Trevose Harbour House

Joanna Lowry | October 23rd, 2013

There are many reasons why you should visit St Ives. Besides the beaches (there are four), and the art (Turner and Whistler once called St Ives home, plus it’s got its own Tate), there’s a cute new bed-and-breakfast to check-in to. It’s called Trevose Harbour House, and it’s the perfect place to crash when you’re in a fish and chips coma (the chippy in Cornwall is off the chart).

The story of Trevose Harbour House is a familiar one: Angela and Olivier Noverraz chose seaside charm (and beer-battered cod) over London’s grim and grey. Fortunately, they had the business acumen to back up their “let’s move to the country and open a b&b” eureka moment. The pair met at Switzerland’s prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, and cut their teeth at some of Europe’s top hotels, so they knew what they were in for.

Five months and plenty of elbow grease later, and the Noverrazs have successfully turned a ramshackle, 150-year-old miner’s townhouse into a chic beach house. Olivier handled the hard graft of gutting, stripping back and extending the space, while Angela took charge of the design, opting for Ercol tables and chairs, Delan Cookson ceramics, and a nautical colour palette of blues, whites and creams.

The six rooms are decked out with all your creature comforts: roll-top bathtubs, crisp bed linen and Neal’s Yard toiletries. As a nod to the creative history of the area, Angela commissioned local artists Alexandra Dickens, Melanie Uys and Emma Williams to create bespoke pieces for the walls. And while we would be perfectly happy eating fish and chips all day, Trevose Harbour House’s breakfast offering is genuinely excellent: granola, pastries, scones and cheese are all organic and locally sourced.

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