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It has been a busy time at The Summer House and our guests have been keenly exploring the gems in the area. We thought that it would be great to share with you some of their recommendations and tips.
Out on the open waters
Dolphins and Seal watching with maritime sea tours. Quite a few of our guests have explored the Cornish coastline from the sea. Boat tours leave from Penzance harbour pier only 15 minutes walk from The Summer House. There are mixed tours ranging from 1 to 4 hour excursions and the stories of their trips have been fascinating.
Sea kayaking. Kayak and wet suit hire gives the opportunity to paddle around the beautiful St. Michaels Mount. Kayaks are brought to the beach for guests and you are ready to go.
Surf Boarding and Paddle Boarding lessons - have been on a few itineraries. Lessons can be booked on a few local beaches here but Sennen has been very popular and is only a 20 minute car journey away from The Summer House. Paddle Boarding is also available at Long Rock beach only 10 minutes by car or 45 minutes walk from the us.
There are so many walks to chose from, with the Coastal Path on Penzance's door step. But a couple guest walkers have highly recommended:
Mousehole to Lamorna Cove. About 5 miles, this circular walk brings you along the coastal path with stunning panoramic sea views and through nature reserve woods. The return back to Mousehole for a well deserved Newlyn Crab sandwich in the garden of 2 Fore Street lovely little bistro in the centre. Mousehole is just a 10 minutes bus or car journey or 1 hour walk from The Summer House
Sennen to Lands End. A great way to reach Lands End is to park up at Sennen Beach and then follow the coastal path to Lands End. Its about a 1.5/ 2 mile walk and the scenery is breathtaking. The return back to Sennen Beach for a bite to eat of coffee at the Surf Beach Bar with a great outdoor decking area overlooking the stunning beach there.
Some guest tips:
The St. Just to St.Ives B3306 road is a gem for stunning coastline and sea views that sum up the area.
Book ahead - the good restaurants in the high season are filling up early and generally needing reservations 3 to 4 says in advance for evening meals. So early bookings are recommended.
Book ahead - many of our guests have had St. Michaels Mount on their must visit list, but a reminder, you will need to pre book this attraction.
Travelling to St. Ives - car parking is sometimes tricky so many guests have taken the advice and used the train from Penzance to St.Ives and have been amazed at the stunning views as the train track follows the coast line. Travel time is about the same door to door train or car.
Guest food recommendations:
So many choices but we have heard some great reviews and wanted to share those with you.
The Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn - fish at its best. Sophisticated food in a casual setting
Mackeral Sky, Newlyn - no bookings taken for this superb tapas style fish cuisine. It is a great experience and many guests have ordered takeaway tapas and eaten them on Newlyn Beach watching the sun set.
Thai food in Penzance- the Sukothai has had some superb reviews. Its informal and is a bring your own bottle policy as its not licensed. Good friendly service and real value for money.
The Boat Shed, Penzance - some great guest feedback. Broad menu choices and particularly the quality of their steak dishes has been called out.
The Old Coastguard, Mousehole - superb food and beautiful sea views.
There are many more but these restaurants have come up as having consistently good guest feedback in July.
Many guests have taken The Summer House picnic lunch option and the hot spot picnic destinations have been Sennen Beach, Cape Cornwall, Zennor, Lamorna Cove.
As a response to the Covid 19 pandemic, we all have a heightened awareness around infection control.
We want to detail some of the steps we have implemented at The Summer House. We hope that these measures will reassure you that our guests' safety and well-being is our priority.
We are fortunate in that we are a boutique, five-bedroomed but spacious property. We therefore have a small number of guests at any one time making social distancing easy without compromising our guests comfort. In addition we have taken an additional step to reduce the number of rooms available each evening and set a minimum stay length for all new reservations in 2020. This allows us to "rest rooms" between guest departures and stays as much as possible and reduce the number of new guests entering The Summer House
Below are just some of the measures we have implemented:
There are hand sanitisers for all of our guests to use upon entry to the building and entry to the breakfast room.
Your room key will have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised when we give it to you.
Every hour we will sanitise all public areas door handles, bannisters and general surfaces.
Your room will have been carefully cleaned and sanitised awaiting your arrival using all government guidelines of practice, cleaning products and laundry washing temperatures.
Kirsten and Trevor will keep a safe and social distance
To reduce the risk of cross contamination and reduce needless wastage we shall:
Serve your items upon your request from the all-day pantry.
Manage breakfast service social distancing by having no more than 3 tables in our breakfast area & ensuring they are greater than 2 metres apart.
Offer a simple continental breakfast service in the comfort of the private walled garden.
Ensure all breakfast items are served to you at your table.
Have a strict practice of washing our hands on each occasion that we touch any customer used items (crockery, cutlery, glassware etc).
Ensure all toiletries are individual to individual guest's use.
Prior to guests arrival a reminder email will be sent asking that, in the instance that a guest or household member is showing symptoms of the Corona virus, they should not travel and we shall rebook their stay for a later date.
Only essential non-guest visitors will be allowed into The Summer House and each will be asked to abide by high hygiene practices.
With the luxury of two staircases, we have an up and down allocated staircase to ensure social distancing contact is maintained and controlled.
Ask you to request any tourist brochures from our held stock, so you can have a personal copy.
Offer a simple home-made supper menu for all our guests by prior order, to assist in dining choices during your stay.
The above are just some of a significant steps we shall be taking to ensure your safety and well-being.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Summer House, Penzance
Best regards Trevor and Kirsten
We take the well-being and safety of all of our guests very seriously. As a consequence of the Coronavirus outbreak, we ask that you contact us to confirm countries you have visited within the last month in line with current recommendations. We are taking every precaution to reduce the risk of infection, including; daily, deep-cleaning of all areas and surfaces with antibacterial disinfectants, and providing our guests with complimentary hand-sanitiser on arrival.
We are available to discuss any concerns you may have and we will continue to work closely with local government departments to help protect the health of our guests over the coming weeks and months. Please either email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01736 363744
Kirsten and Trevor.
The Summer House, Penzance is delighted to have been selected to join the select Sawday's UK Collection.
The Hotel Inspector gave The Summer House a thumbs up with a great review in December.
"I instantly felt at ease and relaxed. I could have persuaded myself I was on holiday after sitting in the drawing room for 10 minutes, I did not want to leave (especially after reading the breakfast menu)
The Summer House is full of beautiful paintings and pieces of furniture that are both functional and comfy, a perfect spot for a couple wanting a sophisticated weekend break"
What the inspector thought The Summer House guests will love:
1. The location..... a sprint from the sea and a short walk from the town centre
2. The food....interesting choices for breakfast and a 24 hour snack larder
3. The art work....Kirsten's paintings throughout The Summer House
We are thrilled to have had this feedback and joining such an exclusive set of boutique hotels.
We are pleased that The Summer House has been recognised as a Plastic Free Champion business.
This acknowledges our commitment to our environmental policy of lower plastic use. We use and refill our eco-friendly luxury toiletries, provide chilled water and milk in glass bottles, biscuit jars and no plastic packed jams and butters. We are committed to buying local and minimising wasteful and unnecessary packaging from our suppliers.
Our environmental policy covers many areas focusing on energy use reduction, sustainable sourcing and recycling.
We feel privileged to live in Cornwall with clean air, breathtaking scenery and stunning beaches and coastlines. At The Summer House we believe in doing everything possible in keeping it that way. We are very proud to have achieved Plastic Free Penzance Champion status.