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.

Tregenna Castle is perfectly situated to explore the beautiful area of St Ives and with a number of Kiddy friendly attractions on its door step which made it the perfect spot for us. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, eating in their Brasserie restaurant one night. The resort has extensive facilities onsite and a number of different options including the apartments, cottages, lodges and the hotel itself. So you should be able to find something to suit all budgets and tastes.
Amenities include – full leisure centre, beauty treatment packages starting at £49 per person, inside and outside swimming pool, children’s play area, tennis and badminton courts, crochet lawn, 18 hole golf course and a beautiful walled garden. While we were staying there was a wedding on the Saturday and I can see why its a popular venue with such an amazing view.

So what did we think of our apartment?

The Pros:
  • 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
The Cons:
  • 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!
Things to be aware of:
  • 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?

The Pros
  • 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!
The Cons
  • 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.
Things you need to know:
  • 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.
Would I recommend our apartment Lamorna for families with young children? Probably not. There are larger apartments which have a bigger living area and with more bedrooms which may solve some of our issues.  Would I recommend Treggena Castle for families with young children. Yes. Its the perfect base camp, with good facilities onsite and a packed agenda of Summer Activities for little ones. From what we could see I think the Pole Lodges would be much more suited to families with younger children. We would definitely look to visit again and perhaps stay in one of these. I would love to explore St Ives further and some of the local attractions, such as Paradise Park and the Seal Sanctury.


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  1. I just love Cornwall. We really want to relocate there at some point in the future. its just so picturesque and everyone is so friendly there! #bloggersclubUK

  2. What a wonderful place. I’m desperate to take the girls to Cornwall I haven’t been for so many years and its a beautiful part of the country. It’s a shame that your apartment didn’t cater for the little ones that well, I would have expected a highchair. I would love to go away once a month, such a good idea x

  3. The setting looks gorgeous. It’s a shame it wasn’t more suitable for young ones and I would have expected at the very least a high chair when they know you’re bringing a baby!

  4. At first glance you’d think some of these pictures were taken abroad! I love the idea of getting away once a month. Looks like a lovely place to visit #bloggerclubuk

  5. I love the monochrome interior and am all for visiting places of interest.#bloggerclubuk

  6. Oh what a wonderful idea to try and have a weekend away a month – well done you for sticking to it as it is hard to sort sometimes. This looks like a wonderful weekend away so thank you for sharing #BloggerClubUK

  7. I’ve never been to Cornwall but it always looks amazing. It looks like you had a great weekend, even if the weather wasn’t perfect and your accommodation wasn’t completely little child friendly. We had a similar experience in a holiday cottage where we ended up moving everything out of harms way. It was quite stressful! #BloggerClubUK

  8. Chelsea Elizabeth

    I’ve never been to Cornwall but it sounds and looks like such a beautiful place! I have friends who visit often and they love it

  9. I love Cornwall and St Ives is beautiful. I would love to go back again #BloggerClubUK

  10. I have never been to Cornwall but would really love to especially to visit St Ives. Adding this to my list of places to visit. Thanks for the tips!

  11. How lovely to read such an honest review. We went to an apartment in Anglesey once and spent the first few hours putting all the china ornaments (of which there were loads!) on the top shelves. Aside from the living accommodation this sounds like a lovely weekend away 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  12. looks like a nice little place to visit. I doubt I’ll ever get the chance to see it in person, so I enjoyed reading and seeing the photos you have shared. #bloggerclubuk

  13. Oh wow, this is the first time I have heard of this little holiday place. It’s looks gorgeous and I love the apartment. I have a thing for castles so this would suit me right down to the ground. Off to check it out! #BloggerClubUK xx

  14. Ooo my best holiday every was in Cornwall, mainly because I was young and got my own room, plus there was a visiting cat which was nice. I’d love to go back though. Looked like you had a fab time #bloggerclubuk

  15. This looks like a really nice place to stay and what a lovely view! The apartment looks very smart and new. I love Cornwall and spending time on the beach with my girls.

  16. The castle looks lovely and in a wonderful setting. My apologies for the Cornish bank holiday weather! Saturday was lovely and Sunday and Monday totally fell apart. No help to you now but we are back to sun again, typical British bank holiday! Hope you do get to return. #BloggerClubUK

  17. oldhouseintheshires

    Oh I love Cornwall. This looks like a lovely place to stay and visit. #bloggerclubuk

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