Down a winding path sided by tropical trees, which only grow in this warmer part of the country, The Garrack is a beautiful mixture of the traditional and contemporary. It has been family-run for more than forty years and the location is simply idyllic with amazing views over St. Ives and the bay. Each bedroom has its own individual character and colour scheme, and most have views over the grounds or the sea, not to mention free Wi-Fi, Freeview LCD TVs, DVD radios, iPod docks, Duck Island toiletries and thoughtful extras such as Cornish mead and homemade biscuits. The AA Rosette-winning restaurant sources local ingredients from Cornwall’s first rate suppliers, including such stalwarts as St Ives fishmonger Matthew Stevens, Celtic Fish and Game just down the road, bread from Baker Tom in Pool and wines from Scarlet Wines (including a fine selection of Cornish labels). All these well-chosen ingredients put to expert use by Head Chef Tom Avery to create Modern European dishes fully doing justice to the gorgeous sea views outside the window. The Garrack was once a retreat for well-to-do gentlemen, and there are echoes of that heritage still here with a vast array of whiskies and gins to be enjoyed by the log-burning fires. The indoor heated swimming pool is open year round, and the adjacent Café Bar terrace is another choice spot for informal meals or a tipple with a view. The whole place has the light and airy feel found in only the best coastal retreats. The Garrack is a wonderful place from which to explore St. Ives, as well as the marvellous Cornish coast.