Sunday, 1 November 2020

Una St Ives - A weekend escape

If you are looking for a bolt hole home from home, this could be what you are looking for. Perfectly situated away from the hustle and bustle of St Ives but close enough to walk to Carbis Bay, Una offers a great location to really relax and escape. 

At the time of visiting we were out of "lockdown", however sadly we find ourselves back in a month of restrictions. Additionally Una are running a competition, head over to their Instagram HERE for a chance of winning!

Those who follow me on Instagram will know that Matt and I escaped alone with just the dog in tow, however don't be fooled as the villas vary in size and even have a spa & pool on site. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa but they vary in size from one beds to four... in fact if you want to get an idea head over to my Instagram where I showed them all on site. Some even have the option to add a hot tub, but for us the best feature was easily the log fires. 

Some people only like to have staycations if the weather is on their side, however we truly love it in all weathers so a winters escape is still very much heaven! We love to watch the children surf and swim on the beach as much as we love to wrap up warm, have a long dog walk and watch stormy seas from pubs such as the Ship Inn. In fact being in Cornwall as winter approaches is one of my favourite times. The crowds begin to ease off and Cornwall comes alive with its rugged and dramatic beauty.

For anyone that have more money than I do to invest, Una is expanding and has big plans which included being able to buy your own holiday home! 

So what do you need to know?

The resort:

Located in Carbis Bay, you are about 20-25 mins walk to the beach and a 10-15min drive into central St Ives. You will be surprised at how close but yet so secluded you are to the hustle and bustle. Its peaceful.

The Villas are decorated in an calming scandi style and spare no expense on offering home comforts. The Tempur mattress was super comfy! The Wood burner is perfect to give a wintery night a cosy feel, there is something hypnotic about watching and hearing a fire cackle and burn.



To stock up on food and goodies you actually have a couple of options, in Hayle (about 20 min drive) you have a large ASDA and just down the road in Carbis Bay you have a Tesco. We have always found buying fire wood far easier in the local stores & petrol stations, I am yet to find it in the larger supermarkets. 

On site at St Una you will find that they are currently operating a self check in, ahead of your arrival they will send you all the details that you need and they are super friendly on the phone. Your car will be registered for the gate and you will be given a code to access your villa key which is beside the door - much like most holiday cottages.

Now here is where things get tasty - Una Kitchen. They have a the renowned chef Glenn Gatland and it shows. Food here is showy without being pretentious and tastes amazing. Using fresh and locally sourced ingredients you can really taste the difference. 

One night we made the most of cocktails in the restaurant and the next we ordered take away pizza to take back to the Villa. We also made use of breakfast on two of the mornings, the smoothie bowl was superb!!









If like me you are needing lots of time to switch off and lets face it who doesn't, then the spa areas are well worth a look at. I had such a lovely facial and I definitely had a snooze. Whilst the rooms are large, they are decorated in a really calming way, the super warm and cozy bed and Elemis products used were all just so perfect. Even now writing this a few weeks later I can close my eyes and think of how relaxing that was and that is a good sign!


































We didn't use the pool ourselves, but its a lovely infinity pool and due to Covid you get booked slots. So if you are taking children in, you have plenty of space for them to really enjoy themselves and if its a quiet dip that you are after you have that sorted perfectly too! 

St Ives

Of course this is a given, but if you have not experienced the small winding lanes and the variety of beaches that St Ives has to offer, make this a place to visit. In the peak times St Ives is heaving, even with Covid and its now when you can really take in all the scenes and have some space. 

















Porthleven

Well this small town needs to no introduction and again if you follow me on Instagram you will know that this is where we love to be at any given opportunity. I can't ever really explain it as well as I would like to, but this is where my body and soul feel most at peace than anywhere else. 

Una is only a 25 min drive away and you should absolutely stop by here, grab a lunch after a walk around and pick up some firewood from the Costcutter before heading back to your villa for a hot bath, take away pizza and a cuddle on the sofa whilst the fire roars.

If you are looking to grab food whilst in Porthleven we can absolutely recommend the Ship Inn for an authentic Cornish pub experience and the new restaurant the Harbourside Refuge is absolutely worth a try. If you are after a relaxed lunch with a tasty ale the the Ship is where you need to be and if you want to have some really tasty food washed down with a brilliant wine and roll out the restaurant from eating so much, the Harbourside Refuge is your destination. 































Newlyn

This is a town that very much is still a working harbour. Steeped in history you can only but wonder how the sights have changed over the many years that fishermen have come and go. Only 10-15mins from Una its worth driving through and taking a look. You can sometimes grab a parking spot along the harbour walls and then from there follow the road around the coast and end up in Mousehole. 


Mousehole 

If like us you like a walk whilst taking in views, Mousehole is perfectly reachable from Newlyn by foot. This is a very small village, but it has the cutest lanes and houses to mooch around. Mousehole is very quiet and dogs are never allowed on the beach or in the harbour, but there is plenty to walk about and see. Christmas is especially pretty as each year the small village comes a light.


St Michael's Mount

We have visited here many times before and can thoroughly recommend a visit. Sadly due to Covid the "castle" is currently closed, hopefully it is able to safely open again soon as its a lovely walk and place to visit. Try and time it that you arrive at low tide so you can walk over to the island and then boat it back. We have seen dolphins swimming around the coast here many times. 

The island aside, park up your car at the very far end and take a lovely walk into the village. 

Our stay at Una St Ives was a PR gift. We topped up our stay by one night and paid for our own food one evening and my facial.




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