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Stylish and modern hotel, built to an eco spec, overlooking the glorious Porthminster Beach. After a day on the beach or exploring St Ives, relax back at the hotel's spa and in the comfort of the individually designed bedrooms.

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Rooms: 7 doubles/twins, 1 suite

rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235

Meals: Bar available with local platters available at £8 each. Many restaurants within 5-10 minute walk
Open: Year round
Address: Primrose Valley, Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2ED
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Primrose Valley

This hotel of distinction in the busy Cornish seaside town of St Ives is slightly away from the sometimes manic centre of the town. Primrose Valley is situated a 5 minute stroll away at the stunning Blue Flag Porthminster Beach. The hotel is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the best that Cornwall has to offer. In addition to the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of the hotel, those that wish to slow the pace down to a standstill can take advantage of the in house Therapy and Treatment room. The REN Room has a wide range of treatments using only environmentally sound products for those who wish to pamper themselves. The lounge at the front of the hotel is a delightful setting for the complimentary Cornish cream tea on arrival, an appreciated touch after the obligatory long train journey to South West Cornwall.

Once settled in guests can enjoy a Cornish ale or cider or glass of wine from an extensive wine list that would put most larger hotels to shame. With 9 individually designed rooms to cater for all manner of tastes, Primrose Valley Hotel prides itself not only on the personal service but also its eco credentials. Accolades include 2010 Bronze winners in Cornwall Tourism Sustainability Award and also named in 2009 as one of the top five Eco Hotels in the UK by Ethical Living Magazine. Given the proximity to the ocean, owners Andrew and Sue Biss have tried to limit the damage the running of a hotel has on the environment. In addition to using Ecotricity, sourcing local ingredients and offering discounts for guests arriving by public transport, Primrose Valley Hotel also invites guests to donate £1 a night to the Marine Conservation Society – a scheme that has helped raise over £12,000 to date.

Whatever your interest, St Ives and the local area caters for most. Art lover? Go to one of the many small galleries peppered around the town or head to the Tate Gallery or Barbara Hepworth Museum. Foodie? Devour some local seafood at one of the numerous great restaurants within rolling distance of the hotel. Adventure? Get surf lessons at Gwithian Towans, one of the county’s premier surfing beaches just 10 minutes away. Wildlife & Walking? Hop straight on the South West coast path and head on a great walk either way or go bird watching at the RSPB reserve at Hayle Estuary. Book today for a short break or longer stay and see South West Cornwall in a new light.

Reviewed by Philippa Jacks:

[img_assist|nid=4257|title=|desc=Philippas Jacks review of Primrose Valley|link=none|align=left|width=88|height=100]"Don't be deceived by the 'hotel' in Primrose Valley's name. With only nine guestrooms over a three-storey Edwardian villa, it feels much more like a chic guesthouse...[and] If you're arriving in St Ives by train, you'd be hard-pushed to find a more conveniently-located place to stay."

Read Philippa's full review of Primrose Valley Hotel.


Top eco features at Primrose Valley

  • All electricity is from renewable sources

  • Follows strict ethical food policy

  • Ambassadors for Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project

  • Completely natural soaps

  • Awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme



Primrose Valley Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall
Nearest train station: St Ives

Directions from station:
To find us from the station is really easy. Simply leave the platform at the end and walk behind it, so the track is to your left. Follow the path for about 100m and you will come to a couple of bollards. Turn left and follow the path down; this will bring you to the front of Primrose Valley. Simply carry on and follow the road round to the right and Primrose Valley Hotel is the second property on the left opposite the tennis courts.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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