Honeymooning in Cornwall, The Gannet Inn | UK WEDDING BLOG

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Last week we travelled to Cornwall for a couple of days of mini-mooning {that’s the term used for a smaller version of a honeymoon if you’re new around here, or something you could take just after your wedding for a short break before planning a proper honeymoon later on}. Cornwall in the summer, and with the dreamy weather we had last week can’t be beaten. But I actually really love Cornwall year round and we’ve had some really cosy trips there in the Winter where you can sit by the fire, eat really good food {Cornwall is amazing for food!} and wrap up for beach walks. There’s just nothing better than getting away from the city and where else but Cornwall with countryside in the middle and dramatic coastlines all around. You can fly {into Newquay}, get the train or just jump in the car like we did. It is the furthest point of the UK but that makes it all the more magical an escape, worlds away from London. Carbis Bay, and St Ives, have always been a favourite of ours and last week we discovered a couple of new hotels. Our first night was spent at The Gannet Inn, a small boutique hotel in the best location.


In 2016 The Gannet Inn was taken over by the Carbis Bay Hotel just down the road and given a full make-over. A little plain from the outside, on walking in you know you’re in the right place and after five hours in the car we were grateful to be so warmly welcomed. We were early to check in so dropped our bags and headed straight for the beach & St Ives. The location is perfect and we’ve always found that it’s actually better to stay just outside St Ives rather than in it as it’s too congested. The Gannet Inn is just a five minute steep down hill walk to the beach at Carbis Bay {although expect longer coming back up, some of the hills are almost vertical!} and then you’re on the coast path which takes you around 20 minutes to walk along into St Ives with insanely gorgeous views along the way. Or if you’d rather not walk, there’s a train station that takes you from Carbis Bay into town and I think it must be one of the most scenic rides in the whole of the UK.

Carbis Bay itself is a stunning beach and on a sunny day with the colour of the water you’ll think you’re somewhere tropical. It’s a wide bay and never seems to get busy, it feels almost like a private beach. We’ve spotted seals here before just by the rocks and the hotel told us that they spot pods of dolphins swimming there most days {!}. Being owned by the Carbis Bay Hotel, as guests of the Gannet Inn you can use their facilities and spa. It happens that they have a swimming pool that looks like it should be in the South of France, I’ll talk more about the spa in a separate post but this was definitely a big plus to staying at the hotel and perfect for a romantic minimoon break.

Our room is in the ‘cosy’ category, Stag themed in calm neutral colours in the newer part of the building. Being an interiors fiend, I love the antler lamps and trunk side tables and know that Phoebe would appreciate them too! The bathroom fairly small but very new and Aromatherapy Associates minis for us to use. We’re left water and homemade shortbread cookies, always a sweet little touch. Every room has been individually decorated, some are in the ‘quirky’ category taking in the original old building which I would have liked to have seen and some suites have rolltops baths and sea views for an extra special break. You can see more of the different room categories here.

The interiors are smart at the Gannet Inn, with comfy communal lounge areas by the bar and a posh pub kind of dining room – perfect for long romantic dinners. The menu features a mix of classics and locally sourced, seasonally inspired dishes. I wouldn’t usually go for pork as a main but the fillet of pork I ordered was one of the best dishes I’ve had in SO long with a slow roast pulled pork croquette. Ben had fish & chips and we shared scallops as a starter & had a white chocolate raspberry bread and butter dessert.  I loved the panelled room and the eclectic mix of furniture. Breakfast the next morning had a mix of bakery items laid out along a counter {and cereals, fruit, fresh juices/granola pots}, local ham & cheese which were both amazing and then you can order freshly cooked items from a menu.

Our stay here is short but sweet, just enough time to get pampered and have our ‘heads in the clouds’ at the C Bay spa down the road and explore St Ives – one of the best seaside towns in the UK and all of it’s glorious beaches.

R <3 xx

A few places to explore when staying at The Gannet Inn;

  • Take a walk or train ride into St Ives and wander the narrow streets, ogle at the fishing boats bobbing the harbour, eat an ice cream in a deck chair {but watch out for the seagulls if you want to eat it in one piece!} from Moomaid’s of Zennor, get crab sandwiches from the Cornish Deli or fish & chips on the harbour, scones are a must from the St Ives Bakery.
  • There’s a big art scene here and a newly expanded Tate Gallery along with lots of smaller artist galleries & the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gallery.
  • Visit one of the insanely beautiful beaches in the area. Carbis Bay right on the doorstep, Hayle to the right or the five surrounding St Ives.
  • Watch the sunset & go for Tapas at Porthmeor Cafe
  • Visit Land’s End for tacky but necessary tourist photos with the personalisable sign post
  • Look up the Minack Theatre and see if there are any showings, it’s perched on the cliffs over the sea!
  • Drive over to Mousehole just across the other side of the coast for another picture perfect fishing harbour and sweet cafes/restaurants there.
  • Further afield, the Eden Project shouldn’t be missed.

The Gannet Inn, Cornwall – www.gannetstives.co.uk

Room rates at The Gannet Inn are from £160 per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes breakfast, taxes and fees. To book, please visit www.gannetstives.co.uk, email info@thegannetinn.co.uk, or call 01736 795 651.


Cornwall or California?!

Postcard perfect St Ives.

There are five different beaches surrounding St Ives to choose from.

Old cobbled streets and seaside bunting.

Deck chair a deux!

R <3 xx

{we were guests of the Gannet Inn but as always all opinions are 100% our own}

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Rebecca //

Excellent post! Will add some of these recommendations to our list for our getaway later this summer. All the way from Yorkshire for us so we may fly there!