into our bedroom.
- The furniture was just the right height for Kippers searching fingers so nothing could be put on the tables and we spent most of the weekend making sure the kids were not wrecking the joint!
- The Castle Village has its own private carpark area, which is a short walk to the appartment. Hubby found it still a bit of a trudge to get a car load of stuff up and down.
- There is not a lot of privacy. The patio doors open out into a little garden area, but so do many of the others which means you can see directly into each others apartments.
- There were no baby facilities at all in the apartment. I would have liked to have seen a high chair considering they knew we had a baby.
What did we think of Tregenna Castle itself?
- All the staff we came across were really friendly and helpful – if a little disorganised
- I like that the entrance to the complex is gated, with a security guard who lets you in and out
- The location is amazing, the views are amazing.
- I particularly liked exploring the walled garden when we got a break in the rain. It is obvious that a lot of maintenance goes into the grounds with their sub tropical gardens. I was really taken with the Echiums and managed to pick up some locally grown ones at the garden centre.
- Facilities in general have to rate highly
- We don’t use kids clubs or baby sitting services while on holiday, although I appreciate that many do. Tregena has a creche called Castle Kids which is rated Ofsted Outstanding available from 8.30am to 5.30pm. The also have a kids night in, so Hubby and I could have gone out for meal alone in their restaurant with 2.5 hours of baby sitting included for £99.
- There is a full agenda of things to do for kids over the Summer, from decorating your own princess and pirate masks, to building dens, yoga and volleyball (to name a few).
- There is a nice outside seating area linked to the bar and restaurant which we could not take advantage of as the weather wasn’t great but can imagine sitting there watching the sun going down.
- The baby change located in the hotel has got to be the cleanest I have ever seen!
- Its good that it has a kids play area, but it could do with some updating
- The hours for breakfast are limited on a Sunday, 8.30-10am. Which if there has been a wedding the night before would make it very busy.
- Address – Tregenna Castle Resort, Trelyon Avenue, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DE
- Its possible to book your stay online on their website or directly with the hotel
- Hotel rooms are available from £145 for a standard room in the castle between January and March up to £325 for a two bed Plan-An-Dais in peak season. Full pricing details are available on the website.
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We were given two nights, bed and breakfast in return for this honest review. All opinions and words are my own