Headland House, Boutique B&B in Magical St Ives | UK WEDDING BLOG

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Back in 2012, on our first visit to Cornwall together, Ben and I stayed at Headland House in St Ives. We had a magical week of hot sunny weather and we ended up getting engaged on the trip! So Cornwall for me always feels extra special now and St Ives is probably one of my favourite places in the UK. When I knew I was going to be down in Cornwall a couple of weeks ago for The Scarlet and Chapel House, I couldn’t resist adding a night on in St Ives {if we had travelled all that way down that way it would be so rude not to} and of course the only place I wanted to stay was at Headland House. Three years on, sometimes you can remember places with a haze of nostalgia, being better than it was. But this time it exceeded expectations. The perfect place for an anniversary getaway or a mini-moon. 

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Headland House is a luxury, Mr & Mrs Smith approved, boutique B&B set in Carbis Bay, just outside St Ives.  Carbis Bay itself has a beautiful sandy beach and a turquoise sea that on a sunny day could belong in the tropics just a two minute walk away from the house. And St Ives is a half an hour walk along the scenic coast path, or if you’re feeling tired catch the three minute train ride into St Ives from the bottom of the hill. It’s a perfect location and however long you stay for, I guarantee that you’ll be wishing you had longer, there’s so much to see and explore, so many restaurants to try, beaches to discover.

The B&B itself is so luxurious it feels like a posh hotel but with a homely feel. It’s run by Mark and Fenella, a truly lovely couple who’s chic nautical style I just want to steal. There are seven rooms in the three-storey, grand Edwardian house with high ceilings and period features. Each of them are named after a different Cornish beach and done up with seaside blues, deck-chair stripes and serious style. Most have roll-top baths and a few have sea views out across to St Ives.

Last time we stayed in Cape Cornwall which we loved, and I think that Mousehole is cute up in the eaves. Heligan has it’s own private garden with it. This time though there were two new rooms to add to the list. Just this Easter an outbuilding across a courtyard garden was converted to offer The Net Loft and The Boat House. We were wowed on our last trip but I think that The Boat House tops them all. Can I just live here?!!

The Boat House:


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Porthmeor with panoramic sea views.




It’s the little extras that make it really feel special. You get hot chocolate & marshmallows in you room, complimentary cake in the afternoon, a cosy candle lit snug with a licensed honesty bar in the evenings, tables full of the latest glossy magazines to take to the beach or your room with you, an outside terrace and hammock to relax in, luxury toiletries and fluffy White Company gowns in the bathrooms and a yummy breakfast the next morning.


At breakfast time you can help yourself to the breakfast table with fruit, granola and cereals and then order from the menu. There’s a choice of berry waffles, a full english, eggs and avocado, smoked salmon, bagels etc ready to fuel you up for exploring St Ives.


Mark and Fenella will give you a list of the best places to eat and see in St Ives or you can just explore for yourself. There are cute nautical cottages and old cobbled streets around every corner as well as five beautiful beaches and the main harbour full of fishing boats. Fore Street is best for shopping with independent interiors and gift shops as well as your typical seaside fare of Joules and Seasalt. There are art galleries all over including the Tate which is well worth visiting and has incredible views from the top. Our favourite restaurant is Porthmeor Beach Cafe for tapas overlooking the sea, surfers and sunsets. But the whole town is full of good places to eat with bakeries selling cornish pasties, scones, fudge and ice cream as well as some upmarket fish and chip shops {Harbour fish and chips was our favourite}.

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So worth the drive! St Ives we love you. And Headland House makes the perfect seaside bolt hole of a place to stay from a weekend getaway to a week’s Cornish trip. We stayed for just 1 night on this trip but four on our first, there’s so much in Cornwall to see and do and St Ives is a great base.

You can find out more, including photos of all the rooms on their website here.

R <3 xx

{I was a guest of Headland House but as always I would never ever promote something that I didn’t truly love. All opinions are my own.}

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