Monday, 30 November 2009

Celebrations as nursery gains Outstanding Ofsted result!

Wednesday 18th November saw the Mayor of St Ives, Yvonne Watson, attending Castle Kids Nursery at Tregenna Castle for the official opening of the facility. The Mayor was also there to celebrate the result of the nursery’s recent Ofsted inspection. Inspectors visited Castle Kids in October to carry out the nursery’s first inspection and to the delight of the nursery’s management, staff, parents and children the report grades the nursery as “Outstanding.” Ofsted inspectors grade settings as outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate. Only the top 3% of settings in the country achieve an outstanding status.

Castle Kids becomes one of the first nurseries in Cornwall to achieve the outstanding status in every category under new inspection criteria, a tremendous achievement given that the nursery has been open for a mere four months.

Leah Care, manager of Castle Kids said: "We are all delighted and extremely proud of our achievements and the feedback we have received from Ofsted. This is all due to the hard work and dedication of the staff team and the contribution of the children and parents."

The report states: “The overall quality of the provision is Outstanding. Castle Kids provides excellent standards of care and education for all children attending. The manager is highly skilled and all staff are committed to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage.” The full report can be viewed on the Ofsted website at

Castle Kids is the latest fully Ofsted registered day care facility to open in St Ives. The facility is designed to meet the needs of the hotel guests and local parents alike in providing flexible, affordable, high quality day care, offering children the chance to learn through play in a stimulating and nurturing environment. It also provides a facility for parents to get to know other people and new parents in the area and to drop in for advice and social opportunities.

The nursery conforms to the Early Years Foundation guidelines, but operates on a drop-in basis. This makes the nursery both very flexible and affordable as parents need not pay for sessions which are either cancelled or not attended due to sickness or holiday. Its also great for those needing an hour to themselves to go to the gym, get a hairdo or maybe just have some “me time”.

In addition to the extremely well equipped nursery, children attending Castle Kids also benefit from the supervised use of the two swimming pools on site, not to mention the sub-tropical gardens, adventure playground and vast open spaces the grounds provide. Ages catered for range from new born babies to children aged 10 and there are stimulating activities geared towards each age group.

Nursery prices are very reasonable too at just £3.50 per hour. Full morning sessions, full afternoon sessions and whole day sessions attract a further discount with an option for a hot or cold lunch for just £1.50.

Parents are encouraged to call in and see what the nursery has to offer and currently complimentary vouchers are available entitling you to one free hour at the nursery, for further information, contact Leah Care on 01736 791191.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Bad Blogger!

No post since the 22nd of June - bad blogger! Start off with good intentions about blogging every day, ride the wave of enthusiasm and then blam - busiest summer season on record!

Still back now and rest assured the Hotel and all of the Self Catering units are still here too. Check out the offers -

Monday, 22 June 2009

Great Weather!

Another fab weekend here at Tregenna with the Sun not only in hat but also shades. The weather has meant that the new Alfresco dining area added to the Brasserie has gotten off to a great start. The foods really good too!
One things for sure if you want to visit Cornwall this year be sure to pack your sun cream.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Dolphins in St Ives Bay.

Wow! Pictures courtesy of kids club Leah who was treated to a trip to see the dolphins on her birthday by boy friend Gregg. Ahhh...

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Kids Club Video Tour.

Please click on the above to view a short video tour of our club for kids - "Castle Kids". The club is fully accredited and has now been open for a fortnight and we are pleased to report that the initial feedback has been terrific. Its great to offer such a safe and educational environment right on site and for the kids on holiday it is terrific fun!

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Brasserie Patio!

The new Brasserie patio is open and we are delighted to be able to offer unrivalled Al Fresco dining with the best view in St Ives. With advance bookings welcomed and open to residents, self caterers and non residents we would love to see you. Call 01736 795254 and book a table.

Friday, 1 May 2009


Castle Kids Club is open from the 18th of May

It’s our job to ensure that Castle Kids Club has something to engage all ages and all tastes, from babes in arms to the most independent of children, and we can assure you that there is always plenty to do and experience throughout each week, either in our playroom or activities around the hotel.

For our youngest clubbers, we know how important it is to provide them with a range of stimulating toys and exciting sensory experiences combined with affection and cuddles to keep them engaged and contented while parents relax. We also have a quiet area with cots for babies needing a nap.

We encourage our toddler clubbers to use their fantastic imaginations to take their play in whichever direction they choose, be that puppet making, pottery, cooking or studying the world around them.Our older clubbers may choose to involve themselves in our many outdoor sporting activities or may prefer to just chill out and relax, listening to music, playing the Nintendo Wii or getting involved with a photographic project or club production

Friday, 13 March 2009

Crash Box!

The Crash Box and Classic Car Club and Tregenna Castle will be having their annual open day on Sunday 29th March. Entry is free and there will be a raffle, and stalls and a demonstration by the Pampered Chef in aid of the Pirates Trust.
Come along to support your local charity and see the wonderful array of cars.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

New Brasserie Menu.

I thought today I'd do a quick cut and paste of the new main courses from our Brasserie menu. I speak from experience when I say it's well worth a visit. The Brasserie is open all day to residents and non residents. Executive head chef Paul has done a great job with these menus - he came to us from Manning's in Truro and brought a great reputation which is being quickly proven.

Cornish Hand Cut Rib-Eye Steak
Fresh Plum Tomato, Mushroom and Fries £16.95

Cornish Hand Cut Fillet Steak
Fresh Plum Tomato, Mushroom and Fries £18.95

To go with your steak…
Green Peppercorn Sauce £1.00
Mushroom & Red Wine Sauce £1.00

Teriyaki Chicken or Beef Sizzle
Cooked with Asian Vegetables & Jasmine Scented Rice £10.95

Handmade Tregenna Beef burger served in a Sesame Bun
With Side Salad and Fries £8.95
Extra Bacon or Cheese £1.00

Char grilled Chicken Salad
Served in a Tortilla Basket £9.95

Goujons of Local Fish
With Salad, Garlic Mayo and Fries £9.95

Tempura of Fish
Served with Sweet Chilli Noodles £9.95

Hot Smoked Fillet of Salmon
Potato Gnocchi, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Olives & Topped
With Cornish Olde Smokey Cheese £10.95

Roasted Sweet Pepper
Served with Pine nuts, Aubergines, Courgettes & Topped
With Cornish Yarg Cheese £9.95
Greek Feta, Olives & Mixed Leaf Salad £8.95

Tempted? Pop in and give us a try!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Welcome Newbies.

A big welcome to the following new staff at Tregenna; in no particular order...

Welcome Paul our new head chef (the new menus are great and I shall be posting them soon!)

Welcome Billy our new maintenance man - good to have you on board.

Welcome Will to the conference and banqueting team and also the list of Cornwall's smartest dressed men!

Welcome Leo, sorry Leah! who is helping the bean counters and in the summer will be running the kids club.

Welcome Dani returning from maternity leave - good to have you back.

Good luck for the future all...

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Tregenna Castle in the snow and the wind.

Snow in Cornwall in February - it will probably rain frogs next week. Here is a video of the Castle in the snow, the wind was so strong that it blew some of the tables and chairs on the front lawn over.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Woodland Walk

The Woodland Walk has been brought back to life thanks to a lot of hard work by the Gardening team here at Tregenna. The Woodland Walk takes you through our 72 acre grounds. On the way you can see woodpeckers, rabbits, foxes, squirrels and badgers. The Estate is truly blessed with an abundance of wildlife.
The walk was originally created in the 1920s and has been painstakingly brought back to life by our dedicated grounds team. Cross the woodland valley by bridge and stroll down to St Ives past the waterfall with its stream side planting cascading down to the well where it disappears and makes its way to the stunning Porthminster Beach. You will see many interesting species of tree and plants on your way with colourful rhododendrons in abundance.
The grounds are open to visitors so if you want to take the walk just pop up to the Castle, maybe you'll fancy a cup of tea and a sandwich after and we have some of the best in St Ives - come and see for yourself.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Great Hotel Deals

Quiet time of the year for Hotel so as ever we are putting out some great offers for those who want a peaceful Cornish break. Why not take advantage of one of our great offers - it's actually possible to stay at the Hotel for £24.75 a night per person B&B if you book our £99 package for two people two nights. See whats on offer here.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Celebrity Guest

Gok Wan has been staying at the Hotel which has been very exciting for all of the staff. He's here with his crew filming the ever great "fasion fix" for Channel 4.

All the staff are trying there best to make sure that he enjoys his visit, the chef is under strict orders not to overdress the salad. Boom boom.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Richards Wooden Trousers

Just a picture to show off gardener Richard's new wooden trousers. Wooden trousers are available upon request for Castle guests, please ask at reception (offer subject to availability!).

Friday, 9 January 2009


It's the staff party this weekend and a chance to reward all of the hard work the team have done over the past year. Tickets are available from reception everyone can bring a guest; the do is at the rugby club. The tickets also come with four vouchers for drinks (booze tokens!). It should be a great night I'll be polishing my Cuban dancing shoes specially for the evening. So no excuses to not be there - it's a well deserved night off for the Castle and a small pat on the back for some big performances by the staff.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Happy Tigers.

Apparently it's not just the Snowy Owl who is enjoying the cold weather in Cornwall over the last few days. The Siberian Tigers at Dartmoor Zoological park are also rather pleased as covered by the BBC here. Whilst I'm very happy for the wildlife I'm also rather pleased that the weather should be returning to the usual mild Cornish winter over the weekend, my usually redundant ice scraper had to be found this morning and I'll be glad to make it redundant again soon...

Wednesday, 7 January 2009


Anyone concerned locally about the felling of the trees on the estate alongside Trelyon Avenue should be reassured that this is part of an ongoing woodland management plan which will improve the Estates many acres of woodlands for many years. It is also the case that these particular trees were considered dangerous and must be removed by order of PDC.

The problem is created over a long period following these trees originally being planted too close together. This leads to tall and spindly trees with insufficient root balls to guarantee stability, particularly the case with Beech trees.

The sick Beech, Sycamore, and Turkey Oaks have been replaced by Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Larch trees and wild flowering Cherry which should ensure that the woodlands are vibrant and interesting to future generations of Guests and local people who enjoy the estate grounds.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Snowy Owl in Cornwall

Much excitement down the road in Zennor with the rare sighting of a snowy owl in the UK. The very beautiful bird is usually found in very cold countries like Russia so I wonder what it makes of the mild Cornish winter? The story even made the national press and you can read more in the Times.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Lets Get Physical!

It's that time of year again folks. Personally I'm 10% greater than I was last year - it's this extra stone that's settled on my waist over the festive season. Time to hit the gym, membership renewed and trainers dusted down; I'll be watching Rocky tonight for inspiration and in the gym for half seven busting a gut for five minutes of gentle running machine action.
So with some great deals on offer at Drifters our Hotel gym why not join me. If you join up in by the 15th you can get a full year for £299. Whats more you get the use of the indoor (refurbished) and the outdoor pool , tennis, squash, spa, sauna, gym induction and 10 free rounds of golf! Or if you just want a taster to check your commitment you can get a credit crunch busting two month deal for £55 or pay monthly for just £35.
Call now 01736 795254 option 3 and ask for Luke; it's time to shape up!