Monday, 19 December 2011

The Week Ahead: W/C 19th December

What’s On

We’re so close to Christmas this week, it’s so exciting! We’ve been full of Christmas parties and have many more lined up so if you haven’t booked yours yet then do get in touch.

Meanwhile we’re also offering Christmas shoppers the opportunity to enjoy a lunch from the specials menu and get another lunch for a penny so that you can have a mid-spree break! Likewise we are also offering buy one get one free cream teas as a treat.

From all at Tregenna, we’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

This Week’s Weather
Monday: Top Temp. 11° - Heavy rain
Tuesday: Top Temp. 10° - White cloud
Wednesday: Top Temp. 12° - White cloud
Thursday: Top Temp. 12° - Grey cloud
Friday: Top Temp. 12° - Light rain

This Week’s Surf Report - Porthmeor at 12 noon
Monday: 7 ft – WSW Wind 25 mph
Tuesday: 6.5 ft – WNW Wind 16 mph
Wednesday: 8 ft – WNW Wind 21 mph
Thursday: 6 ft – WSW Wind 15 mph
Friday: 9 ft – NW Wind 24 mph
Saturday: 7 ft – WSW Wind 8 mph
Sunday: 7 ft – SSW Wind 12 mph

Average water temperature is 12°

Monday, 12 December 2011

Some lovely comments about Castle Kids

We were delighted when the Early Years Improvement Team – Children, Schools and Families for Cornwall Council visited Castle Kids last week to look at the quality of our provision and areas that might need additional support. Here are some of the things that they said…

“A bright, attractive, welcoming setting…”
“Confident friendly children who readily approached to talk about what they were doing and to share books…”
“Wealth of information displayed/available to parents and carers…”
“Good quality resources accessibly stored, labelled with pictures/text…”
“Displays/text which are relevant to children (e.g. the board where children’s ideas are written up daily at Circle time, expressed in children’s own words)…”
“Clearly defined areas in pre-school room (role play, creative play, mark making, book area, heuristic play,) with opportunities for learning in all areas…”
“Learning journeys with photos, observations linked to area/phase of development and possible ‘next steps’…”
“Policies reviewed and updated and system in place for ensuring parents/carers have read them; SEF in place…”
“Pro-active engagement with other professionals…”
“Enthusiastic forward-thinking manager…”

Our team works extremely hard to ensure that Castle Kids is a welcoming and educational place for our little guests and we have been rated by Ofstead as “outstanding”. You don’t have to stay at the hotel to use the facility, so do drop in and have a look around if you are looking for childcare.

A wonderful review

Helen stayed with us recently and wrote this lovely review, complete with great photography. Thanks Helen!

The Week Ahead: W/C 12th December

What’s On
For celebrations to truly get you sparkling this festive season, treat yourself to a fairytale Christmas day with us!
What could be more magical than spending the day in a castle decorated for Christmas, surrounded by family and friends, where you don’t have to lift a finger?
Join us for a delicious 3-course traditional Christmas lunch in our restaurant, followed by time to relax in one of our lounges - whilst our Castle Kids team impress younger guests with fantastic fun and games. Or enjoy our beautiful woodland walks with breathtaking views of St.Ives. Gather together for tea and Christmas cake with the Queen, as we tune in for her speech at 3pm and then more time to enjoy with your loved ones, before heading home with memories to treasure.
£49.95 per person – children half price.
Make a festive break of it, with a family room from just £90 per night.

This Week’s Weather
Monday: Top Temp. 9° - Heavy rain showers
Tuesday: Top Temp. 8° - Light rain
Wednesday: Top Temp. 10° - White cloud
Thursday: Top Temp. 10° - Heavy rain
Friday: Top Temp. 9° - Sunny intervals

This Week’s Surf Report - Porthmeor at 12 noon
Monday: 14.5 ft – SW Wind 28 mph
Tuesday: 19 ft – WSW Wind 36 mph
Wednesday: 25.5 ft – WSW Wind 40 mph
Thursday: 18 ft – SW Wind 37 mph
Friday: 15.5 ft – W Wind 37 mph
Saturday: 14 ft – NW Wind 22 mph
Sunday: 11.5 ft – NW Wind 21 mph

Average water temperature is 13°

Thursday, 8 December 2011

New Executive Head Chef at Tregenna Castle Hotel

An international award winning chef has joined Tregenna Castle Hotel’s team. Scott Young brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Executive Head Chef at the St Ives hotel.

Scott has worked in fifteen countries which gives him a thorough knowledge of world cuisine. He is now keen to give diners the best of Cornish produce from a globally inspired menu.

“Cornwall produces excellent quality ingredients which are so exciting to use. My international experience has strongly influenced the new menu and I am enjoying offering Tregenna’s guests the best local produce prepared in a creative way.”

Scott has won gold and silver medals in Australia’s highly competitive Annual Salon Culinary. In the past he has been the Executive Sous Chef for international hotels in Australasia, has overseen award winning gastro pubs and restaurants here in the UK and has even been the Executive Chef for Honda’s Formula One team. Scott also managed the catering for the Rolling Stones ‘Bridges to Babylon’ tour, the largest catering operation for a musical tour in the whole world to date.

Operations Director James Parker is already getting great feedback from visitors.

“Scott has really made his mark by introducing a round the world culinary experience using the very best of Cornwall’s produce. His award winning expertise ensures that Tregenna’s visitors from near and far are enjoying outstanding meals.”

Tregenna Castle is encouraging guests and local residents alike to try Scott’s new menu by offering a three course dinner for two people complete with a bottle of wine for just £48 from Monday to Saturday from 7-9 pm.

The hotel is also offering other opportunities to enjoy Scott’s menus with ‘buy a lunch, get one for a penny’ during the week and ‘buy one get one free’ cream teas between 2 -5 pm every day.

Standing in a 72 acre estate, Tregenna Castle Hotel is well-known for its stunning views of St Ives and the glorious coastline of St Ives Bay. Frequently used by hotel guests, the restaurant is open to non-residents throughout the year.

For further information to book, which is advisable, please call us on 01736 795254.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Nice November Notes!

We had more incredible feedback from our guests last month - thank you so much - and here are some of the best bits.

“A mid week escape to an enchanting castle...”
Driving up to the hotel you could mistakenly think you were in some film set, it was grand, imposing and felt very special. The staff were very helpful and accommodating and were more then happy to answer all of our questions. A very good location and a good place to relax whilst enjoying a bit of comfort.

Had a really lovely stay, the room was massive, the bed massive, the bath was massive, the view from window unbelievable. The grounds were a delight, and the indoor pool a good size for a hotel. The team in restaurant were well above average.

“Excellent Cuisine”
My husband and I spent a few days at the Tregenna Castle within the hotel accommodation and had an excellent time ! However the highlight most definitely was the food. Both nights we ate in the Restaurant selecting from both the A La Carte and Bistro menus, the fine attention to detail and attentive service all added up to an outstanding culinary experience!

“A Wow Weekend”
Tregenna Castle has the 'WOW' factor, is it such a wonderful place, stunning building and grounds. The rooms & Hotel were very clean. The Staff were 'FANTASTIC', so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, Had a lovely treatment at the Beauty Salon, again lovely staff. Breakfast was a wide selection of yummy food and you were never made to feel that you had to rush. A totally relaxing experience, enhanced by the Spa, sauna, steam room and pool. Fantastic location for walking into St Ives. Can't wait to go again, waiting for another fab deal :o)

“Wonderful self catering”
Not been to St Ives for 20 years and in November 2010 booked a self catering apartment at Tregenna Castle, we enjoyed it so much have returned twice since and booked again for spring 2012, We've stayed in three different apartments and have found them all to be first class in every respect fully equipped and immaculately clean. In every respect our holidays have been first class with the big bonus being the very professional and helpful staff.

“Great stay, friendly as well”
Had a one day stay at Tregenna as part of our visit to St Ives and really liked it. The sea view was great, and the view of the seaside town was great! We played a game of golf in the morning and it was a lovely walk. Hole 11 has a fantastic view due to the clear day!

“Lovely Hotel full of character”
Stayed here with my Fiancé for a two night break. Our only complaint was that it wasn't long enough!! Lovely warm welcome from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. Breakfast was lovely. Gardens were stunning.

“Self catering at its best!”
We were offered a 'galleried apartment' when no rooms were available. We had a beautiful, spacious, well-equipped space. Could not fault it - even tea towels and dishwasher tablets provided! We had breakfast included which was plentiful - and lots of variety. Fabulous setting, lovely staff, perfect weekend.

“Great location - fabulous views - a real family venue!”
A great hotel that consistently delivers good quality accommodation, fabulous food and all with a view to die for. Can't wait for the next visit!

“A great weekend away - definitely returning soon!”
Everything about the weekend was perfect. Our room was amazing. Breakfast was brilliant.

I am definitely returning and going to bring my little one as the facilities were great and think he would love them and also the Beach is not far.

Thanks to all the staff for being so friendly and helpful - see you soon.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Colouring Comp at "Fair Mo"

Last Saturday (26th Nov) was “Fair Mo” in St Ives - the ancient “pig” fair that sees all kinds of entertainment and crafts in the town.

We ran a colouring competition for 0-5 yr olds and 6-10 yr olds, with a prize of Sunday lunch for 2 adults and 2 children for each age group winner.

We wanted to share our pictures with you as we have some budding artists in our midst!

Our winner in the 6-10 Yr Old category was Skye; Whilst our winner in the 0-5 Yr Old category was Ruby. Please see pictures in that order.

Well done Ruby and Skye and we look forward to seeing you for Sunday lunch!

The Week Ahead: W/C 5th December

What’s On
We are running some fantabulous special offers at the moment that are definitely worth enjoying, inlcuding buy one get one free cream teas, buy a lunch and get another for 1p…there are a multitude of reasons to come and visit us. Please see the special offers page for the details.

This Week’s Weather
Monday: Top Temp. 8° - Heavy rain showers
Tuesday: Top Temp. 9° - Light rain
Wednesday: Top Temp. 11° - White cloud
Thursday: Top Temp. 13° - White cloud
Friday: Top Temp. 9° - Sunny intervals

This Week’s Surf Report - Porthmeor at 12 noon
Monday: 10.5 ft – WNW Wind 27 mph
Tuesday: 11 ft – W Wind 32 mph
Wednesday: 15 ft – WNW Wind 34 mph
Thursday: 9 ft – SW Wind 28 mph
Friday: 7.5 ft – WSW Wind 24 mph
Saturday: 4 ft – SW Wind 14 mph
Sunday: 2 ft – NW Wind 30 mph

Average water temperature is 13°