Tregonny Castle Estate, Cornwall
Being British and living in Florida, I am back and forth to the UK. During a recent trip, my son Leigh decided that after 11 years he would return to UK - he was 15 years old last time he saw it.
He was also there to help me move a dear family friend from his home and into a care facility. Despite this, I really wanted my son to experience England's history and elegance and so I booked him into the Tregenny Castle Estate in St. Ives, Cornwall where we were staying.
The estate is set in 76 acres of magnificent gardens and views. Even though it was mid October, we were lucky enough to have a few days of great weather. The views over St. Ives Bay are outstanding, as are the gardens, golf course, outside swimming pool location and Gazebo garden.
Whilst the upstairs corridors and paintwork are tired and in need of a 'face-lift' the downstairs is lovely with a welcoming foyer and Chesterfield's for you to sit and catch up on your emails or just read a book or newspaper.
The stately dining rooms have large windows so (if your lucky and the weather is good) you sit in bright sunlight in the elegant room imagining that it is perhaps a century ago and you sit, sipping Earl Grey tea (in full Victorian finery), looking down over the gardens without a care in the world....Mmmm ; such is the ambiance it sparks the imagination and nourishes the soul.
Speaking of nourishment, the breakfasts are vast with a wide array of Continental and Full English fare.
You can also stay in the many self-catering units and large Swiss-chalet style cabins. These are beautiful... many of them are used as time-share.
The hotel boasts both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants, bar and brassiere, conference rooms, full spa and gym and WiFi in the lobby, fabulous golf course with fantastic views and great walks around the huge estate, one of which leads down to St. Ives town center.
This place has captured my heart and I know I will go back and stay there.