We thought this place looked good when we saw the website but we genuinely went 'wow' when we opened the door. It looked brand new and clean with absolutely everything you could want.. right down to a wood-burning stove. It had two bedrooms, one with THE most comfy) double bed and en suite bathroom and another twin bed/double room with en suite, beautifully decorated. The main room is big and airy and the sun was streaming in the morning. Everything we wanted was there, it was very comfortable and with lots of little finishing touches including a welcome pack with things like orange juice and cheese. I have to mention the pool here... it is an infinity pool, again light, airy and is perfect.. we felt completely safe to let our 9 year old grandson (almost) live in there as it was just the right depth. There was also a colder plunge pool and a jacuzzi (for over 12s) and steam room and sauna. Also fantastic spa and treatment area and a sunny cafe with cakes to die for! It is a great base from which to travel Cornwall.. (which we did) so we had days when we went further afield and other times when we just chilled. In a nutshell, I would say that if you want to be based in a town like St. Ives with shops on your doorstep, it's not for you but if you want somewhere where you can chill and enjoy the facilities and have days out exploring beautiful Cornwall, this is for you.
We stayed a week at number 71. We paid £770. They weren't expecting us due to some garbled excuse but it was sorted eventually, with a bottle of wine thrown in.
The development is basically a bunch of fancy yurts built on an old caravan park. If you like other people's smelly barbecues and nothing to look at apart from other 'yurt' this is the place for you. You could be on Mars, you feel so completely dislocated from Cornwall. Ostensibly served by a spa, swimming pool, and restaurant these facilities are never open when you'd actually want to use them. A restaurant that closes at 6pm and doesn't open until 9am? The blurb would have you think there are views of the sea - and a 15 minute walk to the (gorgeous, awesome) beach. Indeed, downhill. Deep deep downhill....it's about three day's walk back. And don't try driving to Carbis Bay or St Ives as parking costs a fortune. Take the train into St Ives and park at the station for £1.90 all day. The only good thing about 71 Carbis Bay was they allowed me to bring the dog. However, I would not recommend this place for messy dog owners - luckily our dog is always immaculate........
The unit at 71 has two bedrooms, two ensuites, an open kitchen, diner, living area and is mostly white and blue with Cornish inspired furniture and furnishings and would make a lovely museum but I wouldn't want to bring children anywhere near the place (you'd lose your deposit in a heartbeat...). We were allowed a key for the unit - yes, ONE key - which made life extremely difficult logistically.
The unit abuts a building site which the management have tried to hide with a mural which has disintegrated leaving views of ugly rubble and rubbish.
As a location to explore Cornwall it's excellent - we were at the Eden Project in an hour - and explored the whole coast (except Lands End) with our National Trust tickets (imperative in Cornwall). Cornwall is wonderful but I would never stay at Una Argentum again.
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